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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 Vermonts 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 theres enough saaz to dry it out in the finish with a nice dry bitterness. But the boring sugary malts just didnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Pours a light golden color with a little white head. Smells all like a strong lager mostly, you can tell it is gonna be boozy. However, the taste is not as boozy as you would expect from a beer with this much booze in it. Somewhat spicy, a little grassy and earthy. Some hop bitterness. Overall easy, maybe too easy to drink, big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5810) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5699) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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 didnt care for the candied like residual sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice clear light golden- massive sticky whit head and nice lace. Aroma is packed with tons of spicy and floral czech hops with a nice doughy malt backbone. Flavor is also zest, spicy and almsot resinous from the amount of hops- sap-like, with a slight crackery doughy pils malt, fresh bread, and a touch honey-like since it is so big. Spicy hop finish and pretty smooth fro a 9% impy pils. This is pretty solid stuff.

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