#14 Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 Catamount Maple Wheat


This was a beer I toyed with the idea of purchasing for a little while. The name alone was enough to whet my appetite and get me excited. But then I hit the Internet to see what it thought, and it told me to stay away. Specifically, Kate over at beer411. But I’m a stubborn jack-ass, so when I saw it for $5, I just HAD to pick it up. And then I put it in the fridge and every week I would tell myself “drink it, c’mon drink it. You know you want to.”

Seductive, isn't it?

But I kind of didn’t. I mean, as excited as I was, I had a hard time getting past all the (more or less) negative reviews. I mean, how does one willing put oneself in harm’s way? But I did, almost a month after buying it. I sat down, started the grill, cooked dinner and opened this beer…

Fire. Every picture should now have fire. It's sexy and exciting!

It poured a very pretty toffee/woodsy brown, with a small, fizzy, one finger  head. Not too sticky either. Next comes my favorite part of most beers, stuffing my nose all up in it. I had already had prepared myself for Sunday morning breakfast. Yeasty, pancake, mapley goodness. While it was sweet… sugary, saccharine sweet…where the hell is my maple? Where are my pancakes? I’m a New Englander, I know my maple syrup! WHY DO I NOT HAVE A WARM AND FUZZY FEELING?! Ugh. Such a letdown. At this point, I had no real expectations of taste. And I was right not to as it was just like a regular ol' wheat. Crisp, good, but just NOT what I wanted, not what I was expecting, and not what the name would lead you to believe. I mean, it was a little darker than most wheat beers, I was getting a lot of roasted malt and caramel...But WTF? I mean, what does your mind conjure up when you read “Maple Wheat?”

Let’s say it all together...”Pancakes!”

So while the usually impressive Harpoon 100 Barrel series has let me down this time, I won’t let it spoil them for me. They can’t all be winners. And I can say one positive thing about this beer, It photographs beautifully. Lets look at a couple more...

I figured it out: This is the beer equivalent of The Crying Game.

Dead sexy

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 Catamount Maple Wheat 

Smell: 2/5
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 2.5/5
Feel: 3/5

Overall: 2.875/5

This beer pairs well with KMFDM - WTF?!

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  1. I do really enjoy the Barrel Series... so I agree that this won't ruin my opinions moving forward. And honestly, a 22 oz for $5, you can't complain. Even if it DOES fall slightly below expectation.

    If you haven't already, get your hands on the Peak Organic Mocha Stout. Again, about $5 and one of my favorite go-to's at the end of the night. Maybe even pair it with smores!

  2. I've given this beer a shot on a few different occasions, and while I don't hate it, I don't care for it so much. I never bought a bottle for myself because the first time I had it a friend was sharing some and I just didn't like it enough to be inspired to grab a bottle for myself. I've always tried it on the dime of someone else. Thankfully too, because I feel that the beer is kinda inconsistent. It could be the situations and different beers combined at the times, but it's just not to my pleasure. However, it DOES photograph well....your second pic is suuuper awesome with the fire coming through the glass!

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    1. Its certainly not a bad tasting beer! If you see it and youre feeling brave, give it a shot!