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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 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 SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Harpoon Octoberfest.

A: Slightly hazy light amber with two-finger, white head that lasted a couple of minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasted malt, caramel, and spice. Soapy

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness to balance. Toasted. Mild overall. Soapy.

M: Light to medium bodied. Kind of thin, but smooth.

O: Above average but nothing special. I liked the Harpoon better.

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

Solid looking Marzen, it's got a nice clarity on the orange-red body and ample carbonation. Aroma is pretty good, it's a sweet malt with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is very good, it's a nice Marzen that doesn't get sugar-sweet as many American takes on the style can be. Fruit aspects keep things interesting. Don't get me wrong, it's sweet, but with the right restraint. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbed, and the drinkability is very good. A great Marzen.

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Photo of Kc4shore
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Off-cloudy golden amber

Smell: Heavy toasted malt and caramel up front, some citrus fruit in the back

Taste: Alot lighter than I had expected, great malty flavor. Some bitterness from hops up front followed by a nice citrus sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light/Med body beer with mild carbonation

Overall: I gave this Marzan a 3.5 because it was alot lighter than the same style beer that I am used to. Despite this however, this beer was actually very well balanced and refreshing. Maybe if the changed the name from Marzan to Toasted Lager or something I'd give it a very good rating, but as it stands, this beer is just pretty good.

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Photo of atr2605
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a light amber with a white head with average retention
S-malt, brown sugar, spice
T-sweet malt and a little of the brown sugar flavor, alot less spice, and leaves a clean finish
M-medium bodied
O-Nice beer. Very straight forward and has great malt flavor

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Photo of mnrider
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date on bottom
of label. Pry-off.

A: Pours a hazy honey brown. Light carbonation.
Small white head turns thin with little lacing.

S: Malts are a blend of sweet and toasted. A little
fruit mixed in.

T/M: Heavy on the malts. Sweet with that toasted
caramel flavor. Some fruits and a faint hint of hop
citrus round this beer out. Semi-crisp with a
watery feel.

O: It's OK. I think their are much better Marzens
around. Nothing horrible here, just nothing that


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Photo of mpyle
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a decent sized white head, creamy and with excellent retention.

Smell - toasty malt aroma, stronger than expected

Taste - A toasty malt flavor to match the aroma. Not unpleasant, but seems slightly out of place in the style. Nicely balanced, never sweet, and never overly bitter. Finishes fairly clean, with a lingering subtle bitterness.

MF - Medium body and moderately high carbonation. No astringency, a hint of minimal warming.

Overall - A German fest beer with the typical high standard of CC/Heavy Seas. An easy drinking lager - could imagine drinking multiples of this one.

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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 micromaniac129
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color maybe even copper. The head is rather tall and foamy but fades fast leaving no evidence of itself.

Aroma is lite but has a dencent sweet malt smell.

Taste is mostly of sweet malts with a slight toasted malt flavor also.
Hops are missing taste wise but i'm sure thier there for balance.

Mouthfeel is of a medium body with s smooth and slick and slight slcohol warming in the afterfinish.

A good beer thats worthy of more, although, nothing really stands out.

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

A: The color is a nice clear burnished gold color coupled with a decent white head that dissipated.
S: Dark malt coupled with some nice notes of wheat malt. Slight sour fruitiness (Orange and dark fruit).
T: The beer has a good strong malty bread flavor coupled with some tartness that ends up giving a slightly fruity taste with the malt. Slight note of bitter hops.
M/O: Very crisp and drinkable while maintaining a nice weight to it. I like its interpretation of the style.

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Photo of theotherone87
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle from whole foods in plymouth meeting the other week.

a-poured into a plastic,cup only thing i had to work with, poured a nice white head, with medium carbonation, the beer was very inviting

s- the smell was rich maltiness,

t- the taste was very good, like a traditional marzen beer, i enjoyed very much and was surpriesed

m- was nice full mouthful with good carbonation

overall- was very surprised how good this beer was and would get it again

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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 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 CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: faded amber with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: low aromas, bready, not much hops

taste: brewed for the masses,loe malt profile, light, low bitterness, balanced, but weak.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: theres better options in this category but would be nice at parties for none BAs.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Yellow brown pour with hints of orange and red along the sides. Small white head. A lot less bubble action than I was expecting.

S: The smell is heavy on the malts, with a bit of fruit in the background. Caramel malts first and foremost, a little faint.

T: Light malty taste. Caramel mostly, the fruits I noticed in the smell are a lot less noticeable in the taste, but some citrus is present.

