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

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | 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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am enjoying a couple of 12oz bottles of this at the moment. Initially tried some vom Faß at the American Beer Fest last fall. Pleasantly surprised to find some available in the area.

Reminds me, in one way, of a German Pils, in that it takes a while to pour due to the prodigious head! On the other hand, there is some cloudiness within, due to a slight bit of bottle-sediment. Bier itself was a robust golden hue, with the aforementioned haze. Plentiful carbonation rises topside, towards the 1.5" fluffy mound of billowy, white foam crowning the liquid. There is great lacing left behind, as the head very slowly devolves into a creamy layer of suds. Aroma emits some citrus-like notes along with a breadiness and perhaps a hint of hoppy spiciness. Small Craft has a medium body; no more, no less. Relatively smooth on the tongue, too, for a Pils.

Down the hatch it goes, with a bready maltiness laying a baseline for the flavor profile. Lightly fruity, with a sort of tropical aspect, which segues into a spicy hop character, which lasts long afte this vessel has passed over the horizon. As for the 7.5% abv, I didn't notice it at all, save for perhaps lending something to the spicy action I pick up. This is characterized as an American Double Pils. While I have read the style description, it's not one I am overly familiar with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it at ABF, and I'm glad I picked up a six of Small Craft.


overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones. Best before date is Feb 06.

Pours a clear exceptionally deeply golden beer. There is a slight orange tint here but holding this up against some white bond paper the color of this beer is the richest golden color I have seen in a beer. Good fine bubbled head. This looks great in the glass.

Smell is deeply rich bread and malt with a spicy hop edge. Lots of good Pilsner malt in the scent with some floral scents from the hops. Hops are faintly citrus and strongly herbal here with a slight caramel scent from the malt.

Taste is thickly malted with a slight sweetness and a solid hop kick in the first sip. Very smooth Pilsner flavor with an equally well controlled spicy hops bite. Mild to sip with a nice hop bite from a full mouthful. Hop sensation is a bit oily here.

The only fault here is that the mouthfeel is a bit too full for a Pilsner. It is thick to the point it seems a bit flat even though there are abundant bubbles.

Nicely drinkable especially for a Double Pilsner. Very good flavor without getting harsh and no detectable alcohol. Only fault is the weird thickness to this. Still I would gladly drink a second one.

Zorro, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of hustlemuscle
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Clipper City, a brewery to keep an eye on, apparantly.

Big foamy head, a little deeper yellow than most pilsners, maybe uber-yellow. Nice crisp pilsner saaz scent. A little fruity, very saazy. Big and bold, a little bready. Smoth and easy to drink, a little tart. I like this one, one to seek out again.

hustlemuscle, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a thick, creamy, off-white head that is fed by streams of carbonation. Golden straw colored beer is just slightly hazy. Aroma reminds me of candied grapefruit with whiffs of alcohol here and there, but a bit disappointing since I was expecting more herbal/spicy hops. Sugar coated citrus up front that dries out quickly. I swear there is a caramel sweetness towards the end, but it's mild and overcome by the bitter peppery finish. Compared to Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner this one didn't quite make the leap from IIPA. It's a tasty, inviting brew of which I'd be happy to drink several.

HappyHourHero, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a 2" fluffy head. Very light lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some soft grapefruit and malt.

Taste: the flavor has a decent malty backbone, with some sharp citrus and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and smooth at the start. The finish is lightly crisp and mildly dry. The aftertaste is is of the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, but overall I did not get overly excited with the flavor.

Gavage, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with a thick puffy head. Nice citrus and spice hop aroma with some bready/creamy sweet malt to balance. Rich malty flavor with well balanced bitterness. Flavorful and complex floral and spicy noble hop profile. Bitterness seems to fade by the end and a sense of alcohol creeps in to the smell. Smooth and easy to drink.

Great rounded hop flavors - well crafted. I will be getting this again.

Uber tasty.

wedge, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger head.This is a real good looking beer.The smell is biscuit like,like walking into a bakery.There is also a slight floral scent to this beer.The taste is a creamy,citrus filled,lemon?,floral,and yeast flavor to this.The m/f is heavier than I thought with a hoppy aftertaste.This is very ale like,not bad,but not the best I ever had.

jmz62565, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice clear blond beer but there was very little head. The smell is very faint, not bad or good, it just smells like any lager. The taste is mild also, slightly sweet with a tasty hop presence. It is not as bitter as I expected, but the hops do a good job of keeping the sweetness at bay. The mouthfeel is nice and thick for a pilsner. The alcohol doesn't seem as high as it is. It is very drinkable. In the summer I will definitely seek this one out.

bigbubba, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of becktone
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murky lemon yellow color. In appearance it reminds me of a witbier, specifically Blue Moon Belgian White. The beer is opaque, looks quite a bit like lemon pie filling. There is very little head on this beer. When initially poured there was a small meager head but it quickly dissipated to a meager lacing. This could however, be because of the way the glass was last washed. I'm really not sure. Perhaps if there were a larger head or some lacing it would look a bit more apetizing.

