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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11637) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (848) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4371) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Pours a transparent copper color with a rather quickly dissipating 2cm off white head with some lacing. Aroma is pretty malty with maybe a hint of cinnamon or something sweet. Start is a little bitter with maybe a little hop in the middle and the end smoothing out to some hop and malt. Mouthfeel isnt that bad. Actually a surpringly adequate brew. -------I actually had this again. I dont remember rating it the first time, but this time it was rather citrusy and hoppy. The fisrt imt ei gave it a 14 over all. At this independant rating session, i gave it a 10 overall. Last time the taste was a 7, this time it was a 5. I have made the appropriate adjustments.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Pours red, with a smallish white head that mosty lasts, leaving good lace. Aroma is toasty malts, with some toffee playing second fiddle in the back. Flavor shows more of the toffee, pretty much balanced with a toasty maltiness, and a slight bit of hops showing up in the end. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly better than average, but nothing outstanding.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Medium amber color with a nice full head and light palate. Some hops and flavor in after taste, however not enough of either to make it great.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This beer has a near perfect presentation and a average flavor and aroma. I had it on draft and would try it in bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Dark amber colour with ruby and orange highlights. Medium thick dense tan head...this is really what a Marzen should look like...nothing wrong at all. Strong malty aroma with a bit of spice and a bit of sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Fairly strong malty taste at first, fading to a bit of spiceyness and then completely dissapears from the palate. Aftertaste only shows a residual showing of the malt, and really no hops are detectable at any point throughout the beer. While this isn't the best Marzen I could imagine, it is one of the best i've had this year, which is crazy, as this is a larger produced beer. Regardless, if you want to see what a Marzen should be in the appearance and aroma, try this. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
This beer only gets a lower rating as an O'fest. Fruity, Ale like aroma, with some malt. German malt flavor, lightly balanced with German hops. Not bad, but an ale.

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?


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