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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


bkurtz's rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (728) - - OCT 9, 2012
Poured a clear amber with a smallish head. Semi-sweet malts and no bitterness. A vedry average beer at best.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (596) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
It has a thick and foamy beige head over a dark orange amber colored body with good clarity. The head has good retention and slowly fades to thin covering leaving nice slick lacing that slides down the glass as I sip. Its aroma is creamy sweet and malty with some toasted caramel notes and mild leafy hops. The flavor has wonderful toasted notes with sweet creamy caramel and mild spicy/leafy hops. Hop bitterness is mild throughout but picks in the finish and fades off the tongue slowly. It has a smooth and creamy texture that is just slightly sick with good balanced carbonation and a solid medium to full body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12 oz bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, caramel, earthy hops, some mild fruity notes, grass, pretty basic Oktoberfest.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt mainly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more malt character.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HippieFee (55) - - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle - Not a bad beer but not great either. Has that distinctive Octoberfest taste to it. Fortunately no weird spice flavor on this, but it does taste like fall to me. Dry on the palate with some hops flavor to it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hockeybeerguy (1606) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a caramel-amber body with a slightly creamy white film of a head. Carbonation seen rising. The smell had mild hops with some caramel malts. The taste was sweet through the malts, not as balanced as I would have hoped. The palate sat about a light to medium, slightly creamy, sessionable, no aftertaste or finish. Overall, good for the style, decent to me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 23, 2014
Very nice but quite watery as many of this brewery ones. NIce lager hints and not so much an Oktoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. very average oktoberfest style. caramel malt and light hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (535) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, spice and nuts. Taste is roasted malts and spices. Palate is a bit too spicy for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (941) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Yet another malty, bland & just blah beer. I’m not a huge octoberfest fan. They are drinkable which I suppose is their point for existence but just not complex or memorable. The orange/reddish pour is kinda cool tho. This one is ok & pretty much like all the rest.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bierkrug (2131) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2014
355 ml bottle from Crown in Pompano Beach, Florida. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, spice and nuts. Taste is roasted malts and spices. Palate is a bit too spicy for style.


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