Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
83
good
1,213 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
Ratings:
1,213
Reviews:
494
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
195
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,213 |  Reviews: 494
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of plowe70
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harsley
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexworsnip
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great looking, deep amber with finger of thick off-white foam which laced the entire way down. Aromas are of light bready malt, but fairly subdued. Unfortunately the taste is less remarkable. Fairly smooth, and somewhat sweet, there's just not a ton of character here. Middle of the road for the style.

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Photo of torwart68
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WyethBednar
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A really boring take on a classic style.

Appearance: Good. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style. Deep amber, decent head.

Smell: Unassuming and subdued. Subtle earthiness and malt, but not much else.

Taste: Boring. Very balanced, but to the detriment of the beer. No one factor stands out, so it sort of tastes like a generic concept of "beer" to me. Not unpleasant, just uninteresting, and with a lingering malty sweetness that doesn't make you want to go back immediately.

Feel: A little thin for an Oktoberfest. Sticky finish.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrapplesberg
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in the variety pack. Enjoy by 11/15/15. Pours an Amber copper with a thick white two inch frothy head. Recedes slowly and leaves great lacing. Smell is sweet and bready. Taste follows, nice biscuity. Feel is creamy and smooth. Almost like its nitro. Best Oktoberfest I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGray
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish amber with a finger and a half of foamy tan head and some slightly webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty at first with some creamy aroma at the borders. There is a nice toffee aroma here that tickles the nose and follows the blueprint quite well so far.

The taste is more malt with a vanilla flavor holding things around it. There is hints of a bread crust flavor with some hints at some creamy edges that seem a little dull. There is a small sweetness in the flavor that comes out toward the end but there draws back quickly letting this beer end on more malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is has a smooth feel that is a bit dull but provides a good crisp finish that is level with the style of beer this is categorized in. There seems to be a missing flavor here that makes this beer feel likes its just short accomplishing the plan of making a great Marzen. It feels like a table that has all four lets but one of them is shorter then the rest.

9-28-2015

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mojo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rmank
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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