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Heavy Seas - MärzenHeavy Seas - Märzen

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 440
Photo of sdbcat
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been in love with this beer after trying it on tap. This is one of the more drinkable marzen style beers. I will admit that I love the malty taste and the crisp finish. It feels almost creamy in the mouth. I have ordered kegs of this beer for parties and it is always a hit.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, the boys at Clipper City have done it again! Cheers guys, great beer!

It pours a crystal-clear amber body with an orange cast and glowing golden highlights beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some thin smatterings of lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and fresh with delicately sweetish, lightly bready, moderately toasty, and subtly "juicy" malts (are there some Vienna malts in here?), and enticing floral hops. It's easy to go over the top with the maltiness, but this one's perfect! And it's also perfectly medium-bodied without being overly dextrinous, or too thin; and it's very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation gives a light caress to the palate and awakens the tastebuds. The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with it's honey-glazed, nutty bread crust maltiness appearing upfront, immediately followed by rising notes of deliciously floral hops. The bitterness is omnipresent but repressed, and they've done a brilliant job of balancing this one! This is a brilliantly drinkable, highly enjoyable, and satisfying Maerzen that rivals the best from Germany!

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Photo of vodoqc
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an impressive entry from a Bmore brewery; a city not known for it's brewing and is, surpisngly, one of the better Marzens I've had.

A: Pours rich and coppery, not much head.

S: Not very spicy or bitter, a very smooth fragrance like something you'd like to have over for breakfast.

T: Like a three legged bunny, this is pretty low on hops, and does the Marzen style justice here. There's no bitterness, but an extremely smooth taste. When I had some friends over and kept severlal types of beer around, these were the first to go.

M: Smooth and light.

D: Very high and a friendly beer, a good suggestion for cold nights near a fire.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clipper City brews its take of the traditional German springtime beer and uses a play on words incorporating Baltimore's most famous colloquialism.

Pours a bright, crystal clear copper with a thinnish snow white head. Some fine lacing making spiderwebs on the glass. A bright maltiness, hints of caramel and sweetness in the nose.

Beauteous caramel malt and noble hops in the mouth. There's a nice balance, not too sweet either. Very smooth. Lots of flavor but easy to drink, malt lingers in the finish, very clean aftertaste.

I'm not sure a marzen can get much better than this one. It's my new favorite. Gotta get back to Baltimore...

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the complete surprise of our homebrew club Märzen tasting. It ranked number 2 {after we unanimously disqualified The Kaiser) of the beers we did. And especially because it seems like a beer so far under the radar for it quality, needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a foamy off white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts fill the nose along with grains, hops and a few spices as well.

Taste: Sweet bready malt flavor, caramel and spicy hops in the back end. I don't know exactly what it is that draws me to this beer; I simply enjoy the heck out it.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The mouthfeel is light for a Märzen but it works for the lively flavors in the taste it simply becomes an extremely easy drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Norm's, Vienna, VA. I know where this came from because I got charged three times for this one bottle, since it has a bar code on the neck label, and the guy kept inadvertantly zapping it while trying to scan others. He voided out a few, but I was left with three at the end. Oh well.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the dark gold/light copper brew. Head fades slowly but surely, with good lacing. Aroma is minimal, yet well balanced. Taste all seems to meld together so well it's hard to pick out the components. Well-balanced here as well, with pale malt sweetness tempered by careful hopping. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great, would just look for a bit more maltiness, but that's just me. Good stuff here.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and loved it. But hadn't tried it in a bottle. So I bought a sixer. Fortunately, it's fresh in our area and this beer, even in a bottle, was really quite good. I took the Clipper City tour awhile back and so I know they know beer. Nice orange/amber color, decent head and refreshingly thinner (than expected) mouthfeel. Taste was incredibly balanced, if not really complex. Nice, sweet (but just a bit so) malt flavor with carmel notes and a delicately fruity hops flavor thrown in for good measure. Definitely something I'll come back to. Good job, Hugh!

