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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 21
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice medium clear golden with a light but sticky white head,herbal/grassy hop aromas jump out at ya with a underlying dry biscuity maltiness to let you know its there..Wow uber is the word here as in uber hopped strong grass and herbal flavors for sure with just enough bready malt in the background to keep it balanced but the hop profile steals the show.Wow a hoppy American pilsner that is oh so quaffable for the alc% I couldnt believe that it was 7.5% man I could drink this all day I Think but it would catch up to me sooner or later,either way damn good.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Scant head with a descent lace after an iced
tea colored pour.

S: Malty, with undertones of grain and hop.

T: Sweet hoppiness with apparent grassy flavors.
Almost a little too much of a sugar water

M/D: Smooth texture that doesn't leave the
pallet cleanly. There is a slick left
on the pallet and a crispness is lacking
that I usually look forward to in a good
craft pils.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden color, clear, with about 1/2" of off-white soapy head. Head dissipates to a heavy ring. Pretty good lacing.

S: Nice mix of moderate malts and light citrus hops. There is something just a touch fruity on the nose as well.

T&M: Good strong malty flavors rush the tongue with slickery sense of alcohol rolling around the mouth. The hops collide with the everything bringing the whole experience to a sharp crescendo just before the swallow. The finish is quick, leaving only mild warming alcohol vapors and a light kiss of hops in the linger. Carbonation is mild but persistent, lending to an overall light creaminess that plays interestingly off the slickness.

D: Nice, but different. I enjoyed the brew and will be happy to enjoy it again!

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color with a quickly disappearing white head.

S: Sweet earthy malts with a light citrusy hop tone.

T: Crisp and clean. The sweet carmel malt is the first noticable flavor but the citrusy hops make their way in.

M: No heat and very light bitterness. Light-Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable at any time.

Overall, I was quite happy with this beer. Better than your average pilsner. Definetly a beer I'd buy to drink regularly if I wanted a pilsner... the Heavy Seas sampler is definetly worth picking up.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweisermillercoors have made "pilsner" a dirty word, but hopefully this "uber pils" from Clipper city will do a little to help change the way people look at pilsners. It certainly did for me.

Pours the expected light golden color. Smell is sweetish, maybe some citrus in there.

The taste is excellent! Its hard to believe this is a pilsner. The hops are very present, which is great. Its a crisp brew, and the alcohol is strong. Medium-low carbonation, and plenty of body. Very satisfying and filling for such a light beer.

The beer with four names: Clipper City Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils is highly recommended. I can easily say its the best pilsner I've ever had.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heck yes - for a pilsner this is something actually worth drinking. Heavy Seas does well at providing medium-heavy beers well equipped to try some new things.

Malty smells and a light pour, but the hoppy taste more than accomplishes enough to make you want to drink a 6 pack of these. 7 abv is a peculiarity - I hardly taste that and that makes me incredibly pleased. I'll stick with other Heavy Seas, but if you needed a pilsner, why not try this one?

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had the opportunity to try a few Heavy Seas offerings, thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles. Good place to buy beer, and Todd is very informative. This beer had a freshness date of Sept 2007, and was poured into a pilsener glass. It was a hazy orange color, with a small white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Pretty bready taste, with some late hops. Solid malty mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 6/10

Pours a clear golden brown with minimal head. Smell is quite subtle, with some slightly sweet malt and a bit of funk predominate. Taste is maltier than I expected, with some minor hops and a bit of funk present.

Mouthfeel is medium with some lingering malt sweetness and slight hop bitterness. Drinkability is modest for sure. The high malt character makes me want to stop after one.

Photo of shapudding
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light gold with a nice, cream white head that settled down to a light layer. Lightly scented with freshness, citrusy, fresh cut grass... nice. Very refreshing tasting, not too much jumps out at you. Little bit of a bite from the hops, maltyness is there, but nothing is overwhelming. It is just a nice brew. Great session beer. Picked this one up after staring at it at my fave distributer for quite a while, then finally speaking to Larry who pours for Weeping Radish at some of the fests around here, who said when ya see it to grab it. Grabbed some for Father's day gifts for my beer loving fathers too! Very drinkable, nice and light- but not too light. Good pils!

