John Harvard’s Oktoberfest
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Sampled on draft at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a ruby caramel color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was tangy, sweet, and malty. The flavor was rich sweet malts with a light fruity hop undertone and a long malty finish. A nice robust Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2002
One of the better beers I’ve had lately. The perfect blend of malts. A good cherry wood color appearance and a pleasant aroma. A very solid choice.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
64 oz growler from the Lake Grove location. Deep orange-amber coloured beer with a thick off-white head. Deep rich malty aroma, some caramel and toffee with a touch of vanilla and tiny hint of nuttiness in the back. Flavour is well-balanced, sweet caramelly malts and some soft earthy noble hops in the back. Easy quaffing, great balance, just how a marzen should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 17, 2007
This beer pours a cloudy amber with a head that fades rather quickly. It has an aroma of nuts, yeast, and caramlr hops. As you drink it there is a nice bitter initial taste and it has a good caramel coating in your mouth. The palate is very smooth and has a nutty finish to it. You can really taste the flavor of the nuts for quite some time after you drink it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1839) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2010 On-tap at Union Station Brewery. Very thin body and appearance. Surprisingly though, this brew had a nice sweet malty finish. Not bad on it’s own, but probably has more to do to compete with better brews of this style. RE-Rate: At the Cambridge Location. Somewhat better than the first one I had. Flavors were working well this night. RE-Rate #2: Had at Manchester CT location. Overall, a decent ’Fest. Slight uptick on the rating. A clean and malty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3639) - 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 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8588) - 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
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...

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