La Shawinigan Handshake
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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #44
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,113
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
140
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Le Trou Du Diable
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  35
SCORE
86
Very Good
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Trou Du Diable "Shawinigan Handshake"
on tap @ Le Projet, Québec, QC

Notes: Listed at 7% ABV. Typical weizen appearance. Aroma: Sweet wheat malt and banana/clove with piney/spicy/grassy hops. The flavor follows but drier. Well-balanced and rounded. Dry finish. The malt disappears, some clove remains, and the hops become clearer. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Well-made with an interesting twist in the use of hops. I knew there had to be a joke behind the name so I looked it up. From Wikipedia: "Shawinigan Handshake is the epithet given to a chokehold executed on February 15, 1996 by Jean Chrétien, then Prime Minister of Canada, on anti-poverty protester Bill Clennett. The phrase comes from Chrétien's birthplace of Shawinigan, Quebec, as the former prime minister often styled himself the "little guy from Shawinigan"."

Feb 08, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with two fluffy fingers of off-white head that leaves spiky rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of lemon zest, peeled banana, cloves, sweetly bready wheat malt, fresh orange juice, white pepper and more floral, citric hops.

Tastes of banana bread, spritzed lemon, fresh white bread, orange flesh, more peppery yeast and bright flowery hops.

Feels light and soft. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's like a big, fluffy, huggable version of a hefeweizen.

Oct 18, 2016
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I definitely love the overall presentation of this beer. The label, bottle, and story behind the brew are fantastic. The beer itself is not a style I love, but I definitely respect this brew. It is well crafted - hazy gold with a pillowy white head, plus plenty of clove and banana in the nose and taste. I'm pleased with the wheat backbone that gives this brew a solid base. Overall, a high quality product!

Feb 04, 2016
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MAB from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to go with "Above Average" for this brew.
Nothing stood out to me, but it was very drinkable.
The wheat presence was felt-- slightly hazy and lending a Belgian-style feel to things.
It was also slightly sour, which I associate with the style.

Jan 26, 2016
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Ghrymm from Canada

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 600ml bottle
A: Pours a hazy straw thin white head no lacing.
S: Malts and a fruit (orange) nose.
T: A sweet pine taste.
F: Good carbonation a sweet mouth feel.
O: Pretty good bock i cannot say to much as i have had so few .
This from a IPA guy

Jan 25, 2016
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale straw color with tons of powerful activity. Extra foamy and frothy 4 finger sparkly explosive island head in the weizen glass, lasting around 10 minutes, with some average leggings.

Aromas of fresh flowers and zesty lemon. Flavors of lemon, sweet grains, yeasty bread, noble hops, fruit esters, floral and herbal spices. Balanced and delicate subtle flavors of sugary fruits with a nice sharpness.
Grainy and wheaty roasted bread feel.

Smooth light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a spicy and yeasty tongue coat, some fruity citrus and floral feel.

Overall excellent quality craft offering an incredible smell and great flavors that feels much like a belgian tripel. Very sexy and well balanced, nice intensity, and quite complex. Although well refreshing, it's a little vinous, highly acidic, with a faint metallic feel.

Aug 31, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*First Weizenbock ever so I'm not sure what I'll get! Also it's a 5 months old bottle, so it's not really fresh*

I thought "bock" beers were amber but I guess because of the "weizen" it's not! Looks like a pretty standard wheat beer with a big head and lots of lacing. Smell of banana/clove principally. Some alcohol is there too, smells like a stronger hefeweizen, which is what a Weizenbock is supposed to be I guess. Taste like bananas and clove again, with a nice aftertaste bitterness to close it. While I'm still not sure if a Weizenbock is only a stronger hefeweizen or if there's some differences that I cannot find, this is a really good beer. Wasn't available this summer in most Quebec's shops for some reason but this is definitely a good summer/fall beer!

Aug 29, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into the glass (from a really nice, custom 600mL bottle) with an almost improbable amount of head--that, improbably, continues to actually *grow* for another several minutes. Colour is a hazy gold with hints of orange, the foam is loose and mousse-y. Lots of lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is banana, yeast, grapefruit, a touch of lemon, faintly nutty. Clove, coriander. A bit of orange zest. A faint, dank, wet-basement kind of mustiness that's actually not unpleasant. Slightly earthy as well. Tangy, almost?

