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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of williamherbert
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a bright, glowing orange. Tons of carbonation. Smooth, creamy head. Looks hella nice.

The smell is a hefe-ish aroma of toasted bananas. If there is maple, it's very feint. Cloves come through too, but the banana is definitely the dominant aroma. As there is more volume volume in the beer, the maple and caramel notes come out.

The taste is a pure, dark hefeweizen. But then, curiously, a rich maple slides down the back end. The mild maple adds an almost unbearable richness. Major maple aftertaste.

The thick and chewy feel is bubbly with a nice fizz on the back end. Overall, it's not exceptional, but an interesting experiment. It's a hefe with something extra.

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Photo of Jayli
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gorgeous clear deep bronze color with a two finger of off white creamy head. Nice head retention that eventually fades to a film with nice lacing left on the glass. Nose is more of wheat, grass, caramel malts, and the maple is more of an afterthought. Taste is mostly of caramel malts up front, wheat flavoring in the middle, and finishes with a touch of hop presence at first and then a very very sweet finish. Caramel malts are more present in this beer than any maple flavoring. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp feel and finish to it, sweet aftertaste is a bit much. Not a bad beer, and was fun to try but I wouldn't be able to sit with this for an evening.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into 1L stein. Bottle note 6.8%, 21 IBU, Session 26 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Made with 'flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup'.

A- Pours nicely, brown, with a thick head, lots of lacing as it goes down. Very nice looking beer. Head dissapears about 1/2 way through.

S- Smells delightful. I can smell the maple in the pour. As I get closer and really inhale, I smell maple and malts, two nice sweet aromas. A rich aroma.

T- Husky and heavy on the front, followed by a sweet maple aftertaste. This beer is wonderfully balanced. The wheat and maple are both well represented and the flavor profile works well. As I get farther down the stein, I taste sweet fruit with the maple. Like banana french toast covered in syrup. Very good.

M- a little lighter than expected. It seems all the carbonation was in the head, the beer tastes almost flat (although it isn't). Odd.

D- Goes down smooth. Very quaffable.

All in all, another good beer from Harpoon's 100 barrel series.

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Photo of atsprings
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. This one certainly intrigued me since I love maple, and have never had a maple wheat beer. Pours a crisp orange with a thin khaki head that quickly diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of maple, sweet fruits and slight spice. The taste is a very interesting blend of maple syrup and fruity malts that quickly gives way in the finish to just sweet malts. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is certainly one worth trying, but not likely one I'd have again.

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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 Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery in Boston, poured chilled into a Boddington's glass.

A - a light copper w/ haze and a pillowy offf white 2 1/2 finger cap w/ a very fine bead.

S - An estery fruity (slight tropical) nose w/ woody accents from maple. Gentle grainy aroma like toasted cereal w/ mild husky buckwheat odor w/ a similarity to a whole grain pancake

M - A very dry toasted grain texture and crisp w/ moderate carbonation and the moderate alcohol in feel. Finish is dry -almost bone dry w/ a hint of creamy malted wheat

T - A sweet maple flavor collides w/ crisp light toasted malt taste with a hint of woodiness from the mild hops. The flavor is hinted at bready as the yeast and malt give a light nutty taste. The taste is dry w/ a gentle maple taste which is both nutty, creamy and mildly sweet.

D - Drinkability is above average for me but not a quenching beer, more of a beer like bock you go for when you want malty yet chewy

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Photo of u2carew
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A) Pours from the 22oz bomber with a 3/4 inch head. Very creamy head. Visible carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Just a bit of wheat aroma. Not a very aromatic brew.
T) Just a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup. Wheaty. A bit of alcoholic effervescence. Taste overall is thin.
M) Mostly a medium body brew. Some CO2 fizz on the tongue. The overall mouthfeel, like the taste, is thin. Creamy feel.
D) I was more excited about the brew from the label, but the contents of the bottle are not that impressive.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of maple, sugars, wheat, grass, and fruit. Stronger than I would expect from a Wheat beer, I like it.

