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
60.7%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 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:
#21,958
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,101
Liked:
668
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
12.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,101 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Pilsners have always been an enigma to me. Isn't a pilsner supposed to represent all that is cool and refreshing in the beer world?

I had this on tap over at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield.

A: Poured a mild, hazy, mandarin orange color with about a finger or so one finger frothy head.

S: I definitely got the pilsener malts upfront along, with a substantial citrus component. Overall, this was not that potent.

T: As with most Imperial pilsners, this wasn't crisp or refreshing in the slightest. I got quite a bit of pepper on the finish, along with a fruit sweetness, which was muted by either thyme or white pepper.

M: Sweet, but not too... thick as hell overall. Okay on the palate with its low carbonation and malt heaviness and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This was passable, but I dig traditional pilsners much, much better.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HeavyCsOptician
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am biased when it comes to pilsners. This is one of my favorite beers here recently. Tried it with some friends over Thanksgiving with mixed reviews.

Appearance is a little golden with a light head.

Smell and taste basically coincide with each other. Sort of a sweet taste and smell which I prefer. Both of the guys who tried it liked it overall but thought it was a little too sweet.

The APV is a little more than what is offered in MS. Therefore this pils packs a small punch. But you would not necessarily know it unless you observe the small print on the label. Not being drenched in an alcohol taste is very appealing to me.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Windigo
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does well with my Beer Geeks when they feel like something lighter than the IPAs, stouts and porters they can be given to drinking.

I prefer the lightness of "blonde" pilsners generally over the thicker more syrupy and spicy brews, so this fits my palette like a glove.

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Photo of seanwhite
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden color with a small head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fresh grain with a bit of sweet/spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of GarrettMD
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper hue with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Lots of rising carbonation.

S - Sweet smelling, slightly bready, with faint earthy hops.

T - Very sweet, unlike most pilsners. Citrus hops as well as general caramel malts balancing it out. No distinct flavors, just very sweet with a good hop balance. Not too bready compared to most pilsners.

M - Light body, slightly sticky. High carbonation as expected from the appearance. Finish is sweet with slight lemon aftertastes.

O - ABV doesn't come through at all, I might almost say this is more like a Pale Ale than Pilsner, but it's not hoppy enough for that, sort of a middle ground with higher ABV.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 60.7% out of 100 with 1,101 ratings
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