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100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat
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100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. It's mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with Willamette.

The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. John's recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup.

20 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by SMortiL987:
Photo of SMortiL987
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden orange with a white head that laces down the glass.

S - Neutral smell with whisps of sweetness.

T - Sweet, low-medium maltiness. A hint of Belgian bubblegum style esters. No detectable maple on my pallet. Light alcohol taste. Light bitterness at the end. Slightly buttery.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol warmth.

O - Expected a little more from this beer. Alcohol presence overpowers maple flavors which this beer is meant to showcase. Honestly, a little disappointed as a 100 series beer from Harpoon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz brown bottle with a foil cover over the cap and neck of bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Shiny and clear copper color, good head retention all around. Smells of maple taffy, powdery biscuit, bubble gum fruit and a hint of herbal hop. Slick and smooth with medium body, sweetness right away yet the light maple flavor never rises above the malt. Bready malt meets a quick smack of herbal hop bitterness which is all swept by a breath of fruity alcohol. Sweetness ensues as nothing else jumps at the chance to balance it out.

A bit too sweet for me, yeah the hops and alcohol are there but all seem a bit transparent ... even the malt. If you can handle sweeter beers that don't primarily focus on a round malt character then this one is for you.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hint of a maple nose. Flavor leans to sweet, must be the maple, otherwise not much flavor. Not what I was expecting in a wheat. Overpriced at $5.19 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Windsor facility on 16APR09 with Alewife for lunch at the start of a long weekend in Vermont. Had a tulip glass of this to start, about 13oz worth...

This bier was a striking, clear copper hue, with sporadic carbo. Head was thin and white, leaving very good lace in the glass. Light sweetness wafted forth, with subtle floral notes also present in the restrained aroma. Body was just about a medium, and despite some prickliness on the tongue, the bier was fairly smooth overall.

Flavor has a bit of toastiness and a little caramel, with the maple evident and adding a subtle sweetness to the profile. Hopping is well in the background, and the wheaty finish is dry and crisp. An easy-going, refreshing bier. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Saturday March 8th, the first full day of Philly Beer Week 2009:

Appearance: Clear, deep amber that borders on copper. Frothy off-white head. Good retention, better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly limited. Clean. A sugary quality hints at maple syrup. Perhaps some minor fruitiness of apples and white grape. Minor grainy malt notes. No hops, as might be expected.

Taste: The maple syrup does come through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. It's more like a thin coating to the caramelish malt base. Wheat malt is only slightly evident. It's pretty straightforward with notes of caramel and drizzled honey. Bitterness is balancing, and stiff enough to cut through. Some hops appear in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well reigned in, but you can tell that it's slightly bigger than a regular beer. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a delicately tingly median carbonation. Appropriately smooth.

Drinkability: While there are certainly no off-flavors, and the maple syrup is kept in check, it almost seems like there's not enough flavor. At least given the extra strength. It makes a decent amber-wheat, but the use of maple syrup doesn't seem to have done much for it other than getting your attention. Altogether fairly drinkable though.

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Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, orangish amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that drops off rather quickly. Not too strong of an aroma. I get a whiff of the maple syrup right off. Some wheat and malts behind it. The taste is decent enough: Some malt, wheat and maple flavors. A touch of dryness in the finish. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice wheat and crystal malt scent along with a moderate maple sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a very drinkable wheat and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes quite dry with a bit of maple sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a little bit better thatn most of their 100 barrel beers. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a tastey beer.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper. Topped by a fluffy, cohesive, beige head that fades to a film leaving patchy lace. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and maple syrup. A bit of leafy hops appear on the swirl.

A light, bready sweetness upfront builds in sweetness in the center with caramel malts and maple syrup. There's a light spiciness towards the finish, which is lightly bitter. Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Malty, but balanced. There's not so much maple syrup so as to make the beer overwhelmingly sweet, but it could have used a bit more to add a bit more maple flavor, which was mild overall.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Faint aroma of wheat and caramel.

This is smoooth, but not much else going on. Faint caramel flavor, faint wheat flavor. and it flows down the throat ever so softly.

I like this, but I don't really know why. Not a lot really going on here, but it was enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a small almond hued head. Some attractive sheet lacing appears on the glass.

Not much going on with the aroma. Twangy wheat malt and a hint of herbal hops are noted.

Light medium body has a crisp carbonation.

Maple syrup is apparent in the taste but is subtle, never cloying. Wheat malt dominates the taste, with a hint of herbal hops bitterness. No indication of the almost 7% abv.

A basic wheat ale with a maple syrup addition, very lightly hopped. Not bad, but I'll pass on another.

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Photo of horshack7
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: From a bomber pours an amber copper color with a light in color foamy head that slowly thins out.

Aroma: Off the bat it has a very citrusy aroma grapefruit mild hints of lemon zest and decent hop aroma. Not alot of maple syrup aroma.

Taste: A very smooth mouthfeel to start a little sticky. Little hints of orange and lemon zest. Only slight hints of maple.

Notes: This one is very drinkable but quite different from a traditional wheat beer but still tasty. Cheers

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ouncer, typical, 100 barrel presentation. Pours lighter amber, with bubbles continuing to rise, under a frothy light tan head and strands of lace. Light whiffs of sugary maple on the nostrils. This one tastes a bit off to me, lacking in the pleasant sweetness expected in the style. It gives off a moderate sourness, a slight metallic note, then a moderatly dry finish. Bleh, yet another underwhelmer in this series.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head dwidles gradually, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity kick. Taste starts with maple sweetness, citric bite in the middle, soft wheat close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good head, nearly white. The lace slides down the glass. The liquid is dark and crystal clear for a wheat beer--clearly amber.

