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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 Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a 6'er at Bevco. No ingredients listed per the bottle or website.
7.0% ABV.

Pours out to a brilliant orange golden, forming a tall peaking whipped meringue-like white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation. The aroma is nice and dry with floral hops, most likely Saaz sitting on a delicate pilsner malt background. Suggestion of tea biscuits and orange marmalade. Mouthfeel is spritely with a medium rich body. The taste is very nice...clean, with a well balanced bitterness that doesn't obscure the malt. Even though it is an "uber pils", it is a little sweeter than the style would suggest, but it's still quite a nice beer. Very well made. (696 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, deep golden with a small, fluffy white head that dissipated quickly; left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very spicy with nice flowery noble hops and a little fruit.

The entry is malty and a little rough around the edges with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness coming through in the background. A mellow fruity flavor finally settles everything. The small amount of yeast remaining gave a surprising butter taste. All in all, this was flavorful, but it is all over the place with conflicting flavors.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and a little dirty with a solid malty/fruity palate. I was pleased with the restrained carbonation.

One man's Double/Imperial pilsner is another's Helles Bock. There was really nothing about this lager that was pilsner-like. Rather, it tasted like a strong, somewhat coarse, pale bock. At least the bottle label does say in small print it is a bock. While I am certainly enjoying it, I am saddened that Sierra Nevada will no longer brew its Glissade Bock. (1,047 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 riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Good retention, and nice laceing. Very nice nose, with citrus hops, and bready malts in the mix. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is has an element of malty sweetness, but with a nice balance of hops. Spicy too. Crisp and refreshing, yet packs a punch.Nice!! (320 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty healthy looking pilsner. Super clear and light amber in color with a nice frothy white head. Nose is super subdued with bready malts present as well as earthy hops.

Wow thats good. Amazingly clean with well blended flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Nice sized body. No real malt sweetness but some biscuit like presence which is held together well with some grassy and herbal hops. Nice dry finish. Very very very good. (424 characters)

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

Imperial Pilsners have always been an enigma to me. Isn't a pilsner supposed to represent all that is cool and refreshing in the beer world?

I had this on tap over at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield.

A: Poured a mild, hazy, mandarin orange color with about a finger or so one finger frothy head.

S: I definitely got the pilsener malts upfront along, with a substantial citrus component. Overall, this was not that potent.

T: As with most Imperial pilsners, this wasn't crisp or refreshing in the slightest. I got quite a bit of pepper on the finish, along with a fruit sweetness, which was muted by either thyme or white pepper.

M: Sweet, but not too... thick as hell overall. Okay on the palate with its low carbonation and malt heaviness and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This was passable, but I dig traditional pilsners much, much better. (860 characters)

Photo of HeavyCsOptician
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am biased when it comes to pilsners. This is one of my favorite beers here recently. Tried it with some friends over Thanksgiving with mixed reviews.

Appearance is a little golden with a light head.

Smell and taste basically coincide with each other. Sort of a sweet taste and smell which I prefer. Both of the guys who tried it liked it overall but thought it was a little too sweet.

The APV is a little more than what is offered in MS. Therefore this pils packs a small punch. But you would not necessarily know it unless you observe the small print on the label. Not being drenched in an alcohol taste is very appealing to me. (637 characters)

Photo of Windigo
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does well with my Beer Geeks when they feel like something lighter than the IPAs, stouts and porters they can be given to drinking.

I prefer the lightness of "blonde" pilsners generally over the thicker more syrupy and spicy brews, so this fits my palette like a glove. (270 characters)

Photo of seanwhite
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden color with a small head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fresh grain with a bit of sweet/spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick. (332 characters)

Photo of GarrettMD
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper hue with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Lots of rising carbonation.

S - Sweet smelling, slightly bready, with faint earthy hops.

T - Very sweet, unlike most pilsners. Citrus hops as well as general caramel malts balancing it out. No distinct flavors, just very sweet with a good hop balance. Not too bready compared to most pilsners.

M - Light body, slightly sticky. High carbonation as expected from the appearance. Finish is sweet with slight lemon aftertastes.

O - ABV doesn't come through at all, I might almost say this is more like a Pale Ale than Pilsner, but it's not hoppy enough for that, sort of a middle ground with higher ABV. (669 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A finger of white head - foamy and bubbly. Cloudy, dull gold. Bubbles. Not that appealing.

