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
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 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 gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sigh... another average brew from Harpoon. Flat aroma with little more than grass and bitter herbs; flat taste of grassy hops. The fizz is decent and cures the heat of summer. But it's got that lovely dark color and absolutely no trace of malt in aroma or taste. Is it just brown food coloring? Did a brown dog pee into my glass behind the bar? Or maybe it lost its character in the keg on the long trip from Boston to New York, where I drank it. In any case, you can safely pass on this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Hmm... sounded good, but tasted about the same as a Yuengling. Which is still ok. Poured amber-brown with a decent white head that receded rather quickly. Sweet, roasty malts in the nose and not much more. Malty taste, a bit thin, nutty. Light mouthfeel, and a tad watery, but somewhat drinkable for the less adventurous.

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Photo of JDH2000
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at RFD in Washington; poured into a generic pint glass.

A- pours dark brown with about a finger of head that quickly dissipated to just a ring at the edge of the glass.

S- grainy and caramel malts pretty much dominate. Not much aroma from hops.

T- Malts--some caramel and some bread. Small bit of hops on the finish--a little spicy and a touch of bitterness.

M- Light to medium bodied. Has a watery mouthfeel but a touch of crispness on the back end.

D- would have preferred something a bit more body to it. For the great malt flavors, I was a bit surprised by the watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of champ103
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber/brown color. A two finger, tightly packed head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy malt that is lightly sweet. Cooked veggies with a mineral, metallic aroma.
T: Again, big grain up front. Lightly sweet. That typical mineral and metallic flavor I get in almost every Harpoon beer that I don't really like. There is also a really strange flavor of lactic milk. Not good.
M/D: A light to medium body. Low on the carbonation. It does not have that great crisp bit that I love with good lagers. Not hard to drink, but whats the point?

Another sub par offering from the 100 Barrel series. I would love it if they made a lager like this with a lot of character. As is, just a step above macros. I would not recommend this.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this with pasta dinner I prepared tonight which included salad (with italian dressing, cabbage, green & red peppers, leaks, celery, and lettuce) and marinara based pasta with lightly sauteed peppers and leaks. Turned out to not be the best beer-food pairing.

T: First taste was out of the bottle before any food and was pretty good. Mild carbonation and lager feel initially, then turning into a mildly spicy, amber hop taste. Second taste (still before food) was less noteworthy and kind of reminded me of a shitty canned generic lager at points. The food definitely dulled the flavor of this beer. Even after eating the hop finish still activates the onion taste of the leaks.

S: Smells even more generic than it tastes

A: I poured the rest into a European pint. 1/2 finger head that leaves some residue, medium amber color.

M: Good. The carbonation spreads the hop bite out rapidly. Still get the commcercial canned beer effect.

D: Could drink tons of these in a sitting, just not a very noteworthy beer. Wasnt even interested in finishing it towards the end.

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Photo of mrskunk
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NYR_Rob
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of russwbeck
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small white head, disappearing quickly.

S: Nothing special from the smell for me. Honestly smells like a normal lager.

T: For a special session beer, I am disappointed. Tastes like a simple lager.

MF: Carbonated, with a bit of a bite.

D: Very high drinkability. Goes well with a dinner and would be good in 6 packs, but like I said before, disappointed in this as a a 100 barrel series.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a sample of this at the ACBF in 2010. I picked this out because I had seen it in stores but didn't want to buy a whole bomber of it. The look of the beer had an amber color with a decent white head for a little while. The smell was minimal, some grains on the nose mostly. The taste was light as well, the only flavors I could really detect was the grains and some grassy notes. The mouthfeel was light again and didn't have q whole lot of body to it. Overall not really an impressive beer to me. Probably won't be looking for this.

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Photo of jlenik
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: beer is amber brown with a thick and persistent head.

s: malty and herb notes.

t: maltier than I was expecting but it has a rich earthy tone to it.

m: drinks pretty easy. even though it's malty it isn't too sweet.

o: Decent beer for what it is worth. I think this beer might benefit from being served on tap.

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Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are mainly of lightly toasted malt with some solid but mild herbal Euro hops.

The tastes are all malts with a generous amount of toasted bready malts, slight notes of brown sugar and dark caramel. Small amounts of herbaceous hop accents make an appearance. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Not bad, but could use a bit more flavor to complement the above average color and aroma.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass... it's a deep orange color, clear with lots of bubbles and two fingers worth of frothy white head. Good retention and lacing.

