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Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
1,095
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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26
Gots:
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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not balanced. Alcohol comes through, not heat but overpowering flavor-wise. Dogfish nailed a 10% imperial pilsner. I recommend that 1000% over this mess. Sorry heavy season, but toured going to have to try harder.

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Photo of Myotus
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 27Mar16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 27Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, off-white that grows to three fingers worth after 1 minute and a half. After 3 minutes, the foam head has showed no signs of shrinking. Gold in color with a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and thin in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of biscuits meet mild aromas of caramel and subtle aromas of spicy, floral, and bitter hops. There is a hint of alcohol that actually combines well with the other aromas.
TASTE: Strong biscuit flavors enter immediately and are quickly followed my mild grainy malt flavors. Mild caramel flavors enter next and are immediately followed by mild floral and spicy hop aromas. Mild bitter hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with a moderate dryness. A barley noticable alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: A little too much hoppiness in the taste in my opinion. The sudden appearance of the grainy malt flavors also weren't of my liking. Everything else was spot on.

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Friend gave me a mixed 12-pack for Christmas. Trying this Uber Pils first. Love pirate history so the label design is appealing. Light color, Pils smell, hoppish flavor hits the roof of your mouth. Nothing really interesting or remarkable here. Easy drinking! 7.0% ABV...enjoy!

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much darker than I expected for a pilsner. Orange-brown with a head that didn't last long. Smelled maltier than I thought it would, too. I was expecting pilsner but got more of a malty slightly hopped bock style beer, to my enjoyment! Really was good and will search for more.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 7% ABV this pilsner, rather an Uber Pilsner, promises to be a game changer in the world of pilsners which are usually one-dimensional and a bit on the weak side. This variety by Heavy Seas, however, is something much more.

Look-Pours a brilliant honey amber color and has a humble white head and is pleasantly hazy.

Smell-It has a rich malty aroma and floral overtones as well as some hints of hops and ample alcohol. I smell honey-suckle, fruits, and bready malts.

Taste-I get a beautiful and complex flavor. The taste follows the nose, but I get a lot of wheat, honey, bready malts, fruity esters, and Belgian yeast. It is similar to a Weizenbock, I think in its fruity and malty complexity. The hops are present as well and make this well balanced beer one of a kind in its class.

Mouthfeel/Overall-This medium-bodied brew is stunningly a Pilsner and is so complex and well-balanced that I was started when I first tried it. It drinks more like a very well executed pale ale. I think experts would agree that it is hard to discern whether this is more malt-forward or more hop-forward. Great job Heavy Seas!

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Photo of hophead723
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a mixer 12 pack by Heavy Seas, very fairly priced at only $13.99! Three of these and a few other options were include. I've always loved a strong Pilsner. I poured this into an American Pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy orange-copper, sudsy slightly off-white head that clings surprisingly well, like an IPA.

Smell: FANTASTIC aroma! The aroma of this beer is absolutely unbelievable and delicious! It smells like a lot of the great Maibocks I have encountered. Mild malty sweetness and multi-layered floral complexity that I can't even pin down properly. There is a lot of honeysuckle, fruity esters, and dough.

Taste: The taste is just like the nose; very complex and delicious. I get unfiltered Buckwheat honey, Pacific Rose apple, a flash of grassy hops that are delicate yet forward, and some cracked barley at the back end.

Feel: The mouthfeel is entirely medium bodied, with a subtly dry finish that glows with a pleasant toasty aftertaste.

Overall: This is an exquisite beer that could easily replace ANY pale ale without even trying. Proof that a Pilsner can be awesome, if brewed properly.

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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy light khaki colored froth which is equal parts creamy and crisp... Excellent retention... The head turns creamier as it settles into a full thick creamy lacing... The color is a slightly hazed and slightly muted amber... Loaded with small bubbled quick paced carbonation throughout...

S - A very subdued aroma... Cereal grains... Caramel... The slightest whiff of some noble hops...

