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

Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)
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3.74/5
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:
#22,555
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,101
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 1,101 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of dmamiano
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, golden clear butterscotch with a minimal, quickly fading head that leaves no lacing.
Smells of malt and hop sweetness.Yeasty nose remains.
Taste is very sweet, malty, with a nice hop profile.
Bitter finish with alchohol abounding.
Mouthfeel fairly slick and full. Nice pils for sure!
Will drink another.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey copper with a decent head that eventually vanishes. Aroma is thick with hops, pine needles. Taste has a sweet malt backbone, honey-like taste with a big dash of citrusy hop bitterness. Resembles a pale ale except for its sweetness, and this brew has a more noticeable alcohol characteristic.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety pack picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. Pours a great looking amber gold color with a nice fluffy head that quickly diminished. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste slightly sweet and bready with a clean hop bitterness. Simple and well balanced, this is one good brew. Real refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cameraman
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep golden color with a one inch head forming, that slowly fades to a quater inch and settles there along the glass. Bread and yeast fragrances come out right away, then this fruity ester comes foward, bring some spicy and citrusy hop aromas along the way. The flavor of the bread and yeast are right there at the start, then this gradual bit of bitterness begins to come out and balances everything out. Medium bodied, surprisingly, I expected it to be on the watery side, not that this is a bad thing. This is an easy to drink beer, the alchol level does push it out session beer status. But, hey if it is a hot day, I hope I find one of these in my fridge.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a peach amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & citrus hops along with a little breadyness

T: Soapy & citrus hops along with breadyness up front, plus some booze & lemony hops. Some crackery & grainy notes as this warms. Finishes citrusy & a little boozey

MF: Chewy with superb carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, a very good double pils

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Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased today at the Clipper City Brewery outside of Baltimore. The label reports that the beer is best if purchased before December 2007, that some yeast has been left in the bottle, and the ABV is 7.0%. Moderately chilled and served in a tall wine glass.

The beer is clear and yellow-gold with a thin white head. Aroma is faint and vaguely malty without much hoppiness. Very light and pleasant a carbonation works well with this beer, although for the pilsner style I would have expected more. The flavor is medium-bodied and full of malt, with a light sweetness which defies the name pilsner. There's not enough hop bitterness to counteract the malt, but the beer is still reasonably drinkable, and the high alcohol content is undetectable except for the indicative residual sugar content.

Clipper City Über Pils works better as a English or Belgian strong blonde ale than as a pilsner. For the double pilsner category I much prefer the offerings from Rogue and Dogfish Head. But this is still satisfactory, although between the alcohol content and the over-the-top maltiness, drinkability suffers.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a mug. Purchased as part of a "Heavy Seas" 12-pack sampler.

Appearance: dark golden colored body with small bubbled off-white 1" head after vigorous pour. Head recedes into a 1/8" cap with decent lacing. Little to no carbonation ascends after allowing the glass to rest for a few minutes.

Smell: definite hops, almost Pale Ale like, with flowery hop scents combined with barley sweetness.

Taste: slightly sweet up front with bitter hop at finish. Definite barley graininess, breadlike. Slight alcohol can be detected at swallow.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation, though hard to see, is just right. The sweetness adds a bit of chewiness while the hop bitterness leaves a dry finish.

Drinkability: the alcohol sneaks up on this one. At 7% ABV, it's unbelievably easily drinkable. Reminds me of a strong Pale Ale.

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

Dark gold, little head to speak of.

Malty, slightly metallic aroma.

Taste is surprisingly off. Middle of the road dextrinous malt is supported by next to nothing. I was expecting a big, grassy, spicy saaz hoppy beer and got some mildly chewy, moderately alcoholic malt extract.

This is a "double" pilsner? Standard versions of Warsteiner or Pilsner Urquell have more flavor. A big let-down.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, bready, spices, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, some spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear gold with a thick white head that lasted a long while, leaving a nice lacing on the glass as I drank. Beautiful carbonation bubbles make this a picture perfect pour.

