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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004)
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Photo of TinusTime
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a large fluffy rocky white head that lasts for a good bit. ( Warning pour slowly or you could have a gusher on your hands.) Aroma is a bit of bready malt and more spicy floral hops. There is also a bit of candied tropical fruit citrus note in there. My wife said it smelled like candied oranges from 5 feet away. Taste is good. Spicy hops with enough malt backbone to keep it in balance. Does not seem as bone dry hoppy like the Dominion Spring brew. This one seems to have more floral and citrus notes. As noted earlier carbonation is ample, but not over the top. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very very drinkable beer that goes down exceptionally smooth. I would definately recommend this. While not quite in Dominions class, it is close

TinusTime, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a clear gold with a thin, white head. The head leaves impressive lacing.

Smell: The smell isn't too strong of an alcohol smell, but more powerfully spicy hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Hmmm... What an odd beer. It's so mellow. One of the mellowest, and almost refreshing pilseneres I've ever had. Strange. It's really quite smooth and light. It's incredibly balanced. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin.

Drinkability and Overall: The most interesting Clipper City brew I've ever had. I had a bottle of this the other night that wasn't as quality as this one, but this is great. I just can't believe how light it tastes. Almost a Belgian Golden Ale, but with a German quality. I don't know. It's enjoyable for sure.

santoslhalper, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a bright golden color with a thick white head. Crystal clear with steady stream of bubbles of carbonation. Grassy aroma. Taste starts out malty, tasting of bread and grass, but finishes with on a dry hoppy note. This is an incredibly drinkable beer, one of Clipper City's best.

cubedbee, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of cracker
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional offering from Clipper City, my favorite of their line. It is slightly on the dark golden side for a pilsner but that's about all I can fault it for. It has a wonderful crisp, clean, dry taste to it. Great body but no floral or fruity notes (which is appropriate for the style). Noble hops come through strongly in both smell and taste but do not give any stringent metallic aftertaste. Furthermore, this one is not skunked or oxidized as are the majority of pilsners sold in the US (Get a locally made pilsner and you'll encounter a whole new delight!).

It is now offered year round which is great news! Go out and get some now!

cracker, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is crystal clear, a bright, bold, shiny gold, not some wimpy yellow. Little streams of carbonation. Big fluffy, bubbly, rocky white head rose above the rim. Good lacing. Looks dead solid perfect.

A nose full of truly fresh grain, hay swaying in a strong summer breeze, inviting everyone down to the field.

A solid, firm malty base, very lighty sweet, followed by a gradual gathering of hops, which sneak up and overthrow the malt, with a strong snap of a finish, and a lingering hop bite thru the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, not some watery American macro.

Drinkability: third of the night and thinking about another.

I have to love a beer that calls it self "Uber Pils", As DeGroens fades away, Baltimore still has at a great lager in the area. Glad to hear this will be a year-round offering. Hope it remains available in NJ on a regular basis.

Not a warning, but an advisory: try this beer.

RonfromJersey, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden orange color with a nice inch of white head.

Scent is very crisp, grassy, and floral, smells much more hoppy than a regular pils.

Taste is a very crisp and floral grassiness just as the smell would have suggested, also has a nice grainy wood overtone to it, and a nice clean hop finish makes this a pretty tasty pils.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and lush.

Drinkability is rock solid here, hard to beleive this is 7%. A nice offering from clipper City, Thanks to lackenhauser for giving me the chance to try this one.

bashiba, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A double pilsner? What in the world is that? Since I'm not that partial to pils, will this be just more of what doesn't appeal to me? I have to say that I much prefer the Uber Pils designation on the label; it makes the beer sound tougher, cooler somehow. To finish up my stream of conciousness observations, the label art is very well done.

Bright amber-gold with the barest suggestion of orange, topped by a large, frothycreamy, ivory head that sustains itself admirably and leaves behind scattered wisps of chunky lace. The nose is interesting and is different from any pilsner you're likely to run across. Its primary feature is that it's characterized by dueling hops.

