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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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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
Photo of mdfb79
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From 11/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle shared by nimbleprop.

a - Pours a mahogany dark amber color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruit, fruity malts, and alcohol. Not very enjoyable and the alcohol is pretty prominent.

t - Tastes of alcohol, caramel malts, and dark fruits. Again, too much booze here, and it just doesn't mix well to me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Kind of hot.

d - Not a very good wheatwine; I thought it was kind of a boozy mess. Would not want to try again.

mdfb79, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of flyingmick
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

flyingmick, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

thewimperoo, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of umfskibum
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 dacrza1
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
Photo of garrisonp
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

garrisonp, Oct 02, 2013
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.5%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of LostHighway
3/5  rDev -11.5%

LostHighway, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -11.5%

rab53, Nov 22, 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 dananabanana
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
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JMS1512, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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
Photo of sisuspeed
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Clear, candied, amber-red in color with a small, off-white head that quickly fades to a thin, bubbly, ring. No lacing.

Light fruits, a touch of honey and ethyl alcohol make up the majority of the aroma. Some bitter, wheaty, graininess lingers in the background as well.

Wheaty graininess mixed with a bit of grassy hop bitterness dominates the taste. Faint fruits and a touch of cherry can be tasted at times. Interesting, but kind of muddled and grainy.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a decent amount of bitterness. Small, tingly carbonation and warming alcohol.

Drinkability is average. This beer is not really my thing, but it's not too bad and the flavor gets a bit smoother as it warms. The ABV is somewhat noticeable, but not overdone. This is an interesting combination of beers (Hefe and Barleywine), but it doesn't seem to work very well. I applaud Atlantic Brewing for their effort, but I'll probably pass on this the next time I see it.

sisuspeed, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of Mini4x
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Mini4x, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Beermaine
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Beermaine, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the big "SeaBass has got to go" tasting courtesy HonusWagner over on ratebeer. Thanks, I appreciate you hanging on to this so I could give it a try. Pours deep copper with gold edges and white head. The aroma is apples, a touch of peach, prunes and a sense of ripe cherries and a touch of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is malty and earthy as well as seaweed Atlantic Ocean like with some sweet rich dark fruity esters intermingling here and there. A few more sips reveals a modest amount of smoke and maybe a sense of peat. Whatever wheat notes there may be they are pretty faint and well hidden.

BigMcLargeHuge, Feb 13, 2011
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 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 ububru
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

ububru, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Kelp, Jun 21, 2013
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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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.