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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 cneville
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack, my second tried offering of the Heavy Seas.

Not going to spend a ton of time beating this beer to death--it's good, not great. The appearance is darker than I expected, with a quick falling 1 finger head. Taste--a little sweetness, some malt. Realyl just like a better pilsner. Tastes very light, especially for ABV, which is always a little dangerous.

I didn't love it. Would drink it if offered, but not one of my favorites. I'll stick to the Loose Cannon.

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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 charlesw
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale amber... Small white head with lasting lace. I'd be happier with more head that lasted longer. Smells slightly malty with plenty of grassy hops. Tastes... Ah, shucks. It's awfully sweet. There's a little bitter tang to it but not much of one. The mouth and drinkability are both brought down by the sweetness/thickness of it... My bottle isn't the freshest so maybe there are some light floral hops that I'm missing. That might change things a little, but it still wouldn't be my favorite. Still, you know, you might think that I wasn't happy. Hey, it's a decent beer and a good brewery - I'd gladly take a few of these every 12 pack I bought from them.

Edit: Hmm. The last half of the bottle had a huge head. It is diminishing fairly quickly but not instantly. Well, hey. Another plus, I guess.

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Photo of bonkers
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours orange/yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very bready with alot of herbal notes. The flavor is bready with citrus and herbs intertwined. The finish is sweet and lingers. The beer is light bodied and has average carbonation. Something in the flavor doesn't really work for me, I don't think I will grab another of these anytime soon.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear copper color with a small whitish head that recedes quickly.

S: Not too much in the nose of this one. At first it had a yeasty, bready character the morphed into a maltiness.

T: Malty backbone. Some alcohol warmth and spice. Some floral hoppy tastes with medium hoppy bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth comes through. Not dry, a grainy sweetness persists.

D: The sweetness coats the mouth and therefore is it not a quick drink.

Overall: Not bad. Perhaps just not in the style I like. Average.

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Photo of tjd112
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into generic Pokal

Appearance - Poured an amber colour with white head and some lacing

Smell - Grapefruit and pineyness

Taste - Spicy hoppiness with a bit of bready malts, a little disjointed and non-distinct

Mouthfeel - Medium with dry finish

Drinkability - Could have one a day

Overall - Good beer, though more like an IPA then pils

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Ommegang Rare Vos tumber. The pils is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The pils is a straw-yellow color, clear with no sediment. There is a bit of lace surrounding the the glass, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: The pils has a light hop presence in the nose, a lot less than I expected. The hop presence that is there is citrusy, fairly pleasant but not nearly as strong as I'd like it.

Taste: As I sip the pils, it is very dry but lacks the hop punch I'd expect from a double pils. The hop taste that I pick up is slightly bitter, but not overpowering. There is also a decent biscuity malt flavor that doesn't quite stand up to the hops but does give it a shot.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth with a medium hop character, preventing it from overpowering the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I am more inclined to call it a pils vs double pils, but why quibble when it goes down smooth?

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Photo of BrewIrish98
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color, maybe a touch of gold.

S: A little citrus aroma. Could be a slight bit of honey there. Nothing overpowering.

T: Clean and crisp. Nice citrus, a little malty in the middle, then finishes with a traditional pilsner hop flavor. Not a bit of alcohol.

M: Minimal carbonation, goes down easy.

O: More like an ale than a pislner. Good for a few, don't think I would have more than 2 or 3 as the ABV is high for the style.

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Photo of jackorain
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My selection in the beer club.
A-Hazy straw color, 1/2 inch big bubbled head that disappating quickly to a thin bubbly coat. Nothing in this shouted drinkme, not really a great looking beer just average hence the 3.5

S-malty sweet, caramel grainy bready aroma, not bad

T- Sweet and malty initially, thee are some hops in the middle, but the sweet malt overpowers. There is some acidty in the finish. Overall, okay but not quite good. It is quite unbalanced with the over the top sweet malt.

