Saturday, January 23, 2010

Harpoon Leviathan Big Bohemian Pilsner

Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Style: Pilsner
Location: Boston, MA
Brewer Website
Rating: B+

Tonight's beer selection is from Harpoon's Leviathan series. This is Harpoon's line of "big beers". These are beers with high alcohol content and big flavor to match. The Big Bohemian Pilsner is a light gold color with some haziness. The head likes to hang around with larger bubbles holding together on a thin layer of foam for quite some time after pouring. The nose is dominated by fruity hops, with a hint of sweetness.

On the palate the fruity hops continue to play the lead role. There is a light malt character, reminiscent of a hefeweizen or a European lager. There is some lingering sweetness and a hint of warming alcohol. The Big Bohemian has a fairly heavy body compared to most lagers and pilsners of this style. While there is a great amount of hop flavor, there is little bitterness to this beer. The Big Bohemian is reminiscent of a good European lager, but with a powerful fruity hops component. This beer is definitely a sipper compared to its lighter-bodied brethren due to its heaviness, alcohol and sweetness, but what it loses in quaffability it makes up with flavor in spades.

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