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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 41
Gots: 8 | 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 Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Onenote81, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great rendition of an Oktoberfest.
Pours a dark sunset color with a substantial head and great lacing.
Smells of hops, malts, and some spice.
Tastes of great malted barley, medium hops flavor, and well blended spices. Not one characteristic is extraordinarily powerful making it seem very mild and drinkable. Very smooth mouthfeel to an overall outstanding brew.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

AnalogReigns, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Backer2004
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Backer2004, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of srrn
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A deep amber beer, pours with a fluffy white head that reduces with time. Smells of bready malts. Taste, the malts hit first, then a very nice hoppy bitterness comes through and lingers for quite a while. Nice clean and fresh. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Another winner here. Next is an Alt in a few days. These beers are brewed to be sessioned and are perfect for it.

srrn, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Orangevango
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Orangevango, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

kkipple, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

kimcgolf, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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

brentk56, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Bung, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

botham, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Deuane, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Kegatron, Sep 08, 2009
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Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.