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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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!

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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.


3.2
   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 (7677) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noer1 (109) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2002
Perfect drinkers beer, very nice for the winter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rchico99 (2) - Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2002 does not count
Superb flavor. The best Octoberfest out there. Copper overtones and nutty undertones make this brew sing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2001
Light brown, bright appearance; toast, chocolate, toffee on the nose; slightly copper-tasting palate w/toffeeish malts and subtle chestnut, but finishing somewhat wet.


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