Small Craft Warning | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

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:
Über Pils

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
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#25,621
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,102
pDev:
12.3%
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0
 
 
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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 7% ABV this pilsner, rather an Uber Pilsner, promises to be a game changer in the world of pilsners which are usually one-dimensional and a bit on the weak side. This variety by Heavy Seas, however, is something much more.

Look-Pours a brilliant honey amber color and has a humble white head and is pleasantly hazy.

Smell-It has a rich malty aroma and floral overtones as well as some hints of hops and ample alcohol. I smell honey-suckle, fruits, and bready malts.

Taste-I get a beautiful and complex flavor. The taste follows the nose, but I get a lot of wheat, honey, bready malts, fruity esters, and Belgian yeast. It is similar to a Weizenbock, I think in its fruity and malty complexity. The hops are present as well and make this well balanced beer one of a kind in its class.

Mouthfeel/Overall-This medium-bodied brew is stunningly a Pilsner and is so complex and well-balanced that I was started when I first tried it. It drinks more like a very well executed pale ale. I think experts would agree that it is hard to discern whether this is more malt-forward or more hop-forward. Great job Heavy Seas!

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Photo of hophead723
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a mixer 12 pack by Heavy Seas, very fairly priced at only $13.99! Three of these and a few other options were include. I've always loved a strong Pilsner. I poured this into an American Pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy orange-copper, sudsy slightly off-white head that clings surprisingly well, like an IPA.

Smell: FANTASTIC aroma! The aroma of this beer is absolutely unbelievable and delicious! It smells like a lot of the great Maibocks I have encountered. Mild malty sweetness and multi-layered floral complexity that I can't even pin down properly. There is a lot of honeysuckle, fruity esters, and dough.

Taste: The taste is just like the nose; very complex and delicious. I get unfiltered Buckwheat honey, Pacific Rose apple, a flash of grassy hops that are delicate yet forward, and some cracked barley at the back end.

Feel: The mouthfeel is entirely medium bodied, with a subtly dry finish that glows with a pleasant toasty aftertaste.

Overall: This is an exquisite beer that could easily replace ANY pale ale without even trying. Proof that a Pilsner can be awesome, if brewed properly.

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Photo of LongWayOut15
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of John_Squires
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of macpfb03
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frio80
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whiterapid
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenShawSr
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy light khaki colored froth which is equal parts creamy and crisp... Excellent retention... The head turns creamier as it settles into a full thick creamy lacing... The color is a slightly hazed and slightly muted amber... Loaded with small bubbled quick paced carbonation throughout...

S - A very subdued aroma... Cereal grains... Caramel... The slightest whiff of some noble hops...

T - The palate is dialed up several notches from the subdued aroma... The palate is dominated by malt, malt and more malt... Cereal grains... Biscuits... Light caramel and toffee notes... There is just the most subtle of earthy hop presence... The finish is pleasant and there is a very faint bit of pepper on the finish which I think adds additional depth and complexity to this already solid offering...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... Slightly chewy... Lush... Just a touch of brisk carbonation... Even and consistent... Coats the mouth fully...

D - Simple, straight-forward and fantastically effective... Quaffable to an insane degree... Goes down smoothly sip after sip... Not sure I would have pegged this one as a pilsner, but regardless it's just a good brew... I would drink this with regularity on any occasion... A job nicely done by Heavy Seas...

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Reviewed 2/29/12...leap day beer.

L: Pours a goldish color.

S: Noble hop aroma mingles with bready maltiness.

T: Hops hit you right away but are accompanied by significant maltiness. I think it is the maltiness that really sets this beer apart from a standard pilsner more so than additional hops. Flavor is also bready, rich, with a fairly malty finish. Hop character is unmistakably Noble: spicy and grassy.

F: Medium-full body; a fuller body than I would have expected and also another feature that makes it stand apart from a standard pilsner. Very slight alcoholic heat, but for an “imperial” anything its pretty subdued.

Overall: I’m usually not the biggest fan of lagers but this is a really well crafted beer that makes a beer geek rethink their stance on lagers. It’s got the strong flavor, richness, and complexity that I love in ales, but also the clean, crispness, and drinkability of a lager…plus all that noble hop goodness.

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Photo of Trbtodd
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fellysmarts
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChristinaLynn
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An Ok beer.

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Photo of jbfarris
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LogicalDave
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark gold/ amber. In my opinion the classic look for a beer.
Smell: Slightly...chemical scent, but with a heavy yeast smell. Definitely reminds me of baking bread.
Taste: Nothing special as far as beer goes. Slightly bitter. Again, extremely heavy on yeast taste.
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, very lightly carbonated. It reminded me of slightly flat ginger ale.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A less than pleasant pils; a gummy, hoppy, wheaty tasting affair. 8/14/15 front deck pils tasting

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small Craft Warning from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,102 ratings