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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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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

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Reviews:
590
Ratings:
1,095
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Not mist, fog or sediment. Head is a thicker crust of doughy fluff. it retains well but surprisingly is quite stingy with lacing.

S-Initially quite sweet. Lager yeast and sweet grain. Crackers and white bread. There is also a lighter perfumey hop experience. Also semi-grassy but not nearly as grassy as I would have expected. Would definitely like more power with all those noble hops.

T-Hops are stronger here. Potent floral hoppiness and perfumey hops. Sweetness sets in well after but it is quite sweet. Buttered bread and cracker malt. Oddly balanced.

M-A bit sticky or chewy. Lighter side of medium bitterness. Alcohol peaks through. Not exceptionally drinkable and far from crisp.

O/D-I have not been happy with many Imperial Pils or beefed up Lagers (unless they're from Jack's Abby). This one doesn't really do it for me. The style is at its best when it is far less robust. All the crispness and cleanliness is lost with such a high gravity and such concentrated flavors.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from squidswilbsquids as part of the Beer & Gear BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Buy before notched Nov05.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with sparse delicate lacing. Aroma is pale malts and crisp hops. Taste is upfront with biscuity pale malt sweetness, balanced and then overcome by prickly hops flavor. Mouthfeel could be a tad smoother, but still a nice brew, and drinkability is pleasing as well, especially for the abv. Always a good brew to have if you can find it.

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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 bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before December 2011. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about a half inch white head. The brew smells like toffee, bready malt, spicy hops and some butterscotch. The taste is mostly sweet, it tastes like bready and sweet malt, toffee and some floral and spicy hops. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating with good carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, and if I was ever in the mood for this style of beer I'd certainly consider picking this up again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright, clear gold color with very little carbonation and a mild white lacing ring.

S - Spicy lemon, some orange, dry graham crackers, and sweet malt. The malt and the hops strike a nice balance in the nose with not one overpowering the other. Overall, the aroma is more subtle and not bold like I would expect from an Imperial style of beer.

T - Gentle on the palette with everything mixing together very nicely. Spicy lemon on the front side with sweet malt towards the back and a crisp hop finish entering 3/4 through until the very end and doesn't really linger for very long before subsiding and leaving a grassy lemon aftertaste in the mouth.

M - Very mild on the tongue, on the lighter side of medium, pretty crisp finish.

D - Extremely. This is a very good beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a dark yellow color, with a tinge of brown. There was a nice half inch head on it and good lacing throughout.

There was a sweet smell about this beer, also hops coming through.

The taste is one of the main attractions on this one. I'm not a huge pilsener drinker, but this was pretty good. Had a solid citrusy quality, along with hops and malt.

This one had an okay amount of carbonation, but not spectacular. Had a somewhat syrupy finish.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. It has a solidly complex taste that keeps you interested.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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.)

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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 rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden with amber hues, fluffy white head

S-piney hops, bready and yeasty malt

T-piney hops, cereal/bready malts with slight yest and citrus notes

M-Medium bodied, perfect medium to high carbonation level, smooth drinking

D-Smooth and refreshing from a medium bodies beer... dont let the "Pils" description fool you

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Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a one-finger head and what appears to be ample carbonation into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of grainy malt and a bit of alcohol burn. It seems somewhat sweet as well.

Taste is full of grainy malt upfront followed by a sweet finish. Has a bit of an alcohol burn to it.

Mouthfeel is still smooth at first but the alcohol takes over in the middle. There doesn't seem to be enough room for the malt to really shine here

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It doesn't seem like either a pilsener or imperial pilsener. It's still drinkable but again, I'm not too impressed. I would prefer that it stress the flavor of the pilsener malt more but it doesn't appear to do this. A good pilsener, even an imperial pilsener, should be tasty. This is just a bit too boozy for me.

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

12 oz, thanks to Kyoko and Chris!

Pours a clear golden, nice lacing all over, white head, good retention. Smell is sweet, caramel, very clean floral/citrus hops, yeast, little bit of funk in there, nice though. Taste is very malty, caramel, citrus and floral, some alcohol, real clean finish, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Only double pilsner I've had that actually tastes like a normal pilsner, nice character.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by May09 notched on the label (guess I should have looked closer). Poured a translucent orange-gold with a dense, creamy, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid half inch cap with delicate strands of lacing forming during the tasting; good retention and adherence. Nose is malty/breasy sweet; maybe a hint of toffee. Taste is consistent with nose; however, some slight bittering hops comes out in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant, yet subtle background effervescence. Wasn't sure what to expect from an Imperial Pils, but I was fairly pleased for the most part. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer Mike got for his wedding, thanks for a great time and looking out bro...Bright medium gold with good carbonation...The aroma is sweet alcohol with some hops...The taste is much sweeter than the aroma, lots of alcohol, typical pilsner skunky hop. Not my thing.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clipper City does some pretty good beers, and I've eyed this one for a while. It's finally on deck, so here's a review. The name Uber Pils sounds German to me, meaning super-pilsner I think. The beer is dark golden color and clear with a thickcap of foam. The head laced the glass big-time, very sticky when it dries. The smell is malty first and foremost, with some hops interplay underneath (apparently Saaz and Amarillo, but I wouldn't have known because they're background only with this beer). The taste is mainly malty sweetness with a hint of hops, no bitter after-taste. The body is pretty thick, very thick for a pilsner, and it goes down relatively easily for such a big beer.

