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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Wheat Barleywine Ale.
The Manly Men Beer Club is proud to offer this new brew in its continuing quest to explore the outer reaches of the malt beverage universe.
Our head brewer, James Taylor*, was given the clubís 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 Weizen yeast in favor of an English Ale yeast, better suited for a Barleywine Ale. The result is a complex yet delicate beer with a soft mouthfeel which warms yet doesnít 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, hence the name "El Hefe".
(*yes, he does play acoustic guitar).


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2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (4604) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2010
22oz bottle pours a clear orange with one ring of white head. Terrible nose, overly sweet, wet malts, booze. Flavor is like rum that had pine needles soaked in it. Pine sol. Really hard finish.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dacrza (493) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
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 doesnít 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 doesnít 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....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2013
It poured a dark orange/brown and yielding no head whatsoever into my chalice. Mild dark haziness showed throughout the body. No lacing occurred. The smell was sweet through the malts with some light plum coming through as the beer warms. The taste was the same with the previously noted flavors and settled through some odd bitter flavors that I canít really quite right place. The alcohol came through in the taste as the beer warmed up. The palate was about a medium coating the tongue and mouth decently. No sharpness hits the tongue. I would say this was mildly drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer that Iíd come back to.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (8915) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Burned orange pour, off white head. Very hazy brew. Aroma of caramel, spen hops, oranges and something odd, a yeasty/plastic note. Flavor is overly sweet and just has a one note caramel/yeast flavor. Not so great.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HeistAlmighty (1111) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
650ml bottle. We made a rookie mistake and forgot this beer would settle and forgot to stir up the sediment before pouring. First glass out was clear, middle one hazy, last was completely opaque. Sludge in the bottle of the bottle. Orange/brown colour, not much head, last glass looked like a melted root-beer float. Aroma is barley syrup, English yeast, and banana. Taste is a little better than the aroma, some decent burnt sugar, but there was a funky aftertaste. Opaque glass had a much stronger yeast taste. Overall, this was a hot mess. Barley wine isnít supposed to be filtered, I suppose, but skimming the sludge out of this would have been a good idea.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (852) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Malt, spice, and dark fruit in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor, which starts sweet and finishes with spice and a little bitterness. Good, but not great.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rocbyter (1892) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Strong malty apple aroma with a sharp alcohol bite. Cloudy orange color with a small white head. Light beginning with a moderate alcohol finish. Not much wheat flavor but still not that great.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
22oz bottle from Downeast Beverage Co in Portland, ME. Pours a cloudy, dull orange, amber tinted body with a thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet with a decent mix of fruits. Caramel and wheat malts with some breadiness. A few esters with some orange citrus along with some prunes and figs. I get a touch of clove or herbal spice in there too. Flavor is similar and awfully sweet. A bit of a bread to the caramel and wheat malts up front with less of a fruity mixture than the aroma. Still some orange citruses and just a light prune note in the middle while the hops offer a light herbal spice towards the end as the wheats pick up a touch and this finishes pretty sweet and slightly dry. Spiciness from the hops comes out more as this warms a bit and the sweetness isnít cloying, but a light booze note seems a bit medicinal. Medium length aftertaste following a medium-full body and very light carbonation. Overall, I wasnít really a fan of this. It wasnít bad, but just didnít work for me. Pretty sweet with a slightly herbal and spicy hopping as well as a bit of a medicinal boozy note. Eh...

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I taste almost no íhefeí in this beverage. The appearance is pretty cool, but thatís about it. This is a malt liquor; pure and simple.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle from the brewpub. Poured a straw color with some haze, weak head and lacing. The aroma was wet wheat, sour citrus. The flavor was wet wheat, sour citrus, sour white wine, caramel, bananas, bread. Mouthfeel was thin for an imperial anything or a hefe anything, astringent and acidic, foul sour water mess. Long sigh...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2011
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty flavor flavor with a lingering aftertaste.


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