Beer: Octoberfest Beer
Brewery: Harpoon Brewery
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear ruby body with a small but dense beige head.
Smell: This is a hop explosion. So much so that I had to double check the label to make sure I wasn’t about to drink an IPA. But, alas, it’s an Oktoberfest. Which leads me to the question…WHERE ARE MAH DAMN MALTS? I know we’re in America, but c’mon Harpoon….respect the German tradition! It does mellows out eventually, but this smells like a pale ale.
Flavor: What. Is. This. It tastes just like a weak pale ale. It’s quite bitter upon first sip and then…nothing. As I keep drinking, there’s a hint of yeast and bread malts somewhere in this hop mess. Maybe a slight peach flavor, too, like a Boone’s Farm peach wine cooler weirdness.
Feel: Thinnish with very high carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Once again, I’m realizing that American breweries really don’t want to adhere to the German classics. Put down the hops and please, just serve us a real Oktoberfest if you’re going ahead and putting the brand on your label. The unfortunate part is that Harpoon actually puts out a relatively interesting beer, but as we judge on style, I can’t get this beer more than a 2.5. Also, they spell it “Octoberfest,” if that’s any indication of its authenticity.