Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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:
#35,336
Reviews:
498
Ratings:
1,233
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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29
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Ratings: 1,233 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of tiitomireles
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of irrevjim
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a can to a beer tulip
look; reddish copper, not much carbonation, 1/3" head that left quickly, ok lacing
smell; a little maltier and roastier than an irish red, a little extra hops, hint of sugar/caramel
taste; that little bit of extra hops or something else gives it just a little spice push that makes it nice, a tasty oktoberfest that's not too sweet for me, the bready roasty malts are there but with just that little extra spice
feel; smooth, not too carbonated
overall; it's a very nice drinkable take on an oktoberfest

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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 Zylod
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtrevor4
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Here is a pretty strong American example of the Bavarian Märzenbier style, brought to us by Boston's Harpoon Brewery. My experience with Harpoon is very limited, so to stumble upon this beer and discover such a good representation of an enjoyable ale really made me want to check out some of their other stuff. I'm pretty sure the only other Harpoon Brewery jam I've had was their UFO, and it was pretty early on during my journey on the craft beer roadway (circa 2000 or maybe 2001...I remember not being very impressed).

Certainly a noteworthy, malty backbone here with hints of toffee / caramel. I would say the appearance is a minute bit darker than some others I've recently enjoyed. I picked up a six pack for a recent band practice and my other craft beer-enjoying band mate was also relatively impressed. As a result, I'm now interested in checking out some more stuff from this brewery that I've spent the last 14 years overlooking every single time. Shame on me? Maybe, we'll see.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart94
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark reddish copper color with some barely visible carbonation and a 1/2" light tan head that gradually recedes to a thin layer and island of foam on the surface and a ring of lacing around the glass. Sipping creates small speckles and leggy lacing.

The aromas include some bready toasted malt, spicy, earthy hops and a touch of caramel.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but in a different balance. The earthy, spicy bitterness from the hops dominates the toasted bready malt and the touch of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and prickly from the gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins as the malt sweetness begins to fade leaving the earthy, spicy bitterness to fade into dryness.

This is OK on drinkability, but I'll not be seeking out more. Perhaps I'm spoiled by last night's Sierra Nevada collaboration O-fest and some of local versions that I both enjoyed more and thought were closer to what one would find in Germany during the festival.

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Photo of Sheaffer315
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 CTHomer
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;

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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

Octoberfest Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,233 ratings