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OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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91
outstanding

301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 52
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AlexJ on 04-29-2009

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Ratings: 301 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a light brown with a white lacing.

Aroma of light bready malts, a bit of caramel in them.

Bready caramel malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness.

Medium body with light tingly carbonation.

A solid lager, good flavor and great balance. Great session candidate.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 10/29/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a rich garnet cast. Normal head volume, exceptional lacing and normal retention. Light nose of biscuit with a bready background over a light caramel. As it warms, earthy noble hop notes are present. Heavy light body with a bit of creaminess and oiliness that produces a very smooth texture. I've never encountered so much texture in a body this light - exceptional job. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The World Class flavor profile is reasonably intense, superbly balanced and a bit complex. It begins with bready biscuit that flows into a very mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, a slightly sweet caramel base is noted along with a hint of nuts. The finish is fairly clean and here is where the hop flavor comes forward, which I believe is Hallertau Mittlefruh. An outstanding Altbier.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first OMB beer to try.Poured into a becker a rich clear copper with an awesome sticky one finger white head atop,great definition and clarity,top notch looks.Fruity esters along with sweetish pizza dough in the nose,oddly enough even a little booze for such a "small" beer.Fresh pizza dough and caramel sweetness upfront on the palate with some mild fruity esters and a hint of leafy hops,again the fresh dough comes in late in the aftertaste.This is one damn fine rendition of an alt beer it packs alot of subtle delicious flavors,Iam lookin forward to trying the rest of the OMB line.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Clear and copper, so the name is fitting; stiff lacing. Clean, toasty maltiness in the nose. Smells of toasted Portuguese sweet bread with a side of spicy herbal hops. Maltiness brings the palate to new heights as complex layers of toasted bread, caramel, dried hay and fresh- baked crackers unfold with each sip. Faint grape skin and nougat. Hopping is assertive and clean, yet is capped right below where the maltiness peaks, meaning there is a perfect bal- ance here. Long, beautiful, malty finish.

Authentic is the first word that comes to mind; stellar is another. If you are even remotely close to Charlotte, N.C., make a trip and get a growler or two. Kudos to the brewers for hit- ting the bullseye on this one.

Photo of tomgeorgia
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer in a growler years ago and then more recently on draft. Agree with the over reviewers that this beer is an underutilized and underappreciated style, German Altbier. It was one of their first beers and definitely a winner. Very clear and an excellent example.

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37oz growler out in the parent's fridge

charlotte has a microbrewery - alert the freaking masses.

appearance: served in a standard pint, clear amber body with a light bubbly beige froth

smell: light toasted grain, caramel malt, some herbal hop notes

taste: its a nice alt, but after plowing through a case of the New Glarus Alt, this just seems a little tame. I think it will work well for their business model which aims at distributing to bars/restaurants - its approachable enough that many can enjoy but is also actually a relatively unknown style (to the masses). The flavor profile is delicate but well balanced - grassy herbal hops, tangy caramel, toasted grain and malts. I like it, but it just isnt very exciting

mouthfeel: well done, creamy medium body and not too watery

drinkability: pretty nice - heavier than the abv would suggest though

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Olde Mecklenburg while on layover at Charlotte, NC airport at the restaurant Taste of Carolina. The beer poured a rich clear copper/amber with thin white head that is lacing. The smell includes caramel malt. The taste is a well balance beer between caramel malt and hops which help to clear the pallate after the drink. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a great session beer and wish I could drink more.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A liter, swing top growler into a pint glass. Big thanks to my buddy Barscream for hooking me up with a growler of this first offering from the brand new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

The pour lives up to the name, coming out a brilliant clear copper color, with several fingers of foamy eggshell white head. This peters down into a thin yet firm retention, that leaves some nice looking thickish swathes of lacing back. The aroma is caramel and bread, along with some sturdy floral and spicy hop notes, which give this some zip.

The taste is solid mix of toasted malts, toffee sweetness, and some light zesty citrus character. A tight and spicy feeling hop profile gives the profile some crispness and a lightly drying bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm feel, yet this also possesses a softer carbonation, which when mixed with the thankfully lower ABV, keeps things flowing rather nicely in the mouth.

Very solid take on the Alt style and a good first effort for OMB period. Fuller flavors and just the right amount of crispness in the body helped enhance the drinkibility of this. I looked forward to more offerings from this new to the Charlotte area brewery.

