Flying Dog In Heat Wheat Ale

By on April 6, 2007 @ 8 PM (2 Comments)

Note: The Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat Ale was reviewed by both John and Dad on different days and originally posted as two separate reviews. We usually do our combined reviews together in one post, so this post has been edited to bring you both reviews on one post.

Son Beer Love Review (April 6, 2007):

Brewed by the Flying Dog Brewery in Denver, Colorado, this Hefeweizen breaks the mold of American beers with a good bit of German style. Flying Dog is not afraid to experiment with their craft brews and we should thank them for it. Dad sent a six-pack to me recently as I’ve been unable to locate it in Charlotte and he’s raved about it for a while.

The pour is a golden straw-like color with a touch of orange and a decent almost solid white head that dissipates quickly. It’s somewhat cloudy but you can see through it a touch – a nice translucence.

The smell is pure hefeweizen – clean and lemony and peppery with a touch of wheat or hay. Wheat beers have the most delicious smells.
The taste is insanely clean – a touch sweet with lemon and a fabulous refreshing finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip immediately.

This beer is the perfect complement to lunch – a sandwich and chips are ideal (turkey or chicken with miracle whip, pepper and a tomato on wheat with Baked Lays). I’ve tried it twice with this lunch and the beer is almost gone before I finish making the sandwich. A hot day begs for this beer as it quenches your thirst and unlike some of the other beers we’ve tried this one is splendid very cold (40 degrees or so). One of the most drinkable beers I’ve tried and it will be a staple in the rotation as long as I can find it in Charlotte.

Father Beer Love Review (April 13, 2007):

Mid 80’s day and humid. Need a good hefe and gave it a five minute rest because damn it I’m thirsty.

Beer temp 49.8 F. – 10.1 C. Pours cloudy medium gold, nice head with sweet biscuit aroma and definite lemon overtones. Fair head – didn’t last too long but nice lacing on sides of glass. First taste lemon, slightly sweet, nice bite of pepperiness. Kind of wish it was colder but the flavors are really coming through. Louisiana may not have invented humidity but we may have helped perfect it. Maybe summer won’t be so bad now. This is outstanding. Should be served in a tall Pilsner glass. The spider at the bottom gave me the darker dregs and pumped up the cloudiness and flavor.

Lower alcohol hasn’t left me loopy, not that thats a bad thing. Definitely need a six pack. This is the best American hefe that I have found and has all the elements – lemon, pepper and some sweetness, and great balance. Is it the best hefe in the world? No, but at $1.95 with tax it is eminently more affordable than Ayinger Brau-Weisse at $3.58 with tax. If you can find it buy it and enjoy it. By the way no screw top cap which is always a definite plus.
Repeatability – absolutely.

Flying Dog In Heat Wheat Ale Rating: 6 out of 10 (?)

2 Comments (Add Your Comments)

  1. I just had this brew a few nights ago, and I’d agree with your assessment. Great summer beer, not too heavy and quite flavorful. I gave it 3 out of 5 and would def have it again.

  2. Dad says:

    Scott your three is kind of our six. This was my first Hefe and Hefe is probably my favorite style. Without stealing any thunder from Johns Hefe madness tournament I will say this, try this at 60 degrees and compare it to any Bavarian Hefe at the same temperature and check the profile. You can’t hide flaws @ 60+F. I have used this to introduce some friends to the style as the price is so reasonable and they don’t overload it with hops like some American brewers do.

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