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

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 58 | 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 CHickman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange in color with a foamy 1 finger off white head that lasted a while; decent foamy lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, light caramel, grass and citrus like grapefruit. Hop dominant nose that pretty subdued.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, light caramel, hay, grapefruit, light floral hops, biscuit, very light grains and maybe even some yeast. Pretty well balanced flavor, with the malt and hops both playing equal taste roles. The ABV was very well hidden, and I was surprised to read on the label that this was 7%; real nice job keeping that under wraps.

Mouthfeel is crisp and almost watery, with light carbonation and a medium body that has a slightly grainy finish.

Good drinkability, it went down real easy. Not really sure what a Uber Pils is, or that I've had an American Double/Imperial Pilsner before, but this was a good session beer that's worth trying.

Photo of sirichardson
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not my favorite but a good drinking beer, that should be tried.i tried mine at the heorot in muncie indiana.the beer is tasty and not hoppy which is important to me.i find myself gravitating more to ipas as i get older.if you have not tried it irecomend it.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! After thinking their beers are mediocre, this brew is a pleasant surprise.

A: A little darker than I anticipated: somewhere between dark gold and light amber.

S: Grass, grass, and more grass. The hops are definitely at the forefront.

T: Nice and complex, with abundant grassy hop flavors. Malt is present with a ligh breadiness that doesn't interfere with the hops. The alcohol is definitely in the background. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Thicker than expected here. Still a pilsner in my book, though.

D: This is one of those beers that has just enough punch at %7 abv to be really dangerous. It's also one of those beers that you wouldn't guess to be dangerous. In other words: be careful and the drinkability is great.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a variety pack, brown bottle with a label split between white text on green background above a picture of a pirate with a watchglass on a raft observing an oncoming wave, and "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Dec '10" (notched).

Pours a light amber with a thin and fine white head that soon retreats into the glass of beer. Looks remarkably similar to their summer ale but a few shades darker.

Aroma is very light, semi-bitter/sweet pils hops and a touch of yeast. Smells like a typical pilsner but a bit sweeter and with citrus (grapefruit?) hops that they use prominently in their "Loose Cannon" IPA.

Taste is much sweeter than the smell suggests - grapefruit and citrus hops are much more prevalent than the more common and more bitter hops normally found in a pilsner, and a touch of yeast. The malt is biscuity and sweet, while the hops are crisp sweet - the beer is quite sweet in general, but very clean. Mouthfeel is very smooth, light carbonation, but the taste is almost overpoweringly sweet. Finished strong, quite drinkable but the flavor is almost too much for something that seems light in many other ways.

Photo of Contagion
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a nice golden amber coloring to it. It's opaque, no sign of haziness or distortion. Light passes through easily and you can make out objects on the other side while looking through the beer. When I poured it into a glass, a quarter inch white head formed. It faded to a film on the top of the beer. There is minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent of the beer starts with a citrus and floral hop smell. It's followed with a cereal like grain scent. There is some breadiness as well as a hint of lemon grass. On first taste the first thing I noticed was a cereal malt flavor. It's followed by the citrus and floral hop blend. There is a touch of yeast to it that helps round out the flavor and provide a balance to the hops and malts.

This a medium bodied beer. There is a good amount of carbonation to the beer, some bite on the tongue but not a lot.

I'm a fan of pilsners, I'm not exactly sure what an "Uber Pils" is, but it's not like most pilsners I've drank. It's light and crisp and with a 7.0 ABV you really can't taste the alcohol. I could see kicking back and enjoying one with friends.

Photo of Ezone024
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a footed pilsener glass, Small Craft pours a rich hazy golden color with a sea foam head that gives off aromas of spicy hops with pale grassy malts.

very well balanced for such an imperial beer... it has a big malt backbone but very pale. The hops are very clean and crisp in this pils matching the malt note for note to give this beer a very even flavor throughout.

It gives a nice spicy tingle on your tongue and drinks decently for a high abv brew.

Photo of droomyster
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aromas are similar to (but less pronounced than) those of an IPA: an apple-like sweetness strongly backed by a complex array of citrusy hops. The taste is on the tropical fruit and mango elements, with lightly lemony and resinous hops supporting the sweet, cotton candy malts on the finish. Overall this beer is well balanced and devoid of any sort of sharp, offensive corners. Makes for a nice night cap.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 single from Family Liquors in East Dubuque.
Bottle notched "purchase before SEP 10".

Into a pint glass, this has an intricate ring of lacing and a thin cap of foam. It settles to a broken skim after a few minutes. Deep golden orange, slightly hazed with micro sediment.

Sweet pilsner malt aroma, honey, cookie dough, husky grain. Flavor follows the nose, but with an earthy hop aftertaste. Rich maltiness, with very minor bitterness in the finish. Definitely a malt forward lager. The label describes it as a "rich, golden bock lager". Full bodied, yet not heavy. I'm still sipping this though. Enjoyable as it warms, sticky texture, the breadiness and honey notes come out a bit more.

