Cutlass Vienna-Style Lager | Heavy Seas Beer

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Cutlass Vienna-Style LagerCutlass Vienna-Style Lager
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Cutlass Vienna-Style LagerCutlass Vienna-Style Lager

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Cutlass (Amber Lager)

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

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of jbexphys
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

i really feel like people overlook heavy seas beers because they all seem to have been around so long, like old news, folks always chasing the new, but i was impressed with the mix pack we got recently, liked all the beers in here, remember that they are famous for a reason. this is a solid amber lager here, built with rich but not too heavy vienna and crystal malts, simple beer really, but flavorful from the grain, balanced by a robust bready lager yeast with a drying tendency that makes this real drinkable, and with nice carbonation, a really pretty classic rendering of a style that doesnt often do a whole lot for me, but this one really is solid. a little nuts and honey and granola sort of vibe to it, earthy and full, toasted and warming without being filling, some minerals in the finish, not overly complex but real drinkable for its color and malt structure. its a shame beers like this are being looked past now, almost like relics of early craft beer rather than still relevant players, but i liked this recently and would happily drink more of it if i had it...

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks just like a light beer, lol, smell is light and not hoppy at all. Taste is sweet, crisp and pleasant to drink. The feel is light as well. Overall a solid easy drinking brew, but a little light for the style

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Photo of jr5639
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good.. I'm a big fan of Vienna Style Lagers and this doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into my corvette pilsner-style glass from a 12oz bottle.

look: dark golden color, very bubbly, short off-white-ish head that quickly formed into a nice little cap. minimal lacing.

smell: yeasty, a bit like hay, earthy and herbal. a little bit bready.

taste: earthy, herbal, slightly toast-y. a tiny bit of sweetness. reminds me almost of a pilsner. ever so slightly hoppy. not a lot of complexity to this beer.

feel: goes down super smooth. well carbonated. very crisp and clean.

overall: a good beer, but i'm not a huge fan. it's a nice crisp lager with a good flavor, but it isn't my preferred style. for what it is, though, it's pretty good.

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Photo of AaronB77
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper with little (no) head; beer is smooth and drinkable. Slightly sweet but not overbearing. Zero hint of hops. Overall, not a bad Vienna style malt, but not a stand-out either. Disclaimer: I’m an IPA fan, trying to branch out.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a sucker for these nautically-themed beers since I am retired U.S. Navy sailor. That, plus I am acquaintances with both owner Hugh Sisson and head brewer Chris Leonard.

From the bottle: "Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Vienna, and Munich malts, this amber lager boasts a toasted, biscuity flavor, perfectly balanced with Noble hops yielding a well rounded, smooth drinking beer."; "Clean Water Fund [-] A portion of the proceeds from each case of beer we sell goes to help, a national organization dedicated to protecting the quality of the water we drink and the water we use to brew. Can't make great beer without clean water! Funds from the sale of this beer go back to the region where it was purchased."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention that left behind some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced biscuitiness along with a light honey-like sweetness and a moderate grassiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very biscuity, but slightly sweet and partially earthy with a light grassiness. It put me in mind of summers at my maternal grandmother's house where she would bake biscuits & drizzle them with honey while my grandfather mowed the lawn. Mmm. I was surprised that others in the style include Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Great Lakes Elliot Ness & Dos Equis as all of them are much sweeter than this. Finish was semi-dry and highly refreshing. I would prefer this one to some/many of the others.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ffshore545
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mthomp081
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Golfontap
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Cutlass Vienna-Style Lager from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 234 ratings