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

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Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)

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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 MunchkinDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy bright amber with a light white foamy head and plenty of lacing.

S - Biscuty caramel malts. Fruity refreshing hops.

T/M - Mildly sweet caramel malts. Hops are a little grassy. Not too complex, but very balanced and crisp. Perfect carbonation.

D - Tasty but high alcohol.

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Photo of iceball585
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Light citrusy hops, pale malts, sugary, grapefruit, bready

T- Pale malts, biscuits, grassy, earthy, citrus, rice, herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, sweet, slight oily finish

D- Worth trying

Nice light sweet flavor and great auroma to match. You definitely need to give this one a try if you haven't already.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: yellow-orange color with thick foamy head, plenty of lacing and some bubblies apparent
s: slightly sweet aromas mixed with light hops
t: pretty sweet, but just the right amount of sweet pilsner taste with nice balance of malts and hops to finish clean and memorable
m: medium body, good carbonation
d: this was a smooth one and had great balance, wish i had more of them

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard Pint glass a crisp but slightly murky light orange with a thin khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is slight sweet malts and crisp hops. The taste is a muddled blend of overly sweet malts and tangy hops that don't seem to get along that well. The beer is medium bodied with an aggressive amount of sweetness. This one is not what I expect in an Imperial Pilsner, or even a Pilsner for that matter.

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Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Golden and very clear with a small white head.

S - Malty with a caramel sweetness and some alcohol. Not what I expected.

T - A rich malty flavor with bread and biscuits. More like and ESB than a Pils.

M - Thick and chewy with low to moderate carbonation. Again, not like a Pils.

D - I thought it was enjoyable and flavorful but nothing special. I'm rating it as a beer. I'd rate it lower if I was rating it as a Pils.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light and murky, wheat color and small near white head leaves to ring. Some clingy lace.

S - Light malt and grass.

T - Grass, almost wheaty, light malt extract, caramel, nice.

M - Spot on carb, coating and light to medium body.

D - Not usually big on the pilsners, but I really like this one.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a golden amber. Creamy head, little retention, but good lacing. Very nice flurry of bubbles to the top during the pour.

The nose is a pretty standard pils nose, but with a nice dose of hoppy goodness.

Sweet malt base. There's a slight suggestion of a hop bite, but the flavor shifts right back to the bready malt. Somewhat disappointing.

Medium body, although I suppose it is almost too thin to be considered medium. Carbonation is appropriate.

Well, it's very drinkable, because the flavor is rather inoffensive. I really expected more hop bitterness from this, but it's still a pretty good strong pils.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a dark, golden yellow color with a slight creamy head which left a bit of lace. Carbonation is minimal on this apple juice colored brew.

S: Smells is a little solvent-like alcohol, spices, and orange zest.

T: Taste is a little solvent-like too, but this pils has some decent body, is a little creamy tasting and has a nice, zesty hop profile. Has some gravity to it, but steady drinking.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with some noticeable alcohol gravity to it.

D: I'd have two and probably walk away. It's tough to session any Heavy Seas offering because of the ABV, but this one is pretty nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head with plenty of lacing all the way down.

S: Very light grainy smell with a faint hint of hops and some sweetness.

T: Good malt with some bread-type essence, and a residual sweetness.

M: Crisp and very light.

D: Very nice. Love when I can find a good pilsner, especially of the imperial variety...

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

This is probably my least favorite of Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup, which says quite a bit, since this is a pretty good brew.
It poured an orange gold color with a small head that fell down quickly, but left some nice lacing around the glass.
The first hints of scent are some grassy hop notes, followed by a bready malt smell. There is just a trace of alcohol in the nose.
The taste is balanced toward the malty side, more like a bock than an imperial pilsner. There is a little bit of hopping hiding around the edges.
This is a pretty big bodied lager with a decent amount of carbonation. I could drink a few of these. Something worth trying, but not a regular buy for me.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured an cloudy copper orange color, with a two finger lasting light brown head. Average lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, hops pretty light in the nose.

