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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

945 Ratings
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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian's. Translucent amber body with a half inch of off-white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells like apricot and caramel malt with hints of yeast. Tastes like caramel malt with supporting citrus hops. Rich sweetness dominates the flavor. Seems like a hint of mint in this brew too. Full flavor is complimented by a creamy mouthfeel and a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall a well-made drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 19:14:02 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't judge Heavy Seas by its cover, for though it looks like a straightforward pilsener, it most assuredly is anything but. Nice off-white layer of foam on a fairly dark golden body, with bits of lacing on the pint glass. Fine. The nose veers toward a 4.5 score, but falls just short despite being far more hopped and malty than every other pilsener shy of Sam Adams' Hallertau. Really good smell.

Ah the taste. This is damn good, full of hop richness and complexity more smooth than bitter though there certainly is bitterness present. The malt does much to offset the hops without stunting the rich aroma and flavor. Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of berry. Really excellent.

The mouthfeel is hard to beat, smooth, crisp but with lots of texture. This is one worth grabbing a couple sixers, cellaring one and chilling the other for a warm summer night on the porch. Easily one of my very favorites from Clipper City. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 16:34:46 | More by Gehrig
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! I don't know why I put off sitting down with this one for so long. Hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves some pretty good lace. Smells of nice pilsner malt, bready/biscuity as well and has a great citrusy/ floral (mostly citrus) hop character. Same as the smell, but even better, the hoppy taste is really balanced out by the nice biscuity malty flavors. Medium bodied (heavier than i would expect from a lager) and fairly silky, the carbonation is really fine, and carries this delectable beverage down the throat with an ever so slight bitter finish. Very very drinkable and enjoyable. Go B'more!!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 14:32:07 | More by timtim
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A double pilsner? What in the world is that? Since I'm not that partial to pils, will this be just more of what doesn't appeal to me? I have to say that I much prefer the Uber Pils designation on the label; it makes the beer sound tougher, cooler somehow. To finish up my stream of conciousness observations, the label art is very well done.

Bright amber-gold with the barest suggestion of orange, topped by a large, frothycreamy, ivory head that sustains itself admirably and leaves behind scattered wisps of chunky lace. The nose is interesting and is different from any pilsner you're likely to run across. Its primary feature is that it's characterized by dueling hops.

In this corner, the gun-totin' Texan... Amarillo. And in this corner, 'Mr. Traditional'... Saaz. Amarillo wins comfortably, which may play havoc with the style purists out there, but, come on, these guys had to do something out of the ordinary to make their beer stand out. The fact that they chose to use one of my favorite hops makes me applaud the decision all the more.

Very, very nice. Those Amarillo hops are not backin' off on the palate. In fact, I'm having some difficulty appreciating the Saaz at all. As befits the 'double' nature of this beer, the malt structure is significant; much meatier than a standard pils by a fairly large margin.

Pale malt provides sweetness, structure and smoothness, but not much flavor (that's a good thing). The hops are much more flavorful than they are bitter, although there is a mild tightening on the finish. A beautiful, ample body completes the picture of a top-notch beer from start to finish.

Small Craft Warning is a beer for lovers of big beer. Throw all preconceived notions of the pilsner style out the window and just enjoy this sucker for what it brings to the table: loads of hop flavor and a lush, velvety body that carries that flavor across the palate with panache. Many thanks to lackenhauser for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 15:23:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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yesyouam

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small Craft Warning is a hazy golden lager with a somewhat diminishing, soft and splotchy, white head. The aroma is strong in the hops department. It is piny, wooden and fruity... like orange. It's strong but soft. It is medium bodied, very smooth and has a clean finish. It has a very full taste from the grain up to the hops. The bitterness is well-managed. The flavor becomes slightly sweet as the flavor progresses. Excellent flavor. It's so bright and brassy! Yes!
(rated Aug 10, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 14:04:55 | More by yesyouam
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: yellow-orange color with thick foamy head, plenty of lacing and some bubblies apparent
s: slightly sweet aromas mixed with light hops
t: pretty sweet, but just the right amount of sweet pilsner taste with nice balance of malts and hops to finish clean and memorable
m: medium body, good carbonation
d: this was a smooth one and had great balance, wish i had more of them

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:38:32 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw yellow. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was soft with spicy hops. The maltiness is hiding in the background of the aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with decent bittering. The malty sweetness is the first impression and then spicy flavoring and bittering hops take over. The sweetness fades slowly and then the bittering takes over. Very complex.

