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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 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 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 Higravity
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be, strong, liquid gold color with a nice white head, spicy nose, great body, refreshing and abosolutely drinkable.

This beer has a great taste, it is slightly sweet alcohol laced with noble hops that compliment the nice pure malt flavors. It is so pleasent and subtle that each sip invites another. It stands up as a good beer even warm as a 32oz serving can get warm towards the bottom. The nose is staright ligth maltyness mingled with hops of fruityness and spice. Wonderful beer and not something to be past over when you see it.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A fat finger of white foam floats above this clear bronze brew, and lots of tiny bone-white spiderwebs of dry lace are stuck to the glass. A swirl brings back the dense cap and leaves copious amounts of powdery white sticky sugar lace on the glass. This is honestly some of the most beautiful lacing I've ever seen.

S - The first thing I notice about this one is that in addition to the usual saaz hop notes found in a pils, this one has loads of American North Coast pine forest and grapefruit aromas too (I looked on the Clipper City website, and it does have Amarillo hops in it in addition to saaz and two other noble cultivars). These grapefruit notes are actually the dominant scent, while the flowery saaz plays second fiddle. The malt notes are biscuit-y and pale ale-ish, but Amarillo-Saaz duet takes center stage for sure.

T - Wow. Biscuity and crackery as hell...loads and loads of malt that I didn't pick up in the nose! Riding the wave of bready, biscuity, saltine cracker malt are huge juicy hop flavors with orange juice, pineapple juice, and mandarin orange in a can (this is all Amarillo fo' sho'), and some light peppery and floral flavors behind the fruit. Also, I swear to God that I can taste mint in there somewhere! Tastes like making a 50:50 mix of a German pils and a juicy northwest style IPA (think black and tan, but with Paulaner and Two Hearted instead of Guiness and Bass). I can taste the alcohol and it reminds me of gin, probably due to the peppery saaz flavor's similarity to gin botanicals.

M - Full bodied and very oily on the tongue. Loaded with IPA...almost DIPA levels of hop oil and bitterness. The carbonation is restrained, and the alcohol is very warming, astringent, and noticeable.

D - This is a very unique brew that IMO seems like a hybrid of two styles; a peppery, flowery, crackery German pils and a juicy, hoppy oily IPA. All I know is that whatever they were going for works for me. I will buy this again for sure! It's an interesting way to get a good dose of hops while straying from the tried and true IPA path. Good stuff!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty healthy looking pilsner. Super clear and light amber in color with a nice frothy white head. Nose is super subdued with bready malts present as well as earthy hops.

Wow thats good. Amazingly clean with well blended flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Nice sized body. No real malt sweetness but some biscuit like presence which is held together well with some grassy and herbal hops. Nice dry finish. Very very very good.

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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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Photo of ericj551
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small Craft Warning pours a clear yellow with a thin head that only appeared after I poured the last third of the bottle rather vigorously. The aroma is big fresh herbal and citrusy noble hops. There is a nice sweet and slightly fruity pilsner malt aroma in background. Flavor is more of the same. It is nice and balanced, with crisp hop flavor in the foreground for sure, but not over the top. The bitterness is well balanced by the sweet pilsner malts. The beer is nice and refreshing, especially for its strength.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Pilsner, the average and overall ratings don't do this beer justice. Best buy date of May '09,

A - Light golden amber color, off white head and medium lacing present.

S - Slightly sweet hop aroma and earthy tones.

T&M- Super smooth, nice hop level. Medium to light bodied beer with almost perfect after taste.

D - I am not a pilsner drinker, but this is probably the closest to actual taste in this category of brewing. Well balanced and close to perfect for this style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a peach amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & citrus hops along with a little breadyness

T: Soapy & citrus hops along with breadyness up front, plus some booze & lemony hops. Some crackery & grainy notes as this warms. Finishes citrusy & a little boozey

MF: Chewy with superb carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, a very good double pils

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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 Limin8tor
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! A tasty and very drinkable pilsner with an almost buttery aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. I would call it the perfect after work beer if I wasn't shocked to find out it's 7% ABV! I would never have guessed - you don't taste it in the slightest. Impressive. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Offered as an Uber Pils or Imperial class. It has a solid malt backbone to support a bitter tasty hop structure. The color is pure clean light gold pilsner, with an ample snowy head and evident lacing. Each mouthful was pressed into the palate as the bittering grabs you. The swallow is long and flavorful with an appropriate pilsner bite. I'm happy to see Hugh Sisson produce a quality lager that is worth buying by the case.

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Photo of kegerator
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice pils to say the least.
pours a hazy deep yellow with hints of amber. quite carbonated and a huge 3 inch head appears even with an easy pour the head was big. frothy and foamy and left big lacing throughout.
aroma was floral hop up front with hints of slight citrus and a sweet malt aroma sitting in the back.
taste was a hit of malt with nice hit of floral hops that lingered. overall it was well balanced and the alcohol was not noticeable at all. Medium bodied this was a crisp, clean and very very refreshing brew that left me wanting another. An excellent pilsner any day of the week.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it may look just like a regular pils, looks can be deceiving! Clipper City's Uber Pils delivers a rich, strong, hoppy and drinkable lager! The nose is bright with citrusy (lemon rind), floral (dried rose petals), and spicy hops nestled down in a bed of sweet bready malt. It's surprisingly medium bodied (although it does lean towards being full); and it's superbly smooth and dextrinous across the palate with a very fine, natural carbonation that just lightly pricks the tongue. The flavor is even richer than the nose suggests, but it's not overdone in anyway. The doughy malt base is backed by a solid bitterness; and it's well-infused with floral, grassy, and spicy hop flavors. It's very well balanced, and perhaps even a bit too much so, as it finishes pretty much the same way it began. Hmmm...? The sweetish, bready malt slowly fades along with its beautiful hop flavors and bitterness, leaving us not with a bang but a whimper. Maybe another 5 to 10 BU's are warranted.... and then again, maybe not - this is one really drinkable strong lager, and perhaps its overall round softness is more important that a little bit more complexity. Either way, this one's a winner!

