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OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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90
outstanding

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%


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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CarolinaBier

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a half pint stange glass, cylinder shape, at The Olde Mecklenburg Tap Room. Copper is a Dusseldorf style alt bier, a lagered ale. It is traditional to drink in a half pint cylinder glass.

Appearance: Copper color; firm, frothy head

Smell: Freshly baked bread

Taste: Malty, complex, slightly sweet, apple, caramel, hoppy notes, balanced, smooth from start to finish. Excellent.

Body: Medium body

Comments: My favorite beer. If espresso is the essence of coffee, alt beer may be the essence of beer. It is full flavored, complex in flavor, and very smooth.

Copper pairs well with a variety of foods including: traditional German foods such as bratwurst, pork roast, turkey, lamb, and steak.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 23:41:31 | More by CarolinaBier
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charlzm

California

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 20:44:17 | More by charlzm
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Durge

Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to its name in color , clear with a fair off white collection of ringside bubbles on top. Lacing is decent as well, somewhat if a scattered marbled look. The taste is a funky skunk malt with a bit of spicy herbal hop bitterness. There's a fermented fruit suggestion in there but overall it's just a good old German brew with a little bite that goes down easy but not entirely quietly. The feel is of a subtle but certain brisk tang for the tip of you tongue on a medium- light bodied brew. Very nice and an understandable flagship.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 01:05:41 | More by Durge
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Mojo

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:39:53 | More by Mojo
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip. 7/19/13 bottling date so extremely fresh

Pours a dark copper color with a nice, fizzy head. Lots of tiny bubbles in this beer too, very eye appealing. The smell is smokey and hoppy. Very strong aroma. The taste is similar to the scent. Its crisp with a good amounts of hops, and a tad of rye smokiness on the back end. Tastes fresh. Super easy to drink, not too light bodied either. Youd guess 6 or 7% ABV. Very enjoyable.

Overall just a great enjoyable beer right here. I didnt know it would be a german style and flavor before opening it, i was expecting just a regular american amber. Pleasantly surprised. Will gladly return to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 14:36:50 | More by Axnjxn
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Bomber into a standard pint, the brew appears a burnt copper color with a fluffy white cap 2.5 fingers strong that fades back to a thin film.

The aroma includes a toasty to toffee malt inclusion with a bit of floral hops to balance. Some burnt sugary notes meld interestingly with a bit of buttery diacetyl and trace mineral component.

The taste is quite crisp with an interesting contrast of herbal hop flavoring verse toasty biscuit to caramel/toffee malt. For less than 5% abv the alcohol presence is felt with slight astringency across the back. While the beer rests in the mouth it is on the sweeter side but the hops make it more bitter feeling in the aftertaste. It is nice how that works out.

This is quite a crisp brew. It is light without being watery but also modestly carbonated to help glide the flavors across the tongue. Admittedly, this isnt a style I typically geek out over but this one was decently done. I appreciate the chance to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 14:59:52 | More by stakem
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 19:49:33 | More by BucBasil
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metter98

New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 13:28:51 | More by metter98
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DarkBeerDrinker

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had my first try while on a business trip to North Carolina, and was very pleased. It has a smooth flavor that goes wonderfully with a nice Rib Eye. I enjoyed the fact that the after taste on the beer was as good as the taste when the beer hit your mouth. Comparison for me would be Boont Amber Ale or Moose Drool.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 01:37:21 | More by DarkBeerDrinker
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APBT91

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1st review on BeerAdvocate.

pours light brown orange color depending on light angle.

a light smell of bread, caramel.

medium body with flavors of bread, caramel, yeast, and a copperish flavor ( i tried to eat a penny when i was a kid, i know, dumb).

This is currently in my top 3 favorite beers and always fresh since i only live 30 minutes from the brewery, lucky me!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 17:13:06 | More by APBT91
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 22:59:34 | More by Cylinsier
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tomgeorgia

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:26:15 | More by flexabull
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It may not be en vogue. It may not be sexy. It may even get lost in ambitiousness. But the versatile ancient German altbier has found a home at Mecklenburg.

The effortless hybrid beer kicks off with a charming and rustic bronze color that projects garnet highlights through brilliant clarity. The beer is capped by a confident white froth that stands most of the session and laces the glass lightly.

Medium aromas of freshly kilned barley, bread crust, and an almost-caramel note that proves appetizing and very inviting. The light spicy note of noble hops carry an inherent floral undertone that balances and complements the malts and begins to insinuate fruit aromas.

Dry malt complexes reveal in taste with a accute and understated sweetness from malt that's more of medium toast, toasted pecans, barleycorn, and something that carries the taste of caramel with very little of the sweetness that's associated with caramel. It's simply a dry malt taste that invites a balance of grass, wood, and spice from historic German hops and a light iron-like smack to finish. Though the balance achieves balance, I'd really like to see the hops projected a bit more.

Medium-light in body, the grains and light sweetness allow for a rounded texture to rise first. But the carbonation recedes and the drier, toastier elements promote a crisp and clean finish that's aided by hop crispness and light alcohols.

Mecklenburg's flagship Copper Ale does Dusseldorf proud with a very versitile beer with an array of entrees or as a rather satisfying session unto itself.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 17:52:15 | More by BEERchitect
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 03:00:22 | More by sommersb
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plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 20:47:17 | More by plaid75
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wedge

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 16:48:04 | More by wedge
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 12:37:13 | More by garuda
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 00:27:55 | More by jsprain1
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 20:17:03 | More by oberon
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:42:35 | More by thagr81us
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while in downtown Charlotte. Made my way to the brewery the next day.

A: thin white head on a clear crimson and copper body. some lacing.

S: mostly caramel malts. Not too complex or strong.

T: sweet caramel malts, breads and grain with the hoppiness in the finish providing a mild bitter, musty note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. One of the most drinkable of their brews but after trying more at the brewery this one seems a little under flavored and simple.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 22:57:22 | More by kylehay2004
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Zraly

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 02:03:06 | More by Zraly
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steveh

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:26:59 | More by steveh
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 17:20:26 | More by mikeg67
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OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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