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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) - Heavy Seas Beer

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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dedrinker on 06-19-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. Cloudy grapefruit with big bubbly head. Above verage mouthfeel. A story in bannana, and I get the yeast. Looking for more interesting in the style than a sweet bannana sundae, but still enjoyable, and I am allergic to bannanas and not a fan of their smell. Also do we need the abv s high? Good for what it is.

Sammy, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

djrn2, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a quickly disipating

Smell: Clove, peppery yeast and alcohol

Taste: The clove just jumps out from the get-go, with an increasingly bitter nod to the caramelized flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel and banana underneath tries to make an appearance but is overwhelmed by the bitter and clovey flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; much warmth

Drinkability: Very hard to drink, frankly, with way too much going on in a harsh direction

brentk56, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze with a dark brown cloud oozing downward and eventually opacifying the entire beer. It looks like all the really good stuff was hiding in the final inch of liquid. Two fingers of beige foam was created on the pour. A scarcity of lace doesn't help the cause, although the beer itself looks so good, nothing else matters.

The nose isn't outstanding. It is solid, though, and delivers pretty much everything that a weizenbock should. The beer is brown malty, moderately spicy, and has a modest amount of bruised banana in the background. Let's hope the flavor profile is more complex and brings a few things into the foreground.

Heavy Seas Hang Ten strikes me the same way on the palate (not great, but reasonably solid). There's no doubt that getting all the dark yeasty sludge into the glass on the first pour is the way to go. Without that injection of boldness and character, this would be a seriously underwhelming brew.

Now that several mouthfuls have met their well-deserved fate, the flavor is beginning to shine. This is a deeper and more interesting beer than it seemed at first. Still, the brewers of Aventinus have nothing to fear. If the 10.0% ABV wasn't your first clue, Hang Ten was designed to be bold. Mission accomplished.

Some weizenbocks favor the pale end of the malt spectrum. This one is deliciously chocolate malty, which is just how I like 'em. Specifics include chocolate-covered bananas, bubblegum esters, a zesty shot of ground clove and a pinch of black pepper. Some might object to the considerable sweetness, but I don't mind a bit. Besides, it's easily tolerated over the course of a 12 ounce bottle.

The body/mouthfeel improves over time too. It has a lush, silky smoothness that comes close to sticky on the finish. The restrained, yet efficient, carbonation is just what the doctor ordered.

After the first few ounces, I was going to say that Hang Ten should be called Hang Five at best. Actually, it's more like Hang Eight when all is said and done. This is better beer than the final score would indicate. Especially if you like chocolate malty weizenbocks with tons of flavor and an ABV that will warm your belly. Thanks biegaman.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been impressed with the "heavy seas" line of beers. Pushing the gravities, alcohols, and keeping the flavors bold, but in check. A Weizenbock is a normal selection for the line. This beer begins with a flatter-than-prefered carbonation, with light head formation or retention. The aromas fare better with a focus on meloidin-rich maltiness, dark-dehydrated fruits, anise, bananas, clove, and even a hint of bubblegum to accompany the phenolic peppery notes. Flavors are more sugar-sweet than malty, but do exhibit the rich, meaty toasty notes found in the nose. Fruit flavors of bananna, apples, pears, grapes, anise, currants, dates, and figs round out the esters. A light smoky flavor weaves in and out of the white pepper taste. A bubblegum flavor rides along the esters, but so does a light dish-soap flavor that I can't seem to get over. The textures are weighted high due to a lot of residual sugars, and lack of carbonation-- just doesn't seem well-attenuated at all. The alcohols remain tame thoughout; noticible with warming in the end, but never a focal point of the beer. Finishes sweet, fruity, and toasty. Proper carbonation would have done this beer wonders.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear and very bright golden yellow with a large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure.The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.

Overall I thought this was excellent. Really a great beer and something that I think everyone should try. \

mikesgroove, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of brown sugar encrusted wheat that's simply jam-packed with ripe bananas and spice.

