Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Manly Men Beer Club El HefeManly Men Beer Club El Hefe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
atlanticbrewing.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our head brewer James Taylor* was given the club’s challenge: brew a high gravity Hefeweizen while tempering the typical clove and banana notes. He began with a healthy amount of Bohemian Saaz hops, and a grain bill of equal parts malted barley & wheat berries. Then he swapped the German Wizen yeast in favor of an English Ale yeast, better suited for a barley-wine. The result is a complex yet delicate beer with a soft mouthfeel which warms yet doesn’t overpower. We like to think of this beer as sort of a cross trainer between the classic unfiltered wheat style and a barley-wine ale.
*(Yes he does play acoustic guitar)

Added by lordofthewiens on 06-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
17.01%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 20
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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mdfb79
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From 11/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle shared by nimbleprop.

a - Pours a mahogany dark amber color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruit, fruity malts, and alcohol. Not very enjoyable and the alcohol is pretty prominent.

t - Tastes of alcohol, caramel malts, and dark fruits. Again, too much booze here, and it just doesn't mix well to me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Kind of hot.

d - Not a very good wheatwine; I thought it was kind of a boozy mess. Would not want to try again.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

An orange dark apricot/peach body, a bit cloudy with a little cola carbonation, but some slow crawling bubbles mostly. Barely a finger of tan head is made with practically no staying power. Pencil thin collar is left with not much else.

A light malt and sense of strong powdered sugar. Mild chewy sense with a faint canned fruit smell. A little bit of spice and heat boozy quality.

Palate brings a good amount of sweetness. Chewy body with a good depth and coating but just a little wet. Spicy finish, almost kind of peppery hot. Sweetness and heat really don't play off each other very nicely, more of a competing flavor contrast than complimenting. Quite hot and boozy tasting. A good amount of carbonation on this also.

Overall though, kind of an odd palate and not that memorable. I'd have something else.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, honey, mango and other tropical fruits, a hint of roast, and booze characteristics. The nose is a bit muddled and cloying. Flavors of roast and rich sweetness, with a toffee backbone, and overlays of banana, booze, and mango. Very sweet, but balanced and smooth. Very robust and creamy body to support all the rich flavorings. The aftertaste is roasted, sweet, and a bit on the cloying side, with a sugary feel to it. The finish is smooth, with a cloyingly sweet linger.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. It's dry with a touch of smokiness. The taste is much the same. It's smooth and full flavored with a rich hefe feel. It goes down with ease and finishes dry with some pale malt sweetness and a bit of warmth. The yeast character is there, but as a back drop only. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable wheat wine. I've had other samples of this beer where the yeast character was more pronounced. This one was more subtle.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color but with floaties. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty with some alcohol. Flavor is caramel with some sharpness from the wheat, alcohol is muted. $11.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, orange brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: big caramel and light wheat

Taste: big caramel, light wheat, bread, sugar, and alcohol burn at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, very sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back

Overall: A good solid and sweet barleywine. Not my favorite in the Manly Men series, but solid. I would get this again and am curious to see how this ages.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cherry-orange void of any light transfer, is topped off by a short lived creamy slight head that was beach sand in color. Against lighting a slight lazily rising effervesce is seen along with a fine misty haze of suspended particulate matter.

S: Light boozy alcohol soaked apples with a small caramel grain sweetness. At 9.0% the alcohol mention is fairly light and easy on the nose.

T: Boozy soaked caramel grain sweetness with a mixture of fresh juicy apples and light cinnamon spice notes, perhaps from the alcohol. The spicy saaz hops come through as well the fruity nature of the English yeast with hints of wild berries. The sweet caramel grain base and fruity nature is paired well together in a smooth continuous flow.

M: Syrupy, almost like cough medicine, full bodied with a nice soft tingle of carbonation, thick viscose and warming with a boozy sweet lacing.

D: A seriously easy drinking wheat wine at first. The sweet boozy character and cough medicine like alcohol does catch up to you towards the finish of the bomber so ones aplenty.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade from the man, bennybrew. Thanks a heap!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy honey amber brew. Head promptly recedes to the rim, leaving a layer of swirl in its wake, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, with a wisp of clove.

Taste is sweet wheat upfront, a balance of clove and banana, a peek of fruit in the middle, and closes warmly with the wheat character again. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good, esp for the abv. Good rep of the style.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Keith_R picked up Summer 2012 - and I don't think it was fresh then.

Pours a hazy deep gold with a thin head. Caramel and light fruit notes on the nose and palate. Full bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the limited release beers from the brewers at Atlantic. An interesting beer, which is supposed to be a cross between a hefeweizen and a barleywine.
In a tulip glass the beer was a cherry amber color, quite brilliant, with a rim of head.
The aroma was fruity, with caramel and some wheat.
The taste was banana, caramel, and alcohol.
This was a boozy hefe, I would call it an imperial hefe, if such a thing existed.
Overall, a different, somewhat schizophrenic beer. I couldn't tell what the brewer was trying to do with this beer, but I enjoyed it.

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3.24/5  rDev -5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Barleywine sit-in beer #2.

Dark orange colored, cloudy with floaties. I forced a thin head with a heard pour but it was a shy maiden and fled quickly. Foamless not long thereafter.

Smells mildly of clove and sweet, sweet orange rind.

Tastes like a mix between orange Gatorade and mildly clovey apricot. The creamy body is nice at least.

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Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thewimperoo
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dacrza1
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: July 19, 2013 ... Glassware: Duvel oversized snifter... Occasion: having endured the hottest week in a Jersey decade, kicking back and hoping for refreshment with a complex hefe....Appearance: pours out a spectacle of rushing head formation; having settled, the beer becomes opaquely light brown, almost muddy, with a thin, pencil-thin off-white head; when held to the light, microscopic bubbles slowly hover upward ... Aroma: some pilsner fragrance collides with a malty stiffness that doesn't make for a happy wedding in the nostrils... Palate: powerful, furnace-like impact on the throat--the 9% ABV is overly exposed and makes the tasting a bit of a chore...Taste: mostly barley, as wheat and Saaz are relegated to a supporting role; a bit of iced tea to the flavor (?) with the tongue wondering where the "softening" qualities of the wheat/malt/hop combination indicative of the style are to be found... Overall: having bought this bomber with a gift card, I felt little danger in trying a beer made by "manly men," and still I had hope this beer would be a powerful 9% wheat beer that would wed well with the summer heat; instead, this self-proclaimed "sort of a cross trainer" really doesn't profile well enough to merit a second taste or a friendly recommendation...but I can say it does deliver the alcohol well enough to persuade my critical eye to overlook its stranger genre-bending qualities....

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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Manly Men Beer Club El Hefe from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.41 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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