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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a small, foamy, off-white head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. It also had a floral aroma.

T - It tasted vey sweet and of grains. It was quite hoppy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pilsner.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of March 2008 notched into the bottom of the label, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold color, some setiment can be seen floating and a few carbonation bubbles rise inside. The head formed about one finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Mildly sweet, not too strong though.

Taste: Very sweet malty flavor up front, then some citrus hops come in and take over, dominating throughout. The finish is a mixture of the two, but the hops win and linger nicely.

Mouthfeel: Meduim to full bodied, but quite smooth for the high ABV. The carbonationw as lively, and balanced out well.

Overall: I enjoyed it. It wasn't overpowering, but you definitely know this is more than just a regular pilsner. If you like imperial style beers (imperial pilsners, imperial IPA's, etc.) give this one a try.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a purchase before date notched on the label. Served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a bright gold with two fingers of foamy white head. The clarity is slightly hazy with some tiny particles suspended in the body and about average carbonation. Head retention is good and leaves rings of lacing with each drink. The aromas are mostly clean with grainy malts and floral hops, with just a hint of sweetness and alcohol mixed in. The flavors are mostly of bready malts, with a thicker/sweeter/molasses-like thread running through. This is balanced nicely with a solid spicy hop character. There are also some earthy qualities added in, presumable by the yeast. There is an ever so faint bitterness that hangs on in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. The finish is rather clean.

There is nothing light about this pilsner. The brewery claims this to be the "unofficial" Original American Uber Pils, and to that I say congratulations. It is like taking all of the things I like in a pilsner and amplifying them, so as to better hide the less desirable traits. The best part is they have done this without making the increased alcohol stand out too much. Oh it's there, it just doesn't overpower the core ingredients. So, if you like or would like to try, a lager style beer that is full of flavor, I would recommend giving this one a try. I would certainly enjoy another.

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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 ffejherb
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/5/08. Best by Jan. 2008 date.

A - Slightly hazy, almost dusty (if you can imagine) golden amber body with very minimal head that quickly disappeared and left spotty lacing. Fairly active carbonation. This is a pretty gritty-looking brew.

S - Sweet, citrusy aroma with some bready and sweet caramel malts. There's also a bit of lemon and grassy hops.

T - Very sweet malt flavor up front that moves into some juicy citrus hops with lemon and pineapple notes. Solid malt backbone blends sweet caramel and fresh bread. Very light alcohol twang with a bit of grassy hops in the finish.

M - Slick, oily texture with some creaminess. Medium body with fairly lively carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter on the tongue.

D - Not as bold or alcoholic as other Imperial Pilsners I've had, which makes this one more drinkable. There's more of a balance between the malt and hops in this brew. Appearance was less than stellar, but this brew made up points in taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz. bottle poured into a straight pint. Cloudy yellowish-orange straw color, that leaves a very thin head that vanishes quickly. Almost looks like a map, of white land with a lot of yellow seas. No pun intended. Nearly no lacing. Aromas of yeast and malts of the bat, almost bread-like. Very smooth flavor, a little sweet, and it tastes stronger compared to most pils. Slight hint, and by hint I mean barely there, of citrus, like just past their prime oranges. Mouthfeel is good, mild carbonation, and the flavors linger for a bit. Its very drinkable, good flavor, mild aromas, and a strong alcohol content makes this one hell of a session pils.

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Photo of Lothar666
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy, semi-translucent golden yellow body atop which was set a foamy single finger bone white head. This took a minute or two to receed and left a sticky lacing on the rim of my pint glass.

S- When I first opened the bottle I could smell pungent malts and yeast from over a foot away. This became stronger as I poured the beer into a glass. Though very strong, the smell is not at all complex and is frighteningly reminiscent of a beefed up version of an American Macro-Lager.

T- A bit of barley malt, a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the finish, and little else. Again not overly complex, and the aftertaste was rather unpleasant. I dread to think what this would taste like if I allowed it to warm.

M- Dry, crisp, and very light bodied. Could be considered almost refreshing if not for the bland and unremarkable flavor.

