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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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Photo of TLove
2.07/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

(From Notes)

12 oz bottle poured into hefeweizen glass.

Clipper City has made some fantastic brews. This is unfortunately not one of the better ones. I find that it is a bit too metallic for my liking. And has almost a Kolsch-like corn taste that resonates from the smell through the finish.

First, I don't know if what I reviewed is the same thing since there was no "Balto" in the name and the label is totally different, but there doesn't seem to be anything else on the Clipper City page about it. Here we go!

An off-orange head with a clearish body and a corn malt and no real malt body and no real fruitiness and no real lacing. Toasted crispness is the only real noticeable flavor other than the corn and a bit of dried green raisin. A bit like dried toast. The body is really just too light to leave a lasting taste and there is a bit of a metallic feeling in the mouth through the finish.

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Photo of lastdoctor
2.16/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden copper color. Not much of a head, one and a half to two fingers.

Not a lot of smell going on. I did catch a slight hint of citrus.

This beer really does not have a lot of flavor. It's a bit on the watery side.

Good thing I only tried a single bottle. Marzen is my favorite style and this just seems to fall short. I think I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear, bold gold with no head or lace. The aroma is mildly malty with a hint of caramel. The flavor is toffee and sweet malt with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Clipper City Heavy Seas - Marzen is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a clear, really light amber color with a thin white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves no lacing.

S- Very light in the nose. Light bready and caramel malts is all I'm picking up.

T- Again really light. Malts are light, bready, caramel and a very light touch of bitterness.

M- Light in body and carbonation seemed to be about right on.

O- There are so many better ones out there for style. I'd pass on this one quite often. There's just not a lot going on with this one.

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Photo of jsanford
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Light orange with a thin white head that recedes to a slight ring. Unimpressive.
S - Sweet malt and some earthy hops. Again, very mild and unimpressive.
T - Pretty typical Marzen flavors of sweet caramel malt and spicy, earthy hops. So boring.
M - Slick mouth-feel with medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - A sub-par take on one of my most reviled styles. Seriously, does anyone make a good Marzen? Pass.

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Photo of mentor
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A gift from higravity (thanks for the opportunity), reviewed from notes. Pours a one finger light tan head over a seriously cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells of caramel, soured grain, and honey. Taste smooth caramel with a tinge of carb sting that's distracting. Smooth malt. Hint of butter. Some tannin. Overall, dry in the mouth. Slick mouthfeel, like syruped wort. Md body. Drinkability is okay, but the fine carb is too sharp for the style. Plus, the slick mouthfeel and butter suggest a pedio infection. If no infection, these characteristics certainly don't belong.

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Photo of jthomp000
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Bronze/copper color, thin head that fades fast.

Smell - Smells of malts; very little hops.

Taste - Flat, less carbonation than I expected

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodies.

Overall - Meh... Wasn't overly impressed. This would be a good session beer for some. Easy to drink, no "flair."

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Photo of GPHarris
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass. left a slight ring and lace. the body was a clear amber.
s - very tough to detect much here, a little malt in the nose is all i could find.
t - light hints of floral and caramel but very faint.
m - smooth and clean but a little on the thin side.
d - easily drinkable but i was ready to get this one over with about halfway through. not one i'll be looking for in the future.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.57/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange copper starting to push the Tang envelop. A tiny head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing behind. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet smelling caramel and light malt with a bit of grassy hops. Pretty Maerzen-like if you ask me. It isn't a strong aroma though.

T - It has a very malty taste, yet it is not a sweet as I had expected. The grassy hops make a mild presence, but are a fabulous compliment. The entire taste is masked since the carbonation is so intense. The aftertaste is mostly watery with only a touch of light malt and grassy bitterness. (Edit: I tried to shake this pretty violently to see if with the carbonation lessened, more flavor was there, but the flavor was then found to be rather watery on the whole. The weak flavor is not just a side effect of the carbonation.)

M - Very, very harsh on the tongue from high carbonation, but smooth on the throat. Pretty thick. Only a little refreshing. I slash it here since the mouthfeel masks the flavor.

D - I have in the past found over Maerzens to be too sweet to have much dirnkability. This one does not have that problem, but the flavor (which from what I can tell is pretty good) is masked. This is drinkable, because the high carbonation, decent flavor and mild, yet pleasant, bitterness mesh to make this a beer you throw back for hours. But the carbonation really kills my desire to ever have it again. Not an awful beer, but not worth a second try IMO.

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Photo of fo5s
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a heavy seas tapered glass. Sampled 10/28/11 and reviewed from notes.

A- pours a light copper. Minimal head despite a somewhat aggressive (and artistic) pour. High clarity.

S- pale malts. Fairly clean, with a hint of corn. No hops at all, sadly. Minimal toastiness. Overall bland with hints of adjunct.

