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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of GMB
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard pour of Harpoon's Octoberfest yields an amber body with yellow and copper highlights, but fails to produce anything resembling a head. Carbonation is a bit aggressive in the body. Sheets of large bubbles stick to the sides of my glass, while bubbles of various sizes rise quickly to the top and explode on the surface.

The beer smells much better than it looks. Toasted biscuits, caramel, and apple cider dominate. Some very mild floral notes lurk in the background. This is the kind of bouquet I expect from a well-crafted Märzen.

The taste expands the nose. The full mouthfeel carries the beer's rich, malt-forward flavors. The beer tastes like toasted caramel biscuits spiced with lavendar-leaf extract and splash of bourbon.

Harpoon's Octoberfest is among the best American Märzens I've tried. I'll be sure to drink it again next year.

GMB, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -18.5%

zbooks, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

b2rade2n, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of kindbill
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

kindbill, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Dools9
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a cyndrical pint.

A: Clear, amber red color. Very nice, thick, slighlty off white three finger head. head sticks around til the end, excellent retention, nice lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Malty, slight hints of spice, but nothing like a pumkin ale. Toasty, some toffee smatter, light fruitiness, caramel malty zing.

T: Grainy maltiness, theres a nice kick of allspice thrown in. Its sweet and clean, toasty. Light hop bitterness that;s slightly herbal and earthy. The spice lingers a bit after each sip.

M: Very smooth, light to medium bodied, soft carbonation. Very pleasant.

O: Little bit of a different take on the style but overall a very nice fall welcomer. I especially enjoyed the extra kick of spice in this one, it makes for a relaxing beer on a fall day and one of the better O-fests I've had this season so far.

Dools9, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

leinie13, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DavidGross, Sep 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Kubrickx, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

XavierMuskies, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shruggy, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

dcollinsOX, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

GiantMidget, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Danobold, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Drk93TT, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

WDJersey, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Simko1209, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JakeDebus, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Gerardes, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good for an octoberfest. Clear amber color with a thin ring of head. Extremely subtle nose of dark fruit and lightly toasted grain, some very dry biscuit and cracker like qualities come out as well as the beer breathes.

Very smooth. I wish it had a bit more flavor though. On the larger side of having a medium body with lower than expected carbonation. This is nice though as the flavors arent in any way overpower allowing for a very very smooth sip.Lightly kilned malts,touch of fruit, and exemplary balance from the euro hop profile make for quite an easy drinking beer.

While it lacks some of the flavor punch i desire, it makes up for it with it's smooth quality.

jtierney89, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of EkimGram
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a deep translucent auburn. Half-finger head fades to a thin film on top. Nothing more than a few bubbles as far as carbonation goes.

Smell: Sweet, bready malts balanced by some citrus hops, maybe a little bit of yeast or spice.

Taste: The flavour is packed with a heavy amount of toasted malts. That same yeasty spice lingers once you swallow. Very basic, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, thick but silky and gentle on the palette. Very minimal carbonation.

Overall: I like this. Harpoon was able to put their own twist on the style without overdoing it like many other American breweries.

EkimGram, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Day two of Augustfest continues with another American offering. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a dark copper color that's clear and well carbonated. The head is a one finger light cream color with nice retention. This one seems to feature more lacing than the other marzens.

S: Much like Dogtoberfest, there's a little bit of spice to this one - mainly allspice and cinnamon. Actually, it features a healthy spice note that competes side to side with the toasted malts. Pretty nice.

T: Tastes well spiced; the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice seem to drown out the natural malt sweetness. The end result is a slightly bitter (yet not overbearing) offering with a subtle maltiness, at best. It becomes a little sweeter and hoppier as more of it is consumed, suggesting there's a little flavor depth here.

M: Somewhat clean and dry, with only moderate carbonation. The flavors don't linger like in other marzens, but its dry, semi bitter nature makes it very drinkable. A bit too chalky, though.

O: I'm surprised how much I liked this one. It wouldn't be considered a true marzen to the style Nazis, but as a spiced fall lager, it really hits the spot.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ShiftBeer
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the richer, maltier, roastier American style of Octoberfest. Essentially a drier brown ale with lager yeast. I don't like this vein of Octoberfest that much. Kind of clumsy.

Red/bronze color with a hint of brown. The color of an old penny.

Not a huge nose, some roasty malt.

Fairly full in the mouth, with a nutty, roasty finish. A hit of crisp, floral hops creeps up in there somewhere but only a little.

Not too bad, but not really that good either.


ShiftBeer, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Cnorrisl
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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