Silvio Saturday – Harpoon Octoberfest and Bells Octoberfest

Today I’m hanging out with my little brother Nick and the wifey. We’re probably going to head over to the Ecotarium in Worcester. The weather is beautiful, albeit fall-ish. Speaking of fall, I received my Gansett Fest Beer yesterday. WOOT! Look for that review tomorrow or Monday. I may just have to compare it to some of the fall beer Silvio has been trying. Today he reviews a couple more. Silvio….

The calendar may not have officially turned to Fall, but D.C. temperatures have been in the high 60’s most of this week and football has started. To me, that means its Fall – and that means a whole new host of seasonal beers. I’ve dedicated my posts this month to getting through as many Fall seasonals as possible. I started last week with pumpkin ales, and this week move onto Octoberfest beers.

Harpoon Octoberfest

First up, Harpoon’s Octoberfest Beer. Josh reviewed this a while back, and I wasn’t going to write it up, but I had some additional thoughts to share. The color is the most remarkable thing about this beer – it’s a deep dark red, like a ruby. The head was decent, and the foam leaves lot of lacing. The dominant flavor is malty sweetness, with a bit of a bitter end note. I didn’t really get the “Octoberfest” taste here, but it definitely reminded me of an Irish Red-style beer. This is a good beer, with a decent 5.5% ABV.

Bells Octoberfest

I next moved onto Bell’s Octoberfest. I’m a big fan of Bell’s brews, and had high hopes for their seasonal. Unfortunately I was a little let down, especially after the tasty Harpoon. The color is pretty light, and reminded me of a typical pilsner. There’s some carbonation here, not much foam. The smell reminded me of fresh, unsweetened squash or pumpkin pulp. The taste is pretty basic, dominated by sweet malts. It gets a little bitter on the end, and has a 5.5% ABV, but overall gets a serious “meh” rating. Bell’s website says the beer must stay refrigerated to retain its taste, and this was picked up off an unrefrigerated shelf, so I’m assuming that’s the culprit for the bland body.

I’m a little let down by my first foray into Fall beer, but I remain undaunted in my quest to discover a crazy-good seasonal for the LIBA readers. Like MacArthur said – I shall return.


Author: Silvio

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