Mild malt and wheat aroma. Reminds me of a cherry wheat beer I've had before. Slightly sweet.

An interesting combination of spicy wheat, mellow malt and a touch of hop. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Light spiciness with a round, creamy feel.

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Photo of Stimack
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gave this one a try last evening while at Mahars. Brew was poured to a copper color with some reddish highlights. Good sized tan head that had nice retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma clearly comes off somewhat sweet, though I was anticipating more based on the maple syrup? Fair wheat aroma does come through. On the taste side the sweetness really comes out along with some wheat like flavors. I don't really pick up anything that tells me that there is maple syrup in there? The sweetness at first seemed ok, but got very old quick. Did finish it but there does not seem to be much here, sweetness is too much and the rest of the beer is bland at best. Interesting try, but a miss for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-March 2009.

This was unquestionably the most beautiful beer that I had seen in a long time! It had a mountainous, frothy ecru-colored cap of two fingers' worth of foam with outstanding retention. The color was a BUPGOO-like deep amber both intense carbonation and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild sweetness, but not a cloying one as you might expect from maple syrup. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a toned-down maple flavor on the tongue. Better put, it was discernible, but not overpowering. Finish actually tended towards a slight dryness. 5s - top to bottom. From me, for a wheat beer?!? Man, I gotta rethink my stance.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle wrapped in gold foil; served in a nonic.

Pours a deep copper/clean oak in color beneath a densely foamy, off-white head that is very slow to fade. Patchy, condensed lacing but not much strength.

Sweet, clean maple with touches of honey and vanilla. Biscuity malted wheat with a touch of diacetyl. Fruity esters of white grape, melon, and mild raisin. Warming, yet balanced alcohol aromas.

Stiff, malted wheat and grains under a smooth, semi-sweet maple and honey blanket. The sweetness is a bit off-flavored and dark, or maybe that is some adjunctory grains shining through. The alcohol character is a bit bulky for the style and provides a gaseousness to the biscuity malts.

Medium in body; a touch of slickness over mostly a grainy roughness. A pretty nice balance for the timid flavors.

A little heavier and more flavorful than a typical Pale Wheat Ale, but understandable given the maple syrup addition. With that being said, the flavors are nothing that exciting. If you've had one wheat flavored with maple syrup, you've had them all.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, rocky head that scatters a bit of lace around

Smell: Sweet, almost wort-like malt, with the maple syrup clearly discernable

Taste: Sweet and malty, with vague banana bread flavors up front; by mid-palate, there is a lemony sharpness and a sweet maple syrup aspect that becomes pronounced; after the swallow, the lemon fades and the maple and malt flavors dominate the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; very sticky in the aftertaste

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but way too sweet for my palate and the lemony sharpness in the middle is also off-putting


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Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into hefe glasses. Dull orange color. Pretty decent sized head. Moderate carbonation. Smell was pretty bland. No maple scent. Taste was run of the mill. Didn't get any of the usual wheat beer flavors, nor did I get any clue as to where the maple was. Mostly got a bit of orange in the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sweet and sticky side. Might be a decent beer on a warm evening due to its relative smoothness, but otherwise was very lackluster. Not one of the best Harpoon 100 Barrel offerings put forth. Not sure what they were trying to do with this beer.

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Photo of deg
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle and poured it into a regular pint glass. A good head, a nice reddish brown color. I could smell a little maple. The initial taste was more wheat than maple. Eventually the maple came out and unfortunately started to dominate. Unless you are a fan of the maple taste, I suggest only having this beer in small amounts.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a light copper color with a solid two fingers of creamy head. The head reduced but sustained very well lasting the entire sample and leaving ample lacing.

The nose is sweet up front with some caramel and a just backed bread aroma. Faint hops in the back - just barely there.

The taste is a bit dull and dissapointing. Sweetness hits first with malt and a touch of maple. Not as much as I would thought and the beer left me asking, "where's the rest." The malt dominates, but never achieves the sweetness I anticipated the syrup addition would inpart. A trace of hoppiness in the finish, but just overall nothing really coming through to be seen. I suppose that speaks for its balance, but it also left the beer a little lifeless.

Medium body and carbonation.

This series has had some very enjoyable beers, but alas this one was a bit of a dud. The flavor was bland and nothing really shown through. I expected the maple to be sweeter and the beer a bit more chewy.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is some roasted dark malts, with some underlying sweetness to be found.
Taste is more of the sweetness. Not sure if it's definitely coming from the maple aspect of it, but it's noticeable. A little bit of bitterness in the mouthfeel as well. Pretty enjoyable and easy to put down. This is the first of their "Barrel Series" that I've had and it's been pretty solid.
Decent beer, will have to seek out some of the other beers from this line.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of icemanrulz
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came across this selection at a beer store in town today and was very excited to break it open, being a big fan of maple flavored beer. Unfortunately, my excitement was short lived. The beer pours a basic light amber color, slight head that dissipates quickly. The smell was nondescript, a light malt nose with a very subtle hint of maple. The taste was equally disinteresting, virtually no complexity, with only a slight hint of maple sweetness on the finish. It's a light beer making it easy to drink, despite its slightly higher than normal ABV. Not sure what I was expecting with this but it fell short of expectation.
Harpoon has always been hit or miss with me, and this one was unfortunately a miss. I expected better after reading the positive reviews of some of their past Barrel Series selections and being a fan of maple flavoring in beer. Unless you've tried every Barrel Series offering since the beginning and want to keep your streak alive, you can safely pass up on this one.

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100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 120 ratings