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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, pear, brown sugar, herbal, and light earthy hops. Nice malty aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, raisin, pear, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and light earthy hop spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, light fruits, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and earthy hop spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of malty flavors; with moderate hop flavor balance; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial Oktoberfest lager. Very nice balance and complexity of malty flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. I could tell this was an older bottle, and it aged nicely.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with bright orange highlights and lots of visible carbonation racing to the head. Its head is small but just hangs on to a thin cap which leaves some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is bold and full of rich sweet maltiness and boozy notes with some light citrus/spicy hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: The alcohol is quite noticeable and surrounds a big sweet malty body. Notes of warm sweet bread, caramel and toffee pop out. The hops are lighter but more noticeable towards the finish and they add some needed bitterness for balance. It’s a big full bodied beer with smooth yet still lively carbonation.

Notes: With 9% abv this beer hits hard and slows down its drinkability.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traditional aroma on this one with kind of hot cereal and toffee sweet scent. It's very malty in the aroma, with just a hint of hops coming through as a kind of spiciness. I wish it was a bit stronger in the smell than it is, but it's not bad.

Orange and slightly opaque in color with a thin, almost non-existent white head. Visible carbonation streaming to the top. Lacing is interesting, it's there, but then disappears.

Tastes a lot better than it's aroma. Biscuits, toast, light caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable via the taste as well, and it hit me fairly hard. Full bodied with light carbonation on the plate and a sweet finish. It's a satisfying, strong, great combination to which I say: Prost!

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a rich, chestnut brown with some hues of orange to keep it light. The head is a thin finger of mostly white bubbles giving it a creamy look. Not a lot of retention and no initial signs of lacing.

Very malty nose, with some IPA-like non-aggressive scents like pine and orange peel.

The taste is also similar to an IPA, minus the palate-killing bitterness. Malty (toffee) with notes of pine and citrus, and some spices. It's got a lot going on and I can't quite put a finger on all the flavors, but nutmeg and ginger come to mind.

It's certainly spicy like you'd expect it to be, but it's got a sweetness to balance the beer and give it an almost creamy feel. The alcohol provides ample heat in the swallow. Not quite full-bodied, and while bitter is the lasting trait, it's not over the top.

Overall, a really good beer and fairly easy to drink. Heavy Seas scares me because I either really like their selections or I really don't--there isn't much in the middle--but I'm very happy I picked this one up.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prosit! opens with a rich, malty nose, heavy with rising wheat dough, toast crust, floury baguette and biscuit grain notes, accompanied by molasses and brown sugar sweetness, and touches of fig, orange, berry, vanilla, black cherry, and kola nut adding complexity. The nose is decently strong and the aromas seem well-balanced, though they do fade slightly as the beer rests, until an orange-and-bread sweetness is most of what remains.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a complex and malty shot of sugars, being especially strong in fig, plum, orange liqueur, and berry, as well as thick raisin bread dough and gloopy black molasses. As the beer rests on the tongue the kola nut comes forward slightly, as well as does vanilla. Some citrusy lemon and grapefruit notes tell of hops, though these are more difficult to locate. As the sugars die off, the beer presents in grain-based underbelly, and bread dough flavors become predominant, though mixed still with molasses, much like the aftertaste of a piece of molasses bread. The aftertaste of the beer is kola nut, molasses, vanilla, and bread crust, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly good beer, bearing a nice smattering of flavors in decent quantities, and flavors that nicely mask the 8% (at least that's what my bottle's label says) ABV. Especially nice are the darker fruit esters, such as fig and raisin, which play nicely off the oranges and berries. The beer does lose flavor if several sips are taken in a row, but mostly, while the beer is quite good, it doesn't have anything especially alluring or exciting to set it apart from its peers. A good representation of the style, then.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Dyan! A 9% Oktoberfest, eh? Alright...

Pours a clear copper color with a nice off-white head to it. Sweet malt and yeast aromas with some bread and earthy hop notes. There's a bit of fruity esters to it, which I don't necessarily associate with an "Oktoberfest". The flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel and sugar notes, maybe some hints of fruit. A bit of earthy hop character toward the back end. Medium to full in body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle:

The beer poured a very nice dark amber color that produced a nice off-white head that dissipated into a spotty thin cap.

Nice big sweet, malt aroma. This pretty much dominated the aroma. There was a slight boozy quality to it as well.

The taste follows the nose, a big malt bomb, big and bold, with the alcohol noticeable and more so as the beer warmed. I thought that I was drinking an Imperial Pils.

The beer had a heavy feel it to. It was thick and dry, but took a while to drink. Overall, the beer was good, but not one that I would drink often.

