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RATINGS: 546   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
canary dog (733) - 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 (1633) - 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 (1156) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 29, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep copper / reddish amber color, with a decent sized, sticky, white head. It slid back to a sticky film on top of the beer itself, and down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of fresh malts, yeasty, doughy bread, slight vanilla, and some kind of cooking spices. I can’t put my finger on which spice exactly, but it’s there all the same. Excellent clarity to this beer. It has to be filtered to get it this clear. Flavors are exactly the same as the aromas. Vanilla, malts, etc. Medium mouthfeel. Coats the tongue, but not cloying or heavy. Finishes on the sweet side. A decent beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2004
(tap) deep amber color... very carbonated, full of fall spices, esp. nutmeg... stong hints of cinnamon in the aftertaste... smooth and drinkable... me likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2004
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Dark amber color, moderate off-white head. Sweet, malty flavor - tastes almost like candy. Finish is clean and slightly hoppy. A good marzen.

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