In this corner, the gun-totin' Texan... Amarillo. And in this corner, 'Mr. Traditional'... Saaz. Amarillo wins comfortably, which may play havoc with the style purists out there, but, come on, these guys had to do something out of the ordinary to make their beer stand out. The fact that they chose to use one of my favorite hops makes me applaud the decision all the more.

Very, very nice. Those Amarillo hops are not backin' off on the palate. In fact, I'm having some difficulty appreciating the Saaz at all. As befits the 'double' nature of this beer, the malt structure is significant; much meatier than a standard pils by a fairly large margin.

Pale malt provides sweetness, structure and smoothness, but not much flavor (that's a good thing). The hops are much more flavorful than they are bitter, although there is a mild tightening on the finish. A beautiful, ample body completes the picture of a top-notch beer from start to finish.

Small Craft Warning is a beer for lovers of big beer. Throw all preconceived notions of the pilsner style out the window and just enjoy this sucker for what it brings to the table: loads of hop flavor and a lush, velvety body that carries that flavor across the palate with panache. Many thanks to lackenhauser for the opportunity.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, good looking shining color, thin bubbles cover, sticky. Aroma is very bready, grassy, fluffy. Surprisingly grainy palate, somehow hay-ish, yeasty with an alcohol trace toward the finish. Nice mouthfeel: almost still, but creamy, cask-like. Thanks Larry!

Rastacouere, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw yellow with lots of carbonation and a large white head. Aroma is sharp, tart hops, wet hay, clean but soft and not overwhelming. Traces of lacing on the sides.

Taste is grassy and a little sweet. Some fruity elements like mango or grapefruit along with blonde malts and clean, fresh hops and a light nuttiness. Finish is dry and a faintly medicinal.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, the sweetness makes it very drinkable. Stronger and heavier than a traditional pilsner like Urquell. Thanks to meathookjones for sharing this unique style with me.

assurbanipaul, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date Sept 04, Sampled August 2004
Pours a crystal clear, deep gold color. The carbonation is slight and the head is an off-white when it is roused. A sharp strong aroma of hops emanates from my glass; it is grassy, herbal, lemony, and slightly funky. The taste is soft and malty up front, but leads to a solid hop flavor and then to a bitter finish. I get notes of toasted biscuits, spicy-herbal hops, and hay all mixed together. This is a pretty good example of a Pilsner, and it is quite tasty on this warm Arizona evening.

Gueuzedude, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color was golden, with a short, bubbly white head. The smell was strong Saaz-ish hops with a good bit of malt sweetness. The taste started with the hops in the taste but then the obvious malt picked up, and there was just a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have quite a few.

A damn nice super-pils from Clipper City. Though it wasn't quite as good as the Morimoto, this is also more readily available, and I certainly wouldn't be sorry drinking a few of these!

beergeek279, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer just erupted out of the bottle and into my glass. Highly carbonated to the point of looking like a golden colored spritzer. A beautiful creamy white head topped off the beer and had very good retention throughout. The aroma gives off a lovely sweet honey maltiness along with sweet and grassy floral hops. Well matched aromas with just a touch sour mash malt in there.

The taste is very nice. Bittersweet and robust. This claims to be an Uber-pils and it seems to be just that. Like a German Pilsner on steroids. Full bodied and hearty. Highly attractive and inticing. Overall, this is a beer with guts. Not your typical Pilsner, but an amped-up version that has an originality about it that I like. I felt like I tried something new here, and I like it. Well done and probably underrated.

pezoids, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep gold with thin lasting head & very active carbonation. Has a somewhat mild aroma of spicy hops, sweet malts, lemons, and freshly cut grass. In the mouth this is much more full & rich than a pilsner hitting you with some butterscotch and sweet malts initially. Some gentle hopping with hints of citrus & an herbal/floral flavor. Finishes with toffee & a touch too much candied sugar for my liking. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content & probably the best Clipper City offering I've had to date.

garthwaite, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best bought by: Aug notch. Small Craft Warning 12 oz.’er into me Guinness pint shows a clear straw colored pour, with a scant eggshell head coating. A few bubbles rise up the sides. Some scrod yeasties finally fell out after holding it upside for about a three hour tour...a three hour tour. The weather started getting rough...

