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

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 31.12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 194
Reviews by KajII:
Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StevenShawSr
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tallfellapgh
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of cfadams17
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of macpfb03
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marraybay
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In all honesty, I'm not really a lager fan, but this is a pretty decent beer. The glass presentation is the first thing that captures your attention, with a cloudy sunshine egg-yolk color topped by an inch or so of white foam. The nose has a crisp clean lager scent with a slight sweetness to it. Similarly, the taste showcases a nice upfront sweetness that transitions into a slight bitter finish. A full and creamy mouthfeel + a pleasant level of carbonation accentuates the overall experience. Really well done and for me, an actual lager that I'd consider creating a little space, whether to offer to others or have occasionally myself.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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