OMB Copper - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
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...
07-13-2013 19:49:33 | More by BucBasil
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
05-15-2011 23:58:09 | More by MrMcGibblets
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
11-28-2012 17:52:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
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
06-25-2009 23:00:35 | More by dirtylou
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
08-29-2012 00:27:55 | More by jsprain1
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
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
05-12-2009 00:17:05 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
The benefits of being local are abundant. But, if truth be told this is not the best beer in Charlotte. It's everywhere to be sure, and it's got some decent characteristics. Most prominently: it's drinkable. But, then again, all 4.8% beers are more or less drinkable. The appearance is copper to be sure. The smell, missed it. The taste was good. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, like most altbiers. Overall, if this weren't a local beer with a great presence in the Queen City, it would an afterthought. Not sure that they can expand outside of Charlotte.
07-24-2011 22:15:41 | More by ChristianBlack
OMB Copper from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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