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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

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
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
1,096
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
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27
Gots:
109
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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with a good deal of foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with lager yeast notes. The flavor is lightly malty with faint bready notes and has a nice grassy finish. There are some alcohol esters and warmth throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. It's not as bold as some Imperial Pilsners, but it is more forward than your regular pilsner. I don't know that I'd seek this out, but I'd never turn it down.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Good to go till November 2011!

A very thick foamy head, white, with tiny bubbles for its shape. Very large cola like bubbles coming up from fourteen carat gold and crystal clear bubbles.

Nose is slight pepper, muted grass, and light pilsner like malt but also kind of alcohol sweet.

Taste is thick with some sweet like bread but also solvent like alcohol. Almost syrupy in texture and feel. Somewhat fusel like as well.

Overall it comes across as a bit of a boozy mess, without some crisp or more importantly fresh bread!!

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchase by March '08 notched on label:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin head.

The smell is of lemon-grass, bready and grainy.

The taste is of grain with some green apple. Bready, almost doughy yeast comes through. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

Interesting enough to sip on...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A whipping whilrlwhind goes on in my glass, a maelstrom that settles to a steady vertical stream, right up the glass...aside from that, we have pale, slightly hazed yellow, and a capable head, creamy, sticky, lacey. Nice.

Aroma: soft and light. Buttered popcorn, creamed corn, herbal, vegetal...huh.

Taste: smooth, and tasty, filling on the mouthfeel, with a soft, juicy, fruity factor. Slightly sticky, and ultra-malty, this has a big bread and yeast thing hapening, very raw, very naked. Very tasty, almost piney, citric hops gripping the flavor. This gets better the more I drink it. I like, I like...

almost tastes like a pale ale, got some pineapple going on here, but it's a lager all right, a damned tasty one, too, and quite unique. I give 'er a thumbs up. Kinda.

Again, thanks go to ppoitras, and BiF 19.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/15/05- Received via trade from Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Bright yellow pour with a small 1/2 inch creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Mosty a strong pils grainy scent. Nothing out of the ordinary. Prefectly pils like scent.

Taste- Taste like a pils, but with a nice kick to it. Very bready tasting. Almost like chewing on a chunk of sourdough. Ultra grainy as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated. Leaves a semi-dry mouth.

Drinkability- It was pretty good, but the strong nature of it made me crave a regular pils. Maybe just a bit too much over the edge for me for a pils. Thanks much to santoslhalper for the sample.

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

At the time of this review, this is the #16 American Double / Imperial Pilsner on the best of styles list on beeradvocate.com served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and clear with a lazy white head of small bubbles. some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly malty, mildly yeasty.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet up front, nice finish, moderately dry but heavy, mild bitterness. I actually really like this beer and have had it on several occasions. I was honestly shocked that I had not reviewed it previously. One of the better heavy seas offerings I've had. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a 2" fluffy head. Very light lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up some soft grapefruit and malt.

Taste: the flavor has a decent malty backbone, with some sharp citrus and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and smooth at the start. The finish is lightly crisp and mildly dry. The aftertaste is is of the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, but overall I did not get overly excited with the flavor.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich gold color with a short white head. Nice spicey hop aroma. Sweet malts and noble hops come together nicely here. Very hoppy, but still nicely balanced. Nice mouthfeel, but what gets me on this beer is its great drinkability. Hoppy, alcoholic, but never overpowering.

This beer makes me wish there were more breweries making double pilsners. Or just more double pils available at all.

I'll take another thanks.

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

Trade from TroyG2352, thanks!

Love the label, looks crazy and cute. Pours a bright, yet faded orange and gold. Semi hazy, but it was cold. Still, pilnsers are supposed to be cold, yes? Big head up front, but whimpered to a very weak collar that didn't connect all the way around the glass.

It gets better. Aroma is spicy orange, with crackers in the middle. Sometimes double pilsners will favor more hops than malt. This one seems to not favor either, and goes for broke on both.

Sure enough, the flavors illustrate this. The spice and citrus from the hops are met halfway by the soft yet sturdy malt. Sometimes, for me, malt forward beers can leave a linger aftertaste that seems stale. The hops in this one counter that and scrub away that taste at finish. Still, the wet cracker of the malt is very nice.
I like this beer, and think it's pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, bready, spices, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, some spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus notes. Taste is malts, light citrus hops, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing and solid beer.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It's dry with lager yeast aromas. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some residual sweetness and warmth. It also has a nice hop finish that compliments the high malt and alcohol content. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew. It's smooth and easy drinking despite the elevated abv.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

Pours a dark macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong pilsner malt. The flavor is reminiscent of iced tea. Not too much alcohol or hop character in the beer. Medium, slightly cream mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop with a secondary biscuity grain aroma.

The taste was instantly spicy. Layers of hop, soft malts and warming alcohol made the flavor profile very interesting.

The mouthfeel was full with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall an ass-kickerrific pilsner. This is a man's man brew. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer, my new best friend, for this one.

