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RATINGS: 548   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6015) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Pours a ruddy amber with a tall tan head. Nose is malty and lightly spiced with some fair caramel sweetness coming out. Taste is mild bitterness with light spice and floral note coming out. The malt flavors and the caramel are a bit more subdued than in the aroma. Pretty decent taste nonetheless. Body is mild carbonation and is medium. Finish is sweeter with a bit of spice creeping through towards the end. Pretty good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1926) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Deep clear copper with full fluffy white head. Good lacing as well. Malty nose and flavor with a gentle but insistent bitterness throughout. Malt finish and aftertaste. A good example of the style. Sessionable. Some noble twang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Deep orange brown with medium head, good lacing. Sweet caramel malts, medium bodied. Some hops and burnt toast in the finish. Not a bad choice, but not overly interesting either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Deep amber body and tight off-white head. Bready, toasted malt, and light earthy hop nose. Munich malts come through prominently in the flavor and give this beer a rich, grape-like malt quality. A very decent oktoberfest, better than anticipated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (743) - 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.

   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 (6406) - 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.

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