Smells big of pilsner malt and noble hops. Taste is thick with malt, and a nice bitter hop finish that lingers beyond the usual crisp clean finish of a pilsner. Nice.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, mouthfeel is excellent.

I could drink a couple more of these if I wanted too. All in all a nice example of this style.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head that holds well. Solid lacing running down the glass. The head eventually settles to a thin frothy cap.

Plenty of grassy sweet smelling hop aroma to mask whatever light malt aroma is present.

A malt backbone supports the slightly citrusy hop flavor through the entire experience. A touch of honey is available in the middle of each sip. Medium bodied with a bit of fizzy carbonation. The finish is some lingering hop bitterness.

Usually a strong hoppy pilsner is something I want to stay away from, but this one seems to be well balanced considering the strong amount of hoppiness. It's American Styling throughout, and it's like the lager equivalent of a strong American Pale Ale, or maybe a modest American IPA.

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Photo of kexp
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The reason why I was surprised was due to the awful marketing / labeling of the beers by this brewery. I know that it really doesn't matter as far as the actual beer's concerned, but if you've never had a beer by these folks, it's all you may have to go on before you taste it. ANYWAY:

A - Average. Looks like a nice, average craft pilsner. Which is not a bad thing, by the way.

S - See above.

T - Quite good. The alcohol content is well-hidden, which is important for a pilsner-style beer. Nice and rich.

M - Really good. Reminded me of a nice Belgian ale, and not at all of a traditional pilsner.

D - Scary-drinkable. Not high on the hops, which is important for drinkability to me. I found myself wanting another of the same thing, which rarely happens to me after a higher ABV beer.

Overall: I was really pleased with this one. And now I feel like I have to try the others from these guys. If they are even close to as good as this one, I will be VERY impressed.

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Photo of charlesw
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale amber... Small white head with lasting lace. I'd be happier with more head that lasted longer. Smells slightly malty with plenty of grassy hops. Tastes... Ah, shucks. It's awfully sweet. There's a little bitter tang to it but not much of one. The mouth and drinkability are both brought down by the sweetness/thickness of it... My bottle isn't the freshest so maybe there are some light floral hops that I'm missing. That might change things a little, but it still wouldn't be my favorite. Still, you know, you might think that I wasn't happy. Hey, it's a decent beer and a good brewery - I'd gladly take a few of these every 12 pack I bought from them.

Edit: Hmm. The last half of the bottle had a huge head. It is diminishing fairly quickly but not instantly. Well, hey. Another plus, I guess.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my sampler pack. This beer poured a hazy gold with some reddish highlights little to no head. Smelled of fruit and with a little hint of a dirty rag and the glass didn't smell like that before the beer, so I will have to take off .5 for that, otherwise the fruity scent is decent. Tastes slightly sweet, picked up some apple and a woody taste. Decent beer. Heavy Seas isn't bad, I suggest the sampler pack to find out your favorites and at $16 for a 12 pack, it's well worth it.

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Photo of scott
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

V.07

Clear copper, with mild carbonation and minimal head - nice lacing.
Floral aromatics and pleasant tasting. Caramel malt, hop bite and an alcoholic finish that is somewhat cloying. Refreshing overall, and easy to pull.
I'm a big fan of the Heavy Seas mixed twelve - all beers are consistent, well-rounded in variety, and are crafted above average.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Purchase by date of 08/08" wtf does purchase by date mean?
Pours a remarkably clear dark straw color with a nice half inch of big openly bubbly head. Aromas abound with tons of crystal sweet malts, with little in the way of hop aroma. It's got the nice pils aroma with a little saaz but just a lot more malt complexity going on; which I imagine the higher alcohol helps heighten. On the palate, again the toasty, slightly buttery malt and yeast profile come bursting through the tight threshhold of hops. It has a very big body but is able to still finish quite dry. Unlike other Uberpils, I think this one is still able to BE a pilsener, not just another DIPA. Though style is still blurred with this one, it is nonetheless a very drinkable beer. It lacks some footholds in certain areas, esp the hop character (I'm drinking it only 1 month before it's "purchase by" date).

