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

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99 Reviews
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2009

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
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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 119
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-March 2009.

This was unquestionably the most beautiful beer that I had seen in a long time! It had a mountainous, frothy ecru-colored cap of two fingers' worth of foam with outstanding retention. The color was a BUPGOO-like deep amber both intense carbonation and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild sweetness, but not a cloying one as you might expect from maple syrup. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a toned-down maple flavor on the tongue. Better put, it was discernible, but not overpowering. Finish actually tended towards a slight dryness. 5s - top to bottom. From me, for a wheat beer?!? Man, I gotta rethink my stance. (678 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
4.58/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely a work of art. I had it back in 2010 and remember to this day exactly what it tasted like. It was that distinctive and that amazing. The maple syrup gave the beer perfect sweetness and added to its complex wheat flavor. Red, clear, and smooth this beer will be greatly missed. (287 characters)

Photo of mrquartetman
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
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"! (1,069 characters)

Photo of VTaler
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into 1L stein. Bottle note 6.8%, 21 IBU, Session 26 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Made with 'flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup'.

A- Pours nicely, brown, with a thick head, lots of lacing as it goes down. Very nice looking beer. Head dissapears about 1/2 way through.

S- Smells delightful. I can smell the maple in the pour. As I get closer and really inhale, I smell maple and malts, two nice sweet aromas. A rich aroma.

T- Husky and heavy on the front, followed by a sweet maple aftertaste. This beer is wonderfully balanced. The wheat and maple are both well represented and the flavor profile works well. As I get farther down the stein, I taste sweet fruit with the maple. Like banana french toast covered in syrup. Very good.

M- a little lighter than expected. It seems all the carbonation was in the head, the beer tastes almost flat (although it isn't). Odd.

D- Goes down smooth. As another reviewer put it, this would be better in winter, and is odd for a Summer release. Still, tasty. I may lay one down for a couple months and see how it tastes in the fall.

All in all, another good (not great) beer from Harpoon's 100 barrel series. This series got me into craft beer, so I always have a soft spot for 'em. Keep it up, Harpoon! (1,276 characters)

Photo of chiefthreebeers
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at a liquor store in Chicago. Love maple syrup so I naturally would love this brew. Color and overall appearance is great. Dark amber makes me think of maple syrup. Not too much aroma there, could have used more maple aroma and flavor. Still pretty tasty overall. (278 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of bminor7
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany NY.

A - Amber clear. Frothy head gone very soon. Oddly no lees at the bottom of the bottle whatsovever.

S - Classic ale, malt and hops in balance. No alcohol detectable. Smooth honey and some banana, but I can't get the maple.

T - Light ale flavors, belgian yeast. IBU rating is seemingly low. Strong wheat aftertaste. Again maybe a bit of maple syrup? I can never seem to find it in beers claiming it as an ingredient.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation which lingers on the tongue but seems to lack contribution to the mouthfeel otherwise.

D - I could see it better as a draft. Overall a nice sessionable offering from Harpoon which grows on you. It does well at what it seeks to be. I would recommend trying at least once. (773 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has definite maple and wheat tones, plus fruity, malty and hoppy hints. Pours a clear, dark, fizzy copper with a fairly thick pale copper-tan head. Flavor has a wheaty core with maple and fruity notes plus hints of woody hops and caramel, and just a touch of horehound. Texture has firm body and a decent amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, syrupy, slightly hoppy finish. This is a good one, so catch it while you can, no matter what series! (445 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Windsor facility on 16APR09 with Alewife for lunch at the start of a long weekend in Vermont. Had a tulip glass of this to start, about 13oz worth...

This bier was a striking, clear copper hue, with sporadic carbo. Head was thin and white, leaving very good lace in the glass. Light sweetness wafted forth, with subtle floral notes also present in the restrained aroma. Body was just about a medium, and despite some prickliness on the tongue, the bier was fairly smooth overall.

Flavor has a bit of toastiness and a little caramel, with the maple evident and adding a subtle sweetness to the profile. Hopping is well in the background, and the wheaty finish is dry and crisp. An easy-going, refreshing bier. Prosit!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of HopTroll
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz in a Vivant wheat beer glass

A: Pours a clear copper color with a medium thick creamy white head.

T: Sweet, malty taste with just enough maple flavor. Not a big wheat flavor but it's there at the end after the sweet maple begins to fade.

S: Sweet smell of maple and caramel.

M: Full to medium body, nice and smooth that finishes light and clean.

D: Very drinkable but the sweetness puts a limit to the amount I can drink. Overall a good beer that I would buy again. (476 characters)

Photo of Hokies
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Pours a copper/amber color with a nice creamy head that sticks around for a while with some lace left behind on the glass. The aroma is not the strongest with the maple being dominate and the wheat underlying behind it. The taste is very nice with the sweetness dominating from the maple and caramel malt. Their is a light taste from the pale malts and some nice wheat taste to it. This would actually be a very nice summer brew. (469 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from a local Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a half inch of short lived off-white head. Caramel, nut, maple, and maybe some wood-like character? Tastes like nut and maple, with some banana, caramel, and wood notes. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. More of a drinker than expected for an ABV. Overall, for the style, a very interesting and unique beer that doesn't fall easily into any category. Not something I'll probably get again, but well-worth the try if this is your kind of thing. (509 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with a tall and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, some toasted caramelized malts, and a nice maple aroma.
T: A nice thick wheaty base underneath layers of caramelized malts, maple, and a bit of floral hops at the end.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, just wish it didn't have so much of a head, but still a nice beer. (462 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into 1L stein. Bottle note 6.8%, 21 IBU, Session 26 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Made with 'flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup'.