Taste of wheat, maple, grass, and sugars. A nice maple flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of dubman003
2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is good. I certainly expected as much after reading the label. I'm from New Hampshire, love real maple syrup. Unfortunately, my pre-opened excitement is all I have to offer.

The smell reminded me of Busch Light. I haven't had Busch Light in four years (since I was a sophomore in college), but I knew the smell immediately.

Taste: Flat, unimpressive. To strike out on such a bold endeavor (and to claim the aroma and flavor of Vermont Maple Syrup), I expected the aroma to pour out of the bottle like a blueberry beer does when opened. Like the aroma, I expected the flavor to also be poignant and strong. I expected to definitely say, "Yes, this takes exactly how I'd imagine maple syrup as a beer to taste." Instead I'm left with the taste of Molson Ice left out of the fridge for too long (a slight fruit/apple hint after swallowing).

Mouthfeel: Without flavor, the mouthfeel is like...well, like beer.

Drinkability: I could drink it if there was no other beer available.

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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 JasonA
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheat huh ... strange style

Filtered crystal clear light, very light, copper. Ample and thick head. Lacing present. Head isnt moving (thats no fun ;)).

Wheat, some citrus. Little hop character.

Mild wheat. Maybe maple. Maybe some light malt. No real bitterness.

Solid carbonation. Crisp and inviting. Sits well. Feels refreshing, but dry at the same time. I would love to try this in the middle of a hot summer day.

Not sure. Yes and no. Not a sessionable brew, I want to sip it slow. Though its not something with a lot of depth that would keep me interested.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this off the cask at a beer tasting in Brooklyn. It had a nice copper head with a thick foamy head head that dissipated into a nice lace.

It's very sweet, which I normally don't care for, but this seems to do it in good balance with malts and bitter. I like this for its originality.

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Photo of brianjay
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, golden brown with some red tint in it, much like the color of a rock formation in a Western U.S. state park. The head was one finger of bright white, smoothe foam which left a thin ring around the glass for the remainder of the session.
Sweet (maple/honey) and floral (wild flowers)aroma with some undertones of oak; Reminded me of sitting on a porch in the woods of New England. Overall, the look and smell were comforting and inspiring.
The taste was a quick let down, along with the absence of body. In the mouth it felt like a weak combination selzter water and vinegar. The taste was lacking: Oil and bitterness of the hops were the only notable tastes, but otherwise bland. Left a pungent, silky after-taste.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce foil-capped bomber into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a pale, copper amber color with nice carbonation and a two-finger head of bubbly ivory foam which left a fat ring of lace.

S: Smells slightly sugary, like maple ice cream and a little fruity hop zest and yeast aroma.

T: Taste is a little sweet, but not overpowering. I thought/hoped it'd be a rich, sweet maple syrupy malted brew, but it was rather mild. A little yeast and wheaty funk in the flavor, but overall pretty clean and faint flavored.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth.

D: Not a bad brew, sort of just perplexing. I was hoping for a nice dessert beer to go down after my fire-roasted pro tenderloin, and what I wound up with a slightly maple flavored pale wheat ale without the fruity wheat ale taste. Good, but a little strange.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a tough review. Poured from a 22oz bottle without a freshness date.

A: Light Amber color with a tiny tiny head on it. Quite a bit of fizzyness going on inside the beer.

S: Sugar Maple smell that dominates the yeast that is normally dominant in wheats. It is still there however. Other then that kinda plain.

T: Is much better then the nose lets on and not as sweet as the name hints at. Still this is an interesting mixture of the bite of a pale, but the sweet bread of a wheat. Definitely more sweet in nature.

M: Tantalizing as the carbonation dances. A bit oily though for this type.

D: Kinda a weird mixture, because of the wheat you're expecting fruity, yet its sugary. I suppose after a few you'd get used to it, but would that because you've adjusted your expectations or tastebuds been deadened.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Yuengling "America's Oldest Brewery" pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish amber with a fairly-creamy single-finger off-white head. A good amount of carbonation coming up. Not much lacing. The head quickly recedes.

