Green Man Harvester | Green Man Brewery

15 Reviews

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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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +9.7%
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 Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +5.9%
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 Jason
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Fergyx825
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some faint burnt orange and amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a lighter aroma of floral and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts that have some very light hints of spice. There is a light to moderate flavor of earthy and floral hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this one to be a pretty enjoyable beer and one that paired nicely with my lunch (pimento cheese burger and fries). Enough flavor to stand up to the food but not overpowering. Easy to drink with pretty well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle of the traditional Oktoberfest bier.

Body should have higher clarity but has a fine dark amber tone and a durable head.

Aroma: mild and pleasing, with some spicy/herbal hops mixed in with the light roasted and caramel malts.

Flavor: mild and pleasing. I'd like more boldness but, as usual for style, this beer is more designed for 'session' drinking than slow sipping.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a Green Man sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, wheat, grain, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, earth, and subtle earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Upon first inspection it was quite easy to pick up on the style of this brew which was really nice. It had a nice earthy character going on with some nice hints of grain and spices. This really made me look forward to taking a sip to see if this carried on to the flavor. While it did, it just didn't have a huge bit of complexity going on and seemed somewhat one-dimensional. Granted for the style it was definitely above average. Definitely worth your time if you are a Marzen fan to stop by Dirty Jack's and have a pint of this one if it is in season. You won't regret your decision. Tick.

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Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Caramel, crystal, and Munich malt aromas on the nose with some burnt toffee and sweet floral hop notes.

T: Similar malt profile here with a hearty bread flavor dominating. There are also notes of burnt sugar, caramel, and piney hops. The finish is a little more bitter than usual for the style, but not overwhelming.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as crisp as I'd like, but avoids being watery.

O: A unique and solid interpretation of the style. It's definitely a lot hoppier than most Marzens, but it works well.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich reddish brown with a thin white head.

The smell is earthy, malty, caramel.

The taste is caramel and earthy. Tastes good but not very complex.

The feel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall drinkable but far from the best marzen out there.

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Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white creamy topping. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The smell includes notes of caramel and toffee malt with minerals and almost a perfume sort of alcohol inclusion.

The taste too includes minerals and is carbonic with a bit of perfume alcohol. Some herbal hops, slightly citrus feel overtop toffee, caramel and buttery diacetyl into the finish.

This is medium to light bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp but overall just ok.

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Green Man Harvester from Green Man Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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