The finish was dry and bitter. The body was medium to just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Best before August 04. A very well done brew. With a smidge less sweetness it would be even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 21:24:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
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cracker

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional offering from Clipper City, my favorite of their line. It is slightly on the dark golden side for a pilsner but that's about all I can fault it for. It has a wonderful crisp, clean, dry taste to it. Great body but no floral or fruity notes (which is appropriate for the style). Noble hops come through strongly in both smell and taste but do not give any stringent metallic aftertaste. Furthermore, this one is not skunked or oxidized as are the majority of pilsners sold in the US (Get a locally made pilsner and you'll encounter a whole new delight!).

It is now offered year round which is great news! Go out and get some now!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 23:30:09 | More by cracker
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! After thinking their beers are mediocre, this brew is a pleasant surprise.

A: A little darker than I anticipated: somewhere between dark gold and light amber.

S: Grass, grass, and more grass. The hops are definitely at the forefront.

T: Nice and complex, with abundant grassy hop flavors. Malt is present with a ligh breadiness that doesn't interfere with the hops. The alcohol is definitely in the background. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Thicker than expected here. Still a pilsner in my book, though.

D: This is one of those beers that has just enough punch at %7 abv to be really dangerous. It's also one of those beers that you wouldn't guess to be dangerous. In other words: be careful and the drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:51:57 | More by johnnybgood1999
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chilidog

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pils to be had, A double pils at that, and a double will do me fine for I could see keeping accouple of these on hand year round.

It pours a nice dark golden straw, a white maintaining two inch head that laced real well.

The aroma was malted grain, citric and alittle hint of the 7.5%.

The taste was alittle grain, oat, lemon zest and a sweet malt that has alcohol as a backdrop.

Nothing over-takes this beer, its a good one, for an overall stong lager. It holds up to any man's meal with ease.

Drinkability, no problem, like I said, all year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:27:21 | More by chilidog
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head that holds well. Solid lacing running down the glass. The head eventually settles to a thin frothy cap.

Plenty of grassy sweet smelling hop aroma to mask whatever light malt aroma is present.

A malt backbone supports the slightly citrusy hop flavor through the entire experience. A touch of honey is available in the middle of each sip. Medium bodied with a bit of fizzy carbonation. The finish is some lingering hop bitterness.

Usually a strong hoppy pilsner is something I want to stay away from, but this one seems to be well balanced considering the strong amount of hoppiness. It's American Styling throughout, and it's like the lager equivalent of a strong American Pale Ale, or maybe a modest American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 21:23:19 | More by BeerSox
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Well balanced nose with malt and hops equally evident.

Taste echoes the nose, nothing overwhelming. Just a smooth tasting higher ABV pilsner that's quite enjoyable. A bit of sweetness noted.

Mouthfeel is good medium bodied, a bit more carbonation would be better.

Drinkability very good, easy drinking, nothing to really find a fault with.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 00:58:13 | More by techdiver
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical about this at first, but it won me over. Pours a light gold with a sticky head and endless upward stream of bubbles. The aroma is quite spicy, but the hops have a fruity character that indicates something aside from Saaz hops were used. The flavor of this beer is quite nice. It starts off bitter, then veers toward dextrin sweetness before moving back to bitter again. Throughout all this, the beer displays a spice profiile unlike other pilsners I've had. Mouthfeel is thick and round throughout, and the only drawback to drinkability is the ABV. Overall, an excellent pilsner that I'd definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 05:39:45 | More by geexploitation
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Beltway Fine Wine in Baltimore and enjoyed several times throughout the week during vacation. Best by June 2005 clearly notched on the side, but I wasn't overly afraid that this one wouldn't hang.

Citrus and floral hops on the nose.

Medium bodied brew that is bittingly bitter at first. Enough to make several non-hopheads cringe last week. The flavor is still quite rich and complex with some dough like maltss in there with the typical grassiness that I get with most pilsners.