MF: Light and crisp. Carbonated well.

O: A light and crisp beer. Drinks like a summer beer, but has some body to it to keep you warm as the summer months change to fall.

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Photo of gobrewins
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a glass

A: Medium copper in color, with a head that almost entirely disappears quickly.

S: Slight caramel odor, though not a strong scent

T: A syrupy Caramel malt flavor, with some, but not much richness

M: Sweet and syrupy with a larger malt presence and little to no hops

Overall: For me, outside of the caramel, there wasn't a whole lot else going on here. This made for a beer that was drinkable and decent, but not spectacular. Most Marzen/Oktoberfests that I have had seem to be a little deeper in flavor than this one.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle has a drink by date, but it does not list the alcohol percentage.

A: Clear amber with dark brown tints. It has a thick half-a-finger fully white head that has nice retention and lacing. It has slight carbonation.

S: Bready malt, slight syrup, slight citrus, and slight nutty aroma.

T: Sweet biscuit malt, slight nut and earth, a bit of mint, mild grapefruit citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: A solid, though not amazing, marzen lager. It has an alright nose, but the flavor has nice malt richness, nut, and a bit of earth. The mild hops help balance the beer. Sadly, even in Maryland, the price is much to high (8.99). The better German marzens and Oktoberfests are around the same price or are only a dollar or two more expensive. In other words, not a bad offering at all, but not good enough to be compete with other and better beers. Still, it is one of the few marzens that is available all year round.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright copper color with a thick eggshell white foamy/creamy head that leaves a thin film throughout.

The scent is of caramel malts and notes of fruit.

The taste is of caramel and bready malt, a little bit of spice, notes of fruit.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

This is a very tasty fall beer, the flavor is well balanced and is very easy to drink.

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

Appearance - clear amber with a large rocky head that slowly dissipates to a thin cap.

Smell - Sweet toasty bread, mildly fruity, faint spicy hops presence.

Taste - Fruity with a slight buttered toast quality. Finishes sweet. Very little bitterness, very smooth.

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Photo of gestyr
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint

A: Pours a golden amber with a small head that disappears quickly

S:Malty with a caramel background.

T: Nice malty taste with caramel sweetness. Subtle hops flavor present. No lingering bitterness. well balanced

M: Medium bodied with a slight carbonation sting.

O: Highly drinkable. Good balanced beer. I would buy again.

21 March 2013 Bought a bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack. Not different from my last review. Good to know Heavy Seas is keeping up the good work. :)

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Photo of Alkey
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a clear light amber gold color with very little head that quickly disappears.

Aroma has a faint hint of caramel malt.

Taste and feel is watery, sweet malts at first then a slight earthy hop bitterness.

I really enjoy this beer but overall this one comes off a bit to watery compared to other Marzen/Oktoberfest beers I've had.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber color with a weak head. Fairly good lacing. Looks pretty delicious.

S - nice blend of hops and malt, but malt is a little more overpowering. Carmely with a hint of molasses notes in there.

T - I'm getting the hops up front, but they are quickly overshadowed by the smooth malt flavor. Definitely not Spaten Optimator (Bouble Bock) malt flavor, but any idiot could taste the malts. A little salty, not particularly my taste. Coming from a fairly unbiased position (not knowing much about Marzen's or Oktoberfests, I think it's pretty nice.

O - Out of 10 I'd give this beer a 6.5. Which is not bad. I'm critical in my beer expedition. It would be hard for me to drink more than 1 or 2 of these, not only because there's so much more to try, but also because of the rich smooth flavor. I think I'm full just thinking about drinking more than this one right here.

Definitely worth a try

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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 CuttDeez
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug

A - A dark gold slightly orange body with a quickly dieing head that leaves a little ring. It bubbles for a while which gives it an alive feel.

S - A slight hop aroma with some nuttiness in the background. A little bit of toasted malt caramel on the back end.

T & M & D - A slight sweetness on the front and back end. The middle is somewhat bready and chewy with a toasted malt profile. There is also a nuttiness (like the nose) that lingers throughout. Pretty light on the palate in the finish making it a drinkable beer.

O - I consider this a solid beer overall. Nothing bad about it and it is smooth and drinkable. I would share some of these for sure.


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Photo of JayS2629
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with very little head that fades away fast and leaves no lace.

The smell is of bready malt, caramel and hints of sweet toffee. Earthy hops in the back.

The taste is bready, touch of caramel and toffee with a hint of spice and some earthy, floral hops.

A bit watery, and undercarbonated.

Pretty average, but easy to drink.

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