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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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80
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1,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 24
Gots: 70 | 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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-17-2014 01:24:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

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

Cloudy amber to orange colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy scent, lots of clove and banana scent. Sharp and strong Hefeweizen smell, little bit of banana bread cake scent in the malt.

Taste starts out sweet and mildly spicy the expected banana and clove hefeweiss taste is in here. Sharp clove taste builds as you sip this; this is an accurate flavor profile for the beer. Little bit of herbal hop, but this beer is all about the Hefe beer yeast.

Mouthfeel is good and full as should be expected.

Quite drinkable and about like Franziskaner after it travels to the US on a cargo ship. I would have no problem buying this again. The reviews for this one are all over the place; I suspect that this beer is sensitive to age. Sampled on the first day this was delivered to the local shop.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:15:13 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those Flying Dog labels may be love it or hate it, but at least they're brewing a wheat beer in the traditional Bavarian manner. And what I admire is they're calling you out for garnishing your hefeweizen with lemon. But will this beer is good without the extra snap? On to the beer:

Moderately cloudy inside the body of this light blonde beer. There's a little head retention sticking around as the beer goes down. Ah, yes...there's some resemblance of that traditional hefeweizen in the nose. It's chalky, with lemon pastries and some banana.

More Bavarian than American in style. The yeast works to create pleasant flavors of lemon and smaller doeses of banana. The malted wehat flavor starts and stays in cruise control, and acts of the base of it all. The chalky mouthfeel adds to the experience greatly, in a good way of course. Both easy and enjoyable to drink.

Good warm weather beer? Nah, this is good year round beer. All you hefeweizen fans should give In-Heat Wheat a chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:04:48 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some banannas, grass, coriander, and caramel. The taste is sweet, yeasty, malty, with some nice spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:31:28 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Color is a cloudy straw orange. Nor head which was really weird for a hefeweizen (which resulted in no lace).

Aroma is heavy on banana and fruit. There was also clove, like normal for a hefe.Taste is just like the smell. Maybe some earthy hops added in there as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of crisp but levels out quickly. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, easy to drink. Definitely could be a session beer. I love hefes but this wasn't my top notch one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 07:06:32 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 15:42:56 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack into a pint glass on a hot summer day.

In heat wheat has a bright yellow appearence with some gold trims here and there, becomes cloudier as I pour the dregs. No lace. Smells consist of slight lemon with yeast and some wheat. Tastes like a nice hefe with a citrus base with lemon and orange followed by some yeast finishing off with some light spice. The feel is very thin and light with a good amount of carb. Goes down easy as pie with a low abv making this even more drinkable. With that said this is not my favorite hefe, and it leaves something to be desired, but it's great 4 the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 23:48:26 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

09-10-2012 00:54:09 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A.Cloudy unfiltered, dark yellow in color with a nice head that recedes to a layer of sticky lace.

S. Haha, when I sniffed it some of the head went into my nose. Smell the Bavarian Yeast and some malt.

T. Estery banana bubblegum. Some leafy hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Rich, yet fairly straightforward.

M. Medium bordering full bodied. Smooth and creamy, one of its better features. Good amount of carbonation.

D. This is a pretty strong hefe' (6.0%). That being said, its mighty tasting and I will be on the lookout for these.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 00:28:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying God discourages garnishing the beer with a lemon wedge but it desperately needs something to make it look more interesting. The colour is coated in a film nowhere cloudy enough to smudge clarity but noted enough to sully complexion. One look at the surface of the beer, barren and flat like a desert, and my optimism is now entirely vanquished.

I can tell the aroma tries to make amends but it, too, speaks only one word of German: deal breaker. (OK, so two words.) There is a cloyingly sweet element that rattles the nostrils like an artificial syrup. Does this brewery make their beers from extract? Cereal grains are left shamelessly bare where as they should be dressed in banana and yeast spice.

It is obvious that the brewer understands what a great German hefe-weizen should taste like. It is also clear, however, that he hasn't quite yet figured out how to brew one that tastes enough like it. The flavour is good, palatable to be certain, but it doesn't hold a flicker of light, let alone a full candle, to the authentic German offerings.

What the beer is lacking in flavour it is also lacking in mouthfeel. There is minimal fruity component; the banana-like esters often rampant in the style are slim to none. The amount of clove-like spice and zestful phenols are wholly absent. The mouthfeel is flat (especially for what should be a highly carbonated style) and featureless.

