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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head which fades to a few splotches. Some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Lots of caramel noticable in the aroma along with the unmistakable aroma of German hops. A little roast in there too.

The caramel malt really jumps out in the taste along with the bit of chocolate malt that is used. Earthy hops are very in your face as is the bitterness which is quite a bit higher than in other Marzens I have had. Sweetness is held in check nicely with just a touch of stickyness and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this is definitely an "Americanized" verison of the style but I quite like it. A little more bitterness and roast and it works very nicely.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance : light Copper crystal clear, moderate white head.

Aroma: Moderate Malt, Sweet Caramel with some spiciness on the backend.

Taste: Moderate Malt and spiciness. Pronounced Caramel profile from Munich and Vienna malts. Not proper in German version, but I welcome in the US representation.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body with medium carbonation and bite. Finishes Dry with a malt and Cinnamon aftertaste.

Overall: I really like this Marzen/Octoberfest this is my second six pack. I've worked through the imports and a few domestic tributes and I've come back this beer. It's one of my favorites - CHEERS!

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Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,228 ratings
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