Oxford Hefeweizen | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by Dithyramb on 01-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yellow body with a small, quickly thinning, white head.

Smell: Malted wheat aroma with middling notes of stale, dried citrus peel, banana, and coriander.

Taste: Sweet malted wheat flavor, a bit crackery. No real defining hop character or bitterness. Light coriander, banana, spice, and a dull taste of citrus. Sweetish, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather coating mouthfeel, I'm left looking around for a glass of cool, cleansing water.

Drinkability: I am dissatisfied by this hefe. Mediocre, at best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did Oxford ever make a hefeweizen when Oxford owned Oxford? I know they eventually made the White Ox, but it seems almost completely against the concept of Oxford (English Ales).... regardless, the Oxford Hefe is a basic, somewhat restrained hefe. If you didn't know it you might almost mistake it for an American wheat. I enjoyed quite a few of these over a 4 day weekend in Charm City, and quite a few one night at the Cat's Eye Pub, so I had to make a stop on a very sober late-afternoon Monday to make sure. Yep, fairly basic. But good. Well-balanced. Flavorful. Nothing spectacular. The head retention could be better. It could be a bit more flavorful. But in all honesty, I think it'll sell better as it is.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear for a hefeweizen, gold bodied with a short white head that fades rapidly. It’s got an aroma of green bananas, wheat flakes, a touch of clove, and a drop of lemon juice. It tastes mainly of wheat flakes and watery lemon juice with a bit of banana thrown in as an afterthought, any spiciness dropping from the picture. Not the best hef, but a decent one nonetheless.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this new brew on tap after the brewery tour today. Excellent rendition of the Bavarian style, lighter and very moderately spiced. Very drinkable--even creamy, which was a pleasant surprise. Haven't tried the bottled version yet, but I bought some to take home with me. The best part was the incredibly fresh taste (just days from the fermenting tank). Worth the try. Another great addition to the Clipper City family. Oh, and if you get the chance to take the brewery tour, do it. Extremely entertaining and informative. (Owner) Hugh Sisson is great. And the free beer is, well, free!

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Photo of cubedbee
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow, with a finger of white head that vanishes a little too quickly. Nose is primarily wheat malt, with just a touch of ripe bananas and some slight clove as the beer warms. Taste follows the nose, a wheaty malt infused with lemon zest and a touch of banana, a slight clove spiciness on the finish. Body is on the light side of medium with the carbonation on the low side. Overall, this doesn't match real German Hefes, but is better than most American wheat ales.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Typically cloudy, golden hefe color with a lightly-retained white head.

s: Clean wheat aromas with a decent yeast presence...but without the big ester production I really like.

m: carbonation moderate, with a lighter body

t: Pretty standard...spicy wheat with a yeasty background. Lacks the big estery bananas I really like in the style.

d: a decent hefe

standard pint at The Majestic, Alexandria, VA

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some yeast esters with a strong lemon aroma. There was a subtle banana aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a chewy wheat malt wih some mild spice. Lemon zest element as well.

The mouthfeel was of medium chewiness.

Overall a decent hefe. Nothing to really write home about however.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a very slight haze. The nose features the aromas of clove and banana. The light, but tasty flavor features notes of bubble gum, a touch of clove, a slightly rough graininess, a slight fruity sweetness, and a pleasant spiciness. The finish is decidedly grainy but a bit brief. The somewhat silky mouthfeel is nicely complemented by a fairly sharp carbonation tang.

One of the brewery reps for Clipper City stopped by my beer department and dropped off a number of samples, a bottle of this being among them. My favorite hefe’s are the ones that that have that great spiciness to them, like this one. Maybe it’s not the richest hefe out there nor does it have the most impressive finish, but it sure is crisp, drinkable and refreshing with a good flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Frisco Burritos in Columbia. Don't necessarily know right away if it was this keg or the brew in general, but it had a dead feeling to it. Though there was some carbonation feeding a few bubbles off the side of the glass, there was no head nor any carbonation feeding the tongue. Pale hazy yellow with a limp ring that had no head, retention nor lacing.
Aroma, as expected, of some yeast and the expected Hefe stuff. Listed on their website as Bavarian style.
Flavor was pretty simple and one sided. Simple hefe here, with nothing out of the ordinary. Mouthfeel was thicker than expected, probably due to the low carbonation. A little stickier and sweeter than normal. Bavarian generally makes me think "yummy yummy bubble gummy," not the case here.
Drinkability: Nothing to see here, move along. I may buy it in bottles, just to see if this was the keg at Frisco's. However, the Oxford stuff is generally a little tamer and aimed at crossover. Glad they didn't put it in the Heavy Seas line...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was without a doubt worth the $5.99 I paid for this six-pack. Not knowing what to expect, this beer poured a nice off-color yellowish appearance. There was a decent smell but nothing to write home about... The taste was average-good for a hefe, I've tried better and worse, but definitely worth a try. There is a strong citrusy/banana taste present that makes you thirst for another one. The drinkability is certainly good, it is an easy drink and you could put down quite a few of these. Would definitely go for this again, but it can't compare to some German styles I've sampled... All in all, an average brew leaning more towards the better side than the worse...

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours golden yellow with more of a slight chill haze than the expected cloudiness. A thick fluffy head descends to a lasting thin cover. Trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of banana/clove - a bit light on the banana while a touch heavy on the clove. Slight hints of alcohol come through for a glimpse.

The taste is of clove with mild banana. Wheat doughiness is there. Light and crisp with a candyish sweet finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and exceptionally smooth, this disappears quickly leaving a pleasant, refreshing aftertaste.

