Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
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
11-14-2009 22:34:30 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
11-28-2012 18:14:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
12-17-2010 18:38:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
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!.
09-01-2012 00:32:12 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Big ups to Wil for sharing this one.
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!
12-14-2011 02:24:48 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
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!
09-08-2009 19:11:51 | More by Kegatron
4.01/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-27-2013 00:29:05 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
11-16-2013 02:41:22 | More by GarthDanielson
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
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
09-25-2011 21:36:05 | More by dirtylou
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-31-2013 00:31:09 | More by Axnjxn
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-09-2009 17:38:43 | More by Deuane
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-31-2009 20:14:55 | More by Bung
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-06-2010 14:20:23 | More by Onenote81
Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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