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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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Photo of markskar
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bomber of this at a local convenience store. Haven't been too into Harpoon in recent years, but I liked the wet-hopped Glacial Harvest that I tried last year.

With low expectations, I poured a glass, came out nice and clear amber with a thick, rootbeer float head. "Sweet" smell of blueberries and a hint of maple syrup (but not as much as the name would hint--which is fine with me because I think maple brews are strange in general).

The taste isn't bad, but I'm not getting malts or hops. Just blueberry pancakes. I like pancakes, and even more so with blueberries, but this is rather unfamiliar in a beer. Still, I don't mind it. It's good, and interesting, just isn't blowing me away.

Mouthfeel is complex and very good. High carbonation and relatively high abv% makes it start crisp, but it quickly goes into a smoothness down the throat, with a nice and sticky, syrupy feeling lingering. Still, all I'm getting is blueberry pancakes.

Drinkability is quite good, certainly not a drain pour. Low expectations and a lack of appreciation for maple brews made me enjoy this more than I expected, but it certainly isn't the best/most distinctive/special, etc. beer I've had. Certainly better than 'Poon's mass production stuff though.

A solid C+/B- in my book.

markskar, Apr 07, 2009
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.

icemanrulz, Apr 07, 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 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.

morebeergood, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of KTracy
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear, bright copper color with a foamy, two finger head that dissipates quickly to a light ring.

S: Sweet malt smell, maple syrup comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Sweet malt and maple at the front (not overwhelming), ending with a slight hop bitterness. Definitely some wheat in there. I was expecting a bigger maple flavor. The flavors are balanced, but I was hoping for more of a WOW effect.

M: Light to medium bodied. Has a nice dry finish thanks to the good carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Even though the taste is average, it's pleasant. This is definitely a sessionable beer because your taste buds never fatigue.

KTracy, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of shanem
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

disappointed in this one. No maple...

A: light amber/gold color with small white head

S: light bready aroma with the tiniest bit of sweetness, not much though

T: Not a lot here either, unfortunately follows the smell, with a light wheatiness, though not as much as I would expect from something labeled a wheat beer, with no maple flavor, I tried to find it, but just couldn't.

M: on the light side of medium, finishes clean

D: not bad, it was a refreshing beer

overall, just expected to get hit with a hearty big maple flavor and was dissapointed. A good beer that seems to me to just be mislabeled.

shanem, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is some roasted dark malts, with some underlying sweetness to be found.
Taste is more of the sweetness. Not sure if it's definitely coming from the maple aspect of it, but it's noticeable. A little bit of bitterness in the mouthfeel as well. Pretty enjoyable and easy to put down. This is the first of their "Barrel Series" that I've had and it's been pretty solid.
Decent beer, will have to seek out some of the other beers from this line.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 31, 2009
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

horshack7, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper. Topped by a fluffy, cohesive, beige head that fades to a film leaving patchy lace. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and maple syrup. A bit of leafy hops appear on the swirl.

A light, bready sweetness upfront builds in sweetness in the center with caramel malts and maple syrup. There's a light spiciness towards the finish, which is lightly bitter. Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Malty, but balanced. There's not so much maple syrup so as to make the beer overwhelmingly sweet, but it could have used a bit more to add a bit more maple flavor, which was mild overall.

EPICAC, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of DrDogbeer poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a short-lived beige head that lingers as a small cap adn leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame with some pale malts and hints of sweetness from both the caramel malts and presumably the honey, though I wouldn't have picked it out if I didn't know it was in there.

The taste follows the aroma but has the slightest hint of hops up front before giving way to the wheat sweetness and light fruits dipped in honey. The finish is slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and had decent carbonation.

This is a decent wheat beer with an interesting twist, but it's probaby just better than average for me.

gford217, Mar 26, 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 chiefthreebeers
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

chiefthreebeers, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of schroederm
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter:

Nice red amber color. White head pours with two fingers in my
snifter but falls to a ring quite quickly. Lacing is in sheets and is
thick. Smells include maple syrup, lemon, honey, and grainy. Tastes a bit boring: surprisingly weak maltiness with no support from auxiliary flavors. And where is the maple? Mouthfeel is watery and carbonation a little on the low side. This is certainly sessionable, but it's not very exciting.

Overall: Catamount maple wheat doesn't really take any risks and ends up being average as a result. I'd assume that anyone buying this beer is looking for some maple, and it just doesn't deliver. I suppose subtlety is preferable to drinking a bottle of maple syrup, but this is just blah.

schroederm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a very clear copper color with an off white head that recedes to lacing pretty quickly but sticks around for a while. the aroma presents a bit of the maple sweetness, without being overwhelming... the hops don't really balance the sweetness in the nose, but the taste isn't overly sweet. the hops are deffinitely present. between the medium body and the effervescent carbonation it's quite a drinkable beer.

almychristopher, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice wheat and crystal malt scent along with a moderate maple sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a very drinkable wheat and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes quite dry with a bit of maple sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a little bit better thatn most of their 100 barrel beers. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a tastey beer.

WesWes, Mar 19, 2009
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.

aerozeppl, Mar 17, 2009
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.

TrevorGW, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely. Orange-amber with thick 3-finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is not strong. Some citrus, mild sweetness.

Taste - citrus, mild hops, a little sweetness (caramel?). I am disappointed to not taste the real maple that it is brewed with.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium.

Drinkability - good. It's enjoyable but nothing spectacular. It's mild in nose and flavor. I wish it was a little bit stronger in both of those areas and wish the maple was more pronounced.

sophisticated, Mar 16, 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 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 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 ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head dwidles gradually, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity kick. Taste starts with maple sweetness, citric bite in the middle, soft wheat close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not something I'd go out of my way for.

ppoitras, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, caramel, light malts, some wheat and some hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than I had anticipated. The maple flavor hits up front with some caramel sweetness as well. Then the wheat flavor comes in with a mild hops presence to temper things out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding the maple twist, it's a decent beer but not one that I'd usually pick.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gingerman in NYC... Pours a hazy, dark-wheat hue... Minimal head, minor lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Hints of wheat, maple, and sugars... Interesting combination present.
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Hazy, wheat-laden, maple syrup, molasses...
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, alcohol hard to detect...
Drinkability: Overall, pretty drinkable.. A nice, light beer and a different take on the usual...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 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
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.