Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) | Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)
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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 BigJim5021
1.59/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours a murky brown with an off-white head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The smell is really awful. It's like a funky combination of bananas and soy sauce.

The flavor is a little bit better than the smell, but still has a very obvious funk to it. It's as if they got ahold of synthetic Bavarian yeast. It doesn't taste like an authentic weizenbock. It just tastes off. Far too sweet. Imagine an alcohol-soaked banana Laffy Taffy covered in caramel. That's what you're working with here. Dios mio.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and the beer has a dry finish. This is definitely the area in which the beer excels the most.

Drinkability is pretty fucking low. After having Clipper City's Holy Sheet -- which is pretty tasty, and a decent stab at a Belgian strong dark -- I was expecting similar results from Hang Ten. Seriously, this is some disappointing shit. I only paid $2 for a single, so it's not like I'm losing for trying this. I'm just bummed out that this stuff sucks so much. I honestly can't believe that this crap is pulling a B+ right now. Yeesh.

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Photo of jnjander
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.18/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small fading white head. Aroma of clove, banana, and vegetables. Flavor is very vegetal with cauliflower. Oddly sweet with also a stale wheat flavor and soda. Ick. The flavors were not meshing for me in this one. A pretty bad, and strange, beer.
Appearance: 3/5
Aroma: 5/10
Palate: 2/5
Flavor: 4/10
Overall: 9/20

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.23/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is the same color as a chocolate flavored Jelly Belly jellybean, although this beer is not opaque. Very small head leves immediately. A ring of toffee colored foam forms around the top of the beverage.

Aroma is alcohol and banana. Very cloying and sweet smelling as well. Maybe some spice and definitely some bubblegum.

Taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are low. ABV is outrageously present and this beer is way too sweet. I will barely be able to finish this one, if at all, and I still have three more left. Blech.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.24/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, unfiltered, best by March '08, and sampled May '08. Pours a ruddy, opaque, near maroon color, with a finger of tan head that tries to disappear early, but the carbonation tries to keep it alive. Aroma starts sour, moves to chocolate, then some more sourness - pretty off-putting. Tastes sour, with yeast, wheat and light chocolate on top of a moderately-carbonated, medium body. Either this beer really sucks or I got a really bad bottle; I know it was past the best-by date, but at 10% it should last a lot longer than that.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured to pint glass.

I couldnt find the 'wheat' anywhere in this beer.
Clipper City is ususally a hop over the top for me, and this fit right in. I couldnt enjoy the beer because of the cringe I felt when the hoppy bite hit me. Like a zing that tells my tongue to just stop.

By the way, it doesnt pair well with chinese food haha.

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Photo of brentk56
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a quickly disipating

Smell: Clove, peppery yeast and alcohol

Taste: The clove just jumps out from the get-go, with an increasingly bitter nod to the caramelized flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel and banana underneath tries to make an appearance but is overwhelmed by the bitter and clovey flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; much warmth

Drinkability: Very hard to drink, frankly, with way too much going on in a harsh direction

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Photo of Cognac1765
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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 albern
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a beer that is trying too hard to do too much. This beer pours an incredibly thick, syrupy consistency from the bottle. It is an unfiltered beer with a dirty water brown color with a bit of head that doesn't last and there is no lacing. This beer has about the longest, most intense, throaty burn that I've experienced in awhile and the excessive ABV is just unwarranted. The aroma is very pungent but very good. Super sweet malts, cloves, banana, spices in the nutmeg family, and maybe a touch of raisin.

The taste is just too strongly lined with alcohol and it diminishes whatever else should be going on with this beer. I'm getting some nice raisins, heavy fruits, cloves, and sweet caramels, and alcohol soaked pineapple but it all just gets burned up by the high ABV. This beer is a disappointment. With a toned down re-try, this could be a really nice beer. As is, I don't find it all that drinkable.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one had alot going for it in its cloudy reddish brown body and lovely yeasty smell of spiced bread dough. However, I felt the alcohol was a bit too assertive for the style, and there was a chemical-like property to the flavour that was very noticeable. Mouthfeel was about where it should be for the style. Overall, this wasn't terrible, but I personally didn't care for this one.