A- Pours nicely, brown, with a thick head, lots of lacing as it goes down. Very nice looking beer. Head dissapears about 1/2 way through.

S- Smells delightful. I can smell the maple in the pour. As I get closer and really inhale, I smell maple and malts, two nice sweet aromas. A rich aroma.

T- Husky and heavy on the front, followed by a sweet maple aftertaste. This beer is wonderfully balanced. The wheat and maple are both well represented and the flavor profile works well. As I get farther down the stein, I taste sweet fruit with the maple. Like banana french toast covered in syrup. Very good.

M- a little lighter than expected. It seems all the carbonation was in the head, the beer tastes almost flat (although it isn't). Odd.

D- Goes down smooth. Very quaffable.

All in all, another good beer from Harpoon's 100 barrel series. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - snifter, cellar temp.
A - Maple comes through with some alcohol
A - Three fingers of brilliant white head, deep amber color. Nice lacing and persistence on the head.
M - light carbonation, medium body, some alcohol warmth.
T - Great maple sugar without the cloying sweetness. Wheat comes through nicely in the background. Some darker fruits and alcohol flavors.
D - Very easy drinking for a nice medium strength beer. Nice use of maple. (453 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has hints of wheat and maple in the nose, followed by a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste is smooth with a good hint of maple upfront, followed by wheat and mild hop bitterness. Not bad. A bit sweet but not enough to be cloying.

Mouthfeel is full of the maple and wheat. Crisp, smooth. Easy to drink.

Overall, not a bad beer made with maple. A bit too sweet overall for my tastes but you can't go wrong with giving it a try. The use of Vermont maple syrup is a treat that gives it a different feel. (582 characters)

Photo of JasonA
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of maple, sugars, wheat, grass, and fruit. Stronger than I would expect from a Wheat beer, I like it.

Taste of wheat, maple, grass, and sugars. A nice maple flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation. (327 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery in Boston, poured chilled into a Boddington's glass.

A - a light copper w/ haze and a pillowy offf white 2 1/2 finger cap w/ a very fine bead.

S - An estery fruity (slight tropical) nose w/ woody accents from maple. Gentle grainy aroma like toasted cereal w/ mild husky buckwheat odor w/ a similarity to a whole grain pancake

M - A very dry toasted grain texture and crisp w/ moderate carbonation and the moderate alcohol in feel. Finish is dry -almost bone dry w/ a hint of creamy malted wheat

T - A sweet maple flavor collides w/ crisp light toasted malt taste with a hint of woodiness from the mild hops. The flavor is hinted at bready as the yeast and malt give a light nutty taste. The taste is dry w/ a gentle maple taste which is both nutty, creamy and mildly sweet.

D - Drinkability is above average for me but not a quenching beer, more of a beer like bock you go for when you want malty yet chewy (944 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, orangish amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that drops off rather quickly. Not too strong of an aroma. I get a whiff of the maple syrup right off. Some wheat and malts behind it. The taste is decent enough: Some malt, wheat and maple flavors. A touch of dryness in the finish. Definitely worth having again. (370 characters)

Photo of GWaters
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice healthy foamy head 2.5 fingers. Foam diminishes slowly leaving a gentle lacing and a ring around the beer.

Scent: First scent is a sweet aromatic maple/malty wiff. There is a slight hop character to the scent as well, but not overly present.

Taste: First impression is an oddly sweet IPA, but as the flavor matures in the mouth, the maple emerges more as well as the malt and a caramel taste. As the bottle breathes, the malt character becomes even more present.

Drinkability: A smooth drink with a happy flavor to it. I would look for this beer more in the dead of winter, but either way, it is tasty and easily enjoyed. Although I don't see myself sucking down a bunch of these in a sitting, I do see myself finishing the large 22 oz bottle without question (774 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce foil-capped bomber into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a pale, copper amber color with nice carbonation and a two-finger head of bubbly ivory foam which left a fat ring of lace.

S: Smells slightly sugary, like maple ice cream and a little fruity hop zest and yeast aroma.

T: Taste is a little sweet, but not overpowering. I thought/hoped it'd be a rich, sweet maple syrupy malted brew, but it was rather mild. A little yeast and wheaty funk in the flavor, but overall pretty clean and faint flavored.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth.

D: Not a bad brew, sort of just perplexing. I was hoping for a nice dessert beer to go down after my fire-roasted pro tenderloin, and what I wound up with a slightly maple flavored pale wheat ale without the fruity wheat ale taste. Good, but a little strange. (856 characters)

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