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RATINGS: 516   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle. Not much aroma, good golden color. Clean, bright mouth feel. Surprised. Usually find lagers lacking, but enjoyed this one. Easy to drink with some depth. Slight breadiness that I liked. Would drink again.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voodoo (315) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours a clear chestnut brown with a dense off white head which lingers......aroma is sweetness, spicy notes......taste is flavorful, crisp, dry, slight spiciness......well built.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (519) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2014
DATE TASTED: September 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker...OCCASION: soccer weekend #1--a success... APPEARANCE: nice, dark amber body that supports a healthy, two-finger off-white head--creamy and frothy, and settles well; lacing is scarce .. AROMA: toasted malts compliment the cold rain outside; some bread, but the flowery hops round the malts to a more balanced fest than expected... PALATE: reasonably smooth and pleasant to drink; a bit chewy for a fest--an attribute of differentiation ...TASTE: malts are more sugary than what the aroma suggests; a bit of caramel and oats late; hops are balancing and lightly floral...OVERALL: stands out from other fests by performing a pleasant balancing act...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CharmCityCrab (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Caramel sweet mix of malts countered by roasted malts and some mild hops. Pretty standard Octoberfest. Better than the low-end stuff like the Yuengling Oktoberfest, the Ourtoberfest thing from Magic Hat a couple years ago that didn’t meet the style, that really off tasting Lienkengels Octoberfest from years ago that had no carbonation, or the horrid Shiner Oktoberfest, but still a notch or two below my favorite reasonably priced Octoberfest, Sam Adams. I think the Sam brings a bit more malt diversity. This is a little simpler, but not bad. Got it on sale at a great price. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up if you’re in the mood for this great style on a fall day and the price is right or the pickings are slim, but, if it’s between this and the Sam Adams version at a similar price, I’d go for the Sammy. I just happened to find this for much less.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Poured a dark copper color with off white head. Aroma I malty light breadiness. The flavor is lighter than I anticipated. Not as malty as you think for an octoberfest. Has a slight spice in the front follows by bread. Overall decent and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (838) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Copper color , medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread. Malty taste with caramel and hoppy notes . Decent marzen.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Chan, dark copper with quickly vanishing tan head. Toasted bread, wet pavement, light vanilla and melted caramel candies. Reserved. Taste follows nose, with a little more umph. Earthy tea notes. Crisp, with light body. Slightly sweet on finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3394) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Beer Culture in New York September 2013. Malty caramel aroma fills the nose. Sweetness in the flavour is also good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (680) - 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 (5425) - 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 (1393) - 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.


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