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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 124
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 53
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-08-2009

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 124
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color and a perky head that sticks and laces as desired

Smell: Nice Munich malt aromatics with a hint of caramel

Taste: Malty elements up front that are joined by a nice touch of hops to balance the profile by mid-palate; after the swallow, a slight grainy lager twang is apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style fresh from the brewery (453 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,729 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Wil for sharing this one.
Bottled: 11.07.11

Pours a bright saturated copper orange, sharp clarity, and a pillsbury biscuit of creamy foam on top. Long lasting head retention, coverage for the duration of the glass.

Soft doughy bread aroma, light malt sweetness. Pleasant with some apple notes surfacing too.

Lightly sweet, very smooth feel, clean and dry finish. Bready notes with a hint of apple again in the taste. Lingering shortbread flavor. Medium bodied and full flavored, lighter carbonation. Overall a great Oktoberfest with the advantage of freshness. Thanks again Wil! (595 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter copper shade with a large blooming white head into a 1/2 liter stein,just great clarity and a great head,a little lighter than most O-fest beers.Aromas of toasted grain and lightly sweet dough,a little iron/mineral thrwon in,very authentic stuff here.I love the fact the beer is not overly caramely sweet like way to many versions,it's mildly sweet with a firm toastiness,a noticable metallic note comes in along with a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.This is a helluva damn fine Oktoberfest beer,my expectations were fufilled...and more.Hell yeah!. (573 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  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. (674 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the OMB on 9/5/09. Served in a stange glass.

Pours a deep, clear copper, with a finger of creamy eggshell colored white head. Good retention to this, staying fairly rich throughout, and leaving some solid lacing back. The aroma has a nice sweet tang to it, from notes of bread, caramel, and citrus, with the spiciness of the Noble hops giving this an extra tasty smelling pop in the nose.

That delicious and robust tang carries over to the taste, with toasty caramel sweetness and green citrus giving this a zesty stickiness in the mouth. A sturdy tingle of hops balances things out nicely, adding spice and a steady dryness to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an excellent smoothness to the overall feel, yet this still possesses a satisfying crispness to it as well, which keeps the drinkibility way up!

Really nice American take on the Oktoberfest style here from the OMB, that had an enjoyable vibrancy to the flavors (thanks to the hops), and a refreshing crispness to the body. This was one of the more gratifying ones that I've had lately. Tasty stuff! (1,090 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden amber in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly bready malts and moderate amounts of caramel malts. Light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly bready and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. There are light flavors of spicy and floral hops in the background which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this brew, it is a very solid American offering of the Oktoberfest style. I found it really easy to drink and enjoyable. (1,038 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into mug. The brew appears a clear copper with off-white head composed of large bubbles that fades fast.

The smell includes notes of minerals and fruitiness. A little carbonic and overall pretty simplistic.

The taste is sweet with caramel malt and rounded with a touch of buttery diacetyl. A slight herbal hop bitterness, fruity alcohol and a carbonic bite to the finish.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It is easy drinking and a to style marzen. You could toss a couple of these back pretty effortlessly. (591 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  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. (377 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter. 8/21/13 bottling date

pours a crisp golden color with a nice inch or so white head. the smell is crisp and malty, typical for the style. the taste is very malty and a tad bready. hops in there as well, very very drinkable. Clean and fresh and refreshing. love this one. Mild body with mild carbonation. real easy drinking.

overall just a great easy drinking lager. recommended. (402 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

74oz growler, plugged away at over the course of a saturday afternoon in charlotte

appearance: clear amber body, lovely milky-white foam head with strong retention

smell: nice toasted malts, autumnal, red apple, caramel

taste: a nice, highly drinkable, interpretation of the style - toasted malt, rich caramel, sweet red apple, sourdough, sweet hops

mouthfeel: spot-on, not too heavy and not too sweet, rich with a creamy finish

overall: good (447 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for bringing back a 1 Liter flip top growler from this relatively new brewery.

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that flares up with agitation but quickly reduces to a thin veil and leaves zero lace.

S-Fruity with a mildly sweet caramel malt base. Surprisingly aromatic for an O-fest.

T-Solid caramel base with a citrus bite and a pleasant fruit bowl tartness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied very smooth with a crisp, drying finish.

D-Damn good! This one goes easy for sure. Nice bright flavours with a surprising and tasty fruitiness and a sharp ending bite. (591 characters)

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Crystal clear dark gold topped with a high, lumpy head of foam. Deep fresh malt, lager yeast, and slightly husky grain make up an authentic aroma that is just rich enough and features a wonderful warm, toasty bread smell. Nice toasty, bready, just-sweet-enough malts in the flavor as well, a flash of noble hops, clean lager character, and drying out slightly in the finish to dampen any lingering sweetness. Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice. (449 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the brewery taproom on 9/23/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a giant mug. Came out a very clear copper/amber color with a large 3-finger creamy off-white head. Light lace stuck behind. Nose of toffee, caramel, light hops. Pretty average.

