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

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Brewed by:
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%
 
 
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27
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112
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Ratings: 1,101 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything labelled double pilsner I have enjoyed, including this restrained clean and refreshing pilsner. Complex and great with food, restrained on the palate. I would have this regular if I could, thank you for bringing back Dr. Jay. As a European strong lager it is amazing no less.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery prior to the tour.

A: minimal/thin head on a bright clear golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, fresh cut vegatables.

T: very light funky and mild grassy hop presence on the background of pale malts and grains.

M: light to medium body which isnt quite up to par for the style for me and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: the bitterness is just right and this is a nicely flavorful pils.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Clipper City Heavy Seas mixed pack ($17.99/12)

I thought this was one of the better ones in the mixed pack, a solid beer of a rare style. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head. There is almost no aroma to speak of, which I found quite odd. Taste wise is much better than small, you get a nice mix of malts ans hops with a nice smooth finish. There's a bit of alcohol kick in the swallow but that's expected and flows with the beer. Try this if you can.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and fluffy off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: In contrast to the smell, flavors of floral and grassy hops outshine the bready malts, but only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of alcohol that particularly linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it could use more hops and less alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good pilsner. Usually not the greatest pilner fan, but I've made the exception for this brew. Simply sweetened with bready / earthy pilner malts and balanced well with German earthy hops. Lightly lemony and citrusy with a light and round mouthfeel. A noticible alcohol flavor and warmth adds depth without becomming a distraction. Might make for a good cross-over beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 single from Family Liquors in East Dubuque.
Bottle notched "purchase before SEP 10".

Into a pint glass, this has an intricate ring of lacing and a thin cap of foam. It settles to a broken skim after a few minutes. Deep golden orange, slightly hazed with micro sediment.

Sweet pilsner malt aroma, honey, cookie dough, husky grain. Flavor follows the nose, but with an earthy hop aftertaste. Rich maltiness, with very minor bitterness in the finish. Definitely a malt forward lager. The label describes it as a "rich, golden bock lager". Full bodied, yet not heavy. I'm still sipping this though. Enjoyable as it warms, sticky texture, the breadiness and honey notes come out a bit more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that retains relatively well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with a bit of fruit; doesn't have the noble hops aroma I would expect from a pils

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that betrays a high gravity reading right from the start; after the swallow, the malt and fruity bitterness kicks up another notch; the finish has a lot of mineral flavor to it; again, no noble hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a slightly hoppy bock than a double pilsner, to be honest; while there is considerable style drift, this is a nice, drinkable beer; I would mark it higher in a different category

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a small, foamy, off-white head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. It also had a floral aroma.

T - It tasted vey sweet and of grains. It was quite hoppy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pilsner.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before Jan 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, bread, cracker malt, floral, herbal, and light peppery hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt/hop notes. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange zest, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops. Good amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pear, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a nice malt/hops flavors balance; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Pilsner! Great balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head with plenty of lacing all the way down.

S: Very light grainy smell with a faint hint of hops and some sweetness.

T: Good malt with some bread-type essence, and a residual sweetness.

M: Crisp and very light.

D: Very nice. Love when I can find a good pilsner, especially of the imperial variety...

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, bananas, citrus and light malts.

T: The taste is sweet and fruity up front with flavors of bananas, citrus and decent hops bite, although not as hoppy as most in the style. There's a hearty but light malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, to be honest I haven't like much of anything from this brewer, so I was well-prepared to not like this beer. I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is good one to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow with some amber highlights and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a moderate patch of thin film with some smaller patches of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light notes of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of alcohol can be noted.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light to moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a touch of chewiness.

O: I wish the beer had a little less ABV - there are some notes of alcohol that I wish were more well hidden. I think this beer could have benefited from a little more hops but it was an enjoyable beer and paired very nicely with Spanish tapas.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a golden straw color without much head. What head was there all but disappeared quickly.

Aroma has some bready slightly caramely sweet malts with a little spicey hops. Taste also has the malty slightly sweet flavor with the spiciness of the hops. Not any real intense flavors, pretty smooth taste for it's abv.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, for it's abv it is pretty easy drinking. As mentioned before there really isn't any intense flavors that would make this difficult to drink a few glasses of in an evening. That being said there really isn't anything special about the flavor either. It's a decent drinkable beer but not something I would buy often. The mix 12 pack that this came in was decent for the price though.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a lot of carbonation continually floating upward. Light head , but good lace

Earthy and malty. No real hop aroma.

The flavor matches the nose. This is far more malty than most pilsner. Very rich pilsner that the carbonation balances off nicely.

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