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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: 6
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 saintwarrick
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber or a very dark burnt orange. Heavy cloves and bananas clog the aroma while the alcohol really shows through in the taste with some plums, raisins and prunes making an appearance. This brew is quite spicy and assertive with a pleasant and refreshing follow through that's not too heavy. All in all, a solid brew that you won't throw back.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy brown with a small head and isolated blobs of lacing.

S - Banana esters and cloves. Sweet.

T - Sweet caramel malt with some banana flavor. Aftertaste is of a bland nitter and a lingering banana sweetness.

M - Thick, smooth and a little refreshing.

D - A bit sweet it is a mild beer. Enjoyable, but not really worth seeking out (unless you can't find another weizen bock) and certainly not Clipper City's best offering, but another decent one from the Heavy Seas line.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew really caught me off-guard. I saw unfilter wheat and expected a weizen with all the citrus and such. WRONG! But it's soo good.

Pours a rich caramel color with a tan head. Good retention though clearer than expected for an unfiltered beer.
Smell is sour, very lambic-like, malt, cherry, vanilla, oak. Very complex.
Taste is malty, cherry, oak, alcohol, pepper, clove. The great complexity continues.
A smooth, rich, creamy offering that gets better as it warms. Light effervescence. Warms the throat, too.
A very good beer. So unlike what I thought I was getting but such a nice surprise. It pays to read the label, I reckon.

Photo of Franchise
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is caramel, syrupy, fruity, plums, prunes, dates, dark corn syrup. The taste is tart upfront a bit boozey not as smooth as expected even for 10%. Alcohol soaked prunes, plums, and pitted dark fruit dominate the taste on the palate. This also has an earthy hop bitterness that finish with a caramel, sweetness in the end decent beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Label notches indicate Purchase By Mar08.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Thick head lasts well, with nice lacing. Aroma is spicy banana clove. Taste is hearty darkish wheat flavor upfront, clovey in the middle, and alcohol warmth on the end. Mouthfeel is very nice, and drinkability is really only limited in that the beer is as strong as they label it to be. Can't fault that. Very enjoyable weizenbock.

Photo of Greenlabel
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another very successful product in the Clipper City series of "bigger" beers. Found a 4-pack at Julio's in Westboro, MA and. after drinking a couple, wish it had been a 6-pack. Seemed to fit very well into a lazy summer day.

Poured a coppery color with a thin but lasting head. Somewhat syrupy and the overall taste did not equal an Aventinus but it was a good US example of a weizenbock. The alcohol was obvious but didn't detract from the taste. I enjoyed it as a summer seasonal much more than the golden or lighter ales which so many brewers present as their specials for the season.

Noticed that it had a long shelf life - best by March '08 according to the bottle. Thus, I'm hoping to make a return trip to pick up some more 4-packs before this seasonal reaches its end for the current year.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a medium chestnut brown with slight ruby highlights. A small off-white head forms and fades. No real lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty sweet with some nice bready and yeasty tones. Hints of banana and clove are present as it a bit of caramel. Slightly boozy smelling as it warms.

Big sticky sweetness upfront followed by some rich caramel, bready and yeasty flavors. Mild banana and clove flavors follow as it finishes sweet and slightly boozy.

Full body, slightly syurpy. Mild carbonation.

Overall, another solid brew in the Heavy Seas lineup. While enjoyable to drink, the sweetness is borderline cloying and hinders the drinkability even more so than the ABV. Makes for a nice nitecap to sip before bed.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle notched best before Feb 08. Pours a russety copper color with some orangy/amber highlights. Khaki colored head rose and fell quickly in the weizen glass. Strong aromas of browned banana peel, roasted wheat and a smidgeon of spice and clove. Very malty backbone with lots of sweetness; a wheaty acidity nearer the finish, mushy banana, green apple and a significant alcohol punch also noted. Almost too chewy and syrupy for its style; the carbonation is at a level that seems just about right for this ale. A pretty solid weizenbier from this side of the pond. I probably should've saved it for Autumn, but I've always liked Weizenbocks and I'm glad it wasn't too hot out today for this warmer to be enjoyed.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy mahogany brown color. Thick beige head. Very little retention or lacing.

