MaBeer1972 (1368) - 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 (1993) - 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 (2077) - 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 (2269) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.