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Photo of barleyroad
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer in a bottle is served well. Pours nice into glass. The appearance is light amber and sits will in a mug. Very nice to the nose. The mouth feel is great, no hanging around, leaves you wanting more. The taste is well worth it, this beer is very served well with a good pizza. Overall we like this beer, well played.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a robust orange, thin head with nil lacing. Smell is creamy and floral. Taste is citrus, floral, caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit acidic, citrusy but the finish is creamy, caramel and dry. A very nice marzen style, good balance, good finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MugOfGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of loftisCT
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Feb 2012, Enjoyed January 30, 2012
A: Light, translucent amber color with small white head
S: Prototypical German-style lager aroma here. Light lager yeast apparent with a hint of sulfur. These really are light though, and allow the malt to shine. Very bready with a hint of light caramel. Very simple but very pleasant. Subtle noble hoppiness present.
T: Very nice maltiness starts out. Not overly sweet but very bready with a hint of caramel and a slight spiciness to the malt. Initial maltiness fades to a relatively sweet finish dominated by toasty malt. The toastiness really lingers. Hops dry out the finish a bit but are not very apparent.
M: Solid medium body, but very even on the palate. Slightly above average carbonation. Initial malt onslaught finishes very crisp before the beautiful lingering finish.
O: This beer doesn't scream marzen to me. I would probably guess Vienna lager before marzen. However, it has awesome lager fermentation and really showcases nice, clean malt characteristics. In my opinion, one of the best lagers that makes it to CT.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to Octoberfest season and this is my first one of the 2008 season. Purchased a very fresh 6-pack at Julio's in Westboro, MA. First thing I noticed was that they had changed their label to read "MarzHon Octoberfest Style Lager" but the product seemed the same as last year's version.

The beer pours a light amber color with sweetness dominating both the smell and taste. Minimal lasting head. Malty with mild hop presence. The kind of overall flavor that invites you to have more than one bottle.

Many Octoberfests are excellent session beers and this one truly fits that category. I'll be back to Julio's for some repeat purchases as the Octoberfest season continues.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To even the Clipper City/Heavy Seas score after sailing onto the shoals with Great Pumpkin....

A - Nice medium tan pour, fresh active foam
S- Fresh fields of fall
T - This is a very nice brew. I would put it up against anything in the Octoberfest/Marzen category. Beautifully balanced with lightly toast backbeat.
M - Medium body sits well on the tongue,

This beer makes me consider Clipper a peer of Sam Adams. They are that good and consistent IMO. They need more credit.

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Photo of ScarletLady
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The artwork led me to try it and the beer made me stay. Ok so not the best approach but it works. I found it to be smooth with a nice color. Very easy to drink compared to other 6% beers i have had. It has become the 'crossover' beer for people in my circle of friends as we bring new beer geeks in to the fold.

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Photo of stirgy
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks absolutely perfect. Bright, clear, orange amber in color with a slow and steady carbonation. The head is a wonderfully rich mass of creamy sea foam that produced some small lacing on the glass. The aroma is just as nice – slightly sweet, slightly spicy graininess with an onion grass character. There’s also a soapy chewiness here. Taste is smooth and only slightly bitter. Sweet malt doesn’t jump out at you like other Marzens I’ve had – but I think it’s a good thing in this beer. The lighter than expected body compliments this beer. It’s well blended overall and highly drinkable. CC has become a force to be reckoned with!

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Photo of weller1js
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear amber, well carbonated with bubbly white foam.

smell: sweet caramel and toffee notes stand out, malts are light but toasty, and the hops are also light but floral.

taste: begins with the roasted essence of the malts enveloping the palate, with fall seasonal spices complementing the sweet, floral undertones of the hops, finishing as it began with a pleasant malty-spiciness.

drinkability: for a Märzen-style offered year-round, this one has it for the style and for the year-round drinkability, mellow but with character, decent abv for the style, and with just enought harvest attributes that it makes me long for the fall.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.14/5  rDev +16%
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...