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very clear copper color with a nice white head that stayed in it for the long haul.

Smell- German malts, and very grassy hops, smells bitter

Taste - Lots of hops, very crisp, finishes off very bitter on the palate...aspiriny, still maintaining that german quality mainly due to the malts...very tasty. Pretty balanced. Little alcohol detected in the finish too.

Mouthfeel - Light - medium body, good carbonation, finishes very crisp and not very dry at all, as would be expected.

Drinkability - Very much so. Watch out for the 7% abv though.

Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a little murkiness. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is spun sugar and bready malts. Taste is malty sweetness with an excellent hop component that gives just enough bitter to wash down the sweetness and make the finish clean and dry. Very pleasant light mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I could probably drink these all night. Will buy a six pack next time I can find a fresh one!

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a turbid amber body with a small and soapy looking white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is sharp and spicy hops and a wet doughy maltiness. Body is light medium with moderate carbonation. Taste is spicy pepper, bready and grainy malt with a caramel sweetness and a hint of lemon and orange. Alcohol is sensed but well hidden, overall. Good drinkability. Enough complexities to want to sample again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

Pours a dark macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong pilsner malt. The flavor is reminiscent of iced tea. Not too much alcohol or hop character in the beer. Medium, slightly cream mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap had a date notched drink by 11/07.

Clear,slight haze,bright amber color,1" very creamy white head dissapated a bit quick to a creany layer leaving some spotty lacing. Slight amount of carbinaton with just a few strings of very tiny bubbles consantly rising.

Clean,very spicy nose with German style hops balanced out nicely with light sweet malty tastes. Good,crisp hop finish. Very pleasing taste.

Light to medium body with tangy hoppiness. Smooth with a juicy mouthwatering hop bite making me crave more. Could drink quite a few of these beers. The best beer i've had so far from Clipper City.

Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields one finger head that diminishes rapidly, leaving a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Cloudy amber in color, with a light haze. Smells of light hops, and not much else. On the palate, light and refreshing, very strong hop bitters for style, good malt backbone not unbalanced. Very reminiscent of the Victory Prima Pils, perhaps with more malt character. Long, dry and bitter finish. Very nice beer.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out a 12oz bottle, pours a nice gold color with a slight copper tint. The three-finger head is creamy, with great retention and plenty of sticky lacing--a cap stiff foam remains almost until the beer is gone.

The smell is very pils like: grain and hops, with hints of malt, lemon zest, and grass, and a touch of sulpher. The taste is a well rounded blend of these aformentioned characteristics--the grain and malt form a slight sweetness, keeping the hops in balance, and are followed by a nice warming alcohol.

The mouth is light but complex, well carbonated and slightly creamy, but finishing dry and hoppy--though still leaving a little sweetness on the lips.

I couldn't drink six in a sitting, because of the surprising sweetness--but I could drink four. It would pair great with spicy or grilled foods. I'm glad I know where to get more of this, and I will.

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Too boozy in both smell and taste.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of what's the name of this beer, and why so many names. I'm guessing the Uber part is a beefed up pils at least in alcohol. Appearance; Filtered vibrant golden tone white head leaves even lacing, nice. Aroma: Alcohol comes through with a hoppy zest of Saaz and more noble hops providing a grassy tone to it all blended with some semi-sweet pale malts to balance this one will bring up the hop burps. Taste: Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied a beefier than most pils even carbonation slightly sticky in texture. Drinkability: Refreshing and fortified with a bit of extra alcohol, isn't bad but I'm sure there are tastier versions of an Uber Pils out there.

Photo of mocktm
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After being vastly disappointed by the first two offerings in the Heavy Seas variety pack, I'm on to the third of four beers. Hopefully this has a bit more "umph" to it.

