Cutlass (Amber Lager) | Heavy Seas Beer

Cutlass (Amber Lager)Cutlass (Amber Lager)
BA SCORE
30.8%
Liked This Beer
3.49 w/ 221 Ratings
Cutlass (Amber Lager)Cutlass (Amber Lager)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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.

Added by bubseymour on 04-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,664
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
221
Liked:
68
Avg:
3.49/5
pDev:
12.32%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
65
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of 88caprice
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: an OK Vienna lager, but not a homerun.

Look: orangey copper, clear, light colored. Moderate head that dissipated toward the end.
Smell: mostly getting a sour tangy smell, some sweetness.
Taste: more tang with some sweetness. An odd combo. Not finding any hop or toasty malt. That tang sticks around a while.
Mouthfeel: somewhat dry, coating, slightly sticky.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CNoj012
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a two finger, creamy off white head with moderate retention that leaves a few spots of lacing in it's wake.

The smell is very doughy with a touch of sweetness. No hop aromas.

Taste is very similar. Starts off very doughy and finishes sweet. Too sweet. Not really getting any toasted flavors either.

Feel is strange. It is light, but neither dry or crisp. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is ok. I can't believe they used to call it a marzen because it is very off for that style. Makes much more sense as a vienna lager, but it is too sweet and not crisp enough for me personally. Also no hop presence whatsoever.

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Photo of gingx69
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerGray27
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, dough, hint of tea, slight citrus hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, dough, caramel malt, hint of tea, slight yeast, and pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma and blend, but the body is a let down.

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

Photo of smcolw
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold with a haze. Modest head which leaves a minimum number of spots.

Earthy and beefy aroma.

Thin flavor and body with some semisweet caramel tastes. The hop is muted like it should be, perhaps more present than appropriate. That's good, because the sweetness is also more than it should be. Lighter carbonation. Short and uninteresting aftertaste.

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

Photo of Bear1964
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BJB13
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by JUN 16 17 printed on label.
12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Pours clear and coppery with an off white fizzy head that started at one finger but disappeared in a couple of minutes. To my nose, only a light aroma of yeast and grain, nothing special. Refreshing and quick to drink. Slightly bitter. It is lightly hopped and has a bit of malty sweetness. Finishes clean and dry and is light bodied with medium carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this style but this is OK.

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

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
1.91/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

**
03/14/13
AROMA: Mild Barley, very weak.
LOOK: Light orange, no head.
TASTE: More Mild Barley, Grasses.
FEEL: light body
Pleasant enough to swig down a few. Nothing special though in terms of flavor.
**

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours kind of bland quickly, with an apple juice color and look, and almost no head at all within three minutes. Nose is faint brown caramel malt and yeast and a hint of citrus zest.

Taste is appropriately splashed with yeast and mild chocolate and caramel notes Texture is low on carbonation and relatively smooth.

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Photo of gruves33
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 rather run-of-the-mill craft amber.

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

Pours a pale amber color.
Smell is a sweet biscuit malt.
Taste follows the nose, malty, bready and slightly toasted.
Good example of a Vienna Lager.

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Photo of Wjcoffman
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth drinking beer. Great flavor with a taste of hops at the end.

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Photo of dtm426
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish amber, with a thick off white head. Rich, carmelly malts that give it a bready taste. It's got a little bit of a sweet taste like honey and faint fruit flavors (peach? pear?). It was a little watery and could have used some more carbonation. Not spectacular but easy to drink and pleasant.

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Cutlass (Amber Lager) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 30.8% out of 100 with 221 ratings
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