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

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's LandbierHarpoon 100 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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 134
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 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 DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep amber with a thin, light beige cap -- more of a skim of fine bubbles edged with a spare collar. A bit sticky. Toasty aroma, caramel with a bit of apple, faint hop spice, bready and slightly nutty. Lemony citrus bitterness and sweet, bready malt. Light caramel and toasty notes. Hop spice in the finish, along with faint apple. Medium bodied, decent texture, average carbonation. I liked this one. Well put together and quite drinkable.

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Photo of birdyone
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks- Looks very inviting! A clear warm amber color with a reasonable head, and a small amount of spiderwebbing.

Aroma- Pretty mild. Smells like like beer (I know, shocking). What I'm getting at is that the smell is nothing out of the ordinary. No where near bad by any means, just average.

Taste- It tastes pretty good. Not great. Definitely better than average, although not by that much. By the finish, you can tell that it's a Harpoon beer. So consequently you wonder why you paid extra for the 100 Barrel series. . .

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Tasty. It seems like the longer you let it sit in your mouth, the more you want to swallow it and take another drink.

Drinkability- If this were half as expensive (over $5 a bottle from the package store) I would give it a 5 and say there wasn't a high enough number. It's a moderate ABV, tastes good, and I would love to sit around in a pub with my friends drinking this beer for hours, except for the price. So it get average drinkability.

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Photo of boss302
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Pott's Landbier Vienna style lager. 

A Dark red, clear, fine head, but didn't last very long. 3.5

S Some malt aroma, but mostly hop. Hops smell fresh and crisp. 3.5 

T Bready malty flavor, hops balance and do not dominate. Carbonation adds more bitterness than hops. 3.5

M Thin to medium body. Medium on the tongue. Seems low in carbonation. 3.5

D Easy to drink, but could use more malt flavor. 3.5

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice light brown or a dark golden tan if you will. Poors with a thick off white head that doesn't leave much on the glass. Thin liquid film that's left as you watch all the head slide down the glass walls and join their fellow bubbles after each swirl. After the first poor is very sweet and malty when it's chilled. As the beer warms it goes through this transformation where the hops and alcohol come to fruition. Nice balance on both fronts though as the hops are detectable when it's cold, as are the malts when it starts to warm. Both offer something different. The flavor follows the same path. Starting out with a brown sugar flavor when chilled and slowly morphing into a bitter hoppy taste to finish the bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date. Pours a clear copper color with a creamy tan head. Modestly sized and retents decently. Not much lacing.

Nose is somewhat reminiscent of a cleaner form of ESB. Caramel malts with a light toasty presence and zesty, earthy hop aromas. Clean and has a nice complexity to it. Little bit of dark bread dough comes in as well. I like it.

Taste is near-burnt toast maltiness with alot of bittering hops that are pretty unique, I cant peg the varietal. The label claims 'spicy hop character'...I can see that. Earthy and flashy work as well. Nicely carbonated and light, but creamy mouthfeel. This a nice, bold yet well balanced lager that has a unique aspect that sets it apart from the mainstream. Worth a try, I think ESB fans will especially enjoy this.

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

Pours a lovely, appetizing mahogany brown with a fairly thick and fluffy light tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Fruity aroma is fairly strong and has a malty underpinning. Flavor is fruity and malty with a woody tone and a hint of caramel. Texture is quite edgy and fizzy, leaving a fairly persistent tingle.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at somewhere local in MA. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light beige head over the clear, coppery brown brew. Head fades gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly nutty, with a fruity citrus character.

Taste is sweet to start, lemony fresh in the middle, with a prickly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with pretty good drinkability. Maybe a bit too much citrus for me, but not bad overall.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up at a grocery in Charlotte when I was in town a couple weeks ago. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear amber brown color with a thick 3-finger off-white head on top. Decent retention; left some sticky lace behind. Scents of caramelized malts, toasted grains, and sweet coffee. Nice.

Good crisp clean feel. Refreshingly wet. But a bit heavy for the style on the finish. Slightly filling. Great flavors of toffee, fresh dark bread, balanced out with a mild hop bitterness. Slight spice noted, but it's tame and in the background. I liked this beer a lot! Great drinkability. 22oz was not a match for me. I want more.

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Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, almost red with white head. Smells of grains, bread, and malt. Tastes of grains, bread, malt, cereal, and spicy hops. Medium in body and light in carbonation as it warms. A real nice session ale that goes perfect for the Fall and Spring.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber

Appearance- Medium deep red hue appearance. Fairly low carbonation.

