Leviathan - Uber-Bock
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German Bock
3.52 | pDev: 11.93%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple bottles of this squirreled away for a while now. Thought I'd reviewed it previously but I guess not. Majority of the reviews are >18 months ago, with only one review in the past year, so it seems like this one flew right by like a flash in the pan. Not currently listed on their website either. Huh. I wonder if they'll make it again. Hopefully they will after reading this review.

12oz single, code 109, served room temp in a tulip.

A: A hard pour puts up 2 fingers of spongy light orange-tan head atop the crystal clear cherry red brew. Head fades to a single layer of persistent bubbles and a healthy meniscus hugging the glass, then gradually disappears completely. No lace.

S: Sweet candy sugariness with a lot of complexity. Up very high in the nose it has a really sharp honeycomb edge, very prominent. Then some light malt sweetness mixed with cherry candy forming the body of it. Malt starch/ body is felt in the nose more than it is smelled. Tiny hints of Robitussin-type EtOH and liccorice.

T: Very very smooth and subdued flavors. Candied cherries, coconut cream, tobacco, finishing with mild spearmint, liccorice, more tobacco, and mixed herbs. Really complicated but hard to describe, I could throw up a dozen more descriptors but not be at all confident in any of them. Wish I had a case of this to explore and study it more fully.

M: Nice viscosity without being thick, very well-balanced, soft silky carbo. EtOH very well hidden. So damn smooth, wow.

D: Super silky smooth and soft, wow. Pretty sure I remember this one being a little rough and unrefined before, when I cellared it 1+yr ago, but it has aged extremely well. Sure wish I had stashed away more of it. Only got 1 bottle left after this one.

Lot of reviews mention harshness and excessive alcohol, and that seems to jive with my memory of this brew. But boy, did that ever work itself out with some patience and aging! Phenomenal brew at this point.

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a nice, translucent deep orange / copper tone yielding 1" of off-white / beige head. retention is middling as it dissipates fairly quickly into a think cap, collar around the glass. lacing in patches. nose is decent if somewhat unremarkable, led by a wallop of sweet malt; secondary notes of apple and a floral / herbal character.

more of the same translates to the flavor. sweet and malty with the apple and floral / herbal pulling through. boozy kick to the finish. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'd say this is an above average offering, though not by much. fully quaffable, but definitely not my favorite from the leviathan series.

(originally reviewed: 05-10-2011)

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber, little carbonation and one finger head

S-Sweet malt, some roasted malt and even a little bit of alcohol.

T-Bread and buttery malt, alcohol is no longer present and there is some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, smooth but lacking in carbonation.

O-A nice Bock, very sweet at the tip of the tongue. However the alcohol is the nose is a drawback.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: pours a crystal cleae light golden color with a slight reddish hie, a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours witj two fingers of pure white head that is creamy and lingers for a decent time, leaves minimal lacing
S: Citrus and fruit sweetness along with a bit of depth from a maple syrup like note
T: begins with a nice depth then kicks into a taste I would compare to apple cider, apple like taste lingers on the palate
M: medium carbonation, leaves a dry but crisp taste on the palate which once again I would compare to apple cider
O: a nice brew, no hint of the 9%. She drinks nice

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Photo of steve8robin
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle for Christmas. 12oz bottle...

A: A clear, filtered, medium redish orange with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to small bubbles atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get a nice sweet bready malt scent upfront. Almost a mild cherry scent in the back. Ok.

T: I get a sweet malt quickly subdued by a bready rye in the middle. An oatmeal type taste towards the backend with a mild booze bite on the very end. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A malty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Very smooth drinker. I have not had too much from the style, but this is a very smooth mainstream version. Try if you like a smooth bock.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a decent sized head, sticks around for awhile, no lacing whatsoever though and fades away so that no cap is left.

Something is off with the aroma, the first thought I have is vegetables, I've had this happen with a few beers (such as Gubna, which is a different style), the byproduct to cause this aroma is not unpleasant but it's just not right for a beer, behind the aroma of green bell peppers is some caramel malt, no real hop aroma to speak of but that is expected for once.

Taste fortunately is lacking in the vegetable department, starts out with caramel malt front which is the predominant flavor, some fruity esters come into play, the strength is surprisingly well hidden, decent creamy mouthfeel.