Taste is banana, clove. Earthy. Slightly metallic, yeasty. A touch of sourness, lots of citrus. There's more of a hop presence here than I'd expect for the style--plenty of grapefruit and a touch of pine. Caramelized sugars. Finishes surprisingly dry. Carbonation is rather intense, and the body is a bit on the thick, heavy side.

A couple of years ago, this beer was all the rage: a few cicerone-certified friends talked it up like the Second Coming. Now, it seems, it hardly makes a peep. Truth be told, I can see both angles here: I totally understand why it might have been so well-loved, but I can also see why it's maybe faded from view. For a weizenbock, the flavour is shockingly mild--I've had standard wheat beers with more intensity of flavour. And yet it *is* also a pretty intensely likeable beer.

Aug 12, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Obviously this hilarious politically-themed label has caught my eye during many trips to the bottle shop but for some reason I never did pull the trigger. Oh well. Here we go. Color is somewhere between golden amber and orange marmalade, with a light dusting of off-white foam, more lace on the glass than anything. Aroma is rather nice, the expected banana and clove notes accompanied by bright grapefruit and orange citrus. Palate is malt-forward but everything is well-integrated: Banana nut bread, golden raisins, marmalade, even something tropical (guava perhaps?). Body is solidly within medium territory, smooth and drinkable for a "big" style with a moderate prickly "bite". Finishes fruity and spicy, citrus and curry perhaps. Nothing sticking out like an ill-advised long gun registry. Nice winter brew that compares favorably with a few of the German classics.

Dec 01, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 375ml bottle for $2.75. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well. Pours cloudy and dark gold. Not much head at all

S- Very good. Orange and heavy malt tones.

T- A bit down here compared to smell. Hints of citrus and pine but not like a Nordic pale ale.

M- Dry and crisp. Ok by me. Finishes rather long

O- Pretty good. Had a bomber saved for a while now but found 4 of these little guys on the shelf so I grabbed them. Pretty good buy

Food Pairing

This wonderful little ale went well with... Monte Cristo sandwiches

Enjoy!

Jul 19, 2014
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FondueVoodoo from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A%3A Pours a clear peach colour with 3 fingers of off-white head which quickly dissipated to a think film over the surface with plenty of lacing. %0A%0AS%3A Lightly spiced Belgian yeast with white pepper paired with overripe bananas. Strong malty backbone with a balance of hops. %0A%0AT%3A The spiciness of the yeast is much more apparent than was detected in the scent. Great malt backbone with a slight hoppy bitterness on the finish. %0A%0AM%3A Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and clean. %0A%0AO%3A Another great brew from TD which we are now lucky enough to get in BC.

Jan 13, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing about Shawinigan Handshake is what I expected. For one, it is a near spotless and resplendent golden-yellow colour, as bright and sunny as a summer afternoon. Weizenbocks are often referred to as bigger, stronger versions Hefeweizens but there's nothing intimidating about this one, it looks every bit as approachable as the classic summertime quencher.

Second of all, the aroma is distinguished neither by rich, toasty malt nor by yeasty phenols or esters, but rather by, of all things, Northwest hops. It is a soapy bouquet with light notes of citrus, cat pee, pine bark, and fresh flowers. This style typically smells of rotting fruits but this bouquet has a fully in-bloom, spring-time freshness.

In a style like Weizenbock, yeast typically spreads like wildfire. Chinook hops, however, keep a very firm grip on things. The combination of ripe peaches, dank, forest-y spruce notes and citric lemon oils comprise the lion's share of the flavour, with banana notes and spicy phenols making unexpectedly dinky contributions. Even less significant is the alcohol; a complete non-factor.

The malt contributes too, but it isn't replete with rich, toasty melanoidins - instead it's sweet and doughy. Indeed, Shawinigan Handshake doesn't have all the qualities one might look for in the style; I always think of these as dark, malty, and yeasty but fairer examples like this aren't uncommon. The abundance of hops, on the other hand, that's different.

