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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blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
My bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Aroma has a good amount of Saaz hops along with bread, honey and floral notes, and some alcohol. Flavour is grassy along with bready malt and alcohol. Finish is very bitter and alcoholic. Medium bodied. Not great but pretty good and definitely interesting.

BroSpud (2189) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz bottle. Very well done pilsner. I was a bit hesitant about the high abv on this one but it does not detract at all, very little if any alcohol taste comes through. One of the better pilseners I have had. Pours golden with a foamy head that sticks around. Definite floral hops coming through in a crisp and pleasant grassy taste.

jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Slightly grassy malty with big dry noble hop aroma, slightly medicinal... Sprucy/piney flavor, but not in an IPA style way... Good flavor, different for a pils, but in a creative way... A bit boozy, medium full bodied,

HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle ( 12oz ). Shared by blankboy. Clear gold, large frothy white head Ɠ+). Strong alcohol aroma, grain and what smells like goldings hops (but yeah, I guess saaz) with dried apples and straw. Nice taste though, apple, alcohol, fresh-cut grain - simple, well-balanced - not boozy-tasting at all. Slick, thick, somewhat squeaky mouthfeel, some alcohol, very muted carbonation and a pretty quick finish that does indeed seem floral/herbal (per the description). Pretty nice stuff.

Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
A different DIPA that hits you with Saaz hop bitterness up front. Dangerously drinkable, spearmint leaf. ABove average aroma and mouthfeel.

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Large near-white head. Recedes to a dome. Straw to gold color with a hint of green. It comes with a very faint haze. Spotty lace. Crisp golden malt aroma with a generous dash of floral hop at the end. Very appealing. The flavor is extremely hoppy. I can’t detect the malt up front, but I do sense the alcohol level. Quite unbalanced. Aftertaste is bitter and lasts for over a minute. The body is appropriate if a little oily. This is a case of a beer made too extreme for my liking. I’ve had other "big" pilsners, but none of them had the overpowering bitterness that this one has. It’s worthwhile to try if only for something that is rare.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head. Floral hoppiness, bread y biscuit notes, with a hint of fruit. Huge etoh warming and residual sweetness banana and citrus like esters. A bit to big for me i didn’t care for the candied like residual sweetness.

auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2009
12oz Bottle. Super juicy, gummy, fragrant and fresh hop aroma. Sticky noble hops backed with fresh, snappy bread and cracker pilsener malt. A mostly clear deeply hued golden, with a translucent haze and a clean white head. Flavor is a strong continuation of the aroma, with beautiful pilsener malt character, a drier, grassier feel on the hops and a warming, comforting alcohol that compliments the hops and the malt, but adds a depth to the beer. Really impressive and really well done. So nice to try an example of this style that’s so clean and fresh. Delightful!

riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Nose is full of earthy hops, some floral notes, bread, and honey sweetness. Pours golden with a foamy head. The flavor has a good balance with sweet bready malts, honey, earthy bitterness, grass, pepper, and light floral hops. Clean finish, dry and hoppy. Alcohol is well hidden.I liked this one.

SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
well, didn’t pay for this, way to busy.. . not a big pilsener, more of a high grade malt likka .. . golden .. harsh, but light sweetness .. . high cost of mules! .. . hides the abv quite well .. . not refreshing at all ..

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