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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

117 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 46
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Bernoulli
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with very minimal head.

Faint but pleasant lager smell

A fuller taste than most American lagers.

A nice introduction to real beer for someone who drinks nothing but American big beers - they'll recognize its beer and also recognize the flavor and heft they've been missing.

We would order it again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the taste of Oktoberfestbiers are trending lighter and lighter, Mecklenburg finds comfort in these developments with a firm fest-style lager that promotes pilsner taste with floral hop balances.

And like many German lagers, the bright straw color contains restrained gold highlights within its crystal clear appearance. Its spirited carbonation releases a fluffy cotton head of froth that shows strong staying power and laces the glass intermittently.

Floral hops deliver a bouquet of aromas that takes the olfactory senses back to honeysuckle and flowery sweetness. Backed by the crisp grainy-sweet scent of pilsner malt, the hop character is charged by the underpinnings of crisp cracker-like breads and supple sweetness.

Flavors act conversely as the malts meet the front of the mouth with malty sweetness that turns lightly grainy at mid palate before concluding dry to finish. An elevated hop taste develops at middle palate and provides floral and grassy taste before developing into a spicy and racy bitterness that balances the fleeting malt taste late. With light apple-like sulfurs and a light minerally crispness, the beer rounds out very well.

Crisply textured throughout, the beer's semi-dry malts pull away from the zest of carbonation to provide a quick transition to finish. Early creaminess wastes no time going toward a lightly arid conclusion that leaves floral hop and spice to fend for themselves in aftertaste.

Mecktoberfest is a sturdy and crisp lager that might hint toward elevated flavor, body, and strength compared to the stalwart German lager, but its lighter profile compared to the more traditional and authentic Oktoberfestbiers demonstrates a shift downward that shows no sign of slowing.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Moosehead Bar in Charlotte. Poured a hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a pleasant mix of malty sweet caramel and hoppy floral, with some bread and earth undertones. Mouthfeel was full, somewhat tingly and slightly chewy, and the taste then accentuated the malty caramel and earth of the nose. Rounded off to a long pleasant finish, making this a most fine Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler fresh from the brewery poured into a tasting glass. pours a rich copper color with amber highlights and one and a half fingers of eggshell colored head that leaves decent lacings and has moderate retention.

aroma is of rich caramel malts with a lightly sweet aura and a light note of spice in the background. nicely concentrated with a hearty profile.

taste is more of the same with a light floral note behind the malts and a finish of dark and crystalized malts. lightly sweet after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and full of sweet malt cahracter. lightly carbonated and hearty in texture. could be a bit heavier when the malt profile is considered, but still good.

drinkability is good. this is an easy drinking brew, like a good marzen should be. comes off a bit thin and a bit sweet, but ends up very drinkable.

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Mac's Speed Shop. Nice amber pour, 2 finger off white head. Aroma has some malt, tea, toffee, light pine hops. Caramel malt, tea and a nice amount of bittering hops. High drinkability, with good balance. Really a pretty good Marzen, which often just aren't that good. Either too sweet or too tea/old sock like. Definetely my favorite of their offerings thus far.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas are very subtle, with caramel notes and toasty highlights. Flavors are rich, with nutty and caramel sweet notes. Very rich throughout. Smooth and crisp bodied, with a roasted sweet aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish. Wow! This is a very good beer.

Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-24-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: On tap at Olde Mecklenburg

A: Bright, clear copper pour shows a fair level of head retention and good lacing. A bit lighter in color than most of the style I've had.

S: Aromas are mainly of noble hops, with grass and hay notes.

T/M: Crisp and clean lager taste, featuring bready malts, spices and moderate hop bitterness. Fresh, clean and easy drinking.

O: Overall a solid Oktoberfest-style beer.

Photo of Orangevango
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If nothing else, Olde Mecklenburg makes gorgeous beers. This one pours a crystal clear copper color. The head is ample, pale-cream, and tight. There's a bit of Diacetyl in the nose, along with some grainy aromas and subdued earthy hops. Just the right level of sweetness, combined with a silky mouthfeel make this beer superbly drinkable. The flavor follows the aroma, but without the diacetyl.

Mecktoberfest is, over all, a solid sessionable, gorgeous beer, whose only fault is a hit of diacetyl.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, darkened amber-gold body with a spumed, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted whole-grain bread and a fragrance of spicy noble German hops above some lighter crackery tones and far-off traces of sweet-scented caramel.

Taste: Maltiness of moderately toasted bread given a touch of sweet caramel, maybe even a hint of honey as well. Spicy, floral German hops, lightly bitter and more than enough to balance things out. Soft, faint fruitiness. Drying finish with a delicate mix of spicy hops and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A clean, satisfying O-fest. Keep up the good German work, OMB.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.