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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep yellow with a big 3 finger foamy white head and patchy, sticky lacing until the end.

S - Grassy, piney & spicy hops with a nice sweet balance. The aroma is a touch light for all the different scents present.

T - Sweet graininess upfront followed by grassy, herbal hops and lemon with a touch of pine. The alcohol is only noticeable on the aftertaste.

M - On the light side of medium and nicely carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable for a double pilsner. Nice balance of sweetness and hops.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! After thinking their beers are mediocre, this brew is a pleasant surprise.

A: A little darker than I anticipated: somewhere between dark gold and light amber.

S: Grass, grass, and more grass. The hops are definitely at the forefront.

T: Nice and complex, with abundant grassy hop flavors. Malt is present with a ligh breadiness that doesn't interfere with the hops. The alcohol is definitely in the background. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Thicker than expected here. Still a pilsner in my book, though.

D: This is one of those beers that has just enough punch at %7 abv to be really dangerous. It's also one of those beers that you wouldn't guess to be dangerous. In other words: be careful and the drinkability is great.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out a 12oz bottle, pours a nice gold color with a slight copper tint. The three-finger head is creamy, with great retention and plenty of sticky lacing--a cap stiff foam remains almost until the beer is gone.

The smell is very pils like: grain and hops, with hints of malt, lemon zest, and grass, and a touch of sulpher. The taste is a well rounded blend of these aformentioned characteristics--the grain and malt form a slight sweetness, keeping the hops in balance, and are followed by a nice warming alcohol.

The mouth is light but complex, well carbonated and slightly creamy, but finishing dry and hoppy--though still leaving a little sweetness on the lips.

I couldn't drink six in a sitting, because of the surprising sweetness--but I could drink four. It would pair great with spicy or grilled foods. I'm glad I know where to get more of this, and I will.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had not heard about this one before buying it, but seeing an "uber pils" with not only a date code, but also bottle-conditioned and a great label, I could not pass it up. I am very glad I took the chance.

Light gold with fine-bubbled carbonation rising continuously. Huge white head is mostly creamy but some big bursts in there too. Clumps of foam cling to the glass. Smells leafy and spicy, with a little crushed aspirin (amarillos?!) also limey and mineral-like. Taste is again leafy spicy hops, minerals (a bit salty), and honey. Very tasty. The only things I would ask for is a little bit more flavor from the malt (more graininess perhaps) and skip the aspirin-like amarillo hops that bother me in the aroma and flavor. Starts medium-bodied and sweet, but quickly dries out and finishes wonderfully balanced but flavorful. Well-carbonated and alive. Hell yes, this is a nice beer. In fact, until going to review it, I had no idea that it was 7.5%. Look out, it is hidden!! This is a dangerous one. Very very good.

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Photo of Tim460
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that turns to lacing that lasts after a couple minutes.
Smell- A nice floral hop smell balanced quite nicely by the smell of malt.
Taste- Excellent taste much better than what i was expecting. Malty up front with a hop bitterness in the back. Excellent balance.
Mouthfeel- Great carbonation and a light body. Beer feels great going down, very smooth.
Drinkability- alcohol is hidden well making this a dangerous brew. A real treat, I was suprised by this beer it's only the second clipper city offering that I've tried and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a little murkiness. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is spun sugar and bready malts. Taste is malty sweetness with an excellent hop component that gives just enough bitter to wash down the sweetness and make the finish clean and dry. Very pleasant light mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I could probably drink these all night. Will buy a six pack next time I can find a fresh one!

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Photo of Buggies
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear yellow with an orange hue. Very minimal head. Aromas of light grain and slight fruitiness.

This things tastes good to me. A little too high ABV for a session, so be careful you will get in trouble. Slightly sweet with light grains coming through. The subdued fruitiness is also there which I love. Also a slight bitter finish which cuts things off to a slightly dry finish.

I could sit and drink these all night.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gold body, with a creamy head that doesn't last all that well, leaving a ring around the edge of the body ultimately leaving a strand of lacing.
S- Spicy hops with a good touch of citrus aroma to it as well.
T- Pale malt, with a sweet touch in the beginning, fades to a spicy and and just slightly tangarine and lemon flavor. Finishes a bit light on flavor.
M- Just on the full side of standard, and just a tad undercarbed.
D- A soundly made beer that is simple enough that it doesn't require intense pondering, yet complex enough to allow such. I would gladly have another.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a Heavy Seas 12-pack sampler at Kahn's in Indianapolis.

Appearance- Pours a mix between bright and slightly hazy, maybe even banana skin colored yellow with good pilsy carbonation. A little concentric lacing helps this suped up pils even more. Good head and an even film for sipping.

Smell- Light carameled malts swim with alcoholic fruits and some crystal malt dry yet sweetness at the end.

