Heavy Seas - Cutlass (Amber Lager) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/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.

(Beer added by: bubseymour on 04-30-2013)
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On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tons of malt & near perfect sweetness. I getting a touch of banana/peach on the tongue. Not much head or lacing but I really like this & at 5.2% I`m in for the long haul.

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Cutlass is a Vienna Lager - a style characterized by rich, ample maltiness - so it's only natural it should have such dense haziness, a promising indication that this coppered pumpkin coloured beer is an amber lager not merely in appearance only. That it retains most its head is a good sign too.

Indeed, things are shaping up nicely; this bouquet is generously aromatic and has a distinct nuttiness that, while superficially sweet, is firmly grounded in biscuity, toasted grain and a whole wheat breadiness. This style requires the highest quality malts (Vienna and/or Munich) to be done successfully - there's no other way to achieve a bouquet like this.

Such a rich malt bill allows the beer to show quite a bit of flex but also some elegance; the flavour is laced with little kernels of nut brittle and hard toffee while never veering too far from the tastes of toasted whole wheat bread crusts and graham cracker biscuits. This is pure, clean, rich maltiness showcased as it was intended to be. Very tasty stuff.

Vienna lagers will be a little austere for many craft beer drinkers; without possessing the sexiness of dry-hopping or anything impactful by way of IBUs, amber lagers like this one may seem fairly ordinary in comparison to modern amber ales. But these are Germanic in origin and, as such, are designed for - not extravagance - but endless, effortless drinkability. And this has it.

I've never found any big "treasure" with Heavy Seas but the booty has been pretty consistent over the years. I like this brewery and the bulk of their lineup is at least respectable and more often pretty damn good. Cutlass, I happen to think, is fantastic. There aren't many truer, better examples of the Vienna style currently brewed stateside.

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