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow with just a slight haze. Started with a thick foamy head, but didn't last very long. Steady active carbonation. Light lemony citrus aroma along with a subtly sweet malty smell. Very fresh smelling with subdued hop aroma. Very light feel with the carbonation so light that it nearly goes unnoticed. For the higher ABV this has a very light body. Sweet malty flavors in the front that slowly roll into a light citrus hop flavor followed by a light alcoholic finish. Finishes very clean though. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent yellow with a high carbonation content, one finger of white, poor retention, and average lacing. The nose revealed a decent noble hops presence, along with some grass, hay, and earthiness. The taste yielded the same flavors, but not as pronounced, with a thin dry finish. Thin bodied and highly carbonated overall. Good for sessioning, but would benefit from slightly more body and flavor balance.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves a nice lacing behind.

S- Hops, Noble german and grassy all the way with some malts to carry it through.

T- A nice sweet bitter hop taste up front my first thought is how well balanced this is for an imperial pilsner only slight alchohol tones am i picking up.

M- light to medium bodied not overly carbonated slightly resinous but that being said not one to make you want to rinse your mouth out either.

D- drinks lika a regular pils but at 7.2abv not suggesting to try a session with them all in all a very good representation of the style.

side note- My first beer from Clipper City Brewing and if the rest are like this i can't wait to try them all.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness notched until 8/10. Pours a nice deep golden, small fizzy-yet-sticky head, and a lot of suspended particles. A hoppy lean on the nose, also some alcohol odor. Tastes like it smells, bready with a decent enough twang on the end and a little extra kick of alcohol. Citrusy too, much reminiscent of a pale ale. How these Imperial X beers confound me.. Mouthfeel is light, if only a bit astringent. Easy to drink.

Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with almost an inch of light and fluffy, bright white foam. the beer is just slightly hazy, dark gold in color. already some marked rings of lace clinging to the glass.

S - slightly sweet grains, honey, a bit of floral and candied citrus hops.

T - big layer of sweet bready malts, grassy hops, light citrus rings, lemon and grapefruit. finishes clean with some faint alcohol.

M - medium bodied, well controlled carbonation, pretty slick but slightly drying in the finish. leaves some lingering grainy bitterness and mild alcohol burn behind.

D - one of the more drinkable Double Pils, has a nice hop profile to it while staying true to the style.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange with a light foamy head. No lacing. Substantive particulate matter/yeast floating in the clear brew.

Very interesting aromas. Honeyed, mead like scent, or even honeysuckle. Sweet malt aromas, but nothing caramel or toasty. Some alcohol as well.

Beer changes as it warms. Early it is dry-edged, with alcohol and malt in the forefront. As it warms, some alcoholic sweetness comes thru with some light bitterness. Light bitter and malt finish. This is pils?

Medium bodied, with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, ok drinkability. I don't think I could do a six, and a single was enough for me. Don't hate this, and this could be neat change of pace some days, but not a session beer. Worht a try. Well crafted.

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold to light brown. Little to no head. Spicy hop aroma migngled with malt. Definately a pils, noble German hops dominate but not overpowering, nicely balanced. Starts and finishes clean, feels nice on the palate. Very drinkable. I should buy this for my macro friends who sometimes get daring and are willing to experiment.

Photo of msaltz
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, there have been a lot of comments that say that it isn't much of a pilsner, etc. You have to keep on mind that this an above 7.0 ABV beer, and as such quite a bit more strong than your average pils. I must say that I agree that it doesn't resemble pilsner beers, but I still really like it.

I have been buying mixed 12-packs from heavy seas for a few weeks now, and must say I like what I've had. They are strong beers that are surprisingly drinkable, and the price is reasonable.

The small craft warning has an aroma of citrus, bready yeast and green grape. The aroma is restrained for a powerful beer. Mouthfeel is relatively light. The taste is where the tasty hoppiness is revealed, yet once again restrained. I find the beer is quite balanced. Curiously, this beer is quite quenchable, and easy to drink considering its power.

I would have no hesitation in swigging a few of these by the pool in the heat of summer, once I was assured that there was a competent lifeguard who could retrieve me from the bottom of the deep end once the Heavy Seas have washed over me. Recommended.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow hue, slightly hazy, effervescent. Small head, but decent lacing cakes the glass.

S: Definitely smells like a lager. Malt first, with only faint hop aromas. Perhaps a faint note of lemon.

T: A tad sweet and sticky for my taste. This might be more tolerable if there was an intense hop presence. This isn't really what I think of when an imperial pilsner comes to mind. Lemons with a slight astringency become more apparent over time.

M: Lingering lemon aftertaste, but not delightful as in a gueuze or lambic. Sticky and chewy, this seems a bit out of style.

D: After one of these, I'm ready for something different.

Photo of tjd112
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into generic Pokal

Appearance - Poured an amber colour with white head and some lacing

Smell - Grapefruit and pineyness

Taste - Spicy hoppiness with a bit of bready malts, a little disjointed and non-distinct

Mouthfeel - Medium with dry finish

Drinkability - Could have one a day

Overall - Good beer, though more like an IPA then pils

Photo of claminat420
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

says purchase before july 2010 on bottle.