T - The palate is dialed up several notches from the subdued aroma... The palate is dominated by malt, malt and more malt... Cereal grains... Biscuits... Light caramel and toffee notes... There is just the most subtle of earthy hop presence... The finish is pleasant and there is a very faint bit of pepper on the finish which I think adds additional depth and complexity to this already solid offering...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... Slightly chewy... Lush... Just a touch of brisk carbonation... Even and consistent... Coats the mouth fully...

D - Simple, straight-forward and fantastically effective... Quaffable to an insane degree... Goes down smoothly sip after sip... Not sure I would have pegged this one as a pilsner, but regardless it's just a good brew... I would drink this with regularity on any occasion... A job nicely done by Heavy Seas...

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Photo of thepenguin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/29/12...leap day beer.

L: Pours a goldish color.

S: Noble hop aroma mingles with bready maltiness.

T: Hops hit you right away but are accompanied by significant maltiness. I think it is the maltiness that really sets this beer apart from a standard pilsner more so than additional hops. Flavor is also bready, rich, with a fairly malty finish. Hop character is unmistakably Noble: spicy and grassy.

F: Medium-full body; a fuller body than I would have expected and also another feature that makes it stand apart from a standard pilsner. Very slight alcoholic heat, but for an “imperial” anything its pretty subdued.

Overall: I’m usually not the biggest fan of lagers but this is a really well crafted beer that makes a beer geek rethink their stance on lagers. It’s got the strong flavor, richness, and complexity that I love in ales, but also the clean, crispness, and drinkability of a lager…plus all that noble hop goodness.

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Photo of LogicalDave
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark gold/ amber. In my opinion the classic look for a beer.
Smell: Slightly...chemical scent, but with a heavy yeast smell. Definitely reminds me of baking bread.
Taste: Nothing special as far as beer goes. Slightly bitter. Again, extremely heavy on yeast taste.
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, very lightly carbonated. It reminded me of slightly flat ginger ale.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear gold body, thin cap.

Aroma/Flavor: Citrus/earthy hop over a sweet malty body. With a touch of booze on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of hop linger and booze.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Called an Uber Pils for a reason this amps up the Pilsner style malts with a slight hop bitterness. Very good but a tad bitter. Lots of cereal maltiness.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a 50% transparent straw color with a lot of carbonation and a one finger white head which lasts along with very light lacing.

The smell is malty, grassy, cracker like along with spicy hops. It smells like there is a lot of caramel and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose with a well blended hop/malt combination. The malts are both sweet and caramel. There is a light cracker like taste along with a slight grassy taste. The finish is dry with spicy malts in and just a little gritty.

Overall this is a nicely hopped Pils. It compares nicely with, say "S.N. "Beer Camp; Hoppy Lager"

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Photo of predikit
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very malty but had some flavors which did not agree with me. I was very turned off by it, but I got used to it by the third beer which is no plus in it's favor. Can't say I would ever go for this brew again.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I'm not a big pilsner fan so surprised that I liked it.
Tastes of honey and grass. Heavier and richer than it looks at first. Enough carbonation to balance it out.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a clean white head and moderate lacing, it has a sweatness and alcoholic taste reminding me of a bock, Helles bock fits this verse Pilsner

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchase by December 2013. It's July of '14. Uh, oh. 12oz bottle poured into stange. Lovely auburn color with thin white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Aroma indicates oxidation, but caramel malt comes through. Flavor is pleasantly malty, however tinny oxidation is hard to get over. Medium body, creamy texture, lower carbonation, semi-dry finish. Drank a quarter and then drain poured, but would definitely give a fresh one a shot.

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Photo of Lucular
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 bottles acquired as part of a Heavy Seas "Sunken Sampler" 12-pack. A straightforward, enjoyable brew that I would be happy to have again in the future.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY JUL1214.

Appearance: Pours a crisp honey golden body with a decent off white head.

Smell: Rich sweet pilsner malt, slight metallic Euro hop aroma. Nice.

Taste: Pure helles bock. Strong rich sweet full bready malt flavor. Slight taste of hops, but primarily malty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied. Nice.

Overall: I wouldn't necessarily classify this as an imperial pils, more like a helles bock. Very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant caramel with a lingering frothy cream head.