S: Smells of pale malt and barley. Lots of breadiness here, and only hints of the maple syrup--I was expecting something a little more pungent.

T: Bubblegum, maple syrup, pale-ale-style hops (fairy light), and plenty of residual sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy. The carbonation produces a little too much bite on the tongue, and it's slightly bitter on the way down.

D: Overall, a little bit sweet, but I wouldn't mind having a couple of these. A fairly solid brew; I wish more breweries would incorporate maple syrup into their recipes--I simply can't get enough of it after having the opportunity to taste the absolute divine aka Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.

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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 Studly21
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice amber color with moderately thick off-white head that quickly dissipates. Sweet malty nose with maybe a hint of maple.
Some sweetness that quickly fades. Taste is overall one-dimensional and not very impressive. It's lack of flavor does make this drinkable in that light beer sort of way. Not worth the money.

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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 erosier
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with a tall and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, some toasted caramelized malts, and a nice maple aroma.
T: A nice thick wheaty base underneath layers of caramelized malts, maple, and a bit of floral hops at the end.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, just wish it didn't have so much of a head, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - snifter, cellar temp.
A - Maple comes through with some alcohol
A - Three fingers of brilliant white head, deep amber color. Nice lacing and persistence on the head.
M - light carbonation, medium body, some alcohol warmth.
T - Great maple sugar without the cloying sweetness. Wheat comes through nicely in the background. Some darker fruits and alcohol flavors.
D - Very easy drinking for a nice medium strength beer. Nice use of maple.

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer, but not my favorite 100 Barrel by Harpoon, by a long shot. The beer doesn't really get any better as it settles. The beer pours a clear coppery amber color with a very thick creamy white head that retains very well and laces okay. The head on this thing is quite prodigious. The nose on the beer is a touch funny. There is the sweetish but slightly boozy maple aroma, but also some toffee-ish smells that are harder to pin down, but they are very sweet, maybe a touch liqueur like. The nose would lead one to believe that this beer had some dextrine sweetners added.

The beer is definitely sweet, with a sugary maple, maybe a touch of brown sugar sweetness as well that makes up the bulk of the taste emanating from this beer. The beer is light to medium bodied, a bit on the flat side, a bit cloyingly sweet, and there is a slight throaty ABV burn on this one. It doesn't leave one with a great aftertaste, in that it tastes like it had a bit too much sugary infusions and sweetners added. I'll pass on this one again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light copper color with a surprisingly large and billowing light beige head. Head settles pretty quickly though, leaving negligible lace and minimal stick.

Smells of soggy, sweet wheat, caramel and maple syrup. It's a bit sticky sweet, overly so to an extent, with some grain and a bit of herbal hops as well.

The nose let on that this was likely going to be sticky sweet and it definitely is. Maple syrup, caramel and wheat are the dominant flavors but it has a slightly cloying sweetness to it that gets to be slightly bothersome. There also is much depth of flavor - it feels quite thin which makes the sweetness even more prominent. Some grain is the only other element that stands out much. There is just a bit of herbal hop flavor, but barely.

Mouthfeel is a medium body that feels a bit thinner than that. The sweetness makes it somewhat sticky in the mouth and a bit cloying into the finish.

Meh. I'm not a big fan of this. It's wheat and sweet and that's about it. Not very interesting and a bit sweet for my taste. If you like sweeter beers give it a shot, but to me this is one of if not the weakest 100bbl brews I've had.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a large weizen glass, Catamount Maple Wheat is clear coppery amber with a thick two-finger cap of fine-bubbled off-white foam. The head settles slowly and deposits scattered wisps of lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The smell is sweet and grainy with a mild backing of maple syrup.

The taste is dryly malty with a touch of watery caramel, tangy toasted wheat and a sweet, woody mapley edge.

The drink is light-bodied and pretty crisp with plenty of carbonation. Inoffensive and uninteresting, if still pretty drinkable.

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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