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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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Reviews: 260 | Hads: 298
Photo of kneeland
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very wheaty beer. I was thinking it would be lighter, I don't know why though. It seemed to get heavier the more I drank it.
It's definitely full flavored, and I enjoyed it. It's got a great taste for being such a high alcohol content.
It has a ocean/pirate theme, so I was hoping it would be a better beer to have in the sun. It's just way too wheaty.

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Photo of RppIII
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to pint glass

Pours a dark caramel honey color with an apple cider haze. Head is almost non-existant and no lacing what so ever. Very juice like in character with bubbles of carbonation marching like infantry to the edge of the glass.

A beautiful plum esscence with a tinge of black cherry. Sweet caramel malt gives a beautiful presence in the nose and a hint of vanilla to contrast the dark fruit presence.

Fruit is overwhelming in this beer with plum, and very noticable cherry flavours. A winter conglomeration. A slight bittering from the hops is present with a lasting vanilla and caramel malt finish.

A smooth mouthfeel with an interesting complexity. The carbonation in this beer adds a lot to the overall experience, any less and it would be too much, while any more and it would be a champagne.

While I would not be able to sit down and drink this beer all night I most certainly would be able to drink two or three. This is a great fall beer (alas I am reviewing it in spring) because it has a winter complexity that leaves you looking forward to that season.

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Photo of garuda
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy brown color with a thin white head, which was gone by the time I took a couple sips. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Dominated by brown sugar and wheat, then some sweeter caramel malts. The aroma gained some depth about mid palate with hints of bubble gum, however, then the alcohol really started to make its presence known.

T - Brown sugar, big caramelly malts.

M - Medium bodied, with a sticky finish. I feel that it needed a bit more hops to crisp it up and dry it out a little.

D - I had one, and that was enough. The alcohol becomes fairly pungent once it starts warming up, which makes it not very drinkable.

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Photo of runner72
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - brownish/orange hue. cloudy. slight head which laces the glass. lots of carbonation and you can see floaties

S - pleasant. slightly phenolic.yeast and wheat

T - you can taste the alcohol. malt taste with a little hop bite at the end

M - too much carb in the mouth and a little bit much alcohol feel

D - fairly drinkable. Need to drink it slow.

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Photo of cnally
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the brewery, don't have the style that often...I am excited.

Dirty brown with orange/red tints. Hard to arouse a head, but the small one is tan and quick to dissipate.

The aroma is highly spicy, old dried orchard fruit, with apple, raisin, prunes...a little sour too.

Really huge caramel flavor. A little alcoholic. A phenolic aftertaste is highly prevalent.

Slick, yet sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation levels.

A tasty one, but underwhelming.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown, with almost no head and no lacing.

S: Dark fruit up front with malt, and slight alcohol.

T: Belgian spice, dark fruit, citrus, good amount of stuff going on. The ABV is high, and can taste it a lot as it warms.

M: Carbonated, kind of hard to put down. Maybe a little syrupy.

D: It's not bad, but wouldn't want to drink a lot of them.

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a somewhat deep murky. ruby coloring with sediment visibly floating in the glass. About a 1/4 inch of off white head sits on top. Head recedes rapidly leaving sparse lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is of alcohol, sweet caramel and toffee notes, belgian spice, and pear.

T: Taste has a hint of metallic taste throughout. Sweetness up front with hints of caramel malts, hint of toasted malts and some breadiness, with an apple and touch of banana mixed with some spicing - most notably coriander. Alcohol is very detectable.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, relatively light on the tongue, rather crisp with a chewy finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, decent beer and representation of style. Not one that I could sit with for more than one, but you could easily sit with one and enjoy.

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Photo of notlob
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Rich malty and dark fruit notes and cloves, with some sweet alcohol at the end.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown, very turbid, with a nice soft one finger off-white head that doesn't stick around much. Nice lacing. Some yeasty chunks.

Flavor: Rich, malty, semi-sweet, with a tinsy bit of an alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Nice dry finish. Somewhat tart. Medium carbonation.

Overall impression: Very drinkable at 10%ABV. I like it more than most of the traditional German Weizenbocks.

