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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3.67/5
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1,230 Ratings
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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:
#32,342
Reviews:
498
Ratings:
1,230
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
207
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,230 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks dark like an old ale. Small head, some lace. Tongue tingle. Malty aroma. Bitterness balanced by malts. Bittersweet cocoa. Medium body. Spot of roast. Some nuttiness and decent carbonation. Interesting and some thought a marzen. Good transition beer.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer started off nicely for me. The pour was a very nice copper color just like a good Octoberfest beer should have. The head was strong and last a little while. The aromas of spices and autumn leaves were present on the nose. The taste was good in the beginning but as the beer warmed up it started getting a little funky on me. Not sure why but it was kind of gross after mid bottle. Not sure how this can happen, perhaps a bad bottle... Either way it was a bit of a disappointment to me. I would give this another try if I'm ever at a beer fest or something and they have it there.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A notch below average for this Octoberfest, from a brewery which hasn't really let me down yet. This one is too undercarbonated and suffers from this flatness along with being a tad too thin and watery. Tastewise it is missing out on some things also I must say. I've had some worse Octoberfests but I've had much better ones too.. try out Hooker's or Brooklyn's instead if you're in the New England area.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear ruby red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The are aromas of toasted malts, caramel and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down quite easy and is rather sessionable. It sort of tastes like a hybrid between a Vienna Lager and a Märzen.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it just me, or do Harpoon's standard offerings seem just marginal. An opportunity to shine with an Oktoberfest even falls short. Initially shows promise with a bright golden / orange hue and a standard eggshell white. Though it laces well, the head retention flattens quickly. Nice bready, caramelly aromas with a touch of hop spiciness. Intial flavors start off reaffirming what the nose held, but quickly disolves into a water brew, allowing a serious grainy bite to control. From the midpoint on, grain husk and bite is all I taste and feel. What should be moderately rich, bready, and sweet winds up tasting like wet grain.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; fits the style very well. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, pear, apple, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and herbal hops. Minimal bitterness on the finish as expected; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, biscuit, toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance and complexity, but it was not as robust feeling as I was hoping from the aromas; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink as expected. Could have used a bit fuller flavor, but this was still a very good style representation. Definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep copper/russet in color with a firm bone-white head that drops shortly but maintains a decent collar and light surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is fairly rich with gently sweet and lightly toasted malts (Vienna & Munich) and a mild hoppiness. Very nice. The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation that's gently zesty and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is malty upfront (bready and toasty), reveals some fruitiness, and then some hop flavor (grassy, resiny) and a brisk hop bitterness that lingers in a long dry finish. Well-balanced with the rich maltiness giving way to an increasing perception of hop bitterness (and flavor) throughout the glass, giving it an exceptional drinkability. Two to three of these could easily be enjoyed in one evening. Very well done with a strong nod to the Vienna-style; but also very American in it's hoppiness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a lager glass.

Beautiful appearance with a deep copper-amber body that's topped by a thick and tall off-white head. Excellent clarity. Little visible carbonation after 'settling'.

Mild aroma, as expected, with both bready malts and spicy hops evident.
The flavor is a bit more hoppy with a solid malt base. Overalll, lightly bitter

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear deep ruby red in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and bordering on being sessionable. Has some aspects that remind me of a Vienna lager but still a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades slowly over clear reddish orange beer.

Nose light toasty malts, hints of reddish malts, light caramel, fairly sweet reddish ripe malts, and hints of faint earthy hops.

Taste has light malts, semi sweet but not as much as I expected, light toasted malt, reddish sweet like malts, caramel, light creamy malt even, hint of grassy earthy almost spicy hops. Finishes semi sweet, light ester fruit from the yeast, light lingering grassy hops, but of bitterness, light grainy malt.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, sweet malts, reddish caramel malts, not really toasty enough or straw for me, creamy malt taste is different, and not really any crisp clean lager taste. Hops are also a different and interesting mix.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, some spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not very sweet, with flavors of caramel, spice and tea. The hops presence is mild. Overall, the taste is pretty dull and certainly earns the name “mocktoberfest”. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, I’ve tried this beer at tastings a couple of times and definitely was not impressed. Having a full bottle certainly makes a difference, but this still isn’t a very good beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with not much of a head to speak of,a very light aroma of some toasted malt but not much there in my mind.Taste is slightly doughy and roasty but seemed a little dry for my liking would have liked some more caramel malt flavor.Not awe-inspiring by any means but a drinkable beer but wont ever seek this one out for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

The color is a moderate copper with a single finger of white head head that leaves some slight foam but not all that much lacing. The nose is a bit of caramel and light bread plus some light earthy and mildly-spicy hops.

The flavor brings some nice toasted malt with a bit of caramel and a bit of light leafy hopping. Nice light body with good carbonation and a really nice hop character. A really nice rendition of an American Octoberfest and one I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, leaving back thick sudsy lacing that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of earthy citrus and sweet malt that gives this a rich twang, with some light floral and spicy notes that hang on the edges.

The taste is sweet and bready along the edges of the profile and into the backend, while a crisp and earthy feeling citrus presence runs down the middle. The finish is dry and lightly spicy with a touch of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and creamy on the edges that gives way to more of a firm crispness on the tongue. This has a nice balanced feel in the mouth that keeps this drinkable.

This is one of the better American O-Fests that I’ve had lately. Just solid balance to the flavors and feel here that kept this interesting to drink. This is one of the few new to me ones that I’m actually glad I checked out this season.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,230 ratings
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