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that retains relatively well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with a bit of fruit; doesn't have the noble hops aroma I would expect from a pils

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that betrays a high gravity reading right from the start; after the swallow, the malt and fruity bitterness kicks up another notch; the finish has a lot of mineral flavor to it; again, no noble hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a slightly hoppy bock than a double pilsner, to be honest; while there is considerable style drift, this is a nice, drinkable beer; I would mark it higher in a different category

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning (Uber Pils) pours a light copper color with a nice white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Nice, strong, assertive hoppy aroma. Full bodied, hop flavor from beginning to end. Malt is definitely a background player here. I like it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, got a 6 pack at harris teeter - stonecrest here in charlotte for an afternoon of reading and grilling and an evening of sopranos in HD

appearance: pours into one of the many Notre Dame pint glasses sitting around my parents house...somewhat dark golden, nice sudsy white foam cap

smell: strongly hopped...actually quite nice, potent grapefruit, spiced citrus, light pine. hops definitely rule the nose but its quite the nice bouquet

taste: i didnt really realize this was a double pilsner when i bought it but i'll get over it pretty quickly. fresh pink grapefruit, sharply pungent hops (i wish i was in wisco with some hooks blue cheese to compliment)...booze comes through but not overpowering. nice beer, glad to see it distributed down here now

mouthfeel: sharp hops, light booze

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of techdiver
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Well balanced nose with malt and hops equally evident.

Taste echoes the nose, nothing overwhelming. Just a smooth tasting higher ABV pilsner that's quite enjoyable. A bit of sweetness noted.

Mouthfeel is good medium bodied, a bit more carbonation would be better.

Drinkability very good, easy drinking, nothing to really find a fault with.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a ring of lace. The aroma features a nice balance of grain and some nice fresh spicy and citrusy hops. The taste starts out with a faint smooth malt flavor with the hops providing a nice presence in the finish. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise as it is a nice deviation from your typical pilsner. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relatively dark straw color, with mostly golden hues, and a two finger head. Good retention leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Aroma is dominated by malt and raw grain. Slight sweetness, and a but of cooked corn DMS is present, but in small quantities. Clean.

Flavor is well balanced, clean, and smooth. Mild caramel notes are present alongside raw grains, and a crisp lager character. Very clean ferment, and very few flaws. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and full for the style. Drinkability is dangerously high.

Overall, one of the better beers from Clipper city. Very well made, and quite easy to drink. It is surprising how much alcohol is packed in there for such a light flavored beer. This give me a renewed respect for clipper city. I'll buy it again, and it's definitely worth a try.

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

Recently had the opportunity to try a few Heavy Seas offerings, thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles. Good place to buy beer, and Todd is very informative. This beer had a freshness date of Sept 2007, and was poured into a pilsener glass. It was a hazy orange color, with a small white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Pretty bready taste, with some late hops. Solid malty mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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

I'd describe the color of this beer in my glass as light amber as oppossed to golden, and the miniscule head as cream. Light carbonation but decent lacing. Nose is piney hops dominated but tempered with malt characteristics as well.

A nice broad flavor in the sip, with piney hops but well rounded. Some buttery and oily notes complement the malt flavors and help lead to a clean finish and makes this beer easy to drink. Maybe a tiny touch of alcohol in the opening of each sip but nothing that decreases your enjoyment. This is a pleasureable beer and worth looking out for.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I traded for this Uber Pils with the cashier at the Beer Yard in Wayn, Pa, just now pouring into a pint glass. (Drink by date of May, 07)
Appeasance: Wonderful! Light amber body with an eggshell colored head. The head was huge (no forced pour either), with medium bubbles, solid retention and very sticky and abundant lacing.
Smell: Very well balanced with seet hops pushing forward through a complex malted and hopped Pilsner.
Taste: First part of the first sip was showed a nice malt background, but as the word background suggests, hops jumped in front.
Mouthfeel: A bit too much like an IIPA, but wasn't entirely lacking the crispness expected.
Drinkablity: Awsome.
Don't drink and review.

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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,101 ratings
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