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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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires in January. Neutral aroma, little head on medium yellow. Mouthfeel above average, a little fruity in beginning and a tad smokey taste in the finish. Nothing special, quaffable. Average and reasonable for style, would not seek out again. Caramel, a tad of sweetness. Carbonation is suitable.

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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 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 oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Heavy Seas mixed sampler pack.... this was the only 'non-extreme' option. Pours a beautiful copper color, not much head to it.. seems a little bit flat almost. Nice maltiness to the aroma, some slight hops. Taste is watery, medium bodied. Kind of a boring style to begin with and Clipper City doesn't do much to enhance any of the typical marzen tastes. Drinkable, but pretty bland and boring. Definitely recommend the rest of their line up though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer that I've had by Clipper City that I thought was marginal -- the rest have been outstanding. This one starts with a moderate malt / moderate grain balance with a hint of sulfer in the nose. The hops seem to balance the beer well with earthy, pungent hops and a light grassy note. The standard copper look releases fair head retention that hangs around til the bottom of the glass. The beer tastes more malty, round, and smooth than the nose suggested, along side of a mild hop flavor and a bitter balance that struggles to keep up with the moderate maltiness. The texture is where I have problems -- the beer lacks depth, creaminess, and seems to fall apart going into the finish. The linger brings up cola-like aftertastes and a light hop / grain astringency. A fair Marzen, it just gets lost in the plethera of good Oktoberfest / Marzens.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color but it was tough to build a head despite a hard pour and, needless to say, there was little lacing

Smell: Nutty malt aroma with a touch of noble hops in the background

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor that grows sweet and nutty, mid-palate; after the swallow, some modest noble hop bittering appears that balances out the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and easy to drink; a bit different from its German forebears but still very good

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt and sweetness. Also, subtle floral notes.

T - It was sweet and malty with a fruit bite.

M - Smooth and somewhat soft. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very interesting brew. It is quite unique for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-amber color with a smaller white head. Smells of malt with a bit of a hop twang. The taste is much the same; there is some hop bitterness but the malt prevails. The mouthfeel is a little bit light, but this contributes to higher drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter amber shade with a thinner but well retained white head,aromas consisted mainly of toasty malt,and caramel,faint spicy hops but again they are faint.Toasted on the palate along with sweetish caramel,a decent anise-like quality comes thru as well,that is something I look for in a good beer of the style,hops are light but give a a little herbal sharpness in the finish.A decent shot at the style,there are many that are not as good coming out.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grain, spices and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bursts of spiciness and sweetness from flavors of caramel and a little fruit, but they quickly tail off into a hearty and malty breadiness. There's a good hops presence for the style that brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a good O-fest but there are definitely better ones out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.00 for a 16 oz. serving at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazy, golden-amber body with a small, fizzy, white head and light effervescence.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly caramel-scented malt nose with hints of honey and fruit.

Taste: Dry, toasty biscuit malt character with only a light, mild honeyish sweetness. A touch of fruitiness precedes the spicy, Noble hop bitterness. Drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a too terribly Oktoberfest. A reasonable malt character mixed with a pleasing, complimentary Noble hop bitterness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brassy orange with banana peel trim beneath an attractive lid of pale orangish ecru foam. This is one of the lighter and more APAish marzens that I've seen, but is a good looking beer in its own right. The cap melts first at the edges, revealing regularly spaced columns of lace around the circumference of the glass.

The nose is less Munich malty than most beer of this style and is more fruity. Even though I could use more nostril-filling power, the less aggressive variation works in this case. Given the color and the nose, it appears that BaltoMarzHon is on the lighter end of the style scale. Fine by me.

This really is a pretty standard, by-the-book version that doesn't take any chances on the palate. It's malt-dominant with at least as much pils malt as earthy Munich and toasted Vienna. Tettnang and Hersbrucker hops provide a little spicy earthiness of their own; and, in fact, their bitterness is slightly more prevalent throughout each mouthful than is malty sweetness.

Again, this is a less bold version that will probably be thought of as wimpy by marzen aficionados. For the likes of me though, the amount of flavor and the makeup of the flavor profile is just fine. That doesn't mean that I love it, just that I approve of Clipper City's vision for this particular beer. There's a little bitter orange on the finish; otherwise, the fruitiness of the nose has essentially disappeared. A toasted malt graininess lingers longest.

There's nothing at all wrong with the body/mouthfeel; it's exactly what I would expect given the color, the aroma and the flavor. It has a nice lagery smoothness about it and is adequately carbonated. At least there's no trace of wooteriness, hon! (couldn't resist a bit of Baltimore slang).

