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

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | 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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Ratings: 1,026 | Reviews: 581
Photo of JDFish
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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....

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of PubliusII
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of DanThomas
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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?

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. Substantial white head with excellent retention.
Floral sweet malt with honey accents and a subtle hop aroma.
The flavor is an excellent balance between sweet malt and hops with neither overpowering the other. The hops become a little more prominent as the beer warms a little.
This is a very refreshing beer for its strength with just a touch of a syrupy mouthfeel which is balanced by the carbonation.
I have had this beer before, but this is the first time I have really given it a serious look, and I am definitely becoming a fan.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super clear with the exception of some bottle conditioning yeast, thick tall head that settles into a clinging lace

S - European-like floral hop with pilsner/pale malts supporting

T - moderately strong Euro-hop flavor from the start to the crisp finish, which has a moderate bitterness; malt is strong but doesn't overpower the hop flavor; yeast is clean and free of esters or phenols; amazingly alcohol is barely detectable for its strength

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is probably one of the better imperial pilsners that I've had. It's incredibly well balanced for an extreme beer. Typically the malt overpowers the hops flavors or (less typically) the hops are very strong and the malt can't support it. It's also very clean and the alcohol is very sneaky. Well done - I'd have a couple if I didn't know how strong it was.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright, clear gold color with very little carbonation and a mild white lacing ring.

S - Spicy lemon, some orange, dry graham crackers, and sweet malt. The malt and the hops strike a nice balance in the nose with not one overpowering the other. Overall, the aroma is more subtle and not bold like I would expect from an Imperial style of beer.

T - Gentle on the palette with everything mixing together very nicely. Spicy lemon on the front side with sweet malt towards the back and a crisp hop finish entering 3/4 through until the very end and doesn't really linger for very long before subsiding and leaving a grassy lemon aftertaste in the mouth.

M - Very mild on the tongue, on the lighter side of medium, pretty crisp finish.

D - Extremely. This is a very good beer, I'd buy it again.

Photo of kwjd
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An imperial pilsner? I had no idea this style or beer existed before my parents picked me up a mixed pack. Pours a pale orange colour, a bit darker than a normal pilsner. Nice head and ok retention down the glass. Smell is of lots of grassy hops. The hop flavour is incredible in this, basically a hopped up pilsner. A little bit syrupy in the mouthfeel, but smooth enough. I can't remember how many of these were in the mixed pack, but by the time I got to my parents place my dad had only left me one of these. He was a big fan too.

Photo of mralphabet
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pils Glass

A: Deep yellow w/ hint of Orange.... Pretty clear with a little carbonation visible, about 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a ring, with wonderful lacing... Great looking beer.

S: Surprising about of spicy hops in the smell, along with a malty backbone. Not like other pils I've smelt.

T: Again not like other Pils I've had.... Strong spicy hop bitterness right upfront... followed by a nice sweet malt... all balancing out, not much of an aftertaste.

M: Med bodied, a lot heavier than I was expecting... not pils like at all.

D: OK the ABV is a little high for a session brew and not bad for 1 or 2.... Favors are very balance and makes for a very nice experience.... I'm having a hard time seeing this as a Pils.... I guess that is why it is Uber Pils... Worth looking into.. another good beer from Clipper.

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