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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe - Atlantic Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of anotherpg
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of Hoops4life511
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of umfskibum
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of Snamnoum
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.