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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Draught. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, pine). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly metallic. A paint-by-numbers American-hopped Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Bottled. Nothing special here. Tasted like any other oktoberfest. Did have a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Lovely red/brown color. Light on the malt and a bit more hops than I'd expect (still not has hoppy as the Sierra Nevada O-fest)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a medium white, frosty head. Descent malty tasting brew with hints of chocolate and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2003
This is one of my favorites. Not quite true to style ( little heavy on the hops) more like an ale, but a damn good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Not enough malt/body too this beer! It is the thinnest tasting Octoberfest I've had this year. Try a little cara-pils or wheat malt or something. Plus, that Harpoon astringent/husky flavor is ubiquitous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Very good Oktoberfest, especially compared to its cross-town rival, Sam Adams. Good earthy, sweet smell, with decent spice and hop to the initial taste. A little bit sweet at the end, but that is forgivable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Medium off-white head atop a clear amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of caramel and earthy -- standard smells in an O-fest, but for some reason they are particularly well-combined here, perhaps due to a light presence of butterscotch/toffee. Taste is solid earthy caramel, mild bitterness in the swallow. Medium body, slightly chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (1100) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2003
An excellent Oktoberfest. Great dark red color and slightly sweet aroma. The only Oktoberfest better than this one so far (in my opinion, of course) is Sam Adam's Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4742) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice toffee and pale malt aroma. Good label. Good, strong bittering, leans towards a stronger traditional lager character in its yeasting than many other Oktoberfests. Light caramel or diacetyl flavors, nutty sweetness. Finishes with a moderately bitter profile. Very solid, balanced and enjoyable.

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