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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 oelergud
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent copper body with low carbonation. Light tan multi bubbled head with decent retention and lace.
Caramel and hops in great harmony, brown sugar and spice with a warm toasted quality.
Very sweet caramel flavor but kept from being overwhelming by a mild element of mellow hops. Again brown sugar and spice and an aftertaste of spice and just slightly spiked hops.
Medium body with a good coating, even succulent to some degree.
Great drinkability, a pleasure to drink.


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Photo of Gavage
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light copper in color with a thin 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: light caramel sweetness is all that is detectable.

Taste: light malt profile. Caramel, light fruit sweetness, and soft bitterness is all that is detectable. This is a very mellow marzen.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother at the finish. Very short aftertaste as the caramel is the lone flavor that lasts. Medium bodied beer,

Drinkability: easy to quaff since this comes across to me as marzen-lite. This needs a bit more malt punch to get this up into the good category.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass. left a slight ring and lace. the body was a clear amber.
s - very tough to detect much here, a little malt in the nose is all i could find.
t - light hints of floral and caramel but very faint.
m - smooth and clean but a little on the thin side.
d - easily drinkable but i was ready to get this one over with about halfway through. not one i'll be looking for in the future.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much lacing afterwards though. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, and lots of caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, malty. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Marzen at that, recommended.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear caramel color. Adequate head no lacing or retention.

Smell - Sugary caramel, flowery hops, bready yeast, lemon, and honey.

Taste - A nice sweet caramel is the backbone, the honey and hints of lemon come in and everything is balanced by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Smooth on the palate. Little carbonation.

Drinkability - Nicely session able. A nice solid beer.

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Photo of viperpiper522
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from Baltimore I'm a little hard on Clipper City, but I still feel like there is some room for improvment here.

A- Pale copper, almost orange. Fairly clear with a very slight chill haze. Very thin white head that vaporizes literallt four seconds after the last drop hits the glass.

S- Not much at all. Some malt thats about it. It is very undistinct.

T- Very lacking. There is some malt presence but it lacks that sweetness that a real Marzen has. There is a slight metal aftertaste that is present in a couple of bottles but not in all of them. The malt that is present is welcome to an otherwise disappointing bottle.

M- It overtakes the taste slightly, but it is present. It has that richness that a Marzen/Ocktoberfest should have.

D- Overall it isn't to bad but I don't see this becoming one of my sessions or regulars, but if I see it at an event or party for free, and there are no other choices I'll probably grab it.

If only the taste could stand up to the mouthfeel I would probably rank this beer but higher but it just doesn't cut the mustard.

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Photo of bigone4
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange light brownish tan color. Almost like a dark straw color. Thin off white head that dissipated really quickly. No real lacing present in the glass. Clearly marked freshness date on the label. Smell was dough like with some slight sweet and sour tones. Rather mild malt scent not the sweet caramel tone I have smelled in other Marzen style Oktoberfest. There was a rather light malt flavor with a thin body no real heft to this brew. It is smooth but not what I would call my favorite offering of this style. Seemed like they were going their own direction with this one. Light and drinkable but I would only have this one once. Maybe it is better on tap. Overall not the best brew but also not the worst either.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and loved it. But hadn't tried it in a bottle. So I bought a sixer. Fortunately, it's fresh in our area and this beer, even in a bottle, was really quite good. I took the Clipper City tour awhile back and so I know they know beer. Nice orange/amber color, decent head and refreshingly thinner (than expected) mouthfeel. Taste was incredibly balanced, if not really complex. Nice, sweet (but just a bit so) malt flavor with carmel notes and a delicately fruity hops flavor thrown in for good measure. Definitely something I'll come back to. Good job, Hugh!

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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 kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey amber with a thin white head.
grainy fruity toasted caramel mostly in the aroma, with a little bread thrown in for good measure. faintly floral hops?
toasted caramel here in the flavor too... the breadiness can be found too. herbal hops finish it out and clean things up.
ther body is a little thin for the style, but not for the flavor. it compliments it nicely.
this is a flavorful easy drinking beer, that i wish was avaialble around my way. i guess it's not exactly a typical marzen, but it's a good beer

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange copper starting to push the Tang envelop. A tiny head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing behind. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet smelling caramel and light malt with a bit of grassy hops. Pretty Maerzen-like if you ask me. It isn't a strong aroma though.

T - It has a very malty taste, yet it is not a sweet as I had expected. The grassy hops make a mild presence, but are a fabulous compliment. The entire taste is masked since the carbonation is so intense. The aftertaste is mostly watery with only a touch of light malt and grassy bitterness. (Edit: I tried to shake this pretty violently to see if with the carbonation lessened, more flavor was there, but the flavor was then found to be rather watery on the whole. The weak flavor is not just a side effect of the carbonation.)

M - Very, very harsh on the tongue from high carbonation, but smooth on the throat. Pretty thick. Only a little refreshing. I slash it here since the mouthfeel masks the flavor.

D - I have in the past found over Maerzens to be too sweet to have much dirnkability. This one does not have that problem, but the flavor (which from what I can tell is pretty good) is masked. This is drinkable, because the high carbonation, decent flavor and mild, yet pleasant, bitterness mesh to make this a beer you throw back for hours. But the carbonation really kills my desire to ever have it again. Not an awful beer, but not worth a second try IMO.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a clear, orange/golden color with a small, short-lived head. Not a whole lot of carbonation, either.

S - Faint aroma of malt and mild hops.