T. Much better than the smell. Good balance of hops, and malt. Citrus taste bitter finnish. light corriander, slightly spicy.

M. A medium bodied brew, good carbonation, refreshing.

D. I thought it was a good Pilsner. Good balanced taste nice appearance, but most important I could drink quite a few of these and
pilsner is not my favorite style.

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

This beer poured a golden yellow with a two finger tight white head. Head had very good retention with thin sheets of lacing left along the glass the entire way down. The nose could have had more. There was a hint of sweetness, slight citrus hops with a bready overtone to it. Taste starts with a touch of slight toasted malts and some light hops. Mostly of muted malts and a bit of biscuit with a kick. This is a lighter bodied beer with higher carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel, goes down relatively easily. This is a decent beer, if this is your style of beer - it's one that you could sit with for a bit.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the hop3 so I was excited to try this one. After primapils this has alot to compete with. Pours a nice golden with one finger head. Sweet smell of malt. Nice light taste and great balance, slighty boozey. Not too malty with just the right amount of hop. Creamy mouthfeel. I would not mind having a whole sixpack of these. One of the better pilsners.

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

Beer poured with virtually no head and has minimal lacing. Dark gold in color. Smell of moderately sweet malt, slight hop aroma. Taste is of slight sweet malt with a a slight hop bite upon finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

I have had this beer a couple different times and this was not up to par with the other samplings. However, I am trying to grade on the collective experience. I like this beer and when fresh reminds me alot of some of the better Euro pilsner offerings.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Pilsner, the average and overall ratings don't do this beer justice. Best buy date of May '09,

A - Light golden amber color, off white head and medium lacing present.

S - Slightly sweet hop aroma and earthy tones.

T&M- Super smooth, nice hop level. Medium to light bodied beer with almost perfect after taste.

D - I am not a pilsner drinker, but this is probably the closest to actual taste in this category of brewing. Well balanced and close to perfect for this style.

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Photo of mempath
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice look, quick settling, nice lacing...a nice sour cereal nose is evident (barely).

taste...very interesting...i get a sense of a sour hefen...and yes those malts are upfront but the hops seem more like supporting actors, keeping the sweetness at bay and the expected bitterness below deck. a nice (and haunting) flavor...even getting a hint of belgian characteristics. the fact it keeps from going overboard on all these notes (no pun intended!) keeps it something i will come back on occasion.

mouthfeel is rich, thick, luscious...and even crisp, clean...making this another very drinkable and notable brew from Clipper City. as it goes down to the end of the bottle, it seems sweeter, though not in an overly sugary way. interesting for sure. i would like to have something very salty with this...

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

Pours a light/medium gold to orange color with about a half inch of foamy white head on top. This is a very clean, clear looking pour.

Smell is actually rather light, its sort of musty and bitter but not hoppy bitter more a bitter/sour smell. There is also a small hint of honey and some alcohol notes as it warms a bit.

Fairly sweet and full bodied, I wasn't quite expecting that, I was thinking it would be more crisp and bitter. Its very balanced, even leaning toward malty so maybe this is a different beer when it is just brewed. No complaints from this one though.

The whole Heavy Seas line is pretty solid, I have yet to try one I don't like.

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

This is one of my favorite Pils lately. I have been using it almost as a palate cleanser due to its clean and mellow flavor.

A - Light golden color, nice effervesence

S - Bright hoppiness, without being overpowering.

T - Super smooth, nice hop levels.

M - Light, fair amount of carbonation.

D - Could fatigue after 4 or 5, but overall, very smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden-orange color, with a small white head. Retention was lacking and lacing was average.

S: Crisp, earthy hops up front. A bit of toasty caramel pokes through as well. Fairly strong aromas.

T: Interesting balance of malt and hops. The former contains hints of caramel, toasted barley and sweet bread, while the latter focuses on earthy spice and faint citrus notes.

M: Sturdy medium body with good carbonation. Finishes fairly clean and smooth, with a faint, bittersweet aftertaste.

