Harpoon Octoberfest Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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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
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
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
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
Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.