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 oriolesfan4
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Clipper City Heavy Seas mixed pack ($17.99/12)

I thought this was one of the better ones in the mixed pack, a solid beer of a rare style. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head. There is almost no aroma to speak of, which I found quite odd. Taste wise is much better than small, you get a nice mix of malts ans hops with a nice smooth finish. There's a bit of alcohol kick in the swallow but that's expected and flows with the beer. Try this if you can.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Copper color with very little head.

S - Sweet caramel malts. Faint but what there is is good.

T - Good strong malt flavors. Some hops are present.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer but there is something there that seems out of place.

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

This one courtesy of Kegatron. Thanks!

Poured from the bottle a clean and clear dark amber orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, syrup, grains, and citrusy hops. Very typical of a good pilsner.

The taste is much like the aroma. Malty with some citrus and floral hops and pilsner-style grains. Finish is smooth and clean. The 7% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, somewhat sticky with a moderate carbonation.

Drinking this impy pilsner from Clipper City was a joy. A must try if you get the chance.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

a - Poured a very rich amber with a thin white head, visible carbonation is around average.

s - Malty and hoppy, reminds me of a good APA.

t - Sweet, maybe a little too sweet, with a crisp hop profile. Decent dry, bitter finish.

m - a little too sticky, loss of carbonation shortly into the beer takes away from hop profile.

d - A good imperial pils, not my favorite, but I would consider doing again.

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

Dark gold with a lot of carbonation continually floating upward. Light head , but good lace

Earthy and malty. No real hop aroma.

The flavor matches the nose. This is far more malty than most pilsner. Very rich pilsner that the carbonation balances off nicely.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Good beer. Not so sure if I would classify it as a Pils style. More like a double bock/maibock to me.
Poured a nice amber color with a good sized off white head.
Lacing lasted the entire glass.
Hop aroma was good not to overpowering with a citrus/piny note.
Taste was malty with good hop bitterness.
All around I say good beer for a cool fall weekend.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to say that I became a really big fan of this beer.

In my opinion this beer is mis-categorized as an Imperial Pilsner. This is a Maibock or Helles Bock. The label even calls it a golden bock lager.

After pouring from the bottle there was a thick foamy head that had very nice retention. The beer was a deep copper color that was very clear and made visible a moderate amount of carbonation. There was a ton of lacing left behind in my glass.

Nice looking beer!

Aroma was light/fresh and had light toasted notes of malt and there was a very light fruity sense about it.

Flavor was extremely nice. The more I worked through the beer the more I enjoyed it.
A nice grain malt flavor that was biscuit like. Almost a light candy or toffee flavor. No sense at all of the higher alcohol flavor. This is a gem. A nice hop finish comes in at the end. It's subtle but very present.

Very smooth and silky mouth feel.

Incredible drinkability, especially for a 7%abv.

You MUST try this beer!

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into snifter

just slightly cloudy gold with amber tints. off white head leaves a ring.

Smells of yes tangy hop malt and grape juice.

hops are not overly crisp but still pack a nice punch making themselves present throughout. sweet malt comes in the middle to balance and creates this not orange but grape-ish flavor.

mouthfeel is not as crisp as I had expected. It comes off as a little sticky despite the hop bitterness.

overall. very enjoyable. the entire "Heavy Seas" bunch was worth taking a look at. No gold medals, but very well done.

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

As my tastes have grown from IPA to DIPA, so to from Pils to Über Pils.

Pours a dark gold with a nice white head. Smells as good as a Pilsner Urquell would if you spent three days in the desert. This beer intensifies (obviously) the great aromas and tastes of a good pilsner. Nice fruitiness.

Carbonation ended up a little too flat for me - I would like for the beer to have an intense bite to match the crispness of taste.

Only thing I can compare it to is Samuel Adams' Imperial Pilsner. This one is only slightly less as good.

Another good Clipper City beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pils glass the liquid is light orange with good carbonation. The head is tall 2 fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is ok, plenty hoppy and malty yet fruity like fruit juice, sticky and syrupy.

