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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 120
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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Photo of VTbeerbros
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The only reason I didn't rate this lower was. Because I didn't want to assume that everyone else feels the way I do about overly sweet beer. But hey, if you like 60 grams of sugar dumped into your brew, by all means... Try this beer. This is coming from a 6th generation Vermonter who LOVES maple syrup. This beer was disgusting. I asked the bar-lady to dump it out after two sips. The second sip was strictly for the purpose of review. Anyways, here it goes:

A: looked deceivingly good. Nice dark mahogany color, with almost a marble syrup within.

S: surprisingly little maple scent, until

T: oh boy did it hit me. Maple, sugar, coma. Way too much. I was hoping for a slight hint of maple, but good lord I was wrong. Could barely taste the finer themes of the beer under all that sugar

M: wouldn't know, I spit it out so quick

O: see above

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - this ale pours a rootbeer color with a finger of tan head that fizzes away almost instantly, tons of carbonation

S - the smell is either maple/wheaty or metallic, seems more metallic

T - the taste is sickly sweet, to sweet in fact, like a nondescript poor quality dollar store halloween candy, cant really pick out any maple, though at the very end i taste the wheatiness, ugh i may pour this

M&D - smooth and easy to drink, though the flavor is a bit offputting, the cough syrupy sweetness is overwhelming, only had this bottle for one day, it cant be skunked, can it

Photo of dubman003
2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is good. I certainly expected as much after reading the label. I'm from New Hampshire, love real maple syrup. Unfortunately, my pre-opened excitement is all I have to offer.

The smell reminded me of Busch Light. I haven't had Busch Light in four years (since I was a sophomore in college), but I knew the smell immediately.

Taste: Flat, unimpressive. To strike out on such a bold endeavor (and to claim the aroma and flavor of Vermont Maple Syrup), I expected the aroma to pour out of the bottle like a blueberry beer does when opened. Like the aroma, I expected the flavor to also be poignant and strong. I expected to definitely say, "Yes, this takes exactly how I'd imagine maple syrup as a beer to taste." Instead I'm left with the taste of Molson Ice left out of the fridge for too long (a slight fruit/apple hint after swallowing).

Mouthfeel: Without flavor, the mouthfeel is like...well, like beer.

Drinkability: I could drink it if there was no other beer available.

Photo of Studly21
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice amber color with moderately thick off-white head that quickly dissipates. Sweet malty nose with maybe a hint of maple.
Some sweetness that quickly fades. Taste is overall one-dimensional and not very impressive. It's lack of flavor does make this drinkable in that light beer sort of way. Not worth the money.

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

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.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice light copper color with 2 fingers of white head. Some lacing.

S:The nose is really sweet. You can actually get a tiny bit of maple syrup. Little bit of adjuncty sweetness is there as well though. Maybe that is just Harpoon's yeast since most of their beers have this smell.

T: You do get a ton of wheat up front. The heaviness in the taste really comes out through the maple syrup. The finish is a bit off. The two tastes really do not mesh together well IMO.

M: Fairly thick medium body. This beer feels more like a wheatwine. For this style it should be a nice light refreshing body.

D: It was over 60 degrees for the first time this year and I grabbed this when I got home from work. Just not what I was looking for. I think Harpoon really needs to step it up with their 100 barrel series. The last few have not been good.

Photo of icemanrulz
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came across this selection at a beer store in town today and was very excited to break it open, being a big fan of maple flavored beer. Unfortunately, my excitement was short lived. The beer pours a basic light amber color, slight head that dissipates quickly. The smell was nondescript, a light malt nose with a very subtle hint of maple. The taste was equally disinteresting, virtually no complexity, with only a slight hint of maple sweetness on the finish. It's a light beer making it easy to drink, despite its slightly higher than normal ABV. Not sure what I was expecting with this but it fell short of expectation.
Harpoon has always been hit or miss with me, and this one was unfortunately a miss. I expected better after reading the positive reviews of some of their past Barrel Series selections and being a fan of maple flavoring in beer. Unless you've tried every Barrel Series offering since the beginning and want to keep your streak alive, you can safely pass up on this one.

Photo of TrevorGW
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright copper color with a thin head that stays around for the first half of the pint.

Smell is sweet with caramel and bread... pretty standard.

Taste is muddled and weak, but not offensive. First it hits you with light maltiness, then a tinge of fruity sweetness in the finish. You really have to search to find any representation of the maple, and same with the wheat. The title of the beer is deceptive.

Light to Medium body with medium carbonation. A nice session beer feel, but the flavor comes up short.

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of deg
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle and poured it into a regular pint glass. A good head, a nice reddish brown color. I could smell a little maple. The initial taste was more wheat than maple. Eventually the maple came out and unfortunately started to dominate. Unless you are a fan of the maple taste, I suggest only having this beer in small amounts.

Photo of morebeergood
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into hefe glasses. Dull orange color. Pretty decent sized head. Moderate carbonation. Smell was pretty bland. No maple scent. Taste was run of the mill. Didn't get any of the usual wheat beer flavors, nor did I get any clue as to where the maple was. Mostly got a bit of orange in the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sweet and sticky side. Might be a decent beer on a warm evening due to its relative smoothness, but otherwise was very lackluster. Not one of the best Harpoon 100 Barrel offerings put forth. Not sure what they were trying to do with this beer.