Pours a dark, but transparent golden hue, a lot darker than other pilsners I've encountered, but I guess that's why this is a double. Little head from a moderate pour that fizzles down to nothing rapidly.

Nose is mostly grain and caramel malt with some faint citrus hop presence. I get a big whiff of alcohol as well. Better than most pilsners, although still kind of bland.

Flavors are clean, but just not that robust. The malts and floral hops mesh together well enough, but the end result isn't really all that spectacular. Slightly hoppy character with a very sweet caramel finish. Again, the alcohol content on this one is really apparent both in the nose and on the palate.

Pleasant mouthfeel, medium bodied with low carbonation. Maybe it was just this bottle, but its definitely a bit flat. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall, I didn't hate it, but I would never really be inclined to buy it ever again. Really disappointed in this variety pack.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger slighlty off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mildly bready pilsner malts with good amounts of herbal and slightly citrus hops. As the beer warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes good. Crisp pilsner malts with a nice amount of breadiness segue into grassy and herbal hop flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the cleaner examples of the style I've had so far. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

Photo of rwathree
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June '08 buy-by date; poured into pilsner glass, accompanying satay noodles

A: pours a translucent orange-gold, with a short-lived head rising after the pour. leaves a thin lace on the glass. the sight of rising carbonation is a good sign.

S: i'm particularly stuffed-up today, but i'm getting lemon peel and wheat, bordering on a german weissbier.

T: not as hoppy as i thought it would be, and probably not the quantity of hallertau or saaz hops one would expect. smooth malty taste with citric notes.

M: creamy. nice. little bit of metallic bite in aftertaste.

D: for the abv, smooth session beer. i'm really enjoying it with the chilis in my thai food.

this doesn't have any stand-alone "big beer" characteristics, but it's a great food accompaniment. i'd happily drink this again.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of June 08. Its darker then I expected, the color of golden wheat right before harvest time. Very little white head that raises from the brew less then an 1/8 of an inch and dissipates quickly.

Smells of malts with some peppery spices. A sharp scent that also has a little bready yeast in it.

Tastes of a rich but wheat-ish malt, slightly sweet and bread like. Very german pilsner like. A slight spice note that is supported by a fine carbonation that yields a little bite on the tongue from the combination. This is a clean beer, the taste is right up front with you but doesn't last long.

An easy drinker but not my favorite of this style. This is a well rounded beer but I don't feel its anything more then slightly above average.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a pure amber color. The head has an orange tint to it and pours well, sitting thick and rocky at a few fingers. Thick patchy lacing remains on the glass. This is my first pils outside of the German or Czech styles, and it's pretty unique to me already.
The aroma is a nice balance of sweet, toasty malts with some bready character and hops bitterness. A little citrus lingers underneath and there's a gentle soapy something in there.
The hops and malts are well-balanced in this one. Both characters remain all the way. The underlying sweetness and bread flavors remain, and the citrus is subtle. Interesting and pretty tasty if not a little subdued.
The body is light to very lightly moderate and carbonation is likewise light to moderate. A decent balance of crisp and smooth are in the mouthfeel, though neither strongly.
This is a good brew and one I'm glad I tried. Two solid brews thus far from Clipper City.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow in color with a nice head...and good lacing...

smells like a typical pilsner...a funky European water smell....with prob saaz hops...

taste is very malty....and smooth...some of the alcohol is there but very pleasant....

feels very creamy and smooth in the mouth...

great drinkability even at 7% abv....

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow with a half finger of white foam that melts to a nice ring of lacing.
Aromas of lager yeast and light malt.
Flavor is sweet malt, lager yeast, biscuits, sharp hops...in that order.
This is exactly what it says it is....a quality Pilsner doubled.
Darker color....heavier aromas....twice the flavors.
Pils are one of the very few lagers I like when they are done right....this is my first uber pils. It really is simply twice all the goodness found in the best pilsners.
Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for the possibilities.

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