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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 stakem
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It appears a clear copper color with a white finger of froth. Strings of patchy finger-like lace stick to the glass.

The nose is filled with buttery tones blending with noble hop attributes. A bit of caramel, toffee and herbs fill the middle. A light touch of solvent alcohol comes in from the back.

The taste is sweet with toasty caramel malt that includes some butter and fruity hints. A bit of herbs and earthy pine round things out. I am surprised by the residual sugar here but I guess that goes along somewhat with the imperializing of this style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit too much residual sugar is in the finish which ruins the expected crispness I look for in this style. Regardless, it is not bad. Worth trying but not particularly something I would buy again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery prior to the tour.

A: minimal/thin head on a bright clear golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, fresh cut vegatables.

T: very light funky and mild grassy hop presence on the background of pale malts and grains.

M: light to medium body which isnt quite up to par for the style for me and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: the bitterness is just right and this is a nicely flavorful pils.

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

Beer was included in a Heavy Seas Variety Pack

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH pint glass

A - Beer pours a mostly translucent deep golden color. An impressive two finger, foamy head on the initial pour. Decent lacing.

S - A malty, slightly fruity smell

T - The beer is just what the style implies. A rather aggressive take on the standard pilsner with much more bitterness and more fruit-like sweetness. Nice backbone of malts. The alcohol is present but overall this beer goes down real easy with a nice crisp bite at the end.

M - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - Not a style I've ever had before nor am I a huge pilsner fan. But that aside, I enjoyed this beer. Not a style I would necessarily gravitate towards but it was easy drinking and was tasty.


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

Poured a medium dark copper with a 2/3 inch foamy off-white head. LOTS of lacing left along the glass. Smell was bitter, crisp, slight hint of floral hops. Really nice. A delicious beer -- not too bitter, packs a slight punch, perfect amount of carbonation, and a solid finish. Good till the end. This goes down pretty easy, but with it's 7.25% ABV, be careful not to make it a "session" beer!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2nd street brew house, poured into pint glass, color is gold, head is huge but subsides and clings.

Smell is mild pilsner malt, subtle hops.

Taste is pretty crisp, simple easy malt, pilsner,I think, mild strong crisp hop flavors, something towards saaz but cut off

Mouthfeel is too bitter, I think this might be over hopped, it's not too sweet though which could be why the bitterness is surprising

Overall, easy drinking brew that could be very good need some hop balance

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I treated this beer all wrong by throwing it in the freezer for about an hours to chill it, then poured it into a Guinness pint glass. With that in mind I had nearly no head, just some white bubbly around the edge with a bit of stickiness.

The color was an awesome 24kt gold with hint of copper.

Fragrance was hoppy for a pils, floral, with some sweet malt notes.

Flavors were classic pils just more intense and extracted with added hopiness that lingers and bites for a while. It was much fuller in the mouth than the typical pils - like a light pale ale.

Overall I liked it a lot. Refreshing and the amped up pils was appreciated; Uber pils is a good description.

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

The beer was not poured into the proper pils glass, but I honestly do not think it would have made a significant difference. The color is a clear deep gold and there is really not the expected pilsner head, a rather lame one finger high white head, which has not the proper pilsner retention
The smell was only hinting some fruity hops.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised at the sweetness. Fruity hops and a strong malt backbone are in harmony. Finally at the end there is some expected hop bitterness for balance.
Not much carbonation in there for a pilsner.

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Photo of enfield249
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours the color of a light pale ale, very light amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick white head.

S - Nobel hop aroma, slight malt smell.

T - It's like a double pilsner, funny that? Twangyness is turned up, and even the hop flavor is higher than you would normally see in a pilsner, but tastes like continental hops.

M - More bitterness than I have ever tasted in a pilsner. I get that bitter feeling right down the middle of my tongue, and slightly on my cheeks.

O - Nice beer, and the first double pils I have ever had. Tasty.

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Photo of teromous
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Burnished gold color, thick and fluffy head with good retention and lacing. It is very transparent and good visible carbonation.

S: Not much smell, just a faint dank hop aroma and lager smell.

T: Very light in flavor, with sparse biscuit notes. Good bitterness, but underwhelming on flavor. Some yeast flavor.

M: Fairly clean. Light bitterness, and light bodied.

O: Overall I thought it was mediocre for an imperial pils. I would have liked a more pronounced malt character. The hops are spot on, and the appearance is nice. I guess I just expected more. I won't be drinking another, because I've had regular craft pilsners with better flavor.

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

$9.99 for a 6'er at Bevco. No ingredients listed per the bottle or website.
7.0% ABV.

Pours out to a brilliant orange golden, forming a tall peaking whipped meringue-like white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation. The aroma is nice and dry with floral hops, most likely Saaz sitting on a delicate pilsner malt background. Suggestion of tea biscuits and orange marmalade. Mouthfeel is spritely with a medium rich body. The taste is very nice...clean, with a well balanced bitterness that doesn't obscure the malt. Even though it is an "uber pils", it is a little sweeter than the style would suggest, but it's still quite a nice beer. Very well made.

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Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, deep golden with a small, fluffy white head that dissipated quickly; left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very spicy with nice flowery noble hops and a little fruit.

The entry is malty and a little rough around the edges with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness coming through in the background. A mellow fruity flavor finally settles everything. The small amount of yeast remaining gave a surprising butter taste. All in all, this was flavorful, but it is all over the place with conflicting flavors.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and a little dirty with a solid malty/fruity palate. I was pleased with the restrained carbonation.

