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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12 oz gift. Smells super funky like my hands after handling my uncles coin collection. Boozy, malty, and fairly complex. More like a strong ale than a pilsener, but that works for me. Leviathan lives!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Interesting to see this style done as a big beer. Golden color with hearty head. The aroma as hop spice with some tropical fruit and cherries. Taste was an agressive bitter that caries out as well as some pungent skunk. light inb ody but not watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2009 Alcohol not too well hidden. A lot of straw, some floral to grassy hops throughout. Bready with a sweet maltness. Apple juice color with a thin film head. Minimal lacing. If your looking to get drunk, and in the mood for a pils, this is right up your alley..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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 cant 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. Ive had other "big" pilsners, but none of them had the overpowering bitterness that this one has. Its worthwhile to try if only for something that is rare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
hazy orange straw with thick frothy offwhite head and quality lacing. sweet toasty aroma, very yeast-y and bready, with crisp bittersweetness and an alcohol tinge. deep fruity flavors combined with more classic crisp hoppyness. sweet with a very dry finish. medium body and high carbonation, alcohol is barely present but theres a slightly odd aftertaste of vegetables and toothpaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
12oz. bottle from VBM. Pours a slightly hazy body with a thin white head. Aroma is strong lemony citrus, honey with malts floral notes and alcohol. Flavor is crisp spicy, hoppy. Medium bodied tangy tongue tingling mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Overall a well put together beer. Nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. poured a pale yellow color with lots of bubbles and a nice sized white head. nice mild hop aroma up front. Well the booze is def not covered well on this one. It hits right away and then mellows out to a well balanced malt and hop flavor with some citrus at the end. Very strong alcohol. Weird mouthfeel until the end. Not great but not terrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Pours a cloudy, light yellow, looks appealing with a thin white head and adequate lacing. Aroma is refreshing with just enough hop undertones to excite you. Flavor is not entirely complex, but is very good for what it is going after. If this was not 9%, you could drink them all day...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrPickles (438) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2009
pours bright amber with large white head lingering. aroma is bursting with bitter pine hops and alcohol. toasted malt and some citrus is also there. drinks with a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts throughout but has a bit of bitter citrus on the front and a mild roast finish. alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. pretty tasty stuff.

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