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OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

249 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 27 | 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)
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Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

mikeg67, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BucBasil
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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...

BucBasil, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -14%

dankjohn, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

trevorpost, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

jbriggs7, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Lantern, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Davepoolesque, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -14%

kell50, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

MrMcGibblets, May 16, 2011
Photo of MichaelProcton
3.5/5  rDev -14%

MichaelProcton, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

SlowWideTurns, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

JohnnyK, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

jrohrbacher, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Porter, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Llamameister, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Burkbom23, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

jophish17, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

tmt71883, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

meehandennis, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ThirstyHrothgar, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37oz growler out in the parent's fridge

charlotte has a microbrewery - alert the freaking masses.

appearance: served in a standard pint, clear amber body with a light bubbly beige froth

smell: light toasted grain, caramel malt, some herbal hop notes

taste: its a nice alt, but after plowing through a case of the New Glarus Alt, this just seems a little tame. I think it will work well for their business model which aims at distributing to bars/restaurants - its approachable enough that many can enjoy but is also actually a relatively unknown style (to the masses). The flavor profile is delicate but well balanced - grassy herbal hops, tangy caramel, toasted grain and malts. I like it, but it just isnt very exciting

mouthfeel: well done, creamy medium body and not too watery

drinkability: pretty nice - heavier than the abv would suggest though

dirtylou, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

jsprain1, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color and a frothy head; leaves quite a few dots of lace

Smell: Bready and slightly grainy with a hint of fruit

Taste: Bread and caramel up front, with a fruity and grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the grainy flavor persists, though there is some fruit that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent stab at the style for this new brewery but a little too grainy from my perspective

brentk56, May 12, 2009
OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.