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Maryland, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by dedrinker on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of nickthetick
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy dark brown with a finger of light tan head in a shaker glass from the glass. Leaves moderate amount of lacing.

S: caramel apples is the first and biggest thing I get off this beer and it mask the biscuit and slight roasted nutty notes. Hazelnut is there but I can't get enough of that granny smith and pear.

T: more of the malt is noticeable in the beginning but that amazing fresh apple, sweet caramel and a slight nutmeg come back. Its a lot like muled apple cider with a caramel drizzle only ten times better.

MF: it mask the 10% abv well but it still has a warming sensation that feels great especially in late november in MD. Its creamy and heavy and the flavors transition so smoothly you don't notice the next one coming until its already there.

D: this beer is my new late fall favorite and I coulkd only describe its drinkability as sitting on the sofa with someone close in front of the fire on a cold night. Its biggest downfall is its rarity. I've been looking for this beer in the bomber since it came out only to stumble upon it at a local beer bar/brew pub on cask. Seek this out for the adventure and the reward after finding it!

Big edit! As I sit here with number two I notice what could be banana bread at the end and as an after taste. I think the cask conditioning my have transformed it into that caramel apple I noticed.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mttdls
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of EmilySanders
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jjboesen
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this weizenbock on tap at RFD in Washington DC on October 31, 2007... and I was lucky to find it before it was gone. Served in a goblet at the correct temperature, this was a beer experience to behold:

It starts with a thin head (unusual for this style - I thinks) that left little lacing. The color was a dark ruby, impervious to light. But the nose was exceptional, a fruity banana ester that holds throughout the imbibing process. (To paraphrase Gwen Stefani, "this beer is bananas."]

A very smooth mouthfeel complimented by subtle touch of malt makes for a great seasonal and certainly a favorite of mine. Now, excuse me while I head off to RFD for another.

Truly one that is worthy of a respectable sip.

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Photo of jophish17
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass from a cask obtained for the final day of the 11th Anniversary Celebration at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur GA

Aroma: The banana smell is heavy, with some clove mixing in with heavy yeastiness for a nice preview

Appearance: Very dark amber body with a lovely head that fills the top of the weizen glass beautifully

Taste: this is a great beer in the bottle, and on cask its simply delicious. The yeast and banana follow through from the nose to the taste and combine with a moderately sweet malt body. Minor elements of hops and tartness round out the taste well, more complex than a standard hefe

Feel: medium in body, thicker than most weissbiers

Drinkability: highly drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content, which wasn't too pronounced

Excellent beer! I've had this beer several times over the past year and it is always a joy. Seek this one out if you can, its a fine example of a tasty style of beer. Definitely don't pass it up if you see it on cask!

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Photo of everlong353
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of sideshowrob
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer arrived a dark, rich reddish-brown with very little head, and what head it had vanished quickly. The smell is out-of-the ordinary, a rich, sweet complex aroma with notes of Belgian candy sugar. Carmel notes come out in the taste, along with some wonderful malty notes. Any hops used in this beer are overwhelmed and not really noticable. The beer is very drinkable, especially for a big 10% malty monster.

Overall the beer is extremely interesting, almost a Belgian take on what used to be a rare German style of beer. I'm thrilled more American breweries are offering this style, as a few years ago it was very rare. Heavy Seas definately makes this style their own, and I really like the interpretation.

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Photo of adamette
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle that I bought at Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio a few days ago for $6.99 into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. No “best by” date observed by me but “2011” prominently printed on the right side of the label.

A Very dark caramel opaque body with a light brown dense, creamy head that sticks very well to the inside of the glass. Really, the look cannot be improved in my opinion. 5.0

S A great, big malt sweetness with banana and cloves lingering about. Really, exactly the smell that I was hoping for! 4.5

T The taste is directly related to the smell. Explosions of sweet malt with a nice accompanyment of the banana and cloves. This is a big, tasty treat and precisely what I was hoping for when I saw this label in the store. There is a burn of alcohol but it comes mid taste and it is escorted along with that big, sweet malt taste so it is fairly well hidden. I did not detect that until the 3rd or 4th sip. 4.5

M Big, thick and beautiful, just the kind of mouthfeel that I enjoy from this style. 5.0

D/O Well I am only going to be able to have one of these but what a great ride while it lasts. I think that it is very competitively priced as well, driving up the drinkability and the likelihood that I will be buying more of it. Bravo! 4.0

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Photo of iceball585
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brownish color (hints of red on the edges), thin white head

