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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

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964 Ratings

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Pours a nice deep ruddy amber with a light creamy white head. Small amounts of lacing hang on. The aroma is mild and malty, with some nice caramel notes and a little hops earthy character. The taste is a little anemic, lacking even the character of the aroma. The body is a little thin and a little too carbonated. Not bad, but not the best of a sizeable bunch.

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Served: 6 September 2014
Serving: Bottle into pint

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brownish-amber color. Deeper brown color than most Oktoberfestbiere, but looks good. Dirty white boarding on brown soapy head, minimal lacing. 3.75/5

Aroma: Sweet caramel maltiness, but overwhelmingly clean and sort of monotonous. 3.5/5

Taste: Sweeter caramel notes, but not quite as sweet as Sam Adam's Oktoberfest. The flavor is very similar, however, to SA Oktoberfest and is definitely not as rich in malt character as German versions of the style. The flavor is good for an American Oktoberfest, but still has nothing on the authentic versions. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation carries the malty beer nicely across the palate without it feeling too thick or sticky. 3.75/5

Overall: A good Oktoberfest, but nothing close to the good German examples, as it lacks complexity in the maltiness and is too sweet and single noted to be truly great. Nonetheless, this would make for a great, easy drinking fall beer.

Beric, Sep 08, 2014
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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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