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Photo of Derek
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, reddish-brown, light tan head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Alcohol, bubblegum, cloves, toffee, cola.

T: Bready, cloves, hint of banana & pineapple, toffee, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body (well-attenuated), lower than moderate carbonation.

D: It's big, and a little rough for the style.

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Photo of Pencible
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This unfiltered wheat beer poured a hazy, muddy brown with very little tan head. It smelled like an unholy mix of Play-Doh, Lysol, and lime. It tasted somewhat better, with a dominate flavor of cultured yeast mixed with lime hops and some flavor of alcohol and chlorine. It was thick and smooth with no carbonation and a long, dry and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a weird beer with evident quality but not a flavor I enjoyed.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12-ounce bottle as shown.

Vigorous pour into a weizen glass yields a one-finger quickly-fading light tan head over a cloudy mahogany body. Very little lacing.

Smell is mild, though a bit boozy. The alcohol is quite evident over the mild chocolate malt and hints of grass, sour wheat, and floral hops.

Taste is sour, boozy, malty. Tastes more like an average wheat wine that a Weizenbock. Weird.

Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer: rich and round without being cloying.

Drinkability is definitely diminished by the overt alcohol presence.

Not so special, and though I generally love good GERMAN Weizenbocks, I won't be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Byron_Hadley
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my 22-ounce weizen glass.

Appearance: Decent. Hang Ten pours a vaguely cloudy mahogany. It's not translucent, and there's not much head to speak of -- probably due to the high ABV.

Smell: Kind of like a sharper, twangier, more aggressive Aventinus. Dried fruits (especially cherries), wheaty funk, and toffee are present.

Taste: Difficult. I'm assaulted by wheaty sourness/twang, followed quickly by sour cherries, clay, alcohol, and cooking sherry. The yeast is perceptible, but not particularly prominent in the flavor. This is not my favorite weizenbock by a wide margin. The taste is just...extreme.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and reasonably thick in the mouth. Unfortunately, the face-meltingly strong flavor distracts the drinker from the beer's mouthfeel. I can't separate one from the other (flavor/mouthfeel), in this case.

Drinkability: Average at best. The 10.00% ABV is a lot to contend with, and the flavor doesn't mask that well enough to allow more than one bottle at a time. Maybe this stuff is better in colder weather. As it is, it's not very good, and I'm now wondering what I'm going to do with several more bottles of Hang Ten.

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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 geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, with a caramel and milk chocolate complexion and little head. The nose is overly spicy with cloves and correspondingly little in the way of fruit or malt notes. On the palate, robust, sweet malt flavors (that veer into syrupy) with some raisin fruit notes and clove, clove, clove. Big carbonation and very heavy mouthfeel are complemented by lots of present alcohol. Overall, this is pretty heavy and cloying, with way too much emphasis on the spice and not enough on the malt, fruit, or wheat acidity. It's not exactly bad, but it's not something I'd order again.

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Photo of ohoove
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! There's sure is an awful lot going on here. A small tight head that disappeared towards the half way mark but retained some exceptional lacing to the very bitter end. Where to start?, smells of apple , iced tea, heavily dilluted scotch and a shot of pledge. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light carbanation. Color was adeep amber /dirty orange with a haze but not cloudy. Once it warmed up the alchohol presence was more noticable. At first was almost too much for me but seemed to grow on me towards the end. For those who like the heavies this is a good selection, not really for me, if I was to do this one again I'd pair it with a dessert.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Hop City Craft Beer store in ATL on a work trip. If you're in the area - check it out. Poured into a pint glass. Yup, a regular ol faithful.

A ruby brown colored beer settled into the glass, and left a cm of foam around the top. Very odd willow-tree-esque lacing was left after the first few sips.

Smells of sweet, wheaty characteristics. Light malt nose, slightly fruity - smells like a german.

Taste is a strange wheat mixture of banana, clove, and awkward spices. I will admit that for 10%, the alcohol is pretty well masked. Just pokes through a bit in the finish with a small burn and a tinge of spice.

The beer has a creamy, medium mouthfeel. It is lightly carbonated.

