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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe - Atlantic Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our head brewer James Taylor* was given the club’s challenge: brew a high gravity Hefeweizen while tempering the typical clove and banana notes. He began with a healthy amount of Bohemian Saaz hops, and a grain bill of equal parts malted barley & wheat berries. Then he swapped the German Wizen yeast in favor of an English Ale yeast, better suited for a barley-wine. The result is a complex yet delicate beer with a soft mouthfeel which warms yet doesn’t overpower. We like to think of this beer as sort of a cross trainer between the classic unfiltered wheat style and a barley-wine ale.
*(Yes he does play acoustic guitar)

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 06-23-2010)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dacrza1:
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: July 19, 2013 ... Glassware: Duvel oversized snifter... Occasion: having endured the hottest week in a Jersey decade, kicking back and hoping for refreshment with a complex hefe....Appearance: pours out a spectacle of rushing head formation; having settled, the beer becomes opaquely light brown, almost muddy, with a thin, pencil-thin off-white head; when held to the light, microscopic bubbles slowly hover upward ... Aroma: some pilsner fragrance collides with a malty stiffness that doesn't make for a happy wedding in the nostrils... Palate: powerful, furnace-like impact on the throat--the 9% ABV is overly exposed and makes the tasting a bit of a chore...Taste: mostly barley, as wheat and Saaz are relegated to a supporting role; a bit of iced tea to the flavor (?) with the tongue wondering where the "softening" qualities of the wheat/malt/hop combination indicative of the style are to be found... Overall: having bought this bomber with a gift card, I felt little danger in trying a beer made by "manly men," and still I had hope this beer would be a powerful 9% wheat beer that would wed well with the summer heat; instead, this self-proclaimed "sort of a cross trainer" really doesn't profile well enough to merit a second taste or a friendly recommendation...but I can say it does deliver the alcohol well enough to persuade my critical eye to overlook its stranger genre-bending qualities....

dacrza1, Jul 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the limited release beers from the brewers at Atlantic. An interesting beer, which is supposed to be a cross between a hefeweizen and a barleywine.
In a tulip glass the beer was a cherry amber color, quite brilliant, with a rim of head.
The aroma was fruity, with caramel and some wheat.
The taste was banana, caramel, and alcohol.
This was a boozy hefe, I would call it an imperial hefe, if such a thing existed.
Overall, a different, somewhat schizophrenic beer. I couldn't tell what the brewer was trying to do with this beer, but I enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, orange brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: big caramel and light wheat

Taste: big caramel, light wheat, bread, sugar, and alcohol burn at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, very sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back

Overall: A good solid and sweet barleywine. Not my favorite in the Manly Men series, but solid. I would get this again and am curious to see how this ages.

tigg924, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Hoops4life511
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

Appearance - Pours a rich amber with copper highlights and a frothy off white head that falls quickly to a thin cap. Beer is slightly hazy with a small stream of tiny bubbles emerging from the D shaped nucleation site. No significant lacing left, just a few small patches after big sips.

Smell - Some grains, alcohol and a touch honey/caramel in the nose. No real hops present. Pleasant aroma but not outstanding.

Taste/Mouthfeel - A lot of caramel with a grainy earthy wheat and a good bit of alcohol. Some spiciness characteristics similar to a rye rather than a hoppy spice. Very slick coating around the mouth accompanies the medium to full body and carbonation. Overall very pleasant.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure. Very tasty and makes you want to drink more, but takes a while to get through. Not bad.

Overall I'll probably buy this one again if I come across it but I won't be actively searching for it

Hoops4life511, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JMS1512, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of garrisonp
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

garrisonp, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cherry-orange void of any light transfer, is topped off by a short lived creamy slight head that was beach sand in color. Against lighting a slight lazily rising effervesce is seen along with a fine misty haze of suspended particulate matter.

S: Light boozy alcohol soaked apples with a small caramel grain sweetness. At 9.0% the alcohol mention is fairly light and easy on the nose.

T: Boozy soaked caramel grain sweetness with a mixture of fresh juicy apples and light cinnamon spice notes, perhaps from the alcohol. The spicy saaz hops come through as well the fruity nature of the English yeast with hints of wild berries. The sweet caramel grain base and fruity nature is paired well together in a smooth continuous flow.

M: Syrupy, almost like cough medicine, full bodied with a nice soft tingle of carbonation, thick viscose and warming with a boozy sweet lacing.

D: A seriously easy drinking wheat wine at first. The sweet boozy character and cough medicine like alcohol does catch up to you towards the finish of the bomber so ones aplenty.

beerthulhu, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

An orange dark apricot/peach body, a bit cloudy with a little cola carbonation, but some slow crawling bubbles mostly. Barely a finger of tan head is made with practically no staying power. Pencil thin collar is left with not much else.

A light malt and sense of strong powdered sugar. Mild chewy sense with a faint canned fruit smell. A little bit of spice and heat boozy quality.

Palate brings a good amount of sweetness. Chewy body with a good depth and coating but just a little wet. Spicy finish, almost kind of peppery hot. Sweetness and heat really don't play off each other very nicely, more of a competing flavor contrast than complimenting. Quite hot and boozy tasting. A good amount of carbonation on this also.

Overall though, kind of an odd palate and not that memorable. I'd have something else.

smakawhat, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ODBRIP
1.83/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 22oz bomber after a brewery tour. They said it was their most popular of their "Manly Man" beer series.

I just don't like this beer. In fact, this is one of the few times I think I'm going to pour the rest of this beer down the drain. If it were a crappy pilsner, I'd just drink it, but this things a syrupy sweet boozy mess.

