Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly In-Heat Wheat

Added by Todd on 12-22-2001

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Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen at a grocery store to drink and review. I poured tis eer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a yellow/gold color and is hazy. A billowing, bubbly stark white head forms and is very resilient.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are some sweet spice aromas, cloves and cinnamon, along with some soft fruit smells, like melons and peaches.

The taste is very hefe. Smooth banana flavors, with some bitter sweet spices, and a mild hop finish. A very good tasting bottled hefe.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and clean.

This is very drinkable, refreshing, session able beer. It's good on a snowy afternoon in February and would be really great on a hot summer afternoon as well.

In-Heat Wheat is a very serviceable hefe and I tend to disagree with the American Pale Wheat designation. It's an American brewed wheat ale, but every inch a hefe, and a good representation of the style. Far superior to the Widmer, Pyramid, Blitz-Weinhard versions of the style.

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Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a dark, hazy blonde with a good deal of action in terms of carbonation. Huh, more retention that I had expected. The smell is of spices but then a conglomeration of herbs that doesn't mix so well. A bit strange. A good taste with some nice spices that give it a hint of dark character. The mix in the mouthfeel is as unbalanced as the smell. Nothing is unpleasant, just not the best mix. No more than one here.

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Photo of RevDru
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light gold with a touch of haze and a thin head of foam which breaks down quickly.

S - Toasted wheat, lemon and orange citrus tones, and coriander.

T - herbal flavors prevail, with citrus and grain backing up.

M - Full and warm with a clean finish. Slightly bubbly.

D - Everything one would expect from a Belgian style wheat beer. Nothing more, nothing special.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent presentation of a Hefeweizen. The characteristics of a medium body, with hues of orange and unfiltered brew are here. The brew is decently carbonated, but it kind of fails in the way of head retention. It only sticks around for about a minute after the initial pour and disolves into thin lacing, and then eventually nothing at all.

In-Heat Wheat gives off aromas of honey, bubble gum, and a slight floral fragrance. This tastes of banana and bubble gum, but is a little watery. This feels a bit syrupy at first, but overall ends crisp and clean.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice golden yellow color with carbonation. Foamy 1/4" head that disapateds to lacing

s: slight hint of hops and lemon zest. Very intising

t: very clean, nothing special

m: extemely smooth.

d: deffinalty a session beer.

Excellent example of a wheat beer!!

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Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy straw hue with a thick white head that holds well.

Sharp wheat with some creamy banana and a hint of clove. This is actually pretty close to a German Hefeweizen.

Creamy and smooth wheat flavors with a little bit of acidic lemon. Only a little bit of hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives a bittle bite with each sip. The finish is mostly citrus with a little bit of hop bitterness.

Not bad, and actually pretty close to a real Hefeweizen, but still is in the category of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no code in the alotted space on the label. It pours a murky orange - between that of orange and grapefruit juice - with medium carbonation leading up to an inch of off-white head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is on-par for the style, with tart, lightly nutty wheat, lemon, orange peel, hints of clove, and light hops. It is essentially the same on the palate, with maybe some mild green hops and alcohol, but is overall very light. The body is medium to light, drying, with tingly carbonation and a finish that fades seconds after the swallow. A decent attempt, it just needs more oomph in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with some sort of dating system on label (hate it when there is a code but no clue as to if it's brewed on or best by). Was a cloudy yellow with a small head that quickly disappeared but did leave some lacing as I drank it. The aroma was the standard wheat with banana and cloves but not as strong since an APWA instead of a true Hefe. The mouthfeel was good and went down smooth. Overall, it's a pretty good beer that I need to retry in the summer. I could see this as a session beer on those hot Texas summer days. It's not groundbreaking but just has that certain something that goes down easy and makes you wish you had more. (4, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, pale yellow with a slight haze. 1" white head with big bubbles and lots of carbonation. No retention, fades fast. No lace.

S - Pepper, wheat, clove. Faint lemon or lime like citrus.

T - Fruit ~ mild banana. Lots of wheat. Spicy and yeasty. Seems to have a good amount of hops in there far a wheat beer.

M - Thin mouthfeel. High carbonation. Crisp, with a dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good. Summertime fare.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color that was slightly cloudy. It had a thick but quickly dissipating head. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter – pretty straightforward. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a bit of a carbonated bite. This is a pleasant beer that I find refreshing and non-offensive.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a hazy blonde color. A creamy white head. Some lacing.

S - Smells highly yeasty and of clove.

T - The is a banana and clove taste. Along with the wheat flavors.

M - It is dry and very grainy. At times I've had some that seemed a little chalky.

D - It is a good tasting beer and very unique.

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Photo of rarevos
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Hazy light straw yellow with fluffy white head that fills the glass. Head recedes rather quickly to light lacing.

S: A bit more bubble gummy than your typical American Pale Wheat. A bit of clove and pepper in there, too. Mildly wheaty aroma and a small hint of banana.

T/M: Bubble gummy up front that slides into banana flavor. There's a slight wheaty taste in the middle, followed by a crispness and a finish that has a slight banana bread flavor, followed by a quick hint of lemon zest, and a very light-blink-and-you-miss-it bitterness. The finish is very, very clean.

D: There are many beers that confuse me when I get to the "Drinkability" part. Strong Belgians. Imperian Stouts. Big Porters. American Pale Wheats confuse me mostly because ranking them by style is troublesome--as a style, there's not much "there" there. But they ARE easy to drink, and they are somewhat tasty, even if they are the uncool, uncultured, unfunny cousin of the hefeweizen visiting from America.