S- Medium smell of citrus and banana, also some hints of spices

T- Banana, wheat, roasted malt, raisens

M- Fairly smooth, medium bodied, but the alcohol gives it a warming feeling at the end

D- Very drinkable for being this strong of a beer

I was very impressed by this beer. I have seen this beer on the shelf and considered trying it but didn't actually try it til it was on cask at the local pub... and I really wish I had tried it earlier. I'll definatly be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite strong - it almost bowled me over when I opened the bottle - very wheaty, with an odd rubbery hint. Pours a dark amber brown, much darker than other wheat beers I have sampled. Flavor is rich and mouth-filling, like a typical wheat beer but with a strong alcohol bite, as well as some hoppy undertone and again that weird rubbery hint - I trust they didn't mix old tires with the hops. ;-) But seriously. Other than that, the flavor is excellent. Hang Ten is smooth yet edgy, good for sipping and savoring.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 2.5 years.

12 oz Poured into snifter

Ripe fruits and sweet malts. No alcohol whatsoever. Slight sparkling apple cider but mostly sweet bready malts and fruit.

SOoo easy to drink. Probably my favorite clipper city/ Heavy seas beer. Too bad they retired it. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

Gonna stock up on bombers before I never get to taste this beer again.

-Just tried a 2011 bottle I had been aging and it was fantastic. So sad that it was my last bottle. I believe it aged incredibly well.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Complex flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke. It has a rich mouthfeel from the wheat and it tastes at least as dark as it looks, but also carries a well balanced crisp fruit flavor from beginning through the middle and even after the sip.

Don't miss the fact that this delicious beverage is 10%abv! However, I was surprised - and probably should have been scared - by how easy this 10 percenter is to drink!

Not cloying or harshly high on alcohol fumes. The creepy surfer skull label is deceptive because this smooth treat is neither scary nor comical.

This could be a great match for bbq pork!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with quite a bit of viscosity, fills the glass with a dark ruby reddish/amber color. The head is quick to fade to a mere film at the top. For a strong beer this one still has quite a bit of carbonation. This is a pretty serious looking beer.

The smell is very ripe fruit, dried pears, alcohol for sure and hints of baked apples and cinnamon. Hang Ten is reminiscent of Aventinus but maybe a bit stronger with the alcohol notes.

Taste is quite intriguing actually. Lots of fresh and dried fruit tastes. Definitely a sweet apple cider quality to this one as well. There is some subtly spiciness as well but I think what I am most impressed with is how extremely smooth this one is. I'm also surprised that the alcohol taste is not overly apparent, sure its a bit dry and it definitely warms you up quickly, but there is no sharpness or bite from it. Again, its very smooth.

I really like this beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- foggy chocolate mahogany with burnt orange highlights shining through the murkiness. beige head is creamy but short lived. as i would expect from such a big beer, the wheat just can't stand up to the alcohol.

S- the smell of tart berries and dark red ripe fruits fills my area as i poured this, expanding like a low frequency. close up is nice and yeasty. banana, clove, nutmeg, allspice, a hint of bubblegum, and lots of wheat. very clove-cigarette incense type smell, very german. a little spiced apple fruitiness moves in as it warms along with an almost citric tartness, yet at this stage almost no trace of alcohol.

T- served cold this beer has a smooth mellow toasty wheat taste and is dangerously refreshing. after my first big sip i feel a lil boozy and let her warm. as she approaches room temp, her true personality comes out and she's a real bitch when u get to know her. pronounced banana and clove accompany that toasted wheat sweetness with apple skin, plum skin, red grapes, and the overall raw fruity taste of the peels of orchard fruits. jagermeister, anise, black olive, brandy cask, vodka, tobacco, and a very very small amount of clean noble hop bitterness. after while it takes on a very boozy, alcoholic, strong barleywine type character (without any relative bitterness) and the flavor totally opens up something strong, and it would be enjoyable in my duvel tulip or a snifter with a fine spicy cigar.

MF- silky smooth with a mild carbonation that doesn't really show itself until it hits the back of your throat. alcohol taste lingers long on the palate as well as some fresh wheat. body is viscous and oily, very sophisticated, intoxicating.

D- as a lover of big beers, i can't help but be drawn to this one. as a fan of the heavy seas line, i can't help but to give alot of respect to the brewers at clipper city for creating yet another flavor bomb of uniqueness. i would not serve this cold unless i want to end up on the floor because the alcohol taste and feel is completely hidden. at the proper temp, i would do nothing less than sip and savor and feel like a badass as i parlay with some german chicks with my suit and fine cigar and my snifter of hang ten. (imagination).