D: A decent sipper and quite enjoyable.

An interesting beer, which comes off (to me anyway) was sort of a cross between an IPA and an ESB. This concept of the "Über Pils" intrigues me. As for the beer itself, it's a very rewarding brew and I would definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a one-finger head and what appears to be ample carbonation into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of grainy malt and a bit of alcohol burn. It seems somewhat sweet as well.

Taste is full of grainy malt upfront followed by a sweet finish. Has a bit of an alcohol burn to it.

Mouthfeel is still smooth at first but the alcohol takes over in the middle. There doesn't seem to be enough room for the malt to really shine here

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It doesn't seem like either a pilsener or imperial pilsener. It's still drinkable but again, I'm not too impressed. I would prefer that it stress the flavor of the pilsener malt more but it doesn't appear to do this. A good pilsener, even an imperial pilsener, should be tasty. This is just a bit too boozy for me.

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

Pours a bright orangy golden with a small white head that falls fairly quickly. The aroma is malty, with a tight hop character - a little earthy, a little citrusy, with a sharp pine note that gives it a pinched, slightly sour edge. The flavor has that same piny sourness, not entirely unpleasant, but not terribly subtle or refreshing either. There is a faint slap of alcohol that is unbecoming in a pilsner. The mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous, leaving that sour note clinging to the tongue. This is not a beer I'd be happy to spend much time with.

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Photo of currysage1
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slight haze of light yellow, topped with a two finger pure white fluffy head, great lacing.

Smell is of cooked corn, light plastic yeast smell, slight green apple. Not too impressed.

Taste is like how the sea smells, salty and fresh, with a malt backbone but a nice hop bite. Some of the cooked corn.

Feel is good body wise and carbonation wise but the drinkability is low due to the one dimension of it.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, slightly cloudy golden-orange with a finger-and-a-half of white head. The head was fairly frothy, and subsided to a thin layer. Decent lacing. I realize it's an Imperial, but still darker than I would have expected.

Smell: Grassy hops, with some malt sweetness in the background. Raisins, and other fruits atypical of a pilsner. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Taste: I didn't get much of...anything. An alcohol burn is noticeable behind the carbonation...a slight bit of malt sweetness. Not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the scent, though hints of it are noticeable. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, which helps to hide the alcohol, and it's reasonably creamy.

Drinkability: Well, it is easy to drink, despite the high ABV, but that's largely because there's not much to it. I doubt I'd seek it out again, simply because there's not much to it, but it'd be way too easy to put down a few of these.

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

A: Hazy, burnt orange with a thick head of beige foam. Lots of groovy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The sweetness from the pilsner malt is a bit candy-like and thick and is followed by a gentle, floral hop aroma with a touch of yeastiness.

T&M: Quite sweet and malty overall with a very well-balanced spicy hoppiness in the middle to finish. Medium carbonation, a touch of creamy yeastiness and a clean finish.

D: Very smooth and refreshing, this beer is a wonderful example of a food-compatible beverage that can stand up to heavy flavors. It was not hard to "accidentally" drink all three of these that I got in the sample pack in a few hours.

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Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish cream white head, lacing sticks around longer than the head does. Quite cloudy, adds to glow of the bronze, orange color, only slight yellowing at the rims. Smells like a pilsner that ate three cheesecakes and got so fat it couldn't get off the couch without two guys helping, super-sweet pink grapefruit and orange juice, golden honey, dates if not outright plummy at moments, touches of coriander and cumin spice, ripe peach and apricot fruit, streaks of grassy, grainy hops without ever becoming more than an embellishment. Medium to full-bodied, very round and dense in mouth feel without at the same time feeling soft. Presents all that ripe, juicy apricot, peach, cherry fruit as well as pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus, thin glaze of honey keeps you smiling and just wanting to uncritically throw more back. The carbonation level is perfect, tiny pricks alone allowing the flavors to soak in fully. The only drawback here may be that it doesn't taste like a pilsner. My first "Double Pilsner" so maybe I'm ignorant. Maybe.

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