If I had known how refreshing and agreeable this beer was, I wouldn't have waited for a blustering cold November night to open it. Weissbier is for the summer. Bocks are traditionally for the spring. This beer is an amalgam of the two seasons, showcasing budding florals, greening spruce trees and fresh (not fermented) fruits. Shawinigan Handshake definitely isn't your Großvater's Weizenbock but it's a must try - especially for hop-heads.

Nov 30, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wordemupg for this long time want. Great label celebrating a hilarious event in Canadian history and a very nice custom made TDD 600ml bottle.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy gold with a touch of amber and topped with almost two fingers of frothy white head that leaves some great lace behind. Extra points for such awesome packaging.

Smell. Light orchard fruits, spicy and fruity belgian yeast, and a bit of light malt and banana.

Taste. Light orchard fruits again and plenty of grassy and citrus hops with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium amount of fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Tastes more like a hoppy belgian pale. Really nice stuff.

Oct 15, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for $6.05 CDN. Quite possibly the greatest beer label art I've ever seen to along with and awesome name.

Appearance- Hazy, effervescent golden amber / copper color. Huge 3+ fingers of head, significant lacing and huge white cap left on top. Tons of yeast particles floating around, particularly as you get to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Hoppy, some mild citrus but also some sweet bready malts. While it is a weizenbock (reflected in the color), smells more like a cross between an IPA (spruce scents) and a tripel (bready notes). Whatever the classification may be it smells damn good.

Taste - Mild and hoppy, but again the bready malts are noticeable especially on the back half of the sip. Some caramel flavors in there too. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium / high carbonation, quite smooth and rich as one would expect from a weizenbock.

Overall - Really nice, big time smell and flavor and great feel to the beer. Went deliciously down with my leftover Thanksgiving (Canadian) lunch.

Oct 14, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - fully hazy copper golden with a tall white head, nice random lacing all around
S - big yeasty esters of banana, citrus, and spices, and a big grainy presence
T - a strange yet tasty mix of yeasty esters, grape medicine phenols, mineral notes, pale grains, and light leafy hops
M - nicely carbonated with a dry yeasty character with hints of fruity bitterness
O - from what I remember seeing the original shawinigan handshake was much less pleasant than this, an oustanding way to commemorate a very funny piece of Canadian history, merci Jean Cretien!

Oct 06, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and floral hops from the Chinook are dominant. Taste is also dominated by the hoppy notes form the Chinook with some citrus and floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was an APA all along; the hops level overshadows the wheat notes.

Oct 04, 2013
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SebD from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately/slow and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, peppery spices, banana and wheat malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, dominant clove and banana notes, some peppery spices, faint lemon and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Oct 02, 2013
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hopsolutely from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise!

Bottle pours a hazy golden colour with brassy notes. Impressive retention on the white head and decent mouthfeel. Bready aroma is heavy on the wheat and German yeast. Appropriate for the style, but not my own personal preference. The banana elements are more obvious in the taste, within which the Chinook citrus notes really shine. A decently bitter finish that has a good crispness despite the lingering wheat background.

Sep 27, 2013
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drinkininthewood from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter.

A- Hazy golden yellow color. Nice sticky head of thick white foam. Good lace. floating particles/sediment.

S- Banana, clove, some peach notes, Belgian yeast, somewhat herbal, fairly malty with aromas of 12 grain bread.

T- Typical Weizen characteristics of Banana, clove, a touch of stone fruit ( Peaches and a hint of apricot ). Hops are present with the unmistakable citrusy resins of Chinook and add decent bitterness. Nice malt chew with flavors of fresh bread and whole wheat toast with a light spread of butter. The beer also has a somewhat herbal character mid palate and in the finish which is which is refreshing with some citrus tang and bitterness.

M- The body is on the lower levels of full bodied. Carbonation is on par for the style.

D- very drinkable Weizenbock.

Overall i was pleasantly surprised by this Weizenbock mainly because of the level of hops noticed yet still manages to maintain the style. Quite well balanced.

Sep 06, 2013
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leaddog from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Clove, yeast, bready malt, spices, hint of banana and plum.

Taste - Clove, fruit and spices are most predominant and nicely balanced with the bready malts. Slightly peppery in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall - A good weizenbock with traditional flavours (clove, banana, bready malt). Appearance could use some tweaking to hit the right colour palette and have better head retention, but otherwise a good show.