To be honest, I'm about ready to give up on Clipper City/Heavy Seas. After the dismal outing of their Vanilla Porter offering (which i was REALLY looking forward to), this Weizen Dopplebock left a lot to be desired. Overall, just an average beer that I wouldn't reach for again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a hotel room rocks glass (not traditional glassware but its all that was available at the time) - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange, almost rootbeer brown hue, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving good lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: A bit underwhelming overall, but what comes through is sweet and bready, very malty, cinnamon raisin toast with a very faint trace of grassy hop on the back end.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose but the hop character is completely lost in the mix, which isn't a major flaw for the style, but the nose suggested there may be some nice hop in the flavor.

M/D: Nothing special here - chewey and slightly overcarbonated. I'm impressed with the lack of booziness for a 10%'r but the malty sweetness of this brew is a bit overwhelming and difficult to drink. I honestly couldn't finish this one.

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Photo of natasharai
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a small foamy head that dissipated very quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is a cloudy dark brown.

Smell: Overly ripe banana, really tangy wheat almost too tangy, nice spice undertone, as it warms begins to smell like Elmer's glue and alcohol.

Taste: Overly ripe banana and apple, very sweet and tangy, small clove spice, some nutty characteristics, big alcohol flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tangy, little carbonation, leaves mouth feeling a little alcoholy and sticky.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the strong slightly off flavors make it harder to drink. Gets worse as it warms up, which is atypical for this style.

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Photo of thain709
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A deep copper body...small head formed and left quickly...no lacing

S - Picked up some wheat/bread aromas...alcohol as well

T - The taste is a little better than the smell...I get both the weizen part (wheat flavor...spice) and the bock part (nice caramel and toffee)...the alcohol is present again

M - Medium body..actually a tad thin...a slight metallic aftertaste

D - I picked this one up because of the rating and the fact that Heavy Seas (Clipper City) makes some pretty good beers...kind of disappointed...one was good for me

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Photo of bboven
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown mostly hazy body. Almost non-existent head leaves it all on the sides of the glass.

Big fusel alcohol aroma with a lot of cherry and chocolate as well.

Again, big hot alcohol bite and lots of cherry. The malt is almost indistinguishable between the ABV and the huge yeast action. I'll leave it at 'Interesting'.

Mouhtfeel is thin because of the ABV, highly carbonated.

It's worth a try. I respect Clipper City for making these crazy beers, but a lot of the subtleties of the styles they do are overriden by this quest to cram a ridiculous amount of alcohol into a bottle. Some styles just aren't suited to it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of EBF 2011 leftovers. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon hefeweizen glass.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger creamy, dense, egg shell white head with good retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling. A nice looking beer.

S: Nose is interesting. Citrus, lactose, and some nice spice notes. Slightly sour overtones remind me of yogurt and infected imperial stout. Appetizing though.

T: Opens tart. Orange, peach, prunes, yogurt, and some lychee. Spicy towards the middle with some orange rind bitterness hiding in the back. Still tart and actually intensifies a bit as it lingers in the mouth. Tea leaves come out a bit towards the end. Finish is tea, dried autumn leaves, and tart cherries and yogurt. Aftertaste is slightly bitter dried leaves. The flavor profile of this one is way out of left field. Not all bad, not what I expected, but decent.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Weird because this one's lively and abrasive yet heavy and oily at the same time. Heavy in the mouth and substantial going down. Coats the palate. Finish is messy and with slightly lingering aftertaste. A stark contrast from your regular hefe.

O: So this has replaced drinkability... which means that the overall comments I always write here is now finally appropriate. A very interesting take on the style, I can't tell if this beer is supposed to taste like this, or if its infected. Either way, very interesting and worth trying if only for an experience of the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Best before Nov 2010 notched on label. Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of very sweet malt and bananas with some esthers as well. There's a lot of alcohol in the nose, something that a little age would probably help mellow things out a bit.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet from all the malt with a lot of banana flavors (almost like banana bread) and a good dose of alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- The sweetness and high alcohol makes this one a pretty slow sipper. I think this one is a little hot when fresh but could benefit greatly with a year or so. Worth a shot.

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