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Harvest Fest - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Harvest Fest
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 10-18-2006)
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Reviews by brakspear:
Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewpub in Gatlinburg after hiking in the Smokies, so this review may be slightly biased due to the parched state of my palate.

The Harvest Fest ale was described as an "Octoberfest" by the server, and it held true to the style. Nice amber body, with fine clarity, small stone white head forms, but fades fast. The aroma was primarily toasted and biscuit malt, with faint sweetness, and finishing hop spiciness.

The beer had a very nice malt/hop balance, but tended towards a biscuit malt flavor, with a finishing hop bitterness. Some sweetness was present, perhaps from the use of caramel malt in grain bill? Medium malt base provides an appropriate mouthfeel.

Overall this beer was a nice surprise, thirst quenching, but not too filling. A perfect beer for a fall afternoon after a bumper-to-bumper trip to Cades Cove or Clingman's Dome and back.

brakspear, Nov 08, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

markallmon, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of veech
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: This beer is now called Harvestfest
This is an extremely smooth, malty beer that exhibits tremendous drinkability. A tawny red hue in the glass with a medium tan head and light lacing highlight the appearance. The nose is very malty with hints of honey and caramel. The taste is malt laden with a touch of hopped bitterness for more balance, but the malts completely dominate. This is a very drinkable beer that makes sessioning very easy. A very nice autumnal offering.

veech, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brewery describes this beer as, "Modled after the famous malty, amber lagers of the German harvest festivals. Balanced with Bavarian hops and very drinkable. Theis delicious lager is a bit stringer than the German "Helles" (meaning light) style. Also more full bodied and flavorful." ...and I pretty much agree. In fact quite flavorful and bold. Mostly clean with a light graininess, but not too offensive. Moderately clean in the finish, but with a light emphasis on the sweetness.

BEERchitect, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of khargro2
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ChrisKayler, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of TheBierBand
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this beer during my latest visit to Smoky Mtn Brewery because we were winding down Oktoberfest Season (10/20/07).

It arrived in it's pint glass with a thin cap of foam over a light amber colored beer.

The nose was slight, but I picked up a toasted malt like smell.

Taste: Pretty good... a little weak when compared to my favorite in this style (Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine). This beer has all the trademark flavors of an Oktoberfest beer... The toasted malt, the light fruity taste like apples. Also a slight tart, lemony taste.

Mouthfeel: Again, just a little heavy on the carbonation. Had a tartness to it that detracted just a bit.

Drinkability: OK.... yeah.... not my favorite.... but a solid Oktoberfest.

TheBierBand, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Johnny_Duck
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Johnny_Duck, May 23, 2014
Harvest Fest from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.