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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 bigdeuce
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd like to say there is NOTHING offensive about this beer. Goes down easily. Pours a decent head and a nice oft copper color. Tastes nice too. It is missing a bit of malt, is all. Needs a bit more flavor, other than that, this is a darn good session beer.

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Photo of awall422
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fairly dark golden, not really what i would call an amber color. head was about a finger, faded to nothingness within a couple of minutes. smell was faint honey. taste is sweet and, well sweet. there's not much going on here to hold my interest. it's easy enough drinking, but i'm not sure i want to. i could see this as a good beer to serve to a macro-drinking friend to start leading them towards the light, but not something that's going to have much appeal to micro fans.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to Octoberfest season and this is my first one of the 2008 season. Purchased a very fresh 6-pack at Julio's in Westboro, MA. First thing I noticed was that they had changed their label to read "MarzHon Octoberfest Style Lager" but the product seemed the same as last year's version.

The beer pours a light amber color with sweetness dominating both the smell and taste. Minimal lasting head. Malty with mild hop presence. The kind of overall flavor that invites you to have more than one bottle.

Many Octoberfests are excellent session beers and this one truly fits that category. I'll be back to Julio's for some repeat purchases as the Octoberfest season continues.

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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 auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice dark gold color, nice head, and left some lace on the glass.

taste - Bready taste, with some bitterness from the hops towards the finished. Nice balance.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Worth a try. Had this on tap at ESPN Zone in the Baltimore Harbor.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in D.C.

Pours a slight amber gold. light white head drops after a minute

smells of sharp sweet caramel

Warm sweet caramel. Nice grain and malt. Bready. light hops on the finish.

nice creamy thick mouthfeel. sticks on the tongue

ok beer overall.

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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 Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Marzen of the season...been looking forward to this time of year.

Pours a light golden-amber with thick head, dissipating into a thin layer on top.
Smells like an Oktoberfest beer alright; light grainy malts (as opposed to the deep, richer malts of an ale). Light orange-citrus perfume.
Light grassiness with a mild hop bite complement the orange, tangy sweetness of malted barley.
6%ABV, yet goes down easy. Not too heavy, not too sweet; yet the right flavor to keep this interesting. Nothing to knock your socks off, but a fine example of a marzen which can be drunken in quantity.

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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 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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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $1.59...
An aggressive pour yielded a crystal-clear, medium-orange, apricot hue with no carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head...
Creamy, malt-dominated aroma replete with oranges, apricots, caramel, and spices...
Taste was flavorful and creamy, however not as rich and thick as some more well-known German varieties... Bread and butter flavors with hints of caramel abound...
Mouthfeel seemed loose and watered down...
Good level of drinkability... This one went down effortlessly thanks to the lack of cloying flavors...
Worth a try, but not the depiction of the style, even for an American brewery...

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

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a rusty hazy copper color, Good sized white head with a lot of large bubbles. Lots of goodies held in suspension. Zero rising carbonation.

S- The brew smells of sweet malts, fresh baked bread, cinnamon raison bread, smoke and roasted nuts. A slight note of hops is present.

T- Very refreshing malt profile, lots of citrus notes mid palate, towards the end the hops poke through and add some sweet bitterness and a pleasant after taste.

M- Medium body, a good amount of carbonation.

D- Session beer no doubt this one goes down smooth.

Wish these beers were available here in NJ!

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

12oz. bottle into stange on 5/11/08.

A - Hard pour yielded a fairly hazy amber body with mammoth three-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin film and left a sparse amount of lacing. Minimal carbonation present.

S - Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and honey. Slight toasted grain aspect as well, but not much of a hop character. A bready maltiness emerges as the liquid warmed up.

T - This is quite a smooth, malty lager with plenty of caramel sweetness and a honey aspect. Finish has a nice clean breadiness. Again, this is lacking a noticeable hop character. There's perhaps a bit of mild grassy hops, but overall the hops are quite subdued.

M - Medium body with a pretty creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Clean finish with a sweetness that envelopes the tongue.

D - Extremely easy to drink. While I wish there was more of a hop character here, it is what it is, and it's still an enjoyable brew with a very tasty sweet and bready maltiness.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper color with no head. It smelled very faint and clean like hazelnut malt and refined yeast. It tasted like watery caramel malt with rich hazelnut and barley flavors, and no real hops or bitterness. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation and a clean aftertaste. Overall this was one of the more enjoyable lagers I've had. It was very clean and refreshing, like a better quality Killians.

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

12oz bottle into a nonic

A crystal clear orange-tinted amber hue with a one finger light tan head that fizzes to a thin cap.

Crisp biscuity malts with a touch of sweet sugar. A little bit of grassy hop aroma is in the background.

Light grain with a touch of sweet honey and a little bit of bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with a fizzy feel to it. Clean finish.