BaltoMarzHon is a pretty good effort, all things considered. I'm sure that better Oktoberfests will be entering my glass this fall, but this was a pleasant, easy drinking way to get the season started. Thanks to Merlin's own, lackenhauser, for the bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of Aug 2010 picked up in NC

Pours honey colored with 1 finger+ of pearl colored head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Bready, leafy hops & apricot

T: Caramel & toasty malt, slight leafy hops profile as well, plus dryness up front. Apricot fruittyness, breadyness & some herbal hoppyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry & with slight metallic twang

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, starts to thin out just a tad as this warms, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a great Marzen, but worth a few before moving on

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Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a single of this today and never tried it so I figured I'd pick one up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear light amber color with a thin white bubbly head covering the top of the beer. The head faded but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet malty and grainy flavor to it as well as some toasty malts. Little bit of caramel to it but not a lot. The taste is similar to the nose in that it has a grainy and sweet malty flavor with a bit of caramel. The grainy and toasted malts make up most of the flavor. Pretty clean, light and straight forward flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some nice flavors although they were pretty light. Would be a good substitute for a macro and comes with more flavor then a macro but it wasn't anything I'd buy regularly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oured a nice pumpkin orange amber with a decent one inch or so of a head on top. Decent retention as it hung around for a good couple of minutes before finally resting and falling down to just a thin layer across the top.

spiced, lots of pumpkin like smells mixed in with a good amount of roasted malts. It had a touch of nutmeg and a definite grassy or earthy mix in it. A good amount of malt made up the backbone of it as you would expect. Once you got past that a nice bready sort of grain started to come over you, mixed in was a nice herbal, grassy sort of punch that really started to break though. A decent hoppy expression then followed and even had a bit of a floral note to it. The finish was very long, and quite dry. You will always find these lighter brews seem to balance on a thin line between coming off too light and on the flip side, having too much and kind of coming off a bit oily or slick.

Overall I one of the easiest drinkers I have seen and something that just really grabbed a hold, and would not expect it to. Very refreshing and light, but with enough flavor and spice to keep your interest.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of hampden, part of the mix-a-six cooler selection. This lager was poured vigorously into a double walled tumber.

the color is copper with good clarity and thick 1 inch ecru cap that recedes to a film and leaves thin lace with an average sized bead. The smell is mild but has light caramel and toast from the malt. I like the slight buttery accent with mild toast and gentle herbal tinge from the hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sweet with a nutty accent and med body with mid-level carbonation and mild alcohol presence. the slight creaminess from the yeast is there with a slight accent of bittering hops in the back and semi-dry as it finishes.

The flavor of the beer formerly know as 'Marz'hon' haha is good with a mild caramel malt sweetness up front and mild toasted note with a slight nuttiness and gentle dried fruit sweet edge which seems to be yeast derived. There is a little spice from the hops on the back end but a relatively clean yeast flavor with subtle tinge of apple. Verdict on this is a beer I could deal with frequently. A decent American take on the Marzen style that doesn't strictly conform but I appreciate that. I recommend this for those who like lagers with malt emphasis and aren't sticklers for the 'traditional'

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Photo of smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light initial head that pulls back to a single layer of bubbles; nearly no lace.

Attractive pale malt aroma with a touch of raw unmalted grain thrown in.

Grainy flavor, almost chewy in the taste. The body doesn't reflect this, being far more moderate. A little bit of butter and some cream. No significant hop. Sour milk finish and aftertaste.

This has the presence of an ale--it seems "round" to me rather than crisp. Drinkable but bland.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange hue with plenty of head, which fades rather quickly leaving some decent lacing on the glass. This beer is very effervescent. Aromas of malt, with some sweetness and the classic Oktoberfest scents. The beer is crisp and the carbonation level is solid. While simple, the flavor is pretty good. I could definitely drink a few of these in a session. A decent beer and worth trying.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clipper City MarzHon Oktoberfest Style Lager - Baltimore, MD

Appears a copper amber hue with a slight off white head forming thick in my 1/2 liter dimpled stein. Fine even lacing is left between each sip. Aroma is sweet with caramel and a mild nutty moderately roasted malt tone with light herbal hops and a strong mineral water edge. Flavor is equally sweet with roasted malts as it is spicy with herbal edge hop notes, a perfectly balanced malt monster. I really enjoy this more drinkable version of the Americanized Oktoberfest style. Some of these versions are too heavy with the caramel malt this is not the case here touch of caramel and mild spicy note with light herbal bitterness with mineral water notes to it. Mouthfeel is a bit residually sweet with some sticky texture but overall a sturdy amount of carbonation keeps it crisp malt wise it's medium bodied and something I could down by the liter. Drinkability is honest to the style, one thing I demand from an O fest beer is that it should empty from my glass before I realize it's gone. That's definitely the case with this beer I may have to pick up a sixer in the near future.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Sweet malty nose. Flavor is smoothly sweet at first, but quickly starts getting obnoxious in the sweet. Minor grain tones, but that sweet is really getting harsh by this point. Feel is sticky. Overall this adds up missing the mark and half of it gets left at the bar.

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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 smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till November 2011 off we go!

Very light pale amber body and somewhat cloudy. Head forms nicely kind of small, but seems to have some good retention.

Light toasted malts, but kind of small without much else going on.

Light on taste, but a snap mix of estery banana and toasty malts. Slightly wet palate but not too bad, tolerable. Not very carbonated a little flat it seems.

Overall it feels like Marzen light. But it is a tolerable drink but definitely has a banana angle sense to it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish amber with a white head that quickly thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel candy with the background of grain. Honey sweetness with a kiss of balancing earthy hop bitterness. It has a sweetish, crisp finish.

It has a smooth, medium body.

A very nice interpretation of the style. Kudos for keeping to the "lager" tradition (rather than an ale version that some do). Also, kudos for keeping to caramelish version (rather than souped up Helles-versions that some Bavarian brewers have been doing.) I'll have to pick up some of this during the next Oktoberfest season.
According to the brewery, this is now a year-round offering (with a new label - fortunate to get one...now where did I put it...)

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