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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,524 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 31
Gots: 112 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-orange. Short bright white head. Average head retention. Little lacing.
S: Wheaty! Very wheaty! Wheat malt, weizen yeast (banana, spent citrus rind - mostly lemon, dull clove, even some papaya)
T: Typical Bavarian weizen... mostly ripe (rather than green) bananas, a little spice in just the right amount, and soft clove. A slightly cool ferment perhaps? Very nice, rich maltiness! Well balanced with the sweet malt upfront giving way to the firm bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied and crisp. Standard carbonation level.
D: A very nice, slightly American version (carbonation level). On par with those from Germany. Full flavored and well-balanced. Very nice! The only thing that hurts it is the lack of head retention (which is odd for a beer with so much wheat in it!). One of the best beers Flying Dog makes.

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden with less than one finger of head and just a bit of haze (uhhh.... this is not looking good).

S - Light malt aroma, wheat (duh), perhaps a bit of yeast spice... pretty clean overall.

T - More wheat flavor and some yeast fruitiness this time; slightly cidery. Some grassy hops in the finish.

M - Pretty dry, medium body. High carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, quite easy to take down a few if you aren't thinking about it... but...

If you are thinking about it, it's a different story. I have to preface this by saying I am extremely critical of american wheat beers. I think the whole idea of the "american wheat beer" category is a half-aborted, ill-advised excuse for the average American craft brewers inability to make a decent Bavarian style wheat beer. I am happy to see that there are more and more American brewers who are making good weisse beer; but not that long ago, many craft brewers just couldn't grasp the style. Their interpretations were so poor that they couldn't really be called Weisse beer; and so, we now have a recognized style that arose from mass failure being placed on a pedestal (of course its supposed to taste that way! I meant to take all of the character out of it!).

Back to the beer at hand. This beer captures a little bit of the clove and banana flavor of the German version, but it is lighter and cleaner. The appearance is the biggest flaw I see; compared to classic Weisse beers it is downright ugly. As an "American Wheat" it is pretty good, but if it were judged as a Weisse beer it would be a bit of a failure.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malt, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready sweet and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, banana and citrus that dominate. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty decent lighter beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a just regular wheat beer.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Partly cloudy with a finger of head that holds well. Looks like a typical American wheat beer.

S- Mild spicy wheat aroma, hint of nutty yeast as well ... light aroma.

T&M- Ample crispness off of a moderate body, nice bite from the spicy fermented wheat and hop bitterness. Plain maltiness dulls with a earthy nutty yeast ... uneventful after that. Finishes semi-dry with more wheat malt flavor.

D- Decent drinking on a hot day, but it is just your typical American Wheat.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a stern swirl this beer pours with a hazy golden slight orange tint and the head just never develops as I anticipated it with a semi vigorous pour I was expecting a larger head from a hefeweizen. Leaves little or no lacing not much definitely not capable of what a true hefeweizen leaves. The aroma contains no classic fireworks of citrus, clove, or banana just some biscuity bready aroma with a touch of hops and some of that spiced citrus twang the more I smell very mellow aromatics. Flavors make up somewhat with a light citrus, slight banana tone, and cloves are also present in flavor body is a bit thin light in body but some texture actually present a bit suprising. Drinkability not bad at all I could picture myself setting up shop with this one if I ever manage to find it on tap, however not a classic representation lacks in major areas makes up somewhat in taste very drinkable not bad at all. All in all this beer fails in bringing a new exciting twist or even holding up a classic style but it is drinkable and besides the drink you gotta love the name classic just for that reason.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Victoria Gastropub, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber golden color, looks like apple cider. There is hardly any head.

Smell: Crisp wheat malt with some banana and clove. Overall the smell is mild but nice.

Taste: Again I'm picking up wheat malt. There are fruity notes, banana, and bubblegum. There is a mild sweetness with an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium body. The carbonation is very mild, and honestly this beer could use a bit more. The finish is dry.

Overall: This beer is not bad, but it's not the first Hefe I would search out if I had a hankering. I would like less fruity notes and a bit more carbonation.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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 DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at some shitty tap house. Honestly the best beer they had. I got because I had never reviewed it. Beer served in a frozen shaker pint with a wedge of lemon on the lip of the glass. Once the lemon was removed I began to drink.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a tiny head of nearly nothing, nothing nothing nothing.

