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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

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Added by dedrinker on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a typical banana and clove weizenbock with some kick, but there's more here than just that. It's sweet like any doppelbock, but the booze really stands out, like in an eisbock. Don't get me wrong...the rum-like alcohol notes do not overwhelm and work pretty well here. Another surprise was the raisin-like flavors that seemed a little out of place. I associate that flavor profile more with Belgian dubbels rather than German doppels.

This is definitely an experience and a pretty good one at that. Pour into a weizen glass and your eyes will be satisfied. Down the whole thing yourself and you'll not be unhappy.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice robust caramel colored head with a deep rich brownish body with some amber back ground color.
S: The beer has a good wheat bready malt aroma with some nice hoppy undertones that combine to give it a fruitiness.
T: Very good bready doughy malt flavor with some nice banana and spiciness under the layers of malt flavor
D/O: Very crisp and strong beer. Drinkable while still presenting a strong sense of alcohol. A very good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Aventinus glass. Vintage 2011

Two fingers of cafe colored head, deep almost opaque caramel body. This retreats into some good surface memory and some light lacing.

Smells like a weizen doppelbock should, but a bit chocolatey. Very vaguely like one of those chocolate oranges you get at Christmas. And very faint note of gin.

Flavor is nice; wheat and some maltiness, and tastes 'German' enough. There's a bit of alcohol burn to it and some faint steeliness that doesn't belong. Overall not as bold (or even as good) as I was hoping, but I probably set the bar pretty high. NB: turns out this one needs to warm up a bit-- this brings out some more of that chocolate-orange richness.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, and nice; thick, a bit creamy, but not very carby.

It's all right, but I kept hoping for it to be better than Aventinus in some way (I guess I hold that as a gold standard) and in that respect it kinda fell flat. However, this one is probably rife with potential for aging, and the one I tried was quite young. Who knows what a couple of years could do for this?

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Photo of dtreindl
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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 bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber at 45 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a deep mahogany-red color with two frothy inches of off-white head that has average retention but excellent lacing.

S: Cherries, strong yeastiness, sweet maltiness, and some grass.

T: Caramel maltiness, sweet dark fruits, a little tart cherry flavor, and some grassy yeastiness.

M: The body is medium-thick with slighly below-average carbonation and a slighly syrupy texture.

O: This is okay; it would be much better with a little complexity and if it wasn't so sweet.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, cloudy dark brown with copper hints in the light with a thick,creamy tan head that last a while and leaves nice walls of lace. The smell is of ripe bananas, caramel, brown sugar, with hints of vanilla and faint whisps of spice. Cinnamon and faint clove, perhaps some nutmeg. A bit too sweet on the taste with loads of ripe banana, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar, hints of cinnamon and spice, and a background of earthy hops that faintly make an appearance. Taints of vanilla and butterscotch. A little bit of booze burn. The body is creamy and medium. Overall a nice and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear and very bright golden yellow with a large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure.The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.

Overall I thought this was excellent. Really a great beer and something that I think everyone should try. \

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Scheider Weisse glass.

A- Pours a cloudy brown body with a thin 1 finger pillowy head, but it shows some very good retention. Not showing too much lace, but that's because the head stays for so long.

S- Sweet off the bat, bubblegum and banana aromas show through most. A nice aroma, but just a little too sweet.

T- A little musty, burnt flavor that drowns out any of the banana or bubblegum flavors, but still manages to be very sweet. Also, some bitterness in the finish that seems out of place.

