Oxford Raspberry | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A filtered wheat ale brewed with fresh raspberries.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. light golden body

S. Slight raspberry but very weak.

T. Slight raspberry up front. Very weak. Weaker raspberry taste than the smell. Some tartness.

M. Light bodied and more like carbonated water.

I would not recommend if you are looking for a raspberry ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a decent looking fluffy head,the aroma is definently of rasbperry or raspberry puree.The taste is pretty dry with some raspberry notes would have liked maybe a little more tartness but not a bad example of the style.A little sweeter and would have been a real nice brew for me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

A Wheat Beer finished with raspberries rather than fruit essences. Fruit beers tend to help bridge that gap for people who aren't beer drinkers--fruity and sweet tends to be approachable.

Two healthy fingers of dense white head holds together for a good while. Brilliantly clear tawny brew. Sweet, fruity aroma of raspberries, with a bit of mineral and maltiness in the back. Very crisp and smooth with a mild tartness; moderate body reflects an ample but simple malt character. Solid raspberry flavor middle to end. Faint hop bitterness lends a kiss of spicy floral flavor and helps to balance out the fruitiness. Finishes clean and semi-sweet with a modest, bready maltiness, and lingering raspberry flavor.

The mix of wheat and fruit make for a very refreshing and drinkable beer. A good, no-frills fruit beer that's balanced and clean; a sure thing if you like fruit beers. Pairings could range from braised chicken cooked in Oxford Raspberry to simple milk chocolates.

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Photo of merlin48
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Baltimore beer that I picked up as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Label says Oxford Brewing Company, Baltimore, Maryland. This one pours a brass hued body with a respectable, one inch white head. Good head retention and some attractive drapes of patch lace. Aroma has a soft raspberry tart fruitiness, a hint of caramel, and a note of boiled corn on the cob. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste has a tart berry fruitiness that mingles well with a doughy malt base. Faint note of wheat grain. Hops presence seems missing in action. Not a bad fruit beer, and worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of Billolick
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, with freshness dating. Pours light golden with a slight red tint. minimal head, no lacing. Nose of sugary sweatness. Flavor is sweat and dominated by some cloying rasberry fruit flavors. This is the ice cream of beers, too sweat for my taste buds. I dont have much use for beer like this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

These damn cookie cutter fruit beers tend to not rub the beer g-spot very well, this beer has that same initial funky half wrotten fruit aroma as many of the strawberry, blueberry, insert fruit here wheats do. Oxford Raspberry is sophisticated as the label states, hell I don't know maybe it went to the college or something. This beer needs to recognize that not many people (note even the ladies) dig these weird ass fruity wheat beers out there. Aroma: Appears a light shade of copper with an amber tint to it decent sized fizzy off white head lacing is thin but even. Aroma: A coronation of bastardized wheat funk with an artificial raspberry kick. Taste: Cloyingly nasty raspberry tone with some sharp malted wheat sweetness equals I am going to get a different beer. Mouthfeel: Oh so thin, watery fizzy nicht sehr gut (not so good). Drinkability: Yeah, if your into these fruit beer wannabe wheat ales go ahead try it you might like it but I pass on most of these after a try.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange/red color. Medium sized head but it quickly recedes with no retention or lacing. Nice carbonation evident.

Smell: The nose explodes with raspberries.

Taste: Tart raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: An ok beer but a little too much on the tart side.

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

Clipper City- Oxford Raspberry

Appearance- Light ruddy brown with a small non lacing head.
Smell- Raspberry, seltzer, and a touch of cherry.
Taste- Raspberry seltzer soda.
Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated with a tart finish.

Overall- Rather unexciting other than this basically is raspberry soda with alcohol! A good alternative to a wine cooler.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.36/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Total soda.

The low score is based on a fresh bottle, fresh enough anyway, as the label reads "best before July '06".

Pours a soapy head which held well. Bubbles are quick and cling to the sides of the glass like a soda. Good looking color: sunburst array of red, orange and yellow-gold.

Aroma is clearly raspberries with no subtlety. Overpowers the hops aroma that peeks out of the background. A cornlike aroma hits the nose just before the sip...

And what a terrible sip. Thin, watery, weak and wimpy. Definite raspberry flavor, mildly tart at best. No heft, but weight isn't something fruit beers need to have. I can appreciate subtlety in a wide variety of beer styles, but there's a difference between subtlety and weakness. Before I'm left with an empty glass I've already got an empty feeling about this one. I would hate to think this particular beer would be anyone's introduction to fruit beers. There are many other, better examples of the style.

I bought just one bottle (thankfully) and I won't ever buy another.

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

Pinkish reddish colour. Not the star of their lineup, and I am not normally a fan of fruit beers, though I gave had some good ones. Sweet aroma, cotton candy. Thinnish, not a real raspbery taste and it did something with the wheat. Maybe I'd like the wheat without its injection.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden brew with minimal head. Smells kinda stale a lil bit fruity. Taste is kinda pale ,,,slightly tart no hops to mention of and very little raspberry flavor. Not horible but nothing great. Mouthfeel is pretty watery.Might be ok fo a summer brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep amber body with golden highlights is capped by a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace. The nose displays subtly tart and sweet raspberries over a light, grainy malt. The body is medium and dextrinous, and its fine carbonation leaves it lightly creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers a raspberry accented, slightly caramelish malt with its sweetness left intact due to its low-level bitterness. It finishes drying and somewhat dull with some residual sticky malt and fruit that linger in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear, light amber/dark golden lager. Small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is not really heavy on fruit. Very subtle raspberry. Fruity and tart flavor with a whisper of malt. Balanced nicely by lightly bitter hops. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, crisp, tart finish. A touch grassy at the very end.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Backer2004
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's another disappointing fruit beer in my opinion. Nothing struck me as exciting, except that this was on draft and free. Murky redish purple with a bad aftertaste. Would not be willing to finish too much of this. Needed some water to enjoy my next sample at the World Beer Festival.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hits the glass a hazy sort of golden honey colour..