M-Creamy, nice low carbonation, possibly a little uncharacteristic for a pils, although this is my double pils or uber pils.

D-To echo Ron's sentiment, I could have another but why would I? That is a retorical question though, as I know the answer. I would have another becuase there are six in a pack and I ain't gonna' waste it.

Overall- There is no doubt this brew provides interest for discussion. It is a shame that the members were not in the same room to drink this one together and discuss. Of course there have been several club selections for which this would have been nice.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, slightly cloudy golden-orange with a finger-and-a-half of white head. The head was fairly frothy, and subsided to a thin layer. Decent lacing. I realize it's an Imperial, but still darker than I would have expected.

Smell: Grassy hops, with some malt sweetness in the background. Raisins, and other fruits atypical of a pilsner. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Taste: I didn't get much of...anything. An alcohol burn is noticeable behind the carbonation...a slight bit of malt sweetness. Not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the scent, though hints of it are noticeable. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, which helps to hide the alcohol, and it's reasonably creamy.

Drinkability: Well, it is easy to drink, despite the high ABV, but that's largely because there's not much to it. I doubt I'd seek it out again, simply because there's not much to it, but it'd be way too easy to put down a few of these.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best bought by: Aug notch. Small Craft Warning 12 oz.’er into me Guinness pint shows a clear straw colored pour, with a scant eggshell head coating. A few bubbles rise up the sides. Some scrod yeasties finally fell out after holding it upside for about a three hour tour...a three hour tour. The weather started getting rough...

Light wheaty and yeasty scents. I thought that I was going to have to fall into me glass to smell this. A few swirls release a generic grainy nose.

This Uber Pils has a mild grainy taste. Dry lettuce like aftertaste. Rather one dimensional. Afterall, it is a Pils.

Good carbonation sizzle while it sits on me tongue.

Last swigs: This will definitely age for a few months to see if this improves. A good drinker. Didn’t blow me away. Thanks to BA Shappuding for the swap.

Beer is good. Happy heavy beering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with Sept 2012 notched out of the label. sampled on January 22, 2013 so that might have impacted my rating.

The color of the pour is light amber to copper with virtually no head and zero lacing.

The aroma is really nothing astonishing but there are pale malts, sugar sweetness, and the vaguest of hop crispiness lingering around the back end.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste begins sweet and caramel-like but there is a kind of overripe fruitiness in there as well. The bitterness is mild at the end. Maybe a fresher bottle next time will result in a higher grade.

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Photo of crayphish
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pilsner pours a clear clean golden color, the highly carbonated brew is capped with a sparse splotchy head. No lacing. Nose is bready malt, not much else. Taste is again the bready malt countered with faint hops. A touch of caramel and a slight fruit note as the taste diminishes. Mouthfeel despite all of the malt factors is fairly clean and finishes dry. A fairly drinkable brew, though I was hoping for more.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light copper colour with a frothy head that has minimal retention time and leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a touch of caramel and a bit of grassy hops. Simple and fairly faint. Uber Pils? So far, I think not.

Flavour is also tame. It's more standard Pils than Double Pils. There's a semi-biting sharp/spicy/grassy hop bite here blended well with some sweet malt but that's about it. Again, not much going on here. It's not bad, just very simple. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

This one wasn't bad...but as a standard pilsner. I certainly didn't get an old bottle as it's labled best by November 2007. Give this one a bit more flavour and punch if you want to label it an Uber Pils.

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Photo of Kromes
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear orange/yellow color with a nice white head.

S: The is a dank herbal hop smell coming off the beer, but it is not strong. That's about it.

T: A very sweet malt flavor with a good dose of herbal hop. A little alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish.

M: Heavy, smooth and thick with low carbonation.

O: Pretty good. Definitely a sipper. Might be a little too sweet, but that's what you would expect out of a double.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2nd street brew house, poured into pint glass, color is gold, head is huge but subsides and clings.

