1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,007 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,007 | Reviews: 576 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beerluvr
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just my second double pils, so I don't have a huge base of knowledge, but I liked both this one and Rogue's Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.

Pours out like most any other pilsner, clear yellow-gold with a moderate white head that looks a bit sticky and leaves a nice little lace.

Smell is hoppy, smells like nice Euro pils hops, with a thick bready maltiness in there as well. Gets one excited to take a sip.

The flavor is spot-on, malty and biscuity enough to stand up to the bitter wallop of hops. A tad citric at times. Somewhat spicy, almost like a DIPA, but it is held in balance by the malt so well, it almost comes off as a bit sweet.

Overall: Wow, this is really great for the price and the rarity of the style; I need to try the other High Seas beers from Clipper City.

Photo of budsboy
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely clear, orange and glorius. Three-finger bone-white frothy and sticky head.

Smell is raw, earthy noble hops and spice, sweet malt and lemon.

Not subtle. Nice balance of hop bite, malt sweetness and warming alcohol, leaning to the hoppy side. Tangy citrus, malty sweet. Mmm-mmm.

A big pilsner, this. Full and thick and enjoyable. Carbo is perky, still manages to come of as a light meal. Ahhhh.

I thouroughly enjoyed this one. Taste is warm and familiar. My first Clipper City brew and a dandy it is. I'll take another. Try some.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into appropriate glassware.
There is a beautiful opaque yellowness to this beer. Not too much of a head, but I really wasn’t trying to achieve one. There is sediment in this bottle conditioned pils and I did my best to leave it in the bottle.

The smell was nice here and above average when considering the traditional euro-lager or green bottled smell. I know its a German Style pils but the comparison seems appropriate.

This is a wonderful and underrated style of beer, done fantastically by Clipper City. The taste is somehow very big and malty- super fill bodied and the carbonation was perfect. There is a mildly bitter top-end taste of hops, but it is not overpowering and skunky. This matches quite well with the underlying big and high gravity body. Nice lingering finish with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall quite refreshing. Will recommend this and buy it again.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw gold when served, I liked the look of the white snowcap head. Pretty clean aroma. Medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation was pretty low as well. I did enjoy the toasty malt taste, and the fact that even though there was some sweetness, it was kept to a minimum. Pretty pleasant to drink, especially at that abv.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This isn't overcarbonated, and thus I will just concede that the huge, rocky fluffy head on this thing is warranted. Nice! Bright golden color with huge bubbles billowing towards the head, which now is still intact, though significantly diminished.

Nose is herbal, leafy and exhibits some solid hop bitterness, hopefully letting its drinker know they are getting a well hopped pils. And it doesn't disappoint. Carbonation bites the tongue initially but quickly disappears, showing the softness of this brew. Crisp and refreshing with a really nice hop bitterness not oft seen in American Pilsners. Nothing too complex, but well balanced if nothing else, and the alcohol gives a nice warming effect as well. Nicely done.

Photo of Gritsak
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-brilliant gold with a thick, sticky white head. laces all down the glass.

S- little sweet and lots of malt.

T- malty, spicey, bit of hop presence.

M- medium body low carbonation. extremely smooth and creamy.

D- cant even detect 7.5% here. very easy to drink

overall- im quite impressed with this beer. very clean, smooth and refreshing taste. balanced perfectly. defintely worth a try.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was lightly sweet and malty. The taste was richly malty with some sweetness, alcohol, and a bit of mild, grassy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. Overall this was a good beer, but somewhat too malty to be highly drinkable for me.

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

A whipping whilrlwhind goes on in my glass, a maelstrom that settles to a steady vertical stream, right up the glass...aside from that, we have pale, slightly hazed yellow, and a capable head, creamy, sticky, lacey. Nice.

Aroma: soft and light. Buttered popcorn, creamed corn, herbal, vegetal...huh.

