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Heavy Seas - Märzen - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - MärzenHeavy Seas - Märzen

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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%


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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts. Pretty standard for a marzenbier. Nothing popping put at me.

Taste: Same as above with some mild bitterness in the end. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingling bitterness, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice take on the style. Traditional and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:51:54 | More by Flounder57
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mscudder

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a globe.

A - Transparent amber hue with a 1-finger off-white head. Decent lacing with average retention.

S - Spices alongside caramel and roasted malts.

T - Toasted malts drench the palette. Caramel sweetness and spices come to light as the beer closes.

M - Thin medium body which is chewy for a Marzen. Lively carbonation lifts the malts into focus.

O - To me there is only so much one can do with this style. Heavy Seas has done a good job. It could be more robust with spices, yet it settles as an easy drinker that easily trumps the Samuel Adams I see on grocery store shelves.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 06:09:53 | More by mscudder
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper with a thin white head. Lots of little bubbles.

S: Grassy, caramel, bread malt with some slight citrus hops.

T: Follows the smell. Starts with some caramel, bready notes and finishes with a bit of earthy hops. Also has some toffee coming through

M: Light to medium with plenty of carbonation.

O: Solid. Seems great for those first fall nights when it starts cooling down.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:18:30 | More by RunForYourBeer
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring/layer.

S - sourdough bread and earthy malted wheat.

T - sweet upfront with that hit of earthy malt and just a touch of bitterness towards the finish which ends up sweet on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 21:46:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Mojo

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful clear gold with a fluffy two finger head. There is poor retention and no lacing to speak of. Smell is wheat, lemon, and pine. Mouthfeel is great here. Not watery and lots of carbonation that just gives that satisfying feel. Taste is almost pineapple on the front and spicy hops and a faint roasted taste on the finish. Neither taste is particularly overwhelming. If anything the front end might be a little stronger than the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:23:59 | More by Mojo
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Greywulfken

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep gold body with a finger of ivory head

S: faint - some fruity malt and caramel

T: caramel malts and fruits, slight medicinal notes

M: crisp, clean finishing, refreshing, slick; pumpkin ale-ish aftertaste

O: an enjoyable beer, simple; only my 2nd marzen, so I'm not sure if I have a real feel for the style

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:23:11 | More by Greywulfken
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head covering fades at a med pace no real lacing, crystal clear orange nectar tanish color.

Nose starts with light toasty Munich malt, light sweet caramel and toffee like but just a touch, little candy fruit and lager fruits, touch of grassy and herbal earthy hops. Nose is fairly light overall.

Taste starts light as well, light fruity lager flavors, soft and little creamy but almost crisp, light toasty reddish Munich malt and hint of caramel toffee like but barely. Touch of grassy earthy like hops come through later. Finish is drier with little soft malt reddish toasty malt lingering and bit more lager soft fruits.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied but soft lager feel and touch of creaminess, decent but slightly lower than expected carb.

Overall not bad, I'm impressed that it's not just all caramel malts and no lager flavors like most American attempts at a marzen. Nice lager flavors, soft, just a bit of caramel to beef it up, a touch more hops and carbonation would have bumped it up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 11:33:05 | More by jlindros
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully clear, medium gold in color, the beer produced a weak, off white bubbly head about one finger high. Short retention, minimal lacing.
The nose is simple, just some earthy hops and caramel.
The taste is also straight forward, just like expected from a "Festbier". Good balance on the hops and malt, very drinkable.
I enjoyed this Maerzen, good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:10:11 | More by Hopfenpeter
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with fantastic clarity. The head is a one finger offwhite color with average retention and texture. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

S: Weak. There's light nuttiness, some caramel...and that's it.

T: A little stronger than the nose, but this is still rather bland. There's a subtle, toasted nuttiness I find pleasant in conjunction with the caramel...a shame it's so mild. Okay enough, but could have been quite good with a stronger flavor bill.

M: This is too heavily bodied given its light flavor, and a little overcarbonated as well; it's just not as drinkable as it could, or should, be. A bit of finishing residual sugar gives it a nice aftertaste, at least.

O: What is this, National Mediocre Beer Month? I feel like I've given more 2.7's these past few days than a junior high tri-county gymnastics meet. There just isn't much to this, and it doesn't have the drinkability to compensate. Not a beer to be avoided, but one you should think long and hard about before dropping a Hamilton on.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:50:37 | More by ThisWangsChung
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear, bold gold with no head or lace. The aroma is mildly malty with a hint of caramel. The flavor is toffee and sweet malt with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Clipper City Heavy Seas - Marzen is a decent beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:22:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear and the color of apple juice. Head is pretty much not a part of this beer. Glows.

S-Very, very mild. Adheres to the style but is far too boring. Super low intensity. Sweet and bread with little-to-no hops.

T-Taste livens it up a bit. Nice butterscotch notes. Cinnamon roll. Light earthy hops. Shallow bitterness. Still, and upgrade from the nose.

M-Light and smooth. Subtle carbonation. Feels heavily sugared.

