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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised that such an impressive domestic hefeweisen would come from a predominately British brewery. This beer's appearance was only average with modest head, and limited retention. The clove aroma provided a prelude to a flavor which combined that grainy/yeasty American wheat taste with banana and lemon notes in a balanced and drinkable beer. It had good mouthfeel, and was remarkably drinkable.

AllThingsNinja, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Pale golden brew. Clear until the yeast is poured in forming a hazy, straw colored brew.
Aroma is fairly yeasty. Grainy, bready malt and wheat. Clove.

Taste shows a grainy, bready malt backbone. Yeast, wheat and clove. Some crispness. Not much in the way of tartness. Decent balance. Some lingering sweetness at the finish.

I was pleasantly surprised with the body of the beer.
Relatively smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a solid hefeweizen. Thanks to TwelveVoltMan for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, gotta love the label!

Slightly hazy gold pour with a small white head that fades quickly to a white film. I'd typically expect more haze and a more robust head from a hefe weizen. Smell was pretty good: sweet malt, wheat, and a hint of lemon. Initially sweet with some lemon, wheat, and the banana that American hefes typically miss! Could use a little more yeast and some spice/clove notes. Pretty tasty and refreshing. Good mouthfeel with light carbonation. Pretty good American hefe... but the Germans still own this category!

jimdkc, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very sweet and consists of yeast and fruit, and a bit of honey. Flavor is chewy and yeasty, a little doughey at the same time, and a bit too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not a bad representation of the style, but not very complex.

far333, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever read fortune cookies with friends, after eating Chinese food and no matter what the fortune cookie says, you add the words, “in bed” at the end, just for yucks? I feel like every point I make in this review should end with “for a wheat beer” because some of these words don’t sound ok unless they go with a Hefe-wheat review. Bright white tight bubbly Head but I committed a boo boo and poured this into a pint. Oops.

Aroma was fresh, and from a brown 12 oz bottle nonetheless. Had more of a sweet creamy cool-whip & clove aroma which I really liked. Just smelled tasty. I am not a huge wheat fan, but I like them on occasion. This is a decent American Hefe.

Taste was a basic, Hefe/wheat offering, with yeasty palate. Just an easy bitter lemon rind on the tongue. (How can wheats ever really stand above others? I am learning that but tonite, I do not know for sure.) The body was full and chewy. Plenty of yeast to go around the tongue and rye bread leading to peppery aftertaste. Maybe a good ole dose of Band-Aid, “for a wheat beer” so that’s not a bad thing. Crisp, but not ‘overly’ crisp carbonation. There is a twinge of sweet ‘n low sweetness too, oh, “for a wheat beer.”

I have had some clunker wheats so this gets by on better than average all around. Flying Dog seems to be a solid contender. I enjoy this Colorado Brewery. Part of a mixed pack but I forget the price.

Beer is good. Happy beering “in bed.”

blitheringidiot, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden cloudy body with little carbonation, white head with little retention and no lace.
Interesting nose, sweet like a strawberry/banana yogurt, a little molasses and earth.
The taste mimics the smell pretty well with some added mild acidity. The hops are somewhat hard to find though there is a citric twangy aftertaste that still carries some of the fruit flavors.
Mounthfeel is good and solid, you can almost feel the yeast swimming around.
Pretty good brew, I really wish the head retention and lace was better though.

oelergud, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold color, full of yeas sediment, nice looking brew. Decent head, doesn't stick around too long.

Slight yeast, banana and grain in the nose.

Light body, almost watery with a slight lemon taste at the start. Finishes with a light spiciness mixed with sweetness.

One of Flying Dog's better beers, but not the greatest wheat I've had.

Southernbrew, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, tupelo honey color with a thin, tightly knit ivory head that quickly drops into a persistent ring around the glass. Aroma is lemon/lime, wheat grain, and woodsy yeast. Mouthfeel has active carbonation and a sharp hop bite. Taste is initially of a classic Nehi lemon/lime soda with fizzy sweetness. There is a pronounced yeasty mustiness that evokes the interior of an old car that has been sitting in a barn for a couple of years. Swirling the glass stirs up more yeasty notes, and coats the glass with some patchy sheets of lace. Finishes with a semi-dry wheaty yeastiness. Overall, a full bodied Weiss with sufficient complexity to be very enjoyable. Probably, the best of this brewery's line.

merlin48, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold color, with almost no head. Has the yeast-citrus smell of many other hefe's, only this seems more pungent. Sharp malt flavor that finishes somewhat watered down. Not that much in the way of hops. This is a beer that would be a lot better in the summer, IMO, not in February in Minnesota. Still not bad, but nothing to write home about.

TastyTaste, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly wheaty banana nose. 1/8 inch white head on the pour leaves quite quickly. Straw yellow color and slightly hazy look in the glass. Kind of watery tasting initally and then there are slight banana and sweet malt flavors as well as a hint of lemon in the finish.. but all of the flavors are light and understated. A little weak in the flavor department. Mouth is thin.

frank4sail, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Hefe-weisen's. Unfortunately, not many American breweries can come close to the German breweries.

This one pours kind of cloudy and orangish. The head is weak for a hefe. The nose is yeasty and citrusty with some bread. Taste is bready fruity and a little spicy but really falls short of the overall satisfaction of body and mouthfeel that true hefe's exhibit. Even though there are some flavors there, it comes across as watery.

Not bad but not all that good either.

