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

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | 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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Ratings: 1,024 | Reviews: 580
Photo of blackie
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my pilsner glass gives a huge, slightly off-white, meringue like head. It takes quite awhile for it to recede enough for me to take a sip. Great lacing. The beer is a pale golden amber in color.

smell: Corny ethanol notes, the concentrated sweetness of pale German malts, and grassy noble hops.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body medium.

taste: Very interesting. It's just like a standard pilsner with an extra dose of malt. Somehow, it manages to be heavy in flavor but subtle at the same time...ok, hard to explain. Big German pale malt flavors, moderately sweet, with a corny note. Noble hop flavors and a light bitterness. A little too sweet, a slight more bitterness would be nice to provide some balance. A touch of grainy ethanol.

drinkability: Quite easy, and a tasty beer. Very much, to my palate, like a malt liquor...in the same vein as DFH Liquor de Malt.

Acquired in "These go to eleven...a bif" from goodbyeohio. Notched as best by Jan '07.

Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double pilsner, eh? Well, I’ll tell you – this was a damn fine brew. Don’t know if it matches the style, since it’s my first.

But yum, what a brew, amber orange pour like a harvest moon. Froathy, but thin white head – some ring laces.

Smells just like an IPA – hoppy. But the taste was heavy malt pilsner – woody and earthy. And finishes with a nice hop kick. Very smooth, the relatively high abv (7.5) is very subtle and hides well in the malts and hops.

Very full bodied, rich and thick – even a little oily in the mouth. Very nice brew, I’m looking forward to a few more of these – hell, at $8 six packs these make for a good drinkin’ brew.

Photo of Cresant
2.26/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this 12 oz. into a pilsner glass. Deep golden clear body. Two fingers of head faded rather quickly.

Smell was primarily of alcohol. Malty sweetness and mild graininess.

Taste was sweet as well. Where are the hops? Unbalanced and lacking any noble hops signature. Corn husks and caramel. Not crisp or refreshing. Not what I expected of a double pilsner.

Mouthfeel was syrupy and rather heavy.

I will not drink this one again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good pilsner. Usually not the greatest pilner fan, but I've made the exception for this brew. Simply sweetened with bready / earthy pilner malts and balanced well with German earthy hops. Lightly lemony and citrusy with a light and round mouthfeel. A noticible alcohol flavor and warmth adds depth without becomming a distraction. Might make for a good cross-over beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label states "Purchase before Oct 06". Check. Pours a clear golden color with lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Fluffy white head. Looks very appealing, and refreshing. Grassy, floral and slightly sulfurous in the aroma. Great head retention, along with some patches of laced on the sides of the glass. Big amount of pale malt. Not as clean as I had hoped for. Good amount of grassy hops, with some sweetness. Some floral hops close in at the end. Medium body. Overall not bad, but a bit rough.

Photo of aforbes10
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the heavy seas mix pack i bought. This one pours out orange with a large head that turns creamy on top. smells malty, with european hops and some wet yeast odor. Taste is very smooth, mildly spicy, malty and fresh. Balanced, and heavy for a pils, but thats why they call it an "Uber Pils" i guess. Quite good...drinkability probably its best characteristic.

Photo of karengarys
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like... Beer... Typical clear golden beer. Maybe a hint darker than miller.

Taste is, well - Beer - but it is oddly more than normal - which is good. I'm not a pilsner fan, they seem limp to me, but this one has a bit of heft in its character. I actually like it quite a bit. It has a malty fullness with a hoppy edge that leans slightly dry. I can't pick up any outstanding flavors, perhaps "seltzer"...

mouthfeel is unusually good. Somewhat coarse, but the bubbles stand up to the drink all the way down.

Finish is crisp, leaving a bit of aftertaste which is easily remidied by another sip...

The alcohol is well hidden. You can't tell it is a high alcohol content variation.

I'm not a pilsner fan. I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer because of that preferencet. If you like pilsners, but want just a little more ...heft... , by all means seek high and low for this, and try it if you see itl!

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a rich full ubber pilsner. Nice. Like DFH Golden Shower this beer is sweet and malty but not so sharply sugary. It is also perfectly dry and hoppy.

I let this one warm and served in my pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours clear gold and has a hint of amber in the hue. White head. Rather typical in appearance and then the surprises begin.

Smell: Some doughy attributes and then a grassy hop character fill the nose with a rich and full aroma (for a pilsner).

Taste & Mouthfeel: Extremely approachable and even more quaffable! This beer is front loaded with sweet bready malt flavors. It is so smooth its ridiculous the mouthfeel is almost an extension of the flavor. The flavors are beautifully complex as the sweet teeters off into the bitter and the entire experience seems well orchestrated and planned to a T. All the way through the beer there is a zippy spicy element that keep you on your toes. The aftertaste is glorious, dry and grassy but balanced with hints of sweetness, and last just long enough for you to begin to revel in it but then fades before you start to worship it. That requires you to drink another sip to get more which leads us to drinkability.

Drinkability: DANGEROUS! The 7.5% ABV is so well hidden you won't know it's over five, until the third one. This beer is so refreshing and easy to put back, you'll wonder after the second why do a feel so warm and the third will still go down. Certainly it is not a session beer but unfortunately you don't figure that out right away ;-) it is so tasty and drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.

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.

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