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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of Cyberkedi


4.68/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-golden with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is rich and wheaty with a definite citrus component. Flavor is rich and full, wheaty and malty. This wheat beer is pleasant, refreshing and smooth, and feels thick.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 00:30:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was not much head (maybe a quarter inch) and it dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

The smell was dominated by light fruit and wheat, but not a much else.

I tasted wheat, lemon, some orange and that bubble gum flavor common to the style. It was bit on the thin side.

The carbonation rate was lacking, but the real problem here was a metallic aftertaste. Not a good mouthfeel.

This was a pretty average beer. The taste wasn't complex enough, so say nothing of its general thinness. Could've been better.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:52:21 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


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

I got this bottle in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head of foam and it has some lacing. The foam lasted for the entire session, which I liked.

The smell has notes of wheat, yeast, clove, and some citrus.

The taste has a good wheat flavour along with fairly strong clove and banana and a mild citrus bite in the background. Quite refreshing and a good example of the style. It has a light mouthfeel and medium high carbonation and it finishes with some clove and some citrus. Good stuff.

Thanks again, Deniz!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 23:39:19 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy (with the yeast) medium gold color with a fairly small head for a hefe. Foam falls away pretty quick with very little lacing.

Nose is of honey and cloves with not much banana. A bit of bubblegum is evident, as well as a touch of sulfur that I usually get on a lager. It smells ok, and I am glad this is truer to the German hefeweizen style than an American wheat beer.

Taste is pretty decent, has a fair amount of cloves and bananas with a mild wheat tang. Feels almost creamy in the mouth while staying light and refreshing. Im not sure why this beer scores so low here...sure you can find better hefes out there from Deutschland, but this is pretty good stab at it by an American brewer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 00:50:55 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. #s but no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow with bubbles populating the glass. It was topped by a nice one finger white head. Too bad it was too small for style, had minimal retention, and absolutely no lacing.

S - Strong banana esters with a yeasty following and a slight mineral water twang. Wheat is an afterthought in the aroma.

T - Strong sweetness emerges with a brilliant banana flavor and finishes off with a delicate balance when the wheat flavor emerges.

M - Medium-light bodied with a small touch of dryness to this refreshing summer brew.

D - It's a tasty wheat that doesn't shine to well in the glass. I think I'd be happier putting them back in bottle-form on the patio.
The "get the lemon wedge out of our beer" style quote on the bottle is classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 02:44:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head. Aromas of banana and subtle spicing, like a fresh baked banana bread. Cinnamon and nutmeg and clove blend, but remain light. Flavors of banana bread on a biscuity backbone, with lemon zest, clove, and a toasty overlay. Light and effervescent in mouth, with a clean finish that has a slight banana linger.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 01:19:13 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrDemento456


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Don't know why I didn't review this beer

A - Hazy Yellow in color with a great deal of fluffy white head.
S - Not as much banana as expect but a great deal of wheat. Great smelling summer Heffe.
T - Mostly slight lemon and banana predominant with a great wheat backbone. Nice
M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer
D - Yeah I would see this again if the price was right. Closest place has a six pack for 10.99 which seems about as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:26:51 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An average brew in my book...I like the nose...I get good banana notes...the taste is OK...I get some of the banana, but also some odd cidery sourness....body is a bit watery....a real sour tart finish drops the drinkability...I'ver had a couple dozen hefe's better than this, but I must say this is better than the gold ale of their I just had....

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 14:04:54 | More by ZAP
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is good, banana, citrus, spices, blended well together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 15:49:13 | More by tone77
Photo of scruffwhor


4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded sunshine yellow, but pale. Lots of bubbles. A tiny little head that recedes to nothingness. Nice tart, fruity smell of bananas, cloves, and some Sour Patch Kids. I likey. The taste is a little less tart, more fruity and clovey. PLus teh added feeling of great carbonation. This seems to be a very underrated beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 03:54:03 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:11:22 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of cokes


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure I like this hefe, but my thoughts vary from sip to sip. A bipolar brew. One sip is fruity and refreshing, the next is musty and nearly rank. Fortunately, it is mostly the former.

Pours a hazy pale gold. Heavy sediment load, with large particles floating around. There is some musty yeastiness on the nose, with some clove as well.

Taste contains alot of citrus and clove. Bready yeast too. There is a (occasional) faint steamed vegetable taste in the finish. I didn't get this every time, but enough to make it lose some points. I must reinforce that, usually, this bier was quite tasty and enjoyable.

Nice sparkling mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are right on. Spritzy without being annoying. Nice and crisp, just how I like these type of biers.

Even with it's problems, this is a pretty decent one. Maybe a fresher batch would be void of the off-flavors. Even so, there are enough positives here for an enjoyable beverage

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 22:10:01 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 04:41:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of blackie


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Poured the beer, including the yeast and sediment, into an imperial pint. The white head what short lived, and the beer is a cloudy, straw golden color.

smell: Light spicy hops, yeast, and wheat malt. Some light citrus and banana aroma. Slight metallic aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is right between medium and high, and the body is in the middle of the light range.

taste: Flavors of melon, yeast, banana, wheat. The hop flavors are slight and the bitterness is moderate to high for a beer of this style. Just slightly watery.

drinkability: Nothing special all around, but a decent, easy drinking beer.