Not a bad Marzen style beer. I found it pretty refreshing, and would go great on a warm day. Recommended.

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Photo of MugOfGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had alot of Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup but my first non-Heavy Seas came in the mail from a beer of the month club my wife got me.

This was a nice Marzen style lager, its got that great malty taste and its very sessionable - someone wrote it was 6% ABV which had a nice crisp taste. It's not as amber-reddish as I expected - looking less red, amber more like a pilsner.

This beer won a gold medal at GABF in 2007 and its yummy - very sessionable, good mouth feel, nice malty tones. I didn't taste alot of hops in it but its brewed with Tettnang and Hersbrucker german hops.

I used to love the Lucknow Vienna Lager, this is a great replacement for it.

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

A - Poured a hazy copper orange color with an off white head to dissipates pretty quickly

S - Is of sweet malt with some caramel

T - Follows the smell starts with sweet malt with a touch of caramel then has a little bitter finish

M - Has a medium body with a good level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a very easy to drink beer if I was to see this at the store I'd pick up a sixer of it

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

Pours with an off-white fluffy, 2-finger head. The brew is light amber, nice and bubbly, inviting. Gives off a yeasty, sweet smell that is fruity with flavor notes of grapes... and cherries?

Predominant flavor is lightly toasted malt, with ever-so-gentle bitterness. Quite tasty. The finish has a fleeting complexity that lets you know some real thought went into this beer's recipe. There's a bit of grainy bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation gives this beer a light touch that beautifully compliments the sweet fruitiness.

I think this is a wonderful, easy-drinkin' beer, light but flavorful and satisfying. I also think it is underrated, after reading some of the other reviews. Perhaps it suffers because of comparisons to the high-powered Heavy Seas line. This beer is 6% ABV, could they have gotten as much flavor into it and made it more sessionable (knock back 2 or 3?) with a lower ABV? Dunno... Still I recommend this stuff !

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

It pours a clear, flashy ingot gold. A finger of soft off-white head pops away to wisps of fine froth. Rings of sparse lacing gird the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries lightly honey sweet malt, touched with caramel and a bit of biscuit. A mist of hop spice and doughy yeast flirt subtly.

Upon tasting, there comes a caress of roundly sweet malt, with beads of caramel, fruity berry, and baked bread. The hops are distant and vague but layer a veil of spicy mild bitterness across the middle. Biscuit and a glimpse of yeast slide into a short but crisp finish. It's tasty, but a truncated challenge.

Light bodied, it moves right along, sliding and dwindling and then a little clean touch.

The flavor, what there is of it, is enjoyable, but as much as I want to like it, it's gone before I can really decide. And yet, it's not so bad. It drinks easily enough, but it's not inspirational. I like it for as long as it lets me.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a slight haze to the coppery orange brew. A thin, cream-colored head, not much lacing outside of a few stray dots.

Aroma - mild grains, mild citrus, a fairly neutral sniff.

Taste - mildly sweet grains to start. Moderate roastiness, wouldn't mind more though. A good balance of hoppiness on the swallow. They are mild and provide balance but not much flavor. I like it! There's a little alcohol presence here, too, I wasn't expecting that. A tasty finish, the malts and mild alcohol make for a warm, toasty wrap-up.

Mouthfeel - properly crisp, a little thinner than average. No problems.

Drinkability - tasty. Nothing grand but certainly serviceable. I'll enjoy the sixer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, swift head on a soft brown semi-effervescent body in a willibecker....moderate cereal/grain malt taste...quite pleasing, and surprising, considering the usual alcohol-mongering this brewery pedals...lively, medium, dry palate...initial sweetness in average duration....wow--this fits the Oktoberfest spirit well....this smooth and sharp brew is character-filled and appropriate....a shame it's a seasonal...

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Photo of dren
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head that fades quickly to the edges of the glass. No lacing.

Smells like caramel and sweet malts.

Tastes like tea with some sweet malt in there. Slightly dry finish.

A light to medium body. Very little carbonation. Makes it easy to drink.

Overall this beer isn't great, but it isn't bad. I'd have it again if it was free but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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

Not quite amber color - soft off-white head. Aroma of faintly caramelized grains. Flavor of very mild nutty, caramel malt, but with a cleansing dryness. Medium body, and a lightly caramelized finish. I'm not sure this is the number one Vienna lager in America as recent awards indicate, but I certainly won't argue with it being one of the better ones out there. Year 'round availability too!

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Balto MarzHon that says "SantaHon" on it, but because it says Marzen Lager below I believe it's the same beer. This beer pours a largely translucent amber color with a medium head. The smell is of watery malt, with no notes of hops. There is no real kick to the taste, it is mostly traditional medium color malts. It goes down with a thick consistency, with not a lot of carbonation to space out the beer which detracts from its drinkability. There is a hint of pumpkin and spice at the very end which dances on the tongue, but for the most part its a one-dimensional taste.

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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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