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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 MmmIPA


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Lindemans Flute.

This stuff smells like a KICKASS pils.

a-Golden/orangish body with a small ring.tons of bubbles coming up from the bottem of the glass.nice lacing on the glass.

s-hops and sweet malts come to my nose.

t-sweetness is the first taste that comes to mind and then a faint hoppiness hits my taste buds.The sweetness is almost syrpy to me.the hops try to break through but never get a chance to,there still none the less tasty.

m-a tad bit syrpy and thick but still very tasty,Ide like to try it on draft.The carbonation is perfect, not bittering like alot of regular Pils.

d-A very solid brew and for the most part very tasty.My only gripe is the thickness of it, the hops and malts blend together perfectly.Sold brew indeed,great job Clipper seas

01-16-2007 15:56:37 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a clear goldenrod with a large, foamy head. Left a long trail of sticky lacing; a good amount of carbonation lasted throughout as well.

S - Hoppy notes on a malty backdrop. Hops are more grassy than citrusy, but not overpowering. Malt is creeping out a little more as it warms...

T - Interesting...reminds of a DIPA, but without the thrashing of tastebuds by the overpowering hoppiness. There is a sweet n' spicy blend of peppery spices and malt that balances out the hops to create a very enjoyable brew. The higher ABV wasn't noticed at first, but I could definitely tell it was there towards the end.

M - Creamy body with a very crisp and bubbly finish. Sweet hops with a little alcohol on the aftertaste.

D - This is my first double pilsner, so it's difficult to judge it against others of the same style, but I have to say that it was very enjoyable. It would make for an excellent substitute for a DIPA if you're not quite in the mood for all those hops. I'm going to look for more doubles and see if they are all this tasty.

01-15-2007 02:26:20 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Color glows a delectable amber orange. Head is white and not very large with no real lacing. Rentention is not much more than a ring. Nose is soft and bready. Aromas are sweet and flowery with lemon and orange citrus and a touch of pilsner spice. Musky flowers come to mind loosely. Taste is very citrusy as well with good malt support underneath. A good and enjoyable, flavorful lager. Nothing out of control here but a good assortment of flavors. Well blended for the most part too. An even smoother mix would be nice but its not so out of balance to detract. Mouthfeel is alright. Mildly dry and moderately textured. Drinkability is very good.

Worth while and a good pick if you want something a little beyond your average pilsner. The fact that this is one of the more entertaining lagers makes me up it on my list a bit. + Merry xmas 06!!!

12-25-2006 22:54:32 | More by tastybeer
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Everything labelled double pilsner I have enjoyed, including this restrained clean and refreshing pilsner. Complex and great with food, restrained on the palate. I would have this regular if I could, thank you for bringing back Dr. Jay. As a European strong lager it is amazing no less.

12-24-2006 00:29:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of vladimerjr

New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Got this as part of a beer of the month club that I signed my brother-in-law up for otherwise I never would have heard of it.
Was drinking it at a party so had to drink it out of the bottle but I did pour some out into a shot glass to look over the appearance.
Smell was a little too lemony for me but it did not reflect as strong in the taste which was good. Taste hits you with a sweet hoppy flavor like a low end IPA. The high alcohol content comes through just enough to notice but does not over power. Goes down smooth. A good drinking beer (when you plan on having a bunch).
Wish I had a couple more but they don't sell it around here that I have seen.

12-20-2006 17:32:03 | More by vladimerjr
Photo of tcfishler


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear light gold with a vigorous white head.

Intense aromas are somewhat aggressively hoppy, with a pine and herbal profile. Reminded me slightly of Stone's IPA in this regard. There's also a background of stone fruit here, however.

Round and generously carbonated in the mouth, with the hops far more restrained than on the nose. They're there, for sure, but they're more suggestive than outright bitter. The texture of this brew, rather than the flavor, is actually dominant in the mouth. It's very round and generous, without being heavy or sweet.

Not like any other pilsner I've had. Smells like an IPA, tastes like...nothing else I've tasted, really. Highly drinkable and a pleasure to smell.

