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

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260 Reviews
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Reviews: 260
Hads: 298
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dedrinker on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. \

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a dark caramel brown color with a thin head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a malty sweetness to it with wheat and caramel playing a big role. A bit of dark fruit notes come through in the maltiness. Pretty appealing aroma and nice for the style.

The taste has a big malty flavor to it with some sweeter wheat flavors shining through. Like the nose it has some nice dark fruit notes. Some caramel is present as well. A bit of bitterness comes through in the finish helping it from becoming too sweet. Very nice and flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is a bit above medium bodied with below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has a lot of great flavors to it. The malty wheat flavors were very nice overall and it was a good example of the style. Definitely one of my favorite Heavy Seas beers.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Drafting Room in Spring House. Served in a 10 oz. tulip.

I find this to be one of the better Heavy Seas brews, though it still has room for improvement. It follow a lot of the same lines as Aventinus with the heavy, sweet wheat along with dark fruits and a touch of spice. This beer, however, isn't quite as refined or complex. Individual flavors take hold of the beer and don't allow much else on your palate at times. Also, I found a very slight mustard note in the back that would point toward improper sanitation. Still, all things considered this is a good weizenbock and worth trying.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite brewery, but I thought this was surprisingly good on draft at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a dark chestnut with a slight orange tint. Fairly small head. Smells fruity and malty with lots of banana and clove and some other tropical fruits. The taste is similar with the addition of a slightly salty finish and an almost meaty flavor. Definitely a bit more savory than some other Dopplebocks. The mouthfeel is hefty but a bit soft, but there is some bitterness there as well. Nice.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer would never really bear an abundance of head; it did, however, posses large bubbles that every couple seconds would pop like the last kernels of popcorn in a microwave. The surface would eventually lay flat. A deep, deep hue prevents straight on clarity, which only ever became partial even when held directly to the light. A distinct colour - tyrian purple and stained oak with brick red highlighting. Unique, attractive...and difficult to describe.

I met the aroma with an exclamatory "ooohhh" reaction. A potent, spicy melange of banana, cherry, port, grapes, caramel, figs, yeast, dates, wood, clove, flowers... it is many things, and there is much of all those things. Lots of resin filled malts. A lot of wine like tannin character. This takes on a port/liqueur like complex, the alcohol considerably blended into the bouquet. This is just what a dopplebock should smell like - how wonderful!

At 10% alcohol this certainly will make you "hang loose" as the pirate on the label recommends. (He seems pretty relaxed too for someone about to get bit by a shark...guess he's had a few of these!?) The mouthfeel is a little lighter than the aroma would lead you to expect. I'll purposely avoid saying 'watery' because there is plenty of malt to make up the body. Although that malt is working pretty hard up against the high gravity, which it does a fair job at hiding. Also, it isn't nearly as sticky as the resiny aroma lets on. The wheat actually keeps this considerably dry.

The flavour still posses a similar profile of malt, yeast, wheat, caramel, beats, banana, apricot and dried fruit but not to the same degree as in its bouquet. The beer became a little underwhelming with flavours not really coming together nor do they ever seem to develop entirely on the palate. A little bubble gum flavour on the aftertaste, but largely just underwhelming.

A considerably nice effort from a brewery that seems to consistently put out solid beers. I don't think this ranks as one of their best beers, nor would it place above average for its style, but I had no problem "surfing this wave"...and actually would have liked to surf another! Thanks Blankboy!

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Photo of weeare138
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Best buy March 08

Pours a cloudy brownish color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, tangy/sour, slight cloves/bannanas, and caramel. The taste is malty, tangy/sour, slightly yeasty, and caramel. You would never know it was a 10% ABV brew. Medium body. Drinkable, not quite what I expected from a Weizenbock.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the folks at Wells, there's not a lot of this stuff around. I think they indicated they only got something like 30 four packs, so I was very happy to pick some up before it was all gone.

The beer pours a very attractive, hazy, orange, brown color, with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite rich, which in fact it is. On the nose one gets a pretty good dose of banana, spice, chocolate and sweet malt. The beer smells as if it will be big and powerful, which again it most certainly is. On the palate the beer is very rich and smooth, and it is quite malty and sweet with nuances of banana, chocolate and more spice. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I care for, and there is no way I could drink more then one at a sitting.

This is an excellent beer, but it is a bit sweet and high in alcohol to be very drinkable. Still, another solid effort from Clipper City.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a four finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color (what else with an unfiltered??). Light carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty honey nose. Flavor is very different for a wheat - almost like a yeasty barleywine maybe its because the high ABV is right up front, some sweetness, hops in background. Worth trying. $2.20 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.