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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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.

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3.2
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) My first sniff of this beer didn’t really excite me -- it smelled fairly sweet and sugary -- but it seems more balanced now between malty and sweet. Not sure what the deal was, but I’m glad that the sugary sweetness isn’t the prevailing aroma or flavor of note. The flavor is fairly well balanced, malty, woody, a little toasty, moderately sweet, moderately bitter, and lightly sour in the finish. Nice that the woody, malty flavor creates the lasting impression here. Medium bodied, not watery, well carbonated. Medium amber color. Off-white head pours to almost an inch in height, and settles to a thin layer, leaving bits of lacing scattered on the glass. Above average as far as American Oktoberfests go, but not much above average.

3.3
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Clear, caramel-toned amber appearance, thick, creamy beige head, bubbly, softly settling. Aroma: herbal, vegetal, slightly fruity, rich and redolent with earthy, spicy notes, cinnamon and clove, and more. Taste: pleasant from the start, the flavors found in the nose are back on the tongue, and have a flavorful impact in that environment. Nutty, herbal tones resound, and it overall possesses the very character of autumnal at it’s best. Medium body, light, soft finish, eventually dry before diminishing... I kind of liked this!

2.6
Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Red copper ale with a light brown head. Vinous maderized aroma. Nice nutty malt in start with a light metallic aftertaste. Sweet finish. Very thin. (October 2004).

3.1
dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Light brown/orangish , decent aroma of caramel and toast, flavor is sweet, some toasted notes, refreshing, pleasant bitter finish. Not bad

3.1
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Nice dark amber color that is clear with a good frothy off white head. There is a malty aroma, not very sweet, mostly sour. A decent hop aroma is also present, but seems a little much for an Oktoberfest. The taste is sour and bitter with some malt but not as much as I was expecting. It’s medium bodied and has a farily sour finish.

3.4
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
This, firstly, is an ale. And with that said, it is not true to style. However, it is a decent beer and one to be had in the fall.

2.9
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Poured richer dark brown, /orange, with orange head? Smelled the malts and hops. First sip was strong. Checking the %. Only 5.5, then what is that strong taste? I guess hops.Second was better. Lots of hops in this. Good brew, not great.

3.3
fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
As insignifigant as the distinction of using a "C" rather than "K" comes across .... Nice and malty, but just a bit over carbonated and with a different bitterness provided by the Willamette hops. And this also suffered the misfortune of coming after sampling a number of other beers. Actually this is a good beer, but I prefer their (Harpoon’s) other beers and other O-fests.

3.3
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle. Crisp clear copper color. Aroma is malty and spicy, and more pronounced than the flavor. The flavor isn’t anything to write home about. It’s mostly hoppy and dry, with hints of malt and caramel. (Caramel gets more pronounced as it warms) Dry and sweet finish. Overall, it’s decent, but I don’t think I’ll run out and buy a sixer

3.3
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle pours a clear vibrant copper, medium sized foamy off-white head, sticky lacing, with strong carbonation.   Sweet malty aroma, slight graininess, with minor notes of melon.   Slight sweet malty flavor, with some grass and light fruit (apple/pear) tinges.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Slightly bitter on the finish... malt doesn’t seem to carry through all the way.   Tiz okay, but many other better examples exist.   Thanks goes out to Jah Noth for the trade!



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