Photo of LiquorLockerVP
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass in the "lab" from a bomber.

Appearance:
A smoothe orange tan, much like a dark ice tea. Tiny, tiny bubbles dancing up inside, but overall tne body looks asleep. A soapy lather of white head slowly rose upon pouring, but quickly died down with minimal lacing. The beer looks quiet, if that makes sense. Minutes after pouring and it looks like it has been sitting out for awhile. Not too impressed.

Smell:
Just a hint of wheat, and a small amount of figgy sweetness. A very small amount. At first I wasnt getting much at all, so I let it sit for a few minutes. I even cleansed the snout with a whiff of coffee beans hoping I would pick up more. Alas, there isn't a huge amount going on with the aroma. As I said, I'm just getting a really feint fruit sweetness. Perhaps a whisper of maple? Might just be wishful sniffing. I was hoping for waffles.

Taste:
Pretty refreshing. It reminds me of mildly sweet breakfast cereal, leaving a lingering taste of cheerios, with a (very, VERY) small amount of maple syrup drizzled on it. Definetly can taste the wheatiness on the finish. Rolling it back over the tongue, the sweetness from the maple says hello very quickly on the tip, but gets bulldogged by the big dull chubby sour wheats on the sides. Like I said, the after taste is definetly the cereals, but it is light and not unpleasant.

PS- Aha, I found the maple. Let the beer hit the middle of your tongue first, not the tip. Thats where the maple lies.

Moutful:
Average bodied, definetly not flabby but no where near light either. I feel it is very indicative of it's head, medium sized foamy bubbles make for a transition from firm to frothy. Their is little alcohol burn, and the carbonation is not abrasive. It leaves the mouth slightly prickled, and a tad dry.

Drinkability:
Very drinkable. I could do a bunch of these. I think it comes from the fact that it is not overly extreme in any category. The added maple hints are built upon what alone would be a refreshing wheat. The beer is refreshing enough to go with a salty meal, perhaps ham.

Photo of brianjay
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, golden brown with some red tint in it, much like the color of a rock formation in a Western U.S. state park. The head was one finger of bright white, smoothe foam which left a thin ring around the glass for the remainder of the session.
Sweet (maple/honey) and floral (wild flowers)aroma with some undertones of oak; Reminded me of sitting on a porch in the woods of New England. Overall, the look and smell were comforting and inspiring.
The taste was a quick let down, along with the absence of body. In the mouth it felt like a weak combination selzter water and vinegar. The taste was lacking: Oil and bitterness of the hops were the only notable tastes, but otherwise bland. Left a pungent, silky after-taste.

Photo of Stimack
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gave this one a try last evening while at Mahars. Brew was poured to a copper color with some reddish highlights. Good sized tan head that had nice retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma clearly comes off somewhat sweet, though I was anticipating more based on the maple syrup? Fair wheat aroma does come through. On the taste side the sweetness really comes out along with some wheat like flavors. I don't really pick up anything that tells me that there is maple syrup in there? The sweetness at first seemed ok, but got very old quick. Did finish it but there does not seem to be much here, sweetness is too much and the rest of the beer is bland at best. Interesting try, but a miss for me.

Photo of horshack7
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: From a bomber pours an amber copper color with a light in color foamy head that slowly thins out.

Aroma: Off the bat it has a very citrusy aroma grapefruit mild hints of lemon zest and decent hop aroma. Not alot of maple syrup aroma.

Taste: A very smooth mouthfeel to start a little sticky. Little hints of orange and lemon zest. Only slight hints of maple.

Notes: This one is very drinkable but quite different from a traditional wheat beer but still tasty. Cheers

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.

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.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Good head retention with the beer being a bold amber red.
S: A little light on the smell. Some maple hints. Sugary smelling.
T: Some apple flavor initially which fades to wheat and a little dare I say stale bread taste? The maple is very subdued and the finish is very gross bitter that doesn't really have a pin pointed flavor.
M: Sits quite bubbly with a medium body. Pretty smooth.

Overall there are a lot of elements to this beer that I like. The sweetness of the maple comes through giving it an apple like taste. The wheat is slightly present as well. The problem is though, none of these flavors is really big and bold so they all subtly blend together into a rather poor tasting beer.

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...

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow maple syrup and banana. In the taste, well, it's a candied banana with a touch of maple syrup in the end. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candied banana flavor in the aftertaste. A bit sticky sweet, and a bit eh!

Photo of LennyV
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Halftime.

Pours a caramel color into my Gulden Drak tulip. Creamy white head and nice lacing.

Smell is nonexistant. I was expecting some maple flavor.

Tatse is decent but nothing really santds out. It is not complex.

Feels ok in the mouth, medium body.

This is an ok session beer, but frankly I was disapointed. The idea of a maple wheat seemed like a an adventure in flavor that never came to be.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.