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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
78
okay

119 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. It's mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with Willamette.

The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. John's recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2009)
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Reviews by SMortiL987:
Photo of SMortiL987
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden orange with a white head that laces down the glass.

S - Neutral smell with whisps of sweetness.

T - Sweet, low-medium maltiness. A hint of Belgian bubblegum style esters. No detectable maple on my pallet. Light alcohol taste. Light bitterness at the end. Slightly buttery.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol warmth.

O - Expected a little more from this beer. Alcohol presence overpowers maple flavors which this beer is meant to showcase. Honestly, a little disappointed as a 100 series beer from Harpoon.

SMortiL987, Aug 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JasonA
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheat huh ... strange style

Filtered crystal clear light, very light, copper. Ample and thick head. Lacing present. Head isnt moving (thats no fun ;)).

Wheat, some citrus. Little hop character.

Mild wheat. Maybe maple. Maybe some light malt. No real bitterness.

Solid carbonation. Crisp and inviting. Sits well. Feels refreshing, but dry at the same time. I would love to try this in the middle of a hot summer day.

Not sure. Yes and no. Not a sessionable brew, I want to sip it slow. Though its not something with a lot of depth that would keep me interested.

JasonA, May 16, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little bit better than an average beer. It was a hazy cherry amber color with a decent tan head. It had a faint bready aroma, with a hint of maple. I think I was expecting more maple, given the beer's name. Bready taste, hint of maple, even less than a hint of hops. Fairly dry. Would probably be an OK session beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Jason
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz brown bottle with a foil cover over the cap and neck of bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Shiny and clear copper color, good head retention all around. Smells of maple taffy, powdery biscuit, bubble gum fruit and a hint of herbal hop. Slick and smooth with medium body, sweetness right away yet the light maple flavor never rises above the malt. Bready malt meets a quick smack of herbal hop bitterness which is all swept by a breath of fruity alcohol. Sweetness ensues as nothing else jumps at the chance to balance it out.

A bit too sweet for me, yeah the hops and alcohol are there but all seem a bit transparent ... even the malt. If you can handle sweeter beers that don't primarily focus on a round malt character then this one is for you.

Jason, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a small almond hued head. Some attractive sheet lacing appears on the glass.

Not much going on with the aroma. Twangy wheat malt and a hint of herbal hops are noted.

Light medium body has a crisp carbonation.

Maple syrup is apparent in the taste but is subtle, never cloying. Wheat malt dominates the taste, with a hint of herbal hops bitterness. No indication of the almost 7% abv.

A basic wheat ale with a maple syrup addition, very lightly hopped. Not bad, but I'll pass on another.

merlin48, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ouncer, typical, 100 barrel presentation. Pours lighter amber, with bubbles continuing to rise, under a frothy light tan head and strands of lace. Light whiffs of sugary maple on the nostrils. This one tastes a bit off to me, lacking in the pleasant sweetness expected in the style. It gives off a moderate sourness, a slight metallic note, then a moderatly dry finish. Bleh, yet another underwhelmer in this series.

Billolick, May 03, 2009
Photo of mrquartetman
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, nice persistent head

S: Maple/Malt aroma, kind of like a beer pancake with syrup

T: Toasty, with maple sweetness that is not overwhelming. Not much hop. Stays on the palate but is not at all cloying.

M: Good density, a beer that demands further holding on the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable, worth buying again and again.

mrquartetman, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nice medium dark. It had a full white creamy head. I was anticipating more of an aroma considering it was a Maple wheat beer.

The taste was easy, it did have some hints of maple syrup but I also detected some buttery nuts with a slight feel of smoked wood.

It was so easy drinking, maybe a bit too much. Round and soft almost to the point where I was waiting for something and it never came.

While the taste was easy, it did leave a very pleasant taste of maple that was satisfying.

rdilauro, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber > Weizen glass

a beautiful orange-ish copper color, totally clear, just like all Harpoon brws. Big 'ol carbonation, with tiny bubbles wildly swirling around to create a rather healthy looking, thick, frosty off-white head. Really long retention. Very nice.

Th aroma is really inviting, with a big whiff of sweet, yet smokey Vermont Maple syrup. The spicey, herbal wheat balance is very good, with the wheat, hops and heat really adding to the nose complexity.

The flavor has a well-rounded complexity, with a malty current of Maple syrup that gives a sweet, natural effect over the spicey hops and crispy wheat flavored body. Medium bodied, crispy, with a dry-wheatie edge. The finish is dry, with a spicey hop and abv heat rolls in right at the end. The heat is a bit boozy, but 6.8 % is alot for a wheat beer, so it's pretty well hidden overall. The maple syrup really mellows the crispness out in the end.

This is a "warming" wheat beer that is refreshing and complx enough to really be interesting. honestly, they had me at "Maple Wheat"!

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +18%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

twowheelssoar, May 08, 2012
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Faint aroma of wheat and caramel.

This is smoooth, but not much else going on. Faint caramel flavor, faint wheat flavor. and it flows down the throat ever so softly.

