John Harvard’s Oktoberfest
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Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
John Harvard’s Brew House makes a traditional German style beer for October. Their strong, dark lager is made with pale, Munich, & roasted barley malt. Available in September and October

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Draught @ Wayne, PA Location: Smells moderatly malty and lightly hoppy. Pours a copper/amber/orange color with a tiny off-white head. No lacing. Clear, but thin. Moderatly sweet with flavors of doughy, earthy yeast, and some light malts. Finish was moderatly acidic and lightly bitter. Light, watery body. Soft carbination. Moderatly astringent and metalic finish. Overall, pretty weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
DC Location - Sparkling copper, foamy light tan head. Rich buttery caramel, freshly toasted bread, toffee, with a hint of grains waft into my "cleared by Nasonex" nasal passage. Damn Autumn allergies. Flavor almost matches aroma with malt taking over from the get go. Some German floral hops do round it out though with a late charge. Light to medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, malty finish. A good rendition of your typical O-fest marzen. Oom-pah-pah...errr....or something....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Pretty strong for an O-fest, with a nice carmael-colored body and no head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is full of doughy maltiness with a twang of hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Harvard Square location. Starts sugary-syrupy, but becomes good. Hazy color, like the sun of an Indian Summer. Crafty, nice lacing. Harvest-smelling in general. Can pick up those scents on the upper hills of the farm country...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jayb0 (1163) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
I thought the flavors were pretty good but a disappearing head and thin mouthfeel made this an oktoberfest I wouldn’t drink a lot of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11568) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
On tap. Poured a dark orange/amber color. Bready/malty aroma and tastes. Some caramel. Average tasting Oktoberfest beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Draft at manchester, CT location. Slightly sweet aroma with a fruity deep cherry maltiness. Caramel is present as well. Transparent garnet-copper color with an off-white head. Very roasty, malty, and grainy with sweet notes to finish. Doesn’t really taste too much like a maarzen...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Draft. Copper color - little head. Rich caramel aroma and flavor. Clean tasting. Malt lingers in the aftertaste. Nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2004
Fresh outta the tap from Framingham brewpub, then took home a growler as well. Apparently this is no longer just for autumn; though this was called marzen I'm entering it here because it's the same thing. Pleasant malty aroma. Medium body, nice balance of sweet and slightly roasted malt, spice. Slightly better than average American marzen. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Part of the sampler at the Wayne, PA location. Not a bad beer. Tasted what it should be with a hint of spice in it.

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