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Copper Amber Ale - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Copper Amber AleCopper Amber Ale

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77 Reviews

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 340
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 59
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: AlexJ on 04-29-2009

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 340
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of wilwfu, thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small but solid white head.

Aromas are quite beady, with notes of spices, smells good.

Taste is nice. Pronounced breadiness up front, notes of spices, light caramel and hints of cream and smoke. Finish is very smooth, with faint mineral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very good. Plenty of body without being heavy, smooth, with excellent carbonation.

Overall... Dang, this beer was certainly a very pleasant surprise. This is one of those beers that takes on a simple and classic style, and I must say, OMB pretty much nailed it. This is very full flavored, easy drinking, and enjoyable beer. Well done OMB.

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Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed December 25th, 2013 at some generic eatery in Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Beer is copper colored (duh) and clear. The head was less than one head tall, off-white, and quickly settled down into what looked like a culture in a petri dish.

Smoke caramel aroma with some nuttiness.

Flavor is more of the same: strong, nutty flavor with nice caramel base. Smooth, flavorful and good to drink. Pretty remarkable bitterness on the finish, not in the amount but in the assertiveness.

Some carbonation tingle, slightly thicker and creamier than expected.

This beer is a pleasant surprise and I'd be happy to drink this one again.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Coppery-brown with a two finger offwhite head. Decent retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is bready, a bit of toast, a bit of caramel and some fruit.
T- A good bit of fruityness floats in there with a reasonably malty flavors of bread and toast. Balanced, but the finish leaves me wanting.
M- Medium body for style, carb is good, but a bit too crisp for the style.
O- It's a decent beer, but there isn't that much exciting about it. Worth a try, but not worth putting much effort into seeking out.

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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

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Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Bottled 11.28.11.

It pours a nice copper color with an off-white head.

Smell is good, some nice roastiness and caramel.

The taste is sweeter than anticipated but delicious. Most american amber ales just fail. But this one is a king among them. I am not an aficionado on altbiers but this one seems a bit sweeter adn spicier, but it is a great beer.

Another good one form this brewer.

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Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Well, it's copper, clear, with a white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S/T - Fresh baked biscuit, toasted grains, a little nutty, and finishes with an ever so slight noble hop presence.

M - Medium body, crisp, clean, very smooth.

O - Easy drinking with a nice depth of flavor.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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)

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Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours copper hue with a thick,medium lasting white head and a lot of lacing. Very fruity aroma is of cherry, red current and caramel malt. Medium, smooth body. Herbal hops, caramel malt fill the mouth. Easy drinking light brew. Finish is medium lasting and dry.

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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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very dark reddish brown color with tons of visible carbonation and off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of nutty, bready, and grape must notes.

T- Big grape must and fruity notes, nutty, caramel malt, and grainy notes.

M- Prickly carbonation, dry, medium body, and smooth.

O- This is definitely one of the best altbiers I have ever had. It is full of such bright fruity notes and a nice malt backbone with super high drinkability.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-24-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: On tap at the brewery

A: Dark copper color, with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. The white head of a finger features excellent lacing and very good head retention.

S: Aromas are of roasted grains and noble hops.

T: Taste is moderately bitter from the noble hops, with a toasted malt backbone balancing it out well.

M: Crisp and clean with a light body. Finishes moderately bitter.

O: Nothing flashy here but a solid amber ale. This is a style you don't see much of and Olde Mecklenburg has made this their brewery standard. Well done, this is a brew where the sum is greater than the individual parts.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Stunningly beautiful. Lucious copper appearance with nice beige head, world class, retention, world class lacing.

S - The nose is kind of weak. I mostly got the smell of grasses.

T - a little smoky, a little rye, kind of a wonderful under control bitter grassy finish.

M - very pleasing with good carbonation.

O - I figured I would like this, but I had no idea I'd like it as much as I did. Awesome stuff.

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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.

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Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright amber with two-finger head. Subtle smell of spicy hops and malt.

Smooth, clean malt flavor profile. Prickly carbonation that lifts the toasty and tasty malt flavors. Bready. This is decidedly good fresh and really hits the mark. Extremely easy to drink and the mouthfeel is perfect for style and session.

Very nice altbier interpretation. Glorious with pretzels and mustard.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a large weizen-like glass at the Charlotte Airport.

A: The name is fitting, as it is a very pure copper/orange-red color. Head was 1 finger thick, foamy, and a bit offwhite, lasting about half a minute. Great looking beer.

S: Very classically beery with touches of grain and crackery malt. A faint twinge of sweetness in there. Hay. Interesting.

T: Initially very clean, and finishing subtle and smooth. Eminently drinkable. Upon closer inspection, a nutty profile comes into play. A touch of dry grassiness. Slight toasty to crackery malt in there. Very classic beer with nothing standing in the way.

Overall, this was a good beer. I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way to get it again. Super well done for the style and very drinkable. A welcome sight in an airport, but there are other beers that I would look for...

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Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nice trade with Herr Burgess, I get the opportunity to sample an out-of-towner.

22 ouncer Bottled on 12/30/11.

A -- Clear, orange-copper with a dense, long-lasting, off white head.

S -- Sweet, rich, bready malt with a mild nuttiness back.

T -- This is an interesting beer because it starts with a mellow spicy bitterness then folds into sweet, bready to nutty malts and then comes around again to the bitterness in the finish. In-between the breadiness and the bitter finish is a mild caramel, even vague fruitiness that is very appetizing.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to crisp with a medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a terrific drinking beer. The balance between maltiness and bitterness is quite good without a clash of flavors as can often happen in an American Brown Ale, and the cleanliness of lagering a top-fermented beer smooths out the character nicely. A great rendition of the style.

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Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top growler filled a few weeks ago. Into a standard shaker pint -

A: As the name says... copper. There's a nice, light beige head - about a finger's worth - that forms on the pour, but manages some respectable retention and leaves a few spots of lace.

S: Toasted grains and bready malts dominate the nose; there's some light caramel in there, too; maybe a touch nutty, as well.

T: Follows the nose, for the most part... very "organic" malt flavors: grain, bread, etc; a touch sweet, but there's a bit of a bright, earthy hop bite (not much) on the finish that counters the sweetness; a smidge metallic, too.

M: Much fuller that I remembered from last time; carbo is still in the medium range (despite the 3 week old growler fill); super smooth.

O/D: A great beer that's very traditional; it's always nice to pick up a few of these when I visit the QC. Very smooth, drinkable and well balanced. Very good beer from such a young brewery!

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Copper Amber Ale from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.