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Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) - Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good

977 Ratings
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004)
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Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from one bottle... received in trade... at Bonnaroo of all places! Wee!

Poured into a tall Hopf Wheat beer glass just cause, hell, I'm not sure it won't crawl out.

Beer is an intense gold, fairly clear since I intercepted the yeast from the bottle. Slow release of carbonation keeps a bare white head floating up and over the beer.

As beer warms up, the aroma becames a warm golden malt mixed with a higher alcohol burn. Something fairly dusty in the beer with a spicy flowery punch in the background.

Flavor is initially sweet with a growing tea like tanninic quality of the hops pulling up to overcome the malt.

Surprising that a beer this crisp still has a bit of sweetness in the close, but overall a very good approach on an imperial pils.

drewbage, Oct 03, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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
base.

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

woodchipper, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

SIRIUS2, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

tuckevalastin, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of sellmeagod
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

sellmeagod, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  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.

lordofthewiens, May 09, 2007
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of shapudding
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

shapudding, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of jonphilipp
4.25/5  rDev +13%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of bnewall3
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

bnewall3, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Doomcifer, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Guden
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Guden, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Duster72
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Duster72, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

merlin48, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mctizzz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

jcdiflorio, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Kraken, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  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.

Osiris9588, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Mantooth, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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