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Photo of BrewnoMarzen
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber into SA Pint glass

Pours a beautiful glowing amber and orange.
Half finger off white head dissipates pretty quickly

Nice sweet malt aroma with some spice present. Smells more like a nice pumpkin beer honestly.

Initially, very sweet toasty malt taste. Halfway through some spice kicks in. I detect some hops thrown in there. Alcohol pretty well subdued but is there. It's a bit hot which I'm liking. Carbonation is light which is really cool. It has a medium mouthfeel.

I've never had an "Imperial Oktoberfest" until now. I really didn't know what to expect and to be honest I really am enjoying this. While I do like this it's not a brew I'd have more than one of in a sitting but is definitely something I'd like to have a couple times a season from this point forward. Beers!!!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, pumpkin, spice, and subtle clove. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While I will admit that this isn't one of my favorite styles, I do understand what they are supposed to be when brewed nicely. This one just fell a little short on all of the things I like about a good Marzen. There was really no complexity going on here at all as all the characteristics were very straight forward. If you are a fan of the style you need to try it, but if you are not, I would not make this my first.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if the recipe was changed but mine says is 8% ABV.

A - Hazy amber in color with only a slight ring of lace which is moderately sticky.

S - Nice touch of hops and grains with caramel soaked breads. A nice smelling Oktoberfest.

T - Starts sweet rather than hoppy which is good. Balanced grains and sweet caramel malts with a bit of bread and biscuit flavors. No noticeable ABV.

M - Medium bodied and tasty.

Overall I would get it again especially for $6.50 a bomber. A very tasty imperial Oktoberfest.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 22oz bomber to a Chimay tulip (’cause it was the best piece of glassware available at the time)

Appearance (3.5): One finger of off-white head, fading to a thin haze on top of the body, which itself was crystal clear and dark orange. Not a ton of lacing, but some.

Smell (3.5): A light caramel note, good amount of fresh-baked bread in the nose, and in the back there’s something like a piece of fresh stone fruit

Taste (3.5): Moderate grassy / herbal hop profile, malt base is just a little toasty and has a slightly chalky feel to it. There’s a somewhat medicinal aftertaste that comes off almost sour at first, but mellows as it warms. Feels like the product of that bitter herbal hop note and the lager yeast. Not much alcohol on the palate, which is a plus.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Moderate body, with not a particularly dry finish; low level of carbonation that provides very mild effervescence at the finish.

Overall (3.5): This was a decent—not great—Octoberfest offering. Never had an imperial Octoberfest, as it were, but I think the style in general is better off with session-level beers. The beer required more hops to counter the thicker malt profile, and with the lager yeast that created too much of a not-great aftertaste. I think Octoberfests should be relatively light and not over-thought—this was an interesting brew but not something I’ll come back to.

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Photo of fo5s
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a heavy seas tapered glass. No dating on the bottle.

A- pours a dark amber with a thick 1-finger head

S- smell is toasted malts. Definitely bigger than normal, but not overwhelming. Subtle noble hops and a hint of alcohol.

T- hearty malts cover up any hope of enjoying clean toasted malts. Not sweet in the way you'd expect. Boozy finish. Not necessarily bad, but not good for the style.

M- thick, especially for the style. Sticky.

O- overall a miss on this one. I love imperializing classic styles, but this one didn't work. The big body obscures the subtleties and drinkability of a marzen. That said, this isn't a bad beer by any measure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good, really enjoyed it, served in a stein on tap at Rustico. Even though I was treated rudely at Rustico by some fat ass in a mechanic's shirt, I still enjoyed the beer, I'll just be purchasing my beer elsewhere from now on...fat ass.

Beer is amber and hazy with a nice soft white head, moderate to low carbonation, and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and lagery with a great yeast palate.

Beer is medium in body and really smooth, great mild mid-palate character with a good finish. Creamy and nice with a wet finish and no aftertaste, the yeast character comes through and this beer comes across as nearly flawless.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear and amazing golden hued copper with a giant white head that is both rocky and foamy yet seems to dissipate fairly quickly leaving some thin webby lacing.

the smell is very malty and has almost no trace of hop aroma. the malt bill is very toffee like with some light toasty scent and a touch of sourdough. if there are any hops in the nose then they are very faint and floral like.

thie flavor is very distinctly malty, lots of toast and toffee with a much more bready flavor. there is a very dry flavor as well as a slight bitter hop resin.

mouthfeel is very crispy and clean, light bodied and dry.

for a much bigger beer this is a very drinkable beverage.

overall this beer is quite tastey and a nice change from most octoberfest by introducing a much more bold and complex flavor.

