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Heavy Seas - Märzen - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010)
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Photo of Natural510
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Marzen of the season...been looking forward to this time of year.

Pours a light golden-amber with thick head, dissipating into a thin layer on top.
Smells like an Oktoberfest beer alright; light grainy malts (as opposed to the deep, richer malts of an ale). Light orange-citrus perfume.
Light grassiness with a mild hop bite complement the orange, tangy sweetness of malted barley.
6%ABV, yet goes down easy. Not too heavy, not too sweet; yet the right flavor to keep this interesting. Nothing to knock your socks off, but a fine example of a marzen which can be drunken in quantity.

Natural510, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt and sweetness. Also, subtle floral notes.

T - It was sweet and malty with a fruit bite.

M - Smooth and somewhat soft. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very interesting brew. It is quite unique for the style.

zeff80, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish amber with a white head that quickly thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel candy with the background of grain. Honey sweetness with a kiss of balancing earthy hop bitterness. It has a sweetish, crisp finish.

It has a smooth, medium body.

A very nice interpretation of the style. Kudos for keeping to the "lager" tradition (rather than an ale version that some do). Also, kudos for keeping to caramelish version (rather than souped up Helles-versions that some Bavarian brewers have been doing.) I'll have to pick up some of this during the next Oktoberfest season.
According to the brewery, this is now a year-round offering (with a new label - fortunate to get one...now where did I put it...)

jwc215, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $1.59...
An aggressive pour yielded a crystal-clear, medium-orange, apricot hue with no carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head...
Creamy, malt-dominated aroma replete with oranges, apricots, caramel, and spices...
Taste was flavorful and creamy, however not as rich and thick as some more well-known German varieties... Bread and butter flavors with hints of caramel abound...
Mouthfeel seemed loose and watered down...
Good level of drinkability... This one went down effortlessly thanks to the lack of cloying flavors...
Worth a try, but not the depiction of the style, even for an American brewery...

dsa7783, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a rusty hazy copper color, Good sized white head with a lot of large bubbles. Lots of goodies held in suspension. Zero rising carbonation.

S- The brew smells of sweet malts, fresh baked bread, cinnamon raison bread, smoke and roasted nuts. A slight note of hops is present.

T- Very refreshing malt profile, lots of citrus notes mid palate, towards the end the hops poke through and add some sweet bitterness and a pleasant after taste.

M- Medium body, a good amount of carbonation.

D- Session beer no doubt this one goes down smooth.

Wish these beers were available here in NJ!

ATPete, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into stange on 5/11/08.

A - Hard pour yielded a fairly hazy amber body with mammoth three-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin film and left a sparse amount of lacing. Minimal carbonation present.

S - Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and honey. Slight toasted grain aspect as well, but not much of a hop character. A bready maltiness emerges as the liquid warmed up.

T - This is quite a smooth, malty lager with plenty of caramel sweetness and a honey aspect. Finish has a nice clean breadiness. Again, this is lacking a noticeable hop character. There's perhaps a bit of mild grassy hops, but overall the hops are quite subdued.

M - Medium body with a pretty creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Clean finish with a sweetness that envelopes the tongue.

D - Extremely easy to drink. While I wish there was more of a hop character here, it is what it is, and it's still an enjoyable brew with a very tasty sweet and bready maltiness.

ffejherb, May 12, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper color with no head. It smelled very faint and clean like hazelnut malt and refined yeast. It tasted like watery caramel malt with rich hazelnut and barley flavors, and no real hops or bitterness. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation and a clean aftertaste. Overall this was one of the more enjoyable lagers I've had. It was very clean and refreshing, like a better quality Killians.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a nonic

A crystal clear orange-tinted amber hue with a one finger light tan head that fizzes to a thin cap.

Crisp biscuity malts with a touch of sweet sugar. A little bit of grassy hop aroma is in the background.

Light grain with a touch of sweet honey and a little bit of bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with a fizzy feel to it. Clean finish.

Not a bad Marzen style beer. I found it pretty refreshing, and would go great on a warm day. Recommended.

