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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This malty lager is our most award-winning beer: it took gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival from 2006 to 2010. Cutlass Amber has a toasted, biscuity character. The slight sweetness comes from Crystal malt. Vienna malt contributes a remarkable smoothness and Munich malt gives an amber color and delicate aroma. Tettnang hops infuse the beer with a slight earthiness. Formerly named Heavy Seas Märzen, Cutlass Amber is our second best-selling beer. In 2012, Cutlass Amber won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in the Vienna Lager category.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (95) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Pours golden amber. Hay and grassy malt aroma. Fairly sweet with decent malt flavor coming through.. Slick palate, soft carbonation, lite bodied. Very drinkable, smooth. Decent beer.


2.8
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Draft. Amber pour. Not the greatest ofest, some caramel notes, toasted, but just boring.

3.7
superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/12/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors; with minimal fruity yeast notes preset. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager. All around good robustness and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Was hoping for a bit more noble hop character and bitterness; but this is a nice showcase of Munich/Vienna malt flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Plastic cup on first Fridays in HdG, outside the bar. Clear orange amber color. An inoffensive amber. Aroma is thicker biscuit malt, a little orange hop. Mf is light with ample carb. Low bitterness with light indistinct hops. Fine for the available options.

3.5
chinchill (5023) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2016
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. A large, creamy tan head with very good retention tops the clear copper body. Aroma: sweet malts with light floral hops and, surprisingly, a touch of booze. Flavor: Mildly bitter-sweet. Light spiciness from the hops. Moderate malt load for style. Feel: smooth medium body with soft, medium carbonation. Overall: a solid, middle-of-the-road craft amber.

3.1
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark amber body with medium head. Nose is caramel, malty, spice. Taste is caramel, malts, sweet. Sweet finish. Well done.

3.5
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 20, 2016
Nice and quite amber too. Thin shape but great taste. Awesome to drink with the flight at the bar.

3.2
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass, pours cloudy amber, One finger near white head. No lacing, scant retention. Aroma of toasted malt. Tastes sweet, nicely balanced with earthy hops. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, silky mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet. Tasting notes of caramel, biscuit, earth, toast and slight skunk. Classic example of the style. Not bad.

2.4
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a little head. Aroma is somewhat sweet but not much going on. Taste is bread and caramel with a slight bitterness in the finish. Overall the flavors are lacking and this tastes watered down. Light to medium bodied. This is a very bland beer.

3.6
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle to a pint. Thin white head. Toasted maltiness with tinge of caramel sweetness. Very nice amber lager...

2.9
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Cutlass is an okay beer. I couldn’t really distinguish this from other amber lagers, and I might just be learning that amber lagers aren’t my thing, but this beer is pretty weak in terms of flavor or mouthfeel.


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