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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #17
Ranked #23,361
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Thursday at 11:10 PM
Mar 12, 2004
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Notes: Über Pils

Arguably our most well-balanced beer, Small Craft Warning seems at once hop-forward and malt-forward; our brewers debate over which flavor force prevails in the beer. Small Craft exemplifies a robust pilsner - it's crisp, well-carbonated, and slightly sweet. The beer is characterized by a firm malt backbone and a pronounced hop character. A fine aroma, from an array of hops, completes this quaffable beer.
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Rated: 4.04 by gardner254 from Ohio

Thursday at 11:10 PM
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Rated by RickDietz

5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Live this beer, just can’t find it.
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by DMc8ride from California

Jun 19, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

1.38/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Bottle to pint glass

AROMA: Rice, Aldehyde
LOOK: Beer color, small white head.
TASTE: Rice cereal, Aldehyde - not pleasant at all.light

A Dumper.

Jun 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Into my pilsener glass, it pours a light golden color and leaves the same color body. A one inch white foamy head appears and settles to a half-centimeter fairly quickly and leaves a nice show of speckled spider web lacing. Carbonation rises at a moderate pace. The smell has the malts up front with a nice fighting punch from the noble hops helping to give a decent spiciness. The taste is well balanced between the malts and hops helping to make it slightly sweet and bitter in different ways. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, great balance all around. I would say this is very drinkable. Overall, this is good and I’d come back to it.
Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

May 21, 2017
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Rated by dean2017 from Ohio

4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Overall a great beer
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by TheBen5 from Alabama

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by Tlloyd417 from Colorado

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by deereless from Colorado

May 27, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Apr 30, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by mflamar from New York

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by rjd722 from Maryland

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by Merticois from New Jersey

Mar 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Dirtyhands from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by dtm426 from Michigan

Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Zylod from West Virginia

Feb 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.
Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by lurfMalderFulder from Indiana

Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by curtisjoseph from North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
Reviewed by PEESHALEODEJANARO from New York

2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
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!
Jan 16, 2016
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Reviewed by GregBarleycorn13 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.
Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by OGShotzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2016
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Reviewed by hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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!
Dec 30, 2015
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Reviewed by hophead723 from California

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.
Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 2.44 by LongWayOut15 from Maryland

Dec 03, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by John_Squires from New York

Nov 24, 2015
Rated: 3.38 by macpfb03 from Virginia

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by bluehende from Delaware

Nov 07, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by harryhops from Delaware

Nov 04, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by frio80 from New York

Oct 25, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by whiterapid from Massachusetts

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by StevenShawSr from Maryland

Oct 04, 2015
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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...
Sep 29, 2015
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