Update: May 2008. Either this beer is improved or I have changed. This beer has excellent mouthfeel with nice citrus and banana taste. Good body. The watery taste and feel is gone. One of the best American Hefeweizens.

daledeee, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of pezoids
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out a slightly hazed pale yellow color and it’s head was thin which turned into just a film before the first sip. The aroma is somewhat unappealing with banana and bubblegum coming out with the hint of something metallic. Flavor is light and bubblegum sweet and finishes with a tang. Not bad. An easy drinking and pretty clean wheat beer overall.

pezoids, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Smells of lemon and bananas. Taste is sharp citirus bite with malt and wheat and bananas taking over at the end. Not never been a big hefe fan, but this brews not bad. Have to try more of this style in the future.

mntlover, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of maxpower
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy hazy yellow-orange in color, decent white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Not much aroma some wheat and stale bread, bland lemon and wheat flavors, watery and thin mouthfeel, finishes with some sourness, not much going on with this one.

maxpower, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Gump
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, light and zesty. Comes alive on the tip of the tongue with some acidity.
Flowery aroma is execellent.
The typical couldiness is evident after you get all the sediment lifted from the bottom, and it taste much better that way.
Falls a bit short in body, but makes for a good summer drink.

Gump, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight white head sits on top of a couldy orange brew. The smell is slightly lemony. When this beer hits your tounge the buds jump up, this beer has some zest to it. This hefe has more of a citrus feel to it than most of the hefes ive tried. Not a bad one to try but i would perfer a number of hefes before this beer.

Tballz420, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed by this offering from the Flying Dog. Believe this to be the runt of the litter.
The entire brew is ...average!!! (except for the great art work)
Murky in stature, medium bodied, limited head and soso carbonation.
Tasting of bananas and citrus with a yeasty linger.
Nose mirrors the taste.
Mouthfeel is non descript.
This dog could find itself in the "pound"

Shiloh, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great deep mahogany color with an intriguing aroma and subsequent flavor. There are things I smell in this beer that I know, but hell if I can put a finger on them. A+ for stumping the taster, I guess. Nevertheless, I make no bones of the fact that I am not the biggest fan of Wheat beers, but I have to tell you, I would drink this one again, without even thinking about it. Quite fresh and very palatable.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, orange yellow.
Short lived, meager head, no lacing in my glass.
Smells faintly of wheat, not much of an aroma.
I am not a big fan of the wheat beers. This one I could drink as it does not taste like any wheat beer I have had in the past. It is refreshing, slight citrus crispness.
Not too carbonated. Goes down easy, more like a golden ale.

hungryghost, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with very little head. The smell is slightly yeasty. The taste is also very yeasty, with little hint of the cloves/banana taste of a good hefe. The mouthfeel is heavy, but about right. Drinkability-wise, wouldn't want another.

Though I enjoyed a few of the Flying Dog brews, this is one that I didn't. With so many good hefeweizens out there, this is one that I won't have again.

beergeek279, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Boto
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the CT River Brewers Festival.

The beer has a hazy-golden color about it. About no head, but it was in a plastic cup at a beer festival. The aroma is somewhat mild, with a hint of lemon and wheat to it. The flavor was a bit citrusy, with a bit of wheat. It is an OK Hefe, but nothing to distinguish it from the pack. Still a good summer thirst quencher.

Boto, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow. Slightly orange. Even with a heavy pour, and a stout swirling of yeast in the bottle, I got very little head. That which I did get, disappeared quickly.

Smell: Smells of banana and something metallic. Also some grapefruit. Kinda wierd to me.

Taste: Pretty much what it smells like. Some banana, which is common for the style, some grapefruit, and metal. Not sure why there is a metallic flavor to the beer. It's like drinking aluminum. Still wierd.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not bad. Goes down without a bite at all. Smooth and light.

Drinkability: Pretty good except for the aluminum. It's easy to drink, fairly refreshing, and has a decent taste. I just can't get past the metal.

Got this at the store when I was lookin' for new things to try. I'm a little disappointed overall. I was expecting a better wheat beer. From now on I'll buy Boulevard and save a buck fifty.

Nytemare, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly disappointing: I expected so much more from this brewery. This beer is flat, lacks decent flavor and feels like swill. The look is no head over a hazy apricot body and no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is light and lacks any real sense of goodness from either grain or hops. I'll likely not finish the glass so that I not waste the calories on this little pig of a Dog.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color body topped by a thin white head that quickly fades. A hefe with a quick-fading head? Uh-oh. Aroma is very grainy with some clove notes and maybe just a touch of hops. The taste has a noteable banana component, along with a bit of clove spice and some bready yeast notes, but everything is too subdued, except for the barley malt character. It even has a good bit of typical lager graininess. The bite on the finish is very lagerish as well, as this beer shows none of the soft palate and crisp wheat flavors I enjoy in a hefe. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little harsh. Drinkability is OK. I've had many worse beers, but wouldn't chose this one again any time soon.

aaronh, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head was small and white when it was poured and it contained fine sized bubbles.The head quickly dissipated.The body was murky-hazy and had a lot of carbonation.The hue was medium yellow and the nose was the traditional banana and clove.There was no lacing with this beer.This beer lacked flavor and the mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, thin and smooth.This is not a good example of what a good German Wheat beer should taste like.This was a very dissapointing experience as German Wheat beers are one of my all-time favorite styles of beer.

hotstuff, Aug 04, 2003
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.