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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: German 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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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 119
Reviews by FickleBeast:
Photo of FickleBeast
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - pours a syrupy amber with a half finger of head. bubbles struggle to break the surface. No lacing evident.

S - boozy, no malt sweetness, no hoppiness

T - whoa. cinnamon? some sort of spice flavor dominates. Very sweet, much sweeter than it smells. not very palatable, maybe the spice is just a weird combo of malts?

M - cloying syrupy sweetness, no real hop bitterness to balance, sticky in the mouth

D - too sweet. not really pleasant, booziness starts to come through as it warms. Pass on this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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 jondeelee
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 far333
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey copper colored with a thick and foamy head of off-white foam that rises up two inches and hangs around.

Inviting aroma of toffee and caramel, biscuity malt, some marshmallow and ripe pear.

Rich flavor of biscuity and corny malt, cinnamon and toffee, some drying autumn leaves, ripe fruits. Slight vegetal notes of pumpkin and squash, subtle warming from the alcohol, and a decided spicy finish.

Rich and creamy and full and round mouthfeel.

Tasty and drinkable, but it's creeping up on me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a caramel amber body with a larg light khaki colored head, thick and foaming above the rim of my 1/2 liter dimpled krug. Aroma has a nice roasted malt profile with toasted nut and caramelized sugars, a very bready middle with well hidden alcohol. Malt heavy with an air of herbal spicy noble hops hidden somewhere amongst the malt profile. Flavor is nice I've had other versions that get very cloying with residual sugars I didn't have that problem drinking Prosit. A huge sweet wave of malts with toasted bread, hints of caramel, and nutty tones with a balancing mix of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is actually moderate I thought it would be heavy and cloying, not the case here. Drinkability was solid as long as it was kept cold enough, once it warms up to around room temp, more booziness comes out along with even more malts flooding the palate, one of the better takes on an impy O fest I'm just not convinced it's a style that was meant to be.

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Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a 1.5-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with hints of toffee and mild buttery notes.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Lightly toasted malt flavors up front with hints of dark toffee and very light milk chocolate flavors without the bitterness of chocolate malts. These flavors carry through until a lightly bitter ending. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at the outset and even more so as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bomber and could have another glass.

Overall this was a solid beer but I'm just not on board with imperial marzens. I'd love to see Clipper City take a stab at a 6% marzen next year, but until then this is worth a shot.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zplug123
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in a 16 oz glass

A: Deep red-amber color, not much head retention with very slight lacing

S: Malt and caramel very evident, brown sugar-like smell

T: Ample amounts of sweet malt taste with fore mentioned caramel, more citrus hops taste than I'd expect from a Marzen. Alcohol sticks out a bit at the end

M: Very full bodied and little carbonation...very smooth

D: Not what I'd think of a prime example of Oktoberfest, but definitely an interesting choice

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/auburn/copper sort of color, with a head of dirty white foam that, while not huge, stays firm and takes a while to diminish.

Definitely very Oktoberfest in smell, although nothing to indicate the imperial-ness promised on the label. Herbal tea, wheat bread, caramel, mineral, dried tree leaves...all of it quite mild, and the 9% hardly showing through at all.

First part of the first sip I'm thinking "I love the shit out of this!" but then I'm rocked a little bit by the bitter, medicinal element that comes in. Has a bit of a pumpkin ale character, in that it's got that autumnal, dessert-y herbal vibe; sweet spices; a pinch of peppercorn too. If it weren't for the alcohol elbowing in just a little too much, this would be great.

Good feel, round and slick, medium-level carbonation.

Avery's Kaiser remains king of the amped-up imperial Oktoberfests/Marzens, but this is not too bad. Just wish they could have controlled the alcohol presence a bit more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected, thanks Radek. Though scary alchohol content and the title of imperial octoberfest, and furthermore sourness in the aroma, it was a decent drinkable beer. Carbonation right there, pepper, average mouthfeel, lacey though only a small, Caesar head.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed every beer in Clipper City's Heavy Seas line so far, and the "Prosit!" is no exception.

It pours a slightly hazy deep copper body beneath a frothy head of yellowed tan. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves rings of lace that drip together to form spotty, torn curtains of lace about the glass.

The aroma is mainly malty, with a bit of grassy, almost minty hops.

