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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

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BA SCORE
83
good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | 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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wac9

Pennsylvania

1.33/5  rDev -63.8%

this beer has way too much head just taste too boozey smells boozey just nothing else say about this beer too dark in color not a winner skip it bring nothing to octoberfeat so nothing else to say keep moving i have taste better beer and this isnt one them

10-31-2012 00:44:14 | More by wac9
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

10-28-2012 21:46:18 | More by TheBigBoy
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CottomanEmpire

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

09-12-2013 03:00:06 | More by CottomanEmpire
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Brno

New York

2.38/5  rDev -35.1%

Orange/amber in color. Smells a little malty and hints of caramel. Taste is somewhat thin and a little on the bitter side. Leaves a touch of caramel on the aftertaste, but that fades quickly. A little thin on the body with some fizziness. Not a lot of complex flavors. Easy to drink, but other than bitterness, weak in flavor.

08-28-2010 03:06:22 | More by Brno
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.43/5  rDev -33.8%

I picked up a bottle of Harpoon's Octoberfest Beer yesterday for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had a good beer from this brewery but I'm willing to give them another shot and try their Marzen, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer. it's pretty clean and nice looking and the back label is pretty different. It poured a nice looking amber color that took on a nice copper hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to thin ring that left some spotty lacing. This is a decent looking Marzen.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that have a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and imparts some bread crust, caramel, and toasted aromas followed by a slight nutty and dark fruit aroma. Towards the end I get a light amount of earthy hops. The aroma seems to be average, I like the toasted aromas but the dark fruits seemed out of place.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large amount of malts that have a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and imparts some weak caramel malt flavors followed by some grain and bread crust flavors. After that comes some light dark fruit flavors followed by a quick hit of sweetness that is unwanted and it quickly gives way to some earthy hops that impart a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had a sweet, grainy, and bitter aftertaste. The taste of this beer wasn't good the malts tasted thin and there was too much bitterness for the style and some unwanted dark fruit flavors.

M- Not that smooth, slightly sticky, crisp, watery, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that good it was watery and it lacked the smoothness I want from this style.

Overall I thought this beer wasn't that good and it was a below average example of the style, it just lacked all the things that make for a good Marzen. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, and the thin flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I feel no need to have another one, What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it didn't look that bad and it was pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the flavor it was pretty flat with some unneeded flavors and bitterness. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it really didn't have any redeeming quailitys and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all this was another beer I didn't like from Harpoon Brewery, so far they might be my least favorite Microbrewery and I don't know if I will give them another chance, this Marzen fell pretty short and it just wasn't a good example of the style.

10-05-2012 03:43:09 | More by StoutHunter
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -33.2%

Plain bottle with no info pours into a glass with a foggy orange amber hue topped with a settled 1/2" khaki bubbly cap.

Initial scents are a metallic malty leafy aroma.

First swigs: Caramel malt flavor with a flour note. A bit of fruity peach hints. Midle of caramel corn malt. A bit too flour like for my tastes.

Feel is medium bodied with a lingering unpleasant wet cardboard aftertaste.

Last swigs: Coper penny metalic and flour. Not impressive. Picked this up in a mixed case. Oh well.

01-03-2006 07:04:49 | More by blitheringidiot
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-15-2012 13:51:56 | More by acurtis
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-20-2013 23:19:46 | More by BGsWo22
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nafredet1

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-02-2013 17:44:47 | More by nafredet1
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-17-2013 22:56:12 | More by SenorHops
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-16-2014 11:03:27 | More by Fettpopps
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%

This was a bit of a disappointing beer. Poured a bright copper color with a large tan head that dissolved away quickly. Looked nice. Pretty bland aroma – really nothing there, like water. The body was very thin and the beer lacked substance. There was a lingering dry bitterness. Not that much for an octoberfest and one dimensional, but in it’s defense, it was easy to drink.

09-25-2003 01:18:26 | More by pezoids
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emsroth

New York

2.6/5  rDev -29.2%

12oz bottle

App: Burnt orange with perfect clarity. Frothy 1 finger head.

Smell: Some roasted malt but the aroma is dominated by american hops. (They say they use tettnang hops for aroma and willamette for bittering, but i must be that sensitive to the american hops.) As it warms the aroma changes to a sweeter, more subtle burnt caramel. This brings it up from 2 to 3.

Taste: The main flavor is definitely american hops. Little upront malt. Ends with an extreme crisp, dry malt and a strong lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

10-19-2009 16:44:59 | More by emsroth
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Augustiner719

New York

2.68/5  rDev -27%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5 liter hand glass.

Pours a copper flor that is very clear and has some reddish hues to it. Very dark for the style. Pretty 1 finger off white head with no lacing. Aroma has that sweet peanut aroma as well as lager yeasty aromas. A touch of sweetness also on the aroma. The taste is really below average. Has a vomit taste to it on the finish. Metallic and off balanced. Really tastes like crappy amber lager from a crappy

10-14-2010 01:49:51 | More by Augustiner719
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argock

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at The Hill Tavern (Boston, MA).

A: Burnished amber with 1-finger off-white frothy head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is weak with some caramelly malt and soft herbal hops. Not a stunner.

T: The flavor isn't any better with some watery malts that are faintly caramelly with a quick slap of herbal bitter hops but none of the complexity of the best or even pretty good marzens.

M: Thin and too light in body for the style.

D: A disappointing effort from Harpoon on this one. A definite skip that could be a maybe with more love in the malt department.

11-19-2010 03:12:36 | More by argock
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huxcrunner

New York

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

A nice amber brown with golden hues at the bottom of the gllass, not much head or retention

Nice spicey and hop notes in the aroma but not overwhelming

Taste is bitter not very full of flavor, bitterness seems to overpower for this style beer, pretty disappointed with this taste

Mouth feel seems light for the style

Overall im disappointed with this beer I hope I just got a bad batch maybe ill give it another go and change my opinion next year.

01-22-2012 18:52:29 | More by huxcrunner
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some sweetness with hoppiness and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Dec 6, 2007.

09-14-2007 22:42:47 | More by jdhilt
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-07-2013 21:33:39 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-07-2012 23:42:21 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-03-2013 00:23:14 | More by Syracuse12
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Eastside151

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-24-2013 02:31:41 | More by Eastside151
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SicemWT

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-30-2013 03:16:37 | More by SicemWT
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brandoman63

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-29-2011 15:30:59 | More by brandoman63
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HopsintheSack

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-11-2013 22:34:33 | More by HopsintheSack
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linuxlover

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Big fan of Harpoon, but I've never really had a Octoberfest that I've really liked, so I was looking forward to this one.

Pours a brilliant amber, yet surprisingly translucent. Lacing is minimal, but very even.

Smell is nearly absent. Mostly a caramel sweetness that doesn't translate to much aroma. Mild earthiness. Oh well. At least it's not bad.

Taste is similar to the smell. Pleasant bitterness. Too much caramel. No spice to speak of. Pleasant earthy feel as well. Slight hints of a synthetic taste as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Finish is very clean. Feels like I could have 10 of these.

Overall, it has all the strong points of a Harpoon beer, but the maltiness is overpowering. Probably the best Octoberfest I've ever had, but it's not enough to make me a fan of the style.

10-14-2012 00:19:05 | More by linuxlover
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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.