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

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of ism
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Über Pils it says on the bottle, so into the pilsener glass it goes. Dense off-white head settles to a nice, thin layer with spotty lacing; decent retention given the ABV. Body is a clear gold with a tint of orange. Sweet malt in the nose with a lot of fruit and pine hopping, a bit of characteristic Saaz spice, and a bit of alcohol. Good carbonation leads a fluffy medium body, lightly sweet malt balanced with bitter citrus, a touch of lemon zest with a delightful coriander. Goes down smooth with a long grapefruit and forest-y hop bitterness and ticklish peppery spice.

A quality imperial pils, hides the alcohol very well, fun to chew on, just a little too single-track with the flavors. Doesn't quite live up to the marketing (or maybe it does, depending on who's drinking), but worth grabbing if available. Yay for Charm City.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a deep copper with a frothy two-finger ivory head. Lacy. Smells of nothing but sweet citrusy hops.

Taste is of bitter citrus hops. Biting grapefruit-like hops. Rich crisp malt. Long hops finish. Full bodied beer. A good imperial pilsener and reasonably priced to boot. Good stuff.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is darker than I expected much closer to a copper than straw, maybe a little orange. The smell is also more hoppy than I though, is this what makes it uber? First impresssion of the taste is bready malts. The flavor is very pronounced yet lacks the hop pack that the aroma implied. Also, it finishes quite sweet. Hops come through and add another layer of flavor as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Decent rew but don’t go out of your way to seek it out.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold to peach in color and very clear. Sweet grass, hay aromas. Sweet light malt taste is well balanced with a crisp bitterness. Nothing overpowering here, just a simple well balanced pilsner. I cannot discern any alcohol in the taste and have a hard time believing this is 7.5% for how balanced and how light the maltiness is. I could definitely enjoy a few of these back to back.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden. A very small almost non-existent head fades to a ring, but still leaves a little lace. Head was a little better after the second pour.
Clean malty aroma with a light hop presence.
A nice clean malty bacbone with a spicy hop flavor... I'd say Hallertauer or something of the likes.
Light bodied. The flavor really grabs the palate.
Good beer and drinkable. I'd say I could session to this one, but now that I see the alcohol content... okay maybe I'll still session to this one.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a creamy white head that has decent retention. The floral hop aroma features hints of sweet malt and just a touch of honey. The palate is very nicely balanced and includes both a bright but smooth maltiness and a sharp but not overwhelming hop bite. While there is some mild sweetness the flavor is mostly pretty dry with a leafy hop and smooth grain finish.

One of my favorite summer beers over here on the East coast, also one of the most drinkable American “double” Pilsners out there. Highly recommended.

Photo of amicar
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a golden- copper color with a bit of white head; darker than any standard pils I've seen. Smells slightly floral. Taste gives me a bit of spicy grapefruit, but more spice than fruit/ citrus, and not overdone. A nice crisp refreshing grain character. Feels heavier than a standard pils in the mouth, but compared to the ABV, nice and crisp, going down fairly smooth. a little too easy to have a few, but still not a "drink a six pack watching the ballgame" beer.

Photo of bjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the artwork on the Heavy Seas line of Clipper City.

A: Pours a golden color iwth a frothy half finger head that dissipates leaving patches on top. Nice amount of bubbles making it to the surface. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of bready, grainy, and wheaty malts hit the nose first combined with a nice undercurrent of sweet hops. Definately smells like a pils.
T: Malty notes are dominant but a slight bit of hops hit the tongue. Spicy notes on the sides of the mouth. Very nice and smooth tasting pils. High abv is slighty noticebale after about 3/4 of the beer. Warming in the belly.
M: Slick and somewhat oily mouthfeel but goes down very smooth as if on a slip and slide. Great tasting and refreshing.
D: High drinkability. Not very heavy even though its a double pils. I would have this again or anything else from CC as they've impressed me lately.

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small Craft Warning pours a pale gold color with a fair amount of haze. It produces a solid head and a lot of lacing. The aroma is serious Saaz hops, with an underlying earthy maltiness. A little musty with some bread-like qualities are also in the aroma, with a whiff or two of alcohol. The foretaste is sweet, very sweet. The sweetness has a pils malt flavor, and is balanced with a lot of hops. The beer has a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it, and could stand for a crisper finish. The hops are spicy and very flavorful, though. On the whole, this is a solid and enjoyable beer. Full of flavor and very aggressive.

Photo of geexploitation
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical about this at first, but it won me over. Pours a light gold with a sticky head and endless upward stream of bubbles. The aroma is quite spicy, but the hops have a fruity character that indicates something aside from Saaz hops were used. The flavor of this beer is quite nice. It starts off bitter, then veers toward dextrin sweetness before moving back to bitter again. Throughout all this, the beer displays a spice profiile unlike other pilsners I've had. Mouthfeel is thick and round throughout, and the only drawback to drinkability is the ABV. Overall, an excellent pilsner that I'd definitely have again.

Photo of kdmorse
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw-colored brew with 3-4 fingers of head when poured vigorously into a pilsner glass. Hundreds of bubbles race to the surface like hobos to a dropped quarter.