Floral hops, crackery malt, light caramel sweetness, and a malt liquor note form the aroma. Malt sweetness dominates.

Flavor reveals bitter hops, which are the only noticeable character at the first sip. Floral notes creep in later, resting on a subtle caramel malt base that eventually becomes specialty malt fruity and estery. There's a slightly offputting metallic note.

Body is on the full side with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly crisp.

Not sure what I expected from an uber pils, but this is too bitter for my liking, and the alcohol overwhelms. The floral hops are nice, but the esters detract.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color. The head is a one finger off-white shade with a nice, creamy texture. While the retention isn't the best, it does leave some lacing behind on the glass.

S: It's kind of hard to decide what's in the aroma. Okay, I pick up some floral hops, and maybe some herbs, as well. Oh, and some nondescript citrus tones. The malts in particular are too strange for me to like this aroma. A shame.

T: If the aroma was somewhat indecipherable, then the flavor is almost totally indecipherable. I get wisps of defined notes - herbs, grass, citrus, ginger, malt - in random places, but nothing that pops out. This beer is messy and, frankly, not very good. It's also metallic.

M: Full and creamy, yet not too sweet. Normally, I'd enjoy that, but since I don't like the flavor, it's hard to approve of the mouthfeel, either. Carbonation could be a little stronger.

O: Meh. Every once in a while sipping this, I'll think "hey, it's a decent brew", and then the next sip later, I go back to think "meh, don't like this very much". And there are even some sips where I consider a drainpour. Luckily, I toughed this one out - and I can safely say this is the only one I'll tough out.

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a decent foam to start which dissipated quickly, yet lacing along the glass lingers a good while, which is mysterious. Aroma not overwhelming nor overly defining of what's to come. It seems almost flat for lack of carbonation that I would expect other than the fact I'm getting this out of a bottle -- on tap could've been different. Mostly an average pils experience compared with others... There is a pleasant taste that really comes through mostly with the aftertaste, my palate feels "tricked" into thinking there was more than what it really was. I'm likely to share this with fellow consumers who tend away from hops or dark brews i.e. for whom a pilsener would be ideal. Possibly because I've such hops-affinity I feel getting an opinion from a regular adjunct-beer consumer would be interesting if they tried this beer. Nor did I notice the 7 ABV, since I'm usually kind of sensitive to the amp'd up alcohol content of select beers.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from beer of the month club. Pours deep clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is different. Some pale lager weirdness and a little bit of spiciness and fruit that I am not digging at all. Flavor is a bit fuller than a regular adjunct, dry corn and musty, dirty hay. Funky finish and a bit of light fruit. Light to medium mouthfeel and somewhat under-carbonated. Not my favorite, and I have yet to enjoy anything from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a deep clear gold with a creamier white head that lasts well into the beer. Nice lacing.

S- Big malt notes with just a hint of some hops

T- more of the same. A deep malt flavor with a slight bitter hoppiness on the finish.

M- a thinner feel with a little bit of carbonation.

O- a really good (almost great) big pilsner.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy august

a: a dark honey, light rust color, crystal clear. Nice healthy foamy head. Leaves some patches, darker than a pills.

S : some oranges,  light honey malt, some floral notes to, kinda hoppy.

T : taste is more malty than nose, some cereal biscuit, molasses and honey. Finishes with an herbal and spicey hop. Rich malt flavor though, some bread crust. Definitely has that clean larger yeast finish. Balanced.

M : clean, drinkable, high carbonation and lively mouthfeel.

o: very bready, but balanced.  I dig the hop profile. A session brew that will catch up to you. Not really a pills though,  richer malt profile, that's a good thing. Would pair well with food.

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Photo of dtivp
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber gold with a two finger frothy white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet bread , light malts and hints of citrus.

Taste of grain and malt with a slight honey sweetness, hints of citrus and floral hops.

Mouth Feel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a little crispness and refreshing. The alcohol is very well masked.

Overall this is a very enjoyable solid pils, a great picnic or ball game beer.

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