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Harmons Special Ale (Oktoberfest)


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An Oktoberfest style brew - Big malty flavor, nice warning finish, made with all German malts.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6697) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Harmon Restaurant, pours hazy golden orange. Aroma of grains, wheat and caramel. Flavour is hop-heavy, with caramel malt, grains and some fruitiness. Not bad.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, sweat, caramel, mustiness, and some pumpkin. Flavor is fruity (pineapple & strawberry), malty, and somewhat sour. Lightly acidic finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Bottle. Nose is sour; body is a nice orange/amber with a foamy head. The flavor reminded me very much of soy sauce. It is salty, tart, and lactic. Finish leaves a sour taste like spoiled milk.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Very curious. The first whiff strikes me of "Belgian ale"!...grape, pumpkin, pie spices, bubblegum, sweetness, and alcohol. The flavor had a more watermelon, Kool-aid, cherry, moderately lactic quality. Moderate dry, German bitter finish. There was a rich color, hazy amber/golden, with a good off-white ring of head. So what it doesn’t fit my idea of an Oktoberfest? At the same time it is a highly unique beer--this is brewed in a culture of creativity. I want to try more Harmon’s brews, as it has a Junior Varsity Hair of the Dog quality for cutting across styles in interesting ways.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2005
pours a cloudy copper color with a thinnish white head. pumpkin and caramel aroma and a touch of grape fruitiness. some kind of melon here in the flavor. a watery sour salt lactic and watermelon. highly acidic. the flavors do not mix well. the fruit flavors are out of place, the yeast with a sour sweat flavor is not good. this is not an oktoberfest.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2518) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a hazy light redish amber with a foamy off white head and chunky sticky lacing. Aromas are a sweet maltyfruity note. Flavors are a woody sweet malty. Slightly bitter finish. Very soft carbonation and a woody slightlky bitter aftertaste. Thanks to Horftydorkenherf for sharin this one

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle pours reddish amber, favoring the red side, large bubbley off-white head, light carbonation, with very attractive lacing.   Malts and sweet biscuits on the nose.   Cloying sweetmeal cookie flavor, with a good dose of malts on the tongue.   Seems fairly heavy for an Marzen.   Imperial Marzen maybe?   Good body and mouthfeel, but somewhat cloying.   Finishes sweet, malty, and definitely biscuity.   A bit too heavy for my taste, but still enjoyable in small quantities.



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