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Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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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
Ratings:
1,101
Reviews:
592
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
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27
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112
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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop with a secondary biscuity grain aroma.

The taste was instantly spicy. Layers of hop, soft malts and warming alcohol made the flavor profile very interesting.

The mouthfeel was full with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall an ass-kickerrific pilsner. This is a man's man brew. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer, my new best friend, for this one.

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

Described on Clipper City's website as a "a pilsner style bock lager", this brew poured golden with a coarse, foamy head with good loft, and it left super lacing. The smell was yeasty, earthy, and a little pine-hoppy.

First sip was sweet, lemony, with floral hints. But it left a "lemon pledge" transient flavor. It had a light bitter finish that included a slight graininess. Mouthfeel was pleasant enough, medium-bodied. Overall, in spite of the unfamiliar (peculiar?) flavors, it was pretty drinkable. Uber drinkable? I'm not sure... I've had pilsners that I enjoyed a lot more (lots more HOP presence!), but this would still worth some more tries, a little more research definitely is called for.

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Photo of Maestro
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. The yellow/gold appearance is complimented by a generous, tan head. The nose is floral with hints of lemon and biscuits. The taste is bit like tea, with some citrus notes. There is a definite malt presence with hints of toasted bread and crackers. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Drinkability is excellent. I could see myself sneaking a few of these on a cold, December evening.

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

Pours clear golden with a hint of copper. The head is thick and frothy. Nice lacing.

Smell is fruity and malty. There is also a crisp citrus hoppiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Malty with a nice bit of grainyness. Lemony and grassy with generous herbal hoppiness. Finish has a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of hop oil.

A very tasty pilsner. Flavor is balanced with a sur[rising amount of crisp hoppiness. A solid brew.

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

Pours a deep gold color with a fairly large 1.5 inch head that stuck around. Aroma was flowery and hoppy, not citrusy like Casacade hops, but more grassy in character. Sweet malts were also noted in the aroma. Taste was of noble hops, bready malt and a little bit of alcohol. This is definitely a pilsner. Hop bitterness was low, but just enough to balance out the sweetness of the malt. The Saaz hops really stand out with this beer. Mouthfeel was light to medium making this a very drinkable beer and a good thirstquencher. I'm normally not a big fan of the pilsner style, but this one is damn good and one that I'll be purchasing regularly.

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

I tried this beer back to back in two different glasses the first time I used a 16.oz. pint glass and the head was modest and the flavors were not as pronouned as when I poured into a tall spaten pilsner glass! Now were talking a good two finger head good carbonation.
Some good lacing down the glass. The first sip reveals a good hop profile easing into a firm malt backbone. The one good thing about American pilsner the skunky bitterness is more in the background.
This beer has alot of malt and good yeasty fresh bread quality.
The high alcohol is hidden very well and gives a good clean aftertaste.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour a deep golden yellow with expressive carbonation and slight haze due to bottle conditioning. Dense three finger head is soapy and shows stubborn retention and sticky patches of lacing. Mostly noble hop nose, floral and grassy, with plenty of pale malt aromas and a hint of apple ester. Highly sweet upfront; a high-gravity pale malt flavor, follwed by assertive, cidery alcohol taste and finally pungent german hops. The hop flavor is more prominenet in the semi-dry aftertaste; bountiful spicy Saaz character and floral Hallertau flavor also impart a dryness that helps break-up the cloying sweetness of the malt. The medium body with a perculular "light-syrupy" texture is interesting, and the medium-level carbonation is very subtle and smooth, although fine and abundant. Finishes with some residual pale malt and apple ester but is well-balanced by voracious German hop biterness. Not much of a session lager, as the off-flavors and hop bite limit it's drinkability, but a real treat for die-hard Pilsener fans looking for something more.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a small white head.

Smell: A simple, one-two combo aroma of flowers and sugar.

Taste: Malty sweet and lemony with strong floral flavors to the extreme! Ends with a peppery finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd have expected. A slight alcoholic taste phases in and out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All around, its a decent strong lager, but it failed to deliver the bitterness I was expecting.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle included in the "Clipper City Sunken Sampler" 12pk $16,99
Foremost, I would like to say that I get mildly irritated at names such as "Imperial" this and "Double" that, so upon seeing this "Über Pils / Double Pilsner", I was skeptical.
This poured a lovely yellow orange with a nice, modest pure white foamy head that went away in about 40 seconds. Streams of CO2 bubbles continue to rise slowly upward. Looks nice. Smell is fairly average with plenty of hops and a bit of a bready smell.
Taste really surprised me, being loaded with powerful hops. A wonderful manifestation of hop bitterness, this has loads of flavour. Granted it doesn't seem to be my choice of hop styles, I was still impressed, indeed.
A very average beer, less taste, which was certainly above average. Very glad I tried this.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Appearance is a crystal clear bright golden color with a puffy white full finger of foamy head that quickly fades to a light ring of whitish lacing. Taste is sweet and malty with some bready notes, slightly spicy hops at the end. Grainy undertones, light sugary alcohol warmth also present in the slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, very light in character. Makes for a excellent thirst-quenching beer with appreciable mild complexity. Very drinkable, excellent pilsener, would recommend purchasing.

