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RATINGS: 549   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle. Crisp clear copper color. Aroma is malty and spicy, and more pronounced than the flavor. The flavor isn’t anything to write home about. It’s mostly hoppy and dry, with hints of malt and caramel. (Caramel gets more pronounced as it warms) Dry and sweet finish. Overall, it’s decent, but I don’t think I’ll run out and buy a sixer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle pours a clear vibrant copper, medium sized foamy off-white head, sticky lacing, with strong carbonation.   Sweet malty aroma, slight graininess, with minor notes of melon.   Slight sweet malty flavor, with some grass and light fruit (apple/pear) tinges.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Slightly bitter on the finish... malt doesn’t seem to carry through all the way.   Tiz okay, but many other better examples exist.   Thanks goes out to Jah Noth for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Medium amber color, off white head. Fuller malt prescence, some caramel and toffee, slightly toasty, with mild bitterness. Light to medium body does the trick. Pretty tasty but not the best by any stretch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
canary dog (745) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Not too bad, although not nearly as good as the Sam Adams version. Fruitier than most beers of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Bottle. Brown, clear color. Healthy, attractive head. Aroma is malty and has a sugar overtone. Flavor is similar to aroma with a bit of caramel and dextrose. All in all, watery, and one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Dark almond and chocolate brown with a half inch of tan head off the tap. Interesting aromas -- milk chocolate, roasted malts, a little dusty. The aromas are borne out by the flavors, smoky and sweet at the same time. Enough hop to really carry the beer, which is richer than most Oktoberfests. Lively on the palate, not overly carbonated, and smooth. Overall, a great beer for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Good glassy amber with a decent sized head. Aroma is pleasurable sweet malts, hint of bananna and lemon. The flavor is nothing to special, somewhat light malt complex and no real bite to it. The palate is smooth and buttery with a tad bit of crisp carbonation in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1164) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A solid Octoberfest and one of the better Harpoon offerings. The malt character is there and the hops balance well. Very drinkable with a mildly spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Medium amber color, clear with thick creamy head. Nice toasty flavor, hints of spice, chocolate, and light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
bottle. Nice reddish color, nice head. Smells bready. Tastes like a good Oktoberfest to me. Description says sweet and yeah, it is a little, but not too much

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