T - I felt like there should be more, but the flavors never fully developed. Starts with a slightly malty tone and for a second, I got a hint of caramel and mild spice, but it quickly dissipated, leaving a biscuity finish. Not a bad taste, just not quite there either.

M - Thin body with very little carbonation.

D - I don't know...not a good representation of the style, but it hit the spot when I drank it (while cooking). I actually used some to baste my New Year's Eve sausages and they came out quite tasty.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is mostly a light sweet caramel and toffee character. With a light peppery hop background and a hint of apple. Those caramel and toffee notes dominate the taste. With a nice light peppery hop snap on the back of your tongue and throat on the finish. Definitely a pleasing drink.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the complete surprise of our homebrew club Märzen tasting. It ranked number 2 {after we unanimously disqualified The Kaiser) of the beers we did. And especially because it seems like a beer so far under the radar for it quality, needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a foamy off white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts fill the nose along with grains, hops and a few spices as well.

Taste: Sweet bready malt flavor, caramel and spicy hops in the back end. I don't know exactly what it is that draws me to this beer; I simply enjoy the heck out it.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The mouthfeel is light for a Märzen but it works for the lively flavors in the taste it simply becomes an extremely easy drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty and rather crisp.

Taste is caramel malt upfront with a light bitterness. Finishes quite clean and dry.

Medium-light body, good carbonation.

A solid Marzen and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 mentor
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A gift from higravity (thanks for the opportunity), reviewed from notes. Pours a one finger light tan head over a seriously cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells of caramel, soured grain, and honey. Taste smooth caramel with a tinge of carb sting that's distracting. Smooth malt. Hint of butter. Some tannin. Overall, dry in the mouth. Slick mouthfeel, like syruped wort. Md body. Drinkability is okay, but the fine carb is too sharp for the style. Plus, the slick mouthfeel and butter suggest a pedio infection. If no infection, these characteristics certainly don't belong.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a modest head that leaves a nice Belgian lace behind. Very malty with hints of spices. A solid mouthfeel with a warming quality. Really enjoyed this one. I would have to say it is definitely one of the better "Oktoberfest varieties" on the market. I believe CC brews this year round as one of their lighter brews. Lighter in the sense that it doesn't explode with hops like their other great selections. Very easy to drink one of my new favorites.

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Photo of copasetic
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head. Very clear and lighter than I expected. Smells like malt. Munich malt. There's no way around it. The taste is a kick-you-in-the-butt malt pop with a little bit of a hoppy zing in the background. It's a lot like the Oktoberfests I've tasted, but with a rougher, rawer malt character. Thick on the tongue. Finishes with a barely detectable sulphur character.

To be fair, I'm not the biggest fan of German lager styles, and this one certainly fits into that category. Neverthess, it has its own character and popiness that is, in hindsight, not surprising from Clipper City. If you like this style, I'd recommend this beer.

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Photo of Higravity
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is past its best by date but it has been sitting in the beer pantry all winter and this si the last of the ones I had. Good amber color with a decent head and plenty of lace. The smell is bready and nice caramel maltiness. Munich malt is all over this and the spicy hops help clean it up and help the finish into a nice dry overall winner. Easy drinking and something to have next year for sure.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy gold, white foam, minimal lace, and plenty of columns of bubbles. Clean husky grain nose but not much else. Taste is spicy and mild sweet malts. Solid mouthfeel for the style. Holds up over the course of the taste. Finish is short, but the beer is very drinkable once again, as expected for the style. I know it's too late for this style, but I couldn't let it go to waste.

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Photo of ScarletLady
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The artwork led me to try it and the beer made me stay. Ok so not the best approach but it works. I found it to be smooth with a nice color. Very easy to drink compared to other 6% beers i have had. It has become the 'crossover' beer for people in my circle of friends as we bring new beer geeks in to the fold.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear copper golden with a low white head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and nutty with a Noble hop aroma when first poured that the website lists as Tetts and Hersbrucker. The malt aroma nuttiness was nicely achieved with a mild caramel aromatic.

The flavor was nicely malty with a nutty character from the Munich malt and a light sweetness that was kept in check by the hop bittering which led the beer to a dry crispness. The hop bittering was well done and not overpowering leading to a nice freshness and crispness.

The finish was dry with a lasting spicy hop impression and the impression of Munich malt vaguely lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely done. My first though was this is not a bad, albeit a bit dry, O'fest. Very easy to drink and a nice all around beer. With a bit more head retention this could have broken above a 4.0.

12 ounce bottle. The label on mine was a bit different with an old man and old woman on the label. Purchased at Norm's in Vienna. Best before Oct 05 notches on the label.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a nice malty beer. It smelled like sweet malt with just a tiny hint of hops. It tastes much the same with a nice sweetness with a very slight toasted taste around the edges. The finish was just bitter enough to balance it out. This left a lingering sweetness which was nice, but can get a bit strong after a while.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Norm's, Vienna, VA. I know where this came from because I got charged three times for this one bottle, since it has a bar code on the neck label, and the guy kept inadvertantly zapping it while trying to scan others. He voided out a few, but I was left with three at the end. Oh well.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the dark gold/light copper brew. Head fades slowly but surely, with good lacing. Aroma is minimal, yet well balanced. Taste all seems to meld together so well it's hard to pick out the components. Well-balanced here as well, with pale malt sweetness tempered by careful hopping. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great, would just look for a bit more maltiness, but that's just me. Good stuff here.

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