1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
no discernable aroma, not sweet at all, little detectable flavor, very bitter finish. Frankly, this is not good and not what I have come to expect from this brewery. I see they are cotnracting to Utica. Quality control problem?
MaBeer1972 (1341) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very decent Oktoberfest from Harpoon. Nice malty aroma and flavor. Easy drinking, but very flavorful. The finish is nice, not even a hint of stickiness.
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet caramel aroma too it with a malty hint to it. Poured a deep orange color with a white head that faded too fast. The inital taste was mildly sweet finishing with a pleasnant hoppy bite. It was much better then i expected.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet aroma and taste. Dark orange with good head. Old rating: A nice Oktoberfest.
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper in color, pretty decent soft head, great malt flavors, very well balanced, excellent marzen style brew
legion242 (2223) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Russet colored; Average head. Good burnt malt profile. Sweetness held in check. Strong bananas to start.
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not the usual quality from Harpoon. Wierd mish mash of flavors that don’t add up to an Octoberfest style. Needs to be less bitter and more of a malty sweetness.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty flavor with some german hops. Nice color and head. Stands up to many of the best Octoberfests. I had this right after having a Paulaner and it wasnt too much different- only Paulaner had amore smooth sweeter maltiness to it. Still good though.
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too much hoppiness and not nearly enough maltiness. This beer is watery, with a mostly uninteresting flavor. It tastes like they took their IPA and mixed a little bit of someone else’s oktoberfest into it.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 This is just OK. The finish is smooth, but the beer is pretty unflavorful in general. It is still somewhat bitter and a too sweet for an Octoberfest. But lately I’ve been disappointed with this style of beer this year. I’m hoping someone does better next year.