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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 31
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

a - pours a cloudy straw with a fairly small head given the style of beer. leaves lacing that sticks to the glass for about a minute then just slides away.

s - wheat, citrus (lemons mainly), cloves, etc.

t - somewhat watery with a huge (let me emphasize that HUGE) hit of lemon flavor that actually overpowers the taste of the wheat! i find that very odd, and not that great. it's definately a very unique tasting beer.

m - light bodied, super super smooth, somewhat tannic due to the acidity of the lemon.

d - not sure how many of these i'd want to have. just a bit to watery to want more than one or two. this would definately go great with a hot dog or a hamburger though. i can definately see bringing a few bottles of this out on the bay this coming summer. all in all though, very very average drinkability wise.

note: this is the first of the flying dog brews that i've had and i'm not really keen on trying their others but i probablly will within the next month or two.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle bearing no freshness date. Had a cloudy pale golden color, random streams of fine carbonation and a rather small white head that quickly sputtered down to a thin ring. No lace.
Spicy clove-and-banana aroma but not as robust as found in the finer German hefeweizens. Some lemon zest citric notes downgrade the overall impression of the nose. The taste had a decent banana and clove flavor that convinced me this was, in fact, a hefeweizen and not some American pale wheat ale passing off as a hefe. Yeasty malts there but not all that well defined. An unsettling medicinal flavor hits the back of the palate in the finish and proves to be a real distraction. The feel was light, a bit thin and dry.
Overall, I haven't had many hefeweizens this lackluster. Still, it isn't a real dud and would work in a pinch as a refreshing brew on a hot summer day.

Photo of wcudwight
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy pineapple juice looking. Very thin head that is gone in a second. Heavy carbonation bubbles on pour.
S:Smells like Enriched White Bread. Faint citrus fruit smell.
T: Very dry and bland, but well balanced. Light fruity aftertaste.
M: Too much carbonation.
D: The carbonation hurts the drinkability. Ok for summertime I guess.

Photo of whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, cloudy honey color with a moderate creamy head that disipates fairly quickly without leaving more than a trace of lacing.

Aroma is grassy with some clove, lemon and maybe bananas.

Taste is along the same lines, a little thin, with some sweet malt, clove, and fruit - citrus, banana, pear? - very light spicy hops. Finish is slightly tart, with cloves lingering in the aftertaste.

Not the best hefe-weizen but drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of the style, but I like this one!

Pours golden, murky & suprise, suprise has superior head retention...

Smells of meadow/ wit bandaids & such like I'd a assumed this ale to

Great grassy/spicy taste

Mouthfeel= yum , not yumy

good effort super with Indian or Thai food!!!

Photo of ChefSchipull
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a fairly nice cloudy golden hue with a quickly fading head. Smell is consistent with typical hefeweizens of banana, citrus, and cloves. Mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonated making this brew easy to drink. Taste is almost a cross between a hefeweizen and an american light lager with bitter undertones hardly noticable.

Photo of Naes
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a fleeting white head. Aroma is of wheat and banana and spice.

The flavor is a bit citrusy with hints of clove and spice. The banana comes through a bit in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is light and refreshing, which makes this brew go down easy.

Photo of LucaBrasi
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a large head. The head will lesson but not completely disappear it will lace the glass thorough. The taste is creamy perhaps vanilla and has a taste of bananas. The mouthfeel is light, watery, and lightly carbonated Drinkability is average.

Photo of riversider76
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color. Smell is of bannas and cream with a hint of orange. Head quickly vanished to a bit of lace. Smooth and refreshing with a fruity finish. I bought one of these to try and was sorry I didnt have more! This is a good beer. I would recommend trying it ASAP!

Photo of HopGoblin
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden and clody with a nice white head. Exceptional aromas of banana cream pie and tangerines. However the taste could not keep up with the nose. The first sips were a bit astringent, but were follwed by hints of citrus with a smooth creamy texture. The a bit thin on the finish. In my opinion the best offering from Flying Dog, with the exception of the almighty Gonzo.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, where a nice size head formed but disspipated rather quickly, leaving a nice lace. A cloudy golden color.
There wasnt a whole lot to talk about in the smell of this beer.
The taste was quite refreshing. I think I taste some sort of cotton candy/ bubble gum flavor? A touch of cloves comes at the end with a smooth yeast flavor. A sweet treat. A touch of hops to let you know youre drinking something, but quite smooth overall, with little carbonation resonating.
A bit sticky on the mouthfeel (maybe its the cotton candy).
I have had better wheats but I may give this one more try.

