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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by mashedpotatoes:
Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a robust orange, thin head with nil lacing. Smell is creamy and floral. Taste is citrus, floral, caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit acidic, citrusy but the finish is creamy, caramel and dry. A very nice marzen style, good balance, good finish. Highly recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter amber shade with a thinner but well retained white head,aromas consisted mainly of toasty malt,and caramel,faint spicy hops but again they are faint.Toasted on the palate along with sweetish caramel,a decent anise-like quality comes thru as well,that is something I look for in a good beer of the style,hops are light but give a a little herbal sharpness in the finish.A decent shot at the style,there are many that are not as good coming out.

Photo of Outchillen
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a heavy seas variety pack

A: pale amber/orange, little head, seemed undercarbed
S: malty, carmel malts, not much hop aroma, which goes with the style
T/M: malt dominate, taste of caramel and biscuit like malts, hints of mild clean hops, medium bodied, the companies beers all seem under carbed

Overall im a huge fan of marzen beers, sam adams being my favorite beer, wouldnt buy this by itself but was ok in a variety pack

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a best before date (Jan 2011) and a short description of the beer but no ABV%.

Appearance: The body has a very clear golden honey color with an average size, just off white colored head. The head fades to just a wispy thing layer of foam which makes no lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is some sweet bready and biscuity maltiness with some leafy, slightly sour hop notes.

Taste/Palate: It has a medium body with mildly sweet bready and biscuity maltiness with nutty husk like notes as well. The hops also add a touch of leafy bitterness to the finish. The palate is smooth and easy drinking with average balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is a good Marzen but nothing really stands out. Every thing about this beer is average.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a small head. Smells of light grains, earthy, slightly metallic. Taste is of bready malts, biscuity, finishing with a noble hop bitterness. Again, slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Good carbonation. Pretty drinkable but not a very good interpretation of the style, in my opinion. I have had numerous better. I was expecting more from Clipper City, to be honest.

Photo of Guden
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, with a small fading head. For some reason I expected this to be darker but it looks like an octoberfest.

S- Mmm, nutty medium light malts, no hops.

T- Close to smell not quite as great. The taste is pleasant lager with some balance but not overly complex.

M- Feels just right, very easy to go down with the light to medium body and the right amount of carbonation.

D- Could have more than a few of these easily, reminds me of Sam Adams Octoberfest but seems to be a bit maltier and more alcoholic.

All around not the best option from Heavy Seas, but something that everyone can enjoy and a nice session beer.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, with cool label art, pours a cloudy dark orange body with an average offwhite head. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma has toasted and bready caramel malt and spicy/peppery hops.

Light medium body has medium carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced between the peppery and spicy hop bitterness and sweetish caramel malt. The maltiness might be a bit overly bready for style, but it finishes clean and even.

A tad above average for style and quite enjoyable.

Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, yellow/brown in color

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, grain, toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium/light bodied, semi-sweet

Drinkability:An above average marzen that is not overly complex. I will look out for this. This is way easy to drink for the abv. I could have several.

Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale orange colored with a very low off-white head that settles out quickly.

Aroma of corn and cinnamon, some grassy notes.

Flavors of toasty malt, cinnamon and toffee. A little buttery, mild bitterness, some floral and grassy notes. Good flavor for the style.

Mouthfeel is a little slick and slippery, not full at all, low carbonation.

Tasty beer, but the experience is lacking. Could use some firmness and feel, and some head retention.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clipper City MarzHon Oktoberfest Style Lager - Baltimore, MD

Appears a copper amber hue with a slight off white head forming thick in my 1/2 liter dimpled stein. Fine even lacing is left between each sip. Aroma is sweet with caramel and a mild nutty moderately roasted malt tone with light herbal hops and a strong mineral water edge. Flavor is equally sweet with roasted malts as it is spicy with herbal edge hop notes, a perfectly balanced malt monster. I really enjoy this more drinkable version of the Americanized Oktoberfest style. Some of these versions are too heavy with the caramel malt this is not the case here touch of caramel and mild spicy note with light herbal bitterness with mineral water notes to it. Mouthfeel is a bit residually sweet with some sticky texture but overall a sturdy amount of carbonation keeps it crisp malt wise it's medium bodied and something I could down by the liter. Drinkability is honest to the style, one thing I demand from an O fest beer is that it should empty from my glass before I realize it's gone. That's definitely the case with this beer I may have to pick up a sixer in the near future.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear caramel color. Adequate head no lacing or retention.

Smell - Sugary caramel, flowery hops, bready yeast, lemon, and honey.

Taste - A nice sweet caramel is the backbone, the honey and hints of lemon come in and everything is balanced by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Smooth on the palate. Little carbonation.

Drinkability - Nicely session able. A nice solid beer.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with slight hints of toastiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip the sweetness fades just a bit to allow grainy toasted malt flavors in. The toasted malts carry through to right before the sip where mild amounts of bready flavors take over before fading into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style although it's not quite crisp enough to be in the top tier. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle has a drink by date, but it does not list the alcohol percentage.

A: Clear amber with dark brown tints. It has a thick half-a-finger fully white head that has nice retention and lacing. It has slight carbonation.

S: Bready malt, slight syrup, slight citrus, and slight nutty aroma.

T: Sweet biscuit malt, slight nut and earth, a bit of mint, mild grapefruit citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: A solid, though not amazing, marzen lager. It has an alright nose, but the flavor has nice malt richness, nut, and a bit of earth. The mild hops help balance the beer. Sadly, even in Maryland, the price is much to high (8.99). The better German marzens and Oktoberfests are around the same price or are only a dollar or two more expensive. In other words, not a bad offering at all, but not good enough to be compete with other and better beers. Still, it is one of the few marzens that is available all year round.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from a while ago...