D- Very easy to drink due to the light body, and the alcohol is admittedly disguised very well. I could easily drink several of these in a session if my only goal was to catch a buzz, though I couldn't see myself wanting to what with the mediocre flavor. For the same price point I would much prefer to grab a Dogfish Indian Brown Ale or 60 Minute IPA, or even a good old Sam Adams. I will not be getting this one again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, saaz/ pilsner hops. In the taste, pilsner hops and a small sweet malt to balance it out. A small bite, yet very clean in the mouthfeel and a semi dry pilsner hop aftertaste. A nice malty pils, doesn't drink like it is 7.25%, hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: clear golden orange, 1 finger head
S: earthy, slightly hoppy
T: starts hoppy, sweetness follows, bitter earthy hoppy taste ends, and leaves sore aftertaste
M: bitter zing, but smooths out with bland aftertaste
D: Didn't want more than 1

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong, powerful rendition of a Pilsner from Clipper City... Pours a hazy and cloudy appearance with decent frothy head... smell was a typical pilsner smell, fresh, slight fruity and floral notes... taste is best described as an ultra-strong pilsner... more sweet than I was anticipating, which kind of threw me off... honey and vanilla taste with fresh floral essence... no bitterness detected at all, just a honey, sugar flavor... pleasing flavor without being overbearing... 7.25% ABV is not noticeable behind a sugar-laden, rich, thick taste... pretty good mouthfeel with an average drinkability... copped a single 12 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in West Orange for a $1.79... not a bad sample at all... different and iteresting... worth a try...

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Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber pour, short but foamy head.

S: Decent malt & floral hop balance. Light, fairly straight forward.

T: Quite a hoppy pilsener. Not overly so, and a malty sweetness does manage to come through. It seems to dwindle fairly quickly, with the taste seeming to last longer as the bottle goes. Flavours (generally hoppy) tend to come out most in the finish in that time.

M + D: Decent body, fairly crisp & refreshing. A hefty 7%, so not much of a gulper on a hot day unless you're actually trying to get out of mowing the lawn ;)

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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 hustlesworth
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours into my schlitz malt liquor pokal a clear golden apricot with constant streams of champagne bubbles. the color is brilliant and warm, very different than the pale golden i expected. then again, this is UBER-pils! all that color is topped by 1 3/4in of hoppy spongy puffy cloud-like cream colored foam that drags trails of drippy lace behind it. it has better retention in a pint glass than the pils pokal, but either way settles to a thin soapy disk. despite what the label says, there is NO yeast at the bottom of any bottle in this sixer but that's a-ok.

S- big malt & spicy herbal hops! that noble german aroma is present, but overridden by lemony orange grapefruit amarillo! yee haw! one of my favorite hop varieties paired with german tradition. what did u expect? this is america, baby. if this aroma is a precursor of what's to come, then i completely underestimated this pils. uber? what's uber? uber is awesome that's what. creamy toffee and caramel coated toasted marshmallow. loads of pale and caramel malt, seems like it should be darker. tons of fruit sneaks out behind the malt & hops in the guise of apple, pear, white grape, clementine, kumquat, and sourdough bread with resinous coniferous undertones.

T- bitter citrus amarillo i s up front. when i burp it's amarillo, i dream..."amarillo". but that's not all- sweet bready malt, grassy leafy lemon balm taste. oregano, thyme, chamomile all come to mind. pale grains, corn, and shortbread cookie. much like an IPA with distinct lager crispness. white pepper and just a smidge of wet dog precede the astringent (and pronounced) noble saaz/tettnanger + tangerine peel finish. long and dry at the end with herbal vapors leaving my nose with every exhale. moderate sweetness. it can best be described by mating an IPA with a quality vienna lager, then multiplying x5.

MF- crisp and dry and refreshing! lots of goodies makes for a syrupy body but there's no way around that. despite its richness, it doesn't seem to sit all that heavy like the water in the brew goes down but the malt and hop essence stays behind and coats the esophagus then just dissipates after awhile.

D- though actually a bock style lager, it still holds the names pils everywhere it goes. one of the best pilseners i've had, probably because i like big beers and this is UBER. i would love to try more of this style from different brewers. one thing i would like to point out is that even though 7.25 isn't all that high of an ABV, this beer gets me deee-runk! and sleepy! after 2 i feel like i've had a six pack. stumble everywhere, eventually to yonder couch. save this one for below deck, matey.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased beer at Malones Bar and Grill in Harrisburg, PA. I have to say i have never heard of the beer and was impressed with everything except for the appearance. It has a cloudy/foggy look to it.

The flavor however is very tasy and the smell was aromatic.

A good beer to purchase as a variety pack!

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Photo of AlexJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden pour with a decent head of pure white that had moderate retention and very little lace.

