JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a near perfect presentation and a average flavor and aroma. I had it on draft and would try it in bottles.
jgb9348 (5098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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?
MaBeer1972 (1442) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet aroma and taste. Dark orange with good head. Old rating: A nice Oktoberfest.
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper in color, pretty decent soft head, great malt flavors, very well balanced, excellent marzen style brew
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Russet colored; Average head. Good burnt malt profile. Sweetness held in check. Strong bananas to start.
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.