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

Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)
BA SCORE
3.74/5
1,101 Ratings
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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
Ranking:
#22,450
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,101
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a small white head.

Smell: A simple, one-two combo aroma of flowers and sugar.

Taste: Malty sweet and lemony with strong floral flavors to the extreme! Ends with a peppery finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd have expected. A slight alcoholic taste phases in and out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All around, its a decent strong lager, but it failed to deliver the bitterness I was expecting.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, thick, white head that as it dissipated, it left the begiinings of Belgian lace along the side of the glass. The color was a hazy golden-yellow. The nose was faintly malty, but there was a definite presence of hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a really interesting spiciness, like cloves, on the palate. The finish was more malty than hoppy, which was a bit of a surprise. I really like this beer. I would drink it routinely on a hot, humid east coast day like today and ABV be damned! Argh! Full speed ahead.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A double pilsner? What in the world is that? Since I'm not that partial to pils, will this be just more of what doesn't appeal to me? I have to say that I much prefer the Uber Pils designation on the label; it makes the beer sound tougher, cooler somehow. To finish up my stream of conciousness observations, the label art is very well done.

Bright amber-gold with the barest suggestion of orange, topped by a large, frothycreamy, ivory head that sustains itself admirably and leaves behind scattered wisps of chunky lace. The nose is interesting and is different from any pilsner you're likely to run across. Its primary feature is that it's characterized by dueling hops.

In this corner, the gun-totin' Texan... Amarillo. And in this corner, 'Mr. Traditional'... Saaz. Amarillo wins comfortably, which may play havoc with the style purists out there, but, come on, these guys had to do something out of the ordinary to make their beer stand out. The fact that they chose to use one of my favorite hops makes me applaud the decision all the more.

Very, very nice. Those Amarillo hops are not backin' off on the palate. In fact, I'm having some difficulty appreciating the Saaz at all. As befits the 'double' nature of this beer, the malt structure is significant; much meatier than a standard pils by a fairly large margin.

Pale malt provides sweetness, structure and smoothness, but not much flavor (that's a good thing). The hops are much more flavorful than they are bitter, although there is a mild tightening on the finish. A beautiful, ample body completes the picture of a top-notch beer from start to finish.

Small Craft Warning is a beer for lovers of big beer. Throw all preconceived notions of the pilsner style out the window and just enjoy this sucker for what it brings to the table: loads of hop flavor and a lush, velvety body that carries that flavor across the palate with panache. Many thanks to lackenhauser for the opportunity.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Pours a transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Small amount of lacing.

s - Smells strongly of bready malts. Also of wheat, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of light fruity malts, citrus, oranges, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pilsener. I enjoyed the fruit in the taste more than the smell. Would try again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It appears a clear copper color with a white finger of froth. Strings of patchy finger-like lace stick to the glass.

The nose is filled with buttery tones blending with noble hop attributes. A bit of caramel, toffee and herbs fill the middle. A light touch of solvent alcohol comes in from the back.

The taste is sweet with toasty caramel malt that includes some butter and fruity hints. A bit of herbs and earthy pine round things out. I am surprised by the residual sugar here but I guess that goes along somewhat with the imperializing of this style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit too much residual sugar is in the finish which ruins the expected crispness I look for in this style. Regardless, it is not bad. Worth trying but not particularly something I would buy again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of what's the name of this beer, and why so many names. I'm guessing the Uber part is a beefed up pils at least in alcohol. Appearance; Filtered vibrant golden tone white head leaves even lacing, nice. Aroma: Alcohol comes through with a hoppy zest of Saaz and more noble hops providing a grassy tone to it all blended with some semi-sweet pale malts to balance this one will bring up the hop burps. Taste: Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied a beefier than most pils even carbonation slightly sticky in texture. Drinkability: Refreshing and fortified with a bit of extra alcohol, isn't bad but I'm sure there are tastier versions of an Uber Pils out there.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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 ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my pilsener glass, it pours a light golden color and leaves the same color body. A one inch white foamy head appears and settles to a half-centimeter fairly quickly and leaves a nice show of speckled spider web lacing. Carbonation rises at a moderate pace. The smell has the malts up front with a nice fighting punch from the noble hops helping to give a decent spiciness. The taste is well balanced between the malts and hops helping to make it slightly sweet and bitter in different ways. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, great balance all around. I would say this is very drinkable. Overall, this is good and I’d come back to it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Basically no head. Nose is like slightly old apples, in a very mild way. Evident metallic edge. Flavor is very meaty. Firm malt tones. Bitter overall character. Metallic back tone. Robust. Evident alcohol. After getting halfway through, I suddenly said to myself: is that vanilla?? Feel is fairly full bodied with a somewhat subdued bubble. Overall very drinkable. Well worth trying. Especially since it is such a rare style. Hard to believe that after so many beers, I would get to a style I have not tried yet.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -6.4%
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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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,101 ratings
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