1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Not Rated.
OMB CopperOMB Copper

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

229 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 229
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of OMB Copper Alström Bros
Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Santanna76
Santanna76

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-29-2013 21:58:42 | More by Santanna76
Photo of tsauce2
tsauce2

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-26-2013 21:49:58 | More by tsauce2
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-19-2013 17:56:38 | More by Jason
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-16-2013 02:12:07 | More by rab53
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of pknyc
pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-02-2013 14:37:03 | More by pknyc
Photo of KevinGordon
KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-19-2013 14:21:19 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of tomgeorgia
tomgeorgia

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of kell50
kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-09-2013 04:25:04 | More by kell50
Photo of dailyminefield
dailyminefield

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-03-2013 16:31:43 | More by dailyminefield
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-22-2013 01:01:58 | More by LXIXME
Photo of GFish
GFish

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-26-2013 15:24:03 | More by GFish
Photo of srhudnall
srhudnall

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-26-2013 02:33:35 | More by srhudnall
Photo of LooseMoose1978
LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-20-2013 02:49:08 | More by LooseMoose1978
Photo of jorrx003
jorrx003

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-13-2013 22:06:41 | More by jorrx003
Photo of Todd
Todd

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-12-2013 06:07:26 | More by Todd
Photo of Keener
Keener

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-04-2013 23:28:08 | More by Keener
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-09-2012 19:16:28 | More by sendbeer
Photo of LGFitz2
LGFitz2

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-08-2012 16:13:37 | More by LGFitz2
Photo of tmt71883
tmt71883

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-01-2012 15:38:33 | More by tmt71883
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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
Photo of sommersb
sommersb

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of TheInfamousElGuapo
TheInfamousElGuapo


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-24-2012 19:39:47 | More by TheInfamousElGuapo
Photo of retreminy
retreminy

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2012 22:21:46 | More by retreminy
OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.