Overall I think it's a very good take on an extreme style, but Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner still takes the gold imo.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-amber color with a thick one finger white head. The head has fantastic retention eventually fading to give nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and sweet. A caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a biscuit maltiness. There is also a light hoppy aroma as well, although this is very light.

Taste – A smooth bready and doughy flavor meets the tongue. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste. In the middle the sweet and bready taste create a rather smooth sweetness. At the end a very light hoppy flavor of an earthy and citrus nature as well as some alcohol flavor comes to combine with the rest of the flavors. While perturbing the smooth taste of the brew, it did bring an element of change and ended up leaving a somewhat pleasing

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather creamy with only a light carbonation level. Very nice for the smooth bready flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is a very tasty and soothing brew with some nice sweet bready flavors. One to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow-orange color with a one-finger slighlty off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mildly bready pilsner malts with good amounts of herbal and slightly citrus hops. As the beer warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes good. Crisp pilsner malts with a nice amount of breadiness segue into grassy and herbal hop flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the cleaner examples of the style I've had so far. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had the opportunity to try a few Heavy Seas offerings, thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles. Good place to buy beer, and Todd is very informative. This beer had a freshness date of Sept 2007, and was poured into a pilsener glass. It was a hazy orange color, with a small white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Pretty bready taste, with some late hops. Solid malty mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small Craft Warning pours a pale gold color with a fair amount of haze. It produces a solid head and a lot of lacing. The aroma is serious Saaz hops, with an underlying earthy maltiness. A little musty with some bread-like qualities are also in the aroma, with a whiff or two of alcohol. The foretaste is sweet, very sweet. The sweetness has a pils malt flavor, and is balanced with a lot of hops. The beer has a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it, and could stand for a crisper finish. The hops are spicy and very flavorful, though. On the whole, this is a solid and enjoyable beer. Full of flavor and very aggressive.

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

12oz single, got a 6 pack at harris teeter - stonecrest here in charlotte for an afternoon of reading and grilling and an evening of sopranos in HD

appearance: pours into one of the many Notre Dame pint glasses sitting around my parents house...somewhat dark golden, nice sudsy white foam cap

smell: strongly hopped...actually quite nice, potent grapefruit, spiced citrus, light pine. hops definitely rule the nose but its quite the nice bouquet

taste: i didnt really realize this was a double pilsner when i bought it but i'll get over it pretty quickly. fresh pink grapefruit, sharply pungent hops (i wish i was in wisco with some hooks blue cheese to compliment)...booze comes through but not overpowering. nice beer, glad to see it distributed down here now

mouthfeel: sharp hops, light booze

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ccrida
4.79/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange, with very little haze and thin head with large bubbles that lingers around leaving only slight lace. The aroma is gorgeous, sweet, malty, and bright, and just very appealing to me. The taste overall was smooth and malty, a bit sweet, but beautifully balanced by the hops, with little indication of the 7.5% ABV. The medium body is creamy and malty. I didn't know what to expect of an “Uber Pils”, and although I have to say it tastes a bit more like a strong ale then a larger, I think it is an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking again whenever I can.

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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 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 Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of the tap a semi-transparent honey golden. Aroma has a nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness, but is not complex. Flavor is mouth-filling, fairly malty, with some hop bitterness and fruity hints. It goes down smoothly and leaves a pleasantly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 6/10

Pours a clear golden brown with minimal head. Smell is quite subtle, with some slightly sweet malt and a bit of funk predominate. Taste is maltier than I expected, with some minor hops and a bit of funk present.

Mouthfeel is medium with some lingering malt sweetness and slight hop bitterness. Drinkability is modest for sure. The high malt character makes me want to stop after one.

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

This one is a pure amber color. The head has an orange tint to it and pours well, sitting thick and rocky at a few fingers. Thick patchy lacing remains on the glass. This is my first pils outside of the German or Czech styles, and it's pretty unique to me already.
The aroma is a nice balance of sweet, toasty malts with some bready character and hops bitterness. A little citrus lingers underneath and there's a gentle soapy something in there.
The hops and malts are well-balanced in this one. Both characters remain all the way. The underlying sweetness and bread flavors remain, and the citrus is subtle. Interesting and pretty tasty if not a little subdued.
The body is light to very lightly moderate and carbonation is likewise light to moderate. A decent balance of crisp and smooth are in the mouthfeel, though neither strongly.
This is a good brew and one I'm glad I tried. Two solid brews thus far from Clipper City.

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