100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Catamount Maple Wheat is a full-bodied, smooth wheat ale made with genuine Vermont maple syrup. The original version of this beer was brewed in the winter of 2009 by Harpoon Vermont sales representative John Baker. Harpoon brewer Brett Simmons based his 2011 version on John's recipe, with some tweaks to make it his own. It is brewed with a combination of wheat malt, pale malt, caramel malt, and mildly hopped with Willamette. The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead.

The pure Vermont maple syrup used in the beer came from Baker Farm in East Dummerston - the family farm of John Baker - and Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New England's most beloved traditions.

20 IBU

Added by donkeyrunner on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by aptea110:
Photo of aptea110
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The harpoon maple wheat was true to its name with lots of maple notes in the nose and in the taste, it's a very drinkable brew @ 6.8% and was very pleasent from start to finish! I would say try it if you like maple syrup but its nothing to write home about, i'd say its pleasing but pretty average at best.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with a best by freshness date on the bottle.

Clear brass colored brew, impressive head stacks high with a decent retention as well. Hint of maple, faint butter, toasted grain and an even more faint grassiness in the nose. Big on smoothness with a creamy medium body. Maple flavor goes up against the buttery tone of the yeast and maltiness to make for a pretty sweet beer. Modest hopping alcohol warming alcohol don't do much to balance. Some apple and pear fruitiness in the back, sweet lingers for a while.

A half decent beer to pair with sweets and definitely to share as one bomber if too much to be had.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Heavy pour gave a three-finger thick fluffy head that dissipated to a skin rather quickly but left behind some wide-gapped lacing.

Aromas of caramel, light fruits, spices and a touch of maple syrup.

Taste is weaker than anticipated, but nicely balanced. Doughy malts and caramel give way to bananas and peaches. Clove spiciness starts in the middle and mellows nicely before the finish. A touch of maple syrup sweetness detected throughout. All these flavors built on a wheat cornerstone, that gives the brew good complexity.

Mouthfeel was the biggest surprise: smooth, almost creamy, medium with average carbonation.

I'm a fan of the Barrel Series, and really liked this one. The key to this brew is in the subtleties.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New shiny neck label for their 100 barrel series this is the first one I've seen around in my area for awhile. I got excited when I saw this and Long Trail coffee stout side by side for reasonable prices. This one a clear amber body with a fine off white tan cream head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has light pale wheat with hints of caramel, and an air of fresh maple syrup...look this is a smell taste texture I'm all too familiar with. Real maple syrupy takes like 52 gallons of sap to boil down to one gallon of syrup. I used to work with a retired doctor in Northern West Virginia where I collected sap everyday after school. This stuff we boil down at his sugar shack and would package up in mason jars was simply amazing, it would go well over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or any untraditional use of maple syrup you can find. This flavor hits me with a touch of true maple syrup amongst the the pale wheat malts used but nothing comes close to the actual maple syrup flavor I'm familiar with. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied heaviliy cabonated nothing cloying just I wish there were true hints of maple syrup. Overall drinkability was solid something I couldn't picture myself drinking on a regular basis but it was a decent big beer for Harpoon's 100 barrel series.

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Photo of slasich
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber colored body with great clarity (especially for a wheat beer) and a medium sized light tan colored head that thins out just a bit too quickly for my liking.

Aroma is notably bready and biscuity with the maple adding to the sweetness a bit but not as much as expected. Overall nothing in the aroma seems to really stand out.

The first taste puts out a lot more flavor than the aroma suggested with a notable wheat character giving it some bread like qualities mixed in with the sweet maple flavor. Maple however is not overly dominant and sweet like some other maple beers. Finishes with just a tad bit of a grassy hop character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rather full bodied compared to many other wheat beers I've had. Overall, Catamount Maple Wheat is not the best I've had from the 100 barrel series, but decent enough that I can enjoy it just fine. Some maple flavored beers tend to be overly done and taste more like a maple candy so I appreciate the more balanced flavor of this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with a touch of white foam. Sweet caramel malty smell. Definitely a maple syrup nose. Taste is smooth sweet with an overriding maple flavor backed with a light hop. Tasty. Real nice beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From batch #35. Sampled on March 27, 2011. The pour is a nice looking amber-copper with great clarity. The aroma is a pleasant array of sweet malts and maple syrup but more subtle on the wheat. The taste is also on the sweet malty side with a thin layer of wheat on the edges and an adequate bitter hopped ending. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark orange/copper with a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into almost nothing with very little lacing.

S: Bubblegum, bananas, and hearty bread with maybe a touch of maple.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some banana/bugglegum up front. Then comes a thick, bitter bread flavor with a little bit of maple. The finish is clean and bready.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer goes down pretty smoothly without too much sweet or bitterness.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not good either. The maple is hardly there and the flavor is a bit bland.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ommy
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon's Catamount Maple Wheat pours a rust color which takes on a darker hue as it fills the glass. The head forms ok and leaves a thin broken layer lingering.

I immediately get the aroma of bananas, or banana bread on the nose with a hint of sugary sweetness. Once I swirl it to open it up a bit, I notice a slight hop scent, but the banana overpowers it very quickly.

The taste is quite unexpected. The intense nose made me anticipate a very sweet beer, and wheat beers have always tasted mellow and sweet to me. This beer is much more bitter than any wheat beer I have had, and although that does not mean I don't enjoy it, I would say that if someone was looking for a wheat beer, this would not be what they had in mind, for better or worse.

The beer prickles the tongue, like most bitter beer, which is a bit strange since it is a wheat beer, but it is not unpleasant. It isn't super silky and smooth, but it is enjoyable.

