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

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958 Ratings
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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

11-28-2009 20:53:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Darker than most pilsners but still looks pleasant and it's complimented well by a creamy white head. Decent retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: Grainy with toasted malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Sweet and tasty with just the right amount of bitterness. Grains attack with a somewhat of an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Superb aftertaste.

Drinkability: Could have about 2-3 of these but that's it. Solid session brew though.

11-26-2009 04:45:57 | More by towersfall
Photo of jjboesen


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Batten down the hatches and prepare yourself for a smooth voyage aboard this bock lager, a very seaworthy member of Hugh Sisson's "Heavy Seas Fleet" series of bottle-conditioned craft beers.

The Small Craft casts off with a heavy lather that quickly settles down to cap a translucent body of light gold containing an effusion of carbonation bubbles. Little lacing is present.

The nose can detect subtle banana ester backed with hints of straw while the palate welcomes aboard a rather biscuity mouthfeel balanced with malty heaviness. Also aboard is a crew of four hops and two malts. Sturdy hands the lot of them.

This is a well built craft, one that provides any sea-loving beer drinker with a refreshing quaff. In any case, try to get past the nautical motif used in this review and get some.

11-24-2009 22:06:38 | More by jjboesen
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a nice golden color with an unfortunate almost complete lack of head. Visibly carbonated, yet nothing up top.

The smell is rather nice. Nice sweet malts and an interesting hoppy balance. Smells more like a Czech pils than anything else.

The taste is crisp and sweet. Nice hoppy finish. Overall a rather nice pilsner.

In the mouth is it nicely carbonated and rather creamy.

Ok, this has just become one of my favorite pilsners. Not quite the top of the list, but well above average. Great drinkability.

11-24-2009 06:42:07 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. One pinky of white head doesn't last very long. Golden body has aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Taste like a sweeter than average pilsner, very easy and pleasant to drink. Their description on their website indicates a "pilsner style bock lager" That actually makes perfect sense. Either way, whatever style it is, its pretty tasty.

11-23-2009 07:07:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Poured a nice cloudy gold color with about a finger or white head that hung around for a bit, then left leaving some moderate lacing in its wake.

Some bready maltiness greets the nose as well as a small amount of grassy citrus.

The sweet and bready malts stand out at first but don't overwhelm the palate, because they are then chased away by a spicy, slightly floral hop character that isn't exactly bitter, but really tasty.

Has a nice, creamy mouthfeel to it, not too heavy and not too light (I sound like a bud light commercial). With a medium amount of carbonation added to it, this beer feels pretty good going down.

This beer got better as I reviewed it. I've never had an imperial pilsner before, but this was a pretty solid beer. Tasty, smooth, and pretty damn drinkable even at over 7%.

11-14-2009 06:44:56 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by May09 notched on the label (guess I should have looked closer). Poured a translucent orange-gold with a dense, creamy, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid half inch cap with delicate strands of lacing forming during the tasting; good retention and adherence. Nose is malty/breasy sweet; maybe a hint of toffee. Taste is consistent with nose; however, some slight bittering hops comes out in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant, yet subtle background effervescence. Wasn't sure what to expect from an Imperial Pils, but I was fairly pleased for the most part. Definitely worth a try.

11-11-2009 04:00:39 | More by Jwale73
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a clean, crisp, and clear golden amber color. The head is impressive, heaping on top at a full inch of thickness. The foamy cap is frothy and lingers as it dissipates verrryyyy slowly. As I drink, thick rings of lace in big coarse gobs of bubbles cling to the edges of the glass.

In the nose, the first character is that of grassy hops. There are also floral and piney hop notes that are there for balance and complexity. There is a nice bready malts character that is characteristic of a pilsner. There are also some fruity esters of apples.

Taste follows the aromas for the most part, as the grassy hops are again dominant. The other hoppy notes are muted somewhat, and I am slightly disappointed that the floral character didn't show through more. They were working really nicely with the bready malts and the fruity esters in the smell. The taste of apple esters comes through in the back end of the flavor.

In the finish, there is a touch of boozy heat, but there is no astringent alcoholic flavor. The beer is surprisingly smooth, almost too much so. However, even with the relatively high alcohol content of this beer, the drinkability factor is high. Almost dangerously so...

