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OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 36
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexJ on 04-29-2009)
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Reviews by brentk56:
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color and a frothy head; leaves quite a few dots of lace

Smell: Bready and slightly grainy with a hint of fruit

Taste: Bread and caramel up front, with a fruity and grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the grainy flavor persists, though there is some fruit that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent stab at the style for this new brewery but a little too grainy from my perspective

05-12-2009 00:17:05 | More by brentk56
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-03-2012 20:17:03 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

01-11-2011 01:55:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Todd

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-12-2013 06:07:26 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-19-2013 17:56:38 | More by Jason
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-14-2013 00:17:49 | More by dankjohn
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Roscoe1847

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-22-2014 19:13:18 | More by Roscoe1847
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-23-2013 14:31:45 | More by Mantooth
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tomgeorgia

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-15-2013 18:23:24 | More by tomgeorgia
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-22-2013 01:01:58 | More by LXIXME
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

12-27-2011 01:12:40 | More by whitekiboko
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bexley10

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-18-2013 19:22:18 | More by bexley10
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dirtylou

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

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

06-25-2009 23:00:35 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

11-17-2011 01:06:45 | More by WoodBrew
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-03-2014 22:09:32 | More by Damian74Shensky
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-21-2014 17:55:35 | More by qcbrewer
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

04-18-2012 02:02:28 | More by avisong
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prototypic

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-12-2013 03:40:40 | More by prototypic
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-03-2013 16:31:43 | More by dailyminefield
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-21-2014 21:39:42 | More by sjones5045
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

05-26-2009 16:47:17 | More by Kegatron
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

05-15-2012 11:42:35 | More by thagr81us
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mc4z

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-30-2013 23:43:21 | More by mc4z
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GFish

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-26-2013 15:24:03 | More by GFish
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-02-2013 15:57:56 | More by Kmlund
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OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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