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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 46
Gots: 18 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

IPAFrankieH, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

prototypic, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of rabiddawg
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

rabiddawg, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of JohnMays
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

JohnMays, Sep 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jeffkissel, Sep 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JennaDeRo, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

KevinGordon, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

qcbrewer, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  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.

Axnjxn, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kell50, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

herrburgess, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jason, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dvmin98, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Todd, Jan 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

LGFitz2, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

sommersb, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheInfamousElGuapo, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

retreminy, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

srhudnall, Nov 09, 2012
Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.