Extremely drinkable. Enjoyed while night-time surf fishing and with some queso-dip. A tasty pilsner with some added hops cojones.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 16:14:04 | More by Dithyramb
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srrn

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking gold with fluffy head that diminished to a few bubbles on top and good lacing. I've been trying some simpler beers lately to clear the palete and find some good solid brews for hot summer days. This fits that bill, a solid malt taste, no adjunct and a nice clean bitterness from hops in the finish. Simple and well balanced, this is the stuff I wish macro lager drinking friends of mine would start buying, High quality well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:02:56 | More by srrn
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tburkhart

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase by Oct. '08

A - Pretty well the definition of Pilsner. Clear and Golden.

S - Malty as can be with a slight floral hop.

T - Slightly sweet with an almost overwhelming malt profile.

M - Smooth and a bit creamy.

D - Very drinkable. Very slight alcohol taste (7% abv), but mostly malty throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 00:52:14 | More by tburkhart
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this tasty pils into a pils glass. Pours with a big, white, foamy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. Visually, the beer pours a pale golden yellow. As for smell, hops are up front with hints of fresh cut grass. What an incredibly smooth beer. Not over the top considering the avb of 7.5%. Hops and malt are well balanced making for an easy drinking beer, crisp and downright tasty and refreshing though it does leave your mouth a bit dry which makes me want to drink more of this beer. Overall, a very good imperial pils. Alcohol is well hidden which could make this beer a very dangerous session brew. Not quite as good at the Dominion Spring Brews but its not far behind. Go out and seek this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 19:14:20 | More by SwillBilly
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jclzony

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came from the tap a light amber color with a thin white head. Moderate sweet malt essence with a light citrus hop finish with the end taste having a good combination of malt and hops, reminding me somewhat of an IPA, but short. Refreshing taste considering the alcohol content. A pretty good beer which I would like to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 01:05:52 | More by jclzony
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whartontallboy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just my second double pils, so I don't have a huge base of knowledge, but I liked both this one and Rogue's Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.

Pours out like most any other pilsner, clear yellow-gold with a moderate white head that looks a bit sticky and leaves a nice little lace.

Smell is hoppy, smells like nice Euro pils hops, with a thick bready maltiness in there as well. Gets one excited to take a sip.

The flavor is spot-on, malty and biscuity enough to stand up to the bitter wallop of hops. A tad citric at times. Somewhat spicy, almost like a DIPA, but it is held in balance by the malt so well, it almost comes off as a bit sweet.

Overall: Wow, this is really great for the price and the rarity of the style; I need to try the other High Seas beers from Clipper City.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 04:14:44 | More by whartontallboy
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep yellow with a big 3 finger foamy white head and patchy, sticky lacing until the end.

S - Grassy, piney & spicy hops with a nice sweet balance. The aroma is a touch light for all the different scents present.

T - Sweet graininess upfront followed by grassy, herbal hops and lemon with a touch of pine. The alcohol is only noticeable on the aftertaste.

M - On the light side of medium and nicely carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable for a double pilsner. Nice balance of sweetness and hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 22:12:59 | More by brewcrew76
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PubliusII

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, Golden pour. With a decent half-finger head. Good retention and a nice lace.

Smell- Apples, hops and alcohol.

Taste- Apples are complimented by the rich, hops and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- A rather heavy body with a rich, frothy swill accompanied by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a great drink. Not too bitter and deceptively rich.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 19:56:06 | More by PubliusII
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Duster72

Indiana

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:47:18 | More by Duster72
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Osiris9588

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:29:37 | More by Osiris9588
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear yellow with an orange hue. Very minimal head. Aromas of light grain and slight fruitiness.

This things tastes good to me. A little too high ABV for a session, so be careful you will get in trouble. Slightly sweet with light grains coming through. The subdued fruitiness is also there which I love. Also a slight bitter finish which cuts things off to a slightly dry finish.

I could sit and drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:13:53 | More by Buggies
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gold body, with a creamy head that doesn't last all that well, leaving a ring around the edge of the body ultimately leaving a strand of lacing.
S- Spicy hops with a good touch of citrus aroma to it as well.
T- Pale malt, with a sweet touch in the beginning, fades to a spicy and and just slightly tangarine and lemon flavor. Finishes a bit light on flavor.
M- Just on the full side of standard, and just a tad undercarbed.
D- A soundly made beer that is simple enough that it doesn't require intense pondering, yet complex enough to allow such. I would gladly have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 15:44:36 | More by jsprain1
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