RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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!

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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damzz (512) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a brown orange with white head that leaves much lacing. The aroma is caramel malt. The palate is medium body. The taste is slightly sweet malt with hop bitterness also slight.

mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Darker amber brown pour. Mild aroma. Malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste malty and caramel up front. Chocolate, cocoa finish. Smooth for style. Overall good octoberfest.

firefly765 (195) - - OCT 21, 2014
12 ounce beer pours a reddish copper color. Off white creamy head that dissipates quickly. Sweet caramel aroma nothing from hops. Nicely balanced Oktoberfest beer very malty and Carmel flavor. Just enough hop bitterness for balance.

nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Pint on tap. Clear orange copper with a creamy film on top. Faint aroma of toffee and toasted walnut. Tastes of toasted nut, toffee apple and a touch of dry cocoa. Medium body is to the roasty side for the style and has medium carbonation.

geeklimit (293) - USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a light brown, plenty of carbonation and a bubbling head. Sharper malt aroma with a clean malt taste. Minimal aftertaste.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
On draft at Isaac Newton’s. Ehh was a bit thin and lacked something. Some nice notes of caramel malt and mild chocolate. This body. Needs a boost of malt.

johnnnniee (4405) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle from Harvest Market. Clear golden color decent white head. Rich sweet bready pilsner with a hint of hop flavor. Nice enough marzen, better than some other versions I’ve had but still not quite as good as the German versions.

slowrunner77 (12586) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"This is average or just above from the style. Definitely hits the spot when the mood is right. Mic medium bodied blend of bread, caramel, nuts, spice, and a hint of hops. "

Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-19-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance - The beer is served a reddish amber color boarding on copper with a one finger foamy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel and toffee smell. Mixing with these more surgery smells are some aromas of bread, malt, and a bit of spice. Taste – The taste begins with a nice creamy bready malt base backed by a rather decent showing of a caramel sweetness. The caramel becomes more buttery in taste as the flavor advances, transitioning to a more toffee like taste. Some fruity flavors of a pear and apple develop more toward the middle of the taste with some spice hitting the tongue as well as a bit of roasted flavor. At the end some nutty flavors and a bit of grass joins the taste, in the end leaving a nice smooth, sweet, and malty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation was actually very nice for this brew as it accentuated the creamy feel as well as allowed all the more subtle flavors of spice, nut and grassiness to really stand out a bit more. Overall – A rather enjoyable Oktoberfest overall. It was a little on the maltier side, but was balanced nicely with a good base of sweet flavors and some lighter flavors of spice, nut and grass. A good one to try.

Voodoo (695) - 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.

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