Found in the downstairs fridge. The characters 016B06 are printed in a text box on the label

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 23:28:15 | More by blackie
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market,
Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a huge frothy rocky white head that persists forever. Aromas of spicy wheat, and clove with hints of light fruit. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet honey like maltiness with a spicy edge to it. Clove with a hint of yeastiness and a touch of light fruit round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, I enjoyed it, but it is missing something that the examples from Germany exude.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:23:47 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of spinrsx

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 AgentZero


2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cable went out so having this at the bar next door while watching the ncaa championship game.

A - Cloudy golden orange color that had a big white head with good retention. Sheets of stick left on the sides.

S - Banana and clove sweetness with a bit of citrus. Yeast and a bit if candy-caramel sweetness.

T - Overly sweet like rock candy. Some clove and yeast, but the syrupy sugar taste is kind of sickening, making this hard to drink. Pretty gross.

M - Creamy with a slight carbonation bite. Syrupy and surprisingly near full bodied.

O - Not a very good beer, I've had a lot of better hefeweizens. Don't feel like this is a hard style, but this is not a good example of it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:24:47 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brent


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty hefe. Wheaty yeast flavor is quite prominent, but was quite fresh and pleasant. Could not quite put my finger on the phenols, not banana or clove, but close. Seemed very traditional in the German wheat style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2001 01:18:36 | More by Brent
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky golden/pale body. Some bits afloat.
Puffed up white foam settled to a nice 1/2 finger head.
A floral nose to it, with the lemony and citrus undertones. A bit sweet as well.
Sweetness is not in the taste, or maybe I just goofed. citrus holds well, not acidic, fairly smooth and a bit rich. Crispness toward the finish, very durable. No lemon is needed for this brew. Poured it into a glass, didn't try it straight from the bottle. Probably should have..

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 21:41:22 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with little white head that quickly fades away to nothing. The nose has notes of faint banana and even fainter clove. The flavor opens with some faint straw which quickly gives way to a big fruity, banana character that has a nice, balanced clove undertone. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a light crispness on the palate.

This beer is brewed to style and offers a smooth, balanced flavor and nice drinkability. If you like a lighter offering or you like Hefeweizens then you should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:51:53 | More by tdm168
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with whiteish highlights. Has an average white head with no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of banana and clove, smells like a hefe. The taste is more of an American wheat but does have some of the hefe qualities. It has the dry wheat malt flavors with just a hint of banana and lemon. I'm not that big fan of American wheat ales but this one isn't as astringent and has a decent flavor. The ale has a moderate body, fizzy carbonation yet finishes relatively smooth. A good wheat beer, just an average hefe. Good summer type brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 01:48:26 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Weizen glass

A - cloudy, dark straw color with a thin white head that stayed through the entire glass, leaving some lace.

S - strong malted wheat aroma.

T - very strong malted wheat taste with banana and clove spices, good example of a hefeweizen.

M - good medium body, mild carbonation.

D - Strong wheat taste and medium/heavy body will limit you to just 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 01:02:28 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of mynie


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first hefe. Before I drank it, I thought that all wheat beers were the same, and that this was some spicy anomaly in a world where bland unfiltered wheats were the norm. As such, I gave it a good score, and even went so far as to call it a "unqiue" hefe (that comment has since been deleted). Since it was my first taste of this grand style, I wondered what I would think if I revisited it after a few years worth of pallette growth.

Pours cloudy gold with almost no head. The color is decent, but when compared to the billowing, fluffy heads of grand hefes, it's not really that great.

Smells lightly like white pepper and banana. Not much complexity, not very strong, but pretty good.

Tastes a kick better than the nose. Dull banana and white pepper still dominate throughout, but the wheatmalt is smooth and layered--it comes at you like a wave of different mellow flavors. Tasty.

All in all, a solid example of this style. This was one of the first craft beers I really enjoyed and, thanks to the Ralph Steadman-fueled high sales of Flying Dog, it's probably been the first hefes of a helluva lot of people. Not a bad crossover beer in the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 02:24:49 | More by mynie
Photo of clayrock81


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

A dark gold, almost orange body, not too cloudy, with one-finger head that died somewhat quickly and there were minor lacings. Some spices (coriander maybe) and citric picked up, but only in faint traces. A smooth beer with prevelant spicing, has a light citric taste and some hop crispness packed in there. A good, albeit generic, Pale Wheat Ale, I'd drink this again at some point in the summer. Very cheap, but not something that will set your beer taste buds abuzz.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 19:12:52 | More by clayrock81
Photo of merlin48


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, tupelo honey color with a thin, tightly knit ivory head that quickly drops into a persistent ring around the glass. Aroma is lemon/lime, wheat grain, and woodsy yeast. Mouthfeel has active carbonation and a sharp hop bite. Taste is initially of a classic Nehi lemon/lime soda with fizzy sweetness. There is a pronounced yeasty mustiness that evokes the interior of an old car that has been sitting in a barn for a couple of years. Swirling the glass stirs up more yeasty notes, and coats the glass with some patchy sheets of lace. Finishes with a semi-dry wheaty yeastiness. Overall, a full bodied Weiss with sufficient complexity to be very enjoyable. Probably, the best of this brewery's line.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 12:18:30 | More by merlin48
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.