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

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bubseymour on 04-30-2013

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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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For brewery fresh taste, purchase before FEB 14.

Appearance: Pours a thin light amber body with a thin off white head.

Smell: Very faint caramel malt accented by very faint noble hop aroma.

Taste: Bready, toasty, caramel malt flavor. Slight hops for balance. Not bad, but not noteworthy either.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with little to no carbonation. Pretty watery.

Overall: I would love to support this local brewery, but beyond Loose Cannon and maybe Small Craft Warning (Imperial Pils), most beers are underwhelming. The draft versions around town (especially what I have had at OPACY) have all been much, much better than the bottled versions.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big Thank You to Shroud0fDoom for this brew, my first entry for NBS BIF #1. 12oz bottle with a best by date of 5/2/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium light amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and no lace.

The aroma was mostly grain and biscuit, but there was an earthy/grassy undertone. The flavors featured the same basic "beeriness", lots of biscuit, with just enough hops to offer a decent counterpoint.

The body was a step or two on the light side of medium for the style, and had a slightly sweet finish. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone quickly, and I suspect one could slide several of these down in short order. Overall, a solid, if unspectacular, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle with purchase before date notched on label info.

Pours quite clear, lighter amber, minor head, with larger bubble rising and producing no lace...bleeh look to this one.

Faint malt on the nose

Better tasting then it looks or smells. Moderate malty sweetness with caramel prominent.

Easy drinking sessioner.

A worthy add in to my chicken marinade this morning.

This is a decently well rounded and smooth crowd pleasing type of brew.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I got faint notes of malt, some honey, straw and clover.

Taste: Very reminiscent of a German-style lager. Malty, yet hoppy. Sweet, yet slightly bitter. Good floral flavors of clover, yeast, crystalized sugar, honey suckle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, but with some good and with an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very solid lager. Great session beer, full of flavor, nicely balanced and extremely drinkable. I’ll certainly get this beer again.

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fairly non-descript pour. Looks like a stardard issue lager with some reddish hues to the regular golden color. Very clear, no haze. Head is bright white, a finger thick and has moderate retention.

It's got a yeasty, bready smell with just a splash of citrus. Not much of a hop nose.

Very flavorful for a lager. Very malty, though with so many different malts it's hard to distinguish each one. Earthy, Noble hops in a lasting finish.

It's smooth and slightly sweet. In mid-sip the hops take over and lay down a savory feel. Fairly crisp, dryish finish.

Not bad, easy to drink, lowish alcohol, mostly a non-aggressive sessiony kind of beer that would go with any occasion.

Photo of JamesNichols
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A heavy hitting everyday beer

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted malts are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has slight hints of initial sweetness with flavors of toasted malts and is followed by hints of earthy yeast towards the finish. No bitterness is perceptible, although there's just enough underlying hops to keep the malty sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty and tastes like a true representation of the style.

Photo of gonzo000
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good beer but nothing jumping out to rate it any higher. Amber color with a decent head and a good malt flavor.

Photo of bubseymour
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I did the 1st review and I'm not quite sure if this is an American Amber Lager as most of the ingredients are German. Feel free to change to proper style if I didn't classify it correctly.

Appearance is very clear copper color with lots of carbonation. Fizzy head to start but then it settles in for a nice 2 finger head and decent retention.

Very disappointing smell of sulfur and malt. Not much else.

Taste - Almost an adjunct like metallic and grain taste. Some crispness in the finish. Not tasting the Noble hops nor the various German malts that are claimed on the label.

Mouthfeel - Respectable for the style.

Overall - An ok sessionable lager beer, but flavoring is not up to Clipper City's usual standards.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then a thin malt character and lager yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and quite watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of jonaspb
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Taste like my number rating

Photo of Clydesdale
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber-orange color with a medium-sized, amber-tinted head of froth. Head retention is average, and the beer leaves fairly little lacing.

S: Some sweetish, moderately toasty malt aromas up front. Notes of caramel and doughy bread. Some light floral hop aroma. There's also some mild yeasty fruitiness and tartness.

T: A nice malty flavor up front. Caramel sweetness is balanced with a pleasant toastiness and breadiness. Floral hops add a nice bite of bitterness. A bit of lager-y tartness, fruitiness, and mineral flavor is apparent into the finish.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is a bit light. A building dryness into the finish invites another sip.