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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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a plain brown color with haze. Nose has some bready malty notes. On the palate though it has a rather fruity character, almost like a straightforward dunkel-weizen from other brewers. Alcohol isn't as perceptible as one might think for something this high. Rather easy drinking overall as well.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark and full-bodied with a good head and good retention.

S - Smells like sweet wheat, like the brown bread at the Cheesecake Factory. Besides that, fruity esters and a mild spicy hop are present, but relatively subtle.

T - Banana and sourdough flavors with no discernible hop bitterness, and a lot of sweet wheat, baked bread, molasses - not so much of the usual clove or other spiciness in the flavor.

M - Well carbonated and appropriately medium-bodied.

D - Not a go-to for me, but it is certainly a quality beverage. Good paired with food.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz that's been in the cellar for about a year.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, rich, brown color with a small white head.

S: Smells of sweet malts and quite a bit of wheat. Ripe dark fruits, apples, pineapple, banana, and clove.

T: Initial taste reminds me of Bush's baked beans, sweet and tangy. Quite good. A slight metallic taste. Really no hint of the 10% abv that lie within.

M: Low carbonation, and a very smooth mouthfeel, perhaps helped by the cellaring.

D: Flavors are well balanced and this one goes down smooth considering the 10%abv.

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Photo of macpapi
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with best by date of Nov. 2010. I know it's strong, but this beer has that long of a shelf life? Bottle art depicts a surfing pirate, barely eluding the menacing bite of a shark, while some sort of seabird clings to the bottom of his surfboard. Interesting cartoon action shot there.

Poured into my Aventinus weizenbock glass, Hang Ten presents a pretty dark brown color with tinges of amber when held up to the light. It is hazy and has a medium-sized white head. There is pretty decent lacing here.

Smell is comprised mostly of a fresh wheat pull. There is a somewhat hidden aroma of banana to go with a faint molasses presence.

Taste is dominated by a pretty full wheat flavor to go along with a hint of banana and spicy clove. There is also a sharp alcohol sting to this one. Although the booze and strong wheat pull give it some presence, I would say that on the whole this flavor is a bit weaker than it could be.

Feels pretty biting and potent, though not the fullest presence. Medium carbonation.

This is a pretty nice beer. It's not up there with the best of the style (see Aventinus and Vitus), but is a tasty, if not ultra complex beer. Alcohol sting makes it a bit of a sipper and probably a 1-2 and out type of beer.

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Photo of BierFan
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Thin light tan head. Slightly hazy dark amber/brown body.

Smell: Definitely smells like a weizen-bock. Loads of sweet ripe bananas and wheat.

Taste: This one is quite a bit better than I was expecting it to be. Taste is predominantly clove and hops giving it some nice spiciness. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as I would like it to be.

Drinkability: I don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. A little too filling/overpowering.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown color with a reddish tint in the back, no head/lacing. Smells are of the sweet kind: apple, yeast, malt. Taste is also sweet, reminds my of hard cider a bit with an added wheat nature to it. Medium body, lots of carbonation which I like the best in this one, some stickiness but for the most part is very clean. Not my first choice in this style format, but it does the trick if your in the mood for a Belgian type brew. This one came along in an assortment, with that said, I probably won't have this beer again.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a four-pack because I've been pretty impressed with the Heavy Seas line. Poured an amber-brown color with a light tan head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film.

Nose was dried fruit, raisins, caramel malt, some light spicy alcohol.

Taste was similar, if stronger on that deep spicy caramel. Some raisins. Strong alcohol presence. Light dirty roasted malt in there as well.

Body and carbonation were fine for the style.

Overall, a nice beer - alcohol is a little high, but it's tasty and I'm a fan of the style.

