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RATINGS: 548   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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3.1
Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Deep orange brown with medium head, good lacing. Sweet caramel malts, medium bodied. Some hops and burnt toast in the finish. Not a bad choice, but not overly interesting either.

3.6
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Deep amber body and tight off-white head. Bready, toasted malt, and light earthy hop nose. Munich malts come through prominently in the flavor and give this beer a rich, grape-like malt quality. A very decent oktoberfest, better than anticipated.

3.4
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
On tap. Poured a medium mahogany with a smaller head. Aroma and tastes of caramel, breads and light hops.

3.7
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Nice ruby color with a sweet malty aroma. Mildly fizzy mouthfeel with a smooth, sweet malty flavor that slides down very easily. The taste isn’t overly strong. The hops are noticible in the aftertaste as they linger on the tongue.

2.6
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2004
A lager yes, but not a Marzen. Malty dark lager that is on the fruity side. Not very smooth or clean

3.3
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is kind of a light grapefruit and chocolate combination. More on the hoppy side than expected. Pours a transparent orangish-copper color without much head. Caramel in the taste but not as noticeable or as sweet as you would expect. Has a moderate bitter finish. More bitter than most Oktoberfests as the smell indicates. Kind of makes me think of a 50/50 mixture of an Oktoberfest and a pale ale. Not all that characteristic of the style.

3.3
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Dark orange color with reddish touches on the edge. Textbook nose of maltiness. Flavors are nice. Sweet malt, with a touch of earthy hops. Not overly sweet, either. Tasty.

3.5
DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
This is a decent marzen. Pours copper, with aroma and taste of malt, caramel/toffee, and a firm, smooth finish. I also noted some grapey and almond flavors along the way.

3.2
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Poured a brownish copper color with a small off white head and no lacing. Spicy sweet malt aroma. Malts backed by light citrus and a light carbonation.

3.4
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Brown color with decent sized tan head. Taste was more malty than anything else, almost to the point of being too sweet. Chocolate is all over the place. Man, I’m not in the mood for a candy bar right now.


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