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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

In-Heat Wheat
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1,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 1345
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a tall, fluffy, white head. Nose is of yeast, banana, cloves and some wheat malt. Medium body is creamy. Banana and orange fruits, sweet malt are balanced in the mouth by spicy cloves and hints of herbal hops. The finish, sweet in the beginning, becomes spicy and dry. For American hefe it is not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 14:25:18 | More by mikeg67
Photo of spitInTheOcean


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden color. very cloudy. thin white head.

smells strongly of banana, medium wheat/bread. low allspice. low bubblegum aroma. no hop aroma. smell is sweet.

strong banana flavor. low clove flavor. tastes very bready throughout. no hop flavor. low hop bitterness. mildly tart, citrusy finish. crisp finish.

soft. very effervescent. medium body, but the yeast definitely contributes to a thicker mouthfeel.

very tasty refreshing wheat ale here. although some simpleton might object to it being "too filling"

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:42:20 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of kojevergas


2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Flying Dog's offerings haven't been horribly appealing lately; I recently purchased the taster pack and this is maybe my fourth.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream and nice fluffy thickness. Good retention as well. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. I'm concerned; all good German hefeweizens I've had have been hazy and nontransparent.

Sm: Musty wheat and light orange peel ester hops. Decent but far from exemplary.

T: A wheat foundation with a light touch of artifical orange peel smack in the middle. Some near watery notes entre in on the climax. Very bland and simple for the style. Built badly. Imbalanced and disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but far too thick and a bit sharp on the climax. Doesn't suit the style or the beer.

Dr: Low ABV, a high price for the quality, and easy to drink. This isn't one to get your bollocks in a twist over, lads. Leave her be.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:45:58 | More by kojevergas
Photo of engagechad


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a mix case from Costco - 16oz pint glass

Pours a golden color, slight haze not much head for an agressive pour and no lacing whatsoever. Smells very good in fact, lots of banana in the nose on this one. Taste follows well yet there is a slight corny aroma after it warms. Feels wonderful, full in body.

Overall this is a surprisingly good hefe and I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:12:07 | More by engagechad
Photo of jondeelee


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a light nose, smelling mainly of toasted grains with a hint of citrus. Oranges dominate the latter, mixed in with cloves and spice.

On the tongue, these same aromas translate fairly evenly into taste, the brew being a nice mixture of citrus and grain notes. For the grains, wheat is clearly discernible, with strong wet-grain notes resounding, as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors. For the fruits, the orange-and-spice is dominant, though the oranges are joined by bananas, and the spice begins to carry hints of nutmeg, as well as cloves. Overlaying all of this is a sour tang that I normally associate with Brettanomyces, and which, I suspect, is responsible for the spice aspect. In this sense, this Hefeweizen carries many of the same notes found in Belgian ales. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-light.

Overall, this is a good Hefeweizen, and has many unusual tones that I find appealing and intriguing. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:56:49 | More by jondeelee
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard tumbler.

A: Looks like someone put NOS (Energy drink) in my beer. Very bright orange, and completely opaque. Generates a two-finger bright white head. Head fades, and leaves no lacing, but still great looking!

S: Very spicy, citrusy, and wheaty smelling. This is the Hef aroma I love! Almost smells like fresh baked lemon cookies!

T: A very good American Hef. Bold, wheaty, citrusy, spicy, and a slight hop finish. Very nice and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is thin, and has a light carbonation, but is not watery. This is a very nice quaffable beer, as most Hefs are. Very refreshing!

O; Overall a very solid attempt at a very hard beer to make. Certainly trumps the Magic Hat Circus Boy, without question, but still may be a little half-assed and gimicky to some Hef-heads. Would recommend!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:24:55 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Grains, lemons, coriander, bananas, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste banana, lemons, and quite a bit of clove/coriander. There is also a bit of a yeast taste and some wheat. The beer finishes with a banana and spice aftertaste.

Overall – This beer definitely has some potential, but the taste is just a little too unbalanced for me. There was just too much spice/coriander going on - and it took away from the other aspects of the beer. It was drinkable but not something that I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:17:37 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a nice white head. Sweet spices, bananna and pears fill the nose. Taste is sweet spiciness with some wheat and grassy notes, some light sour notes. Palate is light to med body, and light carbonation. Finish is sweet spices some light maltiness, bananna and pear, ending is some light bitter wheat and grassy tanginess. Overall a good refreshing summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:24:39 | More by Samp01
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured a hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger head that disappeared almost instantly, leaving no lacing

S - Wheat, honey, and clove notes (very typical hefeweizen)

T - The biscuity backbone is complimented by spicy clove notes and honey, but all in all, the flavor falls a little flat

M - Light bodied and undercarbonated

O - There isn't really anything very impressive about this brew. It's definitely an easy drinker, but in the grand scheme of things, it's your typical hef

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:10:51 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of nickthetick


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear orange gold into a DFH signature glass with a finger of white frothy head that stays around for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

S: cloves, spice, banana, biscuit, wheat and honey.

