Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 908 | Reviews: 461 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by blakesell:
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance- Beer gushes upon opening despite my lagering since buying. What is up with all my beers being gushers even though I have stored them properly? Anyway, it gushes, and I pour it into the pint glass, it has a solid two finger head that quickly dies but has a rich creamy color over the top and the beer itself is red and creamy yet clear. Lacing is thick and clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell- Smells very much like a Marzen, nice carmelly bready malts with a good toasty aroma, light German hops, very little yeast. Something I would have loved to see on tap on time, but this is my first time seeing it in any form. Great nose on this one, little to nothing wrong with it.
Taste- Oooh.. This one has gone past it's prime for certain. Creamy malts upfront but acidic spoiled flavors on the finish. Hops don't save this one as the lager is a touchy beer to cover up when it comes to flavor defects. Sweet and caramelized on the flavor, but the aftertaste simply kills it outright. Too bad.
Mouthfeel- Astringent, cloying, bitter, not entirely undrinkable, but not great either, not something I would actively seek out unless it was on tap to further ensure freshness. Medium bodied, highly carbonated.
Drinkability- I can't say this is near as drinkable as my Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen, or even my Balto Marz-hon. Same goes for my Paulaner Oktoberfest. As much as I wanted to love this, it totally missed the mark in the end. Sorry Harpoon, perhaps next time Ohio can get some fresher product.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2009 22:33:14 | More by blakesell
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: 1” off white fluffy head recedes moderately with gracious amounts of lacing. Lovely reddish brown color with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: true to the style the malt aroma is dominant but there is a nice floral hop in the smell as well.
Mouthfeel: medium body and sticky with a nice dry finish.
Flavor: Just awesome. Lovely combination of the roasted malts with caramel and a bit of chocolate. The hops are well balanced to the malt and round this beer out nicely.
Overall: Excellent job Harpoon!
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 23:55:50 | More by Foyle
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.