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)

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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.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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Photo of Rollingroc
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of Noah_
1.12/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I pulled this beer out of a cooler at a party a few weeks ago, and it was god awful. It smelled like a blend of herbal and red tea, and the taste... it was like drinking concentrated sugar water with an assortment of preteen girl perfumes dumped in, and the taste would NOT leave my mouth despite the fact that I immediately spat it out.

I assume that this was some kind of horrible factory error because nobody else is complaining about it, but I am leaving this review here for anyone else who has this horrible experience.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.38/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25


Bottle to pint glass

AROMA: Rice, Aldehyde
LOOK: Beer color, small white head.
TASTE: Rice cereal, Aldehyde - not pleasant at all.light

A Dumper.


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Photo of newbeeraday
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

Photo of erik_smelser
2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of philipquarles
2.09/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear(ish) orangey-gold with a small white head. A bit of lacing left behind. Smells of pale pils malt, along with some sweet graininess reminiscent of a macro-lager. Hops are there for sure, but nothing remotely pronounced. Strong malty taste, both pale and caramel, with a slight bit of grassiness. Hard to pick anything good out of this one. Tastes like one of the macro-lagers on steroids--don't know how they pull this off without all of the adjuncts. Incredibly sweet. Full, syrupy body that doesn't come close to matching the style. This is fucking terrible. In making a "double pils" these guys have neglected everything that makes a pils good and paid strict attention to making it high ABV. Drain poured. I'd rather drink St Ides.

The fact that this is rated as highly as it is makes me lose faith in BA. Just more of the same.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, best by June 2010.

Pours pale golden amber with a very small fizzy white head that quickly turns to a small ring, but does manage to leave some spots of lacing.

Aroma is grassy, floral, a hint of orange or lemon peel, bread, yeast, takes some coaxing to get a lot out of the aroma on this one.

Flavor is a fair amount of caramel malt up front, somewhat sweet, some earthy, floral hops, and the alcohol is certainly there in force, the finish on this really bothered me, best I can equate it to is the cheap high-gravity stuff like Steel Reserve, etc, but with a bit more hops.

Mouthfeel is weird, starts off quite watery, but ends up finishing a little syrupy, medium carbonation.

No Sir, I don't like it.

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Photo of Cresant
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this 12 oz. into a pilsner glass. Deep golden clear body. Two fingers of head faded rather quickly.

Smell was primarily of alcohol. Malty sweetness and mild graininess.

Taste was sweet as well. Where are the hops? Unbalanced and lacking any noble hops signature. Corn husks and caramel. Not crisp or refreshing. Not what I expected of a double pilsner.

Mouthfeel was syrupy and rather heavy.

I will not drink this one again.

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Photo of Dalem
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Colorwise it's a bit more orange than any other pilsner I've seen. Looks more like malt liquor (first time mentioned) actually. The slight head vanished fast and a very thin lacing that leaves from the side of the glass seconds after each tip. It smells of fresh mowed lawn and sugary malt. It's a smell that takes me back to my younger years of buying malt liquor (there it is again) 40's because they were more bang for the buck. The thing is though that while there is one day every summer where I go and visit my old friend Mickey Big Mouth I wasn't planning on today being that day. Maybe it's because of the higher alcohol content but the taste reminds me of malt liquor (3rd reference now) too more than it does of a proper pilsner. Metallic and too sweet like a corn syrup quality. It tastes like everything was overcooked turning the entire presentation into a flavor lacking mush. There is a bit of a hop flavor in the finish but the beer lacks complexities and particular characters to get excited about it.

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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 SierraFlight
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchase by December 2013. It's July of '14. Uh, oh. 12oz bottle poured into stange. Lovely auburn color with thin white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Aroma indicates oxidation, but caramel malt comes through. Flavor is pleasantly malty, however tinny oxidation is hard to get over. Medium body, creamy texture, lower carbonation, semi-dry finish. Drank a quarter and then drain poured, but would definitely give a fresh one a shot.

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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 LongWayOut15
2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JDV
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My apologies if I got this in trade, as I forgot it's source.
Pours rich golden white a medium sized whitish head. Smell is lemon, lager like malt and light alcohol. Together comes across fresh, bright and somewhat inviting. Taste is a bit dusty, chalky and lightly alcoholic without the burn, and with lager like malty characteristics and orange rind flavor. Flavorful with strong orange rind character and light malt. Very mild hop character. Citrusy, yet lager like. Definitely unique, but not particularly great, with some alcohol presence, which is a bit obtrusive at 7%.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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