Hop Harvest Oktoberfest
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #82
Ranked #27,064
3.81 | pDev: 10.24%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Hannaford, just shy of out of date.
Somewhat hazy light golden color with a huge frothy bubbly beige head that persists. Huge hop on the nose, citrus floral earthy spicy with a fair amount of sweet bready malt underneath. Spicy earthy resinous hop flavor almost drowns out what malt there is here.Light bready toasty malt. Moderate level of bitterness. This is a fairly tasty beer, but doesn't remind me much of an Oktoberfest. Call it a hop harvest ale and leave off the ofest and I would have rated it much higher.

Jan 21, 2017
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jettjon from Florida

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, slightly hazy orange color with a small amount of precipitating carbonation. Thick, one-finger white head fades slowly leaving a good ring and clumpy lace. Nose of sweet citrus hops and orange Jolly Ranchers. In the mouth moderately bitter hops balanced well against a subtle malt backbone. Mouth is crisp, mid-to-thin bodied with adequate carbonation to accentuate the hoppy bitterness. Clean finish. Overall enjoyable though perhaps more of an American style IPA than a marzen/Oktoberfest. Would try again.

Dec 11, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Truly one of the most drinkable Marzens I have had. There's a bit more spice and clean hoppy bitterness in this one when compared to others, and though well balanced, not overly sweet. This was really my favorite of teh season, hands down.

Nov 16, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

No tasting begins without the Pop! of the cap & so I did exactly that. A heavy-handed pour produced three-plus fingers of dense, puffy, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting spiciness, perhaps the hops, along with an inherent biscuity-toastiness. It was almost like a cross between an Oktoberfest & a Pumpkin Beer, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a solid bite, but it was more like grassy or hay-like Noble hops alongside earthy, biscuity malt(s). It seemed a little amped-up on the taste, but I hate to make that complaint since I often feel that many beers in the style are too sweet. The finish was very dry, lingering with a hops bite, but I would have liked the malt(s) to have been a little more assertive. The Cubs are in the World Series & I am Goldilocks. searching for Baby Bear's Oktoberfest - one that is not too sweet or too dry, but just right. This was pretty close, but I like to keep my options open.

Oct 23, 2016
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As people have mentioned, this is sort of a hybrid of an IPA and a Oktoberfest. This is a fun beer, just don't expect it to be to-style or you might cry.

Oct 02, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light copper with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is hoppy with little notes of malt present. The flavor pretty much follows the nose and the body is thin for the style.

I am generally not a stickler for style but this offering is far outside the boundaries of Oktoberfest beers, be they German-styled or American-styled.

Sep 30, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated 08/26/16

Pours slightly foggy dark orange amber with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like kiwi, gooseberry, grapes, orange, grapefruit, toasted brown bready malts, with molasses, brown sugar, and earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like kiwi, gooseberry, grapes, orange, grapefruity citrus, toasted brown bready malt, molasses, brown sugar, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice hoppy Oktoberfestbier.

Sep 19, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy with a khaki creamy head that lasts. Yellow orange a 9,10 on the srm chart. Earthy grapefruit peel exudes on the nose. there is fresh orange and ticklish herbal. None of those fruit flavors or scents apply to the oktoberfest style of beer but they do apply to the idea of wet or frsh hop beers like IPA's.

Drinks with pleny of malt but with dominant hops. Floral gives a bountiful softness to the middle and the peppery herbal and grapefruit meet the malt head on. A firm balnaced for an IPA bitterness lasts to show you some twigs and a little pine sap with nutty toastiness just underneath that. malt is in a supporting role in this beer. Carbonation is brisk. That little extra carbonation gives vibrance to both hops and malt. For the malt the bubbles seem to stir it up from the bottom and bring it more to the forefront for the finish. There is a little residual sweetness and on the palate it tastes like dry light brown sugar. It's also very hoppy. The bubbles also show off all kidns of fruity flavor from hops. The nose of this beer is brought down onto the palate expertly and deftly. It's a good beer and it is enjoyably hoppy. However it is not traditional. Finishes with the taste of fresh orange.

The brown sugar is the begining of caramel and so that is out of style, the dominant hop flavors and finish are out of style, the bitterness is too strong for the style and the carbonation is too strong for the style. There is also a sticky mouthfeel and all of this means that this beer is more IPAish than Oktoebrfesty. The bitterness increases as you drink and there is less and less flavor as your drink these one after the other. That is the hallmark of an IPA even a good one. The brewer says it's their "unique spin on a classic style" using fresh or wet hops.

