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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TATE (307) - 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 (530) - 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 (255) - 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 (38) - 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 (389) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
trapped (905) - New York City, TURKEY - OCT 22, 2013
Drought. Amber color with small beige foamy head, bread aroma, slightly bitter metallic taste, medium carbonation, abrupt finish. A bit disappointing with its taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeebopToledo (22) - - OCT 12, 2013
Wonderful brown color, thin head. Chocolate malts are a little too much for a VMO in my opinion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle.Amber with small off white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Light body with caramel and roasted malt notes with some malt sweetness. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. Clear copper in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bread and a slight astringency. Sweet caramel flavor with a slight pear character, giving way to a dry roasty and bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (956) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head which fades to a few splotches. Some streaks of lacing on the glass. Lots of caramel noticable in the aroma along with the unmistakable aroma of German hops. A little roast in there too. The caramel malt really jumps out in the taste along with the bit of chocolate malt that is used. Earthy hops are very in your face as is the bitterness which is quite a bit higher than in other Marzens I have had. Sweetness is held in check nicely with just a touch of stickyness and lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is definitely an "Americanized" verison of the style but I quite like it. A little more bitterness and roast and it works very nicely.

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