The taste is citrus and syrup, orange apricot and some earthy hop notes.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium with a good carbonation but not reminiscent of a pils.

Drinkability, is ok, an impy pils drinkability that just does not delight, for the big beer drinker it may be nice but it lack sophistication like much of the brews in the style.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of bhalter8
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quality, drinkable pilsner. Granted, I am not normally a big Pilsner fan, but this one lacks some of that crisp bitterness of other Pilsners, which is a good thing. A nice golden color from pour, with apparent carbonization. A very slight hop smell, nothing too big though. A nice hop flavor, nothing overwhelming, not too bitter! A crisp pilsner, and feels that way in your mouth. In the end, a refreshing take on the pilsner, and one I could drink a few of.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Pilsener?! Pours like an IPA with a 1 1/2 finger, latte-colored bready head and honey-apple body...Ample carbonation gives it away.

Beautiful buttery caramel malt with oil, floral hops. A little soapy but this is very enjoyable. Viscous alcohol is present.

Taste is hearty malt with copious amount of hops. Almost some mellow ginger spice in here. Decent, grassy mild hops. This is very good.

Doesn't have that bitter Saaz-ish silage ping that a lot of Pilseners do at first, but this shows up a little with warmth. Finish is long and hearty. Minimal aftertaste.

Admittedly, Pilseners don't usually do it for me but this is very good. Maybe a little too heavy with warmth but well-made and enjoyable for 1 or 2 nonetheless.

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

Purchase by Oct. '08

A - Pretty well the definition of Pilsner. Clear and Golden.

S - Malty as can be with a slight floral hop.

T - Slightly sweet with an almost overwhelming malt profile.

M - Smooth and a bit creamy.

D - Very drinkable. Very slight alcohol taste (7% abv), but mostly malty throughout.

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

Nice and fresh, this beer is well before the purchase-by date of December 2008.

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clean and clear, yellow amber in color. Frothy head with average and thick lacing, just what I want to see from a Pils.

4.0 S: This is one of the most pleasant smelling pilsners I've experienced in a while. Sweet and biscuity with floral and a bit of citrus hops (mainly floral).

4.0 T: Suprisingly high hop character. Floral and earthy taste. Perhaps the best part of this beer is that it lacks the biting astringency that is found in so many Pilsners. The sweetness that is so obvious doesn't manifest itself until near the finish.

4.5 M: The high point of this beer is the mouthfeel. Couldn't ask for much more. It's creamy and nearly perfectly balanced with carbonation.

4.0 D: This is definitely a beer that I could drink for hours. It leaves a clean feeling and no one flavor dominates.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with BBD of Nov 08 and into a pilsner glass.

A: Amber colored liquid with a small head. The head lasts for a fairly good length of time. Leaves some lacing while the head is strong and no film on the glass. Not a lot of carbonation can be seen.

S: When the beer is cold it has a sweet malt scent. As it warms you can start to smell flowery hops.

T: Has a slight bitterness to it and is a sweet beer. Taste of licorice and hints of the strong alcohol content.

M: Medium bodied beer that leaves an oily feel as it leaves the mouth.

D: Very smooth tasting beer.

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

A-Deep golden amber tinged with a medium white head that reduced a bit and left copious lacing.

S-Mostly heavy biscuit malt and sweetness with just a touch of lemon-like citrus.

T-Big malty start but not overly sweet. Decent spicy lemon hop kick in the background.

M-Fairly rich medium body. Does finish off with a rather sharp crispness.

D-A good beer but slanted too malt forward for my taste. I can see the good in this but for me it simply doesnt have what I am looking for.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice gold, with a foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is lemony, malts, a twang of grassy hops.

Taste is mostly bready malt, a bit on the sweet side. The hops give it a kick at the end, and there's a bit of bitterness, but this is overall a heavily malt brew.

Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp finish.

Aside from the alcohol content, quite drinkable. Surprisingly mild, fairly well constructed brew, but nothing to shout about.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep golden color. Poured with a finger of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Smelled of malt and some hops. A slight hint of the booze.

