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 tlazaroff
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear reddish color with a foamy light tan head. A few carbonation bubbles present.

S: Smells of light toffee & caramel. I get malt on the nose.

T: The first thing I noticed were the hops. It's not overpowering, and at 30 IBU I wouldn't expect to get this much flavor from them. It has a spicy character to the beer with a sort of burnt caramel finish.

M: Coats the palate, the hops character combined with the moderate carbonation do a good job at scraping the palate.

D: High, the alcohol can barley be felt/tasted. I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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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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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 Duhast500
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber with a good amount of carbonation and about finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is malty with a dark bread flavor. The hops come out a bit in the background and play a role but give way to a funky biscuit flavor.

The taste is caramel and pretty sweet. The malts have the driver seat and ride it with some grape flavor and a slight sour apple flavor. There is a bit of a bready flavor as well and it is just the icing on this cake.

This beer has a nice light body that still has a great flavor profile and feels great going down. It is in the session range and is quite an interesting beer.

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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 WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a smooth Vienna malt scent with a touch of caramel sweetness. It has a light nutty character along with a dry lager yeast scent. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, bitter flavor with loads of hops and a bit of caramel sweetness. The vienna malts add a smooth, malty flavor with a subtle nutty edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's nothing too great, but it makes for a damn fine session beer.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into Harpoon IPA Imperial pint glass, poured cold and allowed to warm as I tasted it.
A - Pours a foamy, bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Color reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager - a clear, brownish-amber, no sediment visible.
S - Light roasted malt, caramel, a bit of glycerin; not getting any hops, but didn't necessarily expect them either.
T - This is really quite nice; there's nothing overwhelming about this beer but it just seems well made. Let me expand on that. Up front I'm getting the caramel and toasted malts, along with that glycerin-flavor I got on the nose. The hops, which are fairly subdued here, come in mid-palate, almost imperceptibly and linger through the finish. There's a bit of malty-sweetness there also, again mid-palate through the finish, melding with the hops. Nothing really stands out, but it is quite enjoyable.
M - Quite carbonated, which only adds to the....
D - As you might guess from the low ABV, this is really drinkable, but there's also some complexity here to make you think about it while you resist the urge to slam it.
So this beer isn't really going blow you away with any one aspect, but it just strikes me as a really balanced, well-made, drinkable lager, with some interesting stuff going on in the glass. Sometimes that's all you're looking for in a beer... Recommended.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, iced tea, dry lager like and a small earthiness. In the taste, quite earthy and a semi dry maltiness. A small bite and light mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. A boulder lager, easy to drink and quite nice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I guess this is my first landbier. Or, at least, the first to make that fact known to me. It pours a clear dark amber topped by almost a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mostly citrus peels, along with a strong contingent of buttery biscuits, flowers, greenery, and caramel. The taste is very similar, with a bit more of the citrus coming through. A decent amount of flowers make themselves known in the process as well. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice brew, very drinkable. I could see buying sixers of this as a nice [American] session beer.

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

This is a delicate and mild session beer, but not something especially memorable, leading me to wonder what Harpoon was after when it dedicated one of its 100 barrel series to this.

Pours a clear, still brown with a very frothy head that falls away quickly. The aroma is malty, bready with a sharp sting of hops. The flavor is bready and malty, but not particularly rich. There is a sharp hop bite and a satisfying bitterness on the finish. The depth of the flavor, however, is fairly shallow, probably an effect of the light ABV. The mouthfeel is unexpectedly prickly and carbonated.

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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 allengarvin
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, #32 is a darkish-amber, ruby-tinted color with a small white head. Aroma gives off a light toasted malt scent, mixed with caramel and subtle hops. Flavor is spot-on for a Vienna. Malt has light toast character, is not very sweet, nor is it at all grainy. Just bitter enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Very well-crafted beer. Not a style that stands out, except by the artistry with which it's crafted. This one is well-done.

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

Pours a glimmering brown (if possible) with orange hues.
Head is big and airy but fades into a thin, wispy swirl.
Aroma is light; a lemon zest note from hops is present.

Dry and malty for a lager. Wheat bread and walnut flavors with a splash of something that reminds me of salad bar toppings.

Worth trying a glass, this one is unique for its style.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what Harpoon should be bottling on a regular basis instead of in small batches. This is just a good quality amber lager. A very nice smooth malty lager with a little bit of hop finish. Nothing spectacular, but a solid session beer, that goes great with food. This would compete well with the Sam Adams lager if Harpoon would release it as a regular six-pack offering. Again this is just a smooth very malty and refereshing amber lager. I will stock up on these for future BBQ's.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a russet-hued body with good clarity and sporting a well-sized, airy, just off-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of toast given a thin dusting of spice and sprinkled over with a bit of dark brown sugar and dried herbs.

Taste: Upfront malty impressions of generously toasted bread crusts with light, sweet touches of brown sugar and dark caramel. Light peppery spiciness. Herbaceous hop accents hint at times of black tea and a pinch of white burley tobacco. Relatively light bitterness, no more than needed. Dry maltiness on the finish featuring just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's tasty, refreshing, and easily drinkable. For a light amber lager, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received a nice amber brew with an adequate off-white head. Decent clarity, light lacing.

Toasted malt, some burnt sugar, light floral aroma. Mild scents.

A little thin, some browned bread crust, toasted malt, light clean hop bite. Crisp and clean, but not very complex. Simple decent beer.

Medium body, but seemed a little watery. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

Overall, not a bad brew, but a little lean in the complexity and depth of flavor. You could have a couple of pints before you tire. It's ok.

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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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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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