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

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,055
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 22
Gots: 94 | 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 nickthetick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden amber into a Ommegang flute like glass, a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S: light malt and soft citrus notes.

T: a little more than the nose, the first thing I notice is a sourdough flavor. The light citrus follows with a bit of orange.

MF: its full body still offers a crisp and refreshing feel.

D: love this beer especially on the warmer days, a good offering I look forward to picking up again and again. (453 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> Pilsner
Best Before May 2011 is notched on the bottle

Pours a clear gold with a fine bone white head. Rings of droopy lace. Carbonation is mild yet steady.

Nose: some bread and malt, but mostly not there

Thick malty body but crisp on the finish. Bready malts up front are thick and not afraid to be heard. Spice and light orange rind from the hops along with a bold bitterness that finishes the beer right.

A fine job keeping the bigger body balanced by the massive hops. Not your typical pils, but with all the things you expect from the pils style just big and bolder. (593 characters)

Photo of callmeclemens
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at Twelve Steps down in South Phila.
A nice hazey orange, smelled malted and citrusy, really gave of the appearence and the smell of a Hefeweizen, about two fingers worth of foam, laced nicley.

For a Pilsner, it tasted much more citrus and malt oriented then hopped, still tasted good, the taste was subtle and short. (330 characters)

Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a golden color with less than a finger's worth of head. Retention is poor, but lacing is nice. Bready malt smells dominate the nose, with some toasty Saaz hops in the background. The taste is basically an amped up pilsner. First come in some fairly heavy bready malts, then some Noble hops, then some sour citrus (lemon and grapefruit) roll in for the finish.

The mouthfeel is thicker and less refreshing than most pilsners, but it still feels good. The drinkability also isn't as good as most pilsners because of the amped up flavor and thickness, but it's still quite drinkable. A solid beer. (654 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly hazy orange with a decent head on pour that subsides quickly. No lacing to speak of
smell:interesting. More happening than your 'not uber' pils. Not in your face, but hops are present with a strong malt backbone.
taste: Very nice balance. Subdued but present hops with a malty backdrop and a dash of spice.
Another enjoyable offering from HS. (363 characters)

Photo of JDFish
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Pinty:

A - Straw colored imperial pils, decent lacing and a nice head

S - Lemony citrus, sweet malts with a hint of spice

T - Light citrus, a sweet malt with some hoppy zinginess. Tastey, not real crisp. But good. Fairly complex for the style

M - Med. body and carbo. A good solid mouthfeel

D - Very smooth pils and easy to drink. Borderline session beer. Good for at least 3 (401 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head of 1 finger, hazy color that matches a 9 on the SRM beer color chart. Some lace, but not very clingy and not much body. Smells of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and lime. Taste flavors of grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangerine, and traces of malt. Moderate body, with some fizz, and a dry finish. Good flavor and body, may have to have more, since I have two more in the fridge. (375 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Uber Pils has slightly transparent orange colour and a decent head that fades to good lacing quite quickly. The smell is very grainy with some hops. The taste is grainy to begin and has a little honey flavour and a crisp hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and nice. It's not overly carbonated. This is a very drinkable, if not especially interesting beer. (379 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow in color with a nice head...and good lacing...

smells like a typical pilsner...a funky European water smell....with prob saaz hops...

taste is very malty....and smooth...some of the alcohol is there but very pleasant....

feels very creamy and smooth in the mouth...

great drinkability even at 7% abv.... (320 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice straw color, white head w/ decent lacing. Smells like your average pilsner, nothing out of the ordinary going on, and I can say the same for the flavor. Tastes like a nice pilsner, faint hop aroma with breads and malts. Mouthfeel is spot-on; finishes somewhat dry. Shy of being full-bodied. Drinkability is good, you would never guess this was 7.25% abv. Clean and refreshing.

I definitely applaud Heavy Seas for this one. I'm not the biggest pilsner fan, but I tend to seek this one out when I'm in the mood. May not wow you, but you will be pretty satisfied. (621 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - pours a clear bright straw color. Nice off white head. Leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - clear lager aroma. Big Nobel hop spicy presence. Some lemony aroma as well.

T - clean sweet bready malt profile supports the strong spicy hop bitterness. Some mild hints of lemon as well.

M - medium bodied. Medium carb. Smooth and clean.

D - nice take on the classic pilsner. I liked the lower carb on it, made it much smoother. (444 characters)

Photo of PubliusII
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, Golden pour. With a decent half-finger head. Good retention and a nice lace.

Smell- Apples, hops and alcohol.

Taste- Apples are complimented by the rich, hops and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- A rather heavy body with a rich, frothy swill accompanied by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a great drink. Not too bitter and deceptively rich. (366 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure why I grabbed a pilsner over the category five from heavy seas tonight. I think I was zoning in on the refreshment piece of the brew

A- pours a golden yellow body with that fluffy look from the yeast. A nice white head lurks around the glass with lacing that stays right on the side of the brew

S- a lemony scent scrambled with a dry theme and slightly spiced. Not overwhelming, but definitely there

T- a great pilsner taste that emphasizes some strength in the malt and the same lemon flavor as was in the scent. There are some herbal components in the brew. It's very bitter and that creates a great taste make up

M- medium bodied but sweet on flavor. Good

D- Small Craft Warning has some strong flavor for being in the double pilsner category. The commitment to the pilsner style still makes it very delicious. Heavy seas... keep up these brews! (862 characters)

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Atrois glass

Pours a dark straw color with hints of amber. Very clear with a thick head that dissipates on lip contact. A little too dark for what you would expect for a pils so loses a point or two there. Aroma is very good. Maltiness is very apparent with some sweetness there too.

