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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

Description
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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4920) - 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.

2.4
   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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2002
In the bottle, this was very thin and very dry. Not a lot of fun.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Draft- A tasty, full bodied beer with a nice malty flavor. Well balanced but leans a little to the sweet side.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2002

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
This deep amber brew has a thick creamy head that leaves lots of lace. the aroma is sweet and malty with a tiny hint of bitter hoppiness. the flavor is slightly sweet and hoppy with a delicate hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2002
A nice full bodied brew. Has a nice head, with a warm aroma to it. Hint of chocolate with the malt and a nice amber color to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Bright copper, thin head and lace. Nice nose of toast, fuzzy maltiness a bit of chocolate? Smooth feel with beautiful maltiness, some crispness, good bitterness and lots of style. A brew that can fill my cup many times in a night:) Drink on boys, good seasonal here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
A good beer, but I thought it was a bit too hoppy for an octoberfest. Not very complex, but slightly aromatic. Harpoon’s done better.


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