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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
83
good

919 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | 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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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-10-2014 00:47:10 | More by Goldndomer
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Anino

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-02-2014 03:53:06 | More by Anino
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

Presentation: Very cool looking label in the Harpoon tradition with a nice color scheme and a bit of fall flair. Front label gives a bit of brewery information and ABV info. Back label has a bit of advertisement for the brewery. Neck label says “Prost” and gives a small desc of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz English Pint led to a 3 finger tan head of a thicker medium density atop a clear copper amber colored beer. Head retention was very good at 4min 32sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of sweet caramel malts along with hints of toastiness, a bit of very light hops, and a bit of fruitiness.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of a bit of toasty caramel malt along with a slight bit of hops on the front end. Mid point is dominated by toasty sweet caramel malts along with a bit of breadyness. The toastyness kicks up another notch on the back end and is balanced by a sweet slight fruitiness with a nice toasty finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: One of the better all around American brewed Octoberfest beers that I have had. This has a really great flavor profile, nice body, and an ABV perfect for sessioning. Try it!!. Classified as a Marzen/Octoberfest @ 5.3% ABV. Consumed 10/26/2013.

01-22-2014 03:11:25 | More by thegodfather1076
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-21-2014 01:18:27 | More by AJ01923
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jrand2621

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2014 12:38:22 | More by jrand2621
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-02-2014 02:19:12 | More by lzepplin01
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SeanDolan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-29-2013 22:54:04 | More by SeanDolan
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-29-2013 17:09:45 | More by KevinGordon
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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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robebo44

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-20-2013 02:08:57 | More by robebo44
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Silverpath6

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Maine

4/5  rDev +9%

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!

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-26-2013 13:14:33 | More by brian44556
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.