Small Craft Warning | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice medium clear golden with a light but sticky white head,herbal/grassy hop aromas jump out at ya with a underlying dry biscuity maltiness to let you know its there..Wow uber is the word here as in uber hopped strong grass and herbal flavors for sure with just enough bready malt in the background to keep it balanced but the hop profile steals the show.Wow a hoppy American pilsner that is oh so quaffable for the alc% I couldnt believe that it was 7.5% man I could drink this all day I Think but it would catch up to me sooner or later,either way damn good.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Scant head with a descent lace after an iced
tea colored pour.

S: Malty, with undertones of grain and hop.

T: Sweet hoppiness with apparent grassy flavors.
Almost a little too much of a sugar water

M/D: Smooth texture that doesn't leave the
pallet cleanly. There is a slick left
on the pallet and a crispness is lacking
that I usually look forward to in a good
craft pils.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden color, clear, with about 1/2" of off-white soapy head. Head dissipates to a heavy ring. Pretty good lacing.

S: Nice mix of moderate malts and light citrus hops. There is something just a touch fruity on the nose as well.

T&M: Good strong malty flavors rush the tongue with slickery sense of alcohol rolling around the mouth. The hops collide with the everything bringing the whole experience to a sharp crescendo just before the swallow. The finish is quick, leaving only mild warming alcohol vapors and a light kiss of hops in the linger. Carbonation is mild but persistent, lending to an overall light creaminess that plays interestingly off the slickness.

D: Nice, but different. I enjoyed the brew and will be happy to enjoy it again!

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Photo of tuckevalastin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color with a quickly disappearing white head.

S: Sweet earthy malts with a light citrusy hop tone.

T: Crisp and clean. The sweet carmel malt is the first noticable flavor but the citrusy hops make their way in.

M: No heat and very light bitterness. Light-Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable at any time.

Overall, I was quite happy with this beer. Better than your average pilsner. Definetly a beer I'd buy to drink regularly if I wanted a pilsner... the Heavy Seas sampler is definetly worth picking up.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweisermillercoors have made "pilsner" a dirty word, but hopefully this "uber pils" from Clipper city will do a little to help change the way people look at pilsners. It certainly did for me.

Pours the expected light golden color. Smell is sweetish, maybe some citrus in there.

The taste is excellent! Its hard to believe this is a pilsner. The hops are very present, which is great. Its a crisp brew, and the alcohol is strong. Medium-low carbonation, and plenty of body. Very satisfying and filling for such a light beer.

The beer with four names: Clipper City Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils is highly recommended. I can easily say its the best pilsner I've ever had.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heck yes - for a pilsner this is something actually worth drinking. Heavy Seas does well at providing medium-heavy beers well equipped to try some new things.

Malty smells and a light pour, but the hoppy taste more than accomplishes enough to make you want to drink a 6 pack of these. 7 abv is a peculiarity - I hardly taste that and that makes me incredibly pleased. I'll stick with other Heavy Seas, but if you needed a pilsner, why not try this one?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 shapudding
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light gold with a nice, cream white head that settled down to a light layer. Lightly scented with freshness, citrusy, fresh cut grass... nice. Very refreshing tasting, not too much jumps out at you. Little bit of a bite from the hops, maltyness is there, but nothing is overwhelming. It is just a nice brew. Great session beer. Picked this one up after staring at it at my fave distributer for quite a while, then finally speaking to Larry who pours for Weeping Radish at some of the fests around here, who said when ya see it to grab it. Grabbed some for Father's day gifts for my beer loving fathers too! Very drinkable, nice and light- but not too light. Good pils!

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Photo of jonphilipp
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bnewall3
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very clear copper color with a nice white head that stayed in it for the long haul.

Smell- German malts, and very grassy hops, smells bitter

Taste - Lots of hops, very crisp, finishes off very bitter on the palate...aspiriny, still maintaining that german quality mainly due to the malts...very tasty. Pretty balanced. Little alcohol detected in the finish too.

Mouthfeel - Light - medium body, good carbonation, finishes very crisp and not very dry at all, as would be expected.

Drinkability - Very much so. Watch out for the 7% abv though.

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Photo of Guden
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Duster72
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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 StevenShawSr
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a turbid amber body with a small and soapy looking white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is sharp and spicy hops and a wet doughy maltiness. Body is light medium with moderate carbonation. Taste is spicy pepper, bready and grainy malt with a caramel sweetness and a hint of lemon and orange. Alcohol is sensed but well hidden, overall. Good drinkability. Enough complexities to want to sample again.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

Pours a dark macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong pilsner malt. The flavor is reminiscent of iced tea. Not too much alcohol or hop character in the beer. Medium, slightly cream mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap had a date notched drink by 11/07.

Clear,slight haze,bright amber color,1" very creamy white head dissapated a bit quick to a creany layer leaving some spotty lacing. Slight amount of carbinaton with just a few strings of very tiny bubbles consantly rising.

Clean,very spicy nose with German style hops balanced out nicely with light sweet malty tastes. Good,crisp hop finish. Very pleasing taste.

Light to medium body with tangy hoppiness. Smooth with a juicy mouthwatering hop bite making me crave more. Could drink quite a few of these beers. The best beer i've had so far from Clipper City.

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Photo of tylerbrowe
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields one finger head that diminishes rapidly, leaving a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Cloudy amber in color, with a light haze. Smells of light hops, and not much else. On the palate, light and refreshing, very strong hop bitters for style, good malt backbone not unbalanced. Very reminiscent of the Victory Prima Pils, perhaps with more malt character. Long, dry and bitter finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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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