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

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 1,067
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 22
Gots: 100 | 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 Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything labelled double pilsner I have enjoyed, including this restrained clean and refreshing pilsner. Complex and great with food, restrained on the palate. I would have this regular if I could, thank you for bringing back Dr. Jay. As a European strong lager it is amazing no less.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery prior to the tour.

A: minimal/thin head on a bright clear golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, fresh cut vegatables.

T: very light funky and mild grassy hop presence on the background of pale malts and grains.

M: light to medium body which isnt quite up to par for the style for me and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: the bitterness is just right and this is a nicely flavorful pils.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and fluffy off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: In contrast to the smell, flavors of floral and grassy hops outshine the bready malts, but only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of alcohol that particularly linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it could use more hops and less alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head with plenty of lacing all the way down.

S: Very light grainy smell with a faint hint of hops and some sweetness.

T: Good malt with some bread-type essence, and a residual sweetness.

M: Crisp and very light.

D: Very nice. Love when I can find a good pilsner, especially of the imperial variety...

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that retains relatively well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with a bit of fruit; doesn't have the noble hops aroma I would expect from a pils

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that betrays a high gravity reading right from the start; after the swallow, the malt and fruity bitterness kicks up another notch; the finish has a lot of mineral flavor to it; again, no noble hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a slightly hoppy bock than a double pilsner, to be honest; while there is considerable style drift, this is a nice, drinkable beer; I would mark it higher in a different category

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good pilsner. Usually not the greatest pilner fan, but I've made the exception for this brew. Simply sweetened with bready / earthy pilner malts and balanced well with German earthy hops. Lightly lemony and citrusy with a light and round mouthfeel. A noticible alcohol flavor and warmth adds depth without becomming a distraction. Might make for a good cross-over beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 single from Family Liquors in East Dubuque.
Bottle notched "purchase before SEP 10".

Into a pint glass, this has an intricate ring of lacing and a thin cap of foam. It settles to a broken skim after a few minutes. Deep golden orange, slightly hazed with micro sediment.

Sweet pilsner malt aroma, honey, cookie dough, husky grain. Flavor follows the nose, but with an earthy hop aftertaste. Rich maltiness, with very minor bitterness in the finish. Definitely a malt forward lager. The label describes it as a "rich, golden bock lager". Full bodied, yet not heavy. I'm still sipping this though. Enjoyable as it warms, sticky texture, the breadiness and honey notes come out a bit more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a small, foamy, off-white head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. It also had a floral aroma.

T - It tasted vey sweet and of grains. It was quite hoppy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pilsner.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a small white head.

Smell: A simple, one-two combo aroma of flowers and sugar.

Taste: Malty sweet and lemony with strong floral flavors to the extreme! Ends with a peppery finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd have expected. A slight alcoholic taste phases in and out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All around, its a decent strong lager, but it failed to deliver the bitterness I was expecting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it may look just like a regular pils, looks can be deceiving! Clipper City's Uber Pils delivers a rich, strong, hoppy and drinkable lager! The nose is bright with citrusy (lemon rind), floral (dried rose petals), and spicy hops nestled down in a bed of sweet bready malt. It's surprisingly medium bodied (although it does lean towards being full); and it's superbly smooth and dextrinous across the palate with a very fine, natural carbonation that just lightly pricks the tongue. The flavor is even richer than the nose suggests, but it's not overdone in anyway. The doughy malt base is backed by a solid bitterness; and it's well-infused with floral, grassy, and spicy hop flavors. It's very well balanced, and perhaps even a bit too much so, as it finishes pretty much the same way it began. Hmmm...? The sweetish, bready malt slowly fades along with its beautiful hop flavors and bitterness, leaving us not with a bang but a whimper. Maybe another 5 to 10 BU's are warranted.... and then again, maybe not - this is one really drinkable strong lager, and perhaps its overall round softness is more important that a little bit more complexity. Either way, this one's a winner!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, bananas, citrus and light malts.