A- transparent gold color with a nice white head with some medium to heavy lacing.

S- all i can smell is a very light spicy hop scent with a lil sweet malt.

T- well the alcohol is unnoticed. has hardly any taste which could be a good or bad thing. pretty much just like the smell but a tad stronger.

M- medium to heavy bodied. good carbonation.

D- this stuff is like water!

Overall- this brew is a unique one. for reminding me of drinking water (not much taste going on) it has a hardy body feel to it. i recommended this to my bro who isn't to crazy with strong beers (too much hops or malt action) and liked it and i can see why. if you want a hardy brew but without much backing it up i say go for it. it's clean and crisp and subtle.

Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best-by date July 2010.

Pours a medium straw-gold with chunky, slightly porous white foam. Dissipates into a light but solid ring of lace to the glass.
Scent is inoffensively absent. A bit of grain & malt to the nose but nothing pronounced.
Grainy malt up-front with a subtle but apparent hoppiness which burns the tongue (nicely) when mixed with the higher ABV. Hints of corn and toffee but otherwise all malt and vegetal hop.
Not completely clean, as the "imperial extra" leaves a fermented, hot aftertaste.
Mouthfeel full, as expected, like darker lagers rather than a pilsner.

So this is an imperial-pilsner, eh? Not bad, but honestly a style I don't see the need to overindulge with ingredients. Give me a regular German or Czech pilsner anytime.

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden pour, decent carbonation, and a medium sized white foam. Not bad.

Aroma is grassy, grainy, mild on the hops, bready.

Taste is pretty much following the aroma. Its very "pilsner" like..bready/grainy with some grassy and hoppy characteristics coming through.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit slick, with okay carbonation. Crisp. Good drinkability, but this beer didn't WOW me or anything.

Photo of cnally
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixer sixer given to me as a gift. Gotta love that, right?

The appearance is a golden orange with a barely present white head, slight lacing. A nice cascade of carbonation bubbles rises up from the base of the glass.

Aromas are a really crisp and yeasty grain smell, like wheat and corn. There is a piney hop aroma and you can really sense the malt at the tail end.

Flavor is very good, a quick punch of sweet malt and wheaty yeast. The bitterness kicks in at the end. So crisp and awesome.

Feel is really crisp and even.

Way decent, a little tame in the overall impact. But the impact is sublime.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 4/18/10

Best before July 2010

The color is a cross between lighter-hued amber & moderately dark gold; it is also very clear. About 1/4th inch of head was formed, but shortly after the pour it receded leaving a thin skim & little lace at the start. Some lace does start to cling to the glass after three or four sips.

The aromas are of mild hop spiciness with a spot of lemon zest; earthy grass notes & light fruits - ripe apple & pear. Extremely faint wisps of yeasty dough occasionally are noticeable; though rare, they seem to impart a slight mustiness.

While Uber Pils isn't quite as spicy as I was hoping, it tastes fairly good nonetheless. Hoppiness is manifest throughout by was of a restrained & slow bitterness. The hops may not impart the boldest of qualities but they act as a linchpin holding together stray notes of grass, light fruits & toasted bread which seem more much more muddled than in the nose.

This beer leans towards heavier-bodied for the style (it's still fairly light overall) with equal parts grittiness & subtle alcohol slickness. Lower carbonation certainly causes the beer to show its heft. The aforementioned slow bitterness lingers well on the finish with dense grass notes.

Despite the muddled aspects apparent to taste, I found myself enjoying Uber Pils quite a lot. Sure, I would also like either more spiciness or more carbonation; these are both relatively minor points of contention. At 7% abv this is rather potent; the taste is such I'd want to drink it all night even though I know two or three would be reasonable.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, best by June 2010.

Pours pale golden amber with a very small fizzy white head that quickly turns to a small ring, but does manage to leave some spots of lacing.

Aroma is grassy, floral, a hint of orange or lemon peel, bread, yeast, takes some coaxing to get a lot out of the aroma on this one.

Flavor is a fair amount of caramel malt up front, somewhat sweet, some earthy, floral hops, and the alcohol is certainly there in force, the finish on this really bothered me, best I can equate it to is the cheap high-gravity stuff like Steel Reserve, etc, but with a bit more hops.

Mouthfeel is weird, starts off quite watery, but ends up finishing a little syrupy, medium carbonation.

No Sir, I don't like it.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep yellow with slight brown hues. Completely transparent, visible carbonation, no sediment. 2 fingers of weak white head that leaves a thin cap with substantial lacing.

S - Good lemony smell. Slight grass notes. No fruitiness or alcohol smell present. A little weak for a pilsner though.

T - First of all, this is not what I expected from a pilsner. So much more flavor than any other pilsner I've ever tasted. Strong hop taste with a good malt backbone. Upfront bitterness followed by slight sweetness that lingers for a few seconds. Very slight alcohol taste. Not too offensive however. A little fruity taste; dark fruits. Almost molasses like. Definitely not what I expected from a pilsner.

MF - A little on the syrupy side. Pretty heavy for a pilsner. Goes well with the strong flavor.

D - Not too drinkable. Syrupy and rather strong.

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