Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) | Heavy Seas Beer

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

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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: 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.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,101
Reviews:
592
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
112
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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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

Photo of DasBoot2112
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of roywilliams
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Risingblktide
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Metalmaniac915
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bin33chef
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MaChiNe
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a hazy, bright tangerine color. A full finger of pale orange foam with a watery, soapy texture. Doesn't hang around long. Holds at a thin cover and rather thick collar.

Aroma - a soft roasted grain followed by some light but certain oranginess.

Taste - hearty, crackery grain with an almost chewy sweetness. The hops have an orange citrus quality. Combined with a moderately intense bitterness. Finishes less dry than expected and with a long hop linger.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good solid body. Evenly carbonated.

Drinkability - delicious with some LaRosa's pizza; I could easily salt away several of these.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Bought it simply because of the bottle, the name, and the fact that I hadn't had it before; glad I did.

It pours a huge white head that lasts til the last sip. Dark ginger ale in color/caramel. Hints of hops and citrus in the nose.

Smooth buttery mouthfeel, really nice. Good lacing with a complex finish. Sweet at first, then the bitter hops take over before the strong alcohol (7%) ends it.

Really, a nice beer.

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Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,101 ratings.
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