12-19-2006 19:59:47 | More by tcfishler
Photo of chilidog


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

A very nice pils to be had, A double pils at that, and a double will do me fine for I could see keeping accouple of these on hand year round.

It pours a nice dark golden straw, a white maintaining two inch head that laced real well.

The aroma was malted grain, citric and alittle hint of the 7.5%.

The taste was alittle grain, oat, lemon zest and a sweet malt that has alcohol as a backdrop.

Nothing over-takes this beer, its a good one, for an overall stong lager. It holds up to any man's meal with ease.

Drinkability, no problem, like I said, all year round.

12-17-2006 23:27:21 | More by chilidog
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop with a secondary biscuity grain aroma.

The taste was instantly spicy. Layers of hop, soft malts and warming alcohol made the flavor profile very interesting.

The mouthfeel was full with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall an ass-kickerrific pilsner. This is a man's man brew. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer, my new best friend, for this one.

12-16-2006 03:01:27 | More by plaid75
Photo of dickroop


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Described on Clipper City's website as a "a pilsner style bock lager", this brew poured golden with a coarse, foamy head with good loft, and it left super lacing. The smell was yeasty, earthy, and a little pine-hoppy.

First sip was sweet, lemony, with floral hints. But it left a "lemon pledge" transient flavor. It had a light bitter finish that included a slight graininess. Mouthfeel was pleasant enough, medium-bodied. Overall, in spite of the unfamiliar (peculiar?) flavors, it was pretty drinkable. Uber drinkable? I'm not sure... I've had pilsners that I enjoyed a lot more (lots more HOP presence!), but this would still worth some more tries, a little more research definitely is called for.

12-12-2006 01:58:09 | More by dickroop
Photo of Maestro


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Interesting. The yellow/gold appearance is complimented by a generous, tan head. The nose is floral with hints of lemon and biscuits. The taste is bit like tea, with some citrus notes. There is a definite malt presence with hints of toasted bread and crackers. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Drinkability is excellent. I could see myself sneaking a few of these on a cold, December evening.

12-07-2006 22:41:25 | More by Maestro
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours clear golden with a hint of copper. The head is thick and frothy. Nice lacing.

Smell is fruity and malty. There is also a crisp citrus hoppiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Malty with a nice bit of grainyness. Lemony and grassy with generous herbal hoppiness. Finish has a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of hop oil.

A very tasty pilsner. Flavor is balanced with a sur[rising amount of crisp hoppiness. A solid brew.

12-01-2006 01:10:18 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep gold color with a fairly large 1.5 inch head that stuck around. Aroma was flowery and hoppy, not citrusy like Casacade hops, but more grassy in character. Sweet malts were also noted in the aroma. Taste was of noble hops, bready malt and a little bit of alcohol. This is definitely a pilsner. Hop bitterness was low, but just enough to balance out the sweetness of the malt. The Saaz hops really stand out with this beer. Mouthfeel was light to medium making this a very drinkable beer and a good thirstquencher. I'm normally not a big fan of the pilsner style, but this one is damn good and one that I'll be purchasing regularly.

11-25-2006 13:45:57 | More by rodrot
Photo of athensbeermaster


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

I tried this beer back to back in two different glasses the first time I used a 16.oz. pint glass and the head was modest and the flavors were not as pronouned as when I poured into a tall spaten pilsner glass! Now were talking a good two finger head good carbonation.
Some good lacing down the glass. The first sip reveals a good hop profile easing into a firm malt backbone. The one good thing about American pilsner the skunky bitterness is more in the background.
This beer has alot of malt and good yeasty fresh bread quality.
The high alcohol is hidden very well and gives a good clean aftertaste.