T: Really nice and crisp taste. Could not really pick up hints of the ABV in the taste. Really nice malt backbone.

M: Syrupy medium body. Crisp.

D: Very nice example of the style. While I do not have a lot of experience with this style I found it enjoyable and in line with other things I have tried. The best beer from this brewery I have had to date.

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Photo of changeup45
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The more I have this the more I like it (when I first purchased it I did not know it was an Imperial Pils). Pours a golden color, perhaps darker shade of gold topped with a nice thick creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy with lemons, some malts and a faint overall tang presence. Slightly bitter hoppy flavor with sweet citrus fruits mixed in and balanced by rich malts. Crisp, clean, creamy and a great hop/malt balance. Slightly sour, tart lemon aftertaste. I can find this easily, it is bold and flavorful while being refreshing and it is reasonably priced.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I received from paulthebeerguru, a super generous trader btw.

Very pale yellow in color with light carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Small white, uneven film of foam clings to the edge of the glass. Light malts, honey, floral and grassy notes come through in the aroma.

Upon first sips, floral hops and some bitterness, then mild sweetness that balances well. Very nice. I didn't think I would enjoy a pils this much. Not much in the aftertaste, tho. Light in body with loads of carbonation. Very drinkable!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Freshness date was clearly marked on the label, as well as an ABV of 7.0%, as opposed to the 7.25% stated here.

Appearance is deep golden in color topped with a three-finger slightly off-white cloud that leaves thick splotches of lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and slightly floral. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied, with a heavy backbone of sweet malted grain, middling with fair amount of herbal hop bitterness and finishing a tad bit dry with a slight bitterness that doesn't linger.

The label describes this beer as a "bock lager", and I'd say that Bock is a more appropriate labelling for this beer than Imperial Pilsner, and that this is a fairly decent interpretation of the style. It is very well balanced, with a sweet malty character that isn't cloying, though it seems rather tame compared to Clipper City's usual Heavy Seas offerings, and leaves me begging for a bit more in the hop arena.

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Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Rich tangerine copper with golden edges. Small, sticky, gauzy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose of honey-drenched biscuits, pears, tropical fruits, all accented by spicy, zesty, peppery, sea-air-funk hops. Very nice.

Toast and butter malt up front with herbal, spicy hop bitterness. Buttery biscuit malt turns to sweeter fruits (a little tropical). Herbal, minty hop flavors and bitterness follow. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Spicy, Saaz-y hop finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

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

Clipper City does some pretty good beers, and I've eyed this one for a while. It's finally on deck, so here's a review. The name Uber Pils sounds German to me, meaning super-pilsner I think. The beer is dark golden color and clear with a thickcap of foam. The head laced the glass big-time, very sticky when it dries. The smell is malty first and foremost, with some hops interplay underneath (apparently Saaz and Amarillo, but I wouldn't have known because they're background only with this beer). The taste is mainly malty sweetness with a hint of hops, no bitter after-taste. The body is pretty thick, very thick for a pilsner, and it goes down relatively easily for such a big beer.

Overall I think it's a very good take on an extreme style, but Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner still takes the gold imo.

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

Nice golden-straw colored beer with a delightful looking head.

Aroma is flowery and spicy with herbal, earthy notes.

Taste is intially sweet, then finishes crisp and dry, with a subtle earthiness to it.

It's light color is certainly not indicitave of the body. Medium bodied beer light colored lager. This beer is definitely not lacking body. It finishes

Nice beer. Not excellent. Certainly not a session beer, but a nice clean example of a pils with higher octane levels.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a sticky ring. No lacing.

Smell is faint, but there's some lightly toasted grains and floral, grassy hops.

Taste is lightly toasted bread with some spicy, floral hops. I'm also getting a little bit of dried apricot and toffee before a dry finish.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

The alcohol is well hidden, but more than a couple of these and I'd be feeling it. Very crisp and refreshing.

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