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

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | 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 shirfan
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold, little head to speak of.

Malty, slightly metallic aroma.

Taste is surprisingly off. Middle of the road dextrinous malt is supported by next to nothing. I was expecting a big, grassy, spicy saaz hoppy beer and got some mildly chewy, moderately alcoholic malt extract.

This is a "double" pilsner? Standard versions of Warsteiner or Pilsner Urquell have more flavor. A big let-down.

shirfan, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, bready, spices, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, some spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear gold with a thick white head that lasted a long while, leaving a nice lacing on the glass as I drank. Beautiful carbonation bubbles make this a picture perfect pour.

Smells big of pilsner malt and noble hops. Taste is thick with malt, and a nice bitter hop finish that lingers beyond the usual crisp clean finish of a pilsner. Nice.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, mouthfeel is excellent.

I could drink a couple more of these if I wanted too. All in all a nice example of this style.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head that holds well. Solid lacing running down the glass. The head eventually settles to a thin frothy cap.

Plenty of grassy sweet smelling hop aroma to mask whatever light malt aroma is present.

A malt backbone supports the slightly citrusy hop flavor through the entire experience. A touch of honey is available in the middle of each sip. Medium bodied with a bit of fizzy carbonation. The finish is some lingering hop bitterness.

Usually a strong hoppy pilsner is something I want to stay away from, but this one seems to be well balanced considering the strong amount of hoppiness. It's American Styling throughout, and it's like the lager equivalent of a strong American Pale Ale, or maybe a modest American IPA.

BeerSox, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of kexp
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The reason why I was surprised was due to the awful marketing / labeling of the beers by this brewery. I know that it really doesn't matter as far as the actual beer's concerned, but if you've never had a beer by these folks, it's all you may have to go on before you taste it. ANYWAY:

A - Average. Looks like a nice, average craft pilsner. Which is not a bad thing, by the way.

S - See above.

T - Quite good. The alcohol content is well-hidden, which is important for a pilsner-style beer. Nice and rich.

M - Really good. Reminded me of a nice Belgian ale, and not at all of a traditional pilsner.

D - Scary-drinkable. Not high on the hops, which is important for drinkability to me. I found myself wanting another of the same thing, which rarely happens to me after a higher ABV beer.

Overall: I was really pleased with this one. And now I feel like I have to try the others from these guys. If they are even close to as good as this one, I will be VERY impressed.

kexp, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of charlesw
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale amber... Small white head with lasting lace. I'd be happier with more head that lasted longer. Smells slightly malty with plenty of grassy hops. Tastes... Ah, shucks. It's awfully sweet. There's a little bitter tang to it but not much of one. The mouth and drinkability are both brought down by the sweetness/thickness of it... My bottle isn't the freshest so maybe there are some light floral hops that I'm missing. That might change things a little, but it still wouldn't be my favorite. Still, you know, you might think that I wasn't happy. Hey, it's a decent beer and a good brewery - I'd gladly take a few of these every 12 pack I bought from them.

Edit: Hmm. The last half of the bottle had a huge head. It is diminishing fairly quickly but not instantly. Well, hey. Another plus, I guess.

charlesw, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my sampler pack. This beer poured a hazy gold with some reddish highlights little to no head. Smelled of fruit and with a little hint of a dirty rag and the glass didn't smell like that before the beer, so I will have to take off .5 for that, otherwise the fruity scent is decent. Tastes slightly sweet, picked up some apple and a woody taste. Decent beer. Heavy Seas isn't bad, I suggest the sampler pack to find out your favorites and at $16 for a 12 pack, it's well worth it.

beeroclock, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of scott
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Clear copper, with mild carbonation and minimal head - nice lacing.
Floral aromatics and pleasant tasting. Caramel malt, hop bite and an alcoholic finish that is somewhat cloying. Refreshing overall, and easy to pull.
I'm a big fan of the Heavy Seas mixed twelve - all beers are consistent, well-rounded in variety, and are crafted above average.

scott, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Purchase by date of 08/08" wtf does purchase by date mean?
Pours a remarkably clear dark straw color with a nice half inch of big openly bubbly head. Aromas abound with tons of crystal sweet malts, with little in the way of hop aroma. It's got the nice pils aroma with a little saaz but just a lot more malt complexity going on; which I imagine the higher alcohol helps heighten. On the palate, again the toasty, slightly buttery malt and yeast profile come bursting through the tight threshhold of hops. It has a very big body but is able to still finish quite dry. Unlike other Uberpils, I think this one is still able to BE a pilsener, not just another DIPA. Though style is still blurred with this one, it is nonetheless a very drinkable beer. It lacks some footholds in certain areas, esp the hop character (I'm drinking it only 1 month before it's "purchase by" date).