Photo of thagr81us
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a New Belgium Fat Tire shaker. Poured copper (surprise, surprise!) with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, bread, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, bread, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There were quite a few nice flavors and aromas going on in this one, but it really didn’t stand out over some other brews I’ve had from the same style. While this was unfortunate, it wasn’t disappointing. If this one were a little more complex it could have been something special, but it just feels as if they held back some. Hopefully they will go for it in the future and truly shock all the craft beer drinkers out there in the future.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Liberty, Charlotte, NC, October 2011:

The beer appeared a very nice, bright, clear copper color that produced a nice, foamy, off-white 2 to 3 finger head that was well retained and that left some nice lacing.

The beer gave off a very nice sweet, toasted malted barley, bready aroma with a hint of a nut.

The taste of the beer was very good and followed the nose very well, bready and grainy sweetness. The finish was clean and crisp.

The beer had a lighter body to it and the beer was extremely drinkable, very smooth and a well-balanced beer. From what I can tell this is what a German alt is supposed to taste like. Overall, this is a very good beer and one that I wish that I could get in Atlanta, as if I could; it would be a staple at my house.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 11.15.11

Into a goblet it pours a dark tawny copper, fading into yellow orange in the lower meniscus of the glass. Ever present cap of sturdy foam that has a creamy texture to it's surface. Rings of lace are left behind, and the head never breaks. Brilliantly clear with saturated color.

Dry toasty malt aroma with some grassy noble hops at first that give it a slightly skunky impression.

Toasty and mellow, slight bitterness. Smooth feel, dry finish with residual malty flavor. Toasted biscuit, herbal tea. Light bodied, light carbonation, full flavored. Overall a nice traditional Alt, very fresh and tasty. Thanks for the OMB beer Wil!

Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some crystal and pilsner malt-like aromas at first followed by a biscuity sweetness. There are some hints of orange citrus along with a touch of spice. Quite nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some crystal malt flavors at first along with some biscuit notes. Very lightly bitter and pine flavors, finishing crisp and clean. There's a slightly sweaty flavor in the aftertaste which is the main draw-back.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Old Mecklenburg makes yet another tasty, low gravity beer. Not complex by any means, but a good beer to have on a warm summer evening.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mac's Speed Shop (Steele Creek). A favorite style, I had to really work to maintain objectivity here. Beautifully presented dark brown in the glass with amber and orange highlights (helped by the setting sun coming through the window behind it). Subtle carbonation visible. Smell was a hint of caramel malt. First sip was at first a touch sweet, but immediately shifted to a round biscuity malt with a rich hops bitterness that finished a touch dry--perfectly balanced. Easily one of the best of the style I've had. The moderate ABV% would render this a session beer of choice and something I'd seek out wherever I could, though sadly I don't live in NC and haven't yet seen it here in MD.

Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Olde Mecklenburg

Copper red color topped by a gorgeous head of thick frothiness. All kinds of lacing left of the glass. Gentle toast, floral, and biscuit aromas...mild overall, but nice. Chewy malt and soft noble hop flavors finishing with a delightful hit of fresh grain. Appropriately clean and easy to consume in large quantities. Very well-crafted. I enjoyed the hell out of this. We picked up a pack of bombers to bring home, so I hope it's just as satisfying and enjoyable from the bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for getting me the growler! I was thrilled to have a nice session able one to enjoy with dinner this evening. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 01/26/2010.
 
The pour was very nice, medium amber n color with a very clear look to it. Holding it up to the light reveals almost a mid range orange hue. Nice head of white then comes up and over the top of the glass, settling down very nicely and leaving some good lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma is rich, caramel malts and grassy notes leading the way here. Warming brings up a nose that is full of bready and grainy notes as well as a touch of a fruit, apricot, something light and dominated by sweetness that adds just a little bit of kick to the nose. Smooth, very smooth and mellow body here, almost slick, but the carbonation saves it from becoming too much. Rich caramel flavor washes across the tongue and melds perfectly with a smooth and even bready flavor. Nice finish on here is semi dry and really does not wash out for several minutes before it settles. Really quite drinkable as the lasting taste of nuts and light herbal notes blends well with caramel and a touch of grape skin. Super drinkable, I had no issue at all with finishing this one off.
 
Overall a very solid offering here. Nice flavor, good aroma, pretty classic for the style. A nice welcome into the world of Old Meck for me and enough to warrant me stopping in there again sometime soon.
 

Photo of st9647v3
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special - pretty average

Photo of CBlack85
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Olde Mecklenburg tap room

Pours an orange/copper color with lots of nearly red highlights. About three fingers worth of off white/tan head that with good retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts. A slight earthy smell is lingering in the background. As the beer warms you can start to catch hints of a very subdued hoppy aroma.

