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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 27
Gots: 90 | 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 RocketWidget
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, very cloudy golden color. Head could be more prominent. Smell is sweet and citrus-like. Taste is good, malty and zesty, a sweet beer with subtle hops at best, and a definite fruity flavor. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. A fun beer to try.

RocketWidget, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of finepaws
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been off tap at my local watering hole for 2 weeks. I've wanted to try it for some time, and finally got a chance this evening. I was not disappointed! Poured a nice summery gold, with a small head that dissapated quickly, but did lace the glass. Smelled like 'naners. As I drank and sniffed, it was a delictable combo. Very much like a hefe. Like banana bread. Mouthfeel was average. But overall I could have drank this one all nite. I think I have another favorite!

on a re-review, in comparing this to hoegaarden and Avery White rascal, this is by far tastier. Sweeter in comparasion. This time it did come in a bottle. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

finepaws, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2 bottles poured into a German weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice cloudy straw color, with a good head of foam.

Aroma: bready, with a hint of lemon

Taste/body: Creamy body, reasonably full. Lots of fruity esters (pineapple? banana certainly) . Also a lot of vanilla flavor, even more than typically found in German hefeweizen-style beers. Less tart than many of the style. Long, vanilla finish. Hop bitterness is very low.

This has a unique, recognizable flavor that still sits well in the style, but is different from most other hefeweizens out there. It's been one of my favorite American-made German-style hefeweizens since it appeared in Texas stores a year ago.

allengarvin, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of texashammer
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First let me say that I am not a huge fan of wheat beers.
Appearance is good; I see a very yellow beer with a good head that fades somewhat quickly, but stays in the form of small-bubble lacing. Smell is very much yeast, with noticeable lemon and pineapple. Effervescence like I expect from a wheat beer, and body is very light. The overall effect on my tongue is very light and pleasant. Tastes sweet (malted wheat, yes) and again, pineapple. I have a very good impression of this beer. Finish is very short and sweet.

texashammer, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was 80% opaque and just thick, thick, thick. Nice retention of head. Nose was bubblegum and banana, mellow and thick.

Taste, too, was wit yet with a far thicker and meater feel to it. Probably the meatiest hefeweizen I've had. Notes of bubblegum, banana and citrus. Afternotes of wintergreen.

Mouthfeel was thick, obviously, and the aftertaste was lightly dry, reminiscent of banana peel.

I felt myself getting bored of the taste after a while, and I wondered if it was because it was a tad too sweet, or just a little too heavy to keep drinking. I couldn't decide. Not the normal hefeweizen definitely. Appreciate the slightly higher ABV as well.

donnebaby, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of TPoling
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian-wit pours a dense and cloudy gold with very little head, but some nice lace. Citrus and spice notes in the nose. There is a rich mouthfeel with some crackery malts and obvious spice. Coriander? The finish is very short, but leaves enough of a promise to call for another mouthful. Overall, not a bad beer, but not in the tops for the style.

TPoling, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a cloudy pale orange-yellow. A one-finger head soon disappears to nary a bubble in the glass.

Aroma - the standard hefe yeast aroma and very light fruit smell. The hefe part fades a little bit, bringing an orange fruitiness more to the front.

Taste - has a hefeweizen base flavor to it, but doesn't develop much beyond that. A somewhat powerful blast of bubbles clears out the yeastiness and replaces it with little of anything outside of a whisper of sourness. About as plain a hefe as I've had. Were they aiming for average?

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, but manages some smoothness despite. Less bubbles might give this one more depth on taste though, and likely a better feel.

Drinkability - it's got a few flaws but it's still a decent summer session brew.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.49 for a single

The appearence is a nice golden base with a small white head, unimpressive retention and a few hints of lacing... The aroma is pretty average, a blend of some grain meets some citrus, average.

The taste is pretty nice, an above average taste that maximized the minimal smell, refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth on the palette especially for a 6% beer. Thus the drinkability gets high marks for the 6% ABV which feels lighter, it's nice going down and this clearly can fit into a "session beer" profile.

Final Thought: First off this beer really isn't a Hefe-Weizen, more of a golden lager...

