TNT | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weizen Doppelbock
Hazy Black Walnut, 21 SRM
ABV 7.90%
IBU 20
Malted Wheat, Premium 2-row, Munich and Chocolate WheatWarrior and Perle

"Brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea, a noted 'smoky' tea."

Added by obireidkenobi on 03-16-2011

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Photo of Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hemp taste.On tap at The Ginger man NYC. Dar brown with an eighth of an inch of head on dark brown, lacey. Taste was rope and hemp in taste and in smell. Smoke altogether didn't work.Not meating the style. Sweaty. Not too drinkable.Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white thick head. Very murky brow with gray hues.

S: mesquite aroma. Smells like pulled pork honestly.

T: more bbq in the taste with caramel. Some apple and apricot notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: I liked this one more than I thought I would as I watched it fill my glass and begin to fill the air with the aroma of a backyard bbq. Not an everyday beer obviously but a must try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I know left hand just won a bunch of medals today at gabf, but this is not their strongest effort. 2011 vintage, looks cloudy, red/brown, and mostly flat, with that wheat malt lace we are all familiar with. my girlfriend thinks it smells like slim jim. I am thinking it smells like slightly higher quality cured meat, but smoky, salty, and fleshy for sure. now that I think of it, it smells a lot like the cured beef I ate in bosnia all summer last year. nothing about this tells me its beer. the flavor is also particularly wholesome, protein is evident here, salty again too. really just downright meaty, I don't get anything as far as malt or hops or yeast, maybe some lazy lager yeast on the back end, and some alcohol, but this is a miss on just about all counts. I don't dislike it, but the flavor is a far cry from the style guidelines, and it just really doesn't work for me. fall notes, but that's too little too late that its seasonally appropriate, this is a mess all over the place. so many left hand bombers have been, but I appreciate the spirit of experimentation that courses through most of them. skip this, if its even still around...

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky dark, brown color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very smoky with some bacon-like aromas.

T - It tasted smoky and malty with some caramel and toffee. Almost like a rauchbier.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A little light bodied for a big beer.

O - This is interesting. It helps knowing that this tea is smoked. Do not drink this thinking you are getting a traditional weizenbock.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Watching opening day baseball with a few beers,hopefully the Tigers can get a win against the f###g Yankees.Poured into my Aventinus glass a cloudy,hazy russett color with a large fluffy beige colored head.The tea really stands out in the nose along wich spiced,smokey phenols,not over done in my mind.A little light and sharp in the mouth,smoke and phenols dominate the flavors,quite spicy and yeasty,the smoke seems to be a little off.The beer started out promising but did fizzle out a little when came to flavor and feel,I think its a little heavy handed in the yeast department,the tea didnt play a big role on the palate for me until the beer warmed a little and it didnt really cut thru the phenols.Bottled on 2/11/11.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark murky black tea looking stuff, with pretty much no light getting through, with a fizzy darker head that fades pretty quickly.

Nose brings a definite smoked aroma, some smoke cheese like with a bit of a smoke wood like aroma, a faint black tea aroma in the background as well that's more like background radiation of tea than a dominant aroma, light caramel and molasses, some bock like malts and a faint chewy brown malt.

Taste comes on following right with the nose, bringing smoke at first, a slight smoked cheese and light hickory and some campfire even. The smoke brings a slight bitterness and almost acidity, as well as a faint acrid burnt flavor. Then comes the light black tea, and earthy tannic like tea flavor that's not too strong, but more dominant than the aroma I think. Malts play a background role in this one, with a bit of caramel and molasses, then some dark wheat like bock flavors, and a bit of dark fruits. There is a light smoked jerky like flavor too that comes and goes. Finish is drier, with more smoked flavors, light campfire, sticky sweet like malt flavors, a bit syrupy at this point as well, and some light bitterness and tannins.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, some booze warmth comes out on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Overall interesting to try, but not one I would probably buy again. It has some interesting flavors, nice tea like and the smoke starts nice but gets a bit overwhelming. The biggest problem with the beer is that the beer itself, malts etc, play a background role in this beer. It's more about the smoke and tea than weizen-doppelbock at all, for which the flavors are very subtle and hard to get to behind the heavy smoke and tea. I like the idea, but please tone those components down a bit and try again. The tannins start to get a bit heavy and combine with the smoked, char, and bitterness to bring a slightly unpleasant feel as well.

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Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice enough in the glass with the reddish mahogany color. Seems very sweet for first few sips. If there is some malt flavor, it's lost in the mayhem. Lapsang Souchong is smoked with pine wood, which give a campfire or house burning down flavor that is not at all pleasant in beer. Aroma is peculiar but interesting with some bacon and tar. Endless aftertaste of Lil' Smokies, even with the greasy mouthfeel.

My other beverage interest is tea, and I find the Lapsang Souchong flavor too strong even in tea. And adding it to beer, the intense flavor just sticks out. I'm a big fan of weirdness in beer ingredients, but not when they're dosed with a heavy hand.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown body with a rather scant, wispy, off-white head. A bit of a gunky appearance.