Smell is mild pilsner malt, subtle hops.

Taste is pretty crisp, simple easy malt, pilsner,I think, mild strong crisp hop flavors, something towards saaz but cut off

Mouthfeel is too bitter, I think this might be over hopped, it's not too sweet though which could be why the bitterness is surprising

Overall, easy drinking brew that could be very good need some hop balance

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow hue, slightly hazy, effervescent. Small head, but decent lacing cakes the glass.

S: Definitely smells like a lager. Malt first, with only faint hop aromas. Perhaps a faint note of lemon.

T: A tad sweet and sticky for my taste. This might be more tolerable if there was an intense hop presence. This isn't really what I think of when an imperial pilsner comes to mind. Lemons with a slight astringency become more apparent over time.

M: Lingering lemon aftertaste, but not delightful as in a gueuze or lambic. Sticky and chewy, this seems a bit out of style.

D: After one of these, I'm ready for something different.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my sampler pack. This beer poured a hazy gold with some reddish highlights little to no head. Smelled of fruit and with a little hint of a dirty rag and the glass didn't smell like that before the beer, so I will have to take off .5 for that, otherwise the fruity scent is decent. Tastes slightly sweet, picked up some apple and a woody taste. Decent beer. Heavy Seas isn't bad, I suggest the sampler pack to find out your favorites and at $16 for a 12 pack, it's well worth it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/31/08. Bottle, best by 01/2009. Pours a clear deep orange with a small white head. Aroma of skunk, wheat malt, and sweet fruit. Flavor is pretty similar: stale wheat malt, slight skunk, and light sweetness. Not a great beer, but quite drinkable and enjoyable. Nice imperial pilsener and definitely try to get it as fresh as you can!
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of cktison
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, clear, small head by the time it made it to the table
S: Iron, Rust, Sour and hoppy - citrus and sharp
T: Not bad! Malty, light hops
M: light, easy, pleasant amount of carbonation
D: Easy drinking, but not the best of this style - I'll try another, if its bought for me...

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Photo of bubseymour
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is spicy at the finish and the alcohol definitely is noticeable for a Pilsner. Its not bitter and actually an easy drinker. It has a pleasant fruity/hoppy smell similiar the their IPS3 but not as pronounced. This is the first imperial pils I've tried. I think I may prefer regular pils.

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Photo of matt062286
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a good sized foamy off-white head. Small, patchy head retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell - A light, hoppy aroma up front, followed by a bit of grain. Nothing complex or exciting, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Taste - A smooth, well defined, but not overwhelming, hop characteristic. A sweet, tangy, malty backbone is present and keeps the bitterness down a tad. Again, nothing too complex here but simplicity isn't necessarily a bad thing. I am not a big fan of pilsner style beers, but this has to be one of the best I've tried.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Rather sticky as well.

Drinkability - With a heavier body and higher ABV than most pilsners, this is one to be savored a bit. That said, could have one or two of these easily.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a 50% transparent straw color with a lot of carbonation and a one finger white head which lasts along with very light lacing.

The smell is malty, grassy, cracker like along with spicy hops. It smells like there is a lot of caramel and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose with a well blended hop/malt combination. The malts are both sweet and caramel. There is a light cracker like taste along with a slight grassy taste. The finish is dry with spicy malts in and just a little gritty.

Overall this is a nicely hopped Pils. It compares nicely with, say "S.N. "Beer Camp; Hoppy Lager"

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Photo of malloyca
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, Small Craft is a limpid amber showing steady streams of small, round bubbles. The aroma blends malt, yeast and some hops. This beer has a creamy mouth feel and a sweetness that is not a typical Pilsner flavor profile, and it brings bitter hops, sweet malt and a distinct alcohol note. It leaves a bitter hoppy finish. I don't think that Pilsner is as amenable to the "imperial" treatment as other styles (IPA, stout) and can come off overwrought, so I will tend away from this.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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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