Sep 12, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Don't have high hopes for this beer as almost all American brewers miss the style by a long shot.

Pours a mild fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace but sticks around a bit, some nice lacing too, mostly clear slight chill hazed reddish orange color.

Nose nice fresh hops, bright hops with floral grassy out front, some fruity notes in there, a nice grassy floral coming back through again in a different character as well, a little soft malt note, like a copper malt note, and faint fruity lager.

Taste brings a mix of the hops and a grainy toasty malt, again a copper malt character, a little toasty, little sweetness, little caramely but not much. Hops bring a fair bitterness at first, big grassy hops, a bit earthy and a touch herbal, a little floral and hint of pine. A soft lager character, touch of minerality, and fruity lager yeast notes. Finish crisp and dry, which causes the hops to go rampant with big bitterness and a big earthy herbal slight spicy character, as well as the minerals to come through more.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lager note, nice carb.

overall not bad, better than I expected as it wasn't a huge malt bomb of caramel sweetness, the lagering was nice but did produce a bit of minerality, the hops were nice at first but then turned on me as the lager dried and pushed those hops way out front, perhaps a bit too aggressive in those hops for a lager, but otherwise a nice beer, and a bit of a different take on the harvest style.

Nov 27, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best from Peak?

A: Pours a copper color with a finger of head that fades down to a thin cap, only dotty lace.

S: Bright bit of pilsner malt along with perfume, fall leaves, and a bit of earthy and fruity hoppiness. Totally smells of fall walk in the woods. Bravo! Best marzen yet!

T: Starts off as it should with malty caramel, then notes of pilsner and Munich malts followed by core fruitiness and earthy hops. Finishes bitter and toasty. Abundant fall fruit and leaves. Fresh and vibrant as it should be. Surprised how much I enjoyed this.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice fresh, powerful Oktoberfest that adds the desired hops to the experience. Fresh. Fall-suitable. Must try. My favorite in this style.

Nov 14, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/13/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts and a good amount of earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent hoppy representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Nov 14, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Mostly clear amber-red pour from the 12oz bottle into a goblet. A fluffy and frothy white cap is thick with good retention. Lacing is very plentiful with large blankets connected by drizzle.

S- Hop forward with lemon and general citrus zest coming to mind up front with floral and pine hints beyond that. Slightly toasty with hints of Pils and cereal grains.

T- Citrus and spicy hops are still the dominant force for me but the malts do come alive a bit more here with caramel, toast, slightly nutty and biscuit tones. Notes of lemon, orange, grass, flowers, bread and raw barley.

MF- Crisp with a medium-high carbonation level. The texture itself is puffy with a slight creaminess. Finishes rather bitter with a spicy-citrus hop feel lingering.

A cool concept and a solid brew for the most part. The zesty hops clash with the rich malt backbone but this effect does not seem to last long and the balance of flavors is mostly pleasant.

Nov 03, 2015
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 7/16/15 poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear, red copper color with a finger plus of slightly off-white head, moderate lacing. Pine and floral hops are strong and upfront in this beer; at first they dominate the aroma then they fade and give way to toasty malts. Taste is similarly hop-forward yet somewhat more balanced than the aroma, the malt is more prominent here. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a great American take on an Oktoberfest/Marzen; it places a great deal more emphasis on hops but still retains some character of the traditional style. If you're willing to allow the Brewer some lattitude and not get hung up on style guidelines them this is a enjoyable beer and one that I'll have again.

Sep 27, 2015
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codekiln from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber, full head that dissipates into a lace cap

Caramel, gentle maltiness; weak scent

Well balanced with a bitter finish, quite hoppy

Full but not heavy, bubbly


Sep 12, 2015
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BeerMama2014 from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber with little head. A nice lace remains on the glass. It goes down smooth with an awesome feel. By far, the best Oktoberfest I have had!

Sep 12, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 08/15/15. Sampled on September 3, 2015.

Bronze amber pour with a long lasting off-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma has a lovely biscuit and bread toastiness to start with a floral and pine hop character moving in from the backside.

Medium or better body.

The taste tends to emphasize the pine and floral hop bitterness but the sweet malts are still there to be reckoned with. I thought it was nicely done.

Sep 03, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
BTLD 07/23/14
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend Roy for bringing this to our party.

The ever-so-slightly hazed, dark amber liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, bubbly, cream colored crown. A few streaks of lacing followed the head as it receded in the glass.