Smell - Banana, spices, yeast, apples, raisins, and caramel.

Taste - After an initial tart apple and banana flavor a caramel malt with raisins comes in. The spices and yeast are next. Alcohol is a bit overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. A little syrupy. Not much carbonation but it's there.

Drinkability - Decent beer, but it is a bit syrupy and I would imagine drinking more than one at a time would be difficult.

Photo of cichief
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Deep and dark reddish-brown, with a thin tan head.

S- Smelled strongly of banana and clove.

T- Again strong banana and clove, hints of bubblegum. Alcohol is very prevalent.

M- Very carbonated, medium body.

D- I had one, that was enough.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A dark, hazy brew with no real head to speak of, however I did notice that the minimal bubbles which formed began to swirl, a bit like a hurricane taking shape. Still the beer itself was a rich, deep auburn with shiny copper highlights. Pretty attractive in its own right.

S: A complex aroma of sweet, roasted malt and caramel with a noticeable hop presence that still remains in the background. Also, a slight bit of yeastiness was detectable, but smelled delicious. Excels in this category.

T: Interestingly enough, it seems the tables turn from the aroma when it comes to the actual taste. Hoppiness seems more pronounced than the malts, while both are still represented decently. A layer of sweet and malty goodness works its way at the front and middle palate, while along the sides a bitter hop presence makes for a sharp tart flavor. Alcohol seems barely detectable as the hops and original sweetness drown it out, masking it in a bit of an odd way for my tastes. Aftertaste leaves a resonating stickiness from hops and remnants of the sugary malts. Balances out as the beer warms.

M: Maintains the lower carbonation of a wheat beer. The most forceful presence is the hop stickiness and syrupy aftertaste. For one thing, it seems as those this Weizenbock isn't as refreshing as others of its kind, and I think the attempt to mask the alcohol detracts from this in a way.

D: Still, this is a beer to be reckoned with. And for its mouthfeel not being as pleasing as I'd have hoped from this style, I still must applaud Clipper City's efforts with this Weizenbock. Definitely worth a try in my book.

Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, with a caramel and milk chocolate complexion and little head. The nose is overly spicy with cloves and correspondingly little in the way of fruit or malt notes. On the palate, robust, sweet malt flavors (that veer into syrupy) with some raisin fruit notes and clove, clove, clove. Big carbonation and very heavy mouthfeel are complemented by lots of present alcohol. Overall, this is pretty heavy and cloying, with way too much emphasis on the spice and not enough on the malt, fruit, or wheat acidity. It's not exactly bad, but it's not something I'd order again.

Photo of phisig137
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish brown color, with a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, but NOTHING is left behind in the glass. Looks almost like a glass of good dark honey.

Aroma is nice, yet oddly faint. Cloves seem to dominate the nose, along with an old yeast aroma. Nice, but a bit muted.

Flavor is surprisingly good, yet still a bit light. Great clove and bubblegum flavors from the yeast, with a slight wheat tartness on the finish. Ever so slightly sweet from front to back, this seems to be almost completely free of hops. Slight alcohol burn on the lingering finish. Mouthfeel is moderate and relatively flat. Drinkability is dangerously high.... this hides it's 10% quite well.

All in all, I'm impressed. Usually, Clipper City lets me down, with only a few exceptions. This is one of their more solid offerings, which I feel is pretty damn good for such a tough style. This is far better than that overpriced abomination that Flying Dog offered a year or so ago. This is far better than that one. That being said, this is no Aventinus.... Good beer, well worth the $7.50 or so for a 4 pack. It's worth a try, but don't bend over backwards to get some...