My first impression of the beer's aroma was that it is similar to that of grapefruits and other citrus fruits. Though now that I go back and keep tying to smell it some more I get something a bit different. I can't really put my finger on it. For me it is hard to determine what this beer smells like.

I really like the taste of this beer. It is well balanced and has a nice hop character to it, there is also a bit of malt character to it but the hop character seems to come through just a bit more. Still it is excellently balanced. It has a crisp clean bitterness and taste. None of what I smelled in the aroma is apparent in the taste of the beer.

Mouthfeel of this beer is good. It is medium/light bodied and therefore is not heavy on the palate. It has an average amount of carbonation that nicely compliments the taste of this beer. As to the drinkability, I have to say that I do like this beer and would buy it agiain. It is very easy to drink and goes down very easily and smoothly.

becktone, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from squidswilbsquids as part of the Beer & Gear BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Buy before notched Nov05.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with sparse delicate lacing. Aroma is pale malts and crisp hops. Taste is upfront with biscuity pale malt sweetness, balanced and then overcome by prickly hops flavor. Mouthfeel could be a tad smoother, but still a nice brew, and drinkability is pleasing as well, especially for the abv. Always a good brew to have if you can find it.

ppoitras, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden hue with a good inch of stark white, creamy head on top. Appealing aroma of spicy floral hops, light citrus, and a touch of biscuity sweetness. Palate strikes a good balance between a the light sweetness of the malt and the tanginess of the assertive hops. A hint of lemon also makes an appearance before a fairly astringent finish. The relatively light, crisp body belies the alcohol content of this beer, making it dangerously drinkable. I'm a fan.

ElGordo, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweisermillercoors have made "pilsner" a dirty word, but hopefully this "uber pils" from Clipper city will do a little to help change the way people look at pilsners. It certainly did for me.

Pours the expected light golden color. Smell is sweetish, maybe some citrus in there.

The taste is excellent! Its hard to believe this is a pilsner. The hops are very present, which is great. Its a crisp brew, and the alcohol is strong. Medium-low carbonation, and plenty of body. Very satisfying and filling for such a light beer.

The beer with four names: Clipper City Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils is highly recommended. I can easily say its the best pilsner I've ever had.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One word sums up this brew: MALT. And wads of it. Pours out to a hazy gold color similar to a well made belgian. Nice 1/2 inch head and traces of lace. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of malt dominate, with some notes of hops. Taste is similar; flavors of malt are powerful, with some floral hops and a breadiness character that adds to the depth, which would be nearly one sided otherwise. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost chewy due to the heavy maltiness. Drinkability is average; this is a good beer, but borders on malty overdose. Recommended for malt addicts and pilsner lovers.

Frozensoul327, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of MarineHokie
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright, slightly syrupy, golden color. Thick white head. Decent retention left sticky lacing.

S- Malty, not much hop aroma.

T- Full malt sweetness, overshadows hops almost like a Belgian Pale. Alcoholic, smooth, and round with a slight warming finish.

M- Initially oily mouthfeel eventually evened out by medium carbonation.

I’d get this one again

MarineHokie, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy dark yellow color with a decent creamy white head that doesn't last long, some lacing in my glass. Mostly citrus in the aroma, sweet bread, honey and lemon flavors. Medium to full bodied with a slick, smooth mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side.

maxpower, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This made a lively phffft when I opened it. Head disappears after a minute or two. Body is a clear straw yellow. Faint aroma of lightgrain malt. As my glass empties a bit I detect some grapefruit hops.

Taste seemed sweet at first, but quickly becomes completely balanced. A big and refreshing malt flavor comes first, then the citric hops. The first Pilsner I actually enjoy. Mouthfeel is crisp, although a little thick. I wish I had another. Thanks to meathookjones for the trade.

