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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 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 hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, and a citrus-hop note hovering in the background.
Taste-Toasted malt, biscuit, citrus zest, and a snappy hop bite. Very pleasant and flavorfull. A bit unexpected but very welcome. Label says "Golden Bock Lager", I say it drinks more like a tasty pale ale. Will please pilsner lovers and anyone who enjoys a tasty dose of hops.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gold body, with a creamy head that doesn't last all that well, leaving a ring around the edge of the body ultimately leaving a strand of lacing.
S- Spicy hops with a good touch of citrus aroma to it as well.
T- Pale malt, with a sweet touch in the beginning, fades to a spicy and and just slightly tangarine and lemon flavor. Finishes a bit light on flavor.
M- Just on the full side of standard, and just a tad undercarbed.
D- A soundly made beer that is simple enough that it doesn't require intense pondering, yet complex enough to allow such. I would gladly have another.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear yellow with a tinge of orange. the head is white and about a finger high which settles to a large bubbled thin layer.
S: nice amount of dry malt with some sweetness. Hops are grassy but not overly
T: nice balance between sweet somewhat biscuity malt and grassy hop.
M: smooth and the carbonation gives a nice crisp feeling.
D: im a bit of a sucker for pilsners and double pilsners so it easy to drink and flavors suit me.

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

Pours a very hazy orange golden color with a small head that fades fast, can make out some floaties suspended within.

Smell has a sweet malt aroma coupled with some light fruity aspects, the hop presence is surprisingly weak.

Taste has a nice crisp and refreshing carbonation that quenches the thirst and makes it very easy to drink, the flavor is primarily sweet malt though and is lacking in the hop presence for a supposedly "Über Pils", fortunately it's not overly sweet or cloying so it doesn't detract from the overall drinkability, the strength is not noticeable at all.

An inconsistent Imperial Pilsner that is surprisingly refreshing, the lack of hops is disappointing but maybe a larger hop presence would be to distracting. As is though, I could pound these back during a nice hot summer afternoon.

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

Notes from 6/10

Pours a clear golden brown with minimal head. Smell is quite subtle, with some slightly sweet malt and a bit of funk predominate. Taste is maltier than I expected, with some minor hops and a bit of funk present.

Mouthfeel is medium with some lingering malt sweetness and slight hop bitterness. Drinkability is modest for sure. The high malt character makes me want to stop after one.

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Photo of jsdunlop
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light amber with a full, frothy white head, good lacing.
S: Toasted grains and some light sweetness
T: Bit of alcohol to start out with, light malt with a toasted grain character gives way to a faint sweetness that is matched with grain husk and a bit of corn. Spicy hops finish up the sip which is washed down with a bit of a boozy alcohol burn and an adjunct-like sweetness.
M: Fairly light and dry, crisp and well carbonated
D: An easy drinker for such a high ABV, though this beer seems fairly plain and very out of touch with balance. Faint grains, adjunct sweetness and the boozy character just don't do it for me. Worth a try, but I won't be purchasing again.

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Photo of obrendano
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this once and didn't enjoy it, figured I'd give it another shot

A - not a bad appearance, nice clear golden pils color

S - middle of the road, decent, but not very standoutish

T - after the good up front taste of spicy hopped malt, this really loses me. the middle of each sip brings this odd, wet, lightly malted tone that I really don't enjoy, kinda heavy and obnoxious and belies the concept of a pilsener, to me at least.

M - similar to the taste, a little heavier than I'd like, not quite as crisp as it should be

D - kind of grudgingly finished the 6 pack over a couple weeks, each time it was more and more forcing myself to drink it so it would go away. I really like everything else I've tasted from Heavy Seas/Clipper City, this just isn't my thing

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Photo of zrab11
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a light see thru amber color with minimal head that dissapates quickly

S-has a malty citrus smell

T- has a interesting taste.. has a hint of spices

M-light bodied very crisp. Easy to drink

D-has a unique taste but super easy to drink... a good pilsner imo would get this again

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Photo of nickthetick
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden amber into a Ommegang flute like glass, a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S: light malt and soft citrus notes.

T: a little more than the nose, the first thing I notice is a sourdough flavor. The light citrus follows with a bit of orange.

MF: its full body still offers a crisp and refreshing feel.

D: love this beer especially on the warmer days, a good offering I look forward to picking up again and again.

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Photo of beerphan
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> Pilsner
Best Before May 2011 is notched on the bottle

Pours a clear gold with a fine bone white head. Rings of droopy lace. Carbonation is mild yet steady.

Nose: some bread and malt, but mostly not there

Thick malty body but crisp on the finish. Bready malts up front are thick and not afraid to be heard. Spice and light orange rind from the hops along with a bold bitterness that finishes the beer right.

A fine job keeping the bigger body balanced by the massive hops. Not your typical pils, but with all the things you expect from the pils style just big and bolder.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at Twelve Steps down in South Phila.
A nice hazey orange, smelled malted and citrusy, really gave of the appearence and the smell of a Hefeweizen, about two fingers worth of foam, laced nicley.

For a Pilsner, it tasted much more citrus and malt oriented then hopped, still tasted good, the taste was subtle and short.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a golden color with less than a finger's worth of head. Retention is poor, but lacing is nice. Bready malt smells dominate the nose, with some toasty Saaz hops in the background. The taste is basically an amped up pilsner. First come in some fairly heavy bready malts, then some Noble hops, then some sour citrus (lemon and grapefruit) roll in for the finish.

