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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #09 - MaibockHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #09 - Maibock

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The big, malty scent of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Maibock is present just above the floral hop nose. The combination of five malts creates a full, smooth texture that yields a clean, dry bitterness. This is a full-bodied beer with a pronounced hop and malt character.

40 IBU

Added by Todd on 04-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Gerardes
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber color that was just slightly tinted with a brown hue. Ridiculous head that never really wenty away. Lots of spngey looking lace around the edges of the glass. Loads of carbonation. Nose is malty but that slides away and out comes and odd machine-like smell.

Tastes like I am licking an oily pie tin. Very metallic but what I imagine my car engine tastes like. Malts are cimply overpowerd by this wierd flavor. Hops try to break through but are just not strong enough to stand a chace. Medium mouth feel that improves as the beer warms. That wierd engine flavor is just too much.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper, with a light bone head.
Moderate head that falls to a light coating with traces of lacing.
Mild bready malts with roasted overtones in the nose.
Some mild juniper/ quanine accents some citrus notes along with dried caramel.
Nose finishes a bit stale and coarse.
Thin to medium body, light carbonation, slightly creamy and a bit astringent.
Pallet starts with bread ends and stale cookies.
Bitter fruits with mild fusels seem out of place, and freshness is lacking.
Finishes bitter and minerally.

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Photo of lpayette
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a fairly clear copper with a smallish head.

Smells of rich malts, light molasses. Smells very good.

Tastes of caramel, honey, some hoppyness, and some floral essence.

Tasted this beer on 2/11/06. Mai-be (haha) I waited too long to try this? The flavors were certainly complex, they just didn't seem to mix well together which hurt both the drinkability and my overall impression of the taste. No definite off notes were noticed.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't seen this beer. It was sitting next to the Imperial Stout and Framboise, thought I'd give it a try. It was a slightly cloudy amber color with a small head. It had a fresh flower odor with a sweet caramel taste. There was a little bit of hoppiness, but not much. A very smooth beer, maybe a little on the bland side.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last weekend thinking about the coming spring. I thought a nice Maibock would be perfect considering how warm it's been as of late.

Pours a nice golden amber, capped with a modest white head.

The aroma is lightly hoppy floral / citrus.

The flavor opens with light caramel taste which quickly settles into the backround. Mild but consistently present hop character dominates the experience on this brew. Not overhopped rather a nice consistent balance of malt and hops.

a nice change of pace from the stronger brews I've been having lately. I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle in Boston while I was there for the American Beer Fest 05. Special thanks to my frind Stacy for driving around the block repeatedly while I raided the booze bins. :)

Pours a beautiful amber, quite clear, with a very healthy tan head.

Smell is very fruity with some citrusy hop notes and a malty undertone.

Flavour is deeper than expected...fruity and smoky at the same time. The smoky quality doesn't come through quite so much on the second sip. A little oaky as it gets tot he finish, with some spice building at the back. Well done.

Thick liquid is a little oily. There's an active carbonation up front, but it's not so strong as to be annoying or detract.

This one is an easy drinker- hearty and complex enough to keep me satisfied.

Be well

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of caramel notes and quite a bit of sweetness with a hint of fruit. Smells about right. The flavor is nice. Caramel, sweetness, maltiness ... tastes very nice. Finish is smooth with a slightly bitter kick. Body is moderate and the drinability is good. Nice brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid ambered orange color with a small finger of head that falls to a full coat over top. Nose is nice and sweet, almost fake sweet, like an artificial cherry that is in candy or almond extract. I would attribute that to phenols. That sits ahead of the moderate toastyness I get from the malts. The toastyness comes through more strongly as this one warms. Flavor is better than the nose. Good toasty notes with a moderate floral and herby hoppy crispness on the finish. There is light sweetness on the finish, but not caramel. Right what I would like to see in a maibock. Feel is right at moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. I enjoy it. IT may be a touch too strong in the hop finish, but I think that works well with this one. Toastyness is nice and prevalent. I would have this one again.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a chance to sample this on Christmas day with my brother and cousin. My cousin was kind enough to pick up this bottle for a taster while on a ski trip in Vermont.