T- still get a bit of corn in here. Watery, mildly toasted malts. Watery.

M- minimal body. Smooth and drinkable at least...

O- very bland and underwhelming. I came in with low expectations on this and they were barely met. Inoffensive, but macro-ish and not one of heavy seas better brews.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Purchase before 01/2009.

Pours a very thin, flaxen-copper in color. Whispy broken sheet of lacing that fades practically on impact. No lasting lace.

Buttery caramel with notes of molasses. Bitter corn and rice; moderate phenolic aromas with pronounced, ligering must.

Malted wheat, rice, and corn backbone with a layer of diacetyl and weak caramel. The bland malted wheat limits the sweetness of this Marzen and adds a powdery, tea-flavored mustiness. The finish is dry with more phenolic flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; powdery-dry and quite thin for the style.

A Marzen that really falls short in flavor. Stylistically, off-track: very phenolic, grainy, and watery. Not an Oktoberfest to sample.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours clear orange with a thin, long lasting white head. Aroma is of bready malt and noble hops, some sour notes (probably the bottle was old). Medium, smooth body. Biscuit and caramel malt balance noble hops on the palate. Some sour, barnyard notes make this beer hard to drink. There is best by date on the label but it’s not marked. I will have to re-rate this brew if I get it fresh.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with fantastic clarity. The head is a one finger offwhite color with average retention and texture. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

S: Weak. There's light nuttiness, some caramel...and that's it.

T: A little stronger than the nose, but this is still rather bland. There's a subtle, toasted nuttiness I find pleasant in conjunction with the caramel...a shame it's so mild. Okay enough, but could have been quite good with a stronger flavor bill.

M: This is too heavily bodied given its light flavor, and a little overcarbonated as well; it's just not as drinkable as it could, or should, be. A bit of finishing residual sugar gives it a nice aftertaste, at least.

O: What is this, National Mediocre Beer Month? I feel like I've given more 2.7's these past few days than a junior high tri-county gymnastics meet. There just isn't much to this, and it doesn't have the drinkability to compensate. Not a beer to be avoided, but one you should think long and hard about before dropping a Hamilton on.

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Photo of viperpiper522
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from Baltimore I'm a little hard on Clipper City, but I still feel like there is some room for improvment here.

A- Pale copper, almost orange. Fairly clear with a very slight chill haze. Very thin white head that vaporizes literallt four seconds after the last drop hits the glass.

S- Not much at all. Some malt thats about it. It is very undistinct.

T- Very lacking. There is some malt presence but it lacks that sweetness that a real Marzen has. There is a slight metal aftertaste that is present in a couple of bottles but not in all of them. The malt that is present is welcome to an otherwise disappointing bottle.

M- It overtakes the taste slightly, but it is present. It has that richness that a Marzen/Ocktoberfest should have.

D- Overall it isn't to bad but I don't see this becoming one of my sessions or regulars, but if I see it at an event or party for free, and there are no other choices I'll probably grab it.

If only the taste could stand up to the mouthfeel I would probably rank this beer but higher but it just doesn't cut the mustard.

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Photo of dirkchivers
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted along side 11 other Oktoberfest/Marzen/festbier style beers.
Smoothness would be primary descriptor for this beer, nice butty malt presence with low but pleasant hops. Brown/amber in hue, i don't recall the head character (doesn't affect taste anyhow). But wait? My mind is thinking brown ale, my tongue is saying Newcastle Brown clone in fact, and nothing at all to do with Oktoberfest flavor profile.

I found this drinkable, but its lack of Oktoberfest characteristics necessitate marks down.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a hazy honey/burnt orange. It has no real head to speak of just a bright white ring of foam that leaves no lacing on the glass.

S-Not much on the nose-smells like your typical Oktoberfest but muted; some Noble hops and German malts.

T-Typical Oktoberfest but lacking in the flavor department. Some Noble hops, but malts are more dominant and it finishes slightly sweet.

M-Thin as there is not a lot of body to this beer.

D-Very drinkable, just not nearly as good as others of the style.

Overall, I will probably never drink this again because there are much better versions of the style available.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a very light pale yellow into the glass, leaving a two-finger head of fluffy just-off-white foam that falls pretty quickly, leaving a moderate ring of tight lace around the glass just above the surface and thin lace across the top marked by a number of large bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a light golden-yellow and just short of completely clear.

S – On the pour, malts and esters of orange rind fill the air. Lightly toasted malts and hard candy, accented by subtle floral hops.

T – Toasted malts and light caramels. Hints of orange rind and a dark wheat cracker. The taste of a just-finished piece of hard candy, like an orange Jolly Rancher, emerges at the end. Overall, it's pretty two-dimensional and bland.

M – Full carbonation makes it a fizzy mouthful. Body is thin - good structure pulls the ingredients together to keep it from being watery. Finish is quick, with faint echos of light caramel and candy on the tongue hanging around.