11-22-2006 20:45:20 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

Pour a deep golden yellow with expressive carbonation and slight haze due to bottle conditioning. Dense three finger head is soapy and shows stubborn retention and sticky patches of lacing. Mostly noble hop nose, floral and grassy, with plenty of pale malt aromas and a hint of apple ester. Highly sweet upfront; a high-gravity pale malt flavor, follwed by assertive, cidery alcohol taste and finally pungent german hops. The hop flavor is more prominenet in the semi-dry aftertaste; bountiful spicy Saaz character and floral Hallertau flavor also impart a dryness that helps break-up the cloying sweetness of the malt. The medium body with a perculular "light-syrupy" texture is interesting, and the medium-level carbonation is very subtle and smooth, although fine and abundant. Finishes with some residual pale malt and apple ester but is well-balanced by voracious German hop biterness. Not much of a session lager, as the off-flavors and hop bite limit it's drinkability, but a real treat for die-hard Pilsener fans looking for something more.

11-22-2006 07:59:40 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a small white head.

Smell: A simple, one-two combo aroma of flowers and sugar.

Taste: Malty sweet and lemony with strong floral flavors to the extreme! Ends with a peppery finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd have expected. A slight alcoholic taste phases in and out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All around, its a decent strong lager, but it failed to deliver the bitterness I was expecting.

11-20-2006 00:01:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

12oz bottle included in the "Clipper City Sunken Sampler" 12pk $16,99
Foremost, I would like to say that I get mildly irritated at names such as "Imperial" this and "Double" that, so upon seeing this "Über Pils / Double Pilsner", I was skeptical.
This poured a lovely yellow orange with a nice, modest pure white foamy head that went away in about 40 seconds. Streams of CO2 bubbles continue to rise slowly upward. Looks nice. Smell is fairly average with plenty of hops and a bit of a bready smell.
Taste really surprised me, being loaded with powerful hops. A wonderful manifestation of hop bitterness, this has loads of flavour. Granted it doesn't seem to be my choice of hop styles, I was still impressed, indeed.
A very average beer, less taste, which was certainly above average. Very glad I tried this.

11-19-2006 05:05:08 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of danielocean03


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Appearance is a crystal clear bright golden color with a puffy white full finger of foamy head that quickly fades to a light ring of whitish lacing. Taste is sweet and malty with some bready notes, slightly spicy hops at the end. Grainy undertones, light sugary alcohol warmth also present in the slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, very light in character. Makes for a excellent thirst-quenching beer with appreciable mild complexity. Very drinkable, excellent pilsener, would recommend purchasing.

11-18-2006 02:19:07 | More by danielocean03
Photo of jclzony


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Came from the tap a light amber color with a thin white head. Moderate sweet malt essence with a light citrus hop finish with the end taste having a good combination of malt and hops, reminding me somewhat of an IPA, but short. Refreshing taste considering the alcohol content. A pretty good beer which I would like to drink again.

11-17-2006 01:05:52 | More by jclzony
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

AP: Poured a lively, pure golden amber color and a very healthy pure white frothy head that was thick and sticky which left some long scattered lacing behind.

Nose: A hearty, herbalized hop with a nice wheaty and mild malt effect underneath.

Taste/MF: A cleeean and refreshing medium to full body pils that featured a very hearty and mildly fruity hop flavor with a nice wheaty and yeasty tasting malt that balances this brew out very well.

DA: one the tastiest Pils I've had in a long time!

11-15-2006 21:46:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of peabody


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours out a beautiful clear light yellow/amber color with lots of effervescent bubbles and two fingers of the white suds. Nice lacing too.
Smell is subtle but hops and yeast are very present. A slight alcohol hint with a fruity aroma .
Taste is a dark sweetness at first then the bitterness of the hops comes through. Malty goodness is met with just the right amount of bitter then the sugars finish this off.
Mouthfeel is great with the piney oily thing going on and the sweetness that is left in the palate makes you want more.
Drinkability is good here but the ABV might hold some back.
Got this in Paducah at Roof Brothers as a sampler pack for 20 bucks.

11-13-2006 00:05:50 | More by peabody
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured a deep yellow, almost dark gold. The white thick head was rocky and long lasting. The aroma was dominated by a citrusy, flower and intense hop bouquet.

This Pils is quite interesting; almost an IPA version of a lager. While Double Pilsner is defined as very malty, this one while having a strong body is dominated by N American Cascades as well as bittering hops. Both the front end and middle are dominated by hops and more hops. Alcohol is evident in the finish. Only a decent malt base prevents this beer from being out of balance.

