I picked up the Fall variety pack from Harpoon and have really enjoyed the beer that was included. Best bet so far is the Rye IPA which I will review later. The Octoberfest is a traditional style Marzen and has plenty of malt character.
As expected it pours a deep orange with a small white head. Aroma is very balanced with a bit of hops and some malt sweetness. Overall a very appealing beer both visually and in the aroma. The beer again is very well balanced with a strong malt backbone but also a nice hop finish and a bit of dark fruit in the middle somewhere.
This is one of the better Octoberfest beers I have had – no idea how they compare to the German version but this is a solid beer that will not disappoint.
Pros: Very well balanced
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Brewers Website: Harpoon
Brewers Description: The character and complexity of Harpoon Octoberfest comes from the malt and hops. When looking at a freshly poured Harpoon Octoberfest, you will notice the garnet-red color with a firm, creamy head. The beer’s color is from a blend of Munich, chocolate, and pale malt. The thick head results in part from wheat malt added to the grist. The hop aroma of this beer is not overpowering but it is present. Tettnang hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character. This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty. Willamettehops are used to provide a gentle bitterness and to balance any residual sweetness present from the malt. The finish is soft and malty with a mild bitterness.