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Looks like Sorghum syrup, rich browny red, hazy.
smell: ummm...malty, dark fruitiness.
taste: Liquid dessert. Alcohol very well hidden. Sweet balanced with spice.
mouthfeel: medium big body with carbonation creeping through that thickness.
drinkability: Great beer. This one's been in the fridge for several days and I've tried to resist. It did not disappoint.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Aventinus glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber color with a thin, light tan head. Head drops rather quickly to a thin wisp of foam.

Aroma of bubblegum, alcohol, prunes. No hop aroma.

First sip is of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, wheat, bananas, sweet caramel, and alcohol bite. Good level of carbonation, no carbonic bite. Short malty finish, that fades to very ripe dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, a little sticky.

Highly drinkable. Very nice combination of flavors. Close to the real thing (Aventinus) but not quite the depth of flavor and character.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.
Purchase before 04/2009.

Deep maple with auburn highlights, beneath a porous, not quite creamy head that fades to the goblet's rim leaving a whispy sheet. Faint lines of thin lacing, without much strength.

Sweet candied sugar with bright fruity esters: banana, pineapple, melon. Bright, dynamic spices: clove, corriander. Brandy-like, fruit-soaked alcohol whaft.

Heavy malted wheat sweetness that is aided even more by the Belgian, candied sugar. Although up-front and obvious, the alcohol presence is rather complex as it blends well with the fruity esters: banana, red apple, plum, and grape. Spicy, dynamic clove that cuts the malted sweetness perfectly. Fruit-flavored cognac following a sharp, carbonation-filled finish.

Full in body; smooth, not quite slick even though the malt character predominates. The only constructive criticism about the body is that the carbonation is just slightly too strong.

My experience with Clipper City is that they take some risks with their offerings, but usually end up a little heavy on the alcohol. With a Weizenbock; however, going a little heavy on the alcohol works out well. Either I'm a sucker for the style or Clipper City hit a home run. Either way, I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this style but there really are not that many examples out there to sample.

A: Poured a deep ruby color with minimal slightly brownish white head.

S: You really get the banana on the nose on this beer. Nice strong yeast strain. Some fruit thrown in as well.

T: Starts of with a blast of fruit. Candy sugar.The wheat is still there and very strong. Little bit bready as well. Hints of caramel and nice spicy malt. This is a really good beer.

M: Nice and thick.

D: I saw a 4 pack of this for the longest time and always wanted to grab it. Today was the day and it was gone so I only grabbed the lone bottle on the shelves. I will have this beer again.

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Photo of Risser09
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner tulip - Best by March 2008 - Cellar Temp

Appearance: Pours an ever so slight amber and copper color with shades of red, orange, brown and yellow. The head climbs to 1.5 inches and is ivory in color. Ample carbonation comes to the top of the beer in many little streams. MOderate, stringy lace.

Smell: Wheat is the main aroma. Thick and heavy on the sugar with some fruity smells. Alcohol, tutti frutti, banana, clove and cinnamon. Hydrangea follows.

Taste: Caramel, candied raisins, booze. Sugary fruit in the background includes dark plum and fig, brown sugar, and a prevailing wheat taste. Pretty damn complex.

Mouthfeel: Strong on the alcohol, this beer is a tremendous one. The flavors aren't weak either. Sugar content is high and carbonation is plentiful too. Warming sensation from start to finish.

Drinkability: This is a tough one. The alcohol is so strong, but is welcomed on this cold winter night. I'd say this is the best beer I've had out of the variety pack. Would love to revisit the other two in subsequent years. Try one. It's worth it.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This four pack of Hang Ten arrived just this week in Georgia, and had notched in best by date of March 2008 on the base of the label. The beer looked like amber sweet tea in the Paulaner flute glass, except for the one finger head fed by some lively streamers. This was quite an aromatic weizenbock that showcased bananas, apples, cherries, and cloves with each smell. The sip revealed this to be one of the most flavorful Heavy Seas beers I have ever samples. The sweet and sour juicy fruit gum flavor was kicking in nicely, until arrested suddenly by a spicy phenolic bite and a hoppy finish. Not at all wimpy and out of style like few of the attempted big beers from this brewery end up as. The flavors were a tad disjointed at this point, but I would say that was more due to the young release. Body was medium thick and quite pleasantly dry. This beer definitely caught the big wave all the way. Highly recommended to any and all wheat lovers. Should be even better with a few months of age on it.

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