What it lacked in the nose, it made up for in flavor! Semi-sweet candied malts. Notes of toffee, bread, and lightly oily hops on the finish. Excellent aftertaste. Good carbonation level. Easily drinkable. Had I not had to drive home, I would have had another mug, as the first mug was gone before I knew it. Recommend. (579 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of honey, light citrus, and light sweet bready malts with a hint of clover.

Flavor is of light citrusy sweetness over a dry biscuity maltiness. Some very mild dry hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Medium body with crisp carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Another very good beer from Meck, I continue to be impressed by this brewery's offerings. One of the best Marzen's I've had, really good flavor and aroma, balanced, nice body, and just a joy to drink. Delicious and worth seeking out. (571 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$11.99 6-Pack
Good Bottle - Charlotte

Bottled 11/10/14

Mecktoberfest is autumn orange with a enough bronze highlights to make the body shine. Clarity is about as good as you can get. A clean, white fingers worth of foam crowns the top easily before fading to a whispy cap. Delicate lace clings where foam once stood. She's a pretty lady.

Bready malts get it moving along with an undercurrent of earthy maltiness that adds some nice depth. Soft caramel surround delicate apple and grape esters. A floral and grassy hopiness is welcomed in such a fresh bottle. An easy going, peppery note of clean alcohol brings up the rear. The caramel grows with each swirl of the glass and with that, its richness does as well.

Olde Meck nailed the concept of a bright, clean Oktoberfest. Bread and caramel leap from the glass, more caramel than bread as it warms. The mild fruity esters pop up in the middle, mostly apple this time before the breadiness takes back over on the end. Floral hops comes through on the finish with an earthy depth and I'm a fan.

Drinkability is off the charts. The body sits just under moderate on the spectrum, or so it feels with a soft but active carbonation. Soft bitterness lingers briefly on the swallow and an appreciated dryness takes over which boosts that drinkability even more.

I like most of what Olde Meck does but this is up there with the best of their portfolio. It's bright, crisp, and of the drier, easier drinking Oktoberfest class. It's a great example of the style and a dangerously drinkable beverine. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to gfish for sending this my way...

Fresh clean malty aromas kissed by a tinge of noble hops... best way to describe the aroma... not overdone or overanalyzed.. simple, clean and true to style...

Perfectly blended formula of lightly toasted biscuit malts and noble hops... what a refreshing Oktoberfest this is... clean and crisp with a slight bite from the hops... they didn't pound this with malts and make it all syrupy and sweet... excellently crafted and delicious...

I liked this beer quite a bit and wish I had more of it... I bet this thing is a beauty on tap... I'd love to have a keg of this to drink during O'fest...

Great beer! (655 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.81/5  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. (445 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (702 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  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. (487 characters)

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery, 11/20/2009, and quite fresh it was, too! From notes:

A. Just gorgeous. Beautiful. Exceptionally clear, a brilliant orange-copper red, tons of off-white lace piled high, leaving sticky ring down the glass as it is (rapidly) drained. A classic look and surely among the prettiest Oktoberfests I've had.

S. Short and sweet, wet, with some grainy-rough caramel sweetness and fine noble hop bitterness that pops out as the brew warms in my hands. Slightly earthy and "low" -- this is not an American Ofest, nor does it pretend to be. There's enough character here, but it's all subtler than you may be used to.

T. First impressions are of a light and tame classic German Marzen. Further exploration (read: multiple pints) reveal a very well crafted, staggeringly clean tasting beer. A delightful interplay of semi-sweet malt notes, tender bitter hops, and grainy water. Could have a bit more heft, but I understand what this brew is trying to do, and it does it well.

M. Perfect. Olde Mecklenburg has this nailed. On draft at the brewery - just perfect.

D. Absolutely. What this beer lacks in aggressiveness it makes up for by virtually demanding you drink more than three of it.

Olde Mecklenburg is a strange beast; they basically eschew all US trends and limit themselves to crafting extremely sessionable, Reinheitsgebot-restricted beer. You won't find much deviation from classic German styles here, but what you will find is a supremely drinkable, fresh and light take on the Marzen style. Some US beer geeks won't "get" this brewery, and it's their loss. More for me! (1,598 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final days of the Mecktoberfest is here. A great first time offering from the guys at Olde Meck. Style right on par and it cannot get any fresher than right form the tap. Nice balance, nothing too off the charts, but another nice German brew right to style. Look forward to their future seasonals. (301 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (948 characters)

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