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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Pott’s Landbier, or “country beer,” is a traditional session lager with a decidedly malty backbone made up of a blend of German and North American malts. The smooth malt character is tempered by the German bittering hop Magnum, which lends a clean, crisp balance. This beer is finished with more German hops for a spicy herbal palate and aroma. Fermented with Pott’s proprietary lager yeast – and imbued with over 240 years of German brewing tradition -- this is just the beer to quench your summer thirst.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 132
Photo of bruachan
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great head with great staying power and great lacing and a glorious copper nectar

classy vienna and pils malt and floral, spicy hop aroma

sessionable and balanced. delicious malt sweetness and toastiness, with clean and spicy hop flavors. quite frankly, it's refreshing

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted a goodly amount of this fine brew at yet another excellent Harpoon event. The tapping of the 100 Barrel Pott's Landbier. Brewer Peter Wienstroer of Pott's Brauerei in Oelde, Germany brewed this for Harpoon. With Harpoon brewer Todd Charbeaneau who hopped it up accordingly. According to Peter, the Germans don't crave the hop as much as us Statesiders. 250 years of brewing and us Americans have to tweak it.

But credit where due - this is a very fine dark lager. (And as Harpoon never does lager, I had to ask.) Mr. Wienstoer stated that this has been brewed and aged like the original. Some small changes in malt and hopped a tad higher.

A - Dark amber, clear

S - like teen spirit. (Sorry...)

T - Yeah, a nice full tastin' dark. Well-balanced.

Drinkability? A fine session beer. Actually a superfine session beer. Harpoon should consider this for sixers. Just sayin'.

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Photo of Bmoritz
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this today, got it at Central Market here in Fort Worth TX, and can say it is one of the better vienna lager's I've had in a long while. I had it with a bison steak, potatoes, and carrots...was a nice pairing for something semi-random, I'll probably pair it with chicken next time.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear chestnut color under a 1 finger white head. Thin, wispy head. No lace but in fairness it's really humid in my apartment.

Aroma is hop spice, lightly kilned malt, and toasted marshmallow. Earthy undertone like twigs and coastal dirt (think pitch pines).

It's a bit nutty. Great toasted malt and nut combo with a perfect hop compliment. Crisp, refreshing and wonderfully flavorful.

A new fav. I know a Vienna lager isn't exactly a thriller but this is great.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fatastic surprise. clear amber in color with a head of three fingers. fantastic look. nose of apple funk, and malt roast. palate is malt but lean in body. apple pie without and sugar. smokey with an almost sour and a toasty bread finish of something a tad brisk to clear the palate. great great great section. as limited as it is. i really hope they put this on their regular brew selection.

had it again on tap and it wasn't at sustainable. this is a hard style and i figure you get it and drink it as fast as possible... still a wonderful lager if you find your fix. but at this point along in date... me having it in late oct '10 its going a bit mineral turgid.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear amber color with a one inch head that lasts a bit. Mild lace develops.

Smell: floral tones and sweetness create a pleasant aroma for the style.

Taste: mildly grainy malt profile with a mild floral hop bitterness, soft grassiness, apple sweetness, and a late arriving spiciness creates a well balanced lager.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer was a full flavored lager that was really refreshing with a lower ABV. This is worth picking up if you like the style.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this at ACBF and really liked it. Got a bottle the other day for reviewing. 22oz into pint. 4.8%ABV, 30 IBU.

A- Nice ambery golden color, good head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

S- Fruity, toasty malt. Grassy floral hops.

T- Toasted malt, big bold and bready. Grassy hops. A wisp of smoke. Kind of earthy hops. Lingering bitterness. Hops come through in the finish.

M- Good body, great carbonation. Keeps the beer moving and leaves me wanting more. Light body, but it works for the flavors. Too heavy and this beer would fall apart.