However, this beer just kept on getting better and better from pour to finish, quite nice!

mobyfann, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of niknar
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a light straw color with a sizable white head. Leaves some lacing as it settles. This one is hazy (as expected for the style), but actually not as hazy as I was looking for. The smell has very strong citrus tones as well as some yeasty, bready aromas. Overall not bad, but too strong on the citrus, so it lacks complexity and balance. Taste is somewhat strange. Very strong citrus flavors give it an almost pungent flavor. Barely some wheat flavors in there too, but everything seems to be overwhelmed by the lemon/citrus. Also a little more hop bitterness on the finish than I would expect for the style. Mouthfeel is one of this beer's better points - light and refreshing. Not overcarbonated either. Drinkability suffers due to the strong off-flavors on this one. I can't tell if this is skunked (no dates on the bottle) or if this is just the way the beer tastes... either way its not at the top of my list.

niknar, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very hazy light-golden color with a large snow-white head, which retains quite well. The sedimentation is moderate with lively streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Quite yeasty, bready aroma with less of the clove and banana aroma often found in this style. This beer is quite subdued for a Hefe Weizen.

Taste: Begins with tart malts and lemon hops, soon followed by bananas, yeast, and clove notes. Finishes dry with a mild herbal note. Pleasant, although slightly understated.

Mouth feel: Lively stinging carbonation with a fairly thin body.

Drinabability/notes: To me, this seems a bit subdued for a Flying Dog brew. It certainly is not bad, but it seems less noteworthy than thier other beers. Quite easy to drink and refreshing, though.

Pegasus, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow color, with a tiny head. A mix of hop and citrus smells, a bit of that 'typical beer smell' hidden in there, too. Strong citrus taste, with a bit of what I imagine is a dry hop taste. Good bitterness from the hops, it just doesn't seem to have much moisture in the taste, as funny as that sounds. Very interesting taste. Crisp mouthfeel.

Good beer. Not great, but a good one.

Rio, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle

A foamy 1" white head. Carbonation is visibly present. Some decent lacing that never really sticks. A golden yellow/light orange color with a glowing cloudiness.

Overwhelming banana smell with a touch of lemon and slight diacetyl.

A flavorful banana taste with a decent amount of carbonation on the palate. A slight lemon flavor at the end of the sip that cuts through the strong banana flavor. A very mild buttery aftertaste.

A well balanced hefe given such bold flavors (banana, coriander, lemon, and diacetyl) that all come together nicely. Very smooth on the palate.

Solid hefe best to be enjoyed on a warm summer afternoon.

NEhophead, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from my local “Harry Food’s” in Cleveland as part of a mixed 12 pack. Nice little find for something in my little town.

Pours out surprisingly…yellow..and clear; almost reminds me of a macro lager in appearance. Then I remember to give it a swirl and a dump…and I get that trade mark hefe yeasty/cloudiness. Head tries to roll up, but not like other hefe’s I’ve seen, pretty paltry in comparison actually. Retention isn’t there either.

The smell is thick and enjoyable. Over-ripe banana, big heavy yeast, and the characteristic cloviness of a hefe.

As I drink it a dry-wheat flavor plays astringently over the front of my tongue. A heavy, almost doughy, yeasty sweetness takes hold in the middle. This is rounded out at the end by the powerful tones of (brown)bananas with a spicy peppery note. Mouthfeel is medium light and super-slippery, carbonation makes it even a tad lighter on the tongue.

A pleasant experience overall..sweet, light and refreshing.

FormatKid, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of necoadam
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at J. Timothy's in Plainville, CT

This place isn't that bad. I liked how all the macro beers were on a tiny corner spot on the back of the menu and all the micro stuff had most of the space. I saw this on draft and thought I would take a chance with it. Came in a strange looking mug, like a left over mustard glass bottle or something. Golden/honey color with a good amount of carbonation, but faded away eventually. Smell was weak. Some yeast hits the nose but it was mostly a wheat/clove mixture. But that too was rather weak. Taste was bad for a hefe. Some citrus notes with an undertone of wheat. Where's the cloves and bananas? Aftertaste was watery as well. Is the bottled version better? I'll have to find out I guess.

necoadam, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a fairly bright gold colour with minimal head. The nose was not very floral which is my favourite part of a Hefe but the first sip helped rectify things somewhat. The beer was fairly acidic and not soft like most German Wheats. The finish was not huge but I did get a nice banana note at the back of the throat. I had better Hefes but this was refreshing and worth picking up again.

canucklehead, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque straw color. Rocky white head.

Nose has a lot of citrus and fresh bread aromas. Very nice.

