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

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899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%

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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 sajaffe1


3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey like malt in the aroma with a touch of hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout compared to a Czech pilsener. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over again.

O- Not that great, but not bad either. Most likely will never drink this again unless its free.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:54:41 | More by sajaffe1
Photo of notchucknorris


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey malt in the aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over. Probably wouldn't have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 20:33:08 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before June 2013

A: Apple juice. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: fairly faint. A swirl brings out a whiff of toilet bowl cleaner.

T: Sweet crackers, apples, bread, mild grassiness. Light on the hops; could use more to counteract the syrupy sweetness.

M: Feels a bit too thick, maybe compounded by the sweetness.

O: Fairly uninteresting; perhaps it will be better with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:02:58 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Not mist, fog or sediment. Head is a thicker crust of doughy fluff. it retains well but surprisingly is quite stingy with lacing.

S-Initially quite sweet. Lager yeast and sweet grain. Crackers and white bread. There is also a lighter perfumey hop experience. Also semi-grassy but not nearly as grassy as I would have expected. Would definitely like more power with all those noble hops.

T-Hops are stronger here. Potent floral hoppiness and perfumey hops. Sweetness sets in well after but it is quite sweet. Buttered bread and cracker malt. Oddly balanced.

M-A bit sticky or chewy. Lighter side of medium bitterness. Alcohol peaks through. Not exceptionally drinkable and far from crisp.

O/D-I have not been happy with many Imperial Pils or beefed up Lagers (unless they're from Jack's Abby). This one doesn't really do it for me. The style is at its best when it is far less robust. All the crispness and cleanliness is lost with such a high gravity and such concentrated flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:26:44 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Minkybut


2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this blah beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was just plain Jane. It was hoppy smelling and hoppy tasting. Way more than I like. To those that helped sample it they said it smelled like the ocean? The beer did pour a nice head I must admit but that was all that was nice. Beer also had a bit of a citrus note. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:44:02 | More by Minkybut
Photo of ckollias


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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with amber highlights with thick white head that slowly dissipates down the side of glass – leaving a nice trail.

S: Malty bready aroma with a decent hop background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a decent malty flavor with an equal mix of hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Well balanced beer and went down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:29:23 | More by ckollias
Photo of Ford


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.

Looks good... nice amberish color.... wow, loads of hops coming through when smelling it... I'm not a big hop head so we'll see...

Taste... yeah... there are hops.. I'm not sure if I have had an imperial pilsner.. are they always this hoppy?

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the taste of this beer... but that could just be the hoppy presence... it's good, just not great to me.

Came with my beer of the month club pack. Glad I tried it... probably won't pick anymore up.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:08:39 | More by Ford
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:32:08 | More by superspak
Photo of alexipa


3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow-orange with a thick white head that quickly turns to a thin film.

S: Not much scent at all, what is there is dominated by pilsen malts.

T: Lots of clean malt taste, along with strong floral hops. Very bitter all the way through and is lacking a bready quality I'd expect from an imperial pilsner.

M: Very full bodied and smooth, with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Pretty nice.

O: Drinkable and pretty tasty. Very average example of this style and a little too on the hoppy side for a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:12:50 | More by alexipa
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with Sept 2012 notched out of the label. sampled on January 22, 2013 so that might have impacted my rating.

The color of the pour is light amber to copper with virtually no head and zero lacing.

The aroma is really nothing astonishing but there are pale malts, sugar sweetness, and the vaguest of hop crispiness lingering around the back end.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste begins sweet and caramel-like but there is a kind of overripe fruitiness in there as well. The bitterness is mild at the end. Maybe a fresher bottle next time will result in a higher grade.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:22:43 | More by puboflyons
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my pilsener glass:

A: light golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head that appears and settles to a half finger`s worth of head, leaves a nice show of speckled spider web lacing. Carbonation rises at a moderate pace

S: malts up front with a nice fighting punch from the noble hops helping to give a decent spiciness.

T: well balanced between the malts and hops helping to make it slightly sweet and bitter in different ways.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, great balance all around. This is very drinkable.

O: I'm wishing I bought the entire six pack of this as I only bought three of these thinking that would be enough to get used to this style, alas, I will definitely savor the next three.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:01:09 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:34:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7.0 %. Poured into a pilsner glass yielded a surprisingly small head, showed decent lacing though and plentiful carbonation. Colour is a mildly coppery gold.

Aroma - mostly biscuity malt, with some strong noble hop character. Crisp, almond note, some floral notes.

Taste is initially a semisweet fruity malt. Caramel malt, apples, dry citrus as hops come forward. Some roast bitter coffee also. Finish is dry, straw notes, plenty of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderate, carbonation is excellent making this refreshing but also slightly heady. Alcohol is a bit forward but incorporated nicely into the beer. Highly drinkable.

