OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of NWFLyer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gehenherzog for this extra!
A: mahogany/chestnut and clear. Nice off white head.
S: nutty w/caramel and toffee. Somewhat subdued.
T: lightly sweet nutty malts are washed out by an underlying smooth hop bitterness and co2.
M: light bodied, frothy and a touch thin.
O: not a bad take on the style. Would like to try it on tap.

Photo of bamarita
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one the best brews ever recreated. If you live anywhere near Charlotte, you must come try OMB Copper.

Just returned from the brewery with one growler of Mecklenburger, one Copper, and one Dunkel !

The Copper pours a nut brown color with a stiff head that sticks to your glass. Presents caramel biscuits with underlying notes of dates/raisins.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 beer2day
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with one finger light cream head. Laces well.

Big malt nose with hint of light citrus.

Definite malt bomb. Very crisp hit. Substantial malt body with nice roast flavor in the finish.

Easy drinker for the style, though a little heavy.

Photo of herrburgess
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is a perfect, crisp clear copper; smell is of toasty Munich and bready, biscuity pilsner malts. The taste is, again, a perfect balance of crisp cleanliness, toasty malts mellowing into a mild caramel, treacly sweetness, with a perfect balance of noble German hops. Extremely well done.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a clear, medium copper-toned body with a full inch of just barely off-white foam.

Smell: Barley scent of crisped grains, lightly bready, with small, supporting sniffs of noble hops and red apple peelings.

Taste: Bready malted barley with a teensy touch of toastiness and some caramelized flavors yielding a sufficiently sweet taste of caramel. Minute apple fruitiness. Leafy, spicy German hops with a light, complimentary bitterness. Slowly dries out a careful pace until the soft, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Smooth, refreshing, and just a pleasant drink overall. It's nice to see a brewery specializing and giving great care to these German styles.

Photo of beerdown77
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second beer I am reviewing from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Due to a stint in Germany during the 1990s, one of the owners has a passion for German style beers, which is what the brewery exclusively focuses on. Copper is an Albier, which basically just means that it is beer made the old fashion way. In fact, the Reinheitsgebot is posted on the tap room wall and mentioned with pride during the tour of the brewing area.

This beer is the only year-round offering at OMB, and definitely my favorite. Top fermentation process idendifies is more closely to ale, which I prefer. It has a great dark brown color, strong malt and yeast smell, and well-rounded, nutty flavor. The obvious strong suit of this beer is the freshness. It is very easy to drink at 4.8%, and is advertised by the staff as a session beer.

If you live in the Charlotte area, you have to try Copper from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Photo of Jslay77
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Copper. Not much head lingering around

S. Metallic but not strong. Fairly unoffensive and unimpressive.

T. It tastes like it's labeled. Very very metallic. Even the aftertaste is metal. Not sure if it is the hops used or what but is overly "copper" in taste.

M. Great mouthfeel. Light and crisp.

D. Its easy to drink despite it's pitfalls. The atmosphere of their taproom is good and it is easy to stick around and kill these beers. Nit a bad session beer if you can get over the metallic taste.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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 TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew from OMB. It is their flagship and I truly believe it is their best offering. It pours a good strong copper color with a yellowish white head. It has a great scent of floral hops and hints of caramel. It has a slight bitterness and a great smooth body. Very drinkable. A really decent beer.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hotel bar at the Omni in Charlotte.

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a small, white head. Little to no lacing was left behind.

S - It smelled malty, grassy and slightly earthy.

T - It tasted of bready malts, some fruitiness (apples?), grassy hops and a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking beer.

D - This was good. I would like to try it at a true beer bar not a hotel bar.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They claim this to be a lagered hybrid altbeir. It properly should be changed to dark lager.

appearance: dark with little head rentention. some lacing with copper dapple complexion

smell: suble roasted malt

taste: low bitterness and sublte caramel, but not sweet a all. solid lager

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: solid well done dark lager

Photo of devilben02
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 CBlack85
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 kkipple
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk @ the brewery, on tap multiple places, and on tap again in my garage. I feel like I have a fairly good handle on this brew.