Aroma is weak and smells watery and grainy.

Beer is medium bodied and really wet. I guess its pretty drinkable and it quenches a thirst. No real hefeweizen character or even a weaker American wheat. Eh.

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

Cloudy, straw yellow appearance, slim white head, quick to settle, active carbonation...
Big banana-y nose, citrus in the sidecar...soft and mellow, no clove or spice...
Taste: brief bite up front, snappy, then smooth, a bit pithy, juicy, a mite palpable, then slides down easily. Small tartness. Light to medium bodied. Wimpering, barely-there finish. Gone with nary a trace, but, I expect that's just the way they want it, a mild brew for those looking for something light, but with some amount of taste.
This name they chose might not have been so wise, though. You either expect something exciting, and are disappointed, or that segment they're looking for might be embarassed to say the name aloud.
Outrageously average.

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent light golden color with utterly no head to speak of. The aroma is of sweet wheat grains and no hops. It almost has a cidery smell to it. The taste is decent, but far from my favorite. I just seems a little weak to me. I know that it's abv. is average, but something just doesn't taste right here. The body is light, but drinking this seems a bit of a chore. It's not a bad "wheat" beer, but not one that I would buy again. I really think that a wheat beer should remain unfiltered and hazy. It's the traditional serving style. When you filter this style you lose a lot of the original flavor and I think that's what happened here.

Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours semi-clouded yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stay around for the duration.

The smell is fairly strongly of banana with some bubblegum.

The taste is of banana upfront, but it fades as the drink progresses. Some bubblegum. A wheat tang. Finishes with a somewhat salty dryness.

Light, but not too watery. Has a certain crispness to it.

Not a bad American wheat - and rated according to that style. Almost towards a hefe-weisse, but it falls short (outside of the banana in the nose and at the start.) Not bad for a summer refresher, though.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average in almost every respect here, this was one boring Hefe. Tastes a lot like apple juice to me but also with same clove and banana smell lingering on the nose. Nothing special about it and drinkable but if it wasn't in the mixed pack I would have never gotten it.

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. The beer is a hazy, lightly orange tinted, straw color when poured with the yeast. Quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting. Fruit forward notes of apple, banana and something akin to apricots greet my aural senses as I pour this into my glass. A touch of tart wheat character, some notes of clove and a dry bread-like grain note round things out.

The beer is fairly dry, but definitely has a perceived sweetness that is from the fruity fermentation character and the wheat itself. Traditional notes of banana and clove are definitely full on in the flavor profile. This beer is quite the easy drinker and I can imagine that the fruit focus of this beer would make it quite popular with the casual craft beer drinker. This beer finishes with a light tartness that seems to accentuate a plum-like note that runs throughout this beer. For my taste, this beer could use a touch more fermentation derived spiciness as well as a touch more character from noble hops. Light and refreshing, with a bit of carbonation for that little extra zip. Quite a decent beer and I am quite happy that this was not another bland American styled wheat beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12 pack. Pours a cloudy yellow / orange color with about an inch and a half head. The aroma was nice as banana, spice, and wheat were all detectable. The flavor was slightly stronger on the banana tones, and and the wheat took a bit of a back seat with this. Light citrus tones were also noticeable, with a touch of pepper. The overall flavor was slightly tamer than expected.

The mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry metallic finish. Light / medium in body. Drinkability is slightly above average. Not an overly exciting brew.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange, with a small white head, fair retention.

S: Nice estery smell, bananas and cloves, pasta.

T: Finally an American wheat that calls itself a hefe and actually tastes like one. Bubblegum esters make up the bulk of the flavour with a nice clovely finish. Simple, but effective.

M: Light and spritzy, creamy, lightly oily in the mouth.

D: Quite a good American wheat, definitely above average for its style. Recommended as a hot summer day beer and a quick refresher.

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at The Clinton Social in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus, and just a hint of clove.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell, moderate amounts of wheat with lighter notes of yeast, citrus/lemon zest, and the faintest hint of clove.

M: Slightly more than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, a nice summer brew to enjoy on a warm evening.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.