There are a few things off about this beer which is disappointing since I'm a fan of Bocks and have enjoyed most of the other Leviathan series beers. Things started off wrong with the aroma and just couldn't impress with the taste.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a decent head but dies to a thin layer of bubbles. Good ring lace on the glass. Deep amber color and crystal clear.

Earthy and mildly sweet with a caramel aroma. Attractive.

A good combination of sweet with a bitter hop kicker. Rich like a bock should be. The carbonation is low, almost flat. The alcohol presence is very subtle. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of malted sugars and peppery hop.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flown back to HI from NY.

A - light amber, one finger head that fades quicklky..

S - deep malt, alcoholic, some citrus/hop

T/M - bit chewy, as a bock it's feels within character with the alcohol actually well hidden, want to use the word sandwhichy to describe the taste...bready but not much depth

O - definitely drinkable and decent but nothing to write home about. worth a try

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Photo of nitrotron
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a: bright copper with thin head.

s: peppery phenolics are abrupt. Followed by some harsh alcohol which only acentuates the phenolics. A great bready malt aroma with some dried fruit hints (dates)

t: Again the peppery phenolics is overpowering & distracting. There is a fair amount of malt behind it. I get bready/crust malt flavors. Some caramel. Hop bitterness at the end. The hop bitterness should balance the malt, but I think it's a little too much hop bitterness... but I could be getting some of the bitterness from phenolics.

m. Medium body with high carbonation. The aftertaste was well balanced for a bock, not coyingly sweet.

o: There is a bock in the background. The malt flavors were good. However, I think there was some flaws with the yeast. Particularly the phenolics are out of place for a bock. Although bocks have a fair amount of alcohol, there was a harshness to the alcohol, particularly the aroma. This again points the yeast & fermentation.

I feel the bock should be a clean, smooth, aloholic brew that exihibits malt complexity. The yeast/fermentation took away the from the clean/smooth. If brewer worked on that, it would be much improved.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow fruit and candy sugar, still lager like too. In the taste, candy sugar dryness and a small fruit and lager-ish flavor all the way through. A candy sugar bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruity candy sugar in the aftertaste. Bigger and OK, but bit too much candy sugar.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pilsner glass this beer was the color of an old penny. It had a small white head.

Sweet malt aroma. Peppery spice. Not that aromatic.

Strong caramel malt taste. Kind of peppery. Again, not that tasty. More malt than anything else.

A unidimensional beer. Malt and not much else.

Quick buzz.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of all the Harpoon beers the only series I've really been a fan of was the Leviathan series.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with a bit of lacing, over crystal clear amber orange color.

Nose has lots of malt aromas, some wheat, dark wheats, lager malts, lots of fruits from the yeast with apple, apricot, etc. sweet malts, light syrupy aromas.

Taste has sweet malts, toasty and light caramel syrup, more fruits with apple, apricot, etc, a light boozy ester flavor, some phenols and bandaid as well, the booze gets a bit heavy and hot, the first time I think I've gotten off flavors from a Leviathan series beer, sweet syrupy malts, some darker wheats, also comes some bitterness, light earthy and herbal hops, bit plasticy almost, chewy as well. Finishes still semi sweet and sticky, a bit bitter, some fruits as well, and dark wheats and syrups.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, syrupy though.

Overall not great, has some iffy flavors, off flavors as well with phenols and esters, some herbal bitter flavors I'm not a huge fan of as well, and sticky sweet. Overall the worst of all the Leviathan beers so far, not terrible, but not good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color with a dense cap of off-white head. Retention is damn good and lacing nice as well.

Nose is caramel and toffee malts with a candy-esque sweetness. The alcohol is surprisingly tame, but still some tropical fruit lets you know the ABV is up there.

Taste is pretty damn sweet, lighter than caramel, but not quite sugary either....lets go with burnt Karo syrup. Nutty, toffee maltiness is interesting, but I would not go so far as pleasant. Little bit of dry bitterness on the finish, alcohol probably more accountable than hops. There is a strange vegetal flavor I am getting that is not all that cool. I can see why this is not a doppelbock, it just doesnt have the malt backing and body for it. Im not really a big fan of this, the Leviathan series is about 50/50 for me...the half I do like I think are spectacular though, like the Triticus and Quad. One thing they always are is interesting, so I say carry on Harpoon, carry on.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uber-Bock, one of the latest releases (April 2011) in Harpoon's Leviathan series, begins with an incredibly yeasty, malty aroma that smells much like the inside of a brewery, where the air is filled with the scent of delicious boiling malts. Added to this is a lovely rising bread dough smell, rounded out by hints of apricot and orange.

