The Harpoon 100 barrel series maple wheat pours a beautiful red amber. The smell is almost non-existent, very weak. The taste is nice and light at first but quickly gets very tin-ey. The taste is just far to metallic to be worth while. The maple flavor is almost non existent, maybe a tiny bit on the back-end.
Impression: Most of the Harpoon 100 barrel series are pretty good. They are usually a safe bet. Unfortunately comparing this to the rest of the 100 barrel series is like comparing Aunt Jemima to real Vermont syrup. It may be the same thing by label, but when you get down to what is inside it really does not do the trick.
This beer is a very weak effort by Harpoon considering their usual success with this series. I had high hopes for getting a maple beer that finally works, unfortunately this seems to be maple by label only. What you find inside is a weak, metallic beer that is not worth a try. There are very few beers that I actually suggest you don’t try. Almost every beer is worthwhile just to see if it fits your taste. However with this, it is just very disappointing. It is not worth the try, there are just too many good beers out there.
It is not the worst beer I have ever had, not by a long shot, but it seriously misses the mark.