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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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!

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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9735) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
On tap. Poured a medium mahogany with a smaller head. Aroma and tastes of caramel, breads and light hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Nice ruby color with a sweet malty aroma. Mildly fizzy mouthfeel with a smooth, sweet malty flavor that slides down very easily. The taste isn’t overly strong. The hops are noticible in the aftertaste as they linger on the tongue.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2004
A lager yes, but not a Marzen. Malty dark lager that is on the fruity side. Not very smooth or clean

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is kind of a light grapefruit and chocolate combination. More on the hoppy side than expected. Pours a transparent orangish-copper color without much head. Caramel in the taste but not as noticeable or as sweet as you would expect. Has a moderate bitter finish. More bitter than most Oktoberfests as the smell indicates. Kind of makes me think of a 50/50 mixture of an Oktoberfest and a pale ale. Not all that characteristic of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Dark orange color with reddish touches on the edge. Textbook nose of maltiness. Flavors are nice. Sweet malt, with a touch of earthy hops. Not overly sweet, either. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
This is a decent marzen. Pours copper, with aroma and taste of malt, caramel/toffee, and a firm, smooth finish. I also noted some grapey and almond flavors along the way.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Poured a brownish copper color with a small off white head and no lacing. Spicy sweet malt aroma. Malts backed by light citrus and a light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Brown color with decent sized tan head. Taste was more malty than anything else, almost to the point of being too sweet. Chocolate is all over the place. Man, I’m not in the mood for a candy bar right now.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Bottle - Poured a reddish/copper color with very little whitish head and fairly low carbonation. Very nice malty brew with a slightly bitter hop finish. A very good drinkable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Head pours nice, good aroma. Fruit & hops are apparent. Taste of mild hops and very malty. Nice beer!


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