Overall I would say that this is an interesting direction for a wheat beer, and I do not regret trying it. If I had a friend who likes IPAs and wheat beer I would definitely show this to them as they seem to share many aspects.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t very strong and has aromas of sweet maple syrup and wheat.
T: The overall taste has notes of maple syrup in the flavors, which are slightly stronger compared to those in the smell, but still not very prominent. The maple syrup is most noticeable in the finish and contributes some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat sticky.
O: The beer is an interesting take on the style due to the subtle hints of maple syrup in the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber at White Horse in Absecon, NJ for a great price ($4.50). Poured into a 22oz Munchen Mug. Appearance dark amber/copper color with creamy head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. Smells malty with a whiff of maple in there. The maple syrup is lost in the taste however, which I was hoping would be a little more pronounced (the idea of vermont maple syrup got me to purchase the beer after all), it is quite bready with a lingering hint of hops on the tongue. I don't find it too sticky, and it is surprisingly crisp and clean for a wheat beer. All in all the beer is somewhere between average and good, not outstanding, very drinkable though; would enjoy this in a sixer or something as a get-home-from-work kind of beer. For the price of the bomber though, I don't regret the purchase, and I would like to try more from this series.

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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a small amount of white head that goes away almost completely.

Smell: The smell of this beer is very mild. There is some wheat malt and a very faint maple sweetness.

Taste: The first thing I notice is how crisp this beer is. There is some bitterness, but it's not hoppy. You can taste the malt and there is a very mild maple sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that seems to fit well. The finish is quite dry.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking and pretty good beer. I would have this again given the chance.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at D's six packs for 6.50.

A - Poured a light amber color with read hues. Not sure what I did special but mine got a solid half inch of head with both bottle pours. Mild lacing throughout.

S - Smells pretty sweet mostly of sweet caramel like maple suryp and strong wheat base. Little to no hop presence.

T - Simplistic in a way that the wheat is there as a base and the sweet taste of caramel coated suryp makes itself know. Wish the taste of the suryp was stronger but it worked for the ABV. In a way it tasted nice and sweet.

M - Light to medium. Found it very easy to drink

Overall it was a very solid offering from harpoon. Not very lackluster but it was pretty timid. Still it was worth the cost. Solid offering from harpoon.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of david18
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon is one of the breweries that makes very interested "special series" beers. Where I think many go with extreme beers, high in alcohol, hops or everything, Harpoon chooses some very interesting styes that are unique but not crazy. This is another good example of that. I wasn't crazy about the beer myself but i've seen it to be very popular and enjoyed by people with very limited tastes in beer.

Color was darker than a pale wheat would be, maybe more of a pale ale color. Carbonation was good but, again, not as a wheat might be.

Aroma had some citrus, a lot of wheat esthers and a very present maple. It was what really set this beer aprart.

Flavor was quite good with an excellent balance of the wheat, yeast and just enough maple to make it interesting.

Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish rusty brown with a thin white head and nice lace. The smell is of bananas, light maple, sweet bready malts, hints of spice, and a subtle hint of earthy hops. The taste follows. Sweet but not cloying. I was hoping for more prounounced maple, but the subtle sweet is nice on the wheat backbone. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass and also Ommegang Chalice- I had to share with my wife. Has clear deep amber look with nice head and small carbonation bubbles. It looks better in it's own glass.

A malty wheat smell with some alcohol and very subtle maple sweetness.

Tastes like a kicked up wheat beer- more malts than most and more alcohol. Some sweetness, but not overpowering- it is a maple flavored beer.

Nice body and not over carbonated

This was much more drinkable than I expected. I bought it because my wife is a wheat beer fan. Now I wish had it all to myself!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

According to the Harpoon's website this is based off the last Catamount Maple 100 Barrel but was tweaked a bit.

Clear, dark amber with a 1" white cap. Good retention and lace. Harpoon always has great clarity in their beers.

Maple comes across as a lightly smoky wood character in the aroma. Taste-wise a more obvious but not overwhelming maple. Bright and fruity bubble gum sweetness doesn't mesh well with a 6.8% malty sweetness.

Not one of my 100 Barrel favorites. Kicker is that Harpoon put it out twice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/22/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a Harpoon 100 BBL Series large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, wheat, maple, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, maple and some fruit come in. The hops presence is mild and complementary bringing a little bit of balance.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding a slightly odd but well-done twist, solid beer to drink for the style if you're looking for a something just a bit different in a wheat beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a nice shade of amber with a half finger head that fades nearly instantaneously. It looks OK, but the lack of head sucks

S- getting the maple in the forefront. Smells pretty good, about what I expected from this one.

T- maple is the prominent flavor in this one. Really malty, actually...the maltiness is weird for the style and a little offputting. Taste is a little strong for the style as well

M- the maltiness is there, and it really adds a layer of thickness to the beer that I'm not sure I'm fond of in this style

O- I like a good pale wheat, but this one is too malty and the flavors are a little too potent...how that's a bad thing, I'm not totally sure. But it is, dammit

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the crystal clear burnished copper brew. Head Recedes gradually, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly spiced.

Taste begins malty, then shows some spiced banana/clove character in the middle, and closes lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Name indicates maybe the maple should be a bit more upfront, but a pretty good brew.

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Photo of abgba121
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an amber color with very thin head that disappears instantaneously, lack of head and lacing is disappointing

S: very sweet, strong maple presence

T: lots of maple sweetness and malts, no hop presence

M: good carbonation and medium mouthfeel

O: good wheat beer, true northeastern original and speaks to us northeastern maple lovers. Love this beer.

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100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 69 ratings