Smell- A little malty but very weak on the smell front. Very average even for this style which shouldn't have a overpowering smell. Not much in the way of hops was evident from the taste.

Taste- Fairly smooth. Very delicate on the flavor notes. A nice front taste and a steady note throughout the reminder of the beer. You can clearly taste the German influence in this beer. Also, very unique for a lager since it had a fuller taste than a typically American lager/light lager.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth on the palate and tongue.

Drinkability- Very high. I could easily drink 3 or 4 12-ounce bottles of this per session.

Overall- A very smooth beer. I enjoyed the beer much more on tap at the Harpoon Tap Room than in the bottle but it's a unique beer and very fun to drink. When it was absolutely fresh, it was a delight to drink. One of the better and unique beers I had while visiting Boston.

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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 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 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 Bmoritz
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this today, got it at Central Market here in Fort Worth TX, and can say it is one of the better vienna lager's I've had in a long while. I had it with a bison steak, potatoes, and carrots...was a nice pairing for something semi-random, I'll probably pair it with chicken next time.

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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 Durge
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Colgate Inn this shows a very dark brown color with a nice steady off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is a lively yeasty wheat and lightly malty. Nothing terribly powerful but pleasing. The flavor comes on with sprite malt with slight citrus edges that leave a tart finish. It's medium-light bodied with solid carbonation for an easy drinking, crisp libation. It's a simple concoction that pleases with basic bright malt that goes down easily. Not highly memorable but decent stuff.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured light mahoghany with an off-white head.

In the nose was sweet malt.

Tasted smoothe and light up front, finnished full and bitter in the back. Has a real nice mouthfeel, but not alot of flavor. a good beer, but not exceptional. It is drinkable but not overly desireable.

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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 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 Naugros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So many people refer to the color of stout as "used motor oil", well this is the color of brand new, synthetic motor oil. It's a crystal brown, kind of like smoky quartz. The head is egg white in color and frothy. It reduces to a 1/8" inch layer of froth after holding at a full inch for a few minutes.

The smell is all German dark lager: noble hops bringing spice and German malts bringing some roast, but not in a bitter way.

Unfortunately the taste is that of a cheaper, imported German lager, like Beck's dark. It's tasty yes, but it has that metallic tang that makes most of us turn our noses up at the likes of St. Pauli Girl and Heineken. Side note: I find myself annoyed that Spellcheck did not correct Heineken, apparently it's so well-known that even my computer drinks it, but it would like the metallic tang. It can use it to build-up any deficiencies in its circuit board. Does any find it weird that Spellcheck thinks that Spellcheck is spelled wrong?

Back to the beer. If not for that metallic taste, this would be a nice, very drinkable beer. It has really good carbonation and a light mouthfeel and the ABV would allow you to drink this for days, but the aftertaste carries that copper-like taste for too many minutes afterward.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel malt with a clean noble spice.

The taste was well balanced with an upfront earthy malt that slowly blended with a drying noble hop. Nice residual biscuit flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean for the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy to quaff lager. Well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into stemmed glasses. Dark, hazy orange colored body. Moderate sized head. Small amount of lacing. Smell was faintly of hops, but really reminded me of a clean horse stall in a barn; as it had a dry wood and hay-like aroma. Taste had a nice malty flavor to it, but I really didn't recognize any hop flavor that stood out. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp. Drinkability was good, as it was a beer with decent flavor and low abv. But I guess as I was perhaps expecting more? As a collaboration beer, I was expecting something above and beyond. But really, it's just a decently brewed Vienna lager.

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Photo of sjverla
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Crisp at first with pleasant hop spiciness that approached gingery effervescence.

Appearance: Rich toffee amber with a tight, creamy head that lasts, and visible carbonation running up the glass.

Taste: Immediately complex. Caramelly sweetness that's almost sticky. A pleasant amount of hops that bring more spice, especially black pepper, than bitterness. It becomes a little green/grassy tasting as it fades with lingering spice. Carries noticeable carbonation.

Overall: I first tried this beer at BA's American Craft Beer Fest and loved it from the tap. It may have been the influence of the 6 or 7 samples I had before getting to this on, but I remember it tasting distinctly mossier at ACBF than from the bottle, which I loved. Either way, well worth a try, and certainly easy on the eyes, if only slightly less so on the palate.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #32 - Pott's Landbier from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.7 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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