T: The taste is sweet and fruity up front with flavors of bananas, citrus and decent hops bite, although not as hoppy as most in the style. There's a hearty but light malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, to be honest I haven't like much of anything from this brewer, so I was well-prepared to not like this beer. I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is good one to drink for a long time.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Clipper City Heavy Seas mixed pack ($17.99/12)

I thought this was one of the better ones in the mixed pack, a solid beer of a rare style. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head. There is almost no aroma to speak of, which I found quite odd. Taste wise is much better than small, you get a nice mix of malts ans hops with a nice smooth finish. There's a bit of alcohol kick in the swallow but that's expected and flows with the beer. Try this if you can.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Basically no head. Nose is like slightly old apples, in a very mild way. Evident metallic edge. Flavor is very meaty. Firm malt tones. Bitter overall character. Metallic back tone. Robust. Evident alcohol. After getting halfway through, I suddenly said to myself: is that vanilla?? Feel is fairly full bodied with a somewhat subdued bubble. Overall very drinkable. Well worth trying. Especially since it is such a rare style. Hard to believe that after so many beers, I would get to a style I have not tried yet.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a peach amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & citrus hops along with a little breadyness

T: Soapy & citrus hops along with breadyness up front, plus some booze & lemony hops. Some crackery & grainy notes as this warms. Finishes citrusy & a little boozey

MF: Chewy with superb carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, a very good double pils

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a lot of carbonation continually floating upward. Light head , but good lace

Earthy and malty. No real hop aroma.

The flavor matches the nose. This is far more malty than most pilsner. Very rich pilsner that the carbonation balances off nicely.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before Jan 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, bread, cracker malt, floral, herbal, and light peppery hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt/hop notes. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange zest, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops. Good amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pear, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a nice malt/hops flavors balance; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Pilsner! Great balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A whipping whilrlwhind goes on in my glass, a maelstrom that settles to a steady vertical stream, right up the glass...aside from that, we have pale, slightly hazed yellow, and a capable head, creamy, sticky, lacey. Nice.

Aroma: soft and light. Buttered popcorn, creamed corn, herbal, vegetal...huh.

Taste: smooth, and tasty, filling on the mouthfeel, with a soft, juicy, fruity factor. Slightly sticky, and ultra-malty, this has a big bread and yeast thing hapening, very raw, very naked. Very tasty, almost piney, citric hops gripping the flavor. This gets better the more I drink it. I like, I like...

almost tastes like a pale ale, got some pineapple going on here, but it's a lager all right, a damned tasty one, too, and quite unique. I give 'er a thumbs up. Kinda.

Again, thanks go to ppoitras, and BiF 19.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Pours a transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Small amount of lacing.

s - Smells strongly of bready malts. Also of wheat, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of light fruity malts, citrus, oranges, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pilsener. I enjoyed the fruit in the taste more than the smell. Would try again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchase by March '08 notched on label:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin head.

The smell is of lemon-grass, bready and grainy.

The taste is of grain with some green apple. Bready, almost doughy yeast comes through. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

Interesting enough to sip on...

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #16 American Double / Imperial Pilsner on the best of styles list on beeradvocate.com served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and clear with a lazy white head of small bubbles. some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly malty, mildly yeasty.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet up front, nice finish, moderately dry but heavy, mild bitterness. I actually really like this beer and have had it on several occasions. I was honestly shocked that I had not reviewed it previously. One of the better heavy seas offerings I've had. I'd have it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow with some amber highlights and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a moderate patch of thin film with some smaller patches of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light notes of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of alcohol can be noted.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light to moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a touch of chewiness.

O: I wish the beer had a little less ABV - there are some notes of alcohol that I wish were more well hidden. I think this beer could have benefited from a little more hops but it was an enjoyable beer and paired very nicely with Spanish tapas.

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Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It appears a clear copper color with a white finger of froth. Strings of patchy finger-like lace stick to the glass.

The nose is filled with buttery tones blending with noble hop attributes. A bit of caramel, toffee and herbs fill the middle. A light touch of solvent alcohol comes in from the back.

The taste is sweet with toasty caramel malt that includes some butter and fruity hints. A bit of herbs and earthy pine round things out. I am surprised by the residual sugar here but I guess that goes along somewhat with the imperializing of this style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit too much residual sugar is in the finish which ruins the expected crispness I look for in this style. Regardless, it is not bad. Worth trying but not particularly something I would buy again.

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