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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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!

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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (5476) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Draft pour. The beer is a clear copper with a beige head of fluffy foam. Aroma is doughy, crisp spice. Some sweet, caramel notes poke through occasionally. Moderately sweet with a quick, dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly solid Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (899) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle at a kid’s birthday party. Malty sweetness and some grain/nutty flavor dominate -- this is clean and inoffensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saledio89 (7) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2016 does not count
From bottle, pours red-brown with thin white head with short retention and average lacing. Taste of roasted grain and touch of caramel. Bit bitter end. Average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quick3Beers (985) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours a red-brown from a bottle, thin off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of rye toast, or cracker. Flavor is a roasty bready slight caramel with a bit of a burnt note. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2016
12 oz van into a lager glass. Beautiful appearance with a deep copper-amber body that’s topped by a thick and tall off-white head. Excellent clarity. Little visible carbonation after ’settling’. Mild aroma, as expected, with both bready malts and spicy hops evident. The flavor is a bit more hoppy with a solid malt base. Overalll, lightly bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2016
This beer is really light. Some slightly malty flavors in the body which quickly disappears. Low on the hops content as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LetsGoState (823) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Appearance is amber with tan head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is light with a balance of sweet malts and bitterness. Not the best example, but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arseniq33 (63) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2015
Pours a beautiful amber with a medium head. On the nose, malt, caramel, with an interesting hop presence. Same goes for the taste. The body is kind of weak though, and so is the final. It is a good beer, and I’d drink it again without a problem.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aggiebob (795) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Draft. Clear copper with a small white head. It had virtually no nose. The flavor was sweet with some caramel, biscuit and a little dark fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with small white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Sweet flavor with biscuit and cereal notes. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

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