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Clipper City McHenry Lager - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 07-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

All malt.
Now called "Heavy Seas Classic Lager".
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 46
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3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last weekend down in MD. Pours clear gold in color with a small white head; decent to weak lacing that went down pretty fast. Smells malty with some citrus and light hops. Tastes of sweet malt, apricot, citrus hops, light caramel and orange or lemon zest; pretty tasty beer. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, and it was almost watery. Very high drinkabilty, this went down very easy, but was a little too basic (aka dull) in flavor.

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2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this brew, light, easy drinking lager. Reminds me of the beer my Dad would drink in the 60's an 70's. An every man's brew. So light and refreshing I can put away at least 4 and not even notice I was drinking beer. I'd recommend this to the light hearted beer drinkers of America.

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is crisp. primarily malts with some hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 10/13/2009- from notes.

A buddy left this one in the fridge over the weekend so here we go.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Clear washed out gold color with about a one finger bubbly white head that faded pretty quick. Pretty much no lacing. Very, very mild carbination.

S- A little grassy, a little sweet.

T- Like the nose with the addition of a light bread/biscuity taste.

M- Light to medium bodied, fairly smooth with its lack of carbination.

D- Very easy to drink, easily sessionable if your looking for a BMC alternative.

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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce brown bottle poured into a shaker glass. Appears a clear golden straw color with about a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted grains, grassy hops, sweet corn, and a bit of sweet malt. A tad thin bodied, but amply carbonated. Worth a try.

Photo of BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear light golden hue with a one finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Light biscuity grains in the aroma with a bit of a sweet sugary smell.

Very plain flavor, with malts that carry a light sweetness. No hops to speak of.

An okay beer, somewhat plain though, even for the style.

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3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, bright goldenrod color with some visible carbonation. The head is medium sized and foamy, with solid retention and some decent lacing.

S: Some standard pale malt aroma, along with a nice dose of hops for the style. It comes across as rather German in profile, rather herbal and grassy, with hints of yeast.

T: Malt is fairly robust for the style, grainy and rather substantial. An herbal hop bite that definitely goes beyond the standard macro lager profile, although it's still pretty laid-back. I'd compare this to a tamed down American version of a German Helles lager. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something just seems oddly similar.

M: Fuller in body than many lagers of this style, although it's a touch undercarbonated. Livelier carbonation would really perk this beer up and make it more refreshing, although as it stands it's definitely solid.

D: It's nothing to get real excited about, but it does do its job really well. A no-frills, above average American lager. Kudos to Clipper City for taking a shot at it, as it doesn't seem to be a style that many would clamor for.

Photo of droomyster
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a tiny white head. The most striking thing about its appearance is that it is completely, totally still. Not one single bubble of carbonation floating upward. Kinda freaks me out. Another bizarre quality is the aroma: clover honey, and absolutely nothing else. It's good (be assured), but a one note wonder. Tastes like clover honey, light malts, with faint hops expressing themselves ever so subtlely right at the very end. Clipper City makes several interesting and tasty beers, but this one seems to intentionally aim to be ordinary. Their "Heavy Seas" series, for instance, kicks it up a notch in the artisanal department. McHenry is not bad, it's just unimaginative.

Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather surprising offering, totally different taste and character than what I expected but a welcome surprise. Given the label's "Old Baltimore Style Beer" banner, I was expecting a good old-city rusty lager taste with strong malts and very little in the way of hops-florals. This beer seems more like a modern craft, to me.

A= nice shining-golden with a modest white head which stays on the rims, and profuse tiny bubbles of carbonation when it's poured, settling to a more subtle but steady amount afterwards.

S= amazingly nice florals nose, light malt notes, then the addition of a slight starch-scent a few minutes after settling.

T= honey light sweetness, mild hops bitters, nice florals, sweet hops.

M= light sweetness coating the tongue along with some nice floral notes

D= very drinkable, I wouldn't be disappointed at a party if this was all they were offering.

Photo of HoppyInfidel
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance of McHenry is clear and golden, with a white head. It's not as impressive as Clipper City's other offerings, but it is good for what it is - a clean and refreshing lager. I would put it on par with Yuengling lager. McHenry would be a fine beer with which to wash down some steamed crabs.

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I review this as a mystery beer of sorts. Had a beer called Obrycki's Amber Lager in Terminal B at BWI the other day. The bartender assured me that this was brewed by Clipper City and I assumed it was the 'Phillips' Amber Ale, which, apparently, is a bit of a mystery in and of itself.

Anyway, this beer pours a clear golden straw in color with a thin and fleeting head into a chilled glass. The nose gives hints of yeasts typical of a good Euro. lager, yet I'm picking up Saaz, or other Noble hops as well, pointing me in the German Pils direction.

Malt structure is well represented, solid body and offering a good feel and drinkability.

Gold doesn't fit, nor does Pale Ale. Small Craft Warning might, but I wouldn't expect to see that at the airport. Bottom line, how do I review this and why would a brewery disguise things to such an extent that I could never effectively give them future business? Rather confusing I must say.

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Clipper City McHenry Lager from Heavy Seas Beer
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