T: a wallop of clove and spice with a good backing of biscuit and bread. An orange flavor give it a nice sweetness as does a bit of honey. A little weak on the flavor profile, but a nice assortment of things going on here.

MF: a bit watery, thin, very effervescent.

O: an ok hefe, but there are so many great, readily available hefes around that were this not so inexpensive/local/sessionable I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:39:35 | More by nickthetick
Photo of diamondc


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Unfiltered, good head retention. Some minor lacing. Looks good for a hefeweizen.

S: Oranges, cloves, fresh bread. Really good here.

T: Clove is the most noticeable flavor here. Nice mild acidic tang from the wheat. A bit tart, too. Bolder than most American wheat beers.

M: Very crisp, well-carbonated. Refreshing.

O: One of the better American Wheat Ales, not to be confused with a traditional hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 06:54:20 | More by diamondc
Photo of beagle75


2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with two fingers of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Soft but assertive clove is complemented by detectable wheat. Lemon and a kick of yeasty funk follow, waiting a few beats before emerging.

T: Begins off-dry, with delicate grain and lemon-lime citrus that is interrupted by a thread of added dishonest sweetness that reminds of a sugar substitute. Acidity is understated and a little lacking. A whiff of fairly neutral bready yeast arrives in the middle as other flavors start to taper off. Breadiness reigns into the finish, where mild leafy bitterness lurks but does not linger.

M: Medium viscosity, soft and smooth on the palate but acidity compounds over time to leave a lingering energy, with low carbonation.

D/O: Only slightly recognizable as a hefeweizen, this beer struggles to display any satisfactory attributes of the style. Flavor accounts for the biggest let-down, coming across as incomplete and lifeless. It is drinkable, but not particularly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:00:26 | More by beagle75
Photo of Retsinis


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times as part of a mixed six pack over this past week, as it's been blazing hot here in So Cal (108 degrees)

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy bright gold color, with about a inch in a half of slightly creamy white head. Some mild lacing on the glass.

S: Scents of fresh banana, some citrus spritz, bread, touch of vanilla and some esters of yeast. A mild spicing of clove is also detectable as well.

T: Flavors are cleanly blended, and balanced. Unlike the nose, the clove is bit more pronounced, but not overwhelmingly, as it is quickly followed by banana, and vanilla. The wheat or grain malt makes up the middle, with some touches of citrus on the finish.

M: Mildly crisp, but light body in character, with medium to light carbonation. Mostly mildly creamy, and a bit dry.

O: Good, for what it is. Not expecting copious amounts of complexity in a Hefe, but I appreciate a quality hefeweizen every once in a while, as they can really hit the spot on a hot day, and I enjoyed this one a few times now, and will probably again until it cools down.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:37:14 | More by Retsinis
Photo of rvdoorn


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had this one in de beer tempel, an american beer bar in amsterdam.
Look: pours a hazy yellow-orange colour with a small white head, leaving a somewhat messy lacing
smell: wheat, sweet banana
taste: full of wheat, spices, banana. Bit too sweet for my liking
mouthfeel: medium carb, watery body.
Overall: nice, but lacks the body and complexity of the european equivalent. Like a watered down german heffe weizen

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 13:27:42 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of gpogo


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy clouded dark straw yellow. Small white head that turned instantly to a foam cap.

A- Wheaty dirty dishwater smell.

T- Nice full bodied wheat flavor. Reminds me of my first german hefeweizen to which I exclaimed, "it tastes like a field of wheat in my mouth!" Very nice!

M- Medium heavy body, extremely smooth. Moderate carbonation, could be a tad more carbonated.

D- This one surprised me. The aroma and lack of head weren't looking to promising, but the taste of this brew is great. I might consider picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 06:58:18 | More by gpogo
Photo of Forb


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: A nice hazy gold body that invites along with a sturdy head.

Smell: Of banana and cloves; typical of a European style hefeweizen.

Taste: Very good actually. The typical notes you find in european hef's are here but not overpoweringly so. This is a highly drinkable, highly flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation sits nicely on the palate with a smooth, highly drinkable body to indulge in.

Overall: I would recommend this as a great American example of a great European style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:10:26 | More by Forb
Photo of tigg924


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation, one inch head, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: wheat and banana

Taste: big time banana, wheat, and a touch of Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation and light bodied

Overall: This is an ok hefe. The flavors here are more subtle than overpowering. I could have several of these as this is not a bad beer overall. However, there are several other bolder versions in the style I would gravitate to first.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 16:16:43 | More by tigg924
Photo of LuthersMug


4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of my experiences with Flying Dog have been great. The label and name give off a crazy and wild vibe, which the beer lives up too. The smell was off apricots and citrus. The flavour was full and yeasty. I thought this wheat beer was particularly bursting with flavour. The carbonation seemed to be right. Overall, one of the best wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 05:26:49 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of HopHeadHurls


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprisingly, this beer was not nearly as hazy as most hefes I've had. There were about 1.5 fingers of head when I made the pour (as seen in the picture above), but the beer had almost no head retention (makes sense from the low hop levels of this beer). Literally, in less than a minute all of the head you see in the picture was GONE. The beer is a nice straw colored gold and you can see tons of carbonation bubbles rising. A sign of good things to come!

