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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.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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Ratings: 1,102 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of MrMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields one finger head that diminishes rapidly, leaving a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Cloudy amber in color, with a light haze. Smells of light hops, and not much else. On the palate, light and refreshing, very strong hop bitters for style, good malt backbone not unbalanced. Very reminiscent of the Victory Prima Pils, perhaps with more malt character. Long, dry and bitter finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of drxandy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a deep golden shade, foamy white head fades after time, looks heavy

smells of heavy malts, sweet and grainy, light hop presence, slight skunkiness but not in a bad way

taste is heavy, nice malt choices they compliment nicely. sweet, bitter, tangy, pine, bread, citrus, spicy finish

mouthfeel is thinner than expected for such depth, bitter, nicely drinkable but not my favorite clipper city beer.

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Photo of corey0212
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from tburkhart in the New Trader BIF!

Pours a handsome transparent gold color, dense white head settles slowly, sheets of lacing left in the glass. Smell is floral hops, kind of a soft sweet malt background. Really nice flavors in this one, slightly bready, a touch of tangerine, some piney hops. Oh-so-slightly stickiness to the beer, but still pretty refreshing. Even with the high(ish) ABV, I can see having a few of these in a sitting. Another tasty Heavy Seas offering!

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Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Small Craft Warning pours a clean, transparent, yellow/orange color with a ballet of bubbles rising from the bottom of the pint glass and a decent 1 finger white head. The nose is full of loads of dry hops and subtle malts, much like the nose of a pale ale to me. Upon tasting, lots of spicy/citrusy hops lay over a sturdy malt backbone that fades into a creamy mouth feel texture with a little alcohol heat on the finish. Its a medium bodied brew with some bright carbonation. Not many breweries are doing this style, a single bottle is definitely worth a show if spotted.

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Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for the trade!

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with freshness dateing, into a pils glass.
Color is golden amber, vwith good carbonation bubble rise and cling.
Mild pour produced a 3 to 4 finger white frothy head. Lace is sticky and foamy.

This smells like no pilsner I have ever encountered, its more ipa in aroma. Good sweat bready malt, hint of pinnaple, Grassy hop aroma, with that sweet floral dry hop scent coming through as well.
Taste up front is smooth, sweet and grassy hop presence with very mild but big English style hopping here. Big at the knose and super laid back on the pallet, but definatly present.
There is a kent golding's like hop quality that produces some spiced pepercorn hoppyness midway and through the swallow.
Finish is sweat and creamy with a malt linger and floral hops.

Definatly happy with this one. I generally dislike pilsner's, but this one is surely exceptable.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear light orangy brown. The head is about a 1/2 at pour (in a pilsner glass) but it disappears quickly. There is a small amount of lacing that sticks to the glass as it is consumed.

S: Pilsner malt aroma dominates the nose. A hint of hops meet the nose also. Its a pleasant aroma, but by no means something special.

T: Classic pils malty taste. There is a good balance with some citrus hop character. It is very crisp and refreshing. It offers more in flavor than a lot of other pilsners I have had except for a few.

M: The body is on the thinner side of medium. It is a bit creamy in the mouth with a dry aftertaste.

D: The drinkability is very high with this one. It is easy to knock back since it is very refreshing. This one is definitely sessionable.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange color, white head. Smell- pilsner malts, strange hop profile in the smell with both noble hop characteristic and a bit of citrus - hard to pinpoint, a bit of alcohol, and a strange fruitiness involved and funk. This is intriguing, maybe because it is my first of its kind. Hits the mouth with an almost gritty spice to it and finishes with a little bit of mineral astringency. A slick oil feeling. So... it tastes a little yeasty, pale malts, and again a strange hop presence that is oily/buttery and slightly citrusy... fairly light beer but much more interesting than most any pilsner I've had to date, maybe the best. ... best description I can give of this beer is - buttery.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I was expecting something and got something else, in a good way. I was expecting more hops and less malt, but I guess the hops are just a small compontent of a Imperial Pils. Nice malty nose, here is where I was thinking of the hops, not much hop in the nose, very malty, caramel and bready. The taste is almost sweet with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops sneaking in at the end of the sip. The sweetness is like a pilsner, malty, buttery. It has a good full body kind of like the DFH imperial pilsner, and not as crisp and hoppy as the SA imperial pilsner.

