100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier
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100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pott’s Landbier, or “country beer,” is a traditional session lager with a decidedly malty backbone made up of a blend of German and North American malts. The smooth malt character is tempered by the German bittering hop Magnum, which lends a clean, crisp balance. This beer is finished with more German hops for a spicy herbal palate and aroma. Fermented with Pott’s proprietary lager yeast – and imbued with over 240 years of German brewing tradition -- this is just the beer to quench your summer thirst.

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 104
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great light brown frothy head and carbonation in the body. The body is a light brown caramel color, a shade i dont think i have seen before. yeasty and caramel-toffee notes in the aroma, maybe a hint of must as well. first impression of the flovor is overall bitter, even bitter up front which i did not expect. i was expecting more malt, but oh well. overall a mild flavored beer where the soapy bitter hop notes are dominant. maybe i am just not familiar with this style, my only other experience with a vienna lager is from Schells brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota and that beer is a bit more mainstream and less hoppy with more malt flavor.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Vienna lager I have had,hands down.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep rich bronze with a great fluffy one finger white crown atop,could be on a postcard from Bavaria.A mix of iron,caramel,toasted artisan bread,and leafy hop,alot of great subtle things going on making for great aromas.Light and crisp with a great underlying toasted bread quality on the palate,good initial caramel sweetness with a crisp,spicy finish.Its a Vienna lage it isnt gonna blow your socks off with big hops or anything of that nature but its fantastic,I could see myself in late September drinking this in a hop garten with some roast pork and dumplings,I liked it alot.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a beautiful appearing beer. In a pilsener glass it was amber colored with a thick, whipped cream, tan head. A good deal of lace.
Aroma a tad light. Sweet, fresh grass, floral. Not too prominent.
Caramel malt taste, peppery hops late.
A little thin, as the aroma suggested, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with a session number on the label.

I've got a good frother here, ample stickage on the glass with a bright copper clarity. Bready malt nose with a tingle of spicy herbal hop. Clean crisp medium body. The malt character is relatively dry. Hops are soft on the bitterness but there is a spicy resin oiliness within. Crisp toasted cracker finish with more of the spicy hop lingering.

Very refreshing and drinkable, a tasty notch to their 100bbl series belt.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out carmel in color with a very thick foamy head. Good lacing. Scent is of lager yeast and bread. The taste is actually fairly dark, nice sweet flavor that mellows out to a hop bite, but not too much. Actually put together rather well and balanced. Carbonation is rather low. But that doesn't take away from this rather drinkable lager.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 1/2 liter krug, a perfect style of bier for the glass. Pours dark tinged caramel copper hu with a bright off white head forming thick with tight bubbles. Chunky lacing left around the sides of my glass with each sip. Aroma sweet citric twang to it with earthy leafy hops as well, malts are bright with sweetness and hints of caramel and biscuit tones. A grainy mineral character is noted with each sip but the touch of citric hops with a tea leaf earthiness really sticks around, more breadiness but everything is just a bit too thin. I like the 4.8 abv and with added flavor and sessionability but it's hard to hide flaws in these delicate hard to brew lagers. Really nice mix of hops and malts in this brew, I could easily finish a couple more big 22 oz bombers. Mouthfeel is lively with carbonation moderate to lighter bodied lager, goes down nicely. Drinkability is rock solid another winner from the 100 barrel series, I've got to get a steady supply of these special releases.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hop aromas. As it warms the hop aromas turn slightly spicy.

Tastes OK. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by solid amounts of earthy and spicy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of indistinct fruit flavors make a brief appearance before fading out to let the hops and malts carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style however I think it could be top tier if the flavor profile were just a bit more crisp. Still, a nice beer that's worth a shot, especially if you like the style.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber color, clear and filtered with a brilliant, light foam, tan colored head, bubbly and jazzy.

The aroma has barley scented herbs and spicey herbal hops. Major grains, dark wheat, maize, brown sugar in the dark scented malt with some slight rootbeer scents's down deep and sweet pineapple fruitiness in a subtle way.

The flavor has a smokey-herbal malt with light brown sugar sweetness, mostly herbal and spicey from the hops and yeast, dry, earthy, herbal feel, pretty smooth and loose with some yummy earthy flavor's such as dark-roastie wheat, corn husks, all-spice and black pepper. a sour, tangy, almost sweet lager yeast provides some seriois depth of flavor and complexity.

This one is complex, perhaps one of the most natually complex brews from this series. It's a session style brew that is very approachable and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Stigs
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour at Fatheads...English-style pint glass

A - took a few pulls from the tap for a full pour, served with over an inch of frothy white foam, eventually settled to a thin layer, leaving a sticky wall of lacing behind. the beer is very clear, dark amber in color.

S - lightly toasted malts and bread...pungent sweetness carries through, very esthery and almost bubblegum-like.

T - heavy sweet with malts...bubblegum and cotton candy. sharply toasted malts, a little nutty. lightly spicy and a hint of earthy hops.

M - medium bodied, active and sharp carbonation yet not overdone. balanced between creamy and crisp.

D - very refreshing...taste is a bit sweet for my liking yet it oddly grows on you. sessionable to a point...unique for the style.

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Photo of emsroth
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great find at the wholefoods on 97th and columbus!

App: Dee, clear copper with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence that is equally fruity and floral. Slight caramel malt undertone.

Taste: Perfect for the amber lager style. Starts with strong carbonation, the middle has some caramel sweetness, ends with firm, assertive herbal and metallic hops.