Smell: Smokey, gamey meatiness in the forefront of the aroma with auxiliary, increasingly lighter notes of dark wheat-based bread, bruised 'nanas, dark fruits, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste: Begins with a dark breadiness, slightly toasted, with a parcel of earthy, mealy nuts. Sweet drizzle of simple syrup. Smallest hint of chocolate. Low level of hop bitterness. Distinctly meaty lapsang souchong component along with some forgotten bananas and a smear of fruit gastrique. Small touch of alcohol. Smokey, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smoothly textured.

Overall: I think I liked the idea much better than I liked the actual beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of meaty smoke in it as well as some wheat notes. The flavor is also very meaty tasting, with some banana and clove notes mixed in. I also get some wheat, as well as some ash and charcoal. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wish the smoke was turned down a bit and the weizenbock notes were more prevalent.

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Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Rackhouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown cor that's almost black and completely opaque with a one finger off white/light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.  

Very smokey aroma that smells almost burnt with hints of charcoal, butane and campfire with sweeter notes underneath, especially chocolate and toffee.  The smoke kind of overpowers though with an ashy character.  

Medium bodied with a strange combination of burnt smokiness and sweeter malt.  Unpleasant burnt malt flavor that tasted like charcoal and ashtray.  Not in a good way like most smoked beers.  Sweet chocolate toffee and caramel and maybe even some dark fruit.  I know that this is made with tea but it doesn't taste like it.  Not herbal at all, just smokey and not very flavorful or complex.  

Overall this was very disappointing. A weizenbock made with tarry schong tea made me excited for a complex smokey wheat beer but it's kind of a one dimensional mess.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body wit no light passing through. There is a boiling light tan head that is creamy and bubbly.

S- This beer has a smoked tea and juniper needle quality with a clean soft smoke note in the finish. There is a nice black tea note that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The tangy pine needle smoke flavor is earthy with a light burning leaves note and some soft bubblegum ester notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens there are some dark toffee notes and malt notes that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice smoke flavor that is unique and very pleasant just very little malt or hop character to support it. The smoke and esters from the hefe yeast are a bit odd together. Lapsang souchong bubblegum

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a big, off white, long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A definitive smokiness pervaded the aroma, along with malt and some wheat.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat, a sugary component (caramel?), and that smoky quality. The advertised tea was also present, but it was very mild. Almost more like a rauchbier than a weizenbock, but a pretty good flavor nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer that isn't quite of its style, but is still drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color is a cola brown with ruby highlights. Very quick tan head, leaves no lacing.

My first impression on this beers aroma was BBQ. Very smokey aroma, smoked wheat and white breads and some prunes. The aroma makes me wonder what the tea by itself would smell like. The aroma reminds me of a rauchbier, not a wheat bock. Interesting though.

The taste is liquid BBQ. Smokey wood and smoked roasted malt with some odd fruity flavors splashing the middle of the palate. If I were to blind taste this beer, I would not think it was a bock of any kind or contained wheat, or tea for that matter. This beer did not taste at all like a Weizenbock, was an interetsing drink nonethe less, and I would recommend this beer to fans of rauchbier or smokey flavors.

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Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown color. A two finger beige head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big meaty smoke. Charcoal, burnt toast. Light sugary sweetness and some chocolate.
T: Follows the nose. Though the smoke is even more up front. Burnt charcoal and ash. Some sweetness lingers, not much else. This is a Weisenbock?
M/D: A medium body that is light on the carbonation. Thin and watery. A bit of burning alcohol in the back of the throat. Not something I am going to back to, and I don't really care to finish the bomber.

This is not something I enjoy. I don't understand were the tea comes into play here, because I get nothing, and way to much smoke. A very harsh beer. Not a Weisenbock at all, and not very pleasant. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of drpimento
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle. Poured at a good temperature with no head or lace. Color is a very dark, clear, brown red. Aroma is roast, smoke, tea, malt. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang is up front, followed by smokey sweet, and some tart, followed by some bitter in the finish. Body is ok, carbonation is a bit fizzy. Finish is like flavor, long in the smoke, and not that good. I'm dumping the rest.

