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RATINGS: 530   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 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8246) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5487) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
This is definitely a beer that eats like a meal. Lots of malt backbone, that is very nice, has a slight bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and enjoyable, which is more than I can say about most of their beers. Finishes with just a slight bit of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 2003 bottle. Deep amber-brown/mahogany, wavy and has some yellow tones. Good off-white head that lasts long. Smells lightly hopped, slightly tart and a touch of roast. Begins with a big slightly syrupy malt, that is chewy and lightly nutty. Body is a satisfying medium. Moderately carbonated. Finish has a big hops flavor for it. More so than traditional for the style I would think, as this one is not overly malted. But the hops taste fresh. Warming up, it gets sweeter, lightly chocolatey. I thought it much better than average.(7/4/7/4/16) 2004 bottle. Not quite as decent as I remembered. More watery, some fruity hops and a very dry malt. Light caramel/mild chocolate sweetness on the finish. Color, aside from being filtered, still looks impressive. (6/4/6/2/11)

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