I like this, but I don't really know why. Not a lot really going on here, but it was enjoyable to drink.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a good head that sticks around for a long period of time.
Yeasty, with some lemon aromas.
A little tart with Diacetyls present. Bready but refreshing due to the very yeasty quality of the beer.
Lots of carbonation which is pleasant for style. Body is a little watery but still enjoyable.
A solid beer from Harpoon, its worth noting however that the maple is almost undetectable.

alovesupreme, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Saturday March 8th, the first full day of Philly Beer Week 2009:

Appearance: Clear, deep amber that borders on copper. Frothy off-white head. Good retention, better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly limited. Clean. A sugary quality hints at maple syrup. Perhaps some minor fruitiness of apples and white grape. Minor grainy malt notes. No hops, as might be expected.

Taste: The maple syrup does come through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. It's more like a thin coating to the caramelish malt base. Wheat malt is only slightly evident. It's pretty straightforward with notes of caramel and drizzled honey. Bitterness is balancing, and stiff enough to cut through. Some hops appear in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well reigned in, but you can tell that it's slightly bigger than a regular beer. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a delicately tingly median carbonation. Appropriately smooth.

Drinkability: While there are certainly no off-flavors, and the maple syrup is kept in check, it almost seems like there's not enough flavor. At least given the extra strength. It makes a decent amber-wheat, but the use of maple syrup doesn't seem to have done much for it other than getting your attention. Altogether fairly drinkable though.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade from DrDogbeer.

Pours a dark mead maple color with no head at all and no lacing. It looks like a mead.

Smells like a mead too but with a little maple. Little bit of wheat too.

Tastes alot like a mead mixed with a beer. Pretty viscous but not too sweet. Some maple flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little viscous.

Overall not a very interesting beer. Probably going to pour it out.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange, decent head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing. Smells of light maple, spicy wheat, some buttery diacetyl, caramal sweetness, . Tastes of sweet maple malt up front followed by a nice mild bitterness. Nice caramel flavors marries well with the maple sweetness. The wheat is not very prominant Finishes fairly sweet at first before the wheat kicks in drying the palate. Carbonation a little lower than other wheats, but works here.

Interesting beer. To be honest, i couldn't pinpoint the maple syrup very well or even the wheat. I think there is too much caramel malt that overshadows everything else. A very good sessionable beer though, i could drink a lot of this.

bum732, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy Orange copper. Gold and Amber Highlights. Small Beige head that dissipated quickly. No Lace.

Sweet Mapley Bourbon. Lemon citrus wheat. Touch of medicinal alcohol.

Nutty sweet maple and caramel. Herbal Lemony wheat. Semi bitter maple herbal aftertaste. Mapleness builds as you drink, but could be more pronounced.

med body. well carbonated. Semi dry, sticky syrup. Could be richer.

Good drinkability. Not something you'd want to drink often, but worth a try.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of u2carew
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A) Pours from the 22oz bomber with a 3/4 inch head. Very creamy head. Visible carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Just a bit of wheat aroma. Not a very aromatic brew.
T) Just a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup. Wheaty. A bit of alcoholic effervescence. Taste overall is thin.
M) Mostly a medium body brew. Some CO2 fizz on the tongue. The overall mouthfeel, like the taste, is thin. Creamy feel.
D) I was more excited about the brew from the label, but the contents of the bottle are not that impressive.

u2carew, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of jim102864
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A small column of bubbles in the center of my Chimay goblet. Very clear, copper color. Also a very mild nose. The alleged maple is very mild, barely discernable. A metallic finish with some mild hop bitterness. Do you note a trend? This isn't understated, it's just not a very good interpretation of the style. Not worth the price of admission.

jim102864, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this off the cask at a beer tasting in Brooklyn. It had a nice copper head with a thick foamy head head that dissipated into a nice lace.

It's very sweet, which I normally don't care for, but this seems to do it in good balance with malts and bitter. I like this for its originality.

Amalak, May 09, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that is a bit hazy, but more towards the clear end of the spectrum. Head is ample, thick, and coarse. It dissipates quickly and leaves minimal laces on my glass.

The smell is alright...Maple syrup is evident, but other than that, there is nopt much going on but a little wheat aroma. There is also no hop presences at all. There are some spiced notes that help to spur me onward.

Taste is pretty predictable after the aroma. The maple syrup is at the front of the flavor. As it subsides, some grassy hops do squeeze their way in among spices. Yeasty flavors are muted.

The texture, feel and body of this beer are very good. It is light enough to enjoy the whole bottle with enough flavor to get me through it without getting bored. While not my favorite in the style, I would drink it again for sure.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. The smell is somewhat what I expected after reading the bottle, but the maple smell is more pronounced than expected, but very unique and very pleasing. Alcohol is very well hidden, especially at almost 7%. Very smooth throughout and a very smooth finish. Drinking this one after eating French toast at 4 a.m. (Nice pairing). Sort of difficult to pick out any different flavors in the taste other than the maple but the maple is enough to make this a very enjoyable and unique wheat offering.

KickbacksSteve, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into pint glass at Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY. Wish I knew how old this was, cuse it looks like its been a while since it was retired...
This beer didnt have any real unique charateristics...plain and mild acorss the board. Over malty, almost lager like, with no maple flavor. I was so dissapointed in this brew. Not worth trying at all in my opinion...unless you want a forgetable ordinary "beer". Sorry Harpoon...not quite up to par with the rest of your stuff...

DrinkSlurm, Mar 30, 2012
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.