Medium bodied and wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of bamojr
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown color with frothy white head. It has a bit of a metallic smell and not a lot more of an aroma. It has a good thick malty flavor with great balance form the other flavor that come through. Not too bitter with great hop compliments. This a showcase for a good Lager.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark browish copper color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is sweet grainy malt with caramel and some faint hops as well.

T- The taste starts out malty with some caramel and a touch of sweetness with a dose of spicy hops in the finish. Very nice! I love the maltiness up front with a perfect kiss of hops in the finish. Well done!

M- The mouhfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one! I think they nailed a light bodied, flavorful session beer that I would purchase again.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $6.65 and poured it into a large mug. I mean, it is supposed to be a session beer after all. It was a clear amber with a short white head and had a lightly fruity bread aroma. The same, smooth flavor started the beer off, but as it warmed, spicy Noble hops kicked in for dry and pleasantly bitter finish. This is indeed a fine session beer, but it's not quite complex enough to warrant the price tag. Most folks would probably be just as happy with Session Black.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: amber sappy brown, one finger head then flat, no lacing
S: hops give way grain
T: pine, flavorful for a lager I guess, mineral finish. Some tanginess
M: carbonation all the way through, watery, bitterness in back, alcohol warms more than low ABV would warrant
D: basically a slightly more flavorful PBR/macro lager

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber color with some brownish highlights, crystal clear, with a dense egg-shell colored head. The aroma is of a doughy malt, minerals, copper and pepper. The taste is of a rich caramel malt, a touch buttery, some doughy malt, mineral water, and a tea like dry character. Very close to a traditional American made Marzen. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation; finishes dry and lightly astringent. A solid malty German lager. Good caramel flavors and peppery spice. It is a bit dry, which is a bit of a let down. Definitely fits into the American Marzen style of beer. I guess I can call this my first "Oktoberfest" of the season.

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Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Earthy, grassy hoppiness, cracker sweetness, some mineralness.

L: Deep copper orange, clear, head dissipates leaving great lacing.

T: Malty sweetness, pils like malt leads to some grainy toastiness. Moderate bitterness leads to drying of palatte, spicy. Neutral finish. Not much hop presence.

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

An ok lager, i was expecting a little more considering the nose. Flavors fell kind of flat, i guess i was expecting a little more hop flavor due to my obvious comparison to Sam Adams lager. Maybe this is what a traditional German Vienna lager tastes like? Not bad.

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Photo of imasloth
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'Bout to get my Pott's on ...

A- Rich brown color that is clear and can be seen through. Pours a large fluffy head the color of cinnamon sugar. Head stays at about a finger's width, replenished by carbonation streaming from the bottom of my goblet.

S- Very malty, but clean and not musty like some beers you'll get. A light bitterness of hops in the background. Pungent for a lager ...

T- Very tasty. Starts with the sweet malt, but then quickly goes into a fruit flavor profile- cider apples maybe- with a nice hoppiness (just a bit of pine). Finishes with a bit more malt.

M- Fairly light bodied with little strong mouthfeel, but does have a subtle bitterness that stays with you after you swallow.

O- I like it a lot and would recommend you grab one quick if you see it on the store shelves. As my brother said "Blows Sam Adams out of the water." ... though he also just sang "I dance like a German. I swing my hips." Clearly he's been affected by the Pott's family as well.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GRG1313
2.16/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Limited-part of 100 Barrel Series, #32.

Pours a copper amber with an off white head. Very nice looking and appealing.

Nose is salty biscuity yeast with some floral tones and character; different, perhaps will not be liked by all but inviting to some.

Mouthfeel is thin but seemingly well balanced if one can overcome the problems in flavor which makes mouthfeel almost difficult to judge.

Flavors are off putting in that the overwhelming characteristic is a "dull sour," almost dull bitter character with an "old soggy toast" dull bitter character/flavor and finish. This one is not meant to be a sour and it doesn't pull off a quality lager either.

Not one I'd want to try again.

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Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper brown body with an off-white head

S- Malty, a pretty light nose. Not that there's no nose, just that it's not over-powering

T- Full flavor compared to an average American lager. There's nice complexity here.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with decent carbonation

D- The very subtle flavors with that low abv prompted me to grab another couple bottles as this is totally sessionable and a lot of fun to share

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Session 32 bottle. Sampled on July 29, 2010. It has an attractive looking amber pour with a fairly thin head that fizzles after a moment. The aroma has a nice balance of malts with a bit of bread but thin hops. Malts also introduce us to the taste with a sharp bitterness that makes it eloquent. Hops tend to be thinner than I imagined. Altogether a likeable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a two finger thick head. Tight, creamy with semi-sticky lacing. Clear body. Amber in color. Visible upward carbonation.
S) Grainy. Grassy. Floral aroma similar to lilac. Subtle caramel notes.
T) Light caramel tones. Nutty. Finishes with a hop bite and dry grains.
M) Fizzy. Dry, yet smooth. Between light and medium body.
D) An average drinkable beer, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a nice medium amber color with a decent cloudiness that actually suprised me as a nice head of white rose up and hing around for a good few minutes before dropping back down to earth, but leaving touches all along the sides. aroma is light as the touches of bread and grains give way to a muted earth hops that has touches of clove in it. flavor is about the same with only touches of interesting depth found every little bit and the warmer it got the less interesting overall. still light and went down smooth and fast.

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100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 134 ratings