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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

81 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-08-2009)
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lateralusbeer

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-24-2014 13:20:19 | More by lateralusbeer
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ColBlooded

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-26-2014 16:15:38 | More by ColBlooded
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jbarbou9


5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-10-2012 23:52:04 | More by jbarbou9
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Joeybland

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-18-2011 21:43:27 | More by Joeybland
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Ik_hou_van_bier

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-03-2012 15:55:24 | More by Ik_hou_van_bier
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FarmerTed

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-16-2013 03:41:57 | More by FarmerTed
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jeffkissel

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

09-13-2013 18:04:04 | More by jeffkissel
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brewcnc

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

I noted the serving type as 'bottle' but my real love of this beer is on draft, but alas, it's gone. But still available in bottles where you can find it.

I was absolutely blown away by this incredibly accurate version of a German Marzen style Oktoberfest beer. The wonderful malty nose and the subtle use of hops leads to a beer that is balanced to the malt side in ways that I have never ever tasted from a US brewery. Obvious use of all German ingredients brings forth a richness that rivals, and in my opinion, is as good or better than true German versions. Makes me wish that fall would last forever.

11-27-2011 05:40:21 | More by brewcnc
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Chando


5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-06-2014 03:03:35 | More by Chando
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

Just had this beer at the tapping for 2010 a couple days ago. I believe this is the 1st review for the 2010 version of this beer.

OUTSTANDING rendition of Munich's classic Maerzen beer. I was literally with a bunch of Bavarians at OMB's brewery at the tapping, when we had mugs and mugs (and mugs) of this beer. The unfiltered was the best...but, that's not generally available (and we killed the keg in 32 minutes). The standard filtered 2010 version is reviewed here.

Great appearance, light colored for an (American) Oktoberfest style--and of course beautifully transparent, with no haze, and a substantial head. Leaves lace all the way down on your glass as you drink it.

Smells great, malty and crisp, just like my Bavarian friends (and I) like it.

Taste is about perfect for the style. Not overly malty--as I've noticed it typical of American craft-brew Oktoberfest styles--but neither is it hoppy--which is completely wrong for this style, just enough hops to give a crisp, non-cloying finish.

Mouthfeel is also excellent, not watery, but neither syrupy (like most American Oktoberfest beers tend toward...).

VERY drinkable, like most German beers. Maerzen should be the ultimate session beer, as folks drink it with friends at table...(Stammtisch!) for as LONG a time as possible. The day after the tapping I was again with a group of over 100 Germans (not just Bavarians) and they also quickly killed the keg of this beer (with NO complaints...says a lot for Germans...).

Do yourself a favor if you are in the Charlotte region, TRY THIS BEER!!!

09-05-2010 00:47:13 | More by AnalogReigns
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freshtojeff

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-28-2012 14:21:43 | More by freshtojeff
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JennaDeRo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-01-2013 20:56:04 | More by JennaDeRo
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Stargazer2892

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-15-2014 19:29:09 | More by Stargazer2892
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crawdadwilly74


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-31-2012 11:39:50 | More by crawdadwilly74
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JohnMays

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%

This is my beer of 2013. I haven't had a better, more perfect example of a style than OMB's Mecktoberfest. I've had other beers this year in which I might order over this beer just due to my preference, but this is a beer that outshines all others for the style, and I order at least one pint anytime I see it at a restaurant.

09-19-2013 15:15:45 | More by JohnMays
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GFish

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-22-2012 00:24:16 | More by GFish
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

On-tap at the brewery (October 2011):

Appeared a very nice darker amber color with a very nice off-white, creamy 2 to 3 finger head that was well retained throughout the entire beer.

The beer gave off a nice, deep toasted malt aroma and perhaps a hint of toffee sweetness.

The taste of the beer is exceptional. This is what I imagined a marzen to taste like. The beer had a bready, malty sweetness to it, balanced well with some light hops. The taste was full with an excellent aftertaste.

The beer had a medium body to it, was extremely smooth and extremely easy to drink. I put down two before I even knew it. This is an outstanding brew. If you like this style or beer you should try this one.

11-08-2011 22:48:07 | More by PhillyStyle
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StateMech

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-21-2012 02:25:19 | More by StateMech
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Rymar9

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-01-2012 15:20:04 | More by Rymar9
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lebriarjr

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-07-2014 02:34:29 | More by lebriarjr
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steveh

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Another successful, generous trade with Herr Burgess.

19 ounce bomber, bottled-on 9.25.12.

A -- Clear, deep orange-gold with a creamy, dense, long-lasting head.

S -- Bready, yeasty with that "fresh breeze" smell that I now know is related to DMS.

T -- Even balance of bready and nutty up front, some fleeting spiciness from hops in the middle, and a fresh bread toastiness that commandeers the aftertaste. The maltiness in the aftertaste is more fresh than any other German-style beer I've had from the U.S.; luscious and almost juicy. There's a vague hint of nuttiness in the last of the aftertaste, but it's not at all distracting, along with the lightest bite of spicy hops for balance.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- This is a very good take on a difficult to brew style. Olde Meck avoided the usual shortcut of roasted malts for color and body and went straight to Munich and Pilsner styles. Quite nice.

10-23-2012 21:02:15 | More by steveh
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LGFitz2

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2012 16:12:51 | More by LGFitz2
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herrburgess

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-30-2013 12:40:47 | More by herrburgess
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Daktah

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally getting around to reviewing this after drinking it pretty consistently over the past couple months. Picked up a growler and took it home to enjoy. Poured a clear, medium amber color with a noticeable head that stuck around for a little while and created consistent lacing. Smell was bready and mildly sweet. Taste was perfect balance - malt up front and then a little hops; a touch of sweet, fresh fruit and slight spiciness. I found it to be on the more full-bodied side of the Marzens I've tried, which I really liked, with medium carbonation. Perfectly drinkable and one of the best I've tried in the style. Very happy to have this beer made just down the road.

11-05-2012 15:52:21 | More by Daktah
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Picked up a growler of this from the brewery

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with very little off white head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Nice malty aroma with some fruity/citrus and caramel notes as well. More spicy hop aroma than I was expecting. Slightly bigger overall nose than I expected, not overwhelminly so, but definately bigger.

Very clean tasting beer. A perfect mix of sweet maltyness and slightly bitter hops. Really quite nice and very enjoyable. Well carbinated, with a crisp, clean finish. Definately easy to drink

This is probably my favorite example of this style. Very subdued and understated, yet still very interesting and enjoyable.

10-19-2010 19:32:28 | More by CBlack85
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Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.