My first impression of the smell leads me to think someone dumped some perfume in my glass- but it may have been the woman standing next to me. If it was her and not the beer I was smelling, she needs to excercise more control. I was able to pick up some orange and banana scents on the beer.

The taste had raspberry and orange right up front, then a subtle malty finish after. Not much of my beloved hops here.

Body was was too thin for me- I thought it a bit watery.

Despite its shortcomings, I actually found this one to be a good bit drinkable.

Be well

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Photo of nortmand
4.12/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, with a slightly red hue. Frothy pink head.

Fresh raspberries define the aroma.

Up front raspberry sweetness is quickly balanced by dry champagne like qualities mid tongue. Ends with a light, refreshing tartness and a wisp of hop bitterness.

Very light body, slightly watery, in fact. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an elongated pint glass. Label has a picutre of a field of grain and the USDA Organic symbol. Drink before December 2008. Described as "an American version of a Belgian Classic."

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of white head. If I am not imagining it, there is the tiniest hint of pink color to it. This disappears quickly, leaving no lacing and a slight ring of foam. The beer itself is honey colored.

Smell: A slightly sweet tart smell, which can be identified as raspberries. Ambiguous enough that if I didn't know the kind of beer, I might not take a guess.

Taste: Tart upfront, with a definite raspberry taste. Blends into a smooth and unassuming malt flavor. No hop flavor. Slight sweetness in the finish, not astringent.

Mouthfeel: A little higher than average carbonation level, good match for the tartness. Body is average.

Drinkability: Just what I was expecting, a crisp and clean fruit beer. Nothing overly complicated, but nice and refreshing.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light gold with a pink hue and good carbonation. The head is small and light, fades to nothing and leaves no lace.

The smell is lots of raspberries.

The taste is the same, sweet raspberries on bread. The hops are nice, mild and balance the brew in the finish.

The mouthfeel is like a sparkling vine, fine carbonation and light body.

The drinkability is good if this is your style. It should also make a great summer brew. Prosit MK

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Photo of BeerSox
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Slightly hazy light amber hue with a pearl white one finger head. Stringy lacing.

Light malt aromas with not much raspberry in the aroma. It's mostly the bready grain.

Crisp malt flavors create a base for the syrupy raspberry flavor. There isn't much raspberry there, but it's along the lines of any other fruit beer such as Abita Purple Haze. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, giving a little fizz. The malts go away quickly in the finish, leaving only a little lingering raspberry.

Not a bad fruit beer. I wouldn't say this is the flagship of all fruit beers but it's still decent. I doubt I would seek this out though. It may be rather enjoyable for someone who loves this style of beer.

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Photo of buzzy
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

NOTE: On the side of the bottle it says "The Oxford Brewing Company, Baltimore, Mayland" not Clipper City...

Appearence: Pours a typical copper with a small head. Head leaves no lacing really and has very little retention.

Smell: Smells... well... kinda like ass. The beer smells nice but the raspberry smell is killing me. Honestly, it's killing me.

Taste and Mouthfeel: To me, this tastes less like beer and more like flavored seltzer water. Maybe it's because it's the first "Fruit / Vegetable Beer" I've had, but I really don't care for the flavor of this. It's kinda giving me a headache in a way.

Drinkability and Overall: Hmm... this is not what I had hoped. Looks like I'm gonna have to pawn some off on the neighbor's cause I'm not killing of this sixer. Skip this.

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Photo of marc77
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tralucent amber hue with a pink tinge. Ivory white, pitted, persistant head leaves rough lace. Pronounced, pungent, sugary raspberry extract nearly overwhelms the nose initially. As it adjusts, trace hints of bready grain and faint yeasty must provide token "Belgian" character. Intense, but not quite appetizing aromawise. Sticky raspberry is pervasive in flavor, but is marginally tapered by a ghostly, citric tartness of a lemon like nature. Akin to a prosaic raspberry ale with 2 drops of lemon presqueezed in the bottle. Vapid light lovibond crystal malt sweetness feigns depth. Hop bitterness, although meager, manages to augment in intensity and linger sharply on the palate due to the skeletal malt backbone. Lean in body, very well attenuated and a notch above watery in mouthfeel. Finishes with mild honeyish sweetness and slightly soapy hops lingering. An odd, unbalanced brew. Cloying in raspberry flavor, yet not overly sweet. Disappointing overall, and certainly skippable.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This fruit beer pours a nice medium brown with a slight pink tinge to it; my only quibble is that there's no head to speak of. After agitating a head into existence, the aroma is nice: the raspberry smell is up front and dominating, but it doesn't smell overly cloying or fake. Also in the nose is a nice cereal grain note. The taste is similarly dominated by the raspberry, with a lot of emphasis on the front of the tongue but a bit of raspberry sourness as well. Mouthfeel, like with many fruit beers, is a bit watery, but nothing that would hinder drinkability. Decent for a fruit beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light brown with a bit of orange. The head is fluffy and dry looking.

Smells of metal and eggs. Wonderful.

Tastes of a thin brown ale crossed with some corn chips. There’s a definite raspberry in the finish, along with a bad citrus stinging of my tongue.

Mouth feel is light and boring.

Disappointing beer. Kinda tastes like raspberry extract dumped into Yuengling.

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