911: In-Heat Wheat

Name: In-Heat Wheat
Brewery: Flying Dog Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Frederick, Maryland
Style: Hefeweizen
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.7%
First Brewed: 2001

Tasting Notes
Billowing white head tops a properly hazy, orange body in the glass. Fruit dominates the nose, mostly bananas but also apples, just a bit spicy. More fruit flavors in the mouth, but it’s also here that the spices and cloves emerge. Nicely balances.

Ricky’s Thoughts
What a great name for a beer. I usually don’t like wheat beers, but I have come to affiliate wheat with Blue Moon. While Blue Moon IS a wheat beer, it’s not a good example of what a wheat beer can be. It is good to know that Scott Werner, the “top dog” at Flying Dog, has written a book about wheat beer. Makes me think this beer will be good. When I do like a good wheat, it’s ice cold and in the middle of the summer. But hey, I have been chugging stouts and IPAs all winter long, so let’s try a wheat for a change. If nothing else, I love the label.

In the Glass: It looks like a wheat in the glass. I guess that makes sense. It doesn’t have much head, and a very thin lace. The beer has a very low ABV and promises to be quite drinkable.

Nose: There isn’t much of a nose on this one, but what is there reminds me of orange peel and a loaf of bread. Not freshly baked bread, but the smell you get when you walk through the bakery at Marsh. I mean, after all beer is liquid bread.

Flavor: There is a lot of flavor going on here. There is a ton of flavor on the front and the sides of the palate that provide an overall enjoyment of this beer. I can’t help but compare this to a Blue Moon, and they are not that similar at all. The tasting notes speak of spices and cloves… and I am not getting that at all. There are more fruity flavors popping than anything.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring, at first. Then as the beer hits the sides and back of the palate, it starts to even out a little. Then the bubbles kick in and the flavor explodes across the palate. We drank this, like all our beers, right out of the fridge, so I am sure that takes a little bit of the flavor away. But that is how I like a wheat beer… close to freezing.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much aftertaste. What is there I like. It’s a subtle banana flavor that sits on the back of your tongue. The flavors all the way through are not overwhelming, but quite enjoyable. I can see myself going through a case of these if not careful. Especially outside during the warm summer months.

This is a good beer, and the label says it all. “Good people drink good beer.”

In-Heat Wheat – The bottle says: “We didn’t brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so you wing a lemon slice in it for showmanship. You’re not getting style points from us. Germans don’t drink it that way, so save your attention-grabbing tactics for the karaoke stage. OK? OK.”

“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S. Thompson

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’m tired, so I apologize if this isn’t the most lengthy or coherent beer review you’ve ever read.  I will try my best to hit all the basics, though.  One thing I noted about this beer is that it only has 138 calories.  I know this because I told I only had 88 calories left that I could eat for the day (yes, I’m dieting) and Ricky said that half of the bottle of this would be within my limits.  So this is the one we chose.

The beer is pretty light in color, pretty much a typical wheat beer color.  It doesn’t have a lot of head, but it looks kind of carbonated, with little bubbles floating up to the top.  It smells… well, it smells like bread dough to me.  Very doughy aroma to it when I stick my nose in the glass.  It kind of reminds me of a pizza crust sort of smell.  Which makes me very curious to see what it tastes like.

First taste… well, it’s not your typical wheat beer.  Most wheat beers taste pretty citrusy to me, and this one only has a small hint of citrus on the tail end.  It does taste pretty much how it smells… like bread or dough.  It’s a good taste, though… it’s balanced well with the carbonation and hint of citrus.  I like that this is different from other wheat beers.  This would be a good summer beer (or even appropriate for fall, I think) and something that would be a nice change from your typical summer beer.  I’d buy it again, depending on what I was looking for.  Nice job, Flying Dog!

Rating: 3/5

910 bottles of beer on the wall…

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