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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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

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of sage, dry malt, floral. Tastes peppery and crisp with some earthy elements and a spicy bite on the finish.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Clear straw color with a tallish popcorn colored head. Decent lace. Appearance = 3+. Pale malt, dough and floral to grassy hops aromas. As it sets for a minute, I have a real pils aroma, malt and hops mix with just a hint of herbal and nobel hops. I am not catching the alcohol and grain I find in many of ESLs. Soft malt and caramel flavors. Floral hops with light orange blossom honey join in the middle. Quite crisp in feel for the heft. Finish is also quite crisp. I catch a bit of apple peel in the linger along with some salty popcorn. An outstanding malt liquor. A very good strong lager with pils tendencies. The finish starts to wear on the palate as it warms. About 10 ounces would have been perfect.

riversideAK (6265) - 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.

cheap (6205) - CHINA - JUL 2, 2009
On tap at Bocktown, nice pale. Is this different than the regular bohemian pilsner? Not sure. Looks like a pale american lager. Thin and creamy white head. Has a rather pleasant aroma about it. Decent carbonation. Sharp and somewhat fruity pilser sharp bite. Certainly lots of personality. Almost cake like in the presentaion.A little too much personality for this lager lover, nearly astringent on the the lager impact. Bitter biting finish.

thornecb (6155) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours deep gold into a pilsner. Bright white head recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Saaz aromas. Full and boozy caramel upfront turning crisp and dry in the lasting resinous grapefruit finish.

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.

notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Crystal clear gold pour - sticky, soapy lace - the aroma is of grassy, spicy noble hops, with notes of wildflowers, honey, bread dough - fairly smooth, and it hides the abv well (until the finish) - very spicy, floral hop flavor throughout, with some dry, biscuity maltiness - fairly strong honey sweetness develops after this, with quite a bit of bready flavors as well - then the alcohol starts to come on strong, and gets a little astringent in the finish - at 7.5%, this could have stayed crisp and clean throughout, but at 9%, it kind of falls apart in the end, tasting like a good pils with a wee bit of vodka poured into it.

Rciesla (5607) - 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.

AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at harpoon brewery. Served in a pilsner glass. Half a finger clear head. SRM of 8. Orange appearance. Mild cloudiness. Lightly hopped. German malts and I'm getting lemon, walnuts and cheese.

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