Aroma is not much more than your standard pilsner, albeit a good pilsner aroma.

Flavor is crisp pilsner and crackery bread malts with light floral, peppery, and very light lemon hops. Realy more of an assertive Pilsner rather than a Double Pils.

Medium bodied, well carbonated and quite easy to drink. After drinking the SA Imp Pils this is a modest effort. Still enjoyable as part of the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear, golden color. Much darker than a traditional pilsner. A very small white head forms.

S- Very crisp and hoppy. A decent malt backing.

T- Very hoppy with a biscuit malt backing. Very clean and full of flavor. Kind of sweet.

M- A creamy beer, but crisp after swallowing.

D- Boozy and sweet but unique and flavorful.

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Photo of Risser09
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner flute - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden color with plenty of active carbonation rising to the surface. Off white head rises to 1.5" and is cakey. The lace is very sticky and clings to the glass.

Smell: Malt. Floral hop aroma infused with lots of rose, hyacinth, grass. Honeysuckle is a dominant aroma too.

Taste: Sweet with a little hop bitterness. Lavendar, honey, grass, milk thistle. Not overly powerful in flavor. The flavors aren't reminiscent of a traditional pilsner.

Mouthfeel: I wish this one was more crisp instead of how creamy it is. Very creamy and smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Quite nice. This is certainly not a typical pilsner by standards of the style. The aromas and tastes are very floral. A good beer that is worth revisiting.

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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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Photo of beerking1
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep gold, with a small but dense white head that leaves a fair lace. Aroma is very malty, with some alcohol, hints of hops, and some unfortunate green apple character. Hops are faint. Flavor is very malty, with a good balance from alcohol and some mild hops. Hops come through much stronger in the tail, leaving a lingering pleasant bitterness and warmth to beg for more.

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Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden color, fairly clear, decent sized white head, creamy and with some retention. Leaves behind some lace.

big malt aroma, and a slight hint of alcohol(?) Hop aroma if present is subdued, and overall aroma is very slight.

Simple, sweet malt flavor initially, hop bitterness sufficient to balance out the malt, but stays relatively malty. Slightly medicinal flavor midmouth and beyond - some weird alcohol/hop interplay? Finishes very slightly fruity. Lacks the sharp/clean profile of a pilsner...possibly the price of it being an uber pils!

Med-full body, and medium carbonation. Only the slightest hint of alcohol warming, and no astringency.

If you are looking for a big, American-made lager, here you go. Sufficiently neutral flavor profile to be very drinkable.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Beautiful golden with foamy off-white head

S: Citrusy hops with yeast, earthy malt aroma

T: Malt backs this excellent flavorful brew, but there is plenty of spicy hops to balance the earthiness

M: Carbonation is even and the body is very substantial. Aftertaste is malty without being overly sweet or astringent

D: Another exceptional creation of Clipper City -- well balanced, great mouthfeel, and thoughtfully presented. A very underrrated beer and brewery.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yar be my first Über Pils, and a decent one it was. Expires February '08, or so the bottle says.

A - Yeasty bronze coloration with a pale hue. Small bit of head that rode all the way down. I gave a 4 here simply for the lacing, it was beautiful. It created multiple layered rows of sharks teeth on the side of the glass, I was pretty amazed.

S - Meh, not too much here, slight hop tinge with some characteristics of wheat or grain. Average I suppose.

T - Yeast and hops hit the tongue immediately, but afterwards you get a bit of an earthly tone and some mild bitterness. Grainy sort of aftertaste. Not bad, but not too impressive.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Would've given a 4 here were it not for the soapy residue it leaves behind.

D - I could do a few and would probably try it again, but I wouldn't seek this out, and if I had a choice of their brews, I'd definitely take the loose cannon. Worth a try at any rate.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that dissipates to wisps and no lace. The smell is dominated by sweet toasty pilsner malts. The taste is up front with bitterness, herbal and spicy german hops but is overall dominated by the taste of the pilsner malts. There is also a hint of green apple flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a touch of dryness. Overall, kind of difficult to drink and not the best Imperial Pilsner. It lacks the strong hop character of some of the other Imperial Pilsners and has some astringent characteristics that are tough to take down.

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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 rlphwghm
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. I prefer hoppy beers, so I may be a bit biased.

The aroma of this brew is very powerful, almost like you stuck your nose into a jar of hops.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It is very deep with a hint of a bite. The color brown; the beer is opaque.

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