Harpoon Leviathan Big Bohemian Pilsner

 
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 cant believe Im saying this but I definitely prefer the Sam Adams.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Clear, light gold pour, minimal head. Aroma holds lots of grain, toasted sesame, and a bit of hop bitterness. Sweet malt flavor, grain, a bit of citrus hop- nothing complex, but a tasty lager. Solid for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a bright clear yellow with a small tight white head. The aroma was fruity sweet and boozy with a touch of floralness in the back. Taste is of spicey hops up front lending in to a very bready, and muted yeast flavoring with a touch of grassiness and sweetness in the finish. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly oily and somewhat dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Hazy yellow with a poufy white head. Lively aroma of honeysuckle, citrus, and an odd bit of pineapple. Taste is the same, with sweet lemon-tea and a fading slightly medicinal edge. Very nice and well "dialed up". $2.5/12oz

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2147) - , 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Golden yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malt, some graininess, caramel, and a slight hop bitterness. Flavor is sweet light sugar malt, sweet citrus, and a mild bitterness. Palate is full for the style- smooth finishing resinously.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Tasting Wine Source. Gold, creamy white head. Sweet toasted corn and grassy-grain aromas warm to softer hints of earthed bread and citrus throughout. Toasted and lightly sweetened caramel flavors round with a cornbread and kiss of floral hop finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light bittersweet and bready finish. As I really enjoy the Imperial Pilsner style, this one falls somewhere in the middle class

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2113) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Robust grain and yeast aroma. Clear golden color with a large white head. I wish I poured this on in a larger glass. Light sweetness is masked by some hops in the beginning with bitter hop and mild alcohol in the finish. Hearty lager.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (2034) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2015
On tap at brewery in Windsor, VT. Pours golden with white head. Light grainy malt with floral and citrus and herbal yeastiess. Flavor is sweet light grainy dry biscuit malt, lemon, citrus, and spicy herbal yeat finish. Really crisp and clean brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.


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