Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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

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

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Ratings: 1,233 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of wac9
1.32/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer has way too much head just taste too boozey smells boozey just nothing else say about this beer too dark in color not a winner skip it bring nothing to octoberfeat so nothing else to say keep moving i have taste better beer and this isnt one them

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Brno
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Orange/amber in color. Smells a little malty and hints of caramel. Taste is somewhat thin and a little on the bitter side. Leaves a touch of caramel on the aftertaste, but that fades quickly. A little thin on the body with some fizziness. Not a lot of complex flavors. Easy to drink, but other than bitterness, weak in flavor.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Harpoon's Octoberfest Beer yesterday for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had a good beer from this brewery but I'm willing to give them another shot and try their Marzen, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer. it's pretty clean and nice looking and the back label is pretty different. It poured a nice looking amber color that took on a nice copper hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to thin ring that left some spotty lacing. This is a decent looking Marzen.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that have a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and imparts some bread crust, caramel, and toasted aromas followed by a slight nutty and dark fruit aroma. Towards the end I get a light amount of earthy hops. The aroma seems to be average, I like the toasted aromas but the dark fruits seemed out of place.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large amount of malts that have a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and imparts some weak caramel malt flavors followed by some grain and bread crust flavors. After that comes some light dark fruit flavors followed by a quick hit of sweetness that is unwanted and it quickly gives way to some earthy hops that impart a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had a sweet, grainy, and bitter aftertaste. The taste of this beer wasn't good the malts tasted thin and there was too much bitterness for the style and some unwanted dark fruit flavors.

M- Not that smooth, slightly sticky, crisp, watery, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that good it was watery and it lacked the smoothness I want from this style.

Overall I thought this beer wasn't that good and it was a below average example of the style, it just lacked all the things that make for a good Marzen. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, and the thin flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I feel no need to have another one, What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it didn't look that bad and it was pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the flavor it was pretty flat with some unneeded flavors and bitterness. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it really didn't have any redeeming quailitys and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all this was another beer I didn't like from Harpoon Brewery, so far they might be my least favorite Microbrewery and I don't know if I will give them another chance, this Marzen fell pretty short and it just wasn't a good example of the style.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of -chii-
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Plain bottle with no info pours into a glass with a foggy orange amber hue topped with a settled 1/2" khaki bubbly cap.

Initial scents are a metallic malty leafy aroma.

First swigs: Caramel malt flavor with a flour note. A bit of fruity peach hints. Midle of caramel corn malt. A bit too flour like for my tastes.

Feel is medium bodied with a lingering unpleasant wet cardboard aftertaste.

Last swigs: Coper penny metalic and flour. Not impressive. Picked this up in a mixed case. Oh well.

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2.52/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of stirgy
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a disappointing beer. Poured a bright copper color with a large tan head that dissolved away quickly. Looked nice. Pretty bland aroma – really nothing there, like water. The body was very thin and the beer lacked substance. There was a lingering dry bitterness. Not that much for an octoberfest and one dimensional, but in it’s defense, it was easy to drink.

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Photo of emsroth
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Burnt orange with perfect clarity. Frothy 1 finger head.

Smell: Some roasted malt but the aroma is dominated by american hops. (They say they use tettnang hops for aroma and willamette for bittering, but i must be that sensitive to the american hops.) As it warms the aroma changes to a sweeter, more subtle burnt caramel. This brings it up from 2 to 3.

Taste: The main flavor is definitely american hops. Little upront malt. Ends with an extreme crisp, dry malt and a strong lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

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Photo of argock
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at The Hill Tavern (Boston, MA).

A: Burnished amber with 1-finger off-white frothy head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is weak with some caramelly malt and soft herbal hops. Not a stunner.

T: The flavor isn't any better with some watery malts that are faintly caramelly with a quick slap of herbal bitter hops but none of the complexity of the best or even pretty good marzens.

M: Thin and too light in body for the style.

D: A disappointing effort from Harpoon on this one. A definite skip that could be a maybe with more love in the malt department.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5 liter hand glass.

Pours a copper flor that is very clear and has some reddish hues to it. Very dark for the style. Pretty 1 finger off white head with no lacing. Aroma has that sweet peanut aroma as well as lager yeasty aromas. A touch of sweetness also on the aroma. The taste is really below average. Has a vomit taste to it on the finish. Metallic and off balanced. Really tastes like crappy amber lager from a crappy

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of huxcrunner
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice amber brown with golden hues at the bottom of the gllass, not much head or retention

Nice spicey and hop notes in the aroma but not overwhelming

Taste is bitter not very full of flavor, bitterness seems to overpower for this style beer, pretty disappointed with this taste

Mouth feel seems light for the style

Overall im disappointed with this beer I hope I just got a bad batch maybe ill give it another go and change my opinion next year.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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