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Photo of JDV
2.46/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My apologies if I got this in trade, as I forgot it's source.
Pours rich golden white a medium sized whitish head. Smell is lemon, lager like malt and light alcohol. Together comes across fresh, bright and somewhat inviting. Taste is a bit dusty, chalky and lightly alcoholic without the burn, and with lager like malty characteristics and orange rind flavor. Flavorful with strong orange rind character and light malt. Very mild hop character. Citrusy, yet lager like. Definitely unique, but not particularly great, with some alcohol presence, which is a bit obtrusive at 7%.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: From 12 oz. bottle, this beer poured a light amber color with off white head that settles rather quickly. Some orange hues to the color with bright clarity.

S: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar make up the aroma of the malts. Slight earthy hop tones but rather subtle.

T: Light roasted malt dryness with a semi-sweet, toffee and bread flavor. Also some dried fruit flavors of apples. Light earthy hop tones add some bitterness. Alcohol starts to become noticeable further down.

M: Medium body with slick aftertaste on the tongue. Smooth carbonation and some added alcohol warmth from this surprisingly strong beer.

D: Well balanced this beer goes down easy after a hard days work. The alcohol level is somewhat surprising but not a fault.
Drink this one cold and have it with a few salty cashews to balance the sweetness. Only flaw is in the malt profile. It is a little weak in that area.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Nice golden color with a decent, white head and spotty lacing.

S - Faint hint of some sort of Bay Leaf or Indian spice and a touch of malt, but that's about it; the weakest component.

T/M - Nothing spicy but very nice malt! Like being back in Germany and enjoying a Pils on tap. The creamy mouthfeel is just superb and the almost non-existent carbonation complements this offering.

D - Very appealing and I could swirl down a few of these with no problem.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep golden color with a off white head that is very fluffy and will not disappear.
the aroma is clean with a little malt, caramel, and hops.
the flavor is clean and malty, caramelized malt, hops spicy hops, herbal hops, lingering mineral dryness.
i like this beer, it reminds me of the strong eruo-lager i would get in hamtramck michigan from poland and other eastern block countries. clean and crisp with a kick.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Nice clear yellow, with bubbles coming from the bottom. 2 finger head recedes somewhat quickly to thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Excellent. Piney, leafy, and citrus hops backed by a sweet malt profile.

T - Intense piney and citrus hops, with a thin but solid semi-sweet malt profile. Mild bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, with a medium body. Unexpected, but decent with the flavors at hand.

D - A little intense for my tastes, but a great brew. Might have a couple to start the night off (or polish it off).

This brew strikes a decent balance between thin, one dimensional IPAs and full bodied DIPAs. Overall a great beer, without the general spicy characteristics of traditional pilsners. I like that.

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Photo of perfectkaos
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i picked this one up because i enjoyed their winter storm beer and saw that 3 varieties were in the mix a six pack case at my local shop

poured into my Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! weizen glass. a little cloudy, honey yellow color with a quarter inch head that dissapates to some lace around the glass.

citrusy hops aroma, sweet smelling

some hops in the taste giving way to sweet malts very quickly goes down smooth with a faint hoppy aftertaste. had i not read the label, i would never know this baby packed seven and a quarter percent of alcohol. this is a quick drink, and probably dangerous if you aren't aware of its strength.

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Photo of giblet
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured nice. a good half inch of head. some carbonation but not a lot. the color of orange and yellow. very nice hop aroma mixed with some fruity malt. taste was quite nice. the hop and alcohol mix with the malts very nicely. decent lace down the glass. this is a good beer that i could easily have two or four in a row.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of the tap a semi-transparent honey golden. Aroma has a nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness, but is not complex. Flavor is mouth-filling, fairly malty, with some hop bitterness and fruity hints. It goes down smoothly and leaves a pleasantly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark golden orange with a large white head with nice retention and great lacing.

S: Sweetness, tropical fruit, orange juice, grapefruit, and West Coast IPA hops.

T: Vanilla, grapefruit, malts, earthiness, and some grain notes.

M: Creaminess cut by a nice dry alcohol finish.