11-10-2009 03:13:01 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours orange/yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very bready with alot of herbal notes. The flavor is bready with citrus and herbs intertwined. The finish is sweet and lingers. The beer is light bodied and has average carbonation. Something in the flavor doesn't really work for me, I don't think I will grab another of these anytime soon.

11-08-2009 22:53:35 | More by bonkers
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

11-03-2009 03:01:30 | More by glid02
Photo of mjw2808


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

One finger head that leaves pretty quick. Decent orangish pale color. The smell is very malty with some hops mixed in. you can taste the malt and hops as well as some fruitieness too. Not bad at all, I wouldnt say its watery, but It could use a more full-flavored taste. All in all its a pretty good pilsner.

10-17-2009 02:42:58 | More by mjw2808
Photo of kevinjosephlee


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear copper color with a small whitish head that recedes quickly.

S: Not too much in the nose of this one. At first it had a yeasty, bready character the morphed into a maltiness.

T: Malty backbone. Some alcohol warmth and spice. Some floral hoppy tastes with medium hoppy bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth comes through. Not dry, a grainy sweetness persists.

D: The sweetness coats the mouth and therefore is it not a quick drink.

Overall: Not bad. Perhaps just not in the style I like. Average.

10-16-2009 20:11:21 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Grabbed a sixer of these after having pretty good experience with Clipper City's stuff in the past. This is no different. Standard solid pour, nose is a little dirty, lager hops with solid fruitiness and some quieter malty goodness. Flavor is likewise, strong on lagery hops and then a grainy, fruity malt presence that balances well. Body is fine and good for the style. Overall, this is another nice one from Clipper City. I'd grab it again if in a pilsner mood.

Wine Specialist/6-pack/$9.99

10-14-2009 00:25:02 | More by soupyman10
Photo of thesyko56


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Semi-dark yellow with a one finger white head.

S: Strong malty sent with hints of mild citrus.

T: Very nice taste. Much more hops present than expected. A very strong and balanced taste that lingers on the palate.

M: Good carbonation with a semi-light feel.

D: Good drinkability seems like what an American lager is supposed to taste like.

09-27-2009 07:00:46 | More by thesyko56
Photo of philipquarles


2.08/5  rDev -44.7%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear(ish) orangey-gold with a small white head. A bit of lacing left behind. Smells of pale pils malt, along with some sweet graininess reminiscent of a macro-lager. Hops are there for sure, but nothing remotely pronounced. Strong malty taste, both pale and caramel, with a slight bit of grassiness. Hard to pick anything good out of this one. Tastes like one of the macro-lagers on steroids--don't know how they pull this off without all of the adjuncts. Incredibly sweet. Full, syrupy body that doesn't come close to matching the style. This is fucking terrible. In making a "double pils" these guys have neglected everything that makes a pils good and paid strict attention to making it high ABV. Drain poured. I'd rather drink St Ides.

The fact that this is rated as highly as it is makes me lose faith in BA. Just more of the same.

09-21-2009 04:07:58 | More by philipquarles
Photo of kegger22


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured a hazy amber with a one finger head that quickly reduced to a thin cover. I swear that I can pick out hops in the aroma, but the tongue doesn't back the nose. The taste was a nice, modest sweetness. There is a taste here that I like a lot, but cannot name. I've been reading all the master BAer's taste descriptions searching for that elusive flavor, and can't find it. This is frustrating, but I will drink again, and again, until I can figure it out (oh, how I suffer for this craft). Mouth feel was medium bodied with low carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This was my first imperial pilsner and it was a pleasant surprise, nothing at all like a regular pils. I'm going to have to go through the list of highly rated American double/imperial pils and see what I've been missing.

09-12-2009 20:01:37 | More by kegger22
Photo of tone77


2.78/5  rDev -26.1%

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.

09-06-2009 23:04:31 | More by tone77
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Presentation: Nice 12oz pop top bottle with clear "purchase by" date and nice info about the beer

Appearance: Darker than I expected, more in the pale ale range than a pilsener...nice clarity and a decent large bubbled white cap with decent retention.

Smell: Very grainy up front, lightly toasted malts mixed with almost English Pale Ale-style earthy hoppiness...nice

Taste: Sweet malt, honey liqueur, touch of alcohol and floral hops on the finish, this is an interesting little number, and pretty tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slippery smooth

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv

Conclusion: I really liked this, I'd been searching for it for awhile, found it on vacation, and tonight we paired it with a simple Margherita-style pizza and it was quite nice

08-23-2009 01:31:07 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of scottyshades


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a transparent straw color with a slight copper/amber tint to it. The head builds after you pour it into a nice three finger white color that retains for a couple seconds, then dissipates quickly. Lacing is poor.

