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Harpoon Octoberfest

Fashionably late to the party is Harpoon Octoberfest.  First brewed by the Boston, Massachusetts brewer in 1990, this fall lager has been brewed for 20 years this year.

Commerical 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.

Beer Rundown:

Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen

Taste Expectations: Toasty malts.  Caramel.  Bread. Finishes with a nice hop bitter finish.

Food Pairings: Pork, Sausage, German fare.

5.5% ABV
30 IBU’s