Photo of riversider76
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with amber/crimson hues. Thin tan head,not much retention,or lacing.Aroma is of dark fruit, and sweet bread.I detected a rum rasin as well. Body is on the thick side,and smooth.Just a bit of carbionation. Taste is like tha aroma. The ABV gives this beer a nice kick. Excellent!

Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears cloudy and brown with some red tint, and thin tan head. Smells of alcohol very present, as well as bananas, yeast, raisins, clove and other spices. That alcohol smelled is also present in the taste, at the very beginning. Bananas, spices, and citrusy notes also present. Very full in body. Not a beer to be taken lightly or sessioned, but very good with dinner.

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.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of beeroclock
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from my sampler...

A - Poured a brown color with small light tan head. Very cloudy with the yeast floaties.

S - Bananas, nuts, raisin, is this a bread that I have poured into my glass? Smells good.

T - There is alcohol in this people, trust me. I pick up some of those smells above with a nice nutty flavor.

M - Thick and bready, hangs to the tongue.

D - At 10%, don't plan on drinking many of these, but it goes well for an after dinner beer, which is exactly when I had it. A good beer to end your day with after a long work day.

Heavy Seas is a strong contender, not sure how long they've been around, but I hope they keep this up with quality products....

Photo of WMBierguy
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a huge fan of Wezienbocks. Aventinus is my alltime favorite beer, and Aventinus Eisbock is a close second. Imagine my shock upon discovering that this beer, from Clipper City in Baltimore, is just as good as those masterpieces.

This beer pours a hazy, malty brown. It has a tan head that dissapates a minute or so after pouring. Basically, it looks exactly how a weizenbock should. It also tastes exactly like a weizenbock should. It's very malty, with no sign of hops. Despite this high level of maltiness, it is neither too sweer nor especially cloying. There's a trace of alcohol under the malt, one that sits with you a second or two after swallowing a sip, but it's amazingly subded for a 10% monster. It doesn't taste any stronger than Aventinus, which only has 8% ABV. It's probably the most drinkable strong beer that I've ever had.

This beer is a must for anyone who enjoys Aventinus or German bock beers. It's shocking to me how good this beer is. It's the best German-style American microbrew that I've ever had. Go figure that it would come from Clipper City brewer, a relatively obscure microbrew. They won't be obscure for long if they keep making beers like this, though!

I highly recommend this. It's the best bock you'll get outside of Germany.

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.

Photo of KFaulkner
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heralded as a "Weizen Doppelbock" the beer certainly lives up to its unfiltered weizen nature and doppelbock's "yeah that's right" alcohol content. I poured this into my Aventinus weizenbock glass. With minimal head, this beer is a dark, copper color that's almost opaque, moreso from being unfiltered rather than naturally dark in color. It's basically lighter than a doppelbock and darker than a weizenbock.

It tastes thick and the alcohol stings up front, but settles into a nutty, banana flavor with some citrusy overtones. In other words, it does taste big and full flavored and I highly recommend this new offering from Clipper City in Baltimore. Strangely it's sold as a four-pack, like their Barley Wine but I paid just $6 for them in Hagerstown. Are "big" wheats the new thing? We shall see...

Photo of scott
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dark, burnt orange with minimal head, and no carbonation. Banana esthers, clove and nutty raisin for nose, and is consistent with the taste. On the first sip, the alcohol is upfront. Maybe a tad hot.Thick & full-bodied, the alcohol only further inhibits a quick drink. This is a very nice beer, but suited more for a nightcap or with a meal. It's pretty big. Well crafted and recommended.

Photo of dedrinker
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brand new. Appears dark brown with purple hues. Smells of raisins bananas and cloves. Tastes of the same, but add sweetness of a bock. This is no Aventinus, but for an American attempt at a German Weizenbock, it is pretty damn good. I was told by a rep that a week or so in the bottle would do it some good (this is a hecka new and fresh release I obtained prior to general release to the public). This is worthy so far, but it could have poured a more aggressive head. It's a dessert/ finishing beer. Not great for a 90 degree day, but I had to do what I had to do.

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