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Photo of jclzony
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came from the tap a light amber color with a thin white head. Moderate sweet malt essence with a light citrus hop finish with the end taste having a good combination of malt and hops, reminding me somewhat of an IPA, but short. Refreshing taste considering the alcohol content. A pretty good beer which I would like to drink again.

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

AP: Poured a lively, pure golden amber color and a very healthy pure white frothy head that was thick and sticky which left some long scattered lacing behind.

Nose: A hearty, herbalized hop with a nice wheaty and mild malt effect underneath.

Taste/MF: A cleeean and refreshing medium to full body pils that featured a very hearty and mildly fruity hop flavor with a nice wheaty and yeasty tasting malt that balances this brew out very well.

DA: one the tastiest Pils I've had in a long time!

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Photo of peabody
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful clear light yellow/amber color with lots of effervescent bubbles and two fingers of the white suds. Nice lacing too.
Smell is subtle but hops and yeast are very present. A slight alcohol hint with a fruity aroma .
Taste is a dark sweetness at first then the bitterness of the hops comes through. Malty goodness is met with just the right amount of bitter then the sugars finish this off.
Mouthfeel is great with the piney oily thing going on and the sweetness that is left in the palate makes you want more.
Drinkability is good here but the ABV might hold some back.
Got this in Paducah at Roof Brothers as a sampler pack for 20 bucks.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep yellow, almost dark gold. The white thick head was rocky and long lasting. The aroma was dominated by a citrusy, flower and intense hop bouquet.

This Pils is quite interesting; almost an IPA version of a lager. While Double Pilsner is defined as very malty, this one while having a strong body is dominated by N American Cascades as well as bittering hops. Both the front end and middle are dominated by hops and more hops. Alcohol is evident in the finish. Only a decent malt base prevents this beer from being out of balance.

While this is a very interesting beer, the heavy use of non-noble American hops in such high quantity gives it an oily residue that detracts from a clean finish. Also, the high gravitiy of this pils gives too much play to the alcohol. This is difficult to accept in a pilsner. Otherwise, the brewer did an excellent job in making a unique American Lager.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a Heavy Seas 12-pack sampler at Kahn's in Indianapolis.

Appearance- Pours a mix between bright and slightly hazy, maybe even banana skin colored yellow with good pilsy carbonation. A little concentric lacing helps this suped up pils even more. Good head and an even film for sipping.

Smell- Light carameled malts swim with alcoholic fruits and some crystal malt dry yet sweetness at the end.

Taste- Starts with hints of murky sweetness. But its a palbablley dry sweetness. Hints of caramel and sweet toasted bread mix with light fruit liquer.

Mouthfeel- A little dry but very cohesie with foods. Went well with both leftover roast beef and chicken panini with rice.

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Photo of octongue
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this caught my eye, as I was impressed by their DIPA.

The appearance (when not judging it against the subsequent flavor) wasn't mindblowing, except for the sticky, thick 2 finger head.
It dwindled down to about one finger's height, but had tall peaks like meringue.
Color was burnt yellow-orange and clear.

Smells slightly skunky...the label says best by Oct. 06, which I will be taking up with my beverage proprietor. With that in mind, it is sweet and malty, with a thin nose of hops up front. not bad really. I think of lemon rind, but sweet, with maybe some grassiness (pot).

Tastes alchoholic. Although the sweet smell is duplicated in the taste, it's hard to get past the ABV bite. I taste citrus and peat moss. Not hoppy enough for my tastes. The after taste is reminiscent of dough or pizza crust, rather than the usual back-of-the-throat warming sensation I associate with thin tasting, high alchohol brews. The flavor is "bouyant (no sailing joke intended)" and doesn't switch to 'aftertaste' for a while.

In my mouth, this beer has a thin, oily feel. The carbonation doesn't translate to a fuzziness, and allows this beer to roll back down nicely.

I think one could sit well into the night tossing these guys down the gullet. It might take that long to get a handle on what it is one is drinking, as the flavor and surprising appearance would make for a good conversation.

Although I don't ordinarily go for Pilsners or light lagers, I am not disappointed with this purchase. I'd like to see what this is like on tap, and to see how much of the skunk I smell had to do with age. My suspicion is that the beer was fresh enough and that the olfactory tinge was part of the intended package.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*i almost did not mind it, but I do.. so.. I dont like it and wont buy it again*

app: burnt yellow color, nice wonderful firm head. looks like a picture beer.

smell: hop foward floral citrusy hops. not much else. smells like an ipa.. neat!

while drinking it I picked up the dirty nickles smell.. uh oh.

taste: ha, and it tastes like one to. ok flavor, hops are king in this beer, then a mild golden ale type malt phase then into some of the dirty nickles, then an almost spicy hop tounge finish. dont know what to think really. I wish it had more of the malt flavor, the over all blend and flavor rainbow is odd, not for me.

