1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Not Rated.
Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

909 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 909
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 35 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Harpoon Octoberfest Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 461 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Silverpath6
Silverpath6

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-16-2013 20:42:49 | More by Silverpath6
Photo of Jersh67
Jersh67

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-09-2013 03:46:05 | More by Jersh67
Photo of Poupae
Poupae

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-08-2013 01:29:06 | More by Poupae
Photo of pajeff
pajeff

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-07-2013 20:08:27 | More by pajeff
Photo of Bjlps
Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-06-2013 11:30:02 | More by Bjlps
Photo of CraftBeerFanatic_07
CraftBeerFanatic_07

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-05-2013 09:12:55 | More by CraftBeerFanatic_07
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (TM) unearthed this gem while on a recent Veterans Day foray to State Line Liquors! I am overjoyed to be reviewing something other than yet another pumpkin ale.

From the CAN: "Prost!"; "Roll out the barrels!"; "Love beer. Love life. Harpoon."; "Pack it in, pack it out Please recycle".

The Crack revealed a brimful CAN and the inverted Glug almost overflowed my special CAN-shaped glass until I backed off and let it settle. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with button-bright clarity. The head settled into two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny foam with good retention. Nose had a caramel maltiness which struck me as being a bit sweeter than I like. Some nice, sticky lacing began to appear as I patiently waited. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess on the tongue. The taste seemed kind of odd for the style - slightly minty with an underlying nuttiness. It was not bad, per se, but kind of unexpected. Finish was semi-sweet and nothing like I remember most oktoberfests/marzens, but not bad.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 01:35:14 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Cavanaghty
Cavanaghty

Maine

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice clear brown color with a thin off white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild malts and maybe some caramel.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts, bitter hops, and a slight hint of alcohol.

Overall: This is a great Oktoberfest! I would have this one again for sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 21:34:31 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Wukk
Wukk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2013 03:43:17 | More by Wukk
Photo of mitch3114
mitch3114

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-28-2013 20:22:37 | More by mitch3114
Photo of superdoopersauce
superdoopersauce

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2013 03:01:37 | More by superdoopersauce
Photo of guttervan
guttervan

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-27-2013 22:16:10 | More by guttervan
Photo of Carolvs
Carolvs

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 12-pack of cans from local store - last case of Oktoberfest remaining.

A - A 'bright dark' amber color with a thick foamy head.

S - Crisp, aromatic hoppy smell.

T - Light bitterness of hops quickly hits, and then fades off smoothly.

O - I enjoyed it and would drink it again, but I don't expect a true Oktoberfest to have this degree of hop content. Quality brew, no doubt, but borderline-not-an-Oktoberfest. Compare with Thomas Hooker, Sam Adams, or Otter Creek Oktoberfests.

Serving type: can

11-27-2013 18:00:50 | More by Carolvs
Photo of Freemann
Freemann

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-27-2013 03:33:54 | More by Freemann
Photo of brian44556
brian44556

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-26-2013 13:14:33 | More by brian44556
Photo of StevenH
StevenH

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-25-2013 01:59:52 | More by StevenH
Photo of Chugs13
Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 22:38:28 | More by Chugs13
Photo of xbrettfavrex
xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-21-2013 03:34:34 | More by xbrettfavrex
Photo of SaranacinTexas
SaranacinTexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-19-2013 04:39:11 | More by SaranacinTexas
Photo of BodiesLexus
BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-18-2013 04:11:03 | More by BodiesLexus
Photo of RabbiX
RabbiX

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-15-2013 21:50:18 | More by RabbiX
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-14-2013 20:12:46 | More by imperialking
Photo of wtkphoto
wtkphoto

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-13-2013 02:43:44 | More by wtkphoto
Photo of Enriquehopnog
Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-12-2013 20:51:36 | More by Enriquehopnog
Photo of Mr_Brewski
Mr_Brewski

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-10-2013 16:04:15 | More by Mr_Brewski
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.