While this is a very interesting beer, the heavy use of non-noble American hops in such high quantity gives it an oily residue that detracts from a clean finish. Also, the high gravitiy of this pils gives too much play to the alcohol. This is difficult to accept in a pilsner. Otherwise, the brewer did an excellent job in making a unique American Lager.

11-12-2006 18:36:54 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of scruffwhor


4.25/5  rDev +13%

Saw this in a Heavy Seas 12-pack sampler at Kahn's in Indianapolis.

Appearance- Pours a mix between bright and slightly hazy, maybe even banana skin colored yellow with good pilsy carbonation. A little concentric lacing helps this suped up pils even more. Good head and an even film for sipping.

Smell- Light carameled malts swim with alcoholic fruits and some crystal malt dry yet sweetness at the end.

Taste- Starts with hints of murky sweetness. But its a palbablley dry sweetness. Hints of caramel and sweet toasted bread mix with light fruit liquer.

Mouthfeel- A little dry but very cohesie with foods. Went well with both leftover roast beef and chicken panini with rice.

11-11-2006 03:15:43 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of octongue


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

this caught my eye, as I was impressed by their DIPA.

The appearance (when not judging it against the subsequent flavor) wasn't mindblowing, except for the sticky, thick 2 finger head.
It dwindled down to about one finger's height, but had tall peaks like meringue.
Color was burnt yellow-orange and clear.

Smells slightly skunky...the label says best by Oct. 06, which I will be taking up with my beverage proprietor. With that in mind, it is sweet and malty, with a thin nose of hops up front. not bad really. I think of lemon rind, but sweet, with maybe some grassiness (pot).

Tastes alchoholic. Although the sweet smell is duplicated in the taste, it's hard to get past the ABV bite. I taste citrus and peat moss. Not hoppy enough for my tastes. The after taste is reminiscent of dough or pizza crust, rather than the usual back-of-the-throat warming sensation I associate with thin tasting, high alchohol brews. The flavor is "bouyant (no sailing joke intended)" and doesn't switch to 'aftertaste' for a while.

In my mouth, this beer has a thin, oily feel. The carbonation doesn't translate to a fuzziness, and allows this beer to roll back down nicely.

I think one could sit well into the night tossing these guys down the gullet. It might take that long to get a handle on what it is one is drinking, as the flavor and surprising appearance would make for a good conversation.

Although I don't ordinarily go for Pilsners or light lagers, I am not disappointed with this purchase. I'd like to see what this is like on tap, and to see how much of the skunk I smell had to do with age. My suspicion is that the beer was fresh enough and that the olfactory tinge was part of the intended package.

11-10-2006 01:14:09 | More by octongue
Photo of AndoBrew


2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

*i almost did not mind it, but I do.. so.. I dont like it and wont buy it again*

app: burnt yellow color, nice wonderful firm head. looks like a picture beer.

smell: hop foward floral citrusy hops. not much else. smells like an ipa.. neat!

while drinking it I picked up the dirty nickles smell.. uh oh.

taste: ha, and it tastes like one to. ok flavor, hops are king in this beer, then a mild golden ale type malt phase then into some of the dirty nickles, then an almost spicy hop tounge finish. dont know what to think really. I wish it had more of the malt flavor, the over all blend and flavor rainbow is odd, not for me.

mf: nice, i like the feel of it being bright then creamy almost.

drinkable?: so so.. not in a way huge way..

dont know much about what an uber pills is supposed to be, this is an ok not for me beer with only a couple problems.

11-07-2006 05:11:55 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dirty straw yellow with a massive white head that retains impressively. The aroma is hoppy initially, with a big floral and spicy presence, along with some biscuit like malt, grain husk, and some ethanol. The flavor is a little less agressive, with some mild floral and spicy hops, a big graininess, some alcohol and metallic notes. The mouthfeel is slick with descent drinkability. A descent imperial pilsner, nothing extraordinary here.

11-02-2006 06:22:28 | More by silver0rlead
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