The flavor is rich, and full of malt, but it's not overdone, and the bitterness, hop flavors, and alcohol keep it in check. It's toasty, deeply caramelish, and just lightly sweet and honey-like with an almost burnt-sugar edge. The Vienna malts also add a hint of fruitiness. As in the nose, the hops seem almost minty. Interesting. Perhaps that has something to do with the alcohol, and/or perhaps not. The hop flavors are well threaded-through, appearing from start to finish, and their spiciness keeps it from becoming sweetish. A solid bitterness helps as well, as does the alcohol. It finishes lingering, with pretty much exactly the same flavor composition that you've just tasted start to swallow - so, it's not really "complex", but then again Maerzens aren't really that complex either (they're flavorful, but not complex). I think Clipper City has done exactly what they set out to do - brew an Imperial Oktoberfest - and I think they've done it really well. I have to tip my hat to the brewers, I'm not sure I could have pulled this off myself with so much focus. Nicely done!

As to drinkability, it's pretty good. There is a bit of alcohol to it, but it's not overboard. And it's clean. It's an enjoyable beer... but I question how drinkable it is as far as desire goes - would I want to have more of this? I don't know. I think I might enjoy a well-made Maerzen (or two, matching the calories of the Imperial) just as much. Still, I'm quite pleased with it, and I'll certainly enjoy more of it next year!

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 hoptualBrew
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Jason's in Ellicott City, MD.

A - Clear orangish-amber with a medium lasting off-white head.

S - Grain, caramel malt, and toffee.

T - Lots of caramel malt, toffee, toast, spice, and some German-style hops. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Alcohol is present but not very pronounced.

M - Palate is medium-full and smooth. Not at all boozy.

D - Not bad for the ABV. Overall this is a pretty nice beer and an interesting take on the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, clear, ruby amber, topped with 1 1/2 fingers of tight off-white foam. Retains with a smooth and creamy look across the surface, that throws a solid foamy cascade of lace on the sides of the glass. The robustness of the retention doesn't hang around forever, as this goes a bit flat in the middle the longer this sits. The aroma has a big malty sweetness to the nose. Deep, deep, bready sweetness here, with a bit of a dark toasty edge to it. Spice and citrus is about all that I'm picking up from any hop activiy, because of the relative thickness of the malts. There's a certain amount of alcohol heft here, but I'm not really getting any warmth. Just a heaviness that fits in with the rest of the chewy smelling flavors.

The taste is beefy and sticky in the mouth, with a thick toasty sweetness to it. Green fruity citrus flavors mixes in as well, and even though the hops play second fiddle to the malts in this, there is enough hop bitterness in the back to keep this from becoming overly cloying. Spice lingers in the finish, along with some additional toastiness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a crisp prickly carbonation that fills the mouth up and wraps around some alcohol heft. The ABV is present in this but isn't as readily apparent as I thought it would be. Alcohol isn't quite noticable with each sip, but a steady warmth does spread out across the palate after the swallow.

This was my second experience with a beer of this type (the first being The Kaiser from Avery) and while I'm still of the belief that this is a style that probably shouldn't be Imperialized, this didn't end up nearly as bad as I was afraid it was going to. It's beefy and sweet but there was just enough Noble hop character and alcohol restraint to keep this from becoming a hot sticky mess. This worked nicely as a slow sipper on this cool late September evening.

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Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle, label says it's 8% ABV. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is a bit weak, it smells like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and some orange peel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of a slight medicinal and a tea-like herbal flavor that I don't care for in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat slick with moderate carbonation. Overall I'm not a fan of this brew. I'm disappointed in it since I've usually liked the Clipper City/Heavy Seas beers I've tried in the past. It's not bad, but this one didn't do much for me.

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Photo of jsh420
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours bright clear amber copper with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells hoppy earthy grassy hops booze and bready carmel malts

taste semisweet bready carmel malts balanced with those earthy hops - hands down the best marzen i have had this year

mouthfeel - medium body with plenty of carbonation to give it the zip this beer needed

drinkability is scary good - i had no idea this brew was 9.0% abv

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Photo of BeastLU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep amber hue, bordering on copper. An aggressive pour creates a one finger eggshell head, which settles to a rim along the glass.

Toasted malts along with the characteristic dark candy aromas.

The flavor contains the same sweet sugary dark candy, this time trailed by a little bit of citrusy bitterness. Full bodied. The alcohol is well hidden.

This one probably won't be found in a tent in Munich (whether made by Hacker-Pschorr or Clipper City. Like Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin, it pushes the envelope, but it's still an enjoyable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ineedafirkin
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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