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

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | 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 therica
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Poured a foamy head which lasted for a minute or so. Medium honey yellow color with a tinge of orange.

S= nice hops florals, slightly rusty malts that on a bad day can smell like scrambled eggs.

T= interesting, a bit hoppy, nice quality malts, not overly bitter but enough to be in balance or slightly more. I really like the malts. Slight sweetness.

M= malts, slight bubblegum, slightly astringent, slightly dry.

O= I'd drink a few of these easily, or session, or great for a party or dining with friends.

Photo of bruachan
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a little darker, and perhaps with some orangish hues that your average pils won't have. head retention was not particularly remarkable

very hoppy aroma: flowery and fruity. citrus and apricot, as well. very fruity tasting as well. decidedly maltier than a standard pils, but still with an aggressive hop character

i think the beauty of a nice pils is totally hijacked by this style. my expectation of pilsners is a clean malt that crisply sets up hops. this is just too sugary. one style that "imperial" or "double" just doesn't belong in front of

Photo of oelergud
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent straw-orange body with low carbonation. Creamy tiny bubbled head. Ok retention and little lace.
Nose of caramel and faint molasses. Fresh and inviting. Some scarce notes of hops.
Crisp and sweet sensation. Taste is caramel and toffee leading seemlessly into the aftertaste of stronger malt notes and somewhat spiked hop characters.
Medium body leaving medium coating.
Good drinkability.


Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze color with a smallish fizzy dirty white head. A few bubbles go to the top but the carbonation looks weaker than I would have liked. The bottle says its conditioned but this liquid looks quite transparent to me even though I made a vigorous pour. However I like the clearer look of the pils.

Aroma has a general malty grain to it with a floral hoppy bitterness. Herbal astringencies come toward the finish. A bit of a metallic smell comes in the further I drink.

Taste begins with a rich malty flavor. Different that what I'd expect. Thicker than what I'd expect. Rich flavor still is more grain and not sweet upfront but it does coat the palate a bit. Hops ride in but don't really come full force. Much more balanced. A bit spicy and grassy but not acidic at all. A touch of alcohol contains everything. Finish is really quite sweet and leaves the mouth with a burnt caramel aftertaste.

It's an odd beer but I enjoyed its balance and smoothness as well as the firm malt structure and contained hops. I did not care for the weak carbonation, too sweet of a finish, and sometimes muddled flavors.

All in all its worth getting and trying.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a two finger width head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell starts off with some crisp hops and some malt. Taste is a very crisp and clean maltyness that finishes with some nice hop bitterness that is slightly oily. The mouthfeel is good for a double pilsner, very heavy in the mouth and sits well on the tongue. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of silenius
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a beautifully clear orange tinted yellow with a nice frothy head and beads of carbonation continually rose to the surface.

Smell is lightly grassy and minty with a nice sweetness thrown in on the end.

Taste is about equally bitter and sweet to my palate. The bitterness lingers along with an odd sweet flavor that rests in the middle of my tongue. The alcohol on this starts to warm the sides of my tongue pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel is strangely thick with the visible carbonation not really coming through in the mouthfeel.

A pretty good strong sipper.

Photo of Imbiber
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle (thanks Chuck!) with an amusing cartoon on the label - a good start.

Colour is rich gold, the smell is grassy and of aroma hops. The taste is predominately malty with a fair hoppiness, also just a little hint of diacetyl. Quite smooth with a tapered malty finish, a little blunt; this is a beer that is quite easily drinkable and doesn't reveal its strength instantly.

Basically, not bad at all but in my opinion could be a little more hoppy for maximum enjoyment.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark, golden honey hue with a head just a touch off white. Full and creamy the head is a good half inch and holding strong.

S: Green grapes, fresh cut grass, white corn and a clean malty aroma.

T: Not as flavorfull as I thought it would be with the aroma it delivered. Very bland with a stark pilsner hop profile. Towards the end and aftertaste an alcoholic malt flavor surfaces, similar to a malt liquor. Metallic coin taste becomes displayed the warmer the beer gets.

M: Medium bodied with a decent carbonation but a tad prickly.

D: The aftertaste is sort of bugging me. I feel like it wasn't put together well, this isn't a flavor you strive for (in my opinion). I'll pass in the future.

Photo of Hagbard
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in November 2005 (review was written in March '06), clearly labelled, nicely done. It pours a pale gold with good clarity and a fairly thick white head. A steady stream of carbonation makes its way to the top of the glass. The aroma is dominated by a maltiness with some grassy hops. The taste is dominated by a malt base and just has a touch of grassy hops. It has a sweetness to it that isn't balanced enough by a bitterness as a pilsner should. There is a very strange taste that asserts itself, but I can't tell if it's an odd hop flavor or if it's coming from the malt. Either way it obstructs the pilsner taste that should be there. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and thick. The drinkability suffers due to the strange taste and a residual sweetness that builds up over the course of the glass. This was a pretty disappointing beer.

Photo of
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. True gold in color, very clear. Moderate head with a strong pour. Aroma was excellent, with the hops coming through as a pine scent, then some nice malt/yeast aroma. Taste was pretty good as well, with a balance between the malt and the hops, although the hops did come on a little stronger. Mouthfeel was lively and well carbonated. Unfortunately, for me, something intangible is missing, and I did not perceive this as something I wanted more of. The only thing I could put my finger on was that I like the malt to be less noticeable in this style.

Photo of ism
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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
4.07/5  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
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.72/5  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
4.32/5  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
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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%
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
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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