Taste: smooth, and tasty, filling on the mouthfeel, with a soft, juicy, fruity factor. Slightly sticky, and ultra-malty, this has a big bread and yeast thing hapening, very raw, very naked. Very tasty, almost piney, citric hops gripping the flavor. This gets better the more I drink it. I like, I like...

almost tastes like a pale ale, got some pineapple going on here, but it's a lager all right, a damned tasty one, too, and quite unique. I give 'er a thumbs up. Kinda.

Again, thanks go to ppoitras, and BiF 19.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful “American Double Pilsner”!
Nice golden color, clear and clean, tight white head, and a never ending race of bubbles to the top of the glass. Decent lace. Aroma is a bit grassy, sweet and bitter. Taste is smooth and crisp. A nice mixture of bready malt with the grassy hop feel leaves a crisp bitterness in the end. A great balance of the two.

Bottom line this is one fine brew. Easy to drink and enjoy. This beer is great alone or with a meal. 7% could sneak up on you but the flavor of this beer is simply wonderful. A must try.

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

This poured with a huge, thick, white head that as it dissipated, it left the begiinings of Belgian lace along the side of the glass. The color was a hazy golden-yellow. The nose was faintly malty, but there was a definite presence of hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a really interesting spiciness, like cloves, on the palate. The finish was more malty than hoppy, which was a bit of a surprise. I really like this beer. I would drink it routinely on a hot, humid east coast day like today and ABV be damned! Argh! Full speed ahead.

Photo of robertp1024
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This uber pils pours a rich amber golden color. Very thick creamy white head which stays around through the entire lenth of the beer. Leaves traces throughout the glass as well. The scent is hoppy, grassy and floral. Quite strong. The taste is clean and refreshing. Slightly bitter hops flavor, but not overpowering. The taste of yeast/bread comes through as well. There is a very slight kick to remind you of the 7.5%abv. All around a smooth beer for someone who likes some hops, and wants to get away from a pale ale.

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts malty/hoppy with some sweetness, finish is clean with some hoppiness. Nice pilsner. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice medium clear golden with a light but sticky white head,herbal/grassy hop aromas jump out at ya with a underlying dry biscuity maltiness to let you know its there..Wow uber is the word here as in uber hopped strong grass and herbal flavors for sure with just enough bready malt in the background to keep it balanced but the hop profile steals the show.Wow a hoppy American pilsner that is oh so quaffable for the alc% I couldnt believe that it was 7.5% man I could drink this all day I Think but it would catch up to me sooner or later,either way damn good.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Beltway Fine Wine in Baltimore and enjoyed several times throughout the week during vacation. Best by June 2005 clearly notched on the side, but I wasn't overly afraid that this one wouldn't hang.

Citrus and floral hops on the nose.

Medium bodied brew that is bittingly bitter at first. Enough to make several non-hopheads cringe last week. The flavor is still quite rich and complex with some dough like maltss in there with the typical grassiness that I get with most pilsners.

Extremely drinkable. Enjoyed while night-time surf fishing and with some queso-dip. A tasty pilsner with some added hops cojones.

Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy white head that settles to a pasty sheet after a moment. Patches of condensed lacing with good strength. Crisp golden in color with some substance; noticeable carbonation.

Moderate candied sweetness upfront with hints of strong malted wheat and grain. Light citrus aromas: pear, lemon, and green apple with whaffs of alcohol.

Light candy-tinged malt profile immediately met and overpowered by a clean, stiff, and strong wheat and grain flavor. A syrupy sweetness with moderate alcohol flavors throughout the sip. Finish is clean and not as dry as a traditional Pils; tones of pear and green apple in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; syrup-like and almost thick on the palate. The Pils' natural graininess on the palate is masked by this version's sweetness and hefty alcohol presence.

A beefed up version of a traditional Pilsener. At 7.5% abv this one's worth a try for the novelty alone, and it doesn't disappoint. A session brew may be asking too much of this one.

