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

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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 OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a nice amber brew with an adequate off-white head. Decent clarity, light lacing.

Toasted malt, some burnt sugar, light floral aroma. Mild scents.

A little thin, some browned bread crust, toasted malt, light clean hop bite. Crisp and clean, but not very complex. Simple decent beer.

Medium body, but seemed a little watery. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

Overall, not a bad brew, but a little lean in the complexity and depth of flavor. You could have a couple of pints before you tire. It's ok.

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 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 Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Earthy, grassy hoppiness, cracker sweetness, some mineralness.

L: Deep copper orange, clear, head dissipates leaving great lacing.

T: Malty sweetness, pils like malt leads to some grainy toastiness. Moderate bitterness leads to drying of palatte, spicy. Neutral finish. Not much hop presence.

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

An ok lager, i was expecting a little more considering the nose. Flavors fell kind of flat, i guess i was expecting a little more hop flavor due to my obvious comparison to Sam Adams lager. Maybe this is what a traditional German Vienna lager tastes like? Not bad.

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out carmel in color with a very thick foamy head. Good lacing. Scent is of lager yeast and bread. The taste is actually fairly dark, nice sweet flavor that mellows out to a hop bite, but not too much. Actually put together rather well and balanced. Carbonation is rather low. But that doesn't take away from this rather drinkable lager.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a light brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very subtle smell of malt and some hops.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Malt, along with some mild hops, and a bready quality. Not what you might call the most dynamic of flavors, but still very pleasant.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, if unspectacular beer. Nonetheless drinkable.

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 crusian
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ok, going to review this by style, as I am not a big fan of lagers... I rarely do so, as I am a fan of looking up a beer and wondering if it is good, not if it is good for the style. though I am not sure why there are not better lagers out there.
Big thanks to ShogoKawada for this extra...

pour a beautiful maple color... with a nice head that seems like an ice cream float... bobbles around the top of the beer nicely... looks awesome!

smells... like a bud.

taste is actually not too bad for a bud, I mean lager. very caramel, a little spice, and of course, the typical lager taste. not too bad. I would never buy this, but it is one of the best lagers I have had. hard to find one with flavor, or something to taste.
anyway... meh.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is malty, caramelish, and softly sour/hoppy. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear dark honey brown with nice head. Looks good.

Mildly malty in flavor, softly bitter (tea-like), with non-assertive spicy hops (as advertised). Medium-thin body with fairly assertive soda-like carbonation. Finishes with a touch of hops and a dry nutty mouthcoating. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Session 32 bottle. Sampled on July 29, 2010. It has an attractive looking amber pour with a fairly thin head that fizzles after a moment. The aroma has a nice balance of malts with a bit of bread but thin hops. Malts also introduce us to the taste with a sharp bitterness that makes it eloquent. Hops tend to be thinner than I imagined. Altogether a likeable, drinkable beer.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a beautiful appearing beer. In a pilsener glass it was amber colored with a thick, whipped cream, tan head. A good deal of lace.
Aroma a tad light. Sweet, fresh grass, floral. Not too prominent.
Caramel malt taste, peppery hops late.
A little thin, as the aroma suggested, but still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of albern
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really nice Vienna Lager once it settles in. It is a nice clean amber color with a small white head and a touch of lace. The nose is very herbal and grassy, typical of a lager.

The beer has a slight caramel taste with sort of a flat toffee flavor, very slight, with a nice dry, spicy hop bite with a touch of peppery snap. The beer is good, it isn't complex, it is a touch thin with low ABV. This is very drinkable beer. The beer definitely dries up considerably in the finish and has a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, dark coppery-amber with a 1-finger whitish head. Leaves sheets of lace up top.

S: Cereal grains

T: First impression: finishes minerally or metallic. Cereal grains - husky grains - with a bit of toasted bread up front. Moderate drying bitterness at the finish. Lingering bitterness into the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, but fine-bubbled.

D: Good. Metallic taste keeps it from being any better, though after a few sips it dissipates (or you get used to it), but it does come back every now and again, keeping the D score down a bit.

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into the Windsor brewpub on Saturday, 17JUL10, with ol' Bro Artied2. Had just finished up an overnight WWII tactical session nearby and I was feeling quite parched! Well, after "killing" some Krauts, what better way to slake my thirst than with a good old German-style session bier!?!

I had two tulips of this collaboration. The bier was a clear, deep-copper/chestnut hue. Some carbo meandered about within, and the head was wispy and off-white, with some OK lacing hanging around. Nose was on the light side, with some mild malt and a floral aspect coming forth. Medium all the way for the body, with a fairly smooth tongue-feel.

Light, crystal-like malts hit the palate, with some sharp sweetness. A smidge of caramel is present, and the finish is exceedingly crisp and dry, with a solid floral hop ending. Quite drinkable; a solid offering indeed.


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


Photo of gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sigh... another average brew from Harpoon. Flat aroma with little more than grass and bitter herbs; flat taste of grassy hops. The fizz is decent and cures the heat of summer. But it's got that lovely dark color and absolutely no trace of malt in aroma or taste. Is it just brown food coloring? Did a brown dog pee into my glass behind the bar? Or maybe it lost its character in the keg on the long trip from Boston to New York, where I drank it. In any case, you can safely pass on this one.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was interesting that Harpoon made such a low alcohol version of one of their 100 Barrel series beers, that are typically high in alcohol.

In general an ok beer, especially if you want something light to drink. Copper in color, low carbonation, slight malty flavor with very little in hop flavor or aroma. It was ok but not great.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome get from DrDogBrew. THANKS!
A: pours a deep amber. some head that drops quickly
S: toasted malt. maybe some flower hoptitude, but nothing else really sticks out and smacks me in the face
T: Nice roasted malt up front. Followed by a fruit presence, and finishes kind of biscuit-y. interesting combo
M: not overpowering, but not light. the roast and hints of fruit balance out nicely
D: really drinkable. perfect for the fall

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber color, clear and filtered with a brilliant, light foam, tan colored head, bubbly and jazzy.

The aroma has barley scented herbs and spicey herbal hops. Major grains, dark wheat, maize, brown sugar in the dark scented malt with some slight rootbeer scents's down deep and sweet pineapple fruitiness in a subtle way.

The flavor has a smokey-herbal malt with light brown sugar sweetness, mostly herbal and spicey from the hops and yeast, dry, earthy, herbal feel, pretty smooth and loose with some yummy earthy flavor's such as dark-roastie wheat, corn husks, all-spice and black pepper. a sour, tangy, almost sweet lager yeast provides some seriois depth of flavor and complexity.

This one is complex, perhaps one of the most natually complex brews from this series. It's a session style brew that is very approachable and easy to enjoy.

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