A light orange-brown head forms on top of this beer, a clear amber-orange in color. It dissipates after building up to just over a finger and leaves light to moderate lacing on the glass.
The smell is the mix of hops and malts common to the style and mixing well. There's also, as is typical, a note of grains that is constant. This one does, unfortunately, have a touch of sulfur that mars it a little.
The hops and malts mingle well in the flavor as well, neither vying for dominance over the other but working in accord to offer a balance of herbal and earthy hops notes with biscuit and caramel. The sulfur does linger in the flavor as well and, along with the light lemon/grassy touch, I almost wonder if this was brewed with Saaz.
The body is on the lighter side of medium and is somewhat lacking in depth. it is crisp and, while it's a bit smooth, it could certainly be fuller and creamier.
This isn't a bad beer, but there are deep, rich and complex Marzens out there and easily attainable in the season.

Photo of dacrza1
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, swift head on a soft brown semi-effervescent body in a willibecker....moderate cereal/grain malt taste...quite pleasing, and surprising, considering the usual alcohol-mongering this brewery pedals...lively, medium, dry palate...initial sweetness in average duration....wow--this fits the Oktoberfest spirit well....this smooth and sharp brew is character-filled and appropriate....a shame it's a seasonal...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clipper City- Marzhon

A- Clear golden copper orange with a small but foamy head. No lacing.
S- Light roasted grains and sweet caramel malt.
T- Light sweet caramel malt with a burst of sugar starts this 1 off, followed up by a milder tasty grain and a touch of grassy hops and a dash of lemon.
M- Sweet malt throughout with a watery body. Chewy hop finish.

Overall- A decent offering and easily drinkable. You might not be wow'ed but enjoyable.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crazy Lil's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Fairly typical domestic Oktoberfest lighter orange colors. Not a lot of bubbles. A thick soapy head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Mild spice and caramel malts. A bit of mild bread and dough.

Taste: Interesting spice notes at first, along with some bready caramel notes. Way too subtle and light for me, but on the upside, it's certainly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, fairly spritzy, and slightly watery.

Drinkability: A decent effort, but there are better ones out there. This seems like a light Oktoberfest to me in some ways.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires in January. Neutral aroma, little head on medium yellow. Mouthfeel above average, a little fruity in beginning and a tad smokey taste in the finish. Nothing special, quaffable. Average and reasonable for style, would not seek out again. Caramel, a tad of sweetness. Carbonation is suitable.

Photo of tdm168
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with a ton of loose, soapy, fizzy, white head that quickly fizzles away to a thin lacing. The nose is extremely faint; notes of caramel, yeast, and grassy hops. The taste is sweet and caramelly up front followed by an apple-like fruitiness and finishes with some faint grassy hops. There's an off, medicinal quality to the flavor. The mouthfeel is light, dry, and way over carbonated. The bubbles here are so intense that it's almost champagne-like.

This was very disappointing all around. The mouthfeel was by far the worst part but the flavor had it's off notes too. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, the boys at Clipper City have done it again! Cheers guys, great beer!

It pours a crystal-clear amber body with an orange cast and glowing golden highlights beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin smatterings of lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and fresh with delicately sweetish, lightly bready, moderately toasty, and subtly "juicy" malts (are there some Vienna malts in here?), and enticing floral hops. It's easy to go over the top with the maltiness, but this one's perfect! And it's also perfectly medium-bodied without being overly dextrinous, or too thin; and it's very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation gives a light caress to the palate and awakens the tastebuds. The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with it's honey-glazed, nutty bread crust maltiness appearing upfront, immediately followed by rising notes of deliciously floral hops. The bitterness is omnipresent but repressed, and they've done a brilliant job of balancing this one! This is a brilliantly drinkable, highly enjoyable, and satisfying Maerzen that rivals the best from Germany!

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white head that disappears quickly. Golden orange in color, a bit hazy. The typical Oktoberfest spices...cloves and citrus.

A slight bittering in the mouth, just to let you know it's a beer. Subtle lacing. The taste is complex, a lot is going on. Like in the nose, standard Oktoberfest fare is prevalent with the spices and hops. But there seems to be citrus undertones at work too. No one flavor stands out.

The finish is not complex, like the taste. All the flavors seem to counter-balance each other before the bittering of the hops takes over.

An above average beer, bordering on good, I just wish one flavor would stand out.

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade from ben4321 on ratebeer - thanks, Ben!

A - Pours a clear bright copper color with a nice creamy white head and some lacing. Looks pretty good.

S - Aroma is somewhat sweet Munich malt, bread, and light fruits.

T - Flavor is bready and caramelly Munich malt, sugar, fruity notes, and a little hop bite. Not great, but definitely to style.

M - Palate is medium-light and very crisp.

D - Drinakability is pretty high. Overall not a bad example of the style.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this on sale at my local store for $7.99 with a free tulip pint glass, maybe it's just me but I could drink marzens year round. Pours a lighter amber color with a thin beige head that retains OK. The aroma is mostly caramelized malts, with some toasted bread, a little earthy hops, and some alcohol. The flavor has some toasted bread and caramel malt flavors upfront, earth and spicy hops, and a little alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is fantastic. A tasty but basic marzen, probably a little sweeter than most german versions but easy drinking nonetheless.

Photo of MiScusi
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked with a best before Jan 09.

A- pours with a deep golden color with orangish hue. The bright white head builds up rapidly but subsides fast.

S- just smells like very light pilsner malt and not much more.

T- definitely has a "lager-ish" taste to it. But it also has a nice slight toastiness to it and a bit of sweetness.

M/D- quite smooth for a lager. No bad prickly carbonation. Makes it really easy to drink. I drank this one really fast.

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