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

Best before date Sept 04, Sampled August 2004
Pours a crystal clear, deep gold color. The carbonation is slight and the head is an off-white when it is roused. A sharp strong aroma of hops emanates from my glass; it is grassy, herbal, lemony, and slightly funky. The taste is soft and malty up front, but leads to a solid hop flavor and then to a bitter finish. I get notes of toasted biscuits, spicy-herbal hops, and hay all mixed together. This is a pretty good example of a Pilsner, and it is quite tasty on this warm Arizona evening.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones. Best before date is Feb 06.

Pours a clear exceptionally deeply golden beer. There is a slight orange tint here but holding this up against some white bond paper the color of this beer is the richest golden color I have seen in a beer. Good fine bubbled head. This looks great in the glass.

Smell is deeply rich bread and malt with a spicy hop edge. Lots of good Pilsner malt in the scent with some floral scents from the hops. Hops are faintly citrus and strongly herbal here with a slight caramel scent from the malt.

Taste is thickly malted with a slight sweetness and a solid hop kick in the first sip. Very smooth Pilsner flavor with an equally well controlled spicy hops bite. Mild to sip with a nice hop bite from a full mouthful. Hop sensation is a bit oily here.

The only fault here is that the mouthfeel is a bit too full for a Pilsner. It is thick to the point it seems a bit flat even though there are abundant bubbles.

Nicely drinkable especially for a Double Pilsner. Very good flavor without getting harsh and no detectable alcohol. Only fault is the weird thickness to this. Still I would gladly drink a second one.

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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 clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of this style to try and I am glad I did. A seethru dark gold with a one-finger foam head that left sticky lace. Light and airy aroma of floral hops and grass. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, with hints of sweet malt. More citric bite than anything as there are plenty of hops in this. Not a mellow, veggie twinge from a regular pils, instead this beer packs a more hearty hop punch with moderate dryness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts malty/hoppy with some sweetness, finish is clean with some hoppiness. Nice pilsner. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy gold with a lasting white head and lots of lacing.
Smell is of a nice hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt and corn syrup.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet breadiness.
Moutfeel is sweet and crisp with effervescence.
Drinkability...enjoyable. I would get again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright, clear gold color with very little carbonation and a mild white lacing ring.

S - Spicy lemon, some orange, dry graham crackers, and sweet malt. The malt and the hops strike a nice balance in the nose with not one overpowering the other. Overall, the aroma is more subtle and not bold like I would expect from an Imperial style of beer.

T - Gentle on the palette with everything mixing together very nicely. Spicy lemon on the front side with sweet malt towards the back and a crisp hop finish entering 3/4 through until the very end and doesn't really linger for very long before subsiding and leaving a grassy lemon aftertaste in the mouth.

M - Very mild on the tongue, on the lighter side of medium, pretty crisp finish.

D - Extremely. This is a very good beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a ring of lace. The aroma features a nice balance of grain and some nice fresh spicy and citrusy hops. The taste starts out with a faint smooth malt flavor with the hops providing a nice presence in the finish. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise as it is a nice deviation from your typical pilsner. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy gold with light orange hues. The head was bone white, thin, and creamy with lots of tiny micro bubbles from the lively carbonation.

S: a spicy hop aroma, with sweet grains, lemons, and a light floral grassiness.

T: The flavor was much the same, with sweet cereal grains, a touch of honey, and lemon grass hopping. The flavor was fairly crisp with a dry floral tettnanger hoppiness on the finish.

M: light, semi-dry with a lively carbonation. drinks more like a pale ale. Some sweet malt notes.

D: A good pils with some kick.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden colour, verging on amber, with a filmy, large bubbled head of white bubbles. The head sticks around, even though it had to be coaxed into existence with a reasonably aggressive pour, and sticks to the edge of the glass in pleasant lace curtains. The colour reminds me a little too much of generic pale lagers, and I'd like a fluffier head to begin with, but it looks pretty good overall.

Not a great deal on the nose - a sweet blend of mealy grain character (I'm loath to write "adjunct-y", but it comes close), and some piquant green hops that only exist as a single point of aroma. Unfortunately, it smells somewhat akin to Pride of Ringworm, that most hated Australian hop variety. While this gives it some sharpness, it also conjures up for me the aroma of every poorly constructed Australian macro-brewed lager. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan.

Some sharp bitterness on the palate, but that syrupy honey-like sweetness is present here too, coating the tongue, and making the hop flavour work ever so hard to balance it. Given this is a pils, and what's more an Imperial pils, it has far little hop character to my mind. It has a better flavour profile than the nose suggested, but it seems a little flat, and not very robust to me. Mouthfeel is crisp with fine carbonation, which is a plus.

This one only falls slightly above average for me. It just didn't do enough. It seemed a little too tame and a little too generic. Drinkable enough in its way, but I wanted something more.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin foamy white head that settles into a slight lacing. Crisp light fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear, citrus peel as well as subtle malt and hop presence. Very quaffable with a slight malt character balancing out the citrus Grapefruit, lemon and banana flavors and a perfect citrus hop finish.

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