Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer
1,223 Ratings
Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Octoberfest Beer

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,223 |  Reviews: 497
Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joegallows
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; deep bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: sweet malt, toffee; no hop character;

T: follows the nose; a little metallic and apple from mid-palate through the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, but the flavor isn't all that good;

 371 characters

Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've recently been drinking more of this style so I was excited to try a new offering. Poured with a pretty nice color between crimson and brown which as quite appealing. There wasn't much aroma until my nose was deep in the pint glass. Pleasant taste but no wow factor. Malty with some notes of banana when chewed. This beer needs a little nudge to be in the same class as its more traditional Euro counterparts or even higher-end American interpretations.
Slightly above average.

 481 characters

Photo of CHager94
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a 3 finger off white head. The head recedes to a large island with a thin ring and patchy lacing.
S-The nose leads with some malty sweetness mixed with classic spiciness of the hops.
T-Taste follows the nose with malty sweetness of medium intensity. The hops helped bring some semblance of balance but the beer still finishes slightly sweet.
F- If I have one knock on the beer, it is that the beer finishes more wet than it should for the style. Mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is relatively light after the initial pour.
O-A good if not classic Marzen that finishes on the sweeter side.

 663 characters

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.

 942 characters

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've only ever had two Marzen style beers, this, and Sam Adams Octoberfest, so I'm hardly an expert on the style. That being said: this beer is a fine fall companion; a warm and satisfying combo of malt and spices, and light caramel/toffee flavors. Sweet, but not overly so. There is some sort of spice present in the flavor that I can't quite put my finger on..nutmeg perhaps? Warming. There is a modest but respectable dose of hops here to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, and in my opinion, far superior to the watery body of Sam Adams Octoberfest. Also, does not possess the cloying quality of Sam Adams Octoberfest, which caused me to stop drinking it altogether last year after several tries. I wouldn't want to drink this all the time either, but when I'm in the mood for these types of flavors, this beer hits the spot.

 849 characters

Photo of celts32
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of plowe70
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harsley
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexworsnip
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.89/5  rDev +6%
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.

 302 characters

Photo of torwart68
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WyethBednar
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

 542 characters

Photo of Ryan4120
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrapplesberg
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

 294 characters

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGray
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,223 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.