S: Grassy and piney hops aroma. Smells like a lawnmower when a haphazard mower catches some wildflowers and pine tree branches in the blades. Mmm… summer is coming.

T: Mostly grassy hops with a little bit of malt bringing up the rear. Malt is present throughout dancing in and out to balance the hops well. Finish is crisp. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice, upbeat pilsner bounce. Carbonation! Not too much, and not too little. Light enough to be refreshing, but just enough body.

D: Very easy to drink for an Uber-Pils. Drinks like a “normal” pilsner. Alcohol is low enough (for me) that it may be considered a “single” pilsner. Great to “session” as the weather warms up.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich golden color with a two finger frothy head with impressive rention and decent lacing. Intense carbonation fuels the head.

S - Smells very nice! A strong floral (daisies) and milder pine hops with wild grassy and a spicy coriander aroma.

T - Some mild grassy hops paired with a nice lightbodied malt backing. A touch of pine, coriander and nutmeg. A lightly bitter grassy and pine finish. Very nice.

M - Thin, a bit harsh from carbonation, otherwise mellow. This is a very refreshing brew.

D - Excellent. I am not much of pilsner fan, but this was well done. No way around it. It is strong, yet still sessionable. I am starting to respect Clipper City's Heavy Sea's line more and more with every beer I try.

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

Appearance - deeply golden beer with little head.

Smell - rich and malty scent. can sense a small bit of hops and flowers. little amount of caramel (malts).

Taste - very sweet and malty - little amount of hops, but it is just enough in this version of the pils.

Mouthfeel - full amount of body for a pilsner

Drinkability - could have a lot of these in the warm summer.

I came upon this brew randomly and usually don't drink a pilsner, but will be buying a good amount throughout the upcoming summer.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Ommegang Rare Vos tumber. The pils is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The pils is a straw-yellow color, clear with no sediment. There is a bit of lace surrounding the the glass, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: The pils has a light hop presence in the nose, a lot less than I expected. The hop presence that is there is citrusy, fairly pleasant but not nearly as strong as I'd like it.

Taste: As I sip the pils, it is very dry but lacks the hop punch I'd expect from a double pils. The hop taste that I pick up is slightly bitter, but not overpowering. There is also a decent biscuity malt flavor that doesn't quite stand up to the hops but does give it a shot.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth with a medium hop character, preventing it from overpowering the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I am more inclined to call it a pils vs double pils, but why quibble when it goes down smooth?

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

Thank you to akeeper for bringing this one over to enjoy while kicking some ass in Halflife II. But first... the rating!

Served from a 10oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a very nice, deep honey color. Golden and vibrant. The head rises to a lofty two inches before eventually settling down to a craggy but tenacious mat atop the beer. Leaves behind little islands of lacing all down the glass. Very nice.

S - Interesting Belgian-y yeastiness and a hit of honeyed sweetness. Some hoppiness, but this is not the main focus of the nose. Clean and organic.

T - Not as sweet as I was expecting. This beer definitely embodies all of the Eurpoean hop profile that you would hope it would exhibit - especially the metallic tinge that is often found in Czech pilseners. Aftertaste is organic, green and leafy. The alcohol is decently disguised but still evident.

M - Mouth filling and creamy, with a voluminous swallow. Very satisfying and well crafted.

D - Aside from the kicked up alcohol, this double pilsener is a good drinker. However, I prefer a little less kick from my pilseners so I can drink and be refreshed by more than the one you should stick to when imbibing this particular brew.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusty bronze in color, this beer is alluring. Prolific bubblage sizzles in the shiny slickness of the head. Very nice retention and lace, the best of the Clipper City line i've experienced.

Nose is clean and somewhat powdery pilsner malt. Vanilla. Breadiness. Snaps of gooey noble hop and classic malt flavors. Ends pillowy/marshmellow-like. Definitely not swappable with Rogue's interpretation, but close and good on its own.

Goes down really easy, but this does get a bit sweet. Boozey at times but I really liked this. Seems like it could split the skull pretty easily though...

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich gold color with a short white head. Nice spicey hop aroma. Sweet malts and noble hops come together nicely here. Very hoppy, but still nicely balanced. Nice mouthfeel, but what gets me on this beer is its great drinkability. Hoppy, alcoholic, but never overpowering.

This beer makes me wish there were more breweries making double pilsners. Or just more double pils available at all.

I'll take another thanks.

Photo of sacfly
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, notched Jan 06 as the “Purchase before” date for “brewery-fresh taste”

Pours a hazy yellow with medium carbonation and a nice light head of large bubbles. Smell is a touch of sweet malt and a light grass (in a good way).

The first thing that is noticed upon tasting is the medium to heavy body compared to most pilsners. Mild malt sweetness upfront that fades into a light hop bitterness that is gone in the aftertaste. You can really taste the grain and spicy Saaz in this one.

One of the best of the “Heavy Seas” line. Very good for everyday drinking when you are looking for something that is not so in your face, but yet is interesting and packs a punch.

