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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Radek Kliber (7362) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
On tap at The Ginger Man
Appearance: crystal clear golden base with healthy, contrasting white top, light carbonation. 4-.
Nose: Mildly grainy with dry yet light alcohol burn , touch of fruit feel.
Flavor/Palate : mid bodied with lighter sides. Malty but its character not as pronounced as in Bocks. Hops are just slight add on . Interesting to see Mocne in its pure from without extra hoping of west. Mild alcoholic dryness at finish. Kudos for being true.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Gold with good, creamy white head / Big nose of honey, grain, and orange / Medium to full body, somewhat sweet and syrupy, with big malts and good, dry, albeit hot finish / Flavors of grain, grass, and clover honey / A little too big and syrupy, without enough fruit to support the malt and alcohol.

TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de céréales et d’houblons avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales et d’houblons avec une pointe de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2553)

Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Sampled at vt brewfest 09. Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is grainy and bready with some grassy hoppiness. Flavor was similar to aroma with a touch of fruit and has some pale malt sweetness with a medium body and has a dry finish.

RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2009
The first batch I had of this I think had some DMS issues but they appear to have cleaned it up with the latest batch. Intense grassy aroma with hints of hard cheese. Flavor is solidly hoppy with the high ABV fairly well integrated.

17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a clear lighter golden with a nice thick frothy white head and some sticky lacing. Aroma is fairly fruity, sweet cereal, corn, grassy, noble hops, smells thick. Flavor is quite aggressive, lots of Saaz, slightly cheesy, a great deal of residual sweetness, fairly hot, some cereal sweetness but without a lot of character. Medium bodied up front with nice fizzy round carbonation with a slight sizzle but finishes rather syrupy and unpleasant. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I definitely prefer the Sam Adams.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2009
In short: A lot of crisp sugary pils malts and a lots of dry-grass. Good, not very good
How: Tap at Vermont’s Brewers Festival 2009
The look: Clear golden-yellow body topped by a persistent small white head
In long: Nose have some typical dry-grass-like saaz hops though not as much as I would have expected from a bohemian pilsner on steroids. Since this is a “big” bohemian pilsner I was hoping for a big bowl of rich cereals but instead I got a lot of crisp sugary pils malts with a sweet white bread flavour. Fortunately there’s enough saaz to dry it out in the finish with a nice dry bitterness. But the boring sugary malts just didn’t do it for me. Also a little too boozy for its own good. Not bad but a big bohemian is just not my thing. I prefer small bohemians. With a nice rack if possible.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
on tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa medium brighter golden. Hoppy saaaz aroma. Taste has nice hop character, big saaz flavor, semi boozy, grassy. Pretty clean & crisp for 9.1%. Of the better Harpoon beers ive had

DerWeg (1682) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Not so big, nor all that Bohemian. Hot Triple character, spicy, some bright top hops.

Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Experienced at the brewery in a sample glass. The beer pours a slightly darker-than-regular-pilsner medium golden, no doubt as a result of the extra malt incorporated in its brewing. The first note that comes to the nose is one of fabric cleaning chemicals, like what you would get at the dry cleaner. This dominates all olfactory senses, and makes noticing hops or malt nearly impossible. The palate is a little more refined, but falls short of the malt and hop crispness that are a hallmark of great pilsners. Overall, a disappointment.

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