Photo of kegerator
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice pils to say the least.
pours a hazy deep yellow with hints of amber. quite carbonated and a huge 3 inch head appears even with an easy pour the head was big. frothy and foamy and left big lacing throughout.
aroma was floral hop up front with hints of slight citrus and a sweet malt aroma sitting in the back.
taste was a hit of malt with nice hit of floral hops that lingered. overall it was well balanced and the alcohol was not noticeable at all. Medium bodied this was a crisp, clean and very very refreshing brew that left me wanting another. An excellent pilsner any day of the week.

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

Pours a cloudy 14k whote gold color with a densely packed smooth dull white head that leaves a surprising amount of lace on the pint.
Aroma has a definitive lime profile like VE 04.04.04 and some other perfumed and floral hops on a bed of cracked grain and pale malt.
Flavors of citrus, grass and bread dominate with some highly spiced but very light hops floating on the palate.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick for the style. Just short of medium-bodied maybe with a hint of the alcholic power present behind the sweetness of the abundane of malts.
Drinkability is very good. Very refreshing beer. Great after a swim sort of the Uber-lawnmower beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it may look just like a regular pils, looks can be deceiving! Clipper City's Uber Pils delivers a rich, strong, hoppy and drinkable lager! The nose is bright with citrusy (lemon rind), floral (dried rose petals), and spicy hops nestled down in a bed of sweet bready malt. It's surprisingly medium bodied (although it does lean towards being full); and it's superbly smooth and dextrinous across the palate with a very fine, natural carbonation that just lightly pricks the tongue. The flavor is even richer than the nose suggests, but it's not overdone in anyway. The doughy malt base is backed by a solid bitterness; and it's well-infused with floral, grassy, and spicy hop flavors. It's very well balanced, and perhaps even a bit too much so, as it finishes pretty much the same way it began. Hmmm...? The sweetish, bready malt slowly fades along with its beautiful hop flavors and bitterness, leaving us not with a bang but a whimper. Maybe another 5 to 10 BU's are warranted.... and then again, maybe not - this is one really drinkable strong lager, and perhaps its overall round softness is more important that a little bit more complexity. Either way, this one's a winner!

Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this tasty pils into a pils glass. Pours with a big, white, foamy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. Visually, the beer pours a pale golden yellow. As for smell, hops are up front with hints of fresh cut grass. What an incredibly smooth beer. Not over the top considering the avb of 7.5%. Hops and malt are well balanced making for an easy drinking beer, crisp and downright tasty and refreshing though it does leave your mouth a bit dry which makes me want to drink more of this beer. Overall, a very good imperial pils. Alcohol is well hidden which could make this beer a very dangerous session brew. Not quite as good at the Dominion Spring Brews but its not far behind. Go out and seek this one.

Photo of asabreed
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know they made Double Pilsners, but I was anxious to try this, especially after really liking the Saison. On tap at Bado's in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Though a pilsner, I was hoping for a bit more. Honestly it seemed to almost look like Miller Lite. I'm giving it a fairly high rating, however, because I'm not sure if it's supposed to be looking any different. Should it be hazy or anything? Either way, decent lacing and a quickly disappearing head, though swirling it around a bit built it back up. Nothing fantastic, but the taste and smell brought it back up.

Smell: Almost smells like an IPA, though what's interesting is the up front hop nose. Without the yeastiness and maltiness of an IPA, though, the hop aroma seems natural, as if they were just picked (though I've never smelled freshly picked hops, but if I did I think they'd smell like this). I want this made into a candle that I can light in the summer, as the aroma would be amazing.

Taste: Hops up front, with the slight maltiness of a pilsner. Very balanced, pretty different, and very delicious. I could hardly taste, nor smell the alcohol of a beer that's 7.5% ABV, and that impressed me very much. This went very well with my pizza, as the hops that were extremely fragrant but not overbearing worked perfectly with the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Since the appearance wasn't the most fantastic, I wasn't expecting a big, creamy mouthfeel, and I didn't get one. However, this is a palatable beer, and it's definitely medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I could easily make this a session beer. Definitely try this if you see it. After drinking this style it's going to be hard to go back to a pilsner. Watch out though because the balance and flavor (especially with it being a form of a pilsner) can lead you to believe its ABV isn't very high.

Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.