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

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's LandbierHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
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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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 104
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
2.16/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Limited-part of 100 Barrel Series, #32.

Pours a copper amber with an off white head. Very nice looking and appealing.

Nose is salty biscuity yeast with some floral tones and character; different, perhaps will not be liked by all but inviting to some.

Mouthfeel is thin but seemingly well balanced if one can overcome the problems in flavor which makes mouthfeel almost difficult to judge.

Flavors are off putting in that the overwhelming characteristic is a "dull sour," almost dull bitter character with an "old soggy toast" dull bitter character/flavor and finish. This one is not meant to be a sour and it doesn't pull off a quality lager either.

Not one I'd want to try again.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to acjohnst for this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brown with a single-finger white head and a good dose of streaky lacing and a full cap. The nose brings forward plenty of earthy hops, which are followed up by a slight woody character. Under all of this is a bready base.

The taste is more bready, but still has quite a few of those earthy components. The beer is a bit plain, but certainly well made. The earthy component is a nice addition, though it doesn't have quite the maltiness that I'm normally looking for in a Vienna. Props again to Harpoon for continuing this series, which--along with Troegs' Scratch--is one I like forward to trying new beers from.

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a sample of this at the ACBF in 2010. I picked this out because I had seen it in stores but didn't want to buy a whole bomber of it. The look of the beer had an amber color with a decent white head for a little while. The smell was minimal, some grains on the nose mostly. The taste was light as well, the only flavors I could really detect was the grains and some grassy notes. The mouthfeel was light again and didn't have q whole lot of body to it. Overall not really an impressive beer to me. Probably won't be looking for this.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a nice medium amber color with a decent cloudiness that actually suprised me as a nice head of white rose up and hing around for a good few minutes before dropping back down to earth, but leaving touches all along the sides. aroma is light as the touches of bread and grains give way to a muted earth hops that has touches of clove in it. flavor is about the same with only touches of interesting depth found every little bit and the warmer it got the less interesting overall. still light and went down smooth and fast.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I guess this is my first landbier. Or, at least, the first to make that fact known to me. It pours a clear dark amber topped by almost a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mostly citrus peels, along with a strong contingent of buttery biscuits, flowers, greenery, and caramel. The taste is very similar, with a bit more of the citrus coming through. A decent amount of flowers make themselves known in the process as well. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice brew, very drinkable. I could see buying sixers of this as a nice [American] session beer.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 1/2 liter krug, a perfect style of bier for the glass. Pours dark tinged caramel copper hu with a bright off white head forming thick with tight bubbles. Chunky lacing left around the sides of my glass with each sip. Aroma sweet citric twang to it with earthy leafy hops as well, malts are bright with sweetness and hints of caramel and biscuit tones. A grainy mineral character is noted with each sip but the touch of citric hops with a tea leaf earthiness really sticks around, more breadiness but everything is just a bit too thin. I like the 4.8 abv and with added flavor and sessionability but it's hard to hide flaws in these delicate hard to brew lagers. Really nice mix of hops and malts in this brew, I could easily finish a couple more big 22 oz bombers. Mouthfeel is lively with carbonation moderate to lighter bodied lager, goes down nicely. Drinkability is rock solid another winner from the 100 barrel series, I've got to get a steady supply of these special releases.

Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Hmm... sounded good, but tasted about the same as a Yuengling. Which is still ok. Poured amber-brown with a decent white head that receded rather quickly. Sweet, roasty malts in the nose and not much more. Malty taste, a bit thin, nutty. Light mouthfeel, and a tad watery, but somewhat drinkable for the less adventurous.

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light fruity hops.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, caramel malts, spice, and light dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing too special. Smell and taste were dominated my bready and caramel malts, and I didn't get much from the hops. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice starting head. It settles slowly and in a rocky fashion, leaving some chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is crystal clear but dark, like a light brown ale.

Crystal malt is the initial nose; there's also some definitive hop presence, but it's mellow and in the background. True to the Vienna style, if a little on the darker side. (On my second pour, I detected a light earthiness.)

Much dryer than the smell would indicate. A little astringent. Darker malt (maybe chocolate along with a high-kilned crystal). The finish is short with a little bitter hop spice. Again it matches the profile, but a little on the dark side. For a lager, this is a richer styled beer. To me, that's a great mouthfeel.

Another beer to seek out from the series...

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a smooth Vienna malt scent with a touch of caramel sweetness. It has a light nutty character along with a dry lager yeast scent. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, bitter flavor with loads of hops and a bit of caramel sweetness. The vienna malts add a smooth, malty flavor with a subtle nutty edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's nothing too great, but it makes for a damn fine session beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/copper color with dark golden orange edges and a frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chinks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with hints of earthy grass and floral hops countered by sweet malt noted and some light fruit.  Also some biscuit/bread character.  

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of delicate floral hops and sweet malt.  Faintly toasted with hints of bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee.  Floral hops add subtle spice but very little bitterness.  Hints of apricot add to caramel malt swetness.  Well balanced decent session beer.  

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.