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

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85
very good

941 Ratings
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | 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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:57:54 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-29-2011 03:03:50 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:32:08 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-01-2011 05:03:09 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 03:01:27 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:24:14 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:28:48 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:52:51 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:29:15 | More by tdm168
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 18:50:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger slighlty off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mildly bready pilsner malts with good amounts of herbal and slightly citrus hops. As the beer warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes good. Crisp pilsner malts with a nice amount of breadiness segue into grassy and herbal hop flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the cleaner examples of the style I've had so far. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 03:01:30 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-03-2012 14:26:52 | More by sendbeer
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Brad007

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a one-finger head and what appears to be ample carbonation into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of grainy malt and a bit of alcohol burn. It seems somewhat sweet as well.

Taste is full of grainy malt upfront followed by a sweet finish. Has a bit of an alcohol burn to it.

Mouthfeel is still smooth at first but the alcohol takes over in the middle. There doesn't seem to be enough room for the malt to really shine here

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It doesn't seem like either a pilsener or imperial pilsener. It's still drinkable but again, I'm not too impressed. I would prefer that it stress the flavor of the pilsener malt more but it doesn't appear to do this. A good pilsener, even an imperial pilsener, should be tasty. This is just a bit too boozy for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:47:51 | More by Brad007
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billab914

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:21:08 | More by billab914
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-22-2011 23:56:47 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, got a 6 pack at harris teeter - stonecrest here in charlotte for an afternoon of reading and grilling and an evening of sopranos in HD

appearance: pours into one of the many Notre Dame pint glasses sitting around my parents house...somewhat dark golden, nice sudsy white foam cap

smell: strongly hopped...actually quite nice, potent grapefruit, spiced citrus, light pine. hops definitely rule the nose but its quite the nice bouquet

taste: i didnt really realize this was a double pilsner when i bought it but i'll get over it pretty quickly. fresh pink grapefruit, sharply pungent hops (i wish i was in wisco with some hooks blue cheese to compliment)...booze comes through but not overpowering. nice beer, glad to see it distributed down here now

mouthfeel: sharp hops, light booze

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 01:33:36 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clipper City does some pretty good beers, and I've eyed this one for a while. It's finally on deck, so here's a review. The name Uber Pils sounds German to me, meaning super-pilsner I think. The beer is dark golden color and clear with a thickcap of foam. The head laced the glass big-time, very sticky when it dries. The smell is malty first and foremost, with some hops interplay underneath (apparently Saaz and Amarillo, but I wouldn't have known because they're background only with this beer). The taste is mainly malty sweetness with a hint of hops, no bitter after-taste. The body is pretty thick, very thick for a pilsner, and it goes down relatively easily for such a big beer.

Overall I think it's a very good take on an extreme style, but Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner still takes the gold imo.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 20:52:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2013 18:33:02 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a Heavy Seas 12-pack sampler at Kahn's in Indianapolis.

Appearance- Pours a mix between bright and slightly hazy, maybe even banana skin colored yellow with good pilsy carbonation. A little concentric lacing helps this suped up pils even more. Good head and an even film for sipping.

Smell- Light carameled malts swim with alcoholic fruits and some crystal malt dry yet sweetness at the end.

Taste- Starts with hints of murky sweetness. But its a palbablley dry sweetness. Hints of caramel and sweet toasted bread mix with light fruit liquer.

Mouthfeel- A little dry but very cohesie with foods. Went well with both leftover roast beef and chicken panini with rice.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 03:15:43 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange, with very little haze and thin head with large bubbles that lingers around leaving only slight lace. The aroma is gorgeous, sweet, malty, and bright, and just very appealing to me. The taste overall was smooth and malty, a bit sweet, but beautifully balanced by the hops, with little indication of the 7.5% ABV. The medium body is creamy and malty. I didn't know what to expect of an “Uber Pils”, and although I have to say it tastes a bit more like a strong ale then a larger, I think it is an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking again whenever I can.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 23:08:15 | More by ccrida
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer Mike got for his wedding, thanks for a great time and looking out bro...Bright medium gold with good carbonation...The aroma is sweet alcohol with some hops...The taste is much sweeter than the aroma, lots of alcohol, typical pilsner skunky hop. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:20:13 | More by jrallen34
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-30-2013 00:56:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a dark yellow color, with a tinge of brown. There was a nice half inch head on it and good lacing throughout.

There was a sweet smell about this beer, also hops coming through.

The taste is one of the main attractions on this one. I'm not a huge pilsener drinker, but this was pretty good. Had a solid citrusy quality, along with hops and malt.

This one had an okay amount of carbonation, but not spectacular. Had a somewhat syrupy finish.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. It has a solidly complex taste that keeps you interested.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 16:21:00 | More by avalon07
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, saaz/ pilsner hops. In the taste, pilsner hops and a small sweet malt to balance it out. A small bite, yet very clean in the mouthfeel and a semi dry pilsner hop aftertaste. A nice malty pils, doesn't drink like it is 7.25%, hides the alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 01:55:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of the tap a semi-transparent honey golden. Aroma has a nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness, but is not complex. Flavor is mouth-filling, fairly malty, with some hop bitterness and fruity hints. It goes down smoothly and leaves a pleasantly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 04:37:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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