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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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!

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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.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
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?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1341) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Sweet aroma and taste. Dark orange with good head. Old rating: A nice Oktoberfest.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Dark copper in color, pretty decent soft head, great malt flavors, very well balanced, excellent marzen style brew

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2223) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Russet colored; Average head. Good burnt malt profile. Sweetness held in check. Strong bananas to start.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2002
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2002
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.


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