Few breweries make a true Märzen-style beer (better known as an
Oktoberfest) year-round. If you’re going to, you better make something
really good to make me want to drink it out of season. That can’t be
said of Heavy Seas Märzen, at least not for me. While not a bad beer at
all there’s nothing particularly unique or exciting about it. Just a
decent American amber lager.
Appearance: Dark copper hue, clear, forms an average sized, white, soapy
head which mostly evaporates and doesn’t lace the glass.
Smell: A nose so mild it’s virtually odorless with just a faint sweet lager scent.
Taste: While not the most delicious or robust beer for the style, Heavy
Seas Märzen is at the very least a well-balanced brew. Significant
toffee malt sweetness throughout the palate with a consistent, light
spicy hop bitterness in the background. There’s some toasted bread
flavor in there as well, but that’s pretty much it. Well, through the
middle the toffee flavor is amplified a bit, just before finishing quite
clean. Those looking for strong confectionery, syrupy flavors may be a
little disappointed. It’s a satisfying taste all around, but that’s
about it. Nothing more, nothing less.
Drinkability: With a clean palate and finish to match, Heavy Seas Märzen
is no challenge to drink at all. The mouthfeel is comfortable with the
right level of carbonation. I do get a bit of a sourness on the back
end, though. At 5.25% ABV no one is going to struggle getting down a
bottle or two.