MF- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass

A - A rusty hazy brown pour. The beer is definately cloudy and has a reddish copper hue to it as well. There was a big head on this one that died slowly with an off white cream color.
S - A decnet nose. I pick up a good malty carmalized brown sugar sweetness on the front end, this opens to a wheaty and strong bready aroma in the middle, and it finishes with a slight ripened banana or even a light banana pudding aroma. After my second pour the aroma was even greater and the sugar and banana were far more prominent
T & M - The taste is much like the nose. The strong malt sugar start it off and open up to a good amount or grainy wheat. The beer has a good amount of chew in my opinion as the low carbination dies. Then comes the banana as it mingles with the carmalized malt flavor. A nice tasting beer overall. The alchohol is warming for sure in this beer as it is only decently hidden in the mouth.
O - An interesting beer from a good line of beers from heavy seas. I enjoy it, but it is nothing that blows you away. I think of this style as more summery and this one is warming and a little on the heavy side. Good beer, not incredible.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple-orange. Headless. Aroma of caramelized pear atop sweet bread. Ridiculous flavor. Rich and silky. Oily-malty, slick doughy-yeasty, honey-spicy. Peripheral wheat tartness, booze slinking beneath - held down by the medium-light, smooth malt juice. Packs some stealth power and startling drinkability.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a little on the dark side which makes me interested right from the start. This beer had so many flavors going on in it. There is the wheat aspect of it that it light and refreshing and it also has the strong power of a doppelbock. It's like a blend of the two, it's a neat idea but it wasn't my favorite.

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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 farrago
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of tan foam, loosely constructed with a dimpling surface, popping bubbles across the surface until close to gone, not much lacing but what's there is thick and sticks nicely. Semi-cloudy burnt orange-brown color, lazy larger bubbles, yellows some at the glass bottom. Smells at first like banana purée, pink bubblegum too, candied apple, pear and apricot, cinnamon, honey topped wheat bread, however, not that grainy, orange juice, sugary without much counter-balance, just enough lift to escape being tiresome. Full-bodied, dry attack with active carbonation, slowly unveils the banana, bubblegum, maple syrup, toffee and milk chocolate. Apricot, cherry, peach fruit ripe but not sugary per se. Breakfast breads, cinnamon and ginger spice. More oats and rye than wheat. Hard to find the hops and determine what they are supposed to add. Likely best poured as a "dessert beer."

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 bminor7
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz from Hoosick. Apparently this is the same as the 12oz...it looked more special.

A - dark brown and turbid, like coffee mixed with apple cider. wispy white foam accumulating on the edges of the glass and surface.

S - sugary and spicy. not like a christmas spice though, more reminiscent of Aventinus. similarities do not end there.

T - lots of sugar, caramel, some dark fruits. very much like Aventinus but not as sophisticated. It lacks the sharpness to cut the sugar and doesn't appear to me to have much in the way of wheat character. Almost tastes like a barleywine mixed with diet coke. the alcohol is hidden better than in Aventinus, though.

M - Well it's pretty syrupy. Carbonation hangs in there despite a high pour (protected by the viscosity no doubt). The sugar gives that "immediately attacking enamel" feeling on the teeth. If you drank this and then went to sleep without using a toothbrush, you'd have candy-corn teeth by the morning.

D - it's ok. there isn't so much flavor to slow you down so it can go easy.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murkey brown colour with small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells of banana, raisin chery and wheat malt. Actually, it almost reminds me of banana bread, which is great since I love banana bread. Is this really 10% alcohol? It hides it quite well, not boozy at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with several fingers of head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is slightly weak for such a large beer. A little yeasty components of banana and bubblegum.

Things pick up in the flavor department. The drinker must make sure to get plenty of the yeast sludge worked up and poured into the glass. The yeast and the darker malt have a happy marrage. Plenty of banana and chocolate notes blend nicely. Just slightly sweet with some alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. I cannot imagine it is easy to disguise this amount of alcohol in a wheat beer.

I would of liked a little more carbonation in the beer but otherwise has a light body for a big tasting, high ABV beer.

Very easy drinking beer despite the alcohol. Perfect winter wheat beer. Why don't more breweries offer Weizenbocks?

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Photo of claspada
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are of strong strong banana and a little clove. Pretty typical of most German stronger/maltier brews. Some slight bready and wheaty notes join the party late.

