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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voodoo (532) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours a clear chestnut brown with a dense off white head which lingers......aroma is sweetness, spicy notes......taste is flavorful, crisp, dry, slight spiciness......well built.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (788) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2014
DATE TASTED: September 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker...OCCASION: soccer weekend #1--a success... APPEARANCE: nice, dark amber body that supports a healthy, two-finger off-white head--creamy and frothy, and settles well; lacing is scarce .. AROMA: toasted malts compliment the cold rain outside; some bread, but the flowery hops round the malts to a more balanced fest than expected... PALATE: reasonably smooth and pleasant to drink; a bit chewy for a fest--an attribute of differentiation ...TASTE: malts are more sugary than what the aroma suggests; a bit of caramel and oats late; hops are balancing and lightly floral...OVERALL: stands out from other fests by performing a pleasant balancing act...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CharmCityCrab (231) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Caramel sweet mix of malts countered by roasted malts and some mild hops. Pretty standard Octoberfest. Better than the low-end stuff like the Yuengling Oktoberfest, the Ourtoberfest thing from Magic Hat a couple years ago that didn’t meet the style, that really off tasting Lienkengels Octoberfest from years ago that had no carbonation, or the horrid Shiner Oktoberfest, but still a notch or two below my favorite reasonably priced Octoberfest, Sam Adams. I think the Sam brings a bit more malt diversity. This is a little simpler, but not bad. Got it on sale at a great price. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up if you’re in the mood for this great style on a fall day and the price is right or the pickings are slim, but, if it’s between this and the Sam Adams version at a similar price, I’d go for the Sammy. I just happened to find this for much less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2075) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Poured a dark copper color with off white head. Aroma I malty light breadiness. The flavor is lighter than I anticipated. Not as malty as you think for an octoberfest. Has a slight spice in the front follows by bread. Overall decent and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1329) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Copper color , medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread. Malty taste with caramel and hoppy notes . Decent marzen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (697) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Chan, dark copper with quickly vanishing tan head. Toasted bread, wet pavement, light vanilla and melted caramel candies. Reserved. Taste follows nose, with a little more umph. Earthy tea notes. Crisp, with light body. Slightly sweet on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (4880) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Beer Culture in New York September 2013. Malty caramel aroma fills the nose. Sweetness in the flavour is also good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
It has a thick and foamy beige head over a dark orange amber colored body with good clarity. The head has good retention and slowly fades to thin covering leaving nice slick lacing that slides down the glass as I sip. Its aroma is creamy sweet and malty with some toasted caramel notes and mild leafy hops. The flavor has wonderful toasted notes with sweet creamy caramel and mild spicy/leafy hops. Hop bitterness is mild throughout but picks in the finish and fades off the tongue slowly. It has a smooth and creamy texture that is just slightly sick with good balanced carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8254) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12 oz bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, caramel, earthy hops, some mild fruity notes, grass, pretty basic Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (2387) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt mainly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more malt character.

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