The beer poured a nice amber color with a medium white head that took its time is disapating. On first smell of the beer you pick up the nice malt and hop characters in this beer. A nice treat for the nose.

This is a pretty easy beer to drink as the hops are easy on the tongue and the aftertaste is paletable. I wish we could have had a few more bottles to share but we had to savor this one.

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

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a little lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Starts on the sweet side but really balanced malt/hop, finish has a hint of hops but overall flavor is subdued. Surprised to find this since it was brewed last winter. $4.59 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting Maibock. 40 IBU's and they stand out very well. I'm not tasting too much underlying "maibock" tastes because of the IBU level, but that's what they were going for-I would assume. Some slight malt taste upfront.

Nice amber color with thick head. Great lacing which stays and stays. So nice and long-lasting I can't mark this beer down at all on appearance.

Think of this as a solid IPA with a nice malt backbone that may peak out from time to time.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was trolling Austins in Worcester for Oktoberfests the other day when I found this in their refridgerated section. It was a surprise to see the Maibock here because the 100 barrel currently out is the Framboise and that one has been out for a while now. Usually it's a little hard to find these things after their stint on the market.

At any rate, I bought it.

This thing pours the color of a good Maerzen - amber-red. If you handed this to me at this time of year, I'd bet you'd given me an oktoberfest. Crystal clear with a fairly thin head of tiny clear bubbles. It settles into a fairly good covering across the top.

The nose is really strong with hop floral love. There's some candyish malt back under there somewhere, but the real player in the smell is the hops. I'm sitting here expecting bitterness on IPA levels.

Surprisingly on the first sip it's pretty well balanced. Hops are definitely there, but they are evened out by a light malt. The mouthfeel is actually the thing I noticed first, though. Soft and full, with a slickness that I wasn't expecting. The mouthfeel I like a lot.

But where does the taste go? Why must it up and leave after the first few seconds? After the initial spark of interest that the first two seconds create, the potential complexity that this could be leading to doesn't materialize. Instead I'm left with a quickly fading essense of beer that lingers only in the slight bitterness of the hops.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's certainly not the Maibock I was hoping it would be. I'm glad I found it and tried it, but I'm not sad that it's a limited brewing.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a nice dark red and amber with a nice head that lasted very well. The lace looks good too.

The smell is dominated by malt and caramel, with a tiny floral kick. The taste follows that up with more malt, lightly toasted, and the floral effect is stronger than in the smell. Hops come through strong and solid without dominating. The mouthfeel is not quite as solid as the flavors contained within, while drinkability is decent.

Authentic or not, this stuff is good on its own merits.

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Photo of Brent
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although not a traditional Maibock, I liked this beer nonetheless. I think it may have mellowed a bit, and it really struck me as having more in common with a Marzen. Toasty caramel with a hint of orchard fruit. Hopping character was that of something more hoppy initially, and then falling off with time, resulting in a fairly muted hops profile. Reasonable abv made for a great grill-side beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brassy, deep amber, capped with a modest white head. Good retention, with speckled streaks of lace. Good clarity. Quite attractive.
The aroma is virtually all malt. Thick, creamy caramel. I know this is an ale, so it would be unfair to take points off for ale fruitiness, but it is certainly present. Slight apple and plum esters, but fairly clean aside from that. A bit of floral hopping, but certainly nothing outstanding for the style.
The flavor opens with caramel, an almost chewy maltiness, moving fixedly into the finish with a dash of ale esteriness. Some apple here, some plum there. Muted hops in the finish. A lingering caramel aftertaste, with a bit of grain. Definitely a hint of buttery diacetyl. A touch syrupy and slick on the tongue. This is basically a regular old amber ale, with perhaps a bit more body. Mild on the hops, caramel malt, easily drinkable, and entirely unchallenging.
Decent, but I fail to see why this is called a maibock. First, it's an ale, and second, the hopping is way understated. My experience with maibock is that it should have a present, if not bold, hoppy finish. It being listed as an amber on the site is appropriate, but why come out with another in the line-up? Being that this is a limited release series, I don't think a handful of balanced, amber colored ales is appropriate. I think it's about time to do something a little more off the wall, fellas. Old Ale? Biere De Garde? Double IPA?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery color, slim fuzzy, cream head.

