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Carolina Oktoberfest Lager - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Oktoberfest LagerCarolina Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2004)
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Reviews by BeerNoobNC:
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BeerNoobNC, Nov 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev 0%

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.

tdm168, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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

dirtylou, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KevinGordon, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

blackie, Oct 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jerefreakinmiah, Sep 25, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

ppoitras, Aug 06, 2005
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Shatter, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

RyanAU, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of rabsten
3.93/5  rDev +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!

rabsten, Oct 09, 2006
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2.8/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

Durge, Sep 29, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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

brentk56, Sep 05, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JohnnyK, Sep 21, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

GJ40, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ChrisKayler, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of NCSUdo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

NCSUdo, Oct 28, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

MuddyFeet, Oct 20, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 17, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

porterwoobie, Nov 25, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

RWLawman, Sep 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

How do German lions say “roar?” Thanks to brentk56 for trading. The pour is a semi-cloudy orange color with amber highlights. A good head that hid to the side of the glass during the tasting.

The smell has a light Oktoberfest smell with strong Vienna notes in the malt. In the background, there are some caramel touches and somewhat a fig aroma. A lighter sweetness to it.

The taste has a good malty flavor. Vienna malt is noticeable upfront and backed by a sweeter Oktoberfest finish. Some lighter grainy flavor that is board line toasty in a way. A good finish that has hints of chalkiness. The hops are light but balance the malt. A light grassy finish as well.

The body is good with more of a mid feel then full. Decent carbonation and as noted, a light chalky finish. I don’t know how a lion says it, but I say it “yum!”

Oxymoron, Oct 04, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Served a crisp copper amber with a head that quickly diminished to nothing. Aroma was some caramel malts, a little weak. The taste was a nice maltiness with slight notes of caramel and nuts. The beer is light bodied with low carbonation. This one was enjoyable and a good example of the style.

atsprings, Sep 28, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo, thanks for the opportunity! Bottling stamp reads 10/13/04. Pours a finger and a half light tan head over a slightly cloudy rusty brown liquid. Smells delicious. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, some chalky munich, spicy floral hop zing (my guess would be tettnanger). Tastes divine...like what I was drinking in Bavaria last year. Rich wet sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, munich malt, and a 'dirty' floral hop flavor. Hop bitterness is low, but can be detected with searching. As the beer warms I get a hint of orange, which I think is from hop floral and the aftertaste holds a touch of apricot ester. One downside is a touch of sour twang in the aftertaste that just doesn't belong in a lager (nor does the apricot ester).

This beer is bold in both malt and hop flavor. Almost perfect to style in appearance and flavor. Md-light body and md-light carbonation.

mentor, Jul 20, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

herrburgess, May 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

PeterG72, Nov 21, 2011
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Carolina Oktoberfest Lager from Carolina Brewing Company
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