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Photo of glid02
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque light brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smoked malts with very light amounts of bruised banana aromas. Also present are moderate amounts of herbal tea and lighter amounts of wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the smoked malts are more overpowering. Smoked malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by even more smoked malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of herbal tea flavors. Midway through the sip slightly sweet toasted malt flavors make a brief appearance, as do hints of overripe bananas, before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and wish I’d gone with the house beer for half the price, not to mention it’s Sweetwater IPA. Interesting but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of ccrida
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Phenolic, peaty smoke, and a dripping spoonful of diacetyl. I'm sorry, but I've wasted enough time on Left Hand brews to give them an in-depth review. I haven't had one in several years, and see they are still really poorly made. The body is kind of watery in spite of the jarring flavors, and the finish vapid. Fail.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little light tan head, very much like a stout.
S: It smelled like strong banana and smoked ham and coffee, with some clove and honey wheat. Wow, what a combo of scents!
T: It tasted like sweet banana first, then smoky ham and clove, then bitter roasted coffee with a bit of bready yeast. It had a smooth and mellow bittersweet aftertaste with some lingering smoke.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit too light for the taste.
D: This was a very unique and interesting fusion of flavors in a combination I never would have imagined. Not sure I loved it, but it was fun to try. The alcohol was very well hidden, so it was reasonably easy to drink. Definitely recommended to try once just for the experience, but probably not more than that.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky and yeasty with a malty undertone and a firm hint of caramel. It pours a dark opaque brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head. Flavor is yeasty, smoky and malty with a caramel undertone and a fruity hint - could there be a bit of raspberry in there? Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy, leaving a fruity tingle behind.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive and intriguing take on a doppelbock, smoked and sweet in quite an unusual way.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an elaborate retro/playful illustration of steaming teapots and formal characters splashing the brew up as the cup reaches their lips. Side narrative with a playful take on the AC/DC song explaining the intent of the brew. Served in a weiss glass.

A - Murky brown pour with a rich frothy head, settling very nicely, good retention and lacing.

S - Smoked nose, sweet sense with a touch of wheathy banana.

T - Hefty smoked tea malt, the Lapsang tea works assertively with a sweet caramel sense with touches of faint banana. Quite explosive? That would explain the name there… Notes of chocolate, very malty, assertive smoked sense throughout with herbal touches. This is far complex than what one would sense at first.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice smooth flow punctuated by a light dry finish.

O - Sure enough it is a challenging brew, but if one is keen on a smoked/sweet tea brew this is rather well done and stimulating.

Notes: Not to style and liking it quite a bit for that. Provocative use of the Lapsang Souchong tea, providing and assertive smoked edge and a very sweet range, which sure is not going to be for any palate. I would not mind keeping one of this around for the right occasion.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown and bubbly. The head was a bunch of bubbles that only formed into a head for a few seconds.

Smells like smoke, lots of it. Exactly like a raunchier. There is also the smell of black olives.

It tastes smokey too. Also roasted malt and bacon.

Lots of carbonation, light body and stickiness to the texture.

I like the smokey smell and taste, but the other tastes and texture are just not fitting together for me. Worth trying if only for its uniqueness.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass in the process.

S - Aroma is full of smoked meats. There is also some tea aroma and some feint dark fruit and spices.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and cured meat flavor and some sweet tea flavor. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background. Through the middle, some dark wheat flavor and some light sweet fruits come out. The finish is a mix of smokiness and some light sweet elements that lingers. The smoke dominates here.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The smokiness really fills the mouth. Lots of flavor and feel linger long after the beer finishes.

D - Pretty drinkable. The smokiness is rather heavy handed, but at the same time kinda works. The other flavors could have been a bot more robust to compensate. That being said, it is a nice twist for a dark-weizen.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap this evening at Hops & Pie in the Highland neighborhood in North Denver. I had considered purchasing a bottle for a few seconds the other day, but passed. Glad I did. Medium brown color, with a scant off-white head. Aromas of light smoke, dark raisins, bananas and wheat. Similar on the palate, but hidden behind an overwhelming (and unpleasant) smokiness.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my 1st chance to try a Left Hand brew (following up after a disapponting 10° below).

Poured into a washed out Guinness pint, this brew pours a dark brown with red hinted color and a small tan head with a slippery lacing.

The dark grains come forward on smell as well as errr smokey tea I suppose, Not that much experience with tea, except for sweet tea and thats definately not the aroma.

The flavor is a kick in the butt for me. The first thing that comes to mind FOR ME on 1st taste is smoked oysters, the following sips confirm my original taste. I'm hanging in there because I like smoked oysters, but I'd rather eat them with crackers and hot sauce than drink them.

In my opinion, way out of the Weizentbock box.

By about the 6th sip the smoked oysters are slowly being replaced by some barley and minor wheat. Smokiness is still prevelant in the throat. After about 8 - 10 sips I was determined to soldier on through this, but I've raised the white flag and surrender this into the depths of my sink. I'm starting to feel like I just ate a can of bad smoked oysters.

For me, a C brew, and that's being more than generous

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Photo of babaracas
2.32/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A weizen dopplebock with tea. Pours a hazy very dark brown with fizzy tan head, fades to a thin ring leaving nothing on the glass. Smell: smoky, roasted grain, cola, fruity, caramelized sugar. Smells good, but pretty far afield for a weizenbock. Kind of almost works for a dopplebock. Taste: I have the same reaction to room temperature day old coffee. Which this tastes like to some degree. Also: cola, grainy, (some kind of) berry sweetness. Low carb, medium body, drying finish. And yuck, a drain pour. Bottled 2/16/2011. Left Hand has fooled me again.

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