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Photo of OddNotion
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Best by: July 2011.

Appearance: One half finger white head on top of a very actively carbonated dark golden red color.

Smell: Nice and fruity, I really like the smell of this beer. Little bit of taosted type scents.

Taste: Light, fruity,not a cirtus fruit but not a dark fruit flavor, somewhere inbetween. I guess maybe some pumpkin and spice, nutmeg? No bitterness, good malt profile.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for a lager but still leaves it at medium bodied.

Overall: Given the ratings this gets it far surpassed my expectations. I picked this up as part of a Heavy Seas mix pack and was not disappointed what so ever.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear copper color with little head and fizzy soda bubbles.

Smell - I picking up noble hops. Faint but there.

Taste - as others mentioned this is very pilsner like in taste. Its incredibly well balanced, and actually I'm surprised the alcohol is at 5.75%...I though it would be <5% based on taste.
Not the most complex or bold in flavors but tasty and pleasant none-the-less.

Mouthfeel - good not too watery like some beers in the lighter styles, but not buttery or creamy like a heavy ABV brew.

Drinkability - very drinkable. Incredibly drinkable. I can drink this brew in summer or winter. Its a multidrinker with ease.

I'm proud of this MD brew. Its quite original and not one of those American a craft brew trying to show off and get way out of balance on hops or chocolate or blending 20 types of hops and such. Sticking to traditional style for a Marzen and delivering very well.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Weyerbacher tulip

Pours bright gold with a thin head. Bready aroma. smooth and even up front with a tangy and slightly bitter finish. Easy to drink and very satisfying. Excellent representation of the style! I miss the old name, though.

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Photo of Guden
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, with a small fading head. For some reason I expected this to be darker but it looks like an octoberfest.

S- Mmm, nutty medium light malts, no hops.

T- Close to smell not quite as great. The taste is pleasant lager with some balance but not overly complex.

M- Feels just right, very easy to go down with the light to medium body and the right amount of carbonation.

D- Could have more than a few of these easily, reminds me of Sam Adams Octoberfest but seems to be a bit maltier and more alcoholic.

All around not the best option from Heavy Seas, but something that everyone can enjoy and a nice session beer.

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Photo of oelergud
4.07/5  rDev +14%
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.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear copper golden with a low white head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and nutty with a Noble hop aroma when first poured that the website lists as Tetts and Hersbrucker. The malt aroma nuttiness was nicely achieved with a mild caramel aromatic.

The flavor was nicely malty with a nutty character from the Munich malt and a light sweetness that was kept in check by the hop bittering which led the beer to a dry crispness. The hop bittering was well done and not overpowering leading to a nice freshness and crispness.

The finish was dry with a lasting spicy hop impression and the impression of Munich malt vaguely lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely done. My first though was this is not a bad, albeit a bit dry, O'fest. Very easy to drink and a nice all around beer. With a bit more head retention this could have broken above a 4.0.

12 ounce bottle. The label on mine was a bit different with an old man and old woman on the label. Purchased at Norm's in Vienna. Best before Oct 05 notches on the label.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12-ounce brown bottle with Best Before date of March 2011 notched into the label.

Pours a deep golden hue with a tinge of amber, sparklingly clear with a small off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind nary a trace of lacing on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

A touch of honey-drenched biscuit in the nose, a touch toasty and with a hint of spicy hops in the background.

Medium-bodied with a mild-to-moderate carbonation and a soft minerality. Malt shows itself throughout, with notes of sweet honey and lightly toasted bread. The hops show up early on to balance the sweet malt and provide a restrained bitterness along with some spicy and floral notes. Malt takes over once again in the finish, with a lingering sweetness that merges with a bit of dry hop character to leave a balanced, off-dry finish.

Extremely drinkable, this is just what a good Märzen should be. Very balanced, equally tasty, and gorgeous (though head retention is definitely lacking). It's certainly understandable how this has won so many awards. Most definitely an excellent interpretation of the style.

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