O/D-Not a high point for a style I don't care for very much.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:46:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:34:35 | More by tdm168
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loftisCT

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Feb 2012, Enjoyed January 30, 2012
A: Light, translucent amber color with small white head
S: Prototypical German-style lager aroma here. Light lager yeast apparent with a hint of sulfur. These really are light though, and allow the malt to shine. Very bready with a hint of light caramel. Very simple but very pleasant. Subtle noble hoppiness present.
T: Very nice maltiness starts out. Not overly sweet but very bready with a hint of caramel and a slight spiciness to the malt. Initial maltiness fades to a relatively sweet finish dominated by toasty malt. The toastiness really lingers. Hops dry out the finish a bit but are not very apparent.
M: Solid medium body, but very even on the palate. Slightly above average carbonation. Initial malt onslaught finishes very crisp before the beautiful lingering finish.
O: This beer doesn't scream marzen to me. I would probably guess Vienna lager before marzen. However, it has awesome lager fermentation and really showcases nice, clean malt characteristics. In my opinion, one of the best lagers that makes it to CT.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 20:40:31 | More by loftisCT
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense off white head that gradually died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel and grainy malts as well as earthy yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel along with some hints of malty sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:20:05 | More by metter98
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours clear orange with a thin, long lasting white head. Aroma is of bready malt and noble hops, some sour notes (probably the bottle was old). Medium, smooth body. Biscuit and caramel malt balance noble hops on the palate. Some sour, barnyard notes make this beer hard to drink. There is best by date on the label but it’s not marked. I will have to re-rate this brew if I get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:53:39 | More by mikeg67
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SteveS1

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cloudy pale amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Little retention, no lacing.

Smell: Sugary cereal malts and a slight citrus/starfruit nose. Hops are present and sweet smell is not overwhelming.

Taste: Dry grains on the tongue, very dry breadiness on the palate. Mild spices give way to a clean finish, almost watery. Aftertaste is dry and bready with grassy hops.

Feel: Quite a bit of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drink: An easy drink with very mild flavor. Neither malts nor hops stand out, so a decent choice if you're look for a dry marzen.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:00:54 | More by SteveS1
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this in my hotel in National Harbor Maryland. Picked it up at the little food market down the road. Hallelujah decent beer can be found in the shadow of the Gaylord Biodome. overall it is fruity and slightly sweet. Pleasant enough and not unlike many of this style.

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. I am fairly certain this is due to the poorly cleaned glass here at my hotel and not a defect in the beer.

Aroma is tropical fruit and sweet Bready malts. No phenols or other or other off-putting aroma in evidence.

Taste is slightly sweet up front with a balancing hop bitterness at the end with a clean finish. Maybe fall fruits? Apples and pears?

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light with tight carbonation that daces on the tongue.

Very drinkable and not overwhelming in any regard.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:26:26 | More by Citadel82
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erosier

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, hints of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, and then a hint of some nice hops for a pretty decent finish.
M: Smooth, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall it was a pretty good beer with a decent take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 10:22:27 | More by erosier
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fo5s

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a heavy seas tapered glass. Sampled 10/28/11 and reviewed from notes.

A- pours a light copper. Minimal head despite a somewhat aggressive (and artistic) pour. High clarity.

S- pale malts. Fairly clean, with a hint of corn. No hops at all, sadly. Minimal toastiness. Overall bland with hints of adjunct.

T- still get a bit of corn in here. Watery, mildly toasted malts. Watery.

M- minimal body. Smooth and drinkable at least...

O- very bland and underwhelming. I came in with low expectations on this and they were barely met. Inoffensive, but macro-ish and not one of heavy seas better brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:53:00 | More by fo5s
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Harpoon Octoberfest.

A: Slightly hazy light amber with two-finger, white head that lasted a couple of minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasted malt, caramel, and spice. Soapy

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness to balance. Toasted. Mild overall. Soapy.

M: Light to medium bodied. Kind of thin, but smooth.

O: Above average but nothing special. I liked the Harpoon better.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:07:56 | More by SolipsismalCat
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shand

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

Solid looking Marzen, it's got a nice clarity on the orange-red body and ample carbonation. Aroma is pretty good, it's a sweet malt with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is very good, it's a nice Marzen that doesn't get sugar-sweet as many American takes on the style can be. Fruit aspects keep things interesting. Don't get me wrong, it's sweet, but with the right restraint. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbed, and the drinkability is very good. A great Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:05:21 | More by shand
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Kc4shore

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Off-cloudy golden amber

Smell: Heavy toasted malt and caramel up front, some citrus fruit in the back

Taste: Alot lighter than I had expected, great malty flavor. Some bitterness from hops up front followed by a nice citrus sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light/Med body beer with mild carbonation

Overall: I gave this Marzan a 3.5 because it was alot lighter than the same style beer that I am used to. Despite this however, this beer was actually very well balanced and refreshing. Maybe if the changed the name from Marzan to Toasted Lager or something I'd give it a very good rating, but as it stands, this beer is just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:31:41 | More by Kc4shore
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atr2605

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a light amber with a white head with average retention
S-malt, brown sugar, spice
T-sweet malt and a little of the brown sugar flavor, alot less spice, and leaves a clean finish
M-medium bodied
O-Nice beer. Very straight forward and has great malt flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:01:11 | More by atr2605
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date on bottom
of label. Pry-off.

A: Pours a hazy honey brown. Light carbonation.
Small white head turns thin with little lacing.

S: Malts are a blend of sweet and toasted. A little
fruit mixed in.

T/M: Heavy on the malts. Sweet with that toasted
caramel flavor. Some fruits and a faint hint of hop
citrus round this beer out. Semi-crisp with a
watery feel.

O: It's OK. I think their are much better Marzens
around. Nothing horrible here, just nothing that
special.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 05:00:17 | More by mnrider
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