Taste: Sweet flavor of brown sugar and wheat. Fruity, with notes of banana as well as raisins. Touch of yeast across the palate. Earth spiciness of either cinnamon or nutmeg. Finishes fruity with a smack of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: So far, I've found the majority of the Heavy Seas beers to be slightly deterring and somewhat off, stylistically.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a little on the dark side which makes me interested right from the start. This beer had so many flavors going on in it. There is the wheat aspect of it that it light and refreshing and it also has the strong power of a doppelbock. It's like a blend of the two, it's a neat idea but it wasn't my favorite.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass a hazed chesnut brown with a large clingy off white head,full aromas definent clove and smoke aromas with hints of green apple that become more pronounced on the palate.Flavors start out a bit over the top with a big green apple presence as well a firm toastiness lies underneath,the bold spicieness is a bit much after awhile the it really does a job on the taste buds.Its rough around the edges in my mind not as refined as the Eisenbahn Vigorosa I had earlier in the day to me its a case of almost to much going on

oberon, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

This is one of the last remaining vestiges of my time in NoVa, and I figured I'd split it with my BA homeboi VDubb86. Unfortunately, we decided to prime thwe evening with the now-illegal-in-many-places Four Loko (the lemon version...). Ugh. Now that the palate has settled though, we're on our way:

It pours a murky auburn-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises oats, wheat, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, rose petals, raisins, and cinnamon. The taste runs similarly, but more toward the fruitier notes, with raisins, red grapes, figs, and oranges running the show. Some rye bread makes its way in there as well. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chewy. Overall, a very nice w-bock, something I really wish was available around these parts. Tasty stuff, people.

TMoney2591, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, ruby/amber color with a small, thin, tan head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, wheat and tons of clove. Very good weizenbock aroma.

T - It had a strong roasty malt flavor with a powerful clove kick. The wheat taste was mild but not overpowered by the malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale that had a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a very big and very good American weizenbock. One of the better Heavy Seas series of brews.

zeff80, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer of the Heavy Seas line-up, not that it's the best, but it's just my preference.

The nose is so rich and complex, with notes of peppery spice greeting you, followed by clove, perhaps something along the lines of nutmeg (although I know there's none in there!), a hint of slightly vinous tartness like dark red fruit or wine, dark fruit skins (plum, perhaps some grape, figs), and a note of dark sugar. As it warms some green banana becomes apparent as well. (And hopefully, the vinous character has to do with pH and yeasty fruitiness and not some underlying infection that will later grow to become something more than charming!).

The flavor is less peppery/spicy, and much fuller with loads of dark fruit. It's decidedly wheaty, but the yeasty fruitiness over-rides it enough that you don't think of it as a wheat beer, but more like a cross between a Belgian dubbel and an English barleywine with weizen yeast in play. Wow!

If there's a flaw to this beer it's that it's kind of sharp and triangular in it's flavor, rather than round (although I like that! Keep in mind that Guinness is kind of out there too!); and the head is hindered by the alcohol. I love the ruby-accented dark amber/copper body though!

I haven't seen this on tap in my area, hopefully I'll get to try some in D.C. a couple of days from now. If it's different I'll post another review. Definitely a charming, kind of unique beer. Well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, caramel, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced (which surprised me, to be honest) with flavors of the bready flavor of wheat, sweet flavors of dark fruit & caramel and a decent hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character and a mild alcohol sting. The after taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I haven't really liked much of anything from this brewery, but to be fair, this beer was pretty good. It might be a bit strong to drink for a whole evening, but it's worth drinking a couple of if you're in the mood for a "bock of strength" because that is exactly what this beer is.

TheManiacalOne, May 18, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance after a nice vigorous pour a thick beige head forms and as it dwindles it clings to the glass it floated above the glass held together quite nicely forms even lacing, the body is mahogany deep brown amber with a clouded haze going on from all of the yeast contents in the bottle.

Aroma spiced banana bread right off the bat in the forefront and all from the authentic yeast strain they used some tartness is evident as well some tart apple and raisin notes flow with a spicy herbal finish. There smells like spices have been added but I know it's just the yeast characteristics pretty wild, mildly funky with bready yeast notes a plenty.