D- High. Great summer beer. One of the better lagers I've had in a while. I wouldn't mind seeing this one in 6pks. Great stuff from Harpoon/Pott's. Worth seeking out if you want a tasty lager.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a taster glass.

Pours a nice caramel brown color with a light fluffy head that recedes quickly. has a high level of carbonation presents as it bubbles from the bottom of the glass through the session. Smell is light and bready with some carmel malts and a touch of astrigent kick. Tastes light and refreshing with good balance between lemony hop bite and sweet caramel. carbonation is high and the abv is low so this really is easy to drink the whole bomber by yourself. Drinkability is high for me because its easy to find, and sessionable. really has that nice balance of hops and malt without being overpowering. A real beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Vienna lager I have had,hands down.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep rich bronze with a great fluffy one finger white crown atop,could be on a postcard from Bavaria.A mix of iron,caramel,toasted artisan bread,and leafy hop,alot of great subtle things going on making for great aromas.Light and crisp with a great underlying toasted bread quality on the palate,good initial caramel sweetness with a crisp,spicy finish.Its a Vienna lage it isnt gonna blow your socks off with big hops or anything of that nature but its fantastic,I could see myself in late September drinking this in a hop garten with some roast pork and dumplings,I liked it alot.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, crisp and clean, nice little head.
Smells biscuity and of apple esters.
Taste is nice with a bit of fresh hoppiness as well as ome crackers.
Never really had a beer like this before, and it is so unique.
I would enjoy drinking this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a russet-hued body with good clarity and sporting a well-sized, airy, just off-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of toast given a thin dusting of spice and sprinkled over with a bit of dark brown sugar and dried herbs.

Taste: Upfront malty impressions of generously toasted bread crusts with light, sweet touches of brown sugar and dark caramel. Light peppery spiciness. Herbaceous hop accents hint at times of black tea and a pinch of white burley tobacco. Relatively light bitterness, no more than needed. Dry maltiness on the finish featuring just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's tasty, refreshing, and easily drinkable. For a light amber lager, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear reddish color with a foamy light tan head. A few carbonation bubbles present.

S: Smells of light toffee & caramel. I get malt on the nose.

T: The first thing I noticed were the hops. It's not overpowering, and at 30 IBU I wouldn't expect to get this much flavor from them. It has a spicy character to the beer with a sort of burnt caramel finish.

M: Coats the palate, the hops character combined with the moderate carbonation do a good job at scraping the palate.

D: High, the alcohol can barley be felt/tasted. I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice light brown or a dark golden tan if you will. Poors with a thick off white head that doesn't leave much on the glass. Thin liquid film that's left as you watch all the head slide down the glass walls and join their fellow bubbles after each swirl. After the first poor is very sweet and malty when it's chilled. As the beer warms it goes through this transformation where the hops and alcohol come to fruition. Nice balance on both fronts though as the hops are detectable when it's cold, as are the malts when it starts to warm. Both offer something different. The flavor follows the same path. Starting out with a brown sugar flavor when chilled and slowly morphing into a bitter hoppy taste to finish the bottle.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Just like a lot of amber colored lagers, a nice orange/amber color and bright, the head its what sets it apart, big, airy, fluffy, and rocky, leaves big chunks on the sides

S: Very traditional german lager aroma, grassy but not sharp hop aroma, good earthy malt note, sweet but not roasted

T: First hit is super earthy german malt, a ton of malts are packed in, that grassy hop is much more up front and spicy in the taste, hops are the dominant ending flavor, the beer is split almost exactly between beginning malt and ending hops, which creates great balance, at first you think it might be a little too heavy and clumsy malt but then those refreshing hops come in and cleanse your palate

M: Not very carbonated, but still has a light-medium body, good but not great, seems traditional

D: High, I could imagine drinking a few of these in a beer garden somewhere in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Notes: A very delicious traditional german beer. This is a very good collaboration and really does invoke a sense of true german lager.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel malt with a clean noble spice.

