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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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The original German Oktoberfest was brewed with one celebratory festival in mind. Harpoon Octoberfest is brewed with TWO festivals in mind; our Octoberfests at our breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT. We love the style and it’s a great beer for the fall season. In true Octoberfest tradition, we threw our first festival here at the brewery in 1990. There were a couple thousand people here celebrating amidst the brewing tanks. We can’t quite fit everyone in the actual brewery now – last year nearly 18,000 revelers attended our Boston Octoberfest and nearly 7,000 joined us at our brewery in Vermont the following weekend. Prost!

Harpoon Octoberfest is a malty tribute to fall, balanced by a gentle hop bitterness. In keeping with tradition, it is a Marzen-style beer, brewed with abundant quantities of Munich, Chocolate, and Pale malts. Those malts provide a solid, full body and create the beer’s deep color. It is a rich, flavorful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seth_lfod (323) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2013
From the bottle. Smell is bready, caramel, spices, and slight Euro hops. Taste is a bot roasty malts, no hop presence, and again a pretty clean beer with nothing memorable to comment on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Aroma is bread/malts, berries and a small hint of spice. The flavor is berries/raspberries, malts, mild sweetness and a mix of smooth and tart in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle, enjoy by 12/15/13. Nose is crackery, roasty with light hop spice. Pours beautiful amber-orange with a sudsy tan head. Taste is sweet with light bitterness that picks up to medium as the roast increases, a little charred chocolate/caramel malt with Munich, of course, nutty, dank hop spice, crisp medium body with a touch of astringency at the far margin, light herbal in the tumbling malt swish and lighter citrus. Very pleasant, very unlike most Märzen and Oktoberfestbiere, but autumnal and repeatable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BoostIPA (1184) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber, almost read. Puffy off-white head that lasts a while. Nutty and malty aroma. Taste is malt forward, sweet. Pretty meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbopslt (343) - New York, USA - SEP 13, 2013
On tsp at Rom Blacks Beer Hall. More of an Irish Red. Clear amber pour. Minimal head that doesn't linger. Average taste for a red. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear brown color with a moderate off-white bubbly head on it. Nose has a nice mix of caramel and toasty malts to it, which dominate the aroma. Taste has a nice bit of toasting to it and strikes a nice balance, being neither too sweet nor too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2013
SA fuge bottle. Really nice bronze and copper colored pour with a bubbly white head. Pleasant caramel malt aroma. Pretty classic festbier taste with sweet malt and a hint of spice and honey. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (655) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured clear, dark amber with a nice off white head. Strong malty aroma, some caramel and some yeast. Taste is very consistent, malts; caramel sweetness, some fruit notes and a very slight hoppiness towards the end. Nice, very drinkable beer, nice representation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 24, 2013
Aroma of nuts and sweet malt. Beautiful clear amber appearance with a puffy beige head. Taste of a hint of the willamette hops and a smooth malt sweetness. Nice octoberfest...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Imaena (1789) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
GCB: Typical Harpoon. Macro and cheap but better than bud. I would get this again at this price point.

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