Sweet, rich, caramel-y malt greets the nose at first. Bold, vinous, and almost barleywine-ish.

It stops getting interesting then...

Smooth on the palate. Rolls easily off the tongue, but perhaps a bit too easily. Lays limply on the palate, but, tastes good. Odd, I'm not finding anything really to say about it. Needs a bit more bite, I think.

A very capable maibock, I guess, but unremarkable in every way.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle - 100 Barrel series, Session #9: This beer pours a clear, amber color. It had a strong off-white head on it that lingers for awhile. Somewhat of a caramel malt aroma. Kind of weak and not much else. The taste is OK, with a medium malt body with a suprisingly fair amout of hops, considering the aroma. Somewhat dry finish. A decent beer, but not worthy of being a special series.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice coppery color. Good aroma-somewhat oak like and a touch of spiciness that reminds me of cinnamon. Big,slick malty flavor. I get a touch of alcohol in the aroma and flavor-at 5.8% this seems out of wack but I keep detecting it. Nice rounded and mellow hop flavor. Good body. A very drinkable beer. Comes off much bigger then the abv states. Damn fine effort.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head over the translucent orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with delicate and prevalent lacing. Aroma is moderately of piney hops, with underlying grain essences. Taste is upfront with citrusy yet piney hops, and then smooths to aftertaste with the malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, yet smooth, and drinkability is good. Another nice addition to the 100 Barrel series.

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Photo of packetknife
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was almost a perfect match for the reddish garnet my GF was wearing. Off-white fluffy head that laced OK. Malty on the nose but really light, perhaps shielded by the head? Malt impressions initially on the tongue, quickly subsiding to a good hoppiness that lasts through the finish and in the aftertaste (not bad). Carbonated well giving it a bit of extra tongue acidity. Average drinkability.

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Photo of bultrey
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this doesn't quite taste like any maibock I've ever had, but I really like this beer nonetheless. The color is a beautiful copper kettle with a modest, creamy tan head that diminishes to a thin lacing. I could smell this beer all day. It has hints of caramel and toffee, to be sure, but also some candied pecans and even a touch of banana. In a word, it smells a bit like bananas Foster. Very nice smooth and sweet malty taste that has a nice dry, crisp finish -- a good amount of herbaceous hoppiness keeps it from becoming cloying, along with a slight mineral or chalky flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and keeps you coming back for more. Drinkability,as a result is high, though it is a filling beer. You have to like maltier beers to like this, and I do.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very nice amber red color with a thin frothy head.

Smell: Floral hops hints of dried fruits.

Taste: Hoppy with a nice bite and bitterness yet balanced. Hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: A little bubbly.

Notes: This one is very drinkable. Makes a great all around beer for any season.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Windsor, VT brewery.

This maibock pours with a nice red body and a thin white head. The aroma is quite good, and typical of a maibock: nice caramel notes, a hint of hops, and a reasonable amount of malt. Tastewise, however, this had more of a pale ale character, with strong hops bitterness notes up front, followed by a sweeter maltiness, and light fruit notes. If I was drinking a pale ale, the taste would have been spot on, but, while good, I think the flavor profile is a bit out of character for a maibock. The mouthfeel is pleasant however, with decent body, and this was a pleasantly drinkable beer.

Overall, this is one of the better "100 Barrels" beers in the series; it just suffers from the "short production run" problem: this is a very good first attempt at a good maibock, but would need some taste tweaking if it were expected to be a regular production beer.

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