Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer
BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,223 Ratings
Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The character and complexity of Harpoon Octoberfest comes from the malt and hops. When looking at a freshly poured Harpoon Octoberfest, you will notice the garnet-red color with a firm, creamy head. The beer’s color is from a blend of Munich, chocolate, and pale malt. The thick head results in part from wheat malt added to the grist. The hop aroma of this beer is not overpowering but it is present. Tettnang hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character. This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty. Willamettehops are used to provide a gentle bitterness and to balance any residual sweetness present from the malt. The finish is soft and malty with a mild bitterness.

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,752
Reviews:
497
Ratings:
1,223
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
204
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a nice looking brisk dark orange to amber color with an ever so slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a slight pace. Not much lace.
The aroma captured some clean caramel/toffee malts with some breadiness/light toast, a whiff of roasted nuts and a clasp of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a trail of earthiness. Slight spice came in ever so subtle. Mild aftertaste of some clingy nuts, but not so roasty with a little bit of malts.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Malty to semi-nutty and earthy sort of finish.
Overall, as an Americanized Oktoberfest, it's not bad, perhaps not one of the better ones on the American market, but it's do-able.

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Photo of csurowiec
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Edie
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kw_pip
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draught. Not great.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdorn
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nelson88
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah, Georgia. The appearance is a rusty gold color with a large off-white head. the aroma is malt and some hops. The taste is malt driven with some hops. An average beer.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharp315
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brew_ski
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cshaffer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had. Nice amber color and good malt flavor. Roasted just enough for character. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass and had a decent head that lasted fairly long.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, transparent; head is off white to light tan with small bubbles and minor lacing on the glass.

Smell blends the chocolate/munich malts well; minor earthy/grass hoppiness.

Taste is sweeter than many oktoberfest beers, lean towards munich/chocolate/wheat blend, less munich prominence and more lighter caramel like flavors; hops are bitter and dry, earthy/grassy in flavors but subtle.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not overly carbonated, moderate sweetness that lingers quite long.

Overall, a sweeter oktoberfest beer with less munich malt punch or even toffee like flavors; still a tasty beer.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,223 ratings
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