BeerSox, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of MugOfGoodness
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had alot of Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup but my first non-Heavy Seas came in the mail from a beer of the month club my wife got me.

This was a nice Marzen style lager, its got that great malty taste and its very sessionable - someone wrote it was 6% ABV which had a nice crisp taste. It's not as amber-reddish as I expected - looking less red, amber more like a pilsner.

This beer won a gold medal at GABF in 2007 and its yummy - very sessionable, good mouth feel, nice malty tones. I didn't taste alot of hops in it but its brewed with Tettnang and Hersbrucker german hops.

I used to love the Lucknow Vienna Lager, this is a great replacement for it.

MugOfGoodness, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of armock
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy copper orange color with an off white head to dissipates pretty quickly

S - Is of sweet malt with some caramel

T - Follows the smell starts with sweet malt with a touch of caramel then has a little bitter finish

M - Has a medium body with a good level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a very easy to drink beer if I was to see this at the store I'd pick up a sixer of it

armock, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of dickroop
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off-white fluffy, 2-finger head. The brew is light amber, nice and bubbly, inviting. Gives off a yeasty, sweet smell that is fruity with flavor notes of grapes... and cherries?

Predominant flavor is lightly toasted malt, with ever-so-gentle bitterness. Quite tasty. The finish has a fleeting complexity that lets you know some real thought went into this beer's recipe. There's a bit of grainy bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation gives this beer a light touch that beautifully compliments the sweet fruitiness.

I think this is a wonderful, easy-drinkin' beer, light but flavorful and satisfying. I also think it is underrated, after reading some of the other reviews. Perhaps it suffers because of comparisons to the high-powered Heavy Seas line. This beer is 6% ABV, could they have gotten as much flavor into it and made it more sessionable (knock back 2 or 3?) with a lower ABV? Dunno... Still I recommend this stuff !

dickroop, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear, flashy ingot gold. A finger of soft off-white head pops away to wisps of fine froth. Rings of sparse lacing gird the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries lightly honey sweet malt, touched with caramel and a bit of biscuit. A mist of hop spice and doughy yeast flirt subtly.

Upon tasting, there comes a caress of roundly sweet malt, with beads of caramel, fruity berry, and baked bread. The hops are distant and vague but layer a veil of spicy mild bitterness across the middle. Biscuit and a glimpse of yeast slide into a short but crisp finish. It's tasty, but a truncated challenge.

Light bodied, it moves right along, sliding and dwindling and then a little clean touch.

The flavor, what there is of it, is enjoyable, but as much as I want to like it, it's gone before I can really decide. And yet, it's not so bad. It drinks easily enough, but it's not inspirational. I like it for as long as it lets me.

Foxman, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a slight haze to the coppery orange brew. A thin, cream-colored head, not much lacing outside of a few stray dots.

Aroma - mild grains, mild citrus, a fairly neutral sniff.

Taste - mildly sweet grains to start. Moderate roastiness, wouldn't mind more though. A good balance of hoppiness on the swallow. They are mild and provide balance but not much flavor. I like it! There's a little alcohol presence here, too, I wasn't expecting that. A tasty finish, the malts and mild alcohol make for a warm, toasty wrap-up.

Mouthfeel - properly crisp, a little thinner than average. No problems.

Drinkability - tasty. Nothing grand but certainly serviceable. I'll enjoy the sixer.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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...

dacrza1, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of dren
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head that fades quickly to the edges of the glass. No lacing.

Smells like caramel and sweet malts.

Tastes like tea with some sweet malt in there. Slightly dry finish.

A light to medium body. Very little carbonation. Makes it easy to drink.

Overall this beer isn't great, but it isn't bad. I'd have it again if it was free but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

dren, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite amber color - soft off-white head. Aroma of faintly caramelized grains. Flavor of very mild nutty, caramel malt, but with a cleansing dryness. Medium body, and a lightly caramelized finish. I'm not sure this is the number one Vienna lager in America as recent awards indicate, but I certainly won't argue with it being one of the better ones out there. Year 'round availability too!

dedrinker, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Balto MarzHon that says "SantaHon" on it, but because it says Marzen Lager below I believe it's the same beer. This beer pours a largely translucent amber color with a medium head. The smell is of watery malt, with no notes of hops. There is no real kick to the taste, it is mostly traditional medium color malts. It goes down with a thick consistency, with not a lot of carbonation to space out the beer which detracts from its drinkability. There is a hint of pumpkin and spice at the very end which dances on the tongue, but for the most part its a one-dimensional taste.