Aug 25, 2013
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TerryW from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, hazy apricot colour under and decent head that settles to a sturdy ring. Good lace.

Smells of banana, cloves and spice. Clearly a European-style wheat beer from it's nose. Overall, quite appetizing.

Proper wheat beer to taste. Bitter citrus and fruitiness from hops on the palate. Quite tasty, not overpowering.Noticeable yeast to smell and taste. Slightly dry, lingering finish. Lots of things happening front to back which makes this an interesting beer to drink.

Aug 21, 2013
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peensteen from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange colour, 2.5 fingers of white head with a good amount of lace. Lots of citrusy-fruity hops here, lots of orange and pineapple before the wheat aspects come through, banana and a light spice as well. Taste is loaded with fruity hops and banana, orange and tropical fruit, spicy with a nice drying bitterness, fruity in the aftertaste. medium carbonation and medium bodied. Solid stuff, could easily revisit this again, very drinkable.

Aug 14, 2013
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laituegonflable from Australia

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours an opaque saffron colour, trickle of bead visible. It's obviously not entirely opaque but close to. Head is white, foamy, retains superbly. Outstanding.

Smells sweet and pleasant. Banana mostly, but a touch of poached pear and cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Sweet. Yummy.

Taste is more tangy, some banana with poached pear, lots of clove getting towards back, peppercorns, fennel as well and coriander. Finishes with a light fruity ester which is unexpected and absolutely spot on for cleansing after the spice. Would like more fruit dominance upfront, but otherwise a great strong wheat beer.

Foamy in the mouth, not much booze but some. Dry on the back.

A nice strong weizen. Lots of flavour, intriguing and appealing palate construction.

Aug 08, 2013
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mick303 from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – an amber peachy colour, cloudy with visible carbonation that fades rather quickly. A strong head of soft white foam, good retention and lacing. 3.75

S – an intricate yeast forward nose, lemon spice and banana, clove and coriander, farmhouse notes, a subtle earthy maltiness, field aromas with a complex yeasty mustiness. Not much bitterness to pick up on, its deep interesting but restrained. 4

T – full lemon citrus juiciness, peach and banana creaminess, with a developing yeasty fruitiness. Has some light florals until the herbal hop notes come forward. A delicate soft spicy finish, black tea, thick bodied on finish with a full mouth yeast coating that has slight lemon character. The finish is full of pepperiness, prickly and a lightly cloying bitterness. 4

M – moderate bodied, with a gentle citrus sweetness and carbonation. It has some tartness and a bit of earthy spice toward the end. With some of the tannin character, with a big dryness on the lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is there in the body but not really aggressive, lends some spice. 3.75

This is certainly a flavourful interpretation with lots of flavours vying for the spotlight. This has some cool interplay of fruity and yeasty character with the sprucy and peppery hop bitterness really dominating the finish. Balance issues at times, with aggressive flavours, but on the whole I found it an enjoyable and unique hopped weizenbock. Worth a try for sure. Tasty stuff. 3.75

Aug 05, 2013
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a ridiculously cloudy apricot color. Has a respectable three inches of off-white head that has big air-pockets and slowly works its way down to an even film. Good retention; nice, loose lacing.

S:
Sweet and fruity. Yeast and wheat come through strong with some tangier peach and bubblegum smells. Quite refreshing smell on the whole.

T:
Really interesting. My first drink came on pretty tart and fruity with more hops at the end. In subsequent sips the hops came through a lot more.
Slight astringency at first, doughy and warm in the middle with iced tea and muddy hop flavors at the finish. You can tell the hops are there, but it is neither subtle nor American-ish.

M:
Dry. Thin, well-carbonated and tangy. Light-medium body.

O:
Really decent hopfenweiss. It is definitely different than European ones, but I think it is suitably subtle compared to the hop-bomb it could be in certain hands. It was a little less rich/heavy than I would have liked, but it was also really refreshing, so I guess there is a trade-off. Also, at 6.5% it could be a passable hanging-out-in-hot-weather beer.
Looked fantasic, really. Amazingly refreshing and fresh smell. Pretty tasty, dry and thirst-quenching.
Would have again; worth trying.

Jul 26, 2013
La Shawinigan Handshake from Le Trou Du Diable
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 140 ratings