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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
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170 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 09-30-2008)
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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +37.7%

11-21-2011 20:35:41 | More by WillyMac
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160Shillings

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The aroma is crisp clean lager, rich melanoidin malt with a hint of toasted malt.
Appearance: Pours with a fine off-white head that collapses into thin, but firm cap. The color is on the light side being deep gold to light amber.
Flavor: Starts with a malty sweetness up front, then quickly moves to a crisp dry finish. Hop bitterness is moderate without being lingering. The result is a flash of sweet malt, quickly overtaken by bitterness than gives way to a clean dry finish, then you’re ready for another swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, but fully attenuated and doesn’t linger on the tongue.
Overall Impression: A rich display of melanoidin malt that doesn’t overwhelm or linger, finishes clean and dry.
Comments: Don’t drink this beer too cold! The rich and complex flavors really come out as this beer warms. This is my favorite Highland beer and my favorite commercial Oktoberfest. This one is everything but perfect for an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 07:04:12 | More by 160Shillings
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24%

08-08-2012 00:56:55 | More by dharmabum1102
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Careliada

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +24%

08-22-2013 16:07:30 | More by Careliada
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American example of a true Oktoberfest I've had this year.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ample moussy white head that lasts forever.

Aroma is of obviously Munich malt and earthy noble hops. Achieves an excellent balance, much like the traditional examples.

The flavor is much the same... Munich malt with hint of biscuit, and earthy hop undertones. Finish is rather bitter with a good amount of noble hopping, that leaves you wanting another sip. The balance is just the right amount of sweetness while maintaining an excellent drinkability score. The only issue I have with the flavor is that the noble hop finish seems to turn barely sour at the very end, so the aftertaste is less than enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, creamy, with reasonably high carbonation that lends a spicy character. Finish is lightly dry, which adds to the drinkability.

Drinkability is excellent for all the reasons stated above... the absolute only problem with this beer is the light bit of strangeness in the aftertaste. Other than that, it's a perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 17:06:18 | More by khiasmus
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-03-2012 14:30:02 | More by sendbeer
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-22-2014 02:37:04 | More by wrightst
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jwill303

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

01-21-2014 18:44:03 | More by jwill303
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2012 01:48:08 | More by cackalacky
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RuebenRox

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-07-2013 15:12:44 | More by RuebenRox
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wceaton

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-02-2012 19:57:11 | More by wceaton
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DuffDaddy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-05-2013 14:26:51 | More by DuffDaddy
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear bronze/copper with a finger of white head. Moderate retention, no lacing.

S - Great toasted malt aroma balanced nicely with an earthy/spicy hop element.

T - Very nice. A gentle sweetness comes on early palate with a generous dose of the toasted quality from the nose. Very bready tasting with suggestions of almonds and oatmeal. The hops take center stage late palate providing a pepper like spiciness atop the bready, toasted malt flavor. Ample bitterness in the finish, drying things out perfectly.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good vehicle for the flavors going on.

D - A great drinking marzen, though it seems like the ABV may just be a little higher than I'm used to. One of the best oktoberfests I've had this year. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 23:54:49 | More by PatrickJR
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one is a little out of season, but I'm sure it's drinking fine. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head that doesn't retain particularly well. The aroma has some nice caramel notes upfront, along with some biscuity malt, a bit of spicy phenols, and a hint of alcohol. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice caramel sweetness upfront, followed by some toasted bread, peppery phenols, some metallic hops and a bit of an alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. Overall a tasty marzen, maybe a little past it's prime but still drinking fine.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:57:42 | More by silver0rlead
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a a clear golden body with a tint of orange, capped with a thick two fingers of rocky, off-white foam. The head recedes slowly to a chunky sheet that leaves solid swaths and interlocked rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweetly toasty with zesty, herbal hops. Orange-infused pale malt ducks in to say hello, and a fine, perfumey floral sweetness really stands out.

The taste is sweetly malty with plenty of caramel-flavored syrupiness, but a plethora of spicy hops bring bitterness and a recurrent whiff of citrus to the drink, and an earthy note dries the finish. A slick muskmelon sweetness emerges as the drink nears the end, along with a little husky dryness that works in favor of the brew's drinkability, knocking down the sweetness a peg or two.

I have yet to be disappointed by the folks at Highland Brewing. This particular offering, "Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager", is exceptionally tasty, somewhat full-bodied, well-carbonated, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 19:00:27 | More by cvstrickland
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color with some orange hues. What the head lacks in body it makes up for in retention. It's in for the long haul.
Nice caramel toast smell. I've never head of caramel toast but this beer leads me to wanting some. Faint earthy spiciness. Smells kind of like one of those organic grocery stores.
Very tasty beer. Well balanced between a toasty malt flavor with some hints of sweet and caramel. The earthy, spicy hops cut through the malt flavors perfectly and really drive the flavor of the beer. Well balanced, a "wee bit different" yet still true to style.
Mouthfeel is on the light side of full bodied. Supports the flavors of the beer nicely yet a pint leaves me somewhat full.
Very drinkable beer as Highland is usually spot on. Good work guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 02:19:01 | More by wcudwight
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into a lager glass, Clawhammer is a copper-amber in color, capped with a one-finger white head that settles down to a nice little coat

s: lager base of pilsner malts appropriately accented with toasty munich malt, grainy caramel sweetness, leafy, grassy, herbal hops, plenty here to wrap your nose around - rich but well rounded

m: medium carbonation and body, could be a bit livelier but no real complaints

t: base of clean lager and caramelized german malts, really quite nice and flavorful, turns a touch spicy after the swallow with persistent caramel grain, only complaint is the touch of sugar lingering on the palate

d: slightly hindered by the lingering aftertaste, but still an excellent example, my glass was drained with a quickness, wish I'd bought a six of this 'stead of the Big Boss pumpkin - whoops

single from 6-12 Market, Raleigh

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:25:48 | More by blackie
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KevE


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-26-2012 03:28:53 | More by KevE
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-03-2011 23:50:56 | More by tclapper
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tjsmith910

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-01-2013 18:20:51 | More by tjsmith910
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-13-2013 01:25:36 | More by crbnfbr
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-28-2013 00:58:13 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-27-2011 12:21:42 | More by Lantern
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-16-2013 22:40:33 | More by RBorsato
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ckk527

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-19-2012 23:42:04 | More by ckk527
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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.