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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 jeremy2027
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1. Poured from bottle into Dogfish glass.

2. Golden Brown somewhat clear, poured with half finger of head that quickly dissipated.

3. Light Biscuit malt not really catching much else.

4. The taste is nice on the verge of session-able. biscuit malt, low carbonation, and no bitterness.

5. Weak

6. Good gateway beer, if it was available in my area I would buy a 6 pack for a day a drinking.

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Photo of jsanford
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Light orange with a thin white head that recedes to a slight ring. Unimpressive.
S - Sweet malt and some earthy hops. Again, very mild and unimpressive.
T - Pretty typical Marzen flavors of sweet caramel malt and spicy, earthy hops. So boring.
M - Slick mouth-feel with medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - A sub-par take on one of my most reviled styles. Seriously, does anyone make a good Marzen? Pass.

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Photo of weller1js
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear amber, well carbonated with bubbly white foam.

smell: sweet caramel and toffee notes stand out, malts are light but toasty, and the hops are also light but floral.

taste: begins with the roasted essence of the malts enveloping the palate, with fall seasonal spices complementing the sweet, floral undertones of the hops, finishing as it began with a pleasant malty-spiciness.

drinkability: for a Märzen-style offered year-round, this one has it for the style and for the year-round drinkability, mellow but with character, decent abv for the style, and with just enought harvest attributes that it makes me long for the fall.

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

A: Pours out orange with some visible carbonation and a thin head.

S: Bready, with a feint hint of caramel/toffee notes

T: The bread comes thorough more on the mouth than on the nose. It is slightly floral as well.

M: Slightly cloying, but overall pretty good. It is moderately carbonated with a medium-light body.

D: Very high, this beer is quite easy to drink.

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

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Best by: July 2011.

Appearance: One half finger white head on top of a very actively carbonated dark golden red color.

Smell: Nice and fruity, I really like the smell of this beer. Little bit of taosted type scents.

Taste: Light, fruity,not a cirtus fruit but not a dark fruit flavor, somewhere inbetween. I guess maybe some pumpkin and spice, nutmeg? No bitterness, good malt profile.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for a lager but still leaves it at medium bodied.

Overall: Given the ratings this gets it far surpassed my expectations. I picked this up as part of a Heavy Seas mix pack and was not disappointed what so ever.

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Photo of chaunur
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very light copper with a 1" off white head, medium retention but nice lacing. Weakly carbonated. A harsh aroma consisting of a grainy smell with a hint of nutmeg.

Not a lot of flavor for a Marzen, some malt present, more bitter than I expect from the style. Decent mouthfeel though with a pleasant finish.

Overall it doesn't even begin compare with most imported Marzens, An average forgetable beer.

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

This beer pours out copper colored and with little head.Very little carbonation which is not correct to style should be moderate. Smells of grassy grain and some grassy hops but overall very clean. Tastes of medicinal Tettnanger or Liberty hops up front with sweet Munich malts and grassy malts in the back. Very hop assertive for a Marzen and I like that. Mouthfeel is wet up front and finishes with a pleasant hop dryness in the back. Overall this is a drinkable beer that Marzens are supposed to be, Prost!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark golden, very clear. Small white head that ends in a ring. No lacing.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt aroma.
Some toffee as well.

Taste- Again with the sweet caramel. Very clean taste. Smooth and crisp at the same time. Very little hop taste. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Not chewy but there is a substance to it. Thicker than a regular pils.

Overall- Nice summer beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of jthomp000
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Bronze/copper color, thin head that fades fast.

Smell - Smells of malts; very little hops.

Taste - Flat, less carbonation than I expected

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodies.

Overall - Meh... Wasn't overly impressed. This would be a good session beer for some. Easy to drink, no "flair."

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

A: Pours a light clear amber color with little white head that fades quickly and leaves little head.

S: Nice complex aroma, starts with hints of fruits, nuts, and berries. The aroma then trails into an earthy smell of barley and a tiny bit of hops.

T: Starts off with a decent sweet flavor almost bringing back that fruit smell that came across. The flavor then moves into a faded barely flavor that had a slight unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin beer, but I wasn't expecting too much chew to it.

Overall: Overall the beer has a great initial aroma but the flavor, while it does follow the aroma, moved into an unpleasant bitter flavor towards the end. I'd definitely like to try this beer again, because it seems like it has some potential and I might have had a bad bottle.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's average looking, clear and tan with tinges of red, not a whole lot of head or lacing but nice rising bubbles and generally not bad looking, just not outstanding.

Smell is very wheaty and grainy with a touch of caramel malt and a little breadiness.

Taste is much like the smell, with grains being prevalent, a little yeast, some caramel malts and bready biscuit malts. Just a touch of both sweet and bitter flavors finish it off.

Feel is light with nice carbonation, very easy to drink. Would make a good fishin' or mowin' the lawn beer.

Overall it's pretty good, albeit not quite world class, but a very nice offering that I'd be very happy to drink again.

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

Got this in a heavy seas variety pack

A: pale amber/orange, little head, seemed undercarbed
S: malty, carmel malts, not much hop aroma, which goes with the style
T/M: malt dominate, taste of caramel and biscuit like malts, hints of mild clean hops, medium bodied, the companies beers all seem under carbed

Overall im a huge fan of marzen beers, sam adams being my favorite beer, wouldnt buy this by itself but was ok in a variety pack

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Photo of patreely12
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - pale amber. little to no head or lacing. some carbonation.

S - nose is bready, toasted malts, a bit of nuts. some earthy hop presence but not much.

