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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!

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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1374) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2008) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Dark copper in color, pretty decent soft head, great malt flavors, very well balanced, excellent marzen style brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2286) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Russet colored; Average head. Good burnt malt profile. Sweetness held in check. Strong bananas to start.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5070) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
NO HOPS IN OKTOBERFEST. NO RATING FOR YOU. Actually, this is not the worst offender of my impromptu rule, but there is still too much hop character for a beer that is supposed to be malty and lightly sweet. The aroma was actually pleasant, with no hint of the hoppy offensiveness that lay in wait, preparing an ambuscade for my unoffending taste buds. The beer is also attractive, with a nice almost white head over a rich orange body. Now the flavor: too many hops for the style. I can’t repeat this enough, Oktoberfests are not supposed to taste like an IPA. When I want hops, I’ll drink a beer that is supposed to have hops in it. The palate was average. Overall, this beer sucks. While it is not the worst offender, it is another example of a discouraging trend to put more hops in every style, even when it is not the right thing for the style.

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