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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (2779) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a caramel-amber body with a slightly creamy white film of a head. Carbonation seen rising. The smell had mild hops with some caramel malts. The taste was sweet through the malts, not as balanced as I would have hoped. The palate sat about a light to medium, slightly creamy, sessionable, no aftertaste or finish. Overall, good for the style, decent to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 23, 2014
Very nice but quite watery as many of this brewery ones. NIce lager hints and not so much an Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (4182) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. very average oktoberfest style. caramel malt and light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1276) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Yet another malty, bland & just blah beer. I’m not a huge octoberfest fan. They are drinkable which I suppose is their point for existence but just not complex or memorable. The orange/reddish pour is kinda cool tho. This one is ok & pretty much like all the rest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bierkrug (2132) - - FEB 6, 2014
355 ml bottle from Crown in Pompano Beach, Florida. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, spice and nuts. Taste is roasted malts and spices. Palate is a bit too spicy for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TATE (372) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick off white head with lots of lacing. Citrus aroma. Flavor is lighter than I was expecting. Fruity up front with a bit of alcohol that seems to come through though alcohol is not high. This quickly replaced by a light hop bite. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours a strong amber color (darker than a typical Marzen). Appears to be clear. Very nice head, rocky and thick. Modest ring lace given the froth. Malty with a strong cream (slightly soured) aroma. Drier than I expected given the smell. Still, it’s a malty and thick brew. Nice finishing hop in the swallow which continues through the short-lived aftertaste. The body is rich, but has a high level of carbonation. Overall, I’d say this is a good beer with some nice departures from the typical Octoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a brown color with a small head. the aroma is chocolate and bready. the taste is very similar and i enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Swamp_Thing (44) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Did I get a bad six-pack? Undated bottle from Total Wine. Bland, reminds me of a Michelob more than anything. Malty, watery. I’m giving the other 5 bottles to my friends that enjoy Miller Lite - not kidding - I think they will like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bellco33 (487) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Poured from bottle into a pint glass: Pours redish brown with a one-finger white head. I love the color. Aroma is roasted, nutty, and sweet smelling. Taste is roasted, nicely balanced malt with a little bit of hop. Not overly sweet, tastes a little nutty / bitter on the back end. Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation, it’s a pretty nice beer, especially for a marzen.

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