Photo of tgbljb
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a light orange color with initial large puffy head that quickly feel to slight ring. Smell is a mixture of spices, bananas, and phenol. Taste is initiallly pleasant but the spiciness is almost immediately gone and is replaced by a sweet apricat taste. Mouthfell is a sweet slickness. Glad there were only of these in my sampler pack.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hzy gold with a 1/2" white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of crisp wheat, banana, and citrus.
The taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a fine yeastiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth with some banana sweetness that is long lasting.
The drinkability is great. I was very surprised by this, as I've had this in years past and thought it was just ok. I'm not sure if they've cleaned it up or my palate has changed but I enjoyed it much.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very accessible hefe, Flying-Dog’s In-Heat Wheat is worth a sample. Poured into a pint glass, the brew shows a cloudy, bright yellow color. ½ inch of white foam tops the beer, but dissipates quickly. Aromas of lemon, flowers, a hint of clove, and of course wheat, rise from the freshly unleashed liquid. The taste is lemony and some malt/fruit sweetness. Although, this beer offers a little bite, these tangy, slightly clove and spice bits are welcome. Soft in the mouth, with some carbonation, which thins out through the beer. All in all, a great summer beer, although the bite might be too much to handle if you’re in for more than just a few.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A hazy golden copper color with a medium head. Not as opaque as I've come to expect from a hefe weizen, but nothing weird. A lot of carbonation.

Smell - A citrus odor is complimented by a mild grain. Pleasant but not enticing.

Taste - Very mild flavor. A little toasty with faint hops, not sweet at all. Mild bitter aftertaste that is gone in seconds. Soothing and refreshing. Nothing offensive about the flavor at all. Great summer beer.

Mouthfeel - Just in tossing it across my tongue it froths up from all the carbonation. Not a bad feeling, but more than I am used to from even hefe weizens. Aside from that it is fairly smooth and thick. Pretty refreshing.

Drinkability - The flavor being so mild makes this a versatile and durable beer. It is difficult to tire of, mostly because there is nothing extravagant to hook you in the first place.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "We didn't brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so that you could wing a lemon slice in it for showmanship. You're not getting style points from us. Germans don't drink it that way, so save your attention-grabbing tactics for the karaoke stage, ok? OK.

I am going to cop right here and now to how I proceeded with this beer. I opened it and began to pour, only to notice that it was coming out sort of clear. "Krystalwiesse?" I asked myself. Nope. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I ceased and desisted on what I was doing, agitated the good half-of-a-bottle that remained, then continued the pour. Decent white head, especially given the agitaion in the bottle, above the milky, cloudy lemon yellow that one would expect from the style. Now I'm cookin' with gas. The nose was redolent with the banana/clove esters that simply endear me to this style. 8=p Mouthfeel was tending toward creamy, again possibly due to my agitation. It had a spicy, tangy flavor on the tongue, like black pepper or cloves. The finish was more sweet than spicy, with the banana taste really asserting itself. Do I like hefeweizens? NO. Would I recommend this one to someone who does? Probably, and here's why: LNCBC does not currently bottle their hefe, but 2/5 LNCBC Straw Wheat, 2/5 of any hefe (this one is a good candidate), and 1/5 LNCBC Milk Stout drizzled in on top of the first two makes a Strawberry Banana Split with Chocolate Topping. Sweet? Hell, yeah! Do the women lap it up when I tell them about it? See the last response. Hefes have their place, just not neccesarily in my glass.

Photo of tavernjef
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild lemon yellow color with a smearing of haze to its body. A little too clear for a hefe. There's some carbonation within rising at a medium rate to the top where a bright sparkley white/greyish cap of loose styrofoamyness sits about a half inch high. Flops off quickly to leave an open skim and slim collar. Lacing is very minimal and drippy.

