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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!

Description
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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pyromt30 (27) - Lebanon, USA - NOV 29, 2009
A very nice oktoberfest. Good spicies with nice bitter overtones finishes sweet. Pours thick amber with good head.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (928) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2002
One of my favorite beers. Aroma was great, nice golden appearance, and was perfectly smooth. Great beer from a great brewery! Re-rate 9/28/02 I remember this beer being a lot better, but then again I had it off tap in a glass. Still a real solid beer, and one of my favorites from Harpoon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Appearance: 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. Smell: Its aroma is creamy sweet and malty with some toasted caramel notes and mild leafy hops. Taste/Mouth feel: 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. Notes: Well done! This is a great Oktoberfest/Amber Ale brewed with Ale yeast instead of traditional Lager yeast.

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

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2010
On Tap. Putney Inn VT. Nice deep amber pour with a nice foamy head. Cinnimon chocholet roasted barley make up a nice part of this beer without over powering the natural flavor. Enjoy!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
spamalope99 (27) - USA - AUG 18, 2001
Very drinkable - good taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Draft- A tasty, full bodied beer with a nice malty flavor. Well balanced but leans a little to the sweet side.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2003
An excellent Oktoberfest. Great dark red color and slightly sweet aroma. The only Oktoberfest better than this one so far (in my opinion, of course) is Sam Adam's Oktoberfest.


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