On the palate a pleasant, dry wheat cracker taste at first followed by faint banana and some clove. I think the wheat is doing more in this beer than the yeast does, or the yeast should I guess (the nice banana clove). But still, a very impressive beer.

Body is medium, perhaps on the full side for a hefe. Definitely thicker than most weizens, and so I'd say a tad less on the drinkability scale. On a hot summer day this thirst quencher will fill you up quickly.

yemenmocha, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, white, noisy, coarse head sits on an opaque, dark banana-gold body. Runny spots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, buttery, lemony. Very appealing. Spicy and fruity in front. A touch of banana, but not much. A milky, buttery, full middle trailing to corn and spice in the fresh, dry finish. This is a good, buttery, spicy, dry hefe. A nice surprise among crappy American hefes.

kbub6f, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours like a frothy urine. Golden yellow, slightly opaque with lots of carbonation and a slight white head.


Wheat characteristics shine through with less of the orange/coriander spice associated with Wit beers.


Flavors of banana dance on the tongue followed by a bread like yeasty-ness that leaves the tongue longing for the nearest bakery. A very good offering for this style beer. VG

cbl2, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monsterously hazy medium amber. This sucker is nearly as opaque as a stout. The head is minuscule and is down to a thin film in the time it took me to type the first two sentences. No lace; nada, zippo. The aroma does not portend great things. It's wheaty and grainy, but doesn't impress in the least.

The flavor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. It has a slightly sour, grain-like (wheat), mildly bitter taste that doesn't compel me to keep on drinking. Unfortunately, it isn't quite light enough or innocuous enough to be a good, poundable lawnmower beer. Flying Dog hasn' t impressed me in the past and In-Heat Wheat has done nothing to change my mind.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a full white head. Good lace.

A doughy yeast aroma dominates the nose. There is a spicy quality that mingels with the yeast.

The taste is fruity and sweet with a mild spice finish.

A suprisingly mid bodied beer that has a spicy sweet finish.

This is a decent beer that can be a refreshing summer drinker. Not bad.

filabrazilia, May 30, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a small white head that died quickly with a hazy bright gold body. Tiny black specks were present in the haze.

The nose was really quite amazing. Banana, spice, phenols and wheat. Mostly though just this really fresh banana smell. Quite an amazing non-german weis beer smell.

The taste on the other hand was quite a bit different. Light and very smooth. Very bready with a firm wheat and barley taste. A soft bitterness, with soft spice, fruit and banana. Basically though this beer tasted like grapenuts. It starts light and smooth, but ends tasting like a beer made with grapenuts. Very bizarre.

So… the smell is amazing. Like fresh german weis, or a belgian like leffe. The taste is like a weis beer made with grapenuts. It’s crazy I know, but… It works. I’d drink this beer again.

taez555, May 19, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild earthy aroma, mostly yeasty and banana. Big froathy off-white head sits atop a hazy golden wheat colored beer. Light doughy flavor, just a pinch of cloves, and even less of a fresh flower/lemony taste all fade quickly into a very clean finish. The taste is mild, but combined there's just enough body to hold the flavor. A quality hefe, yeah it's kind of light, but that just makes it even more drinkable. I'll definitely be coming back to this one.

HappyHourHero, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow, glinting in the southern Florida sunlight. A fast two fingers of pillowy white head dwindles soon to a mottled vellum. Spotty lacing slides down the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a gentle spicy wheatiness with a grainy malt undercurrent. The mellow sourness of the yeast pervades as well, and carries to the finish.

On first sip, a very muted grain sweetness barely appears before being obscured by a floral, almost perfumey fruitiness. The rounded, earthy grain reasserts itself in the middle, along with distant citrus notes. The tang of yeast swells at the back of the mouth at the finish, and fades dryly. Overall, the flavor is pleasant enough, but it's actually a bit thin.

Slightly more than light bodied, the carbonation helps to lend a little texture to the feel. However, once it's gone, it's really gone, leaving little memory of itself.

I drank this one in the hot Florida sun, making this Flying Dog the "paws" that refreshes. (Sorry, I could not resist.)
Honestly, the flavor profile is rather thin, but it has just enough going on to make it pleasing to drink, and drink it I did. As expected, it refreshes and fills just enough. However, I cannot totally ignore the somewhat skeletal flavor framework. Ah well, who cares, it's hot out here, and I'm going to have another.

Foxman, Apr 20, 2004
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
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.