Aroma of stale musty breads and a touch of lemon grass and clove. Very tame and unzippy. The staleness is off-putting.

Flavors are no better really. Very mild. Calm. Smooth. Un hefeweizen-like. More of a Golden ale type of taste. Semi tangy breadyness, wheatish in a certain tone of grain and grass. Loosely fruity underneath. Only breif and understated touches of hefe yeast, lemon, and spice. and all takes place fairly quickly. Nothing lasting here. Quite finish with fluffy bready-like dryness and a touch of sour dough.

Feel is smooth and creamy within a light to medium body, which seemingly fits its overall character, but not a hefe character persay.

Goes down easy enough. Satisfing to a point of boredom where it preceds its own worth.

Photo of fisherman34
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy and pale yellow in colour. Some good aromas of banana and vanilla. There are some citrus flavors in there, along with some yeasty flavors. The body is quite light, but this beer drys out way too fast.. leaving me kind of cotton-mouthed. Started off well, but finished poorly.

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head; the retention was not great and it didn't leave that much lacing

Smell: Light banana esters, peppery and lemony, with a whiff of yeast and cloves

Taste: Starts out bready with a faint banana presence; finishes with a bit of clove and apple spice, a speck of sweetness and an overwhelming lemony citrus flavor; surprisingly hoppy

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A light, summer brew; OK, but I'm not really big on hefeweizens

Photo of ryantupy
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A Very cloudy golden color with a nice foamy head.

Smell: It smelled of wheat and yeast predominatly and I couldent put my finger on anything else.

Taste: I found this beer to be very smooth and medium bodied. I noticed tastes of wheat, crisp hops, and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth slightly carbonated and fizzy but overall very enjoyable.

Drinkability: One of my favorites from flying dog brewery and I found it to be smooth and easily drinkable.

Photo of palliko
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is hazy golden with minimal head almost no lacing and ample carbonation. Aroma is filled with citrus and banana – and the usual Paulaner Hefe clove smell is conspicuously absent. Initial taste is acerbic, mellowing out eventually to a sharp bite. The finish is bland, and lacking in flavor. I don’t know what they were going for, but am afraid they fell short.

Photo of baiser
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ok attempt at a hefe. Sweet, banana, clove aromas. Very light, fluffy and drinkable. A bit watery like all their beers. Very refreshing on a hot Las Vegas summer day. Mellow carbonation. One of the better beers of their mix pack. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow colour with good retention.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at USBTC, Jungle Jims, Cincinnati for the second time. Is a better beer than originally rated. The beer is more adhearence to a Hefe than an American Wheat. The beer has very good bananna, clove, estery, and bubblegum flavor, and though I wish the body were creamier, the mouthfeel is good. Another winner by Flying Dog.

A nice wheat beer from a brewery that is usually over the top. Looks deeper golden than most. As murky as you'd expect. Smells fuity, wheaty, malty, and spicy. Not as bananna-ey or buble gum-ey as I expected. Head retention is a bit disapointing. A bit thicker and more barley malt detection. Medium round body that finishes a bit thick and heavy for a wheat. Still, good flavors.

Photo of AlexJ
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peachy pale yellow with fluffy white head that has moderate retention and little to no lace.

Standard American hefe aromas of grainy wheat, lemony pucker, buttery diactyl, and a faint touch of banana and requsite clove. Very average nose.

Taste follow the nose with gritty wheat, lemon, a the slightest hint of banana and spice. A bit hoppier in the rear that need be.

Light to medium in body with a slick wheaty mouthfeel. Better than some American hefe's, not nearly as good as others. Rather average across the board.

Photo of LPorter33
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Foggy, cloudy murky peach colored whitish orange. Not a lot of head.

Smell = Very strong wheat smell with sweet malt coming through. Very good scent for a Heff.

Taste = A little tame but I kind of like that about this one. Hides the 6% very well. Smooth and mellow as it goes down. Very high drinkability and a satin like mouthfeel. Taste has enough wheat flavor to satisfy. This beer really agrees with me and would be perfect to drink on a hot day or at a BBQ.

Overall = A great Heff, one of the better I've tried in a long time. Recommended for the casual fan as well as more serious drinkers.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.