Light wheaty and yeasty scents. I thought that I was going to have to fall into me glass to smell this. A few swirls release a generic grainy nose.

This Uber Pils has a mild grainy taste. Dry lettuce like aftertaste. Rather one dimensional. Afterall, it is a Pils.

Good carbonation sizzle while it sits on me tongue.

Last swigs: This will definitely age for a few months to see if this improves. A good drinker. Didn’t blow me away. Thanks to BA Shappuding for the swap.

Beer is good. Happy heavy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light gold with a nice, cream white head that settled down to a light layer. Lightly scented with freshness, citrusy, fresh cut grass... nice. Very refreshing tasting, not too much jumps out at you. Little bit of a bite from the hops, maltyness is there, but nothing is overwhelming. It is just a nice brew. Great session beer. Picked this one up after staring at it at my fave distributer for quite a while, then finally speaking to Larry who pours for Weeping Radish at some of the fests around here, who said when ya see it to grab it. Grabbed some for Father's day gifts for my beer loving fathers too! Very drinkable, nice and light- but not too light. Good pils!

shapudding, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear golden yellow with a good-sized foamy white head. This quickly falls to a collar and leaves a little lacing. Aroma contains citrus hop scents, a bit of an earthy tone and the malt shows through as it warms. Tastes a bit sweet at first then it is followed by a spicy citrus hop flavor to balance it out a bit. The finish is a little bitter and also slightly warming. Mouthfeel is medium and this goes down quite smooth. Makes for a pretty good session beer even at 7%.

meathookjones, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of AragornUnplugged
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very clear and light gold, with a smaller head than anticipated that leaves quickly. Hmmm, it must have heard about the wind advisory.

Lots of nice, crisp hop aromas that do not overpower, especially for a hophead like me, but are certainly enough to refresh the senses after a long day's work.

This beer does not write checks it can't cash, as the taste is dominated by a happy hoppy profile (a little spicy... i like it) and some lingering bitterness after a clean finish.

I have only had two of these so far, but quite drinkable.

AragornUnplugged, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with lots of tiny suspended particles, a big pillowy white head, very active carbonation, and sporadic lace rings. Prominent flowery hop aroma with a touch of citrus from hops (maybe Amarillo?). Malt aroma is evident later as it stands. Nice hop and malt balanced flavors. Medium bodied and very soft with a bitter hop finish but not overly so...

Easier drinking than OD Spring Brew 2004 (Imperial Pilsner).

Per C.C. website:
ABV: approx. 7%
IBU'S: 40+
Malts: German Pils and Carapils
Hops: Amarillo, Saaz, Hersbrucker and Tettnang
Style: Pilsner Bock - rich, malty, and rounded with a firm structure of noble, European hops.

Purchase Before: Aug 04
Tasted: 06/12/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Jarod
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by dated: 08/04

Poured a crystal clear mix of gold and straw colors, with super carbonated dancing bubbles that lasted to the last sip in the glass. The head was thick and compact composed mostly of tiny tightly packed bubbles and after a semi-vigorous pour about 1 ½ inches high. It was off white/cream colored and the surface was sticky and sheet like. The head lasted to the last taste and was creamy on the tongue. There was light lace present, spotty in some places. The aroma was fairly light, crisp, fresh and at times on the sweet side, only down side was that at times hardly noticeable after it sat for some time. I nosed a mix of grassy, citrus and floral hops through out some malt and a bready yeast in the finish. The tastes were more pronounced and seemed to only blend and mellow as the temperature rose. Flavors of hops (spicy, floral, and citrus) all were very pronounced as well as fresh cut grass, along with those flavors, a light leafy presence was noticeable in the mid swallow and it finished with a sweet bread and yeasty taste as it finished. The aftertaste was mostly of dry hop leafs. Which gave it a semi dry finish that was left in the mouth. I would say that it was medium bodied. All and all a refreshing, clean beer that when first tried was a little on the dry side but as the temp. rose it mellowed and seemed to become less dry and more on the watery side. One thing I did notice was that the alcohol content of this beer was very sneaky, no presence in the taste, but will hit you after a few. Side note from the bottle and nice was that on the bottom there was a nice coating of yeast, probably not a beer that could be cellared for a long time, but I am sure it would improve more with a few months. A fine example of an American styled pilsner beer.

