Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
BA SCORE
3.66/5
21,636 Ratings
Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

306 Northern Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-2324
United States

(617) 574-9551 | map
harpoonbrewery.com

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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.19/5
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
245
pDev:
10.74%
 
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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Huge crowded beer hall vibe with long community table. Spotty service when it is crowded but some cool beers on you can't get normally in bottles. Worth a stop in.

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Photo of Boone757
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kevin2Smith
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Love the vibe of this place. Great beer hall with amazing pretzels. Also, a well done beer tour.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Parking is a problem, loud, full, tough to get seats, or servers attenton. Never-the-less worth the visit. Good selection of brews, a fun boisterous Oktoberfest - like venue. & the pretzels are fantastic!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Several people told me that Harpoon was the best brewery to visit in Boston. I have to admit that after my experience I am quite underwhelmed. First off the beer...it wasn't very good save the Hoppy Adventure which was a fairly good copy of a NE IPA. The rest of their beers that I tried tended to have course carbonation and seemed like craft beer that you might find 15 years ago.

The second issue that I had during my visit is that they seem to value the ease for their employees over the desire of the customer. While I sat at the bar most of people coming up to the bar were asking if they can create their own sampler flight. No, we only do three preset flights was the response. I understand that it is tough doing custom flights during a jammed weekend night but really, no choice at all, ever? It doesn't seem very customer friendly or flexible.

This place would work for larger gatherings where beer quality/choice weren't as important though.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NextJen
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rliu917
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I was really surprised during my visit. Nice selection of beers on tap that aren't available in stores and the beer is definitely "fresher". (You can really taste it.) The pretzels are a great snack to munch and dip on. Service, IMO, was about what it should be from any establishment of this type. Got to talk beer with my server which is always a good thing. Will be coming back for sure.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Good vibe on the Saturday night I went. Big bar. Good views of Boston through the large glass windows and also views of inside the actual brewery on the other side. Small gift shop and place to purchase beers to take home. Down side was no TV's anywhere, so had to watch the NCAA Tournament on my phone.

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Photo of thoglund
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Here is a way to experience the brewery while enjoying the many, many different brews, including some pilot beers that are not available outside of the brewery. The only food comes in the form of pretzels with a multitude of dipping sauces.

The vibe comes in the form of tourists and Millennials. Always busy on the weekends. There's a long bar and many long, sharable picnic tables. Very convivial.

The beers are expensive, but there's a wonderful variety.

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Photo of shelbs1202
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite places in Boston. Great place to spend an afternoon and try some great brews. The Beer Hall and X-Nights are awesome additions. Sometimes there's a line, but worth the wait.

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Photo of sbuchert
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had been to Boston many times and never stopped to check out Harpoon before. The place is pretty nice. Big taproom and gift shop. The service was friendly and the selection is pretty solid too.

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Photo of B-Stad
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Went here for a bachelor party last summer. I'm a Midwesterner so I had a blast in Boston and really enjoyed Harpoon. Granted I was a bit inebriated, I thought it was a positive experience. Solid selection, good vibes. Harpoon was a good time.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of margnat
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

While the idea of a large "German style" beer hall is great, a room with nothing more than a dozen super long wooden tables does not make for an exciting vibe in Boston. They couldn't be closer to the harbor but cannot exploit it due to bad land parceling. There is a serious *lack of music* of music of interest. This place is screaming for live music!! Add a Resident DJ and corner some flat screens with Closed Captioning and you're in the game. The beer selection is very good - average is over a dozen varieties - even if you don't like the typical Harpoon hop signature. Service has ranged from very good to poor. Also (as any Bar Rescue disaster will teach you) the Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall NEEDS FOOD. Pretzels only good so far.

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Photo of Phantom2665
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of 2ellas
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of ConorGolden
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndrewBV
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall in Boston, MA
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 21,636 ratings
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