S: Sweet, grainy malts and hops.

T: Malty and hoppy. Sweet grains. Something I can't really place.

M: A little carbonation, but kind of boring.

O: I'm not big on pilsners, but this is pretty good for one. (304 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before December 2011. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about a half inch white head. The brew smells like toffee, bready malt, spicy hops and some butterscotch. The taste is mostly sweet, it tastes like bready and sweet malt, toffee and some floral and spicy hops. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating with good carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, and if I was ever in the mood for this style of beer I'd certainly consider picking this up again. (578 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Best by date Jan 2012

A: Nice gold with a fluffy white head. head lasts for a while before subsiding into an even coating across the top of the beer with lacing on the sides

S: Hops and malt. Somewhat sweet and grainy. Citrusy and spicy hops aroma

T:Very malty with good support from the hops. Smooth and well balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated with no carbonation sting.

O: A very good beer. Flavors were well balanced and satisfying. I will buy again. (516 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, clear golden color that produced a big white head that had good retention and some lacing.

The beer gave off a bit of a more hoppy aroma than expected that dominated what one could make out of the malted barley portion.

The taste of the beer is really good, again perhaps more hoppy than expected for a pils, but unlike the aroma the malted barley/pilsner/bready quality of the beer assert themselves more. The taste of the beer is rich and full with a very subtle hint of citrus sweetness.

The beer has a heavy feel to it...certainly not clean and crisp that you would think of when sampling a pilsner, but given that it is a double, it is much more chewy or full. Overall, despite the elevated ABV I think that I had at least 2 in short order. This is an excellent beer and it would be nice to see more and better beers in this style. (865 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold and typical of a Pils. Smell was good to average wth an over all good Mouth feel. Taste is good, we feel the finish falls short for this beer, tends to linger. Overall this is a good beer that is worth drinking and we would share this with fiends. Goes well with crackers and cheese.. (303 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours adeep golden color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of freshgrain with a bit of sweetness and spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden, but does provide a bit warmth.

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick. (382 characters)

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

12oz into a Three Floyds pint glass, this is best before 11/2011

A clear golden straw hue with a small head that rests on top, then transitions into a collar of foam around the edges of the glass that further diminishes as the beverage is drank down. Lively carbonation can be seen as bubbles rapidly rise to the head.

Bitter hops with butterscotch sweetness. Some lightly toasted grains. Not much more beyond that initial hop bite and sweetness, to be honest. However, it isn't a dull smell but I guess it can be described as some what one dimensional.

That butterscotch sweetness up front with a touch of bitterness. Clean, crisp lighter toasted grain presence as well. Not much bitterness in this but a hint at it on the finish.

Sticky yet clean, medium body with active carbonation. Feels nice and full on the tongue.

A sweeter American imperial lager with emphasis on the butterscotch notes and grain flavors. Not a bad beer by any means and something I may revisit or recommend to someone. Glad I tried it. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 45degrees into a shaker pint.

Pours a rich lucid gold with a hint of amber, an impressive 2.5 finger head is coaxed after a good pour

Smell is almost non existent. Some light breads though.

Taste is a smooth almost lush concoction of malts. Just a hit of hops try to clean it up, but they're overtaken by a long malty finish.
Not clean, crisp, but has a good sense of what it's trying to do.

Mouthfeel consists of an oily weight that is just slightly under-effervescent. Coats the mouth.

Overall, a round, fleshy offering with a defined personality in a style that is notably generic. More than a pilsner, at the cost of some drinkability, but with a substantial flavor profile not often found in American pilsners.

88. (732 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear yellow pour with a big white head. Retention and lacing are very good.

S: Very hoppy for a pilsner, barley and the maltiness I would expect are present, but take a backseat to a nice hoppiness.

T: To me, this tastes like a mix between a pale ale and a pilsner. The hops take the front seat, but are nice and light. As with a pale ale, the maltiness comes in the background and hold the beer together, but here the malts are big and make their presence known. Seems to bring out the best of both worlds.

MF: Carbonated well, extremely drinkable, clean finish, smooth to drink.

