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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

The character and complexity of Harpoon Octoberfest comes from the malt and hops. When looking at a freshly poured Harpoon Octoberfest, you will notice the garnet-red color with a firm, creamy head. The beer’s color is from a blend of Munich, chocolate, and pale malt. The thick head results in part from wheat malt added to the grist. The hop aroma of this beer is not overpowering but it is present. Tettnang hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character. This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty. Willamettehops are used to provide a gentle bitterness and to balance any residual sweetness present from the malt. The finish is soft and malty with a mild bitterness.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 1,114 | Reviews: 481
Photo of justincourts
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kale99
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

really nice octoberfest. very smooth and not bitter

Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Popkorn615
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the better Octoberfest's I've ever tasted. Great.

Photo of hurricanes56dan
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewqueno
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bjouan
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SEGANDESTROY
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big fan of Harpoon Brewery. This Oktofest doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Eman17
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mchegash
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5/5
Two fingers of head upon initial pour (eventually dissipates away almost totally). A deep red-orange-brown color. Extremely clear. Overall, a really excellent look for an Oktoberfest beer. Nice lacing.

Smell - 4.25/5
Sweet warm malty smell, with hints of vanilla and bourbon

Taste - 3.5/5
Sweet maltiness, again, a vanilla/bourbon-esque character, with some strong metallic flavors as well. Moderate level of sweetness overall. A decent taste overall. Not sure what my thoughts are on the metallic taste though. The first few sips were interesting, but then it becomes more 'meh'.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Fairly creamy, with a nice light carbonation kick as the sip goes down. Overall a nice mouthfeel, no complaints.

Overall - 3.9/5
Overall I though this was a fairly good beer. I thought that maybe they could tone down the metallic tastes a bit, and turn up the malty taste a bit. But still, I was happy with this beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a dark clear mahogany with a thick pale wheat head. Aroma has strong tones of cloves and horehound. Malty flavor has notes of horehound, cloves and malt with an earthy undertone and a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, if not amazing of either. A decent and enjoyable Oktoberfest. Prozit!

Photo of Marco_Fontecchio
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ABK
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmward21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Mixed six from Total Wine in Plantation

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish amber in color with a massive, two point-five inch fine-beaded tan head, which retains superbly. Belgian-style lacing decorates the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with some grassy hops.

Taste: The taste begins with abundant toasted malt and caramel. As it progresses, dark bread notes present, and some mild noble-like hops present. Late in the taste, a toasted grain note appears. Finishes with a lingering grain and mild hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, little carbonation noted, very pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice, well-crafted example of the Oktoberfest style, hard to overstate. If you are fortunate enough to find it or have some on hand, this would be superb for Thanksgiving dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.