It smells crisp, just a hint of malt and hops but nothing too dominant. Kinda faint, really.

The flavor is better, hops are most dominant and it's a little bitter due to a lack of balance. It could really use some more malt flavor to me.

The mouthfeel is fine other than the awkward bitter aftertaste. It's got a great body for such a low alcohol beer.

The weird bitter taste keeps me from really wanting another, but it's not going to keep me from finishing the bomber easily!

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Photo of Tombomb
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was on special at my local watering hole.

A: Reddish dark brown color with very little carmel color head. very light carbonation.

S: Not much going on here. Some light toffee & caramel. Mostly malt, almost no hop aroma.

T: Started off a little sweet, and then thats about it... Not much flavor kinda just died there. Felt like it was missing the spice I would expect.

M: Very watery looks thick, but is not.

D: I had 2 of these the first time I tried and thought I would give it a second try. Good session beer. Probably would not go back to it again.

I should also say that I had a very bold IPA before I had this beer, maybe it threw off my tast and I'm being a little harsh, but I just did not like this beer...

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Photo of Heischman
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Harpoon Pott's Landbier (100 Barrel Series #32)
Harpoon Brewery
Boston, Massachusetts
STYLE – Vienna Lager
ABV – 4.8%
IBU - 30DATE – 23 AUG 2011
SERVING TYPE – 22 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE –Tall Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Light red, with a nice thick head that retain well. There is a constant flow of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Awesome lacing.
AROMA- Roasted malts and a bit of a snunkyness to it.
TASTE – Very light, mild and very bland. The only flavors that really stand out is a mild grain, almost a white bread taste, however it is refreshing.
MOUTHFEEL – Very light with a good carbonation level.
CONCLUSION – OK, not bad. I was expecting more from a special brew. This should be canned as it would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is more hops than malt, not finding the caramel others have found. Drying bitter finish. $5.19 for a 4-pak of 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Flying Saucer

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Not that much to it other than some sweet malt

T - Has a boring light flavor very mild sweet malt I think Shiner Bock has more going on than this

M - This beer has a thin light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This would have been a decent beer but the fact that Harpoon slapped limited release on it and a higher price make me mad as this is not a beer that deserve that label save your money and buy a better tasting beer

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark copper body, good clarity, no carbonation streaams. Three fingers of mostly level bubbly white froth.

Pleasant grass/hay aroma.

Semi sweet malt foundation. Plenty of toast builds on that. Earthy noble hops balance the sweetness while complimenting the toast. Could finish cleaner/drier.

Mouthfeel is slighty too big, lighter, crisper would be better for this style. This has a little too much runaway train aspect.

Drinks bigger than first impression, from the body, not the alcohol.

Nice sample, a good toasty lager is always welcome.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light fruity hops.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, caramel malts, spice, and light dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing too special. Smell and taste were dominated my bready and caramel malts, and I didn't get much from the hops. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Ego
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

found this buried in the back of my cellar, totally in the dark and on the back of a musty shelf since it was purchased

fluffy head on an easy pour, we're talking four fingers of craggy white foam, the color is really interesting, sort of brown but glowing ruby, excellent clarity with lots of tiny bubbles keeping the head upright and frothy (but not crazy like when you first pour it), nearly flawless looking glass of suds here

spicy and floral in an earthy way, dirty honey, musty grains, nice euro hop aroma, well balanced over all

taste etc...
mild mannered malt forward, this beer is like a nice neighbor, kind of there but you don't care (but they wont boff your wife when you are at work), nice body, nice enough malt flavor, interesting hop character, very smooth drinking... but medium of the road

not bad, not great, a solid beer but nothing special

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Lowenbrau mug.

Pott's pours prettily :D Rich, rustic body of amber and chestnut is clear with lots of carbonation. The head is cake-batter in color and sizable; mottled at first, but then turns creamy as the bubbles from below build up. Malty aroma suggests toasted whole-grain bread and nuttiness. German hops are spicy and subtle in the background, with a faint hint of Oktoberfest-like vegetal notes.

Toasted vienna malt grains on the front of the palate are nutty and crisp. Middle is lacking in flavor, but flashes a hint of hoppy spices. Finish turns rich in iron (a little bloody, even) and other minerals. Mouthfeel is thin per the style, and the carbonation is creamy and smooth despite its ubiquity. All in all, a fairly average Lager. Not worth repeating, but it's at least quaffable and quenching.

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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