Carolina Oktoberfest Lager - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Oktoberfest LagerCarolina Oktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2004)
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Reviews by BeerNoobNC:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in Raleigh.

A - caramel, ruby amber with a soft white head that has good retention

S - light graininess, toasty

T - toasted malt, caramel, mildly bitter, fruity finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This isn't a bad Oktoberfest but it has that traditional Carolina base malt that adds just a bit too much toastiness to the malt. Besides that this is a decent Oktoberfest. To support locals, I'd snag another pint of this but if it were bottled I probably wouldn't pick it up.

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 9/13/06, shipped by the prince of darkness himself, blackie

appearance: poured into a new glarus pint glass taken from the red shed (lol), body is a pale amber/golden copper colour...light beige head that recedes to nothing almost immediately. average appearance

smell: strong sweetness on the nose, slightly sour apple, roasted nut, toasted grain, chalky malt structure

taste: meh, a bit too much sweetness and not very true to style...slight sourness, toasted grain, roasted peanut...pretty similar to the lakefront effort i would venture to say

mouthfeel: medium body, a touch sour

drinkability: fine

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of swills
3.6/5  rDev -4%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of EN27
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low eggshell white head that steadily turns to a ring around the glass and a thin layer on the surface. The beer is medium amber in color.

smell: Obvious CBC "house" character all over it. Grassy noble hops and a sweetish caramel/toffee malt aroma. Leafy fall aromas. Pretty straightforward, well balanced.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body a heavier medium. I like the body but feel that it could use a little more carbonation.

taste: Moderately sweet toasted malts upfront. Considerable notes of grain are found alongside some nutty, toffee like flavors. Light hop flavor and a moderate bitterness found in the finish with some earthy flavors.

drinkability: A good beer, easy to drink.

Picked up a couple six packs of this brewery-only release after the tour this past weekend. Bottling date of 09-13-06 is printed on the label.

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the light amber brew. Head is meringey and lasting, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grains, with some fruitiness joining the party as well. Taste starts with a bit of muddy maltiness, then hits the touch of fruit, and closes with a bit of hops. Probably better fresh, I will admit. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. I can imagine this fresh on-tap would be impressive.

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BBS323
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Shatter
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rabsten
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bramwell WV oktoberfest.

From my notes, verbatim:

"Pale brown with thin head, some lacing.

Nice, malty smell, almost nutty. Pleasant.

Crisp, dry malty lager. Easy to drink."

I enjoyed this beer and noted it was my favorite O-fest beer at the O-fest event. However, in retrospect it wasn't overly memorable. I know I enjoyed it, though :) Cheers!

Photo of Durge
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a taste of this at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham and it was hard to tell which seasonal we had here. I assume it was Oktoberfest based on it now being fall but nobody was sure which variety it was. It wasn't a summer beer but it did not display the malty characteristics others have described here. It poured a dark brown-copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. The aroma, however, was weak and suggested skunky cardboard to me. Not inviting. The taste did show some caramel as others have noted but it showed more wheaty and grassy highlights by far. Biscuit and some citrus but whimpy overall with a soda-like weakness. The carbonation was solid but little or no body. Wouldn't want to drink too much of this. It's passable.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass

Smell: A yeasty, grainy aroma with undertones of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet caramel base; after the swallow, a grainy bitterness kicks in that persists through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but a puckerish quality from the bitterness

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink and surprisingly bitter for the style

Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GJ40
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

A - Amber with good clarity and a small white head.

S - Initially and then as you agitate it, I got a hint of cardboard. But otherwise pleasant with toast and a slight sweetness.

T - A tasty malt base with a slight hop bitterness. Crisp and clean with a nice dry finish.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy with a low carbonation.

O - A good offering from my most local brewery.

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: clear amber/copper under a small white head. Very little head retention. No lacing.

S: Some caramel and that characteristic heavy grain aroma that usually shows up in CBC brews, goes pretty well with this one. Some hoppiness.

T: Really grainy with kind of a dirty finish. Some sweetness. Some toasted caramel.

M/D: Mouthfeel is really nice. Carbonation is spot on and the body is a smooth medium. Drinkability is pretty nice as well.

Overall, a slightly above average Oktoberfest in my opinion, but one that is easily downed.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Sawmill Tavern October 19.

Poured a pale brown color that was transparent but deep enough to give everything behind the glass a deep hue. Decent sized head that immediately dissolved into a nothingess. Nose was aromatic but simple with lots of caramel tones.

Flavor was very, very malty for an Oktoberfest. Kind of a toffe flavor going on with some heavily candied chestnuts. Very interesting flavor for the style. Mouthfeel was a tad heavier than expected with a syrupy feel to it. rather enjoyed this beer and it had some novel flavors going on in it.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table a medium golden amber with an off-white head that lasted and laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with careamle and some fruitiness.

The flavor was fairly bitter (it always is), then transitioned to a nicely accomplished maltiness after the initial bitterness faded.

The finish is just dry with a lingering pleasant bitterness. The body is medium and very well done.

Pint at Sawmill Tap Room. Man, I cannot believe that no one has ever rated this beer. This is not a traditional Oktoberfest, but a malty and slightly hoppy brew. They always brew it that way and it always has a high drinkability.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: copper color, clear, 1 finger off-white head which dissipated quickly, no lacing.

S: no hop aroma. has a very malty nose.

T: big malty flavor that fills the mouth with a malt sweetness. it tends to dry out in the finish.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good beer. it has a nice malt aroma/flavor.

Photo of RWLawman
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Carolina Oktoberfest Lager from Carolina Brewing Company
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