O: Great beer to go with dinner or on a hot day. Drinkable, but with a nice ABV. A very nice offering. (691 characters)

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

At the time of this review, this is the #16 American Double / Imperial Pilsner on the best of styles list on beeradvocate.com served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and clear with a lazy white head of small bubbles. some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly malty, mildly yeasty.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet up front, nice finish, moderately dry but heavy, mild bitterness. I actually really like this beer and have had it on several occasions. I was honestly shocked that I had not reviewed it previously. One of the better heavy seas offerings I've had. I'd have it again. (578 characters)

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

Poured at fridge temp into a std. shaker pint glass. A hard pour brings the head to the top of the glass. Ivory in color, the head is not particularly long lasting, but does leave splotches of lacing around. The beer itself is way darker than a pilsner would be ... more of an old orange gold .. what you might expect the color of a pale ale to be.

The nose is quite unusual for a pilsner ... not classic at all. Actually smells like a pale ale. I guess the Amarillo hops will do that. There are supposed to be Saaz hops in here too, but they are buried by the Amarillo. Some hefty malt coming through the nose as well. Its more sweet and caramel like, unlike a pilsner, which would be more grainy.

Taste follows the nose, in that the Amarillo hops are to the fore. The caramel sweetness does a good job of balancing it out though. Still trying (and failing) to taste some Saaz hops in here. Mouthfeel is medium+, and while not quite chewy, it's substantial. Then again, when I think pilsner, I'm thinking light and crisp. This is definitely not light and crisp.

Overall, I do like the beer. Its just not anything like any pilsner I've ever had, and I've brewed some myself. The best 'imperial/double' pilsner I've ever had came from Sam Adams (Imperial Hallertau Pilsner), and compared to that standard, this would fail by a wide margin. Nevertheless, throwing away the style guidelines and just basing my liking of the beer by the way it tastes, I'd definitely give it 'two thumbs up', and recommend it. Just forget about the style and name, and enjoy the beer ... it is quite nice.

Na Zdravje! (1,600 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 spitInTheOcean
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

no bjcp for this style so im just going to shoot from my hip here.

smell is low floral hoppiness.

gold color. clear thin white head.

not alot of flavor, like at all. low malt flavor. low adjunct flavor. low hop flavor. and high alcohol flavor. im sorry but this be just reminds me of the stuff i used to drink out of a 40 oz bottle when i was 17. the flavor of the malts just do not hold up to the flavor of alcohol. in fact all the flavors combined do not balance out the flavor of alcohol.

medium low body. crisp finish, but the taste of adjunct lingers.

im not really sure what they were going for here. isnt "imperial pilsner" synonymous with "malt liquor?" in theory this beer should work, take twice as much pilsner malt for the same amount of water, add twice as much yeast, lager. but i dont know what went wrong for them. sorry. my judgement is pass on this one. (876 characters)

Photo of cneville
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack, my second tried offering of the Heavy Seas.

Not going to spend a ton of time beating this beer to death--it's good, not great. The appearance is darker than I expected, with a quick falling 1 finger head. Taste--a little sweetness, some malt. Realyl just like a better pilsner. Tastes very light, especially for ABV, which is always a little dangerous.

I didn't love it. Would drink it if offered, but not one of my favorites. I'll stick to the Loose Cannon. (479 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After being vastly disappointed by the first two offerings in the Heavy Seas variety pack, I'm on to the third of four beers. Hopefully this has a bit more "umph" to it.

Pours a dark, but transparent golden hue, a lot darker than other pilsners I've encountered, but I guess that's why this is a double. Little head from a moderate pour that fizzles down to nothing rapidly.

Nose is mostly grain and caramel malt with some faint citrus hop presence. I get a big whiff of alcohol as well. Better than most pilsners, although still kind of bland.

Flavors are clean, but just not that robust. The malts and floral hops mesh together well enough, but the end result isn't really all that spectacular. Slightly hoppy character with a very sweet caramel finish. Again, the alcohol content on this one is really apparent both in the nose and on the palate.

Pleasant mouthfeel, medium bodied with low carbonation. Maybe it was just this bottle, but its definitely a bit flat. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall, I didn't hate it, but I would never really be inclined to buy it ever again. Really disappointed in this variety pack. (1,119 characters)

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