O: This is a pleasant take on a Vienna lager from Heavy Seas. It's definitely no Eliot Ness, and it's not exactly a Boston Lager, but it's still enjoyable.

Photo of TinkerToys
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Oddly estery, finishes thin and fizzy. Some hard water, Burton-on-Trent feel. Little hop character on either end.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good year-round beer: not too heavy but still has some depth and character. It seemed like this beer was all about getting the balances right: there are the biscuit/bread flavors from the malt and yeast, but it's not overly sweet. There is enough hopping to balance the malt, but it's not overly bitter. This is a great beer to have with food - I would have this with an entree salad instead of bread.

Would definitely get this again.

Photo of BigCheese
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clear copper, big white head and solid lacing, 4

lightly toasted malts, some light floral hops 3.75

English biscuit malts, clean saaz hop bite, refreshing and balanced, little bit of bready yeast, nice amber /red. 4.25

Light creamy high carbonation, lively 4.5

Awesome session beer, reminds me of Boston lager,  very fresh tasting and clean, well made classic 4.25

Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours clear amber with a short lived white head. Leaves lacing. No carbonation.

S- caramel sweetness dominates the aroma.

T- big caramel sweetness also dominates the taste.

M-thinner but nice.

O-a nice amber lager. Nice, if understated, flavor.

Photo of horshack7
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber in color with about one finger of head.

Aroma: Buttery, biscuity, grassy, wisps of lemon zest, light citrus notes but more on the malty side.

Taste: Nice and malty in the front, grassy, bready, biscuit an buttery notes. Some citrus in the middle with a nice dry finish.

Notes: Very drinkable with such a nice dryness and can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this chilled in a mug, bottle purchased at Wegman's enjoy before 4/7/15 - I tried on 4/6 whew!
The color is a very gently hazed amber with thin white head with fine bead and visibly carbonated with streamers of lace. The smell has a mild sweet and nutty malt odor with light caramel quality and slight almond-type fragrance. The feel is medium in body with moderate carbonation level and mild sweetness with slight creamy texture and mostly dry finish with low bitterness.

The taste is what you might expect from a vienna/Marzen or American Amber lager very nice malt presence with toasted acccent and light fruitiness with subtle herbal hop flavor and bready malts carry into the finish with a light spice accent and mild alcohol in taste. Overall I enjoyed this -very nice tasting lager. I think it fits the style well and is easy to quaff. Not an outstanding beer but I think it deserves more credit-very enjoyable.

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear medium brown with copper tones and s frothy ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Light floral hops, toasty malt, yeast fruitiness, and a slight metallic character form the aroma.

Flavor is dominated by biscuity malt, somewhat nutty and a touch sweet, finishing with toasted bitterness. The metallic character surfaces again, along with a slight fruity estery note.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and light alcohol warmth. There's a bit of slickness present.

Very drinkable brew. Malt character is pleasant. If the estery and metallic notes weren't present, this would score higher.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Beer of the month club. Pours clear copper with a small quickly receding head. Sweet malt and standard lager aroma. Malt extract with some additional sweetness and a bit of wet dog. Metallic flavor. Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel. Have yet to like any beer from these guys.

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear caramel orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head, reducing down to a light film and medium collar with poor runny lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet biscuit malt, mild herbal hops and an earthy doughy yeast with notes of caramel and toffee.

The taste was somewhat malty sweet and had a touch of caramel throughout, with the finish having a slight bitterness and a light toffee sweetness towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short time following the swallow, with a nice crisp finish on the palate.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a carbonation that was just past soft in intensity.

Overall I found this brew to be light in body and taste, that being said it still does possess a decent maltiness and a nice sweet bitter finish, making it somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink...

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

East coast craft, reasonably priced, headed to Chesapeake so had to try this brewer.

A: Pours a clear amber-orange color with a medium-sized, tan-tinted. Not much retention or lacing. Pretty standard.

S: I like aroma as well as Sam Adams or Eliot Ness.
Sweet roll, toasty malt aromas up front. Continues with notes of caramel, bread dough, yeast, fruit, and hop tartness.

T: A nice malty flavor up front that follows the smell. Caramel sweetness is well balanced with a solid toastiness. Floral hops add bitterness. Mineral, dry, lager finish. Good food beer, slightly sweeter than typical.

M: Medium-light body with very light carbonation and a very dry inviting finish.

O: Almost as good as EliotNess or Sam Adams. Sessionable. Must try

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