Taste- Starts with hints of murky sweetness. But its a palbablley dry sweetness. Hints of caramel and sweet toasted bread mix with light fruit liquer.

Mouthfeel- A little dry but very cohesie with foods. Went well with both leftover roast beef and chicken panini with rice.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, and a citrus-hop note hovering in the background.
Taste-Toasted malt, biscuit, citrus zest, and a snappy hop bite. Very pleasant and flavorfull. A bit unexpected but very welcome. Label says "Golden Bock Lager", I say it drinks more like a tasty pale ale. Will please pilsner lovers and anyone who enjoys a tasty dose of hops.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always loved the labels on Clipper City's Heavy Seas brews, but as their Oxford Raspberry was my first C.C. brew, I felt it best to steer clear for awhile (didn't like it). Glad I picked this up. [Incidentally, it says 7% on the label.]

Pours a clean sunset yellow/orange with a foamy, bubbly head that's fed with a zillion bubbles. Noticed some tiny specs of yeast hanging around on the sides of the bottle after the pour, but no real haze or anything. Lace is abundant. Looks nice.

Lively hops dominate the aroma, they're a bit fruity and are backed up by a light grain foundation. Slight bit of caramel creeps through ever so slowly.

Drink it down and here comes the malt! It has a toasty character, with hints of butterscotch and rum. Caramel, whipped butter, lemon, pear, and yeah, some hops, which are just as well-balanced as everything else going on. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, nicely offsetting the active carbonation and liveliness it provides. Round and buttery too, yum! Nice long finish on this, leaving you with the toasty, bread-ier elements, as well as a dose of hops. And...errr...it burps quite nicely.

Heck yeah. This is really good, tons of character and something new every sip. Gonna track down the rest of the Heavy Seas bunch, they're fairly common around here and I'll ignore them no more.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a pinky of off-white creamy head. The aromas are floral hops, some fruit, light spice, esters jumping around, and a honey sweetness. Roasted malt and dry straw straw grains in equal amounts. A firm hop bitterness without overloading on the fruity or pine side. Some lightly metallic alcohol heat in the back but still really good for a 7.25 abv. Candy sugar sweet with a touch of honey and caramel character that builds as it warms. Medium to full body with a smooth sometimes oily mouthfeel, creamy carbonation although I was looking for thinner and crisper. Some pine, dry grains, and an herbal spice faintly like juniper for a finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Best before March 2010. The words "bock lager" are on the label as well as 7% ABV.

A: An average size, foamy, white head diminishes into a ring around the glass and some floating islands. The body has medium value and leans more toward orange than yellow. Slightly hazy. No lacing.

S: There is a strong malt presence of sweet toasted grains, straw and a touch of caramel. Light hops of grass and pine.

T: Light alcohol comes through slightly plus flavors of green apple & corn. There is an oaky character to this brew that leaves a small vinous impression. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Full mouthfeel (given the style), creamy texture and a perfectly fizzy effervescence. Crispy clean on the palate.

D: I'm not really a pilsner guy but this is an awesome pilsner. And it drinks really well. Would work well as an introductory brew.

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Photo of Hefe
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of oscplayr25
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a great caramel golden color. The froth of the bear also has a golden coloring to it.

S- nice hoppy floral smell not to sharp like some hoppy beers.

T- From the smell you think hoppy, from the look you think an amber, but the taste is a nice blend of hops and malts to make this bock lager really pop on the pallet.

M- Not carbonated like most beers when it hits the mouth it stay pretty smooth the whole way.

D- I could drink this beer all day long but im not sure if my liver or my body could handle it. I say about 2-3 beers a night would do it is a great beer.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish, amber color with about 1/2 inch of foamy off white head.

There is a scent of citrus, some biscuity malts.

The taste is of citrus/fruit, slight taste of honey, dry hoppy finish.

Light and crisp feel, very lively carbonation.

Easy drinker. This is a very interesting beer, I could definately have a few of these.

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Photo of iceball585
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Light citrusy hops, pale malts, sugary, grapefruit, bready

T- Pale malts, biscuits, grassy, earthy, citrus, rice, herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, sweet, slight oily finish

D- Worth trying

Nice light sweet flavor and great auroma to match. You definitely need to give this one a try if you haven't already.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short Version:
Excellent beer. Not the best from Heavy Seas but a darn good drink. Flavorful and sweet. A bit oily in texture with sugary orange hits and in-your-face alcohol.

This is a tasty little morsel. Not as good as the Hop3 or the Peg Leg but a dandy nonetheless.

Poured a translucent cloudy orangeish gold. A ginger pour gave me a 1" creamy white head bursting with aroma. Candy sugar, citrus, sweet mandarin, and perhaps some pine oil. That's a lot for me to identify so maybe I'm full of crap. Sure seemed like I could smell all that good stuff though.