dreadnatty08, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that retains relatively well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with a bit of fruit; doesn't have the noble hops aroma I would expect from a pils

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that betrays a high gravity reading right from the start; after the swallow, the malt and fruity bitterness kicks up another notch; the finish has a lot of mineral flavor to it; again, no noble hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a slightly hoppy bock than a double pilsner, to be honest; while there is considerable style drift, this is a nice, drinkable beer; I would mark it higher in a different category

brentk56, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning (Uber Pils) pours a light copper color with a nice white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Nice, strong, assertive hoppy aroma. Full bodied, hop flavor from beginning to end. Malt is definitely a background player here. I like it.

Drew966, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, got a 6 pack at harris teeter - stonecrest here in charlotte for an afternoon of reading and grilling and an evening of sopranos in HD

appearance: pours into one of the many Notre Dame pint glasses sitting around my parents house...somewhat dark golden, nice sudsy white foam cap

smell: strongly hopped...actually quite nice, potent grapefruit, spiced citrus, light pine. hops definitely rule the nose but its quite the nice bouquet

taste: i didnt really realize this was a double pilsner when i bought it but i'll get over it pretty quickly. fresh pink grapefruit, sharply pungent hops (i wish i was in wisco with some hooks blue cheese to compliment)...booze comes through but not overpowering. nice beer, glad to see it distributed down here now

mouthfeel: sharp hops, light booze

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, May 27, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Well balanced nose with malt and hops equally evident.

Taste echoes the nose, nothing overwhelming. Just a smooth tasting higher ABV pilsner that's quite enjoyable. A bit of sweetness noted.

Mouthfeel is good medium bodied, a bit more carbonation would be better.

Drinkability very good, easy drinking, nothing to really find a fault with.

techdiver, May 13, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a ring of lace. The aroma features a nice balance of grain and some nice fresh spicy and citrusy hops. The taste starts out with a faint smooth malt flavor with the hops providing a nice presence in the finish. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise as it is a nice deviation from your typical pilsner. Definately worth a try.

cjgator3, May 12, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relatively dark straw color, with mostly golden hues, and a two finger head. Good retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is dominated by malt and raw grain. Slight sweetness, and a but of cooked corn DMS is present, but in small quantities. Clean.

Flavor is well balanced, clean, and smooth. Mild caramel notes are present alongside raw grains, and a crisp lager character. Very clean ferment, and very few flaws. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and full for the style. Drinkability is dangerously high.

Overall, one of the better beers from Clipper city. Very well made, and quite easy to drink. It is surprising how much alcohol is packed in there for such a light flavored beer. This give me a renewed respect for clipper city. I'll buy it again, and it's definitely worth a try.

phisig137, May 10, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had the opportunity to try a few Heavy Seas offerings, thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles. Good place to buy beer, and Todd is very informative. This beer had a freshness date of Sept 2007, and was poured into a pilsener glass. It was a hazy orange color, with a small white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Pretty bready taste, with some late hops. Solid malty mouthfeel, very drinkable.

lordofthewiens, May 09, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd describe the color of this beer in my glass as light amber as oppossed to golden, and the miniscule head as cream. Light carbonation but decent lacing. Nose is piney hops dominated but tempered with malt characteristics as well.

A nice broad flavor in the sip, with piney hops but well rounded. Some buttery and oily notes complement the malt flavors and help lead to a clean finish and makes this beer easy to drink. Maybe a tiny touch of alcohol in the opening of each sip but nothing that decreases your enjoyment. This is a pleasureable beer and worth looking out for.

daliandragon, May 03, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I traded for this Uber Pils with the cashier at the Beer Yard in Wayn, Pa, just now pouring into a pint glass. (Drink by date of May, 07)
Appeasance: Wonderful! Light amber body with an eggshell colored head. The head was huge (no forced pour either), with medium bubbles, solid retention and very sticky and abundant lacing.
Smell: Very well balanced with seet hops pushing forward through a complex malted and hopped Pilsner.
Taste: First part of the first sip was showed a nice malt background, but as the word background suggests, hops jumped in front.
Mouthfeel: A bit too much like an IIPA, but wasn't entirely lacking the crispness expected.
Drinkablity: Awsome.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle ("Best By" ticking of 8/07) in a classic Pilsener fluted glass

Poured light & crisp, some crackle. Lite nose, crisp, dry, sweet, echoes of apple, sweet corn, sea air (how ironic for a Small Craft Warning!), traces of lemon & citrus, lite spice, faint mineral quality...a very active nose for a Pils. Head was good 2 fingers of lively, yet thick & sculpted, sticky, mixed pearlized white foam that faded to a good 1/4" blanket of the same and laced nicely. Its a classic pale golden hue, slightly clouded & warmer in tone under the foam cap with a steady stream of bubbles rising thru it.

