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RATINGS: 512   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 The very definition of a deep amber lager. Sparkling clear. Large, rocky, tan head. The aroma is soapy and malty. Shoe leather and polish. Beefy with notes of dark bread. The flavor is very rich and malty. Extremely sweet and toffeeish with just a hint of bitter hops… grapefruit rind. Not at all a balanced brew, but tasty. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. Not bad for an Oktoberfest… one of my least favorite styles.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (938) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2002
One of my favorite beers. Aroma was great, nice golden appearance, and was perfectly smooth. Great beer from a great brewery! Re-rate 9/28/02 I remember this beer being a lot better, but then again I had it off tap in a glass. Still a real solid beer, and one of my favorites from Harpoon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Ruby copper hue. Nice beige head is moderately diminishing. Toasted malt aroma. Nice malts, sweet medium bodied, nice hops in the end. Very decent october brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Knowing that the only Harpoon beer I like is their Hibernian, I wasn’t expecting much from this Okto, despite its being one of the highest-rated Oktos on RateBeer. It’s a highly-hopped Marzen with plenty of malty bite. Sort of an imperial marzen, if there were such a thing, and I’m sure that’s what many like about it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
a very dark, somewhat creamy beer, a bit under carbinated for my taste, not too hoppy, and a bit bland

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Very dark amber color with a smooth taste and a slighty bitter finish. Not as flavorful as some of the German breweries, but overall really good for a local brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Dark amber, nice head, spicy hoppy nose with some sweet malt. Some chocolate in the malty flavor (a surprise there); hops don’t assert themselves so much in the flavor as in the nose; could use more flavor. An unusual interpretation of the style, but I enjoyed this more than the Paulaner O-fest that preceded it. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Great Octoberfest here. Nice an Malty character. The hops are mild and hidden but let there presence known in a good way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Magnificent licorice trail on the back of the tongue…Pervasive caramel malt…And a touch of citrus fruit to top it all off…Nice Octoberfest…

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Never met a octoberfest i didn’t enjoy.


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