RATINGS: 550   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (2231) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Average beer. Mild bready malt aroma. Nice dark apple cider color with foamy head. It looked like a big Germam beer in my mug. The taste was not strong but subtle. Malty and earthy with an occassional hop bitterness. Good refreshing beer but not very exciting.

gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2017
From old tasting notes. Deep orange red color. Bubbly beige head. Sweet toasted malt nose. Flavor follows nose with toffeeish notes. Herbal hop finish is subdued as not to mask the big malty character you’d expect for a Marzenbier.

ordybill (1759) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah, Georgia. The appearance is a rusty gold color with a large off-white head. the aroma is malt and some hops. The taste is malt driven with some hops. An average beer.

TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2016
(bottle) My last for season. This is a decent domestic with more hops than the traditional. There is an updated blue label on the bottle, different than pictured above.

JStax (6508) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Draft pour. The beer is a clear copper with a beige head of fluffy foam. Aroma is doughy, crisp spice. Some sweet, caramel notes poke through occasionally. Moderately sweet with a quick, dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly solid Oktoberfest.

thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle at a kid’s birthday party. Malty sweetness and some grain/nutty flavor dominate -- this is clean and inoffensive.

saledio89 (15) - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - SEP 11, 2016
From bottle, pours red-brown with thin white head with short retention and average lacing. Taste of roasted grain and touch of caramel. Bit bitter end. Average beer.

Quick3Beers (1235) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours a red-brown from a bottle, thin off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of rye toast, or cracker. Flavor is a roasty bready slight caramel with a bit of a burnt note. Good beer.

chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2016
12 oz van into a lager glass. Beautiful appearance with a deep copper-amber body that’s topped by a thick and tall off-white head. Excellent clarity. Little visible carbonation after ’settling’. Mild aroma, as expected, with both bready malts and spicy hops evident. The flavor is a bit more hoppy with a solid malt base. Overalll, lightly bitter

Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2016
This beer is really light. Some slightly malty flavors in the body which quickly disappears. Low on the hops content as well.

LetsGoState (886) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Appearance is amber with tan head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is light with a balance of sweet malts and bitterness. Not the best example, but drinkable.

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