A. Once again, Olde Meck really doesn't have to worry about the appearance of their beers - they have that down cold. A abundance of foamy thick tan head rises atop a shockingly clear dark autumn brew. No lace. Sexy and "pure" looking. No haze, good retention, it could not possibly get more clear.

S. Above all - clean. Slightly bitter floral overtones from the hops, backed by a semi-dry, singed malt profile. Not big. Not in your face. Approachable, yet rewarding. Sweetness is there and the whole thing smells like "beer".

T. Crisp, wet, well balanced between hop-bitters and malt-sweet. There's a "German bread" note here that is hard to describe. Ultimately a bit drier and more bitter-earthy. Touch of roast, grainy tannins. Finishes bitter crisp with a lingering malt presence.

M. Once again, amazing; perfect. Medium-light bodied with some of the crispest, fullest and complementary carbonation around.

D. Yes, impressively so.

Copper Alt isn't quite as good as the subsequent Mecktoberfest, in my mind, but this brewery is also less than a year old. This is really fresh German-style beer and I can't wait to see how good Olde Meck gets in a few years. John is on to something special here. Recommended, and watch this brewery.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly a great beer. Charlotte has a lot of German businesses located there--and on any weekend, you will find a few Germans at the Old Meck brew-pub...it's that good. Well balanced, malt to hops, with a clean finish. I've had Düsseldorf natives tell me its exactly right for the style, and I believe it.

The American CEO and head brewer is a water purification expert, and spent 4 years living in Germany...and his plant was set up by a German brewer. They also have a high-tech growler-filling machine--which makes their growlers last for weeks and weeks....

Anyway, if you want to know good German beer, try anything by Old Meck!

Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Close to two finger head of cream white, very whipped up froth, freshness extends the head life, unusually high degree of stickiness to the lacing. Copper orange color, as brown as red in tint, very clear and there's not much fade around the rims. Very bready, yeasty nose with sourdough notes, citrus shades come and go quickly, the malty cocoa late to arrive but there, walnuts and straw, pleasingly erect presence in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, the carbonation comes in waves like the shore with the tide going out. Smooth as it holds onto all its weight, uses the yeastiness and touch of grassiness to keep an underlying prickle. The orange, lemon peel is a mild sweetening aspect, helps to bring out apricot and peach pit nuances. The malts are like malts, as in malted milk balls. It really has no sweetness for impact yet isn't close to dry. Pretty damn sessionable, strikes you as a beer that you'd pair with vegetarian cuisine, a "food beer." (Ceramic Wire Stopper)

Photo of Kunsan90
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pour revealed a clear medium copper colored beer, with a nice off-white long lasting head.

S: Aroma brought forth a nice combination of malt sweetness and light hop aroma, that invites you take a taste, or three.

T: Firm upfront bitterness that's followed by a balanced malt sweetness, then ending with a lingering palette pleasing dry bitterness. It's not the most bitter Alt I've tasted, but most people have a odd view that Düsseldorf Alt's must be brutally bitter. If you've ever been to Düsseldorf, you know this is not the case.

M: Medium light mouth feel that dances on your tongue, which is clean and crisp, displaying the qualities expected from this type of beer.

Overall impression: I perfect example of the style. The combination of hop bitterness and malt sweetness would please even the most demanding resident of Düsseldorf. Great job OMB! I wonder why I'm a weekly visitor?

Photo of botham
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler fresh from the brewery poured into a tasting glass. pours a rich brownish amber with three fingers of loose eggshell colored head. good retention and rocky lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and grain with a light note of candied sugar in the background, along with a light note of dark malts that stays in the background.

taste is more of the same with a malt, caramel, and light crain profile. nicely proportioned on the palate with a fresh profile and a very flavorful composition.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fresh and flavorful profile and a finish of residual grain. nice on the palate.

drinkability is good. for an alt, this is a solid example, on the level of well done German examples. full of caramelly and malty notes with a solid profile. cheers!

Photo of craytonic
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-amber with a chill-haze, not much head or lacing. Smell and taste of caramel up front, followed by bread and light hops. Needs much more flavor. Mouthfeel is decent, nicely creamy. You could drink a few, but wouldn't want to. Glad to have a new brewery in Charlotte, hope it grows up and branches out.

OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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