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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 KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Called an Uber Pils for a reason this amps up the Pilsner style malts with a slight hop bitterness. Very good but a tad bitter. Lots of cereal maltiness.

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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 predikit
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very malty but had some flavors which did not agree with me. I was very turned off by it, but I got used to it by the third beer which is no plus in it's favor. Can't say I would ever go for this brew again.

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

Usually I'm not a big pilsner fan so surprised that I liked it.
Tastes of honey and grass. Heavier and richer than it looks at first. Enough carbonation to balance it out.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a clean white head and moderate lacing, it has a sweatness and alcoholic taste reminding me of a bock, Helles bock fits this verse Pilsner

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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 Lucular
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 bottles acquired as part of a Heavy Seas "Sunken Sampler" 12-pack. A straightforward, enjoyable brew that I would be happy to have again in the future.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY JUL1214.

Appearance: Pours a crisp honey golden body with a decent off white head.

Smell: Rich sweet pilsner malt, slight metallic Euro hop aroma. Nice.

Taste: Pure helles bock. Strong rich sweet full bready malt flavor. Slight taste of hops, but primarily malty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied. Nice.

Overall: I wouldn't necessarily classify this as an imperial pils, more like a helles bock. Very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant caramel with a lingering frothy cream head.

Floral hops, crackery malt, light caramel sweetness, and a malt liquor note form the aroma. Malt sweetness dominates.

Flavor reveals bitter hops, which are the only noticeable character at the first sip. Floral notes creep in later, resting on a subtle caramel malt base that eventually becomes specialty malt fruity and estery. There's a slightly offputting metallic note.

Body is on the full side with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly crisp.

Not sure what I expected from an uber pils, but this is too bitter for my liking, and the alcohol overwhelms. The floral hops are nice, but the esters detract.

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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 A_Frayed_Knot
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a decent foam to start which dissipated quickly, yet lacing along the glass lingers a good while, which is mysterious. Aroma not overwhelming nor overly defining of what's to come. It seems almost flat for lack of carbonation that I would expect other than the fact I'm getting this out of a bottle -- on tap could've been different. Mostly an average pils experience compared with others... There is a pleasant taste that really comes through mostly with the aftertaste, my palate feels "tricked" into thinking there was more than what it really was. I'm likely to share this with fellow consumers who tend away from hops or dark brews i.e. for whom a pilsener would be ideal. Possibly because I've such hops-affinity I feel getting an opinion from a regular adjunct-beer consumer would be interesting if they tried this beer. Nor did I notice the 7 ABV, since I'm usually kind of sensitive to the amp'd up alcohol content of select beers.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from beer of the month club. Pours deep clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is different. Some pale lager weirdness and a little bit of spiciness and fruit that I am not digging at all. Flavor is a bit fuller than a regular adjunct, dry corn and musty, dirty hay. Funky finish and a bit of light fruit. Light to medium mouthfeel and somewhat under-carbonated. Not my favorite, and I have yet to enjoy anything from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a deep clear gold with a creamier white head that lasts well into the beer. Nice lacing.

S- Big malt notes with just a hint of some hops

T- more of the same. A deep malt flavor with a slight bitter hoppiness on the finish.

M- a thinner feel with a little bit of carbonation.

O- a really good (almost great) big pilsner.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy august

a: a dark honey, light rust color, crystal clear. Nice healthy foamy head. Leaves some patches, darker than a pills.

S : some oranges,  light honey malt, some floral notes to, kinda hoppy.

T : taste is more malty than nose, some cereal biscuit, molasses and honey. Finishes with an herbal and spicey hop. Rich malt flavor though, some bread crust. Definitely has that clean larger yeast finish. Balanced.

M : clean, drinkable, high carbonation and lively mouthfeel.

o: very bready, but balanced.  I dig the hop profile. A session brew that will catch up to you. Not really a pills though,  richer malt profile, that's a good thing. Would pair well with food.

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Photo of dtivp
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber gold with a two finger frothy white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet bread , light malts and hints of citrus.

Taste of grain and malt with a slight honey sweetness, hints of citrus and floral hops.

Mouth Feel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a little crispness and refreshing. The alcohol is very well masked.

Overall this is a very enjoyable solid pils, a great picnic or ball game beer.

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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 Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A: very clear. very bright golden body. head is pretty bright white. frothy. good retention. minimal lacing.

S: very malty. not getting much hop aroma here. cant tell if there is a hint of metallic flavor or not. a rich pilsner focused malt aroma seems to be bulk of the aroma.

T: sort of metallic. minerally. lots of grain. really malty, a little corny. bitterness is plenty. cant tell if the mineral flavor is European hop derived or more metallic.

M: moderate amount of carb. medium body.

D: cant decide about this one. definitely a rich lager but I cant tell if there is a metallic off-flavor or some light dms going on here. might need some refining in the brewing process to clean this up, but has a good starting point.

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Photo of Limin8tor
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! A tasty and very drinkable pilsner with an almost buttery aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. I would call it the perfect after work beer if I wasn't shocked to find out it's 7% ABV! I would never have guessed - you don't taste it in the slightest. Impressive. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden to amber in color and a head about one inch high.

Aroma: Floral hop with light citrus notes. Little bit bready, and a touch of caramel malts.

Taste: Buttery texture, crisp mouthfeel, citrus but mostly floral hop with a light dryness. Sweetness from caramel malts with a twinge of biscuity notes.

Notes: Solidly drinkable and can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of sajaffe1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey like malt in the aroma with a touch of hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout compared to a Czech pilsener. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over again.

O- Not that great, but not bad either. Most likely will never drink this again unless its free.

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

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey malt in the aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over. Probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before June 2013

A: Apple juice. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: fairly faint. A swirl brings out a whiff of toilet bowl cleaner.

T: Sweet crackers, apples, bread, mild grassiness. Light on the hops; could use more to counteract the syrupy sweetness.

M: Feels a bit too thick, maybe compounded by the sweetness.

O: Fairly uninteresting; perhaps it will be better with food.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Not mist, fog or sediment. Head is a thicker crust of doughy fluff. it retains well but surprisingly is quite stingy with lacing.

S-Initially quite sweet. Lager yeast and sweet grain. Crackers and white bread. There is also a lighter perfumey hop experience. Also semi-grassy but not nearly as grassy as I would have expected. Would definitely like more power with all those noble hops.

T-Hops are stronger here. Potent floral hoppiness and perfumey hops. Sweetness sets in well after but it is quite sweet. Buttered bread and cracker malt. Oddly balanced.

M-A bit sticky or chewy. Lighter side of medium bitterness. Alcohol peaks through. Not exceptionally drinkable and far from crisp.

O/D-I have not been happy with many Imperial Pils or beefed up Lagers (unless they're from Jack's Abby). This one doesn't really do it for me. The style is at its best when it is far less robust. All the crispness and cleanliness is lost with such a high gravity and such concentrated flavors.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this blah beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was just plain Jane. It was hoppy smelling and hoppy tasting. Way more than I like. To those that helped sample it they said it smelled like the ocean? The beer did pour a nice head I must admit but that was all that was nice. Beer also had a bit of a citrus note. I will not buy again.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with amber highlights with thick white head that slowly dissipates down the side of glass – leaving a nice trail.

S: Malty bready aroma with a decent hop background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a decent malty flavor with an equal mix of hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Well balanced beer and went down easy.

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