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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; fits the style very well. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, pear, apple, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal hops. Minimal bitterness on the finish as expected; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, biscuit, toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance and complexity, but it was not as robust feeling as I was hoping from the aromas; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink as expected. Could have used a bit fuller flavor, but this was still a very good style representation. Definitely enjoyed this one.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyScallywag (74) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Nice dark taste. Pretty darn. Nice chocolately start with a very smooth finish. I would certainly get it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (202) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Reddish brown beer with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Semi-sweet nose of almonds, caramel, and praline. Flavor is surprisingly rich with the candied nut flavors most prominent followed by sweet malt and a mild bitterness that really sets off the sweetness. Mouth feel is relatively light with bracing effervescence. If you like malt, you’ll like this beer. Enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmq103 (9) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 A little disappointed there was not much of a nose to this beer. A healthy swirl helps though. Copper in color with average lacing. The taste makes up for the lack of nose. Sweet malty front with a hint of brown sugar. Carbonation is spot on for the style. Overall I would buy this one again. Im glad I committed to a 1/6th keg for the basement bar during the fall season, which is the best season for beer in my opinion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ckilly (18) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
We had this brew at the Windsor brewery which made it very fresh. The food is good, but doesn't stack up to the brews. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (811) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a deep copper , sweet bready malt aroma . Clean crisp hops with a sweet finish . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
damzz (280) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a brown orange with white head that leaves much lacing. The aroma is caramel malt. The palate is medium body. The taste is slightly sweet malt with hop bitterness also slight.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtdewa1 (351) - rome, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Darker amber brown pour. Mild aroma. Malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste malty and caramel up front. Chocolate, cocoa finish. Smooth for style. Overall good octoberfest.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firefly765 (141) - - OCT 21, 2014
12 ounce beer pours a reddish copper color. Off white creamy head that dissipates quickly. Sweet caramel aroma nothing from hops. Nicely balanced Oktoberfest beer very malty and Carmel flavor. Just enough hop bitterness for balance.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Pint on tap. Clear orange copper with a creamy film on top. Faint aroma of toffee and toasted walnut. Tastes of toasted nut, toffee apple and a touch of dry cocoa. Medium body is to the roasty side for the style and has medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
geeklimit (208) - USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a light brown, plenty of carbonation and a bubbling head. Sharper malt aroma with a clean malt taste. Minimal aftertaste.


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