So I'm not falling into the trap of tacitly reviewing the entire style in this one review. It's a decent beer from this brewery. Tasty, easy to find near me, pretty cheap, and easy to drink. As with all American Pale Wheats, I'd reach for a hefeweizen first if I had the choice, but if I had no choice, I'd still be pretty happy with this one. A solid quencher.

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Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting how this beer is listed as a pale wheat here and not the hefe that is listed on the label. The pour is definately more like a pale wheat, and possibly even small for that. Small and fleeting sums it up well, white of course. Cloudy light yellow color, similar to pineapple juice.

Banana and pineapples mainly in the smell. Some bits of clove like spicing. Simple and straight forward...

Taste is alright, kinda light overall. Yeasty and a lot of wheat. Banana isn't as evident in the flavor, but some pineapple fruityness comes out. Nice and simple and decent for the style, possibly a bit too simple. Does have a bit of spicing showing up though.

Body is a bit thin, fair amount of carbonation though adds to the touch of spice found in the flavor. Flavor doesn't last that long though.

Decent drinkability, but not one to stand out. Easy to drink but there are plenty of others I'd like to have instead if I had the choice. A decent hefe/pale wheat for the masses and I'm sure many folks really like this beer but I feel I have moved on.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

In-Heat Wheat was a hazy pale golden color with a white head. The head did not last long but did leave a little lacing. The aroma was lemon and banana with a hint of clove. The taste was about the same with a dry finish. The body was just shy of medium with ample carbonation. Drinkablity was good. Overall it was a good beer.

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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

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

Pours a rather cloudy light yellow, with a fairly small white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell has some wheat, but is rather grainy too, and also contains notes of citrus and spicy clove. Taste is quite citrusy, with orange and lemon dominating the profile. Banana and clove, along with a bready yeast flavour and a mild wheat bite make an appearance near the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the beer is, on the whole, drinkable and refreshing. Not bad really, but nothing special.

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Photo of cdoublev
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head that stays, sadly, a little to short for my tastes. Smells of banana and citrus (mostly lemon) are immediately apparent. Taste is smoothe and crisp, with the citrus staying on the tongue. The banana disappears (disappointing, but forgivable). I enjoyed this beer immensely and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try a new wheat ale.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After being poured into a glass this beer appears a translucent gold. There was little head, which dissipated quickly.

The smell is like a spice apple drink.

Its taste is a mix between the spicy apple cider and sparkling apple juice I had in my youth. Which although both were quite tasty, them combined in my beer is not satisfying to my personal taste.

In my mouth it gave a tang, which felt like it was more from the flavor than the caronation. The aftertaste is a bit lack luster, and it leaves my mouth wanting some water.

In-Heat Wheat is not very easy to drink. The taste is very tangy and the aftertaste will bother.

Although I think it is worth a try to taste a unique beer, I personally will not have another one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Only semi-useful information was a “19A06” with I assume to be a best by date, but which “A” are we talking? April? August?

Aroma: Great bubblegum nose, light citric undertones running toward lemon rind, smells like a classic Hefe.

Appearance: Fairly clear for a Hefe, just a bit of haze in a dark yellow glass. Lots of carbonation streams feed a struggling head that manages a loop or two of lace.

Flavor: Nose predicted the flavor pretty well. More wheat and grain flavors come out and any citric note is very subtle at best. No real off flavors, a pretty clean beer.

Mouthfeel: Despite the heavy carbonation streams, the feel isn’t too bubbly. The body is a bit heavy for a Hefe, but it’s a medium-heavy at most.

Overall Impression: Solid beer! If anything it’s a bit mild overall, but that lends itself to a session. Hard to get too excited about it, but there’s nothing wrong here in my book. I think I’ve held this bottle for over a year, been so long I can’t remember where I picked it up. It’s all part of my “Operation Kill the Cellar”.

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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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Weissen glass. The liquid is a pale yellow, kind of orangish medium carbonation. The head is 2 finger white, a little week for a good weissen.

The smell is faint, a little banana clove going on.

The taste is much the same, week banana clove taste.

The mouthfeel is that of soda pop. Big bubble fizzy and a light body.

Drinkability is good for a light summer brew. MK

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded yellow-gold 2 finger cap stays for quite a while then laces the glass.

Aromas of peaches/banana/grapefruit over some light bubblegum sweetness.

Medium bodied fruity character

Starts sweet with juicy succulent fruit tones over some spiciness then midway dries out for a crisp tangy finish...this must be the unmalted wheat and cascades acting in unison to give the drying effect at the finish

A pretty decent thirst quencher and a good example of an American-styled wheat ale.

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

I poured this into a kolsch glass that I got at a cafe in Germany. This is one of the most yellow beers I've ever seen. I know this is gross, but it really had the color of a urine sample. I got about two fingers of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. The wheat element was very strong, along with a slightly unpleasant something else that I couldn't identify. It tasted similar, better than it smelled, but not a ton. Grainy bitter finish. A little sour and faintly citrus-like, too. The carbonation was biting, not smooth. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great by any means either. A passable wheat beer.

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

Hazy with a pale, gold-tinged lemon drop color. A small amount of bubbly head that quickly disappears. The nose is soft and somewhat fruity, dominated by grassy grains and banana with just a hint of clove present. The mouthfeel is similarly soft, with the only crispness being a carbonated bite up front. Malty taste with strong banana flavors toward the finish and little spice. Refreshing enough, but lacking the character and bite that make German hefe weizen so enticing.

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