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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

jwc215, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

smcolw, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date Sept 04, Sampled August 2004
Pours a crystal clear, deep gold color. The carbonation is slight and the head is an off-white when it is roused. A sharp strong aroma of hops emanates from my glass; it is grassy, herbal, lemony, and slightly funky. The taste is soft and malty up front, but leads to a solid hop flavor and then to a bitter finish. I get notes of toasted biscuits, spicy-herbal hops, and hay all mixed together. This is a pretty good example of a Pilsner, and it is quite tasty on this warm Arizona evening.

Gueuzedude, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a 2" fluffy head. Very light lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some soft grapefruit and malt.

Taste: the flavor has a decent malty backbone, with some sharp citrus and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and smooth at the start. The finish is lightly crisp and mildly dry. The aftertaste is is of the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, but overall I did not get overly excited with the flavor.

Gavage, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/15/05- Received via trade from Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Bright yellow pour with a small 1/2 inch creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Mosty a strong pils grainy scent. Nothing out of the ordinary. Prefectly pils like scent.

Taste- Taste like a pils, but with a nice kick to it. Very bready tasting. Almost like chewing on a chunk of sourdough. Ultra grainy as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated. Leaves a semi-dry mouth.

Drinkability- It was pretty good, but the strong nature of it made me crave a regular pils. Maybe just a bit too much over the edge for me for a pils. Thanks much to santoslhalper for the sample.

GClarkage, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

InspectorBob, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, thick, white head that as it dissipated, it left the begiinings of Belgian lace along the side of the glass. The color was a hazy golden-yellow. The nose was faintly malty, but there was a definite presence of hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a really interesting spiciness, like cloves, on the palate. The finish was more malty than hoppy, which was a bit of a surprise. I really like this beer. I would drink it routinely on a hot, humid east coast day like today and ABV be damned! Argh! Full speed ahead.

woodychandler, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Crisp light fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear, citrus peel as well as subtle malt and hop presence. Very quaffable with a slight malt character balancing out the citrus Grapefruit, lemon and banana flavors and a perfect citrus hop finish.

corby112, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy gold with a lasting white head and lots of lacing.
Smell is of a nice hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt and corn syrup.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet breadiness.
Moutfeel is sweet and crisp with effervescence.
Drinkability...enjoyable. I would get again.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden colour, verging on amber, with a filmy, large bubbled head of white bubbles. The head sticks around, even though it had to be coaxed into existence with a reasonably aggressive pour, and sticks to the edge of the glass in pleasant lace curtains. The colour reminds me a little too much of generic pale lagers, and I'd like a fluffier head to begin with, but it looks pretty good overall.

Not a great deal on the nose - a sweet blend of mealy grain character (I'm loath to write "adjunct-y", but it comes close), and some piquant green hops that only exist as a single point of aroma. Unfortunately, it smells somewhat akin to Pride of Ringworm, that most hated Australian hop variety. While this gives it some sharpness, it also conjures up for me the aroma of every poorly constructed Australian macro-brewed lager. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan.

Some sharp bitterness on the palate, but that syrupy honey-like sweetness is present here too, coating the tongue, and making the hop flavour work ever so hard to balance it. Given this is a pils, and what's more an Imperial pils, it has far little hop character to my mind. It has a better flavour profile than the nose suggested, but it seems a little flat, and not very robust to me. Mouthfeel is crisp with fine carbonation, which is a plus.

This one only falls slightly above average for me. It just didn't do enough. It seemed a little too tame and a little too generic. Drinkable enough in its way, but I wanted something more.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich gold color with a short white head. Nice spicey hop aroma. Sweet malts and noble hops come together nicely here. Very hoppy, but still nicely balanced. Nice mouthfeel, but what gets me on this beer is its great drinkability. Hoppy, alcoholic, but never overpowering.

This beer makes me wish there were more breweries making double pilsners. Or just more double pils available at all.

I'll take another thanks.

tempest, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

stakem, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

dbrauneis, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Ommegang Rare Vos tumber. The pils is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The pils is a straw-yellow color, clear with no sediment. There is a bit of lace surrounding the the glass, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: The pils has a light hop presence in the nose, a lot less than I expected. The hop presence that is there is citrusy, fairly pleasant but not nearly as strong as I'd like it.

Taste: As I sip the pils, it is very dry but lacks the hop punch I'd expect from a double pils. The hop taste that I pick up is slightly bitter, but not overpowering. There is also a decent biscuity malt flavor that doesn't quite stand up to the hops but does give it a shot.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth with a medium hop character, preventing it from overpowering the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I am more inclined to call it a pils vs double pils, but why quibble when it goes down smooth?

akorsak, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones. Best before date is Feb 06.

Pours a clear exceptionally deeply golden beer. There is a slight orange tint here but holding this up against some white bond paper the color of this beer is the richest golden color I have seen in a beer. Good fine bubbled head. This looks great in the glass.

Smell is deeply rich bread and malt with a spicy hop edge. Lots of good Pilsner malt in the scent with some floral scents from the hops. Hops are faintly citrus and strongly herbal here with a slight caramel scent from the malt.

Taste is thickly malted with a slight sweetness and a solid hop kick in the first sip. Very smooth Pilsner flavor with an equally well controlled spicy hops bite. Mild to sip with a nice hop bite from a full mouthful. Hop sensation is a bit oily here.

The only fault here is that the mouthfeel is a bit too full for a Pilsner. It is thick to the point it seems a bit flat even though there are abundant bubbles.

Nicely drinkable especially for a Double Pilsner. Very good flavor without getting harsh and no detectable alcohol. Only fault is the weird thickness to this. Still I would gladly drink a second one.

Zorro, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts malty/hoppy with some sweetness, finish is clean with some hoppiness. Nice pilsner. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ejimhof, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -20.2%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, bready, spices, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, some spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Jul 24, 2007
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
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