O – This is a Marzen? Not enough caramel richness and too much orange candy make this a miss on the style. It's also a bit too carbonated, making each quaff a mouthful of foam. The level of toasting of the malts is ok, but while the structure is integrated, the components themselves are mismatched. Unless Heavy Seas adjusts the recipe in the future, this is a pass when putting together a Marzen / Oktoberfest tasting, unless you want to start with something too sweet to demonstrate how the style can go astray.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: In the glass it's a perfectly clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is an almost manure-like malt smell. Blah.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a grassy hoip flavor mixed with semi-sweet, but very odd tasting malts. It's smooth, and finishes rather nicely, but never does anything interesting or fun. Almost a boring taste, but not horrible.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an alright beer, but definitly not up to par with the other beers that come out of Clipper City. The flavor isn't anything special, and gets old quickly. I think the Penn Oktoberfest is a much better example of the style.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange,with light shining through, very weak head that fades really quickly,leaving weak and minimal lacing.

Smells of some good malt, but really grassy,some staleness and overall very tedious aroma.Not much going on in the nose.

Some light maltiness,grassy flavors, good on malts but good be better in that department. An OK light body,heavy carbonation,easy to drink a lot of.

I usually lover the Oktoberfest style brews, and I look forward to Oktoberfest every year,but this somewhat lacks. Can do much better. Maybe this style should be left to the Germans.

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Photo of dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dull gold with a one finger head, good retention that settles to thin ring with little lacing.

Aroma was missing, maybe a slight hint of malt.

Taste of malt, a hint of caramel and not much else.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation, crisp.

Overall was not impressed, average beer that I will pass on in the future.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a small head. Smells of light grains, earthy, slightly metallic. Taste is of bready malts, biscuity, finishing with a noble hop bitterness. Again, slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Good carbonation. Pretty drinkable but not a very good interpretation of the style, in my opinion. I have had numerous better. I was expecting more from Clipper City, to be honest.

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2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. No indication of ABV. Best Before 8/10 notched on the label.

A: Two fingers of foamy off-white head is produced on the pour and then falls quickly. The body is a medium light brown-orange mix, very clear and similar in appearance to whiskey. Except of course for the abundance of fast rushing bubbles. Lacing from the head is minimal, and without a long lasting head or any type of surface film, the beer comes clean off of the glass as I continue to sip. Not impressive.

S: The nose lacks depth and intensity. Average malts of caramel, grain and toffee, slightly nutty and *maybe* the faintest whiff of chocolate. Meh...maybe note. The malts are somewhere in between being toasted and roasted, barely leaning towards toasted. The hops are light. Resiny for the most part backed by notes of dried grass. A minimal earthy, leafy yeast contribution.

T: Mirroring the nose and adding hints of maple syrup and brown sugar. Light to moderately sweet with a fruity component tucked in at the end. There is a light dusty, cardboard/contruction paper flavor that isn't particularly welcoming.

M: Medium body and slick texture. The bubbles are fizzy and much less threatening than they appeared to be. Increasing the level of carbonation, however, would provide a more adequate mouthfeel.

D: Drinakability is decent, but I'm more interested in an overall better drinking experience. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Fatherskull
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with little to no head that disappeared right away. No lacing. Pale caramel to amber in color.

S: Not much here. Almost a nutty hint.

T: Malts take the reigns but get balanced nicely with some light hops. Not very complex on the palate, more of a blended overall smoothness.

M: Light mouth feel. Crisp.

D: More of a refreshing summer beer than a warming beer for a cold night.

I wasn't impressed by this beer. Overall its a fine beer but I'll probably not have this one again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Purchase before Nov. '09 notched on the label. Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one!

First, I don't know if what I reviewed is the same thing since there was no "Balto" in the name and the label is totally different, but there doesn't seem to be anything else on the Clipper City page about it. Here we go!

A - Bubbly light orange clear body with a very low white head that diminished instantly leaving only a ring - no lacing.

S - Smells heavily of roasted corn sweetness with a touch of fruitiness. Very low malt aroma and no hops on the nose. Disappointing.

T - Malts come out much more on the flavor but not by much. A touch of bready toastiness with the roasted corn business. Finishes crisp but lacking some good hops in there.

M - Light-bodied and crisp, it's somewhat watery and a little bit slick feeling.

D - It's not an awful beer but it really doesn't have much of anything to make it go any way (good or bad). Boring and off-style but certainly drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured copper/amber, with ample carbonation, into a sampling glass, with a thin white head, poor retention, and average lacing. Not much in the nose at all; very subtle maltiness and herbal hops, with not much else. The flavor revealed a very subdued malt presence, much less than I have come to expect from a marzen style. The body was on the thin side, and very highly carbonated. Unfortunately not a big fan.

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