The taste begins with a sweet banana bread-like flavor and a hint of some dark fruit notes. Yeast makes a guest appearance again, you can tell this is this high in alcohol from the thickness and mouthfeel which has a heavy/sticky lingeringly quality, which I usually distaste but here the yeast balances it out.

Overall this is definitely not the best weizenbock I have had, but this is still very good. For an American interpretation of the style, this is pretty darn tasty. I will definitely seek again because of the quality and the extremely reasonable price tag.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
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 bnes09
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber to brown colored ale. Thin white head forms than disappears. Zero lacing. Huge yeast chunks at first than they break up into small flakes and float around.

Complex aromas of banana, cloves and yeast. Also some nuttiness and scotch in the mix. A tad sour on the nose.

Huge brown sugar and molasses sweetness right away. Yeasty banana flavors. Touch of toffee and roasted almond. Small level of piney hop adding a bitter balance. Also some raisins and dates in the mix. Alcohol is detectable but not overpowering and is actually quite subdued for 10 percent.

Solid medium bodied. Sticky on the lips. Moderate carbonation.

This is quite an interesting offering and a style that I haven't really seen before. Lots of complex flavors with good balance. Alcohol is highly deceptive. An intriguing brew that is well worth a try.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

TMoney2591 brought this beer from far off lands (Virginia specifically), so props for that generosity.

This beer pours a red cloudiness that is adorned with ecru foam that looks quite tasty. There is a nice maltiness to the aroma. There is a rich caramel smell. Brown sugar and molasses reign supreme with ginger and steeped oranges. The flavor is a bit roasted malt and a serious ginger and nutmeg. The bitterness is still distinct, but it's still rather silky on the back of the tongue. The drinkability suffers in the overall. There is some intangible thing I can't put my finger on that makes this beer a bit off, still solid, still good, but not outstanding. Still a good beer and a recommendation for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

This is one of the last remaining vestiges of my time in NoVa, and I figured I'd split it with my BA homeboi VDubb86. Unfortunately, we decided to prime thwe evening with the now-illegal-in-many-places Four Loko (the lemon version...). Ugh. Now that the palate has settled though, we're on our way:

It pours a murky auburn-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises oats, wheat, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, rose petals, raisins, and cinnamon. The taste runs similarly, but more toward the fruitier notes, with raisins, red grapes, figs, and oranges running the show. Some rye bread makes its way in there as well. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chewy. Overall, a very nice w-bock, something I really wish was available around these parts. Tasty stuff, people.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this the other day, I really like weizenbocks so I hope this beer is good and for $4 I couldn't pass it up. I have neither tried anything from this brewery before so this is a first impression. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of off white head that turned into a thing ring.

S- Wow, this beer smells similar to a caramel apple, there's also a little banana and clove thrown into the mix. Overall pretty sweet smelling with a touch of alcohol at the end.

T- Lots of dark wheat makes itself known, its tastes like a slightly lighter version of the smell. Banana and clove stand out the most. It's pretty sweet but all the flavors are balanced well and there's only a slight bit of booze on the finish.

M- Medium bodied and slightly under carbonated.

D- I am sharing this bomber with my brother, if I had it all to myself I could take it down, but I wouldn't want anymore then that.

Overall I thought this was a good weizenbock, not the best I have had but still a good brew. Its a good substitute for my favorite weizenbock, Wallys weizenbock from black forest. For $4 i think it's a great deal, I can't think of any other bombers that are this strong and good tasting for this price. An all around good beer that will be in my fridge quite regularly. I will seek out more beers from this brewery since this beer gave me a good first impression of clipper city.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. Cloudy grapefruit with big bubbly head. Above verage mouthfeel. A story in bannana, and I get the yeast. Looking for more interesting in the style than a sweet bannana sundae, but still enjoyable, and I am allergic to bannanas and not a fan of their smell. Also do we need the abv s high? Good for what it is.

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Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Weizen Doppelbock) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 298 ratings
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