The mouthfeel is thicker and less refreshing than most pilsners, but it still feels good. The drinkability also isn't as good as most pilsners because of the amped up flavor and thickness, but it's still quite drinkable. A solid beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly hazy orange with a decent head on pour that subsides quickly. No lacing to speak of
smell:interesting. More happening than your 'not uber' pils. Not in your face, but hops are present with a strong malt backbone.
taste: Very nice balance. Subdued but present hops with a malty backdrop and a dash of spice.
Another enjoyable offering from HS.

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Photo of JDFish
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Pinty:

A - Straw colored imperial pils, decent lacing and a nice head

S - Lemony citrus, sweet malts with a hint of spice

T - Light citrus, a sweet malt with some hoppy zinginess. Tastey, not real crisp. But good. Fairly complex for the style

M - Med. body and carbo. A good solid mouthfeel

D - Very smooth pils and easy to drink. Borderline session beer. Good for at least 3

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head of 1 finger, hazy color that matches a 9 on the SRM beer color chart. Some lace, but not very clingy and not much body. Smells of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and lime. Taste flavors of grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangerine, and traces of malt. Moderate body, with some fizz, and a dry finish. Good flavor and body, may have to have more, since I have two more in the fridge.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Uber Pils has slightly transparent orange colour and a decent head that fades to good lacing quite quickly. The smell is very grainy with some hops. The taste is grainy to begin and has a little honey flavour and a crisp hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and nice. It's not overly carbonated. This is a very drinkable, if not especially interesting beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow in color with a nice head...and good lacing...

smells like a typical pilsner...a funky European water smell....with prob saaz hops...

taste is very malty....and smooth...some of the alcohol is there but very pleasant....

feels very creamy and smooth in the mouth...

great drinkability even at 7% abv....

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice straw color, white head w/ decent lacing. Smells like your average pilsner, nothing out of the ordinary going on, and I can say the same for the flavor. Tastes like a nice pilsner, faint hop aroma with breads and malts. Mouthfeel is spot-on; finishes somewhat dry. Shy of being full-bodied. Drinkability is good, you would never guess this was 7.25% abv. Clean and refreshing.

I definitely applaud Heavy Seas for this one. I'm not the biggest pilsner fan, but I tend to seek this one out when I'm in the mood. May not wow you, but you will be pretty satisfied.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - pours a clear bright straw color. Nice off white head. Leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - clear lager aroma. Big Nobel hop spicy presence. Some lemony aroma as well.

T - clean sweet bready malt profile supports the strong spicy hop bitterness. Some mild hints of lemon as well.

M - medium bodied. Medium carb. Smooth and clean.

D - nice take on the classic pilsner. I liked the lower carb on it, made it much smoother.

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Photo of PubliusII
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, Golden pour. With a decent half-finger head. Good retention and a nice lace.

Smell- Apples, hops and alcohol.

Taste- Apples are complimented by the rich, hops and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- A rather heavy body with a rich, frothy swill accompanied by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a great drink. Not too bitter and deceptively rich.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer Mike got for his wedding, thanks for a great time and looking out bro...Bright medium gold with good carbonation...The aroma is sweet alcohol with some hops...The taste is much sweeter than the aroma, lots of alcohol, typical pilsner skunky hop. Not my thing.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure why I grabbed a pilsner over the category five from heavy seas tonight. I think I was zoning in on the refreshment piece of the brew

A- pours a golden yellow body with that fluffy look from the yeast. A nice white head lurks around the glass with lacing that stays right on the side of the brew

S- a lemony scent scrambled with a dry theme and slightly spiced. Not overwhelming, but definitely there

T- a great pilsner taste that emphasizes some strength in the malt and the same lemon flavor as was in the scent. There are some herbal components in the brew. It's very bitter and that creates a great taste make up

M- medium bodied but sweet on flavor. Good

D- Small Craft Warning has some strong flavor for being in the double pilsner category. The commitment to the pilsner style still makes it very delicious. Heavy seas... keep up these brews!

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Photo of SnowGoon99
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Atrois glass

Pours a dark straw color with hints of amber. Very clear with a thick head that dissipates on lip contact. A little too dark for what you would expect for a pils so loses a point or two there. Aroma is very good. Maltiness is very apparent with some sweetness there too.

Taste is awesome. Very smooth with an accent on the malty side. For a pils it's a little under bitter with not as much hoppiness as you would expect. A lot of sweetness comes through too but surprisingly no hot alcohol which is a plus. The flavor is almost there to perfect but it just misses. Mouthfeel is just incredible. The body definitely helps the beer. Sure it got some help from the large grain bill but it's still done very well. After all this it's still a really drinkable beer. Really clean and really well done.

Overall this is a great beer. I wish i had bought more of it. Would certainly order at a pub, purchase in a store or accept as a gift. Well done.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color, very clear. Super white head, swirl brings back a 1/2" head at any time. Great carbonation. Very light, pale malt aroma. Faint notes of orange and lemon. Carbonation is great in mouthfeel. Very crisp. Lagery sweetness, some faint breadiness and orange peel in flavor. Not superflavorful but pretty true to style. Very light, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. One of my more favorites from Heavy Seas.

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