Sephiroth, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber coloered beer has a slight haze. There is a small creamy off white head with good lace. The aroma has a strong grapfruit hop character with a light grain malt background. At first sip it seems like a slightly malty pils. but the hop gradually grow on the back of your tongue. Making for an interesting bitter grapfruit hop finish.

ybnorml, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Tim460
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that turns to lacing that lasts after a couple minutes.
Smell- A nice floral hop smell balanced quite nicely by the smell of malt.
Taste- Excellent taste much better than what i was expecting. Malty up front with a hop bitterness in the back. Excellent balance.
Mouthfeel- Great carbonation and a light body. Beer feels great going down, very smooth.
Drinkability- alcohol is hidden well making this a dangerous brew. A real treat, I was suprised by this beer it's only the second clipper city offering that I've tried and I'm impressed.

Tim460, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of OldSock
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle dated best before 6/05. Poured into my pilsner glass with a huge tight white head. Great lacing and tremendous retention. Clear golden yellow beer with rapid bubbles.

Smell – Neutral, with a hint of sweetness and just a little canned veg. Where are the hops?

Taste – Clean flavor, slightly toasted malts and some light hops. Decent flavor for a light colored lager, but not much really going on. Needs more hops, no contest in terms of complexity when you compare this to something like prima pils.

Mouthfeel – Sharp carbonation on top of a medium-light body.

Drinkability & Notes – The alcohol is barely noticeable, and the body is light, very drinkable if all I want is some alcohol in my bloodstream. Pretty good for what it is, I personally liked Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner more, but this is a decent replacement for a fraction of the money.

OldSock, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a clear yellow beer that formed an enormous, five finger rocky head. It took quite a while to die down. Tremendous.

Aroma was of strong citrusy hops with medium malts underneath. Slightly sweet. Much hoppier than most lagers I have experienced, and not at all skunky.

The taste was of slightly sweet malt hiding underneath a biting citrusy hop bitterness. Are you sure this is a lager? Tastes much more like an ale. Easily the best lager I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was quite good, full and well-rounded.

Drinkability is very good, despite the ABV. It sure didn't taste like a 7.5% brew, that's for sure. It was balanced very well.

connecticutpoet, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Features a lacy white head over semi-hazy rich golden liquid. Nose is perfumy,flowery, grassy hops with light biscuity malt underlying the hops. Taste is sweet and malty first with a healthy dose of hops, well balanced. Finishes herbal, bitter, fruity and quite long.

beerluvr, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy gold with a lasting white head and lots of lacing.
Smell is of a nice hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt and corn syrup.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet breadiness.
Moutfeel is sweet and crisp with effervescence.
Drinkability...enjoyable. I would get again.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance was very attractive due to a high clarity, active carbonation, and a one finger thick classic looking head. The aroma was less cleanly hoppy than a regular Pilsner, and had hints of tropical fruits creeping in, which although attractive, don’t normally belong in the style. The taste was sweet and minerally-dry with more than a hint of spicy noble hops. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, and flawless. The 7.5% alcohol was masterfully hidden. Hidden behind what, I can’t tell. The only thing that slightly hindering high drinkability was the sweetness that got a little heavy handed. I am glad these are available here in Georgia now, as I can see going to this well quite often to quench my thirst.

rajendra82, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Never had a Double Pils before, so I'm no expert on the style, but compared with other craft pils I have tried, I can see why this is indeed an odd yet tasty beer.

Lighter orange rather than that yellow I know, it was more the color of malt liquors with similar head retention, and looks. However, it looked fuller so it gets better than average. Plus, it had the beads of beer when poured...

Smell was odd. At first it smelled fruity but when poured into the glass , I'd could detect a odd "catsup" smell and slight hoppy notes it also had a sugary scent that screamed malt liquor.

Mouth was good, and had a nice foam and went down being a little thicker than most.

Taste was not malt liquor, and that was good, but it seemed almost like some octoberfests that I've had, only the hops were sudued, the malt didn't make itself known but the raisin taste was there and the wheat aftertaste was also pretty good.

So, I just don't know. I probably would not get this again because while it was fairly good, it was dangerously much like malt liquor. It's kind of like when I had an imperial porter, seemed like they boosted the alcohol content just to have it and that detracted from a decent beer.

Ricochet, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light yellow with a pumpkin-tinged crown.. lots of random sticky lacing and a patchy funk of wisps on the surface. bubbles struggle in the mix. smells of lager yeast and syrupy sweetness. not much in terms of hops or developed sugar. slight roasty character. hoppier in the mouth, with a dry finish and a unique counter-balance of sweet adjuncty base and green green botanicals. for 7.5%, this is a heavy ass beer disguised as something much lighter. with morimoto, i got more flavor and balance out of the beer and didn't mind its big gravity. here, i wish for a similarly flavored 'single' pils with a higher drinkability. decent, but not one i'd revisit again. this style needs an affordable, flawless example to continue to flourish.

goodbyeohio, Oct 02, 2005
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
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