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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

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1,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

gtermi, Nov 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

tsherm91, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

KornWallace, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

snowmaggedon, Nov 01, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep ruby red and brown color with a sticky off white head. A quarter inch of head remains throughout.

S. malty, hops, caramel, chocolate, faint floral notes

T. This is fantastic offering of the American version of this style. Nice malty and sweet start followed by a smooth and rich swirl on the toungue. Finishes with a nice snap of bitterness from the hops.

O. This is a phenomenal rendition of the octoberfest. A must try.

andrewjraab, Oct 31, 2012
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1.33/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

wac9, Oct 31, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangy amber color, large big bubble head, fades at a decent rate.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with subtle hints of spicy hops.

Taste is fairly straight forward, caramel upfront and dominate, high carbonation keeps things crisp and refreshing, mild hops too keep things somewhat balanced.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Duesler, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Trent, Oct 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

TheBigBoy, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

LCannon4, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

rmewett01, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

GFD400, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

PatGreer, Oct 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dgeebs07, Oct 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jeanphony, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

wtighe03, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy auburn brown, nice off white head which fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are nice and full of toffee and caramel malts. There's also a touch of chocolate and butterscotch. The flavors match the aromas. Flavors are extremely malty. I can pick up alot of chocolate and more caramel. There's a nice sweetness and nuttiness going on. Full flavored for such a small beer. There's a even a touch of heat. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, fluffy, creamy, and has high active carbonation. Really nice beer.

I like this. It's really a nice interpretation of the style. I'll look forward to it for on now.

BB1313, Oct 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark ruby-tinted mahogany color with a thin beige head on top. The nose is pleasant with hints of floral tones, fresh bread, sweet caramel candies. Moderate carbonation that doesn't get too spritzy. Smooth on the finish makes this one easy to drink.

Great flavors of caramel sweetness, mild toffee, crackers, bready flavors on the back end. All of these meld well make this one easy to drink. Tasty beer here that is a good representation by an American brewery. I wouldn't mind having a sixer of this in the fridge each and every fall.

Onenote81, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

flyingmick, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bckayaalp, Oct 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Gavini, Oct 19, 2012
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.