Heavy Seas - Märzen - Heavy Seas Beer
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2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.
A – Pours a very light pale yellow into the glass, leaving a two-finger head of fluffy just-off-white foam that falls pretty quickly, leaving a moderate ring of tight lace around the glass just above the surface and thin lace across the top marked by a number of large bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a light golden-yellow and just short of completely clear.
S – On the pour, malts and esters of orange rind fill the air. Lightly toasted malts and hard candy, accented by subtle floral hops.
T – Toasted malts and light caramels. Hints of orange rind and a dark wheat cracker. The taste of a just-finished piece of hard candy, like an orange Jolly Rancher, emerges at the end. Overall, it's pretty two-dimensional and bland.
M – Full carbonation makes it a fizzy mouthful. Body is thin - good structure pulls the ingredients together to keep it from being watery. Finish is quick, with faint echos of light caramel and candy on the tongue hanging around.
O – This is a Marzen? Not enough caramel richness and too much orange candy make this a miss on the style. It's also a bit too carbonated, making each quaff a mouthful of foam. The level of toasting of the malts is ok, but while the structure is integrated, the components themselves are mismatched. Unless Heavy Seas adjusts the recipe in the future, this is a pass when putting together a Marzen / Oktoberfest tasting, unless you want to start with something too sweet to demonstrate how the style can go astray.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2012 18:00:26 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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