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Mecktoberfest - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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93
outstanding

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 45
Gots: 14 | 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 oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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!.

oberon, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jbarbou9
5/5  rDev +18.8%

jbarbou9, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev -5%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of StateMech
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

StateMech, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

jophish17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev -5%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

emerge077, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of brewcnc
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I noted the serving type as 'bottle' but my real love of this beer is on draft, but alas, it's gone. But still available in bottles where you can find it.

I was absolutely blown away by this incredibly accurate version of a German Marzen style Oktoberfest beer. The wonderful malty nose and the subtle use of hops leads to a beer that is balanced to the malt side in ways that I have never ever tasted from a US brewery. Obvious use of all German ingredients brings forth a richness that rivals, and in my opinion, is as good or better than true German versions. Makes me wish that fall would last forever.

brewcnc, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Joeybland
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Joeybland, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of thespk2011
4/5  rDev -5%

thespk2011, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

PhillyStyle, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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

dirtylou, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this from the brewery

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with very little off white head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Nice malty aroma with some fruity/citrus and caramel notes as well. More spicy hop aroma than I was expecting. Slightly bigger overall nose than I expected, not overwhelminly so, but definately bigger.

Very clean tasting beer. A perfect mix of sweet maltyness and slightly bitter hops. Really quite nice and very enjoyable. Well carbinated, with a crisp, clean finish. Definately easy to drink

This is probably my favorite example of this style. Very subdued and understated, yet still very interesting and enjoyable.

CBlack85, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -1.9%
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 +16.4%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +1%
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%
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 -3.1%
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 -7.8%
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 -8.6%
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
Mecktoberfest from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.