Taste is awesome. Very smooth with an accent on the malty side. For a pils it's a little under bitter with not as much hoppiness as you would expect. A lot of sweetness comes through too but surprisingly no hot alcohol which is a plus. The flavor is almost there to perfect but it just misses. Mouthfeel is just incredible. The body definitely helps the beer. Sure it got some help from the large grain bill but it's still done very well. After all this it's still a really drinkable beer. Really clean and really well done.

Overall this is a great beer. I wish i had bought more of it. Would certainly order at a pub, purchase in a store or accept as a gift. Well done. (992 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color, very clear. Super white head, swirl brings back a 1/2" head at any time. Great carbonation. Very light, pale malt aroma. Faint notes of orange and lemon. Carbonation is great in mouthfeel. Very crisp. Lagery sweetness, some faint breadiness and orange peel in flavor. Not superflavorful but pretty true to style. Very light, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. One of my more favorites from Heavy Seas. (420 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sorry ....this ain't no IMPERIAL anything... It's a good solid Pils... but not amped up in any way.... apparently brewed for the masses... this beer is totally "safe"....and does not push the envelope in any way, shape, or form.... slightly above average (258 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Bar White, poured in thick pint glass

A: little head but good carbonation; a bit cloudy; golden yellow
S: sweet, slightly malty aroma
T: fantastically complex pilsner; sweet and slightly hoppy; if I hadn't been told this was a pilser I wouldn't have known it
M: silky, smooth; abundant hops

This is a pilsner for the IPA-loving crowd; let's hear it for imperial pilsners! (389 characters)

Photo of DanThomas
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of this, tried a bottle right away, and didn't like it. 3 weeks later, I pulled the next one out of the fridge and found it to be MUCH improved. I'm a huge fan of this beer now.

A- Cloudy, honey colored. Bubbles are still rising several minutes after pouring, and there is a thin white covering with uber-lacing.

S- The bready/malt scent is the most noticeable, but there are good floral and citrus notes from the hops.

T- They've, quite remarkably in my opinion, kept this definitively a pilsner while amping up the body of the beer; I personally feel like the pilsner is one of the hardest styles to make well, let alone trying to double it. The body is all bread and malt; the flavors I get are most reminiscent of sourdough and a little hint of rye spice. The finish has that classic clean crispness of a pilsner, with a little more spice and a few citrus notes. Really well done. The only reason I'm keeping this at 4 is because the first time I had it the alcohol was very heavy on the finish, and although it's not there on this serving, it sticks in my mind.

M- The pilsner is all about the crisp clean finish and the balance of the beer, and this beer has both of those traits in spades. It's quite impressive to have that much flavor and body yet be able to keep the palate clean and refreshed each time.

D- One bottle itself is very drinkable, and it's so refreshing you're likely to go for another. But the alcohol in this beer hits you hard, and, except for the first bottle I had, it is hidden extremely well. 8 bottles of this and you're really finished. (1,596 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, one finger of head that fades gradually leaving behind some lace, straw coloring.

s- flight alcohol, a bit of grain, slight citrus, not a whole lot to the nose.

t- alcohol perceived, some grain, very light light. not a whole lot here either, light noble hop bitterness that lingers a little, light citrus.

m- thin in the mouth, could be better.

d- only, glad to have tried this but i think that this is a one and done beer. (466 characters)

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

I can imagine brewers sitting around thinking "hmmm, what's left that we haven't 'imperialized' yet?" Pumping up a pils seems like a task that could go badly wrong, but Clipper City did quite the nice job of making it bigger without losing sight of the basic style altogether. Much more hops than the style - creeping well into pale ale territory, but still retaining the basic crispness of the style. (401 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thin head appeared and left a wisp of a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. Appearance is straw colored, yellow and quite hazy (almost opaque.)

Smells of roots, licorice and malts are the prominent notes

Taste is strong and malty. Not really sure what an "Uber Pils" is, but it certainly is "uber." Flavors abound in this beer, mostly caramel malt, marjoram, bread dough, with a big alcoholic lacquer to it.

The mouthfeel is a bit gummy, but smooth enough to drink quickly. There is a slightly leaden feeling on the tongue on the swallow, with a coated feeling in the mouth.

The drinkability suffers from the abundance of flavor: This is not a session beer. Good to sip. (721 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, light orange in color with a pretty good amount of carbonation

S - Roasted malts, caramel slight citrus aroma, faint hop aroma

T/M - Medium bodied malty brew. I taste some orange peel but not over powering but noticeable

D - Easy drinking ADIP. I got this one in a trade but would like to try other Clipper City brands. I recommend this one and hope to get this again (461 characters)

Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heck yes - for a pilsner this is something actually worth drinking. Heavy Seas does well at providing medium-heavy beers well equipped to try some new things.

Malty smells and a light pour, but the hoppy taste more than accomplishes enough to make you want to drink a 6 pack of these. 7 abv is a peculiarity - I hardly taste that and that makes me incredibly pleased. I'll stick with other Heavy Seas, but if you needed a pilsner, why not try this one? (453 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (437 characters)

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