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Photo of Gasp100
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got caught up in all the Imperial Pilsner talk as of late, that paired with spring and a need for something different. This poured a beautiful clear deep golden with a nice fluffy white head and left decent lacing on the glass. The smell was fantastic -- crisp hoppy bite, abundant floral and citrus hops, piney, honey, malty.... a little bit of everything. The taste just floored me.... really nice true Pilsner character that gave way to super floral and citrusy hops, but not cloying sweetness or overly sweet in any way. This was very impressive. I have to say I bought a six, but I'm definitely going back for a case before it's all gone (no luck finding a keg of this I'm sure...) This is also very drinkable, one after the other --- that's the nice Pilser quality. Now, for a true Pilsner purist this might not be the answer but if you're looking for something a little different in the Pilsner vein, find this and enjoy.

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Photo of thekanna
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful amber pour with minimal head that leaves heavy lacing.

S: Extremely clean hop smell with citrus and apricot.

T: Nice malty body with a great hop bite that leaves a resonant smokiness on the palate. Phenols are detectable but not overwhelming.

M: Medium carbonation and a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Finishes dry and tongue-numbing.

D: Another winner from this spectacular local (to where I am) brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light and murky, wheat color and small near white head leaves to ring. Some clingy lace.

S - Light malt and grass.

T - Grass, almost wheaty, light malt extract, caramel, nice.

M - Spot on carb, coating and light to medium body.

D - Not usually big on the pilsners, but I really like this one.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a clear yellow beer that formed an enormous, five finger rocky head. It took quite a while to die down. Tremendous.

Aroma was of strong citrusy hops with medium malts underneath. Slightly sweet. Much hoppier than most lagers I have experienced, and not at all skunky.

The taste was of slightly sweet malt hiding underneath a biting citrusy hop bitterness. Are you sure this is a lager? Tastes much more like an ale. Easily the best lager I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was quite good, full and well-rounded.

Drinkability is very good, despite the ABV. It sure didn't taste like a 7.5% brew, that's for sure. It was balanced very well.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden color.The label says it contains a trace of yeast-really must be a trace as theres very little floatsam and jetsam(to use the nautical term in keeping with the name) to see.Nice slight head.Wonderful noble hop aroma-somewhat grassy/citrusy.Slightly sweet malt backround.Bitterness is subdued though it tends to linger after a taste.Good full bodied mouthfeel.Very smooth-nice balance between the hops and malt.A very drinkable beer.Im sure the 6.2% can sneak up on you.The company web site puts it at 7%.A really nice beer.Wouldnt call it an "imperial" Pils as the name might suggest but its defiantely cranked up a notch.Try it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautiful amber color with enormous white puffy long-lasting head. nice crisp hoppy head. this seems like its going to a good one. Ah, the nice crisp hoppy taste comes through big and strong. feels great in the mouth and makes me want more. Hard to believe this is a 7% beer. Extremely drinkable. This will become one of my favorites

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful “American Double Pilsner”!
Nice golden color, clear and clean, tight white head, and a never ending race of bubbles to the top of the glass. Decent lace. Aroma is a bit grassy, sweet and bitter. Taste is smooth and crisp. A nice mixture of bready malt with the grassy hop feel leaves a crisp bitterness in the end. A great balance of the two.

Bottom line this is one fine brew. Easy to drink and enjoy. This beer is great alone or with a meal. 7% could sneak up on you but the flavor of this beer is simply wonderful. A must try.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Atrois glass

Pours a dark straw color with hints of amber. Very clear with a thick head that dissipates on lip contact. A little too dark for what you would expect for a pils so loses a point or two there. Aroma is very good. Maltiness is very apparent with some sweetness there too.

Taste is awesome. Very smooth with an accent on the malty side. For a pils it's a little under bitter with not as much hoppiness as you would expect. A lot of sweetness comes through too but surprisingly no hot alcohol which is a plus. The flavor is almost there to perfect but it just misses. Mouthfeel is just incredible. The body definitely helps the beer. Sure it got some help from the large grain bill but it's still done very well. After all this it's still a really drinkable beer. Really clean and really well done.

Overall this is a great beer. I wish i had bought more of it. Would certainly order at a pub, purchase in a store or accept as a gift. Well done.

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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 Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to say that I became a really big fan of this beer.

In my opinion this beer is mis-categorized as an Imperial Pilsner. This is a Maibock or Helles Bock. The label even calls it a golden bock lager.

After pouring from the bottle there was a thick foamy head that had very nice retention. The beer was a deep copper color that was very clear and made visible a moderate amount of carbonation. There was a ton of lacing left behind in my glass.

Nice looking beer!

Aroma was light/fresh and had light toasted notes of malt and there was a very light fruity sense about it.

Flavor was extremely nice. The more I worked through the beer the more I enjoyed it.
A nice grain malt flavor that was biscuit like. Almost a light candy or toffee flavor. No sense at all of the higher alcohol flavor. This is a gem. A nice hop finish comes in at the end. It's subtle but very present.

Very smooth and silky mouth feel.

Incredible drinkability, especially for a 7%abv.

You MUST try this beer!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw yellow. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was soft with spicy hops. The maltiness is hiding in the background of the aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with decent bittering. The malty sweetness is the first impression and then spicy flavoring and bittering hops take over. The sweetness fades slowly and then the bittering takes over. Very complex.

The finish was dry and bitter. The body was medium to just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Best before August 04. A very well done brew. With a smidge less sweetness it would be even better.

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