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

The beer pours a very pleasant bright hazy yellow with a small but lumpy white head. The head drops off rather quickly but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as you go...

A pretty surprisingly light nose on this beer - at first I figured it was due to the chill (though Pilsners should be served cold) but even as it warmed up there wasn't much there to smell. There were light hints of grain, a rather sweet note (perhaps the alcohol) and a light but sweet rosy floral bouquet.

The taste had quite a bit more presence but still it was quite light and clean. There were very light grain notes hinting at wheat and a light but distinct hop note. There was real bitterness from the hops and an there was a rather distracting sweet, almost corn syrup like flavor to the beer. (No adjuncts here but it was almost like someone had slipped in a quarter teaspoon of Karo syrup)

Mouthfeel was very good. The bottle conditioning gives this a velvety, almost creamy texture that was by far the highlight of this brew. There was surprisingly little bittering which did leave a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

All in all a nice drinkable beer. Measured by Pilsner standards it's got a very light clean malt body but was a bit lacking in the hops. Perhaps "Über" means "almost" in a language similar to Czech...

Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, dated purchase before 2/06. Phew . . . .

A - beautiful orange, light amber glow. Nice one finger thick bright white head forms quickly, retreats to the rim, hangs around in puddles in the middle. Leaves moderate lacing.

S - LOTS of floral hop aroma, smells like an IPA. Solid, sweet, tangy caramel malt notes in the background.

T - citrusy, hoppy bitterness dominates the tongue. Spicy sharpness on the roof of my mouth. Alcohol well hidden. The citrusy/fruity/floral hop flavors are abundant, making this beer a bit confusing to me. Hard to separate the hop fruitiness from potential yeast fruitiness, which would be uncharacteristic of a pils.

M - medium bodied, again surprising for a pils, but I guess not an imperial pils. Malt slides right over your tongue. Carbonation average to above average, tingles the tongue just a tad.

D - fantastic brew, would love to have this during the summer as an alternative to lighter pilsners. Seems like an interesting hybrid between an IPA and a pilsner.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Throws a pale yellow in color, with a sticky white head. Mild carbonation. Very nice aroma—spicy hops and citrus (lemon peel and oranges). A large come and go blast of juicy hops combined with sweet malts. The body is sufficient and will offer up some wheat malt and bread dough type flavorings. Crisp herbal notes and day old grapefruit juice resides on the palate. Very nicely done.

Photo of copasetic
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark gold, light apricot that appears hazy. Poured with a 1/2 inch head, quickly dissapating into thin lacing. Crisp light lager smell with hints of wet dog. Mild floral hop aroma --Saaz? Tettnang? Starts out feeling medium-bodied, but as it warmed, it transitioned into the heavier character of other Heavy Seas beers from Clipper City. Taste is clean, slightly malty (with a hint of caramel malt?), herbal, and a bit alcoholic. Lingering finish with a strong floral/herbal note of European hops.

Overall, smooth and drinkable. Almost exactly what I'd expect of a classic Pils taken to a higher gravity. If were slightly lighter-bodied, I'd call it excellent.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. with Nov. '05 notched, but another 3 months can only do so much damage to 7.5% right? It pours into the pilsner glass a hazed gold that is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, and is paler toward the bottom of the glass. It has fairly good visible carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head that slowly recedes and leaves lots of nice lacing. One bottle produced a head so dense you could poke at it and it would move - never seen a head that thick on a pilsner. It smells of citric and piney hops with notes of malts and perhaps a vinous quality. The taste is about the same with a decent bitterness, some fruitiness, and a medium body that is pretty smooth and leaves a medium finish. Pretty tasty, but I bet it tastes better when fresh. Seems like a good style but I need to find other examples.

Photo of TongoRad
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label notched May/06

Deep golden yellow color with a two-finger rocky head that sticks around for a while and then settles down to a fine layer atop the beer.

Aroma is milder than expected but it has a definite presence. Creamy malt hits you first and an instant later the grassy hops come on. The sensation comes across as a gust of fresh air. Some alcohol makes an appearance soon after that.

The palate is as smooth as silk; grassy and dairy-like. Bitterness is a constant gate keeper but it takes a back seat to the burly maltiness. The alcohol is there if you look for it.

12oz. is the proper size serving for this beer- any more and it could get cloying pretty quickly. As a one shot deal this is good stuff indeed on its own, but when paired with real smoked BBQ it becomes more of a quaffer.

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

Reviewed from detailed notes. A gift of Higravity ala SS'05. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Poured a 3-finger pillowy banana-meat-colored head. The liquid was slightly cloudy and slightly particulated and light apricot in color. Smelled of honey and flowers. Hallertauer hops is my guess. Orange essence. Tasted oranges, woody drying finish. Nice and crisp. Some hop bitter that combines nicely with a hint of carb sting. Some alcohol flavor? I wonder if it's just flat hop co-ho. I'll have to check the ABV when I type this in. Light body with a chewy character. Md carbonation. Substantial lacing. A bit hoppier than I was expecting, but enjoyable.

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