T/M - bready malts are dominant but are balanced nicely with some generous earthy hops. not very complex. a nutty hint. pilsener-like in flavor. crisp and refreshing. mouthfeel is a watery light body and medium carbonation.

Overall I wasn't impressed by this beer, it was decent but average. easy to drink though.

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Photo of dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dull gold with a one finger head, good retention that settles to thin ring with little lacing.

Aroma was missing, maybe a slight hint of malt.

Taste of malt, a hint of caramel and not much else.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation, crisp.

Overall was not impressed, average beer that I will pass on in the future.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Märzen is a crystal clear, golden lager with a very thin, mottled white head that leaves outstanding lacing. It has a tangy malt aroma that's a little funky. It's medium-light bodied and lively. The slightly sticky finish leaves mouth slightly chalky. It tastes like the aroma: malty and a little funky. There are some melanoids and a note of black pepper. This isn't really my thing, but there are no faults.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange,with light shining through, very weak head that fades really quickly,leaving weak and minimal lacing.

Smells of some good malt, but really grassy,some staleness and overall very tedious aroma.Not much going on in the nose.

Some light maltiness,grassy flavors, good on malts but good be better in that department. An OK light body,heavy carbonation,easy to drink a lot of.

I usually lover the Oktoberfest style brews, and I look forward to Oktoberfest every year,but this somewhat lacks. Can do much better. Maybe this style should be left to the Germans.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark golden, almost copper but not quite. The head, eggshell colored, is gone almost immediately with no lacing.
S- Nutty, a touch of caramel, a bit earthy.
T- Roasted nut is the predominant characteristic. A bit of caramel in there and a touch of noble hops.
M- Low carbonation made this one heavy on the palate.
D- Hate to say it but this one struck me as subpar. There was nothing that stood out, and though not actively bad, the low carbonation made it hard to get through the pint.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is bready and toasted malt, and a bit of nuts. The aroma is also on the weak side. The taste is just like the aroma, I can't pick up any other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's certainly not hard to drink. I think this is an OK brew, but I wasn't impressed with it. It's not one of the better Heavy Seas brews I've tried, but with that being said it's not bad, and I would try this again in the future.

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Photo of Guden
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, with a small fading head. For some reason I expected this to be darker but it looks like an octoberfest.

S- Mmm, nutty medium light malts, no hops.

T- Close to smell not quite as great. The taste is pleasant lager with some balance but not overly complex.

M- Feels just right, very easy to go down with the light to medium body and the right amount of carbonation.

D- Could have more than a few of these easily, reminds me of Sam Adams Octoberfest but seems to be a bit maltier and more alcoholic.

All around not the best option from Heavy Seas, but something that everyone can enjoy and a nice session beer.

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Photo of Fatherskull
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with little to no head that disappeared right away. No lacing. Pale caramel to amber in color.

S: Not much here. Almost a nutty hint.

T: Malts take the reigns but get balanced nicely with some light hops. Not very complex on the palate, more of a blended overall smoothness.

M: Light mouth feel. Crisp.

D: More of a refreshing summer beer than a warming beer for a cold night.

I wasn't impressed by this beer. Overall its a fine beer but I'll probably not have this one again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear copper color with little head and fizzy soda bubbles.

Smell - I picking up noble hops. Faint but there.

Taste - as others mentioned this is very pilsner like in taste. Its incredibly well balanced, and actually I'm surprised the alcohol is at 5.75%...I though it would be <5% based on taste.
Not the most complex or bold in flavors but tasty and pleasant none-the-less.

Mouthfeel - good not too watery like some beers in the lighter styles, but not buttery or creamy like a heavy ABV brew.

Drinkability - very drinkable. Incredibly drinkable. I can drink this brew in summer or winter. Its a multidrinker with ease.

I'm proud of this MD brew. Its quite original and not one of those American a craft brew trying to show off and get way out of balance on hops or chocolate or blending 20 types of hops and such. Sticking to traditional style for a Marzen and delivering very well.

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Photo of vodoqc
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an impressive entry from a Bmore brewery; a city not known for it's brewing and is, surpisngly, one of the better Marzens I've had.

A: Pours rich and coppery, not much head.

S: Not very spicy or bitter, a very smooth fragrance like something you'd like to have over for breakfast.

T: Like a three legged bunny, this is pretty low on hops, and does the Marzen style justice here. There's no bitterness, but an extremely smooth taste. When I had some friends over and kept severlal types of beer around, these were the first to go.

M: Smooth and light.

D: Very high and a friendly beer, a good suggestion for cold nights near a fire.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, grains, some hops and malts,almost pilsener like in it's flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a decent beer but not one of the better marzen's I have had.

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

Notes are from a while ago...

A light orange-brown head forms on top of this beer, a clear amber-orange in color. It dissipates after building up to just over a finger and leaves light to moderate lacing on the glass.
The smell is the mix of hops and malts common to the style and mixing well. There's also, as is typical, a note of grains that is constant. This one does, unfortunately, have a touch of sulfur that mars it a little.
The hops and malts mingle well in the flavor as well, neither vying for dominance over the other but working in accord to offer a balance of herbal and earthy hops notes with biscuit and caramel. The sulfur does linger in the flavor as well and, along with the light lemon/grassy touch, I almost wonder if this was brewed with Saaz.
The body is on the lighter side of medium and is somewhat lacking in depth. it is crisp and, while it's a bit smooth, it could certainly be fuller and creamier.
This isn't a bad beer, but there are deep, rich and complex Marzens out there and easily attainable in the season.

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