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Photo of engagechad
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Pours a slightly hazy orangy tobacco color with not much head, but after agitation and a few sips it looks nice. Waitress filled it to the brim. Smells nice and malty as the style predicts, spices are nice, this was a little too cold but it was still nice on the nose as it warmed. Taste was right on but a little boozy and that kind of overshadowed the overall flavor.

Overall I liked this beer however I don't think I would buy it again simply because the beer is a little pricey for what you get.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very crisp and orange mahogany color with a decent sized white head.
S: Bready malt aroma with a tangy hoppy finish. There is also some slight nuttiness.
T: Sweet and bitter bready character. The hops really help bring some nice full flavor and a nice warming alcohol flavor.
M/O: Very bright appearance and great carbonation that helps you really appreciate all the flavors.

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Photo of mweso2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent copper color with white fluffy head that quickly dissipates. Tastes and smells are very similar. Sweet toasty malt smell. The taste is a not overly sweet bready, caramel malt flavor that quite honestly is rather bland. The 9%is well hidden. Not my favorite but not bad.

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Photo of malloyca
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This shows that some styles of beer don't take to the "imperial" treatment as well as others. It pours a clear copper to amber, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Overall, aromas were faint, sweet malt. There are sweet, toasted malt flavors in abundance -- over-abundance, actually, as they drown out the sense that this beer is a lager. There is a residual crispness in oktoberfest style beers that is lacking here or, if it is not lacking, it is so divorced from the overwhelming sweet maltiness that it is almost as if two beers were at odds with each other in the same glass. Lightly carbonated, with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, love the label here - the pirate looks cool as hell, yet simple. Into a pint glass its a typical deep orange color with a descent cream head and minimal lacing. A lot of legs here, big ass monster Ru Paul legs, damn I don't know why I just referenced a he-she but I'ma roll with it.

In the nose is classic marzen notes - bready, caramel, toasty, toffee, and big booze man is here. 9% lager?!?! Yeah buddy! Palate follows the nose, but is rather muted as the booze presence takes over. This is the low point of the brew i think. The feel is alright, nothing to brag about here, lighter bodied (6/10) with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad - the concept is interesting of an imperial marzen, but in all reality I think a classic marzen brings more flavor to the palate. Picked up at Total Wine for $5.99.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnished copper with a decent head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is bready caramel malt, dark fruit, a touch of anise, and a mild mineral aspect.

Taste is more caramel malt, and brown sugar. Quite nutty, with generous dark fruit. Finishes with a strong oxidized mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a decent malt bomb. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber, very clean with a light head.

Has a nice munich toasty smell, very Oktoberfest with a kick.

The flavor is as expected a big toasty and grainy malt bomb, lightly sweet with a long earthy and minty bitterness balancing it out.

The mouthfeel is light and oily.

This is ok, doesn't stand up to other imperial Marzens, but not bad either.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prosit! was poured from a 22oz bottle

A: This beer is a beautiful deep amber with a frothy off white head. This is a beer that pulls you in from the start.

S: Caramel roasted malts and Noble hop aromas blend extremely well to create an enticing smell.

T: A little on the sweet side, but it is 9%. Some residual sweetness is very nice in this beer. The hop bitterness is minimal and malt character is predominant.

M: This beer fills your mouth with great flavor and the viscosity is just right.

O: Another great release by Heavy Seas that is worth checking out. The fall weather is a perfect compliment for this pleasing release.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber to orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, earthy with a hint of fruit. In the taste, dry earthiness, grassy and still lager-ish. A small bite and medium too lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dryness and fruit in the aftertaste. Kind of a standard marzen, nice and fresh, and I can dig it!

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Photo of Crossmd
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 50 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid red-copper/amber with fairly little head. no lacing.

Smells of some soap suds, biscuits, caramel and toast.

Tastes of a robust, round toasty bread/biscuit. Excellent balance among taste and smell. The finish is really the most exciting part about the whole thing- Slowly evolving from a malty robustness into a toasty spiciness with a hint of molasses and maybe pepper?

Mouthfeel is structurally effervescent, as to keep it from maybe being cloying or syrupy otherwise. A smooth, well balanced ride.

Overall, a really enjoyable Oktoberfest with a good degree of personality. Don't hesitate unless it's 85 degrees outside.


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

Beautiful golden amber, with good carbonation. No lace.

Aroma is caramel and toasty bread. Not bad.

Taste is malty, sweet, and toasty, with only a well-hidden hint of alcohol at the finish. I get hints of fruit, raisin, and toffee. Represents the style well, maintaining the Oktoberfest character while upping the alcohol ante. Worthy.

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