The aroma contained lots of grassy hops and a subtle bready, biscuity malt presence. Slightly sweet. A bit non-descript. With time, the sweetness intensified and the caramel malts began to trump the bready notes.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Caramel and biscuity malt notes on the front end were followed by an intense grassy hop presence in the center. Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Somewhat fruity. The beer finished crisp and slightly bitter with grassy notes and a touch of pine. As the beer warmed, the hop presence began to take over. Some pithy, grapefruit-like notes came through on the finish as well.

The frothy, fizzy mouthfeel seemed to indicate that the beer was a bit over carbonated. Medium-thin bodied for the style.

Peak Organic's Hop Harvest Oktoberfest is a tasty and enjoyable beer, but it shows hardly any resemblance to a traditional German-style Märzen. I really would have liked to see the bready malts shine and the hops dialed in a bit. In its current state, one could easily mistake this beer for a sessionable American pale ale.

Nov 01, 2014
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Motozappa from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's not a Marzen for where are the malts they speak of? I only taste dry hops. It's hardly a good example of any kind of Oktoberfest. OK everybody, let's jump on the IPA bandwagon, take it to Oshkosh and beyond!

Update 10/18/2015 > This 2nd batch is seemingly much more malty than the last, therefore it has a bit of that Marzen essence as the hops may have mellowed over time. Still it's quite a unique brew accentuating the hops in an autumn seasonal and to boot, it's organic!

Oct 22, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby craft class.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper/orange with a two-finger eggshell head. Some nice lacing.

Aroma: Smells of toast, grain, malt, caramel, grass, earth, some light citrus, a wee bit of funk and some nice hops.

Taste: Really tasty hoppy marzen with a sturdy malt backbone. The grassy, earthy and citrus notes are also all there.

Mouthfeel: Nice depth. Not heavy, far from wimpy.

Overall: Way into it. This is essentially a more heavily hopped marzen-style lager, and it works, all coming together in a very appealing way. It made a great companion for spicy Thai food. Would also recommend with seasonal foods. This might be my favorite so far from Peak.

Oct 13, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film in between on the surface. The receding head left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy and citrusy hops along with notes of toasted malts and hints of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat clean and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a German Oktoberfest and a West Coast IPA – it's got a malty underlying base and a somewhat clean mouthfeel but the citrusy hops and crispness lend an American twist. I found it to be quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 02, 2014
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BTLD 08/16/14

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: A bit of pilsner malt along with quite a bit of earthy and fruity hoppiness. A little vegetal as well, but I think that also comes with the hops and isn't an off note. A bit of husky graininess goes along with the vegetal note

T: Starts off nice and malty with notes of the pilsner and munich malts followed by a bit of fruitiness and earthy hops. Lightly bitter and toasty towards the middle. Finishes with more of the same

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice twist on a classic o-fest. The hops really add a nice dimension to the malty and hearty goodness of a solid base. Very easy to drink at just under 5% as well. Definitely worth trying for a unique spin on the style

Oct 01, 2014
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted grains, munich malts, caramel, cracker, slightly burnt toast, and grassy and citrus hops.

Taste: Toasted bread, caramel, munich malts, and citrus and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and

Overall: A nice octoberfest style beer traditional to style with a little hop flavor too.

Oct 01, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Ok, this was an iffy choice for me because of the word "organic", but......I was very pleased with this beer. Good head and lacing. Aroma is hoppy-orange. Taste was full of hops and citrus, mostly orange. Carbonation was just right and the slightly bitter hop finish was commendable. Nice job !!!!!!

Sep 19, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A: clear; bronze colored; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin ring; moderate lacing;

S: citrus and piney hops;

T: caramel malt and grapefruit up front that turns into all grapefruit; grapefruit rind bitterness from mid-palate to the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: lighter in color that I expected, with a lot more hops; I like the beer, but it seems mis-categorized as an Oktoberfest.

Sep 17, 2014
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AirBob from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A - One finger of frothy, off-white head. Excellent lacing and ok head retention. Beautiful amber body.

S - Sweet caramel, lemon rind/oil, and maybe some orange.

T - Sweetness is some subdued. Caramel. Citrus (mainly lemon) hoppiness throughout. Slight roast and coffee or dark chocolate like bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium to high carbonation. Light body. Easy drinking.

O - I'm glad I picked up a sixer, but it wasn't what I was looking for in the style. Could use a little more roast/smoke in the flavor profile to balance out the hops.

Sep 11, 2014
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 119 ratings