One man's Double/Imperial pilsner is another's Helles Bock. There was really nothing about this lager that was pilsner-like. Rather, it tasted like a strong, somewhat coarse, pale bock. At least the bottle label does say in small print it is a bock. While I am certainly enjoying it, I am saddened that Sierra Nevada will no longer brew its Glissade Bock.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with a good deal of foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with lager yeast notes. The flavor is lightly malty with faint bready notes and has a nice grassy finish. There are some alcohol esters and warmth throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. It's not as bold as some Imperial Pilsners, but it is more forward than your regular pilsner. I don't know that I'd seek this out, but I'd never turn it down.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Good retention, and nice laceing. Very nice nose, with citrus hops, and bready malts in the mix. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is has an element of malty sweetness, but with a nice balance of hops. Spicy too. Crisp and refreshing, yet packs a punch.Nice!!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty healthy looking pilsner. Super clear and light amber in color with a nice frothy white head. Nose is super subdued with bready malts present as well as earthy hops.

Wow thats good. Amazingly clean with well blended flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Nice sized body. No real malt sweetness but some biscuit like presence which is held together well with some grassy and herbal hops. Nice dry finish. Very very very good.

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

Imperial Pilsners have always been an enigma to me. Isn't a pilsner supposed to represent all that is cool and refreshing in the beer world?

I had this on tap over at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield.

A: Poured a mild, hazy, mandarin orange color with about a finger or so one finger frothy head.

S: I definitely got the pilsener malts upfront along, with a substantial citrus component. Overall, this was not that potent.

T: As with most Imperial pilsners, this wasn't crisp or refreshing in the slightest. I got quite a bit of pepper on the finish, along with a fruit sweetness, which was muted by either thyme or white pepper.

M: Sweet, but not too... thick as hell overall. Okay on the palate with its low carbonation and malt heaviness and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This was passable, but I dig traditional pilsners much, much better.

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

I am biased when it comes to pilsners. This is one of my favorite beers here recently. Tried it with some friends over Thanksgiving with mixed reviews.

Appearance is a little golden with a light head.

Smell and taste basically coincide with each other. Sort of a sweet taste and smell which I prefer. Both of the guys who tried it liked it overall but thought it was a little too sweet.

The APV is a little more than what is offered in MS. Therefore this pils packs a small punch. But you would not necessarily know it unless you observe the small print on the label. Not being drenched in an alcohol taste is very appealing to me.

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Photo of Windigo
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does well with my Beer Geeks when they feel like something lighter than the IPAs, stouts and porters they can be given to drinking.

I prefer the lightness of "blonde" pilsners generally over the thicker more syrupy and spicy brews, so this fits my palette like a glove.

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Photo of seanwhite
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden color with a small head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fresh grain with a bit of sweet/spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper hue with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Lots of rising carbonation.

S - Sweet smelling, slightly bready, with faint earthy hops.

T - Very sweet, unlike most pilsners. Citrus hops as well as general caramel malts balancing it out. No distinct flavors, just very sweet with a good hop balance. Not too bready compared to most pilsners.

M - Light body, slightly sticky. High carbonation as expected from the appearance. Finish is sweet with slight lemon aftertastes.

O - ABV doesn't come through at all, I might almost say this is more like a Pale Ale than Pilsner, but it's not hoppy enough for that, sort of a middle ground with higher ABV.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A finger of white head - foamy and bubbly. Cloudy, dull gold. Bubbles. Not that appealing.

S: Sweet, grainy malts and hops.

T: Malty and hoppy. Sweet grains. Something I can't really place.

M: A little carbonation, but kind of boring.

O: I'm not big on pilsners, but this is pretty good for one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before December 2011. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about a half inch white head. The brew smells like toffee, bready malt, spicy hops and some butterscotch. The taste is mostly sweet, it tastes like bready and sweet malt, toffee and some floral and spicy hops. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating with good carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, and if I was ever in the mood for this style of beer I'd certainly consider picking this up again.

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Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Best by date Jan 2012

A: Nice gold with a fluffy white head. head lasts for a while before subsiding into an even coating across the top of the beer with lacing on the sides

S: Hops and malt. Somewhat sweet and grainy. Citrusy and spicy hops aroma

T:Very malty with good support from the hops. Smooth and well balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated with no carbonation sting.

O: A very good beer. Flavors were well balanced and satisfying. I will buy again.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, clear golden color that produced a big white head that had good retention and some lacing.

The beer gave off a bit of a more hoppy aroma than expected that dominated what one could make out of the malted barley portion.

The taste of the beer is really good, again perhaps more hoppy than expected for a pils, but unlike the aroma the malted barley/pilsner/bready quality of the beer assert themselves more. The taste of the beer is rich and full with a very subtle hint of citrus sweetness.

The beer has a heavy feel to it...certainly not clean and crisp that you would think of when sampling a pilsner, but given that it is a double, it is much more chewy or full. Overall, despite the elevated ABV I think that I had at least 2 in short order. This is an excellent beer and it would be nice to see more and better beers in this style.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold and typical of a Pils. Smell was good to average wth an over all good Mouth feel. Taste is good, we feel the finish falls short for this beer, tends to linger. Overall this is a good beer that is worth drinking and we would share this with fiends. Goes well with crackers and cheese..

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours adeep golden color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of freshgrain with a bit of sweetness and spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden, but does provide a bit warmth.

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick.

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