Harpoon Leviathan Big Bohemian Pilsner

RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The latest installment of the Harpoon Leviathan Series was brewed in the centuries-old tradition of Czech and Bohemian brewers. Harpoon Big Bohemian is a large lager with a clean maltiness and a huge aromatic hop character. Continental Pilsner, pale two-row, and Carafoam malt was used to brew this big, strong beer, true to the Leviathan Series. Pilsner malt is the classic ingredient of this classic style and the Carafoam malt produces a nice, frothy head. This malt mixture combined with Czech Saaz hops, the quintessential hop of the style, yields an assertive but not overly aggressive beer. The finish is dry with a lingering floral hop character.

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ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a bright clear yellow with a small tight white head. The aroma was fruity sweet and boozy with a touch of floralness in the back. Taste is of spicey hops up front lending in to a very bready, and muted yeast flavoring with a touch of grassiness and sweetness in the finish. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly oily and somewhat dry finish.

MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12oz bottle, light golden pour with a decent white head. No hops left in the flavor at all, but also not much of the 9% in this one either. Was a let down, but I would have liked to try this one fresh.

killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12 oz gift. Smells super funky like my hands after handling my uncle’s coin collection. Boozy, malty, and fairly complex. More like a strong ale than a pilsener, but that works for me. Leviathan lives!

Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Dull golden semi-hazy yellow pour with ring of offwhite head is not. Sweet floral hop profile is a little fruity almost. Somewhat spicy and buttercream. Soft malt character. Decent for the style I suppose, but nothing stellar. Spicy finish.

willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2010
20101103 12oz bottle from State Line. Dated BB Oct 10. Light hazed golden with sticky white head that fades. Aroma is pizza dough, mild green herbs, nice weedy/floral hop notes. Surprisingly crisp and quaffable for a huge beer, bolstered by ample clean saazy hops at the finish, herby and sharp. Medium-light sweetness lingers, but it’s definitely pleasantly accompanied by some drying hops. I dig it, and would certainly be in trouble if I had a four pack in front of me.

SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Lucent gold, thin white head, medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Aroma: fruity floral hops.

Taste: lots of crackery pale malt, lots of mild vinous floral nobel hops, and a little bit of yeast.

Pleasant and nicely balanced. Big but simple. More a pairing beer than a sessional.

MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
A deep golden brew with white fluffy head and decent carbonation. Spicy grapefruit aroma and flavor. Body is on the heavy side, despite the clarity. Decent amount of alcohol burn with this one going down. Hits the head quickly. Tasty enough, but really not my thing.

dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12 oz bottle. Deep clear gold pour with a thick white head. Big noble hop nose with lots bready malt. Taste is smooth sweet bready malt with a big noble hop bitterness. A little over the top flavor wise, but otherwise, very good

Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Hazy yellow with a poufy white head. Lively aroma of honeysuckle, citrus, and an odd bit of pineapple. Taste is the same, with sweet lemon-tea and a fading slightly medicinal edge. Very nice and well "dialed up". $2.5/12oz

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. Gold with a thin head. Quiet soft hoppy nose. Big pepper taste, followed by BBQ?, then booze. This is a confused boozy beer. Hard to Imperialize such a delicate style.

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