canary dog (733) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad, although not nearly as good as the Sam Adams version. Fruitier than most beers of this style.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber color, clear with thick creamy head. Nice toasty flavor, hints of spice, chocolate, and light hops.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap) deep amber color... very carbonated, full of fall spices, esp. nutmeg... stong hints of cinnamon in the aftertaste... smooth and drinkable... me likey.
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.