Overall, it doesn't really stand up to the Bavarian classics, but is a nice, very inoffensive/highly drinkable American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of potownbill
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer with a classy wine label. Justified. Classy beer.
Nice golden yellow hefeweisen cloudiness. Nice 2" head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing.
Smell was spice and wheat, with some banana.
Taste was banana, mild clove spiciness, and the pleasant wheat.
As it warmed, the carbination lessened, and the beer was a little thin.
This is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color with a nice white head, fairly good carbonation, and slightly cloudy after the last pour. Moderate banana-clove yeast profile in both aroma and flavor. A solid Bavarian hefe but a bit on the lighter side of the yeast profile. Medium bodied and creamy smooth; fruity and refreshing with a light spicy clove finish.

Very nice...

Per bottle: "Bavarian Style Unfiltered Wheat Beer"

Purchase Before: Aug '06
Tasted: 07/06/06

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy golden yellow with thin white head that lingers thru mid glass and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a pleasant mix of clove, orange peel, wheat dough and bananas. Mouthfeel is a bit on the tangy side, and the flavor mirrors the nose, yet adds some apple. Finish is pleasant, but make sure you drink this cold. I let it sit a little long before finishing , and aftertaste became a bit stale as beer warmed. Would make a nice summer thirst quencher though.

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Photo of albern
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Hefe, made even better by the fact that the bottle I purchased from Elm Street Liquors in Somerville, MA had an expiration date a year passed due. This beer is a Clipper City product and BA doesn't have much about the Oxford Brewing Co. that is on the label, listed as Baltimore, MD. There was an Oxford Brewery in OH that is now closed. The beer pours a fairly carbonated, pale, reasonably clear golden with zero head, retention, or lacing. The aroma is quite nice with ample cloves, some ringwood type yeast smells, and citrus and florals.

The taste is quite good and refreshing. This is a pretty spiced up hefe, slightly more syrupy and medium bodied than what is typical, and loaded with clove, sweet florals, perhaps a touch of something in the allspice family with a honey like touch. There is a floral, perfumey, honeylike character to this hefe that makes it interesting, and a bit more complex than is usual for the style. The mouthfeel is light, not much aftertaste, and there is no drying imparts in the finish. This is a good beer, I only wish I more carefully checked the freshness date.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy pale golden color with modest white puffy head. No lacing to be found. Smell is mainly of bananas, and very pleasant. Taste brings forth more banana tastes, and a nice clove background. Finishes very light and refreshing. A good example of the style, but nothing that is overly impressine. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a huge head that sticks and laces like a hefe should

Smell: Dominated by clove, with undertones of banana and pepper

Taste: A bit of banana up front, but the clove kicks in and makes this one spicy, peppery hefe; way too sweet, as well; after the swallow, the flavor profile picks up an apple character, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Full of flavor, and that was a surprise, but it is just not the flavor profile I would prefer; too much clove, not enough banana and much too sweet

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.49/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear yellow body like a macro lager. Tiny white head with almost no retention or lacing.

Musty wheat smell with hints of bannana.

Taste has a good amount of wheat, with notes of citrus, coriander and bannana. Bannana definitely dominates the flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Average drinkability at best.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, nothing that particularly grabs me as outstanding but a solid entry overall.

A= lighter slightly hazy yellow, modest to minimal head, little to no lacing.

S= nice presence, wheat, slight florals and hints of citrus and light spice.

T= smooth, clean for a hefe but not like a kristl-heffe; balanced mild tastes of wheat, citrus and spice, very modest on the hops bite.

M= clean, a little residue with some nice reminiscences.

D= very drinkable in singles or in quantity, a good hefe session-beer.

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Photo of baos
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Not cloudy at all like I imagined. A nice rich golden color. I thought it would have a big head, but its has the tinest of heads that vanishes completely. Not much lacing there either.

S: Cloves, bananas, maybe a hint of cinnamon.

T: Tastes like it smells. I'm not too familiar with Hefeweizens, but I really like this beer.

M: Feels pretty good.

D: Not bad, might be a bit too sweet, but I need to develop a better taste for this kind of beer. I am too used to the more malt and hop varieties.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a very soft, frothy head. Smells of wheat, yeast, and lemon. Tastes of citrus and a lot of cloves, a hint of banana, and a touch of hops. It also had a semi-dry finish. This was one of the more carbonated beers I have had. Overall, this was a pretty good attempt at a hefeweizen by Clipper City.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy murky yellow color with a rather small head for a hefe. What does suprise a bit is the lacing. It is not much to rave about, but this here hefe has lacing a nice suprise.

S: Your normal hefe fair. Banana, yest, lemon zest, and clove all in nearly equal parts.

T: Not a bad hefe. The aromas come thru in the taste. The yeastiness if very nice and compliments the banana and lemon zest. There is just enough clove to make this one worth drinking.

M: Nice light and bubbly.

D: Not too bad actually.

Overall: I had Clipper City's Oxfrod Raspberry and was not impressed. For that reason this one fell to the back of the beer fridge and just lingered. I popped it today because the best buy date was coming up. I was actually suprised. It is not the best hefe in the world, but it is a nice drinking brew. I just wish I had cracked it open on a hot Florida summer day rather than a balmy fall day.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 ounce bottle. Pours with a nice head that dissipates after a minute or so. Its hazy blond color gives away the fact that this is an unfiltered beer (and it says it on the label too!).
Has a nice fruity nose with a touch of spice and a hint of bubble gum. It tastes great, there are no other words to explanation it. But if I had to I would say it's lightly spiced with a hint of citrus and coriander. The carbonation is just enough to tickle the taste buds, but light enough to make this a very easy beer to drink! The mouthfeel is light, yet creamy and chewy. This is a great beer, it reminds me more of a Belgian white than a Hefeweizen, but it is one worth buying. Get to the store and buy up some of this great beer, just in time for the Spring and Summer months!

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