First:, color is a nice amber, but not very carbonated and no head to speak of. Smells almost like a cheap cognac or some similar spirit. WAY too sweet. Alcohol taste is also very prominent.

I would skip this one.

ODBRIP, Jul 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

ububru, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

mormon, Nov 16, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The El Hefe pours way dark, a tawny brown with a thick tan head. If the beer takes only one characteristic from its hefeweizen mom, it is a wicked cloudy body with lots of yeast to swirl around. The nose is pretty much straight barleywine, with sticky-sweet caramel malt and a touch of roasty barley. The deviation into hefe territory is a serious spike of clove and Saaz spiciness, which makes the El Hefe smell a bit more like an eisbock than either of its parents.

This sucker is boozy on the first sip. The estery banana flavors you'd expect from a hefe aren't here - probably a result of the English ale yeast. Instead, you've got a round, fresh-baked wheat bread flavor (and a touch of clove) up front, which is bum-rushed by hot alcohol. The balance is a bit off, to be honest. The barley part of a barleywine usually provides a bit of a backbone to a beer like this, and the wheat half of things doesn't seem to be holding up quite enough. Definitely not a lack of flavor here - this is an in-your-face beer - but the flavors are overwhelmed by the alcohol. Definitely a sipper. As the beer warms up, the hop spiciness, barley roast and wheat flavors ramp up a bit - but so does the bracing alcohol.

Since I'm always pushing for more Maine brewers to try new things in the brewhouse, I want to commend Atlantic for trying something different with the Manly Men line. I'm excited to give the other two initial Manly Men beers a shot. Unfortunately, it looks like exploring "the outer reaches of the malt beverage universe" with the El Hefe pushed brewing a balanced brew into the backseat. An imperial hefeweizen is a fantastic idea, but this release tastes like it could use just a touch more tweaking.

umfskibum, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Barleywine sit-in beer #2.

Dark orange colored, cloudy with floaties. I forced a thin head with a heard pour but it was a shy maiden and fled quickly. Foamless not long thereafter.

Smells mildly of clove and sweet, sweet orange rind.

Tastes like a mix between orange Gatorade and mildly clovey apricot. The creamy body is nice at least.

donkeyrunner, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade from the man, bennybrew. Thanks a heap!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy honey amber brew. Head promptly recedes to the rim, leaving a layer of swirl in its wake, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, with a wisp of clove.

Taste is sweet wheat upfront, a balance of clove and banana, a peek of fruit in the middle, and closes warmly with the wheat character again. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good, esp for the abv. Good rep of the style.

ppoitras, Feb 10, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

flyingmick, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color but with floaties. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty with some alcohol. Flavor is caramel with some sharpness from the wheat, alcohol is muted. $11.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jan 16, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice presentation, caramel in color. Limited head but what do you expect at nine percent? Cloudy like hefe but other than that, i agree with the overall booziness sentiment -- this is a big barley wine. What folks may not say is that this is one of three in a series and the biggest abv of the lot. It doesn't taste like a nine, finishes smooth with an aftertaste of sour. I liked this when placed in context with the other manly man brews. It's certainly drinking well now but could be savored for a while.

anotherpg, Nov 21, 2010
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3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, honey, mango and other tropical fruits, a hint of roast, and booze characteristics. The nose is a bit muddled and cloying. Flavors of roast and rich sweetness, with a toffee backbone, and overlays of banana, booze, and mango. Very sweet, but balanced and smooth. Very robust and creamy body to support all the rich flavorings. The aftertaste is roasted, sweet, and a bit on the cloying side, with a sugary feel to it. The finish is smooth, with a cloyingly sweet linger.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant copper. Very very hazy. The head pours thick, creamy, and tan. It quickly fades and there is no lacing.

S: Sweet and quite alcoholic! A very slight smoky scent, a little bacon-like I guess. Some wheat scent. Intriguing.

T: Too much alcohol. Wheat flavor is definitely there. Not as sweet as it smells, a little disappointing after a promising scent. A little bit of sour and a little bit of smoke in the back of the throat.

M: Only a little carbonation. Fairly heavy and syrupy.

D: Heavy in the stomach. Okay to drink, but I couldn't finish it-- I had to split it.

dananabanana, Aug 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. It's dry with a touch of smokiness. The taste is much the same. It's smooth and full flavored with a rich hefe feel. It goes down with ease and finishes dry with some pale malt sweetness and a bit of warmth. The yeast character is there, but as a back drop only. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable wheat wine. I've had other samples of this beer where the yeast character was more pronounced. This one was more subtle.

WesWes, Sep 21, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

thewimperoo, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Snamnoum
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a amber/copper with very little off white head that dies very quickly. Crystal clear beer with no lace to speak of. Very interesting description on the back of the bottle describing what exactly the were trying to brew. Nice touch but kind of confusing as it suggests in three different places that this is a high gravity hefeweizen, a "hefewine, and a "weat barely wine."

Smell - Tons of fruit and alcohol. Some light hops, apricots and honey but none of the phenolic, banana, yeasty smell normally associated a hefeweizen.

Taste - excellent and very complex beer. Up front is sweet caramel malt. Follow by toasted barely and wheat. Finishes slightly bitter and then flavors of coffee round it off

Mouthfeel/drinkability - medium bodied with low/medium carbonation. Rather slick feeling. A very interesting brew. Worth a try but definitely not going to become part of my usually line up (assuming it was widely available) A very confusing if interesting beer, it and I real don't know what it is. It does very little to remind me of a hefeweizen and drinks like a sauterne. But on the whole an enjoyable experience.

P.S. I think its miss labeled as a hefeweizen regardless of the gravity.

Snamnoum, Jul 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Mini4x, Aug 14, 2014
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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.