Its sweet, a little metallic & slated up front, semi-dry, crisp like apple cider yet also sharp with bitter hops playing off against the sweet malts. A pale citrus quality (lemon) is there, mildly spiced with a pepper nibble (not bite). The hops rise on the palate with a noticeably dry mouthfeel, slightly slated, a wee bit earthy with dull malt. The finish is slightly thicker, a little dirty, more malts, stones, dry, leaving a tacky, mildly sticky, bittersweet aftertaste that coats the mouth and leaves it warm with a alcohol tingle that is an admittedly interesting counterweight to the cold temperature effects of the beer on said teeth..an "icy hot" if you will.

This is an odd call, but its an odd genre. One might almost guess Pale Ale or even a IPA in some regards. I do think food would help it a lot, and in hindsight it could probably be paired quite well with anything a PA or IPA works with and provide a different experience due to its style. Not my cup of tea, er, beer, but not bad, but yet also not really good. I would like to try it again with food. Certainly worth trying, especially if you can pair it with food or in warmer weather. An odd beer, but one I would drink again. Check it out.

BuckSpin, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of cktison
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, clear, small head by the time it made it to the table
S: Iron, Rust, Sour and hoppy - citrus and sharp
T: Not bad! Malty, light hops
M: light, easy, pleasant amount of carbonation
D: Easy drinking, but not the best of this style - I'll try another, if its bought for me...

cktison, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian's. Translucent amber body with a half inch of off-white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells like apricot and caramel malt with hints of yeast. Tastes like caramel malt with supporting citrus hops. Rich sweetness dominates the flavor. Seems like a hint of mint in this brew too. Full flavor is complimented by a creamy mouthfeel and a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall a well-made drinkable beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA.

Have never reviewed an American double pilsner before so take this with a grain of salt.

A: Medium copper hue. Zero head. Slightly brilliant clarity.

S: Clean and crisp mild aroma. Some toasty sweet malt with a healthy dose of floral hoppy aroma.

T: Malt flavor is slightly sweet and very clean and crisp. Hop flavor dominates. Hop flavor is resiny and piney and in my opinion a little overpowering - but not particularly bittering.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Moderate high carbonation. Lingering hop aftertaste.

D/Comment: So-so. Maybe it's not that the hop flavor is particularly overpowering rather the hop combination just creates a taste I don't care for (maybe the tettang). My palate isn't schooled enough yet to pin this down. But I think that is the problem with this beer for me. The off hop flavor hurts the drinkability. I would not have this beer again but it has piqued my interest in the style.

Nipitato, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of bigone4
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a orange copper color with a nice white head. No real lacing present in the glass. Head disapated quite quickly. Freshness date clearly on the lable. Smelled of dough like malt with a citrus hop tone in the back ground. It also has a caramel malt sweetness mixed in. Taste was rather sweet with some hop bite in the back of the mouth. Nice balance of malt and hop bitterness. Its well rounded flavor reminds me of an ESB but with a bit less body. Nice offering and really easy drinking. I would certainly like to try it again.

bigone4, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a little murkiness. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is spun sugar and bready malts. Taste is malty sweetness with an excellent hop component that gives just enough bitter to wash down the sweetness and make the finish clean and dry. Very pleasant light mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I could probably drink these all night. Will buy a six pack next time I can find a fresh one!

Duster72, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never had a Double Pilsner before, I usually reach for ales. This pours a nice amber with a thick head. The nose is not very strong but is pleasant. The mouthfeel is almost creamy, it seems to coat my tongue, very nice. The taste is rich, you can tell there are real grains/malts in here. The hops are very present almost like an british IPA. I am glad I have a 6-pack of this, but I am not sure I will buy more. At the same time, I would be happy to drink again if someone else is buying :) Definitely worth trying.

wspscott, Mar 31, 2007
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
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