Flavor a bit alcoholic is something I noted early on in the first few sips but the spicy yeast notes are still playing some ripened fruit notes tart apples and raisins with caramelized brown sugar and doughy banana bread elements nice altogether. Overall I feel the alcohol overrides some of those flavors that are trademark of the style it might overcome this and blend better with a bit of age, I'm always intrigued by the Heavy Seas line and once again they served up a good beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy with a searing alcohol finish on the palate carbonation is alright not as fine and effervescent as it's German counterparts but a decent shot at it.

Drinkability is okay but really I would limit myself to one of these I think it would start to sit way too heavy on the palate after one of these, actually towards the end of this sample I'm starting to think wow I want something else. Not a good sign for drinkability but does it make you crave a better Weizen doppelbock, sure.

WVbeergeek, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber with a finger of off-white head. Thin, creamy retention that left a moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is thick is caramel sweetness, spices, and a fruit presence.

The taste has a lot going on with it, with heavy caramel malts, cherries, bananas, cloves, other spices, wheat notes. Ends with some mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a much thicker feel from the alcohol that is present, giving off a pleasant warm sensation.

Very is a very well done Weizenbock. I loved the complex flavors and beef of this beer, yet it still remains fairly well drinkable. Another solid big beer form Clipper City.

Kegatron, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've rxd this in trade before, but no review is showing & I picked up a 4 pack in NC, so here goes...

Pours amber on the bottom the glass& chestnut on the top when looking down, caramel throughout when held to the light with a finger of tan head.. No head retention & no much more lacing

s: Bananas (ripe & green), cloves

T: Green bananas, slight lemon signature & cloves up front. More bananas, slight apricot & plum notes plus a touch of astrigency, cinamon apples & breadyness as this warms, plus a hint of warming booze. Finishes dry, with much green banana & cloves & some warming booze, came close to a 4.0

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation, slight stickyness, plus warmth

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, a nice entre' to the style, but I've had better weizenbocks to be sure

russpowell, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a burnt caramel and wheat malt scent along with a wonderful dry, warming aroma. It has a nice roasted character as well. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth wheat and caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some nice yeasty esters. The banana and clove linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker and one that'll buy again; well done.

WesWes, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by March, '08:

Pours deep amber with a thin head that quickly becomes a thin patch before vanishing.

The smell is of caramel and peppery alcohol with clove, some banana fruitiness and a wheat tang.

The taste is of sweet caramel and alcohol. At first it reminds me of an Old Ale with some malted wheat. Banana/clove is there, but restrained by the overwhelming alcohol, as is a bit of cherry (rather than the expected raisin). Quite a bit of spiciness reminds me of a Belgian (triple, perhaps?) The flavor still hangs on, and there is enough of it to keep it in style. Finishes dryish.

The body is towards full and syrupy despite a touch of a thinness for the style.

A bit too hot and spicy, but it does have something of a drinkability to it, though I'm wondering if that can be attributed to a certain thinness in body. I can think of better examples of the style, but in the end, this one is decent and holds its own. Warming, certainly.

jwc215, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy chest brown color with a layer of sluge on top. No head or lacing to speak of. Not very appealing.

Spicy aroma with lots of clove and peppery zest notes. Yeasty bready presence with slight chocolate and ripe banana as well as some subtle dark fruit.

Yeasty bready medium body with some delicate subtle hops up front with a spicy syrupy center with a spicy dry finish with strong alcohol warmth.

Spicy cloves dominate the flavor and are not integrated very well. Hints of sweet chocolate, ripe banana, dark fruit notes and a very strong alcohol presence. The ABV is not very well masked at all. This is kind of a hot mess with some decent flavors that are overpowered by the booziness and agressive clove presence.

corby112, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark amber with a crimson hue, light beige head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Little amounts of CO2 slowly rise.
Smell is of clove, caramel, banana, biscuit, fresh dough, & milk chocolate.
Taste is of doughy, yeasty, cloves, caramel, milk chocolate, and heavy wheat.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, brown sugar resonating with doughy yeast leading to a sweet, yeasty, semi-dry finish.

weeare138, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.