A crisp beer with plenty of fruit and fresh hop character. The alcohol can be a bit aggressive at times, but otherwise it's balanced pretty well. A bit of tart sourness also, makes for a really refreshing and surprisingly drinkable imperial pils. Could be a tad more integrated but has a ton of flavour and worth trying for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:19:42 | More by mick303
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got about three fingers of healthy, fluffy foam immediately. I like the lacing that the foam left behind on this one.

Off the top I get a moderate amount of hopping. There is a little bit of english hop and a little flowery.

This beer really tastes like a hoppy ale. You get a decent amount of the hops there, but I don't taste any of the pilsner. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing... I guess it just is. There is a lot of flavor there.

I recommend trying this beer out. This is probably a mildly polarizing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:04:58 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Bread and hops. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. The sweetness is up front and bread notes follow. Bitterness rounds it out.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Solid Imperial Pilsner. A pleasure to drink this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:22:34 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of secondtooth


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with thick 3-finger head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful lace.

Nose is grains, typically lager-like. Not bad, not outstanding.

Taste is malty and nearly sweet at first, followed by a tangy, chewy, nearly boozy finish. I get a limited hops presence here.

While this is definitely an "uber-pils", it's not one I'd chase down again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 14:36:38 | More by secondtooth
Photo of ShootingBull

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

A = light to medium amber.
S= bready, and a little fruity
T= malty and fruity up front with a slight hoppy bite and dry finish.
M= slightly caramel/syrupy feel, light body.

I thought it was very pleasant and a bit surprising. I'm normally more of a PA or IPA drinker but this pilsner was quite a surprise. A friend of mine likened it to a "light" pale ale. I would drink it again, I think it would be great on a warm summer afternoon to have a couple of these. Unfortunately, those warm afternoons are gone for a few months...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 20:18:22 | More by ShootingBull
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:35:00 | More by metter98
Photo of Theheroguy


3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker than one would expect from the average pilsner but then again this is an UBER PIlS.

The has a nice malt under tone but plenty of hop flavor. There are 6 types of hop in this beer that combine to make a wonderful array of flavors.

The finish on this beer is a bit too dry for my liking

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 17:23:23 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, Small Craft is a limpid amber showing steady streams of small, round bubbles. The aroma blends malt, yeast and some hops. This beer has a creamy mouth feel and a sweetness that is not a typical Pilsner flavor profile, and it brings bitter hops, sweet malt and a distinct alcohol note. It leaves a bitter hoppy finish. I don't think that Pilsner is as amenable to the "imperial" treatment as other styles (IPA, stout) and can come off overwrought, so I will tend away from this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 20:16:16 | More by malloyca
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-amber color with a thick one finger white head. The head has fantastic retention eventually fading to give nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and sweet. A caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a biscuit maltiness. There is also a light hoppy aroma as well, although this is very light.

Taste – A smooth bready and doughy flavor meets the tongue. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste. In the middle the sweet and bready taste create a rather smooth sweetness. At the end a very light hoppy flavor of an earthy and citrus nature as well as some alcohol flavor comes to combine with the rest of the flavors. While perturbing the smooth taste of the brew, it did bring an element of change and ended up leaving a somewhat pleasing

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather creamy with only a light carbonation level. Very nice for the smooth bready flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is a very tasty and soothing brew with some nice sweet bready flavors. One to sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:12:47 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of soulfly1492


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: High malt aroma, mostly sweet. Lots of pils, maybe some pale and caramel in the mix. Some fruity esters, apricot and orange. Citrus hops, floarl also. Should have good balance in the taste.

Appearance: Light gold. Tons of small to medium sized particles in suspension, evenly distributed. Thin off-white head. Good retention. Some lacing. No sediment left in the bottle.

Taste: Sweet and bitter pilsner malt. Mild yeast helps to counter the malt bitterness. The mild to moderate hops are highly floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice and creamy. Low carbonation. Finishes about neutral.

Overall: 7% ABV? Well hidden. I could drink this all day. Very smooth considering the bold flavors present. Beautiful balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness.

Note: Almost a year past the freshness date. The age didn't harm the brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:38:28 | More by soulfly1492
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 17:06:50 | More by stakem
Photo of kylehay2004


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:09:14 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was included in a Heavy Seas Variety Pack

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH pint glass

A - Beer pours a mostly translucent deep golden color. An impressive two finger, foamy head on the initial pour. Decent lacing.

S - A malty, slightly fruity smell

T - The beer is just what the style implies. A rather aggressive take on the standard pilsner with much more bitterness and more fruit-like sweetness. Nice backbone of malts. The alcohol is present but overall this beer goes down real easy with a nice crisp bite at the end.

M - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - Not a style I've ever had before nor am I a huge pilsner fan. But that aside, I enjoyed this beer. Not a style I would necessarily gravitate towards but it was easy drinking and was tasty.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 19:35:25 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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