Lemke10 (664) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When it comes to a decent Octoberfest, this beer is kind of in the middle of the bunch. It pours a medium amber color with a nice scent of spices that scream Octoberfest. It has a slight bitter taste that full of spice and yet smooth to drink. My only complaints are I think it’s a little too smooth needing more texture to it and the slight after taste it leaves.
Aniela (2300) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rattle & Hum NYC 2012.Clear dark amber beer with a big offwhite lacy head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Fruity, hoppy, sweet flavour with some candy notes.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good seasonal American Octoberfest. A malty charachter with some hops but not overwhelming. Slightly bitter finish.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear reddish brown. Aroma of rich malts. Taste is malt forward with a spicy dry bite at the finish. Similar to German style with a more bitter finish.
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superspak (2130) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; fits the style very well. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, pear, apple, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal hops. Minimal bitterness on the finish as expected; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, biscuit, toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance and complexity, but it was not as robust feeling as I was hoping from the aromas; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink as expected. Could have used a bit fuller flavor, but this was still a very good style representation. Definitely enjoyed this one.
kevinator (675) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average beer. Mild bready malt aroma. Nice dark apple cider color with foamy head. It looked like a big Germam beer in my mug. The taste was not strong but subtle. Malty and earthy with an occassional hop bitterness. Good refreshing beer but not very exciting.
fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not much aroma, good golden color. Clean, bright mouth feel. Surprised. Usually find lagers lacking, but enjoyed this one. Easy to drink with some depth. Slight breadiness that I liked. Would drink again.
ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Harpoon Octoberfest has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, and a clear, copper color with some streaming bubbles and not much lacing. The aroma is of sweet and sour brown bread, with sugar. Flavor is of sweet, sugary, brown bread, lightly bitter hops, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Harpoon Octoberfest finishes mostly dry, crisp, refreshing, and supremely drinkable. It’s a wonderful beer. RJT
Beerathon (889) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer looks and smells like what I envision an Oktoberfest beer is. I’m not a big marzen fan, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark ruby-tinted mahogany color with a thin beige head on top. The nose is pleasant with hints of floral tones, fresh bread, sweet caramel candies. Moderate carbonation that doesn’t get too spritzy. Smooth on the finish makes this one easy to drink.
Great flavors of caramel sweetness, mild toffee, crackers, bready flavors on the back end. All of these meld well make this one easy to drink. Tasty beer here that is a good representation by an American brewery. I wouldn’t mind having a sixer of this in the fridge each and every fall.