D: This is an easy drinker for a cool summer evening. It reminded of a marzen or Maibock that was hopped like and American IPA

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form the bottle into a standard pint. The label displays a notched 'purchase before' date of June 2008, so it's good I'm having this now.

Orange gold body with a slight head quickly reducing to a bubbly film.

Aroma is crisp, slightly fruity, and light on hops.

Flavor boasts more hops than the aroma heralded. Hops are spicy, earthy, and herbal balanced by some sweet malt character. Another layer presents what I can only describe as a buttery citrus flavor which can almost be described as greasy or fatty. Interesting.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by july 2008)in to pilsner glass. Pours a light amber with a steady flow of carbonation and a classic pilsner head. More malty than other pilsners I have had and less floral. Smooth biscuit malt with crisp finish. Clean mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Different than most pilsners, but not in a bad way.

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Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really a Pils, but not a bad beer either. Pours a dark, less than clear gold. When held up to the light, looked like a dull gold, hazy hefe. The head is white, decent size on a hard pour and fades fast. Leaves a light, spotty lacing on the glass.

Malty smell with a hint of floral hops that show up in the taste as well.

Taste is mild sweet malt and a little floral hops, no hint of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich enough, the floral hops are a bit too much to categorize the mouthfeel as 'crisp'. Drinkability is good, but at 7.25, this is hardly a session beer. Not a bad beer to unwind with on a hot day, but not one that I would necssarily put in a rotation.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good Imperial Pils, and this one is no different. It displays a very clear golden amber body with a bright white, soapy head. The foamy cap holds well and leaves some nice, spotty wisps of lace behind. Some minimal rising bubbles are present.

The first thing that jumps out is the full hop nose: bright, spicy and somewhat herbal. Some mild grainy malt arises along with a buttery note and a mild mineral character. Clean and pungent.

Very crisp initially with tons of spicy, herbal hops. The up-front hoppiness fades to a mild, light bread maltiness. Spicy, bitter and clean throughout with just a hint of buttery smoothness. Semi-dry with just a hint of herbal mint to boot.

Substantial in body with a somewhat lower than expected degree of carbonation. Smooth yet crisp and refreshing. A great hopped up rendition of the style.

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Photo of jordoo
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into pilsner glass.

Dark golden orange tinted color with a decent head on it. Has some citrus smell along with a bready malty aroma. Doesn't really taste like a pilsner to me, but its still very good. You can certainly taste that they added some american type of hop along side the noble hops, but that is all upfront and the main flavor is the bready malts and slight alcohol on the back end. Not a pilsner in my book but still avery enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short Version:
Excellent beer. Not the best from Heavy Seas but a darn good drink. Flavorful and sweet. A bit oily in texture with sugary orange hits and in-your-face alcohol.

This is a tasty little morsel. Not as good as the Hop3 or the Peg Leg but a dandy nonetheless.

Poured a translucent cloudy orangeish gold. A ginger pour gave me a 1" creamy white head bursting with aroma. Candy sugar, citrus, sweet mandarin, and perhaps some pine oil. That's a lot for me to identify so maybe I'm full of crap. Sure seemed like I could smell all that good stuff though.

Mouthfeel is slick and clingy. There is a buttery/oil viscous quality to it. Overall it's a smooth and complex drink with noticeable alcohol presence.

Some lacing is present but not heavy like other Heavy Seas varieties. Carbonation is low-to-medium. The yeasty microsediment is spectacular though. There are pea sized nebula clusters. Like dense 3-D constellations twirling slowly in suspended animation.

Flavor is of orange liqueur. Malt forward. Greasy citrusy sweet orange esters wreaking havoc on my senses. Finish is long and sweet with a strong alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability is high. I recognize that I'm a homer for anything Heavy Seas... but I could drink these all day long. If it weren't for that pesky 7.25% ABV...

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

A: A darker cloudy golden color with a nice off white foam head. A little bit of lacing slides down the glass.

S: Some citrus hops smell was the most abdundant. Some alcohol smell as well.

T: Mostly malt flavor with some citrus lemon smell. An interesting blend, which was unusual but not too bad.

M: Left a creamy feel on the tongue and my teeth.

D: Not a bad beer, although there was an alcohol smell, it was not tasted, which made it go down smooth.

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