Jarod, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The uberpils from clipper city...

Appearance: pours a straw-gold color with a pure white head, not a fluffy head, but it lasted throughout the session (longer than I expected it to)

Aroma: Strong on the Saaz, very spicy hop aroma. Maltiness is less pronounced in the smell.

Taste: Initially, there's a harsh bitterness. Spiciness of the hops come through a bit, and mixing with a slightly sweet maltiness, gives a pear-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body is too light for the amount of bitterness present. Malt balances well with hop flavors, but not hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Despite the higher alcohol, and easy beer to quaff. Had it after three glasses of water and a 5 mile run, so it was refreshing.

PartyHatjo, May 24, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden in color, head dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of suds.

S: After letting this one warm up just a bit, the smells started to shine much brighter. Thin malty sweet smell which is balanced by a nice touch of hops.

T: Classic pilsner taste. Nice balance that leans a bit more to the sweet side. Very nicely done.

M: Crisp, light bodied. Not at all dry and no aftertaste. CO2 is nicely done and the alcohol is just right.

D&N: A very nice pilsner, a very nice session beer. This beer tastes really good and goes down super easy. If you find it on tap, check it out.

JackTheRipper, May 12, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of what's the name of this beer, and why so many names. I'm guessing the Uber part is a beefed up pils at least in alcohol. Appearance; Filtered vibrant golden tone white head leaves even lacing, nice. Aroma: Alcohol comes through with a hoppy zest of Saaz and more noble hops providing a grassy tone to it all blended with some semi-sweet pale malts to balance this one will bring up the hop burps. Taste: Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied a beefier than most pils even carbonation slightly sticky in texture. Drinkability: Refreshing and fortified with a bit of extra alcohol, isn't bad but I'm sure there are tastier versions of an Uber Pils out there.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw yellow. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was soft with spicy hops. The maltiness is hiding in the background of the aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with decent bittering. The malty sweetness is the first impression and then spicy flavoring and bittering hops take over. The sweetness fades slowly and then the bittering takes over. Very complex.

The finish was dry and bitter. The body was medium to just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Best before August 04. A very well done brew. With a smidge less sweetness it would be even better.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/24/04 at R.F.D. (Beer's of the Mid-Atlantic Tasting with Micael Jackson)

Appearance: Fluffy white head sits atop a golden luminescent brew.

Smell: Bold fruity punch with a yeasty, hoppy bite.

Taste: Malt and banana and citrus fruit up front are quickly overtaken by a hop smackdown, floral-citrusy-piney on through a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with crisp hoppy acidity.

Drinkability: 6.2%? Then I'm in trouble, cause this rolls down smooth as hell.

Hefe, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got caught up in all the Imperial Pilsner talk as of late, that paired with spring and a need for something different. This poured a beautiful clear deep golden with a nice fluffy white head and left decent lacing on the glass. The smell was fantastic -- crisp hoppy bite, abundant floral and citrus hops, piney, honey, malty.... a little bit of everything. The taste just floored me.... really nice true Pilsner character that gave way to super floral and citrusy hops, but not cloying sweetness or overly sweet in any way. This was very impressive. I have to say I bought a six, but I'm definitely going back for a case before it's all gone (no luck finding a keg of this I'm sure...) This is also very drinkable, one after the other --- that's the nice Pilser quality. Now, for a true Pilsner purist this might not be the answer but if you're looking for something a little different in the Pilsner vein, find this and enjoy.

Gasp100, Mar 27, 2004
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
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