mf: nice, i like the feel of it being bright then creamy almost.

drinkable?: so so.. not in a way huge way..

dont know much about what an uber pills is supposed to be, this is an ok not for me beer with only a couple problems.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty straw yellow with a massive white head that retains impressively. The aroma is hoppy initially, with a big floral and spicy presence, along with some biscuit like malt, grain husk, and some ethanol. The flavor is a little less agressive, with some mild floral and spicy hops, a big graininess, some alcohol and metallic notes. The mouthfeel is slick with descent drinkability. A descent imperial pilsner, nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of jackorain
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My selection in the beer club.
A-Hazy straw color, 1/2 inch big bubbled head that disappating quickly to a thin bubbly coat. Nothing in this shouted drinkme, not really a great looking beer just average hence the 3.5

S-malty sweet, caramel grainy bready aroma, not bad

T- Sweet and malty initially, thee are some hops in the middle, but the sweet malt overpowers. There is some acidty in the finish. Overall, okay but not quite good. It is quite unbalanced with the over the top sweet malt.

M-Creamy, nice low carbonation, possibly a little uncharacteristic for a pils, although this is my double pils or uber pils.

D-To echo Ron's sentiment, I could have another but why would I? That is a retorical question though, as I know the answer. I would have another becuase there are six in a pack and I ain't gonna' waste it.

Overall- There is no doubt this brew provides interest for discussion. It is a shame that the members were not in the same room to drink this one together and discuss. Of course there have been several club selections for which this would have been nice.

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

Pours a deep yellow with a half finger of white foam that melts to a nice ring of lacing.
Aromas of lager yeast and light malt.
Flavor is sweet malt, lager yeast, biscuits, sharp hops...in that order.
This is exactly what it says it is....a quality Pilsner doubled.
Darker color....heavier aromas....twice the flavors.
Pils are one of the very few lagers I like when they are done right....this is my first uber pils. It really is simply twice all the goodness found in the best pilsners.
Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for the possibilities.

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Photo of grego
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer was poured into a pint glass and it a golden straw color

S- The smell is somewhat malty

T- Taste is good with a sort of smokey flavor to it. Not overwhelming. Nice.

M- Kind of light - smooth

D- I could drink plenty of these as they aren't that strong taste wise but still have enough flavor to keep me coming back.

Note- This is my first review so take it for what it's worth.

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Photo of ccrida
4.79/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange, with very little haze and thin head with large bubbles that lingers around leaving only slight lace. The aroma is gorgeous, sweet, malty, and bright, and just very appealing to me. The taste overall was smooth and malty, a bit sweet, but beautifully balanced by the hops, with little indication of the 7.5% ABV. The medium body is creamy and malty. I didn't know what to expect of an “Uber Pils”, and although I have to say it tastes a bit more like a strong ale then a larger, I think it is an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking again whenever I can.

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

Great looking bottle - Great name to this beer.

A - Great color, slightly cloudy . Big head on the beer

S - I think I smell malt ? There is something else, but I cant pin it down

M - Pretty good body to this beer. Good carbination as well.

T - A very odd taste, but very very good. For malty beers, that I typically dont love, this has a very interesting taste. Hops ? not sure. Booze - comes thru in the taste, but not too much of a challenge

D - I have no idea what this beer is, tough to pin down for me. Pilsner ? Best one ive ever had. My overall opinion on this beer is that it is of high quality. Big punch to the 7% - Im on my 2nd thru this review and could look at a third, but id have to slow down a bit.

Great choice , something I would never have purchased. Id like to try another selection from this brewery.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out a 12oz bottle, pours a nice gold color with a slight copper tint. The three-finger head is creamy, with great retention and plenty of sticky lacing--a cap stiff foam remains almost until the beer is gone.

The smell is very pils like: grain and hops, with hints of malt, lemon zest, and grass, and a touch of sulpher. The taste is a well rounded blend of these aformentioned characteristics--the grain and malt form a slight sweetness, keeping the hops in balance, and are followed by a nice warming alcohol.

The mouth is light but complex, well carbonated and slightly creamy, but finishing dry and hoppy--though still leaving a little sweetness on the lips.

I couldn't drink six in a sitting, because of the surprising sweetness--but I could drink four. It would pair great with spicy or grilled foods. I'm glad I know where to get more of this, and I will.

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Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from one bottle... received in trade... at Bonnaroo of all places! Wee!

Poured into a tall Hopf Wheat beer glass just cause, hell, I'm not sure it won't crawl out.

Beer is an intense gold, fairly clear since I intercepted the yeast from the bottle. Slow release of carbonation keeps a bare white head floating up and over the beer.

As beer warms up, the aroma becames a warm golden malt mixed with a higher alcohol burn. Something fairly dusty in the beer with a spicy flowery punch in the background.

Flavor is initially sweet with a growing tea like tanninic quality of the hops pulling up to overcome the malt.

Surprising that a beer this crisp still has a bit of sweetness in the close, but overall a very good approach on an imperial pils.

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