Mouthfeel is slick and clingy. There is a buttery/oil viscous quality to it. Overall it's a smooth and complex drink with noticeable alcohol presence.

Some lacing is present but not heavy like other Heavy Seas varieties. Carbonation is low-to-medium. The yeasty microsediment is spectacular though. There are pea sized nebula clusters. Like dense 3-D constellations twirling slowly in suspended animation.

Flavor is of orange liqueur. Malt forward. Greasy citrusy sweet orange esters wreaking havoc on my senses. Finish is long and sweet with a strong alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability is high. I recognize that I'm a homer for anything Heavy Seas... but I could drink these all day long. If it weren't for that pesky 7.25% ABV...

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Photo of rowew
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Nice looking label with an illustration of a pirate on raft in heavy seas. Best by date and ABV clearly marked.

Appearance: Just a bit more red than a typical pils, thin head but good retention.

Smell: Tons of malt - bready and a bit of biscuit. Just a bit of noble hops in the finish.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Taste is very malty without being sweet. Lots of bready malt flavors, with a fair amount of hops balancing things out.

Overall impression: Dangerous - this one tastes good, highly drinkable, and higher than average ABV. Very nice.

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Photo of malty
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Aug. '08

Pours a rich golden color that is brilliantly clear with a blossoming 2 1/2" almost white colored loose & creamy head. Just a little amount of ultra fine suspended yeast particles floating about. Average amount of visible uprising carbonation. Gorgeous globular sheets of lace all the way down.

The smell on this lager is awesome. Fresh mown hay with that clean and stony lager yeast whisping up my nostrils. Lemon zest and a touch of vanilla bean in there also.

The cleanliness of the scents delivers straight through to the taste of this lager. First off is a nice hit of hops that tingle the tongue and keep the dryness of the lager going on and on. After a few more quaffs, the malt profile is just enough to keep the hops from going way out there. Although there's not much sweetness from the malts, (like a good Maibock) it's round and earthy enough to maintain a beautiful balance.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a bit lower amount of carbonation that I'd expect in a Pils, but still enough to keep the flavors moving around nicely. A tad bitter and dry in the finish.

Drinkability is very good. The 7+% ABV is literally undetectable anywhere in this beer. I'm certain it would pair famously with many styles of food also.

Overall a beer I've heard of for quite a while and I'm glad I got to try it. Dryness is what I look for in a Pils and this one's got it. I also look for a nice hit of hops in a good Pils and this one's got it (and some to spare). A big fluffy white head with gargantuan lacework...check. I'm a fan and will definitely be on the lookout for a sixer when this product officially hits my area's retail shelves.

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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 abrand
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsener glass

A- pours a cloudy topaz. Approximately 1/2 inch head that dissolves quickly. Good lacing along the glass.

S- lots of hops and malts in the aroma along with some hints of caramel and fruits.

T- this is a very smooth drink for the ABV. Sweet with plenty of bitter hops with a nice after taste.

M- medium bodied and very smooth

D - pretty drinkable beer but may be a little too sweet for my liking

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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 maek228
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says Uber Pils on the side...apparently this is a Double Pilsner. I'm excited to try this monster.

Appearance: Gold with a darker hue to it. LOTS of carbonation. I sipped on this for some time and those bubbles kept coming at a torrid pace. Tightly packed frothy head that is white as a good. Looks very appealing.

Smell: This smells like the nectar of the Gods. What I like about immediatly is that it has a strong smell. I've drank too many beers where I really had to strain my nostrils to get a good smell of the beer. This one comes right out with fresh floral amoras, white bread, hop oils, lemon/lime rinds, grapefruit, and lemon tea. Truly exceptional.

Taste: Is this an India Pale Ale? Tastes like one kinda. I like the taste, but I wish it had more spice. That's not to say this doesn't taste great...it's just a wish of mine. Before I drank this beer, I read some reviews of it, to see what I was getting into. Someone in their review said that it was too "Americanized"...this is definitly true, but that's what makes this beer awesome. This beer tastes exactly like it smells, so if you want the tastes I detected, just read above.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, lightly malted. Has a oily hop flavor. Tastes like they used a couple different strands of hops.

Drinkability: I had trouble just sipping at it, I wanted more.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Basically no head. Nose is like slightly old apples, in a very mild way. Evident metallic edge. Flavor is very meaty. Firm malt tones. Bitter overall character. Metallic back tone. Robust. Evident alcohol. After getting halfway through, I suddenly said to myself: is that vanilla?? Feel is fairly full bodied with a somewhat subdued bubble. Overall very drinkable. Well worth trying. Especially since it is such a rare style. Hard to believe that after so many beers, I would get to a style I have not tried yet.

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