OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-17-2012 22:26:59 | More by steveh
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-08-2011 22:37:16 | More by PhillyStyle
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
07-06-2010 14:43:54 | More by tugdriver7
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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
12-31-2009 00:50:17 | More by CBlack85
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
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
05-12-2013 01:37:21 | More by DarkBeerDrinker
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-03-2013 18:39:53 | More by Mojo
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-10-2012 02:03:06 | More by Zraly
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
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
10-17-2012 12:37:13 | More by garuda
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
@ 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.
11-05-2012 16:48:04 | More by wedge
OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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