Very clean and crisp, sweet, malty flavors are most dominant. A slight hint of hops becomes noticable as the beer warms. Nicely carbinated. All in all this is a good beer, and coming in under 5% makes it very sessionable. The only complaint that I have is that, while it is very good, it seems as though there should be a little more to it.

A very enjoyable Alt. Good stuff

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Carolina Beer Company, Charlotte Airport Terminal D

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a little malty and has flavors of spicy hops and earthy yeast along with hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style. It is also very easy to drink.

Photo of devilben02
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Being the local option at a nice restaurant in Uptown Charlotte, I was interested to sample what Olde Mecklenburg has to offer.

The first thing I notice is the rich, copper-amber color that is provides a good start, but as the ale nearly fills the entire glass (thanks for the overpour, I guess?), there is room for only a thin, foamy head that receded within a matter of minutes. The aroma is weak at first, so I must have looked like a pretentious beer snob to the rest of the restaurant crowd as I strained to sniff any discernible characteristic out of my pint glass. What I was able to eventually identify was merely a crisp graininess with a touch of sweetness. This one is similarly mild on flavor, with only the subtle sweetness on top of a bed of grains.

Where this one lacks in flavor, it at least somewhat makes up for it in texture and finish. Crisp and nicely carbonated, the Copper serves almost as a palate cleanser with how clean it finishes. Overall, certainly not the most complex or adventurous beer, but this one is inoffensive and easy to drink, making it highly drinkable although also highly forgettable.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Uptown Bar and Lounge, Charlotte, NC.

Poured a rusty brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured clean, yet earthy German malts with a flight cut if noble hop.

The taste consisted of crisp caramel malts offering a light earthiness, a soft toast and lingering toffee. The noble hops cleaned the flavor up a touch.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking ale.

Photo of NWFLyer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at McCormick & Schmick's , South Park, in a Pilsner style glass.
A - Bold copper color, lively with effervescence. Moderate, short lived, cream colored head with minimal lacing.
N - Rich, quality maltiness on the nose. Subtle citrus & hop aromas.
T - Rich maltiness again on the tongue. Very smooth with faint bitterness from the hops. Authentic Bavarian style.
M - Outstanding mouthfeel. Smooth & well balanced with a pleasant after-taste. Very distinctive in a positive way.

Overall, I would summarize the OMB Copper as an excellent representation of the style. It is highly drinkable, on its own, or paired with a variety of foods. Congratulations to the brewers; keep up the good work!

Photo of jpmclaug
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first time rating this but I've killed several growlers of this. I typically pick up a growler of this every time I am in Charlotte. Poured from the growler into my a int glass

A - Clear copper color with a shade away from white head on top.

S - Light lager malt aroma mingles with a light noble hop aroma.

T - A crisp malt flavor mingles with a light noble hop bitterness. The malt really shines in this giving a pleasant aftertaste. Slightly sweet but not much. A really nice well balanced lager

M - crisp light to medium bodied with a standard amount of carbonation

D - I could put this back all day. It is so easy to go through a whole growler of this while watching a football game. If you love a good lager then this is for you. I know I will pick this up again and again.

Photo of QCBeerGuru
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been meaning to review this one for a while. It is my go-to sessionable beer almost all year round. Consumed on tap, poured into the traditional vertical OMB pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep copper color with a strong, authentic head for the style. Filtration is solid and the beer shows no signs of sediment. Lacing is appropriately present as the beer is consumed.

S - Warm roasted malt aroma with hints of nuttiness and maybe even a bit of chocolate at the very end. Noble hops are present but not overpowering.

T/M- Clean and crisp upon first taste with a nice warm nutty aftertaste. The beer is clean and the body is spot on for a traditional German alt.

As someone who enjoys a variety of beers year round with my tastes being very seasonal, I don't usually have one beer that I can really enjoy all the time. This is absolutely the exception to the rule. What an outstandingly balanced and drinkable beer. Very proud to have these guys as one of our many local breweries. Great beer, great people.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a dark copper/red with a good two finger head that slowly dissapated and left an incredible lace on the glass from top to bottom.

The smell was quite malty upfront with slight apricot tones in the rear of the nose.

The drink was a kick of hops up front, with a sweet and heavy malt in the middle and a crisp clean finish with little or no aftertaste.

All and all a great beer that is well worth a try. On a side note I did pick up a growler of this beer while at the brewery that I will be reviewing in the next few days.

Photo of bamarita
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute awesomeness. best beer in the world. i love omb copper. live near theer and get like 3 growls a week and i think it is just the best stuff ever. go out and try some. i will even buy you some. it is a copper color with white head and smells real malty with noble hops and some malt tastes and sweets. it is awesome.

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OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.