On the tongue, the beer is very sugary, with orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters bouncing around. These are joined by a good smattering of Grape Nuts-like cereal grains and toast. Subtle hops add a citrusy bitterness, helping to balance the sugars. The aftertaste is a lighter version of the main mouthful, with a greater portion of yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good bock, and certainly evidences a great amount of care on Harpoon's part: the flavors are huge, and the result is delicious. My only concerns are that, at times, the beer can get slightly too yeasty for my tastes, and there is a hint of a vodka-like alcohol tinge at the edges.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack on Saturday, 23JUL11 ($10.99) and later proceeded to enjoy a couple of bottles whilst laxin' out in the 'Zebo... Question: Why does the label say "ale" on it? Another stupid ATF quirk?

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass... This 'Poon offering wasa bright, clear copper color, with steady, dispersed carbo floating surfacewards. Head was short, tan and creamy, ebbed quickly yet still covered the brew. hardly any lacing was left, though. Aroma was rich, malty and syrupy sweet, like brown bread baking during the holidays. Feel was solidly smooth, with a medium body.

More solid malt hit the palate, with some caramel and toffee and a touch of treacle. This one has a pleasantly satisfying amount of malts, yet the finish presented an offsetting bit of floral bitterness in an attempt at balancing things. Clean and solid, 'Poon Uber-bock was well received over the last weekend... Prosit!!

4 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of burnstar
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty clear copper with a big head. Nice lacing on the surface throughout. Smell initially is grassy hops. Actually a very generic beer smell. Surprising for this beer. But after taking a sip I'm getting a little more caramel smell. Taste is pretty nice- balanced with a nice sweet maltiness and herbal/grassy hoppiness. Yeah it's sweet but not so sweet as to be a negative. I think the real problem is the mouthfeel, which is pretty bad. I feel like this is very under-carbonated. Somehow it poured with a big head but half-way through it seems like there's no carbonation. Too heavy and syrupy. Overall this beer is all over the place. In summation it's okay. It has a nice flavor but the mouthfeel kills it. Honestly this beer is making me appreciate the mouthfeel category here on beeradvocate more than ever before. Very necessary, it turns out- as this beer tastes nice but the mouthfeel kills it.

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Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden-amber body with a small creamy white head. Retention is low and a small pillow survives. No lace in sight as the foam on the beer dies out completely.

S- I dunno why but this reminds me of light oak in aroma, odd. I also get the yeast spice, clove, straw, raisins and dark fruit.

T- Sweet raisin and dark fruit lead off with clove, banana, straw and caramel following. Some spicy and floral hops for certain. Alcohol kicks in later on.

MF- Light end body with a slick sweet feel to it. Carbonation is a bit low and alcohol warmth finishes it off with slight bitterness.

A very strong bock as they advertise. The strength of the sweetness and alcohol take away from this one for me, a spice attack as well.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Leviathan Über-Bock is a very clear amber lager with a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly. It has a malty aroma with notes of bread and lemon. It's pretty full bodied and prickly on the tongue. The finish is a bit watery and it leaves the mouth a little sticky. It's sweet and malty. It gets sweeter as the taste goes on. I taste melanoids, lemon and black pepper. It's a little warming but the sweetness is more prominent than the alcohol. This is a sturdy lager with no glaring faults.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a deep amber hue in the body with a fine khaki tinted thicket of head, light tan creamy texture head floats about three fingers worth above the russet amber body. Nose at first sniff has an air of fruitiness with some fresh grains interwoven, a big show of malt. Actually reminds me of being in malt rooms at different breweries a very nice cereal nose with accented dark fruits, minimal hops showing early. Flavor is a really nice display of specialty malt sweetness, some raisin/caramelized sugars interplaying with some breadiness and a bit of ripened banana. Booze in the back end but upfront it's just a nice malt monster, that should gain some respect from other German style brewers. A definite American hybrid amped up bock that actually flies well, underlying hop burps are herbal and a bit earthy...just solid big beer that doesn't completely rape and pillage your palate. Mouthfeel is big bodied but not cloyingly so, it's a nice gentle giant with a hint of harshness from the minimal booze detected. Malt laiden on the palate but I wouldn't say this one ever reaches the realm of cloying, it's more like a slow bubbled carbonation in a big bodied beer. Overall a great malty beer that compares to Sierra Nevada's recent big bock bier, comes from a similar vein without being a knockoff, actually different to brew a bigger malt addition offering without an explosion of alpha hops...it's amazing how beer this good is now off the beaten path.