Toddv29424, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer that I've had by Clipper City that I thought was marginal -- the rest have been outstanding. This one starts with a moderate malt / moderate grain balance with a hint of sulfer in the nose. The hops seem to balance the beer well with earthy, pungent hops and a light grassy note. The standard copper look releases fair head retention that hangs around til the bottom of the glass. The beer tastes more malty, round, and smooth than the nose suggested, along side of a mild hop flavor and a bitter balance that struggles to keep up with the moderate maltiness. The texture is where I have problems -- the beer lacks depth, creaminess, and seems to fall apart going into the finish. The linger brings up cola-like aftertastes and a light hop / grain astringency. A fair Marzen, it just gets lost in the plethera of good Oktoberfest / Marzens.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent copper body with low carbonation. Light tan multi bubbled head with decent retention and lace.
Caramel and hops in great harmony, brown sugar and spice with a warm toasted quality.
Very sweet caramel flavor but kept from being overwhelming by a mild element of mellow hops. Again brown sugar and spice and an aftertaste of spice and just slightly spiked hops.
Medium body with a good coating, even succulent to some degree.
Great drinkability, a pleasure to drink.


oelergud, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light copper in color with a thin 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: light caramel sweetness is all that is detectable.

Taste: light malt profile. Caramel, light fruit sweetness, and soft bitterness is all that is detectable. This is a very mellow marzen.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother at the finish. Very short aftertaste as the caramel is the lone flavor that lasts. Medium bodied beer,

Drinkability: easy to quaff since this comes across to me as marzen-lite. This needs a bit more malt punch to get this up into the good category.

Gavage, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass. left a slight ring and lace. the body was a clear amber.
s - very tough to detect much here, a little malt in the nose is all i could find.
t - light hints of floral and caramel but very faint.
m - smooth and clean but a little on the thin side.
d - easily drinkable but i was ready to get this one over with about halfway through. not one i'll be looking for in the future.

GPHarris, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much lacing afterwards though. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, and lots of caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, malty. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Marzen at that, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

stereosforgeeks, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from Baltimore I'm a little hard on Clipper City, but I still feel like there is some room for improvment here.

A- Pale copper, almost orange. Fairly clear with a very slight chill haze. Very thin white head that vaporizes literallt four seconds after the last drop hits the glass.

S- Not much at all. Some malt thats about it. It is very undistinct.

T- Very lacking. There is some malt presence but it lacks that sweetness that a real Marzen has. There is a slight metal aftertaste that is present in a couple of bottles but not in all of them. The malt that is present is welcome to an otherwise disappointing bottle.

M- It overtakes the taste slightly, but it is present. It has that richness that a Marzen/Ocktoberfest should have.

D- Overall it isn't to bad but I don't see this becoming one of my sessions or regulars, but if I see it at an event or party for free, and there are no other choices I'll probably grab it.

If only the taste could stand up to the mouthfeel I would probably rank this beer but higher but it just doesn't cut the mustard.

viperpiper522, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of bigone4
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange light brownish tan color. Almost like a dark straw color. Thin off white head that dissipated really quickly. No real lacing present in the glass. Clearly marked freshness date on the label. Smell was dough like with some slight sweet and sour tones. Rather mild malt scent not the sweet caramel tone I have smelled in other Marzen style Oktoberfest. There was a rather light malt flavor with a thin body no real heft to this brew. It is smooth but not what I would call my favorite offering of this style. Seemed like they were going their own direction with this one. Light and drinkable but I would only have this one once. Maybe it is better on tap. Overall not the best brew but also not the worst either.

bigone4, May 31, 2007
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