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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

Description
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.


3.1
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.3
   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.

2.6
   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.

2.8
   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

3.2
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.3
   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...

2.8
   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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