The taste was well balanced with an upfront earthy malt that slowly blended with a drying noble hop. Nice residual biscuit flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean for the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy to quaff lager. Well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, some brown sugar & fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and brown sugar. Then bready flavors come in from the lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a good balance. The taste seems a bit similar to a barleywine which is a bit odd for this type of beer, but certainly not bad. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer with decent complexity in the flavor making it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, iced tea, dry lager like and a small earthiness. In the taste, quite earthy and a semi dry maltiness. A small bite and light mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. A boulder lager, easy to drink and quite nice.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber with a good amount of carbonation and about finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is malty with a dark bread flavor. The hops come out a bit in the background and play a role but give way to a funky biscuit flavor.

The taste is caramel and pretty sweet. The malts have the driver seat and ride it with some grape flavor and a slight sour apple flavor. There is a bit of a bready flavor as well and it is just the icing on this cake.

This beer has a nice light body that still has a great flavor profile and feels great going down. It is in the session range and is quite an interesting beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, #32 is a darkish-amber, ruby-tinted color with a small white head. Aroma gives off a light toasted malt scent, mixed with caramel and subtle hops. Flavor is spot-on for a Vienna. Malt has light toast character, is not very sweet, nor is it at all grainy. Just bitter enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Very well-crafted beer. Not a style that stands out, except by the artistry with which it's crafted. This one is well-done.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, bold copper color. gorgeous vienna lager shade. clear with a dense reddish head. retention isn't great while the lacing is.

S: starts with a burst of sweetness. moves into a mild hop aroma that can be characterized by spicy moss.

T: a mild sweetness. toasty-ness works its way in with a touch of caramel. balance is there with some kind of noble earthiness in the finish. good hop flavor.

M: solid carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: considering this isn't the freshest of examples (according to bottling dates on Harpoon's site, it was bottled over a year ago), this is tasting pretty good. subtle complexities make this a very drinkable amber lager.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with a session number on the label.

I've got a good frother here, ample stickage on the glass with a bright copper clarity. Bready malt nose with a tingle of spicy herbal hop. Clean crisp medium body. The malt character is relatively dry. Hops are soft on the bitterness but there is a spicy resin oiliness within. Crisp toasted cracker finish with more of the spicy hop lingering.

Very refreshing and drinkable, a tasty notch to their 100bbl series belt.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $6.65 and poured it into a large mug. I mean, it is supposed to be a session beer after all. It was a clear amber with a short white head and had a lightly fruity bread aroma. The same, smooth flavor started the beer off, but as it warmed, spicy Noble hops kicked in for dry and pleasantly bitter finish. This is indeed a fine session beer, but it's not quite complex enough to warrant the price tag. Most folks would probably be just as happy with Session Black.

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Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper brown body with an off-white head

S- Malty, a pretty light nose. Not that there's no nose, just that it's not over-powering

T- Full flavor compared to an average American lager. There's nice complexity here.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with decent carbonation

D- The very subtle flavors with that low abv prompted me to grab another couple bottles as this is totally sessionable and a lot of fun to share

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Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up at a grocery in Charlotte when I was in town a couple weeks ago. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear amber brown color with a thick 3-finger off-white head on top. Decent retention; left some sticky lace behind. Scents of caramelized malts, toasted grains, and sweet coffee. Nice.

Good crisp clean feel. Refreshingly wet. But a bit heavy for the style on the finish. Slightly filling. Great flavors of toffee, fresh dark bread, balanced out with a mild hop bitterness. Slight spice noted, but it's tame and in the background. I liked this beer a lot! Great drinkability. 22oz was not a match for me. I want more.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. An aggressive pour yields quite a bit of head. This beer has a nice caramel color to it. The smell is very clean; only a bit of malt sweetness. The taste echos the smell. The carbonation perfectly balances out the sweetness of the beer; thought the bitterness is slightly detected in the aftertaste.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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