S: Firm malt base (a little sweet), alcohol as the brew warms, and some dried fruit in the background, perhaps apricot and pear. Nice spicy hops in this one, although a little faint, you can still get them in the nose when it warms. Bready malts as well. Pretty sweet.

T: Very similar to the nose except much spicier. Breadier, maltier, and you can actually taste the nice yeast notes that really give it a nice twang. Dried fruit again. Hops are present, but not really bitter at all.

MF/D: Medium/heavy body, alcohol is well hidden, smooth going down, long bready finish.

08-20-2009 00:31:40 | More by scottyshades
Photo of RickKrumenacker


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Honey colored and relatively clear...about an inch of cream colored head, leaving some spotty lacing and a nice cap

S- Sweet and malty up front...feint white pepper as well

T- light bitterness...some peppery hop notes...really sweetens as it goes along

M- lighter carbonation...smooth, with a small amount of bitterness at the end...lets you know that you drank something other than a standard, macro pilsner

D- easy to drink...somewhat refreshing, even at 7%...not my favorite from the Heavy Seas sampler, but still a good beer

07-31-2009 16:32:19 | More by RickKrumenacker
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +6.4%

This one is a pure amber color. The head has an orange tint to it and pours well, sitting thick and rocky at a few fingers. Thick patchy lacing remains on the glass. This is my first pils outside of the German or Czech styles, and it's pretty unique to me already.
The aroma is a nice balance of sweet, toasty malts with some bready character and hops bitterness. A little citrus lingers underneath and there's a gentle soapy something in there.
The hops and malts are well-balanced in this one. Both characters remain all the way. The underlying sweetness and bread flavors remain, and the citrus is subtle. Interesting and pretty tasty if not a little subdued.
The body is light to very lightly moderate and carbonation is likewise light to moderate. A decent balance of crisp and smooth are in the mouthfeel, though neither strongly.
This is a good brew and one I'm glad I tried. Two solid brews thus far from Clipper City.

07-23-2009 13:05:47 | More by Brenden
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Pours a light coppery color with scant white head...minimal lacing...

S- Malty, piney, sweet...nothing really jumps out at you, but in a good way...

T- Like it smells...Definite malt characters and a sweetness that is balanced well with a hoppy subtleness that rounds this beer out rather nicely.

M- Meduim to light bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish...

D- A very drinkable beer, even for being a 7+abv...Not necessarily my favorite, and not quite sure you can actually call it a true pilsner (imperial or otherwise) but still definitely worth a try...

07-19-2009 14:45:19 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a light copper color iwth a soapy white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled. The aroma is rather light, there is some toasted malt smell, toasted bread. The beer starts off grassy and bitter, then is balanced with a bready malt. The grassy bitterness stays throughout. I seem to pick up some very light citrus hops as well. The malt is not nearly as dry and cracker like as most pils but for an imperial pils that is to be expected. Moderate body with softer carbonation, leans on the dry and bitter side. I'm not a big fan of the style as it doesn't make much sense to me as I see traditional pils to be delicate with fairly low abv. It is just not a style that needs to be "imperialed". That being said, the beer tries to stay true to being a pils as it has grassy notes and is fairly dry.

07-19-2009 01:00:20 | More by Gmann
Photo of Anthony1


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

poured into a perfect pint

pours your standard clear golden color with a moderate head, not much lace, some carbonation streams.

Smells hoppy with some citrus, spicy hops, and some floral senses to it. smooth taste, plenty of hops, some malts, somewhat yeasty and a touch of citrus. medium-light body with an all around average taste. easy to drink though

07-18-2009 13:50:57 | More by Anthony1
Photo of jdubjacket


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Had this last night at Varners Tavern in Smyrna, GA. It was recommended to me by the server when they ran out of Victory Prima Pils.

Poured a copper color with a strong head - definitely doesn't look like a Pilsner, looks more like a pale ale.

Malty, sweet smell. Traces of alcohol. Taste is very malty and sweet, like the smell. Again, not what I was expecting out of a Pilsner. Drinks pretty easy for 7.25% ABV. Glad I had this. I was pleasantly surprised.

07-12-2009 14:28:38 | More by jdubjacket
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