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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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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -7.3%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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 billab914
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
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 atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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