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

very good
1,098 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Ãœber Pils)

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,098 |  Reviews: 590
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jlordi12
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of calmstock
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

 637 characters

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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.

 270 characters

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.

 332 characters

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

 669 characters

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of meetyouoverboard
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Heavy Seas - Small Craft Warning (Über Pils) from Heavy Seas Beer
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,098 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.