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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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80
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1,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 104 | 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 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
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.
Cheers…

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy yellow-ish gold color like an overripe banana with a nice white head and decent carbonation. Fruity banana aroma and flavors dominate with a nice grainy wheat character underneath to finish it off and just the right amount of clove in the finish. Light to medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

A nice fruity American example of the Bavarian style and one of FD's better brews...

Per Label: "Hefeweizen"

Per FD website:
Original Gravity: 12.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.048
Alcohol By Volume: 5.1%
GABF- 2003 Silver Medal - German-Style Hefeweizen

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

From the sampler pack....

Appearence: Standard for a wheat, a bit lighter, cloudy , yellow golden.

Smell: A little lower than average. It lacked some of the scent of a full-bodied wheat beer.

Mouth: Average for a wheat. Good, thick, chewy, with a grainy taste.

Taste: Fruity beginning, typical of wheats, but it seemed like there was a hole in the center with no follow through. I have the Upland Wheat every time I go to Rich-o's, and I compare all wheat beers to that. It had a lingering taste of wheats that I've had, but nothing in the middle.

Drinkability: Less than average. I wasn't impressed enough with the off flavors to make me want another. It didn't seem as full, despite appearences.

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

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a thin ivory head. No lace. Lemony aromas, some subdues spice and thin banana in the nose as well. Wierdly, the smell of sweet apple juice underpins the whole thing.

Taste is pretty straightforward. Lemony, sweet wheat malt with just a hint of banana and a crispy bitter finish. The mouth is light but sticky sweet. Apples in the aftertaste again. This is OK. Most American wheats I can do without. I will damn this one with faint praise and say this is a serviceable American hefe.

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

Pours a strange clear yellow ambered out wheat with a tiny white headskie. Flavor is average at best. Ok to drink, but nothing special. Very generic in form from front to back. I'm starting to think that Flying Dog may not be the best brewery in the country. Just pass this one and move along.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite of the the Flying Dog brews I've tried. Pours to a cloudy golden color with a thin white foam. Smells and tastes like bananas and a slight backing of wheat malt. Not much else to say about this brew, but that is not to say that it was bland, boring, or not worth trying. It is definitely worth trying, and maybe even worth making a session out of. Perfect for the prelude to a hot summer's day that was today (it got to ~80 degrees F this nice(?!) early spring evening in Iowa City).

(edit: after drinking lots of hefes and dunkels from both Germany and the U.S., I'd have to say this is one of my top choices so far, next to the Aventinus)

Photo of Hibernator
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a Schneider Weisse hefeweizen glass. There is a freshness date in jet ink on the side label that reads 021A05.

Pours a hazy and cloudy mustard yellow color with a mini head on top. Minimal head sustain. No sticky lacings present. Presentation leaves me wanting more.

Whiifs of citrus fruit, cloves, rotting banannas, and yeast.

A light and citrusy fruity mouthfeel. Tighly pressed carbonation fizz with a lemon tartness on the finish. I like clovey flavors that show up in this beer. Very refreshing and drinkable overall. A valiant interpretation of a style that only Germans can truly nail.

Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer was the hypeness. semi cloudy yellow once given a roll and dumps with a decent head. looks ok. smells oh so lovely, citrus and spice. this is where it gets really crazy, it tastes good too. lightly doughy with a small bannana smack, nice citrus bite, well carbonated but still smooth. a damn fine hefe, lots of people frown upon this beer, but thats fine, more for me.

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

Bottled, into a weizen glass. Wasn't too cloudy, kind of light colored, had a mild citrus taste and some spice to it. Mild head that dissipted rather quickly. I've come to expect either standard or sub-par versions of styles from Flying Dog. My girlfriend thought this was rather good, and picked up on the citrus, but I personally would pass next time.

Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this first with some spicy chicken wings to complement my food. Came in a Flying dog mix 12 pack (2 each of 6 brews). Not bad in every aspect for a Hefe. Characteristics are typical to the style - tastes of vanilla, clove, and banana. Cloudy appearance and little head. Could easily be a session beer in the summer.

Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, golden color. Very small head considering the style. No lace.

Band-aid aroma in this batch. Stong banana and clove smells. The wheat is the predominant smell but it seems to be slightly off.

Nice, traditional wheat flavors with citrus touches. Very dry with a touch of sourness. Moderately bodied and carbonated.

Overall, this is a weak wheat beer. Other than the aroma, which might be a result of the batch not the recipe, this beer meets the standards expected, but doesn't excite.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy peach color. and has a white head. This is by far the fruitiest Hefe I have ever enjoyed. It reeks of bananas and cloves and they dominate the flavor too .The more sips I take the more I like it. Another top-notch brew from the Flying Dog Brewery.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.