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

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86
very good

581 Reviews
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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,055
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 22
Gots: 95 | 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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Reviews: 581 | Hads: 1,055
Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow hue, slightly hazy, effervescent. Small head, but decent lacing cakes the glass.

S: Definitely smells like a lager. Malt first, with only faint hop aromas. Perhaps a faint note of lemon.

T: A tad sweet and sticky for my taste. This might be more tolerable if there was an intense hop presence. This isn't really what I think of when an imperial pilsner comes to mind. Lemons with a slight astringency become more apparent over time.

M: Lingering lemon aftertaste, but not delightful as in a gueuze or lambic. Sticky and chewy, this seems a bit out of style.

D: After one of these, I'm ready for something different. (631 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with a good deal of foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with lager yeast notes. The flavor is lightly malty with faint bready notes and has a nice grassy finish. There are some alcohol esters and warmth throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. It's not as bold as some Imperial Pilsners, but it is more forward than your regular pilsner. I don't know that I'd seek this out, but I'd never turn it down. (497 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a golden straw color without much head. What head was there all but disappeared quickly.

Aroma has some bready slightly caramely sweet malts with a little spicey hops. Taste also has the malty slightly sweet flavor with the spiciness of the hops. Not any real intense flavors, pretty smooth taste for it's abv.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, for it's abv it is pretty easy drinking. As mentioned before there really isn't any intense flavors that would make this difficult to drink a few glasses of in an evening. That being said there really isn't anything special about the flavor either. It's a decent drinkable beer but not something I would buy often. The mix 12 pack that this came in was decent for the price though. (831 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Good to go till November 2011!

A very thick foamy head, white, with tiny bubbles for its shape. Very large cola like bubbles coming up from fourteen carat gold and crystal clear bubbles.

Nose is slight pepper, muted grass, and light pilsner like malt but also kind of alcohol sweet.

Taste is thick with some sweet like bread but also solvent like alcohol. Almost syrupy in texture and feel. Somewhat fusel like as well.

Overall it comes across as a bit of a boozy mess, without some crisp or more importantly fresh bread!! (571 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade from TroyG2352, thanks!

Love the label, looks crazy and cute. Pours a bright, yet faded orange and gold. Semi hazy, but it was cold. Still, pilnsers are supposed to be cold, yes? Big head up front, but whimpered to a very weak collar that didn't connect all the way around the glass.

It gets better. Aroma is spicy orange, with crackers in the middle. Sometimes double pilsners will favor more hops than malt. This one seems to not favor either, and goes for broke on both.

Sure enough, the flavors illustrate this. The spice and citrus from the hops are met halfway by the soft yet sturdy malt. Sometimes, for me, malt forward beers can leave a linger aftertaste that seems stale. The hops in this one counter that and scrub away that taste at finish. Still, the wet cracker of the malt is very nice.
I like this beer, and think it's pretty good example of the style. (877 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop with a secondary biscuity grain aroma.

The taste was instantly spicy. Layers of hop, soft malts and warming alcohol made the flavor profile very interesting.

The mouthfeel was full with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall an ass-kickerrific pilsner. This is a man's man brew. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer, my new best friend, for this one. (494 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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? (958 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from squidswilbsquids as part of the Beer & Gear BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Buy before notched Nov05.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with sparse delicate lacing. Aroma is pale malts and crisp hops. Taste is upfront with biscuity pale malt sweetness, balanced and then overcome by prickly hops flavor. Mouthfeel could be a tad smoother, but still a nice brew, and drinkability is pleasing as well, especially for the abv. Always a good brew to have if you can find it. (580 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy gold with light orange hues. The head was bone white, thin, and creamy with lots of tiny micro bubbles from the lively carbonation.

S: a spicy hop aroma, with sweet grains, lemons, and a light floral grassiness.

T: The flavor was much the same, with sweet cereal grains, a touch of honey, and lemon grass hopping. The flavor was fairly crisp with a dry floral tettnanger hoppiness on the finish.

M: light, semi-dry with a lively carbonation. drinks more like a pale ale. Some sweet malt notes.

D: A good pils with some kick. (557 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of hops. Taste is hoppy with some maltiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. This is not a beer I could continually drink. Overall this is a mediocre beer. (257 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a ring of lace. The aroma features a nice balance of grain and some nice fresh spicy and citrusy hops. The taste starts out with a faint smooth malt flavor with the hops providing a nice presence in the finish. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise as it is a nice deviation from your typical pilsner. Definately worth a try. (404 characters)

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

12 oz, thanks to Kyoko and Chris!

Pours a clear golden, nice lacing all over, white head, good retention. Smell is sweet, caramel, very clean floral/citrus hops, yeast, little bit of funk in there, nice though. Taste is very malty, caramel, citrus and floral, some alcohol, real clean finish, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Only double pilsner I've had that actually tastes like a normal pilsner, nice character. (458 characters)

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