Tasting notes really say it all: "little haze, zero head, cheap malt smell, no banana, no spice, no crispness, under-carbonated, no effervescence, no presence of wheat or yeast, not refreshing." Seems harsh but I'm just calling it like I see (and taste and smell) it.

In-Heat Wheat might just as well be called that because to enjoy it, one would have to be suffering under direly hot conditions. The brewery claims to spend 25 days working on the beer, might I suggest they work a little longer on reformulating it? I know Flying Dog makes some really good beers but I would not consider this one of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:56:45 | More by biegaman
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-29-2011 03:35:10 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-01-2011 05:50:10 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half fing of thin head. There was little retention and lacing.

The aroma was yeasty with mild hints of banana.

The taste was doughy with a mild clove flavor. The flavor was a bit understated as compare to the German versions.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side. Not enough of a chewy wheat element. Okay carbonation.

Overall, this is an average American hefe. There are certainly better American versions and certainly better German ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 00:47:58 | More by plaid75
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Barely a white head is made that gets a finger tall at the most, settles to a faint thin sudsy collar. Body is a good mix of orange unfiltered and yellow lemon hues. Rising carbonation can barely be seen.

Nose is weak. Faint orange, mild estery sense, a bit of an odd dry grain and very big sense of wetness. Doesn't seem so impressive.

A real thin body on this beer, with an almost seltzery mouthfeel. Very light orange and flattened carbonated soda. Mid palate fills with lots club soda like character. Finishes clean with a good lingering sense of witbier like orange strangely.

Overall, well may not be a fav style of mine, where is the wheat density and malt chewiness? This isn't doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:08:51 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Grabbed this at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a slightly hazy light amber color, small one finger head with low retention. Little bits of lace form and dissolves as fast as they appear.

S: A bit heavy on the yeast. Some wheat and a little bit of lights spices and banana.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little bolder. Some banana and spice, with a heavy dose of bready malt on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: An ok, overall it seemed a little weak in both aroma and flavor. The low carbonation also took away from it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 16:52:14 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy light golden with orange streaking noticeable. Not much of a head to speak of. Lacing is absent. Vanilla and banana esters dominate on the nose. Pretty nice. Syrupy in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation. Sweetness dominates on the tongue. But there is a tartness that lingers on the aftertaste. Definitely some phenolic character present. Not a lot to speak about here. Very, very average. Too many other good weizens to waste your time with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 20:09:46 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average wheat beer, the brewery seems to have lost some of its luster since its move. Yellow beer, below average haze, little head, retention lace.

Aroma, heavy clove, banana, lemon yeastiness. Taste, less smacking than the aroma, but a bit too fizzy carbonation in the mouthfeel that detracts from the taste. Not a bad option by any means, but there are ample examples at a cheaper price and slightly better quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 17:30:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +14%

12-12-2013 17:26:29 | More by LXIXME
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a thin white head off a hard pour. The foam settled into a solid ring with some fine bubbles scattered across the surface. A little lacing, but no stickage. Yeasty, bready aroma, some lemony citrus with light clove spice. Malty flavour, a bit of wheat character, quite low on the citrus and spice that were present in the aroma. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy going down, no flaws, nothing to complain about - solid. Overall, it's refreshing, but a little on the restrained side.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 20:47:22 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-27-2013 20:21:54 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

11-01-2012 15:12:07 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a minimal head that turns into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

The smell is pretty good - smells fruity with hints of banana. A typical hefeweizen smell.

The taste is typical of a hefe as well. There is some yeast-y taste with fruit highlights, sweet but not too much so. The aftertaste sticks around a bit too long - it kind of tastes like fruit that's just a little past it's prime.

The mouthfeel is good. It's decently thick with a good amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower than the other rankings because the taste is a little too dense. It's not as refreshing as I'd hope from a Hefe.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, and I'd recommend trying a glass of it, but not a full sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 03:21:45 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The pour a pleasant “Chill Hazed” yellow-orange color with the head minimal in size and the color white, after is demise the lace forms a thin sheet to seal off the glass. The nose is sweet with a hint of yeast citrus crisp and fresh to the senses, start has just a touch of sweetness with a fair grain profile, the top skeletal in its feel. Finish bitingly acidic with the hops sparing in their spiciness, bone dry aftertaste and as with most of the beer in this line a bit light in body, well in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 12:15:26 | More by Gusler
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.