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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 Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts. Pretty standard for a marzenbier. Nothing popping put at me.

Taste: Same as above with some mild bitterness in the end. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingling bitterness, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice take on the style. Traditional and easy to drink.

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Photo of mscudder
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a globe.

A - Transparent amber hue with a 1-finger off-white head. Decent lacing with average retention.

S - Spices alongside caramel and roasted malts.

T - Toasted malts drench the palette. Caramel sweetness and spices come to light as the beer closes.

M - Thin medium body which is chewy for a Marzen. Lively carbonation lifts the malts into focus.

O - To me there is only so much one can do with this style. Heavy Seas has done a good job. It could be more robust with spices, yet it settles as an easy drinker that easily trumps the Samuel Adams I see on grocery store shelves.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper with a thin white head. Lots of little bubbles.

S: Grassy, caramel, bread malt with some slight citrus hops.

T: Follows the smell. Starts with some caramel, bready notes and finishes with a bit of earthy hops. Also has some toffee coming through

M: Light to medium with plenty of carbonation.

O: Solid. Seems great for those first fall nights when it starts cooling down.

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Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is orangey-amber with a small whitish head.

S: Malty sweet stuff dominates - toffee and butterscotch stand out.

T: Follows the nose, with sweet malt flavors - very toffee-like - taking front and center. I wonder if the butterscotch I'm getting is really a bit of diacetyl. . . .

M: Light-to-medium in heft, with modest carbonation.

O: OK.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring/layer.

S - sourdough bread and earthy malted wheat.

T - sweet upfront with that hit of earthy malt and just a touch of bitterness towards the finish which ends up sweet on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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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 Mojo
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful clear gold with a fluffy two finger head. There is poor retention and no lacing to speak of. Smell is wheat, lemon, and pine. Mouthfeel is great here. Not watery and lots of carbonation that just gives that satisfying feel. Taste is almost pineapple on the front and spicy hops and a faint roasted taste on the finish. Neither taste is particularly overwhelming. If anything the front end might be a little stronger than the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light to medium amber with 1/4 inch white foam that holds a little. Light malty nose, hints of caramel. Soft malty taste, light sweetness. Buttery. Light and flavorful.

Theres a very minor hop, but the malt is the profile. Not unlike a marzen.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep gold body with a finger of ivory head

S: faint - some fruity malt and caramel

T: caramel malts and fruits, slight medicinal notes

M: crisp, clean finishing, refreshing, slick; pumpkin ale-ish aftertaste

O: an enjoyable beer, simple; only my 2nd marzen, so I'm not sure if I have a real feel for the style

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head covering fades at a med pace no real lacing, crystal clear orange nectar tanish color.

Nose starts with light toasty Munich malt, light sweet caramel and toffee like but just a touch, little candy fruit and lager fruits, touch of grassy and herbal earthy hops. Nose is fairly light overall.

Taste starts light as well, light fruity lager flavors, soft and little creamy but almost crisp, light toasty reddish Munich malt and hint of caramel toffee like but barely. Touch of grassy earthy like hops come through later. Finish is drier with little soft malt reddish toasty malt lingering and bit more lager soft fruits.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied but soft lager feel and touch of creaminess, decent but slightly lower than expected carb.

Overall not bad, I'm impressed that it's not just all caramel malts and no lager flavors like most American attempts at a marzen. Nice lager flavors, soft, just a bit of caramel to beef it up, a touch more hops and carbonation would have bumped it up a bit.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully clear, medium gold in color, the beer produced a weak, off white bubbly head about one finger high. Short retention, minimal lacing.
The nose is simple, just some earthy hops and caramel.
The taste is also straight forward, just like expected from a "Festbier". Good balance on the hops and malt, very drinkable.
I enjoyed this Maerzen, good solid beer.

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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 kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head and no lacing really on a hazy gold with a copper hue body.

S: light aroma with breads and mild musty earthy hop notes.

T: breads, toasted malts, club soda. minimal spice and barely any hops.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Plain which is the problem with many in this genre. Drinkable but not memorable.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear and the color of apple juice. Head is pretty much not a part of this beer. Glows.

S-Very, very mild. Adheres to the style but is far too boring. Super low intensity. Sweet and bread with little-to-no hops.

T-Taste livens it up a bit. Nice butterscotch notes. Cinnamon roll. Light earthy hops. Shallow bitterness. Still, and upgrade from the nose.

M-Light and smooth. Subtle carbonation. Feels heavily sugared.

O/D-Not a high point for a style I don't care for very much.

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Photo of tdm168
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with a ton of loose, soapy, fizzy, white head that quickly fizzles away to a thin lacing. The nose is extremely faint; notes of caramel, yeast, and grassy hops. The taste is sweet and caramelly up front followed by an apple-like fruitiness and finishes with some faint grassy hops. There's an off, medicinal quality to the flavor. The mouthfeel is light, dry, and way over carbonated. The bubbles here are so intense that it's almost champagne-like.

This was very disappointing all around. The mouthfeel was by far the worst part but the flavor had it's off notes too. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of djbow
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden/ copper. Small quickly dissipating head. Only a white ring of foam is left on the glass.

S- Slight hops, German malts, caramel.

T- Muted, caramel, very light hops and sweetness typical of fest beers.

M-Thin, crisp, smooth body.

O: I am a heavy seas fan and will drink the beer again. This said, if there is a choice of another Marzen like Ayinger, Spatan etc. I would not choose the Heavy Seas version.

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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 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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense off white head that gradually died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel and grainy malts as well as earthy yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel along with some hints of malty sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

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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 SteveS1
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cloudy pale amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Little retention, no lacing.

Smell: Sugary cereal malts and a slight citrus/starfruit nose. Hops are present and sweet smell is not overwhelming.

Taste: Dry grains on the tongue, very dry breadiness on the palate. Mild spices give way to a clean finish, almost watery. Aftertaste is dry and bready with grassy hops.

Feel: Quite a bit of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drink: An easy drink with very mild flavor. Neither malts nor hops stand out, so a decent choice if you're look for a dry marzen.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mac's Speed Shop & BBQ, Charlotte, NC (October 2011):

The beer appeared a nice, clear copper color with hints of orange in it, which produced a minimal, white head. A small spotty cap remained. No lacing to mention.

The aroma was very nice, a nice sweet roasted malt dominated followed by a hint of citrus hops and perhaps some yeast.

The taste was good, I expected a bit better to be honest, but it was solid. Again, roasted malts and bready with just a light hints of hops.

The beer had a medium body to it; it was clean, crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Overall, a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this in my hotel in National Harbor Maryland. Picked it up at the little food market down the road. Hallelujah decent beer can be found in the shadow of the Gaylord Biodome. overall it is fruity and slightly sweet. Pleasant enough and not unlike many of this style.

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. I am fairly certain this is due to the poorly cleaned glass here at my hotel and not a defect in the beer.

Aroma is tropical fruit and sweet Bready malts. No phenols or other or other off-putting aroma in evidence.

Taste is slightly sweet up front with a balancing hop bitterness at the end with a clean finish. Maybe fall fruits? Apples and pears?

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light with tight carbonation that daces on the tongue.

Very drinkable and not overwhelming in any regard.

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Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, hints of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, and then a hint of some nice hops for a pretty decent finish.
M: Smooth, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall it was a pretty good beer with a decent take on the style.

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