S - The wheat and yeast in the beer comes through more than most hefes do, but by far the aroma is dominated by bananas and some kind of spice. My guess is probably either a.) cloves or b.) coriander. Either way it smells pretty good, albeit somewhat predictable. I am starting to think this will be a solid, but not totally spectacular, hefe.

T - Bananas up front and throughout the experience here; the yeast comes through somewhat slightly and you definitely get a nice clove taste. You can taste a subtle sweetness in the background, a honey-ish flavor I think. It's a nice touch at the end of the drink. There isn't too much about this beer that sticks out (in a good or a bad way); not too complex, which can definitely be a plus (and with wheat beers it often is). Overall a solid taste, confirming my suspicions from the smell.

M - The beer is definitely heavier on the mouthfeel than it looks. Not seeing a hazy appearance lulled me into thinking this would be super light. So-so carbonation, not quite what I expected after seeing so much carbonation after the initial pour, but a respectable amount that adds a nice element. Again, nothing stands out as being incredibly different about this beer.

O - It's a solid hefe that I would definitely drink again, and a good summer beer if you're laying out in the sun. Nothing stands out too much other than the cloves, but try it out and see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 16:41:34 | More by HopHeadHurls
Photo of Lauthaha


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer stein.

Appearance: Beer pours a light, sunny golden color (some would say straw, but I refuse). Head is light and foamy, almost pristinely white. Pretty heavy carbonation visible within the glass. Even several minutes later, the head has only receded to about half its size. Pretty cool!

Smell: Like a hefe. Very bready, lots of wheat with a little bit of citrus vibe in there as well. A moderate earthy scent (like hay, or dried grass) and just a touch of ester underneath it all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Everything mentioned under the "Smell" category. A little over-carbonated for my taste, but decent nonetheless. Beer is light to medium bodied, and finishes moderately dry, with just a touch of hopness in the aftertaste.

Overall: A good beer. Not noteworthy, but definitive of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:14:12 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright yellow straw color that has some haziness to it. Provides a small white foam head with moderate retention then becomes a small film. Not much lacing.

S: Some wheat, bananas, citrus and spices. Very clean smelling although mild.

T: The taste is stays constant throughout. There is some nice wheat undertones that go with the mild orange, banana and spice flavors.

M: A light crisp beer that leaves a slight citrus taste on the palate. A decent light body.

O: Overall this is a pretty mild hefe. No real complexity but refreshing. Not my first choice for for the style but a solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:34:40 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of kershner23


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy orange yellow. Very little white head on top.

Smells very light. Bits of banana and citrus. Sweet bread and a little spice. All quite subdued compared to some of the more bold hefes.

Taste flows right from the aroma. Banana, light citrus. Bread and spice, nothing really overwhelming. Pretty well balanced. Enjoyable, for sure.

Feels like any other hefe. Medium body and a little creamy. Finishes nice, not much aftertaste to dissuade or entice you. Overall, nothing overwhelming and amazing, but nothing to complain about. It is a great beer, but only an average hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:16:54 | More by kershner23
Photo of Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a golden straw colour, very hazy with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. you can see some carbonation and appears to be no lacing.

Smell - classic orange, wheat, sweetness from banana and some zest. very well balanced smelling beer.

Taste - Mild tasting beer, not a lot of anything happening. there is a good nice smoothness and cleanness to the taste. the beer has some orange and wheat taste, not much banana or bitterness.

Mouthfeel - some good volume added here, but nothing in the increased taste. maybe a light more bitterness, but that is to be expected with the added carbonation

Overall - found this to be an avg beer in the hefeweizen, it really lacked the emphasis on the banana/orange and wheat combinations.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 21:50:26 | More by Swedes21
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden yellow color. No particulate matter, just wheat and yeast haze. A frothy half inch head retains fairly well but leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: This beer is banana and yeast forward, with a nice blend of spices at the forefront, headed by clove. Some wheat adds a sweet grain aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet banana is the obvious first flavor, with some clove and spicy yeast adding depth. The end is interesting, as a light tart apple flavor provides a nice ending twist.

Mouthfeel: One of the first things I noticed was that this is a little bit dry compared to other Hefes, which I view was an improvement. There is soft cheek-puckering tartness and a little bit of oil remains on the tongue after each sip. A little grainy as well. Overall it is fairly fully carbonated, with a medium body.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by the carbonation and dryness, as normally I find most beers in this style to be a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:29:19 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The In Heat Wheat pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold color with a fluffy white head. The lacing that it leaves is pretty good. The smell of the beer has some soft fresh grains, banana and some clove aromas. The taste has a nice citrusy spice to it upfront which settles into a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. This is a decent Hefeweizen to say the most. It's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 16:21:44 | More by Knapp85
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.