Green Man Harvester | Green Man Brewery

Green Man HarvesterGreen Man Harvester
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Green Man HarvesterGreen Man Harvester

Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harvester is our interpretation of the classic German Marzen style. Magnum and Palisade highlight a creative hop blend. The result is a deep amber color and a hearty flavor that salutes the old world taste of the season.

Added by thagr81us on 01-15-2013

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of SmokySignals
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Doppelbock. Damn, this is like brandy or port in the nose, and just freakin delicious in my new Mountain Layers tulip glass. Beautiful orange amber, semi decent head, bright, but a clean or two will do, thank you. Can't wait to get this and others at the Green Mansion.

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Photo of Vylo
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PHarm
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant ruby brown under a 1” off-white to cream moderately persistent foam cap.

S: Lightly toasted malts, the aromas are not huge.

T: Rich malt, kettle sugars, a hint of light brown sugar, a hint of stone fruit, accented by a medium low hop bitterness. The malt is medium to medium high.

F: Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

O: A refreshing, drinkable Oktoberfest that is on the darker side.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear dark amber/copper color with a medium-sized light tan head. The nose was distinct: brown bread, toast, sweet malt, and a hint of spiciness, like cinnamon. The first sip did not disappoint, with flavors following the nose. Less bready than many Marzens but not overly sweet. There was a clear but subtle spiciness from the hops I suppose, tasting like cinnamon bread to me. A very interesting, tasty beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear and copper colored beer with an off white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is sweet caramel, bread and herbal hops. The flavor is sweet up front with hints of caramel. There is a nice balanced hop bitterness at the finish. This is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of ThePopper
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of phhill18
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ScotB260
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass, bottled 9/28/15.

A - Pour a clear copper/orange/brown, with a half finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace.

S - Crackery malts, faint caramel.

T - Straight ahead toasted grains, bread and a touch of caramel. This trends towards the "less sweet" side of the Marzen family which works well for this.

M - Carbonation is spot on for the style, right at medium, with a touch of watery feel.

O - Its not going to bowl you over with a ton of flavors, but this is a well made straight Marzen that is very clean in taste. and feel.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What can we really say about Oktoberfest beers that have not already been said? Its actually better than most, but that really does not to me say a lot. Does that mean that everyone will not like this beer? Certainly not, I enjoy it myself, but Marzen's are kind of ho hum really. There is only so much that can be done to make them remarkable. This one is a bit more remarkable than others. It has some hop component that makes it a bit more balanced than the rest. When I say a bit, its not a bit in the British sense. Its a truly small amount. Not like when Keith Richards says he did a bit of heroin.

I am a color whore. I think that is what initially attracted me to these beers to begin with. They are truly beautiful on the eye. But that is not why we drink beer. It could look like toxic sludge, but if it tasted good then we are all on board. I am talking about Gose! This one is a nice amber color, truly a beautiful brew.

Smell: Not much going on really, malts and grains, not much else. Kind of a caramel bomb with malts, lots of malts.

Taste: Like I said this one has hops, which makes it better than a lot of them to me. But, its not spectacular, if I was comparing this to a top notch stout or IPA,this would fall well below the rankings, but since its a Marzen I am giving it props for what it is. I like Green Man, they were one of my favorite craft brewing outfits when I moved to town, but honestly the can do better, not that they have a lot to work with with Marzen's and honestly they did all they could, but I think once I work my way through these I doubt I buy any more of this style, its really boring.

Overall: Better than most marzen's but really not better than most beers and certainly not the best of what Green Man can do.

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Photo of Majestic
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

A hybrid here, brewers intention is a Marzen but it is labeled as an ale. Looks like one with a that deep tawny hue, lacing is a sight to see as well. Toasty breadiness wafts hard in the nose, hint of fruitiness and herbal hop. Chewy medium body, settled smoothness. Toasted bread, bread crust, dried hay, and a mild nuttiness from the malt. Balancing hop bitterness and flavor in the middle. Drink more like an Amber Ale but it is not too far off from what they intended. Regardless, very enjoyable to knock back.

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Photo of Drumnart
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fergyx825
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dark copper amber colored beer with almost no head on the pour. This is pretty standard for a marzen, but this looks appetizing.

Smell: I don't smell anything in particular other than the alcohol. Hops are a little bit obvious after trying to smell it again. It smells like your standard hopy beer.

Taste: A very mild hoppy taste. The alcohol is nicely balanced with this flavor. I really enjoy drinking this beer, and i would recommend it to others.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, with a light to medium thickness. This is a perfect balance.

Overall: i really liked this beer, it looks the part. It doesn't smell as strong as it should which is only mild but it tastes really good. Not too bitter but not sweet at all. The mouthfeel makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep and kind of rusty orange-amber with a fluffy slightly off-white head of foam.

Sweet biscuity toasted malt aroma and a wasp of earthy/herbal/spicy noble-esque hop character.

The malt bill definitely plays lead character with notes of stale toast and a barely noticeable caramel/toffee-like sweetness. The herbal and earthy hops play a presence but act simply as a distraction instead of working in sync with the malt sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, earthy, and crisp.

Overall, this beer is an interesting "Oktoberfest" as it really is not that. As for any Marzen I expect nice biscuits, toast, and caramel sweet flavors from the malt bill, which the beer somewhat provided; however, I did earlier mention a flavor of stale toast and that is no lie. I'm sure this isn't the intention nor necessarily fault of Green Man but this beer needs some work.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil for sharing this one!

Very dark reddish copper, slightly hazy, with creamy foam on top that leaves behind a velvety collar and halo of delicate lacing in the glass.

Vague bready malt and lager yeast aromas that are indistinct.

Toasted grains, husks, walnuts, a fair amount of bittering hops. Light aftertaste of grape from the yeast, nutshells. More bitter than most Oktoberfests, it's got a bit of a bite to it, and a medium body. Smooth feel with mellow carbonaion. Overall a good beer, just not the most traditional, more like an ESB or something.

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Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Green Man Harvester from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 48.4% out of 100 with 64 ratings
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