Wine Specialist/$10/4-pack

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Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a bulbous snifter, pours a tan colored head that's pretty modest for the style, light retention, rousing the yeast in the bottle produces a thick haze in the ruby-brown colored beer

s: estery slurry of sweet red apple and overripe banana atop a rich wheat and caramelized malt body that gives raisin and date, aromas of candied apple and dark banana bread, clove, heavy hefe aromas create an interesting complexity when applied to the sweet doppelbock base

m: low carbonation and a medium-full, almost syrupy body

t: heavy malt body gives huge flavors of toffee and wheat accompanying concentrated flavors of dried banana and other esters, sweet red apple, sweet dark breads, mild clove spice, hop influence provides only bitterness as the finish gradually dries

d: not as refined as some other examples - and a little sugary for high drinkability - but a worthwhile purchase

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise, when I saw that it was an unfiltered wheat beer, I was expecting a pale, slightly biscuity light tasting beer. Instead, this was a dark reddish brown, full bodied bee, with the nose and taste of malty dark fruits (raisins, dates, grapes), mixed with pleasant clove and other spices, with a tad of bananas, apples and other lighter fruit, atop the biscuit. Every sip or sniff brought out something different. Not to mention the 10% abv that never made itself known outight, but could be felt below the surface.

I will definitely have more of this.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, translucent with mild tan head. Doesn't appear too thick. The smell involves cloves, banana, and some other spices and is fairly sweet. Taste is heavy on alcohol.. more cloves, pepper, banana, and lemon. Slightly medicinal. Not bad but a little too overpowering.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark cloudy amber to brown color pour with a small offwhite short lasting head , some spotty lacing left , lively carbonation. Aroma of cloves , bubblegum , apples, banana , ginger, and a sweet malt . Flavor is slightly boozy at first , sweet wheaty malt , cloves,apple, caramel , and a hint of maple syrup . No apparent hop flavors. A dry yeasty finish with a lingering spice aftertaste . Medium body , with a slick mouthfeel . I would call it quite drinkable and a pretty good brew .

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with the other Clipper City beers I've tried, this is good - just not quite as good as the best versions of the style. Much less head than the typical weizen, and less spiciness in the flavor. Quite smooth, very easy to drink. Nothing off-putting, by any means. Less body than my favorites of the style. ABV not noticeable in the taste, which is commendable. This is a real good brewery, and they make some decent "big beers". Coupled with the very affordable pricing, they are always worth a shot.

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Photo of Cognac1765
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured from a bottle into my mug. Looks like a dark ambery color but no head... not even from a full pour. Lots of carbonation. Its pretty nice to see the yeast floating around in it.

S - Smells good. For 10% abv, you dont smell the alcohol its more floral and tasty smelling.

T - The alcohol hits you right away. Its almost overpowering that wizen taste ive grown to like alot.

M - Once again the alcohol overpowers alot. Its pretty much all i can taste in my mouth. If it were cold, the warmth would feel nice but since im in Florida and its 100 degrees out its a bit off putting.

D - i couldnt drink alot of these. There is alot of alcohol so its more a slow sipper. But if you sip you get to much alcohol taste so you want to take bigger gulps to get the beers flavor.

Overall - They really need to tone down the alcohol content to this beer. I would really enjoy it if they did. It has a nice taste thats completely overpowered by the alcohol.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hang Ten pours the look of a classic dunkel weizen--cloudy burnt brown with off white chunky head that leaves some lacing. Aromas are not huge, but mainly banana and clove as it should be. Less fruity than most dunkel weizens. Flavor wise there is noticeable alcohol in the first sip along with fruity esters and plenty of dark wheat character. A lingering alcohol character sits on the tongue quite a bit after the finish.
A lush and full mouthfeel which match the style well.
10% seems a bit much for what this beer is doing flavor wise. Tone down the alcohol heat and kick up the banana character and this would be a much better beer.

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

12oz brown bottle with "Best Before" date notched into label. The bottle has a bit of yeast sludge at the bottom so pour carefully or eat it up, whatever your preference.

A: Pours a muted brown bordering on amber with a smallish white cream colored head. The haze can be attributed to the bottle advertised "Unfiltered Wheat Beer".

S: Caramel malts, bananas, a bit of spice, a smattering of alcohol, and, wait a second, I know I'm forgetting something, what is it, right, wheat! It's more of an earthy wheat rather than grassy. Also, this does not come off as a 10 percenter, but you know your in for something special.

T: More of the nose, although the order is a bit different. The front of the palate starts with spices and wheat followed by the caramel malts then the alcohol dominates leaving a dark rum banana aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Body is moderate and silky smooth. Light on the carbonation but it does not hurt this beer.

D: A slow drinker, I'd be good for 2 in a session. Pair it with a chocolate dessert.

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