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Photo of DrJay
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery orange with a short cap of fine off-white foam. Fair head retention, a bit of sticky lacing. Malty aroma, cereal grain and some sweetness, fairly clean but with some alcohol and a hint of fruit, buttery caramel and light hops. Caramel sweetness up front followed by grainy, sugary notes and alcohol in the finish. Slightly fruity with bitterness lurking just underneath the malts. Hints of marshmallow and hops. Decent texture, full bodied with lowish carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth. Overall, it was alright. A little hotter than I would have liked, but I did enjoy some of the malt character.

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Photo of crusian
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from Central market, and 25% off to boot!!
pours with a tiny bit of head, 1/4 of a finger or less even. it is a caramelized reddish color with a lot of lacing despite the little head.
a lot of malt on the nose, and by malt this time I mean the malt in a chocolate malted, or the inside of a malt ball.... some caramel malt sweetness and booze.
taste is very wheaty, with cinnamon and booze on the finish. aftertaste of wheat is pretty strong too. I just had a flash of childhood when I chewed on raw wheat, that was weird. I get a bit of the malt ball on the taste too, but not as strong as the nose.
mouthfeel is not as thick as I was expecting. I honestly was expecting the beer camp hefe thickness on this, but it remains a nice thin springtime beer.
I am a little disappointed in this one from the leviathan series though. I have come to expect a lot out of these, and this one was disappointing. It is a nice beer to sip on in the spring, but it was just meh for me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crisp, bright copper color, one fingered head, moderate carbonation. The head eventually dies down to an even layer and leaves a thick lacing around the edge.

S - Grainy, earthy, minimal sweet caramel...this is one weird smelling beer. It's hard to compare this to the style since it's so over the top.

T - Somewhat grainy (in a German kind of way), malty, slightly floral, fusel alcohol permeates in the background, somewhat earthy, subdued roasted caramel toffee.

M - Thick, big bodied, sticky finish on the lips.

O - I love the Leviathan Series but this one isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of beals
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear copper, with a thin white head that rapidly disappeared. minimal lacing. pleasant color - nice looking beer, though i wish the head had stuck around.

S: grainy bread, faint hops (floral? earthy? hard to tell), and a touch of sweet caramel. a bit of alcohol. this one is subtle on the nose. smells crisp and clean.

T: taste is the opposite of the smell -- heavy and rich. very sweet. where were all these flavors in the aroma? dark fruits and bread, a little spicy. finish is a bit bitter. alcohol is well-hidden by the sweetness. zero hops.

M: full-bodied, chewy, sticky, with carbonation that releases after a few moments on the tongue. would like this one to finish cleaner than it does.

O: had to refer to the BJCP style guidelines on this one, since i don't drink a lot of Maibocks. seems the issues i had with the beer were contrary to the style -- should have had more of a head, should have been more attenuated, and should have had more of a hop presence (not a ton, but more than zero).

don't get me wrong -- i know i sound down on this one, but with a few tweaks, this could be a very good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is copper and clear with a white head, some lacing, the head breaks and pulls toward the walls of the glass. Moderate to low carbonation.

Beer smells like malt, some grainy bitterness, some yeast character, mildly floral.

First, beer is super thin, big disappointment. Mildly alcoholic, bready, grainy acidity in the back, odd beer overall. Not a great example in my opinion. I won't have it again.

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Photo of John_M
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid amber color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is kind of odd, showing cardboard, cherry cough drop and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but good God this is one sweet beer. The alcohol is up there as well, and coupled with the sweetness, this is pretty hard to take. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, incredibly sweet and alcoholic finish.

Not sure what to say, other than this is one beer I won't be ordering again. Uggghhh....

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