The character and complexity of this beer 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 color is form a blend of Munich, chocolate and pale malts while 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. Tettnangy hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character while the Willamette hops provide a gentle bitterness and balance any residual sweetness present from the malt.