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Heavy Seas - Classic LagerHeavy Seas - Classic Lager

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
All malt lager.

Added by farrago on 04-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before April 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is bready malt, grain, and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly malty with some hops noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a light golden with a real thin head,I was hoping for a nice well defined head to a traditional lager.Toasty bread-like aromas and some iron,full on German malt attack,the hops are on the lighter side with a faint herbal smack.Caramel and honey malts on the palate with a tinge of iron,leafy hops stay subdued.Its a sturdy well built lager but lacks in the noble hop department for me to say its top notch.

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Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= golden, some quickly fading white head into decent rimming and lacing.

S= very nice blend of Noble hops and sweet malts, light honey.

T= slightly sweeter than I would prefer but very clean, and nice hops florals and sweet malts, reasonably balanced bitters. Would like to see either less sweetness or more dryness, though.

M= clean, slight sweetness on the tongue, a little syrupy on the follow.

D= nothing to interfere here, session if you want altho despite being satisfying it's not exciting.

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Photo of patreely12
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - golden maybe a bit of orange tint. about a finger of light head which dissolves quickly. can see a bit of the carbonation. no lacing.

S - the nose mostly consists of grain. there is a presence of some of the malts and hops too, but the grain comes through the strongest. also there's a faint citrus note.

T/M - nice balance of malted barley and hops. I do find the faint citrus note from the nose, but it takes some searching. finishes smooth. crisp and refreshing. mild carbonation. slight grainy aftertaste.

D - a good session lager. very drinkable. I look forward to trying more of what Clipper City has to offer.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener glass

A - Beer poured with golden clear body; one finger white foam which dissipate very quickly; plenty of carbonation; not much lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - For a lager, this has a nice scent; deep and aromatic grain smells; malt notes and the noble hops they used in this beer comes up immediately; hints of flowery notes as well from noble hops

T - Beer has a smooth and rich malt lager flavor and finishes off with a nice slight hop dry aftertaste; kind of dry and not bad for a beer; Clipper brewers made a good beer with the right blend of malt and hops; very well balanced; not much bitterness from the German noble hops

M - Light creamy feel; some bubbly feeling over the tongue; overall very smooth and no tart or sour tongue feel;

D - Nice blend of malts and hops to give it a good lager taste; they really did a good job with this one; smooth and refreshing beer; I could have plenty of these over and over again

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness marker is not readable, no notches...oh well. About a one finger head that lasted about half a minute. Color is a hazy 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of malt. Taste is barley with a little hops. Sort of creamy in my mouth, a little dry as it goes down. Good solid taste and body, another please.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange with a small head that dissipates to a thing ring of white around the top. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Grassy, with a hint of citrus. There are also some fresh spices, maybe some sage and also a little bit of dough/bread on the back end.

T: A nice little hop flavor, but very light and controlled. It is balanced nicely on the finish. Leaves a very light corn finish/aftertaste.

D/M: Very easy to drink, a great session beer for sure. A great beer for a warm day around the grill or at the beach. The first beer I have had from the mixed pack I bought, looking forward to the other three beers!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice new offering from Clipper City. Always excited to see a new craft lager. Purchased at The Brewer's Kettle in High Point. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent darker gold with the thinnest of white sheets on top. Dissipates quickly. Not even a ring around the edge. No lace. Scents of grass, flowers, veggies, and grains. The mouth is crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation level. Not too spritzy. The flavor is sharp and refreshing as well. A mild hop kick at the onset, creamy buttery middle, and finishes tangy and semi-sweet. Good lager here. Drinkable as anything I've had before. This is far better than any macro lager out there. Perfect beer for the summer, and perfect beer to introduce others to the wonderful world of craft beer. Will be getting this again and again.

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Photo of lloryck
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bin Drink'n dis beer for awyle dare Hon! This beer is crisp and refreshing without being boring. A good session beer but also a fine accompaniment to food grilled over charcoal. I have had this beer with grilled chicken, hamburgers and shrimp with Old Bay! I have noticed that seafood cooked with Old Bay enhances the taste of the beer. The beer pours a clear straw golden color and has a decent aroma and a decent head if 'as the brewer recommends' is poured aggressively. As a lifelong Marylander and one familiar with the 'land of pleasant living' dis here beer is what Natty Boh wishes it could be. Just imagine... sitting on a deck overlooking South River with a couple dozen steamed crabs, the Sun going down... and pouring a Classic Lager pulled from an ice bucket... It don't get much better 'n dis Hon!

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Photo of detlefchef
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with quickly fleeting white head. Pretty much as you'd expect and that kind of holds true throughout the experience. Nothing surprisingly special or unfortunate about this beer. And that's OK.

Pale malty aromas with soft, juicy melon flavors. As expected, light on the hops with nice texture and very easy drinking.

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Photo of tworollsbeatone
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is very simple compared to many of its neighbors on the craft beer shelves. It is not super-hopped or extreme in its ABV. It is just a well made beer where the 6th one is as pleasurable to drink as the 1st.

It has a very small head and very little lacing. The taste is balanced and rich like you would expect from a lager. The mouthfeel is clean with just a little stick.

If you're in or around the Baltimore-DC area, this is one of the best session beers you'll find.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is slightly sweet, malty. Taste is rather hoppy for a lager, good balance hops and malts. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of Akerris
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Rich gold almost amber. One finger of head.

Aroma- Cinnamon off the bat followed by biscuit. Fades to the smell of a well kept Euro Lager.

Taste- Hints of caramel and noble hops. Slight undertones of bitter citrus.

Mouth feel- Smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability- This is one of my favorite session beers. I was sitting outside on a sunny 80 degree day and it was nearly perfect.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of bright white, mixed bubble sizes with little retention, some delicate lacing to be had. Golden yellow to orange in color, transparent with a soft haze, slowly drifting bubbles within. Pretzel dough, sourdough, multi-grain bread and bitters most noticeable in the nose, mixed citrus notes, touch of spice and grass, lowkey malts allow the presentation to stay crisp and succinct. Medium-bodied, much sweeter here with a clear corn component, dandelion sort of flowers, peach fruit and golden honey. The sourdough to rye bread element persists, more like unprocessed grains, possesses sufficient carbonation to prevent bitterness. Cocoa-led malts manage to break the surface through the mid-palate. Simple enough to come across as a balanced thirst slaker with above average heft for the type.

[Note: I believe this is McHenry "rebranded" in February 2010 -- unsure if the recipe has been changed warranting a new entry, others can better decide.]

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