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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest - Highland Brewing

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83
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237 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

joeyrvv, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EasyReader, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -17.4%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +37.7%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

iamsolidsnake, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange, yellow that is lighter than normal with a thin white head.

nice smell of biscuit, bread and some faint fruit.

Taste is a somewhat sharp and surprisingly tart with a lagery metallic finish. Not what I expected.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but overall this isn't what I expected for the style, but maybe that is what Highlands was trying for. I didn't love it.

aubuc1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of UncleWesticles
4/5  rDev +10.2%

UncleWesticles, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Bright, clear, radiant gold. A finger of barely off white head. About half of that hangs around for a while.

S- A sweetness. Bready malt. A slight hop bitterness. Not bad, but not a huge nose on this one.

T- A typical marzen sweet malt profile, with an American-inspired little hop bite not noticed in the German version (by me, at least.) The finish is slightly metallic.

M- Medium bodied. Nice for the style.

O- A decent marzen. That metallic finish hurts it a fair amount.

fsvan, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

A wee bit different, with a slight darker orange-gold body and more flavor from noble hops. Crystal clear with a proper looking level of carbonation. The medium-ligh carbonation is well-chosen, and gives this beer a light crispness. The smallish off-white head has limited duration and leaves little lacing. The aroma features bready German malts with some spicy and herbal notes from the hops. The hops come more to the fore in the near semi-dry and lasting finish.

O - refreshing and very good for style. Now, if only someone would hand me a large Bavarian pretzel.

chinchill, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured like a helles with clear golden hues a nice just off white head and some lacing.

Malty goodness enveloped in a hop forward fashion. Caramel and quality grain for sure.

Smooth caramel like goodness with a firm malt backbone that leads into a nice american style hop goodness. tropical type fruit and a distinct noble hop flavor for sure.

Seems to me to be medium .

This is a quality redition of a classic.

welldigger888, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazt orangish gold color with an orangish one finger fluffy head. The aroma is of caramel malt, toffe, and butterscotch. The taste has a watery toffee taste up front with a caramel malt backbone a hint of anise and very small hop bite. The taste is a lil watery and not as strong as other marzen. The mouthfeel was a little watery with moderate carbonation. Overall it was okay it was a little watery and weak. I liked the taste just wish there was more there.

goblue3509, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a translucent copper with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

aroma of floral hops and cotton candy (?).

hoppy, toffee and burnt caramel.

light carbonation, medium bodied, sweet malts, no bitter.

drinkable - yep.

robwestcott, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A deep orange-red body with no head to speak of to really speak of.

S: A nice aroma of spices (clove & cinnamon), toasted caramel malts, and hints of fruity/floral hops.

T: An upfront dry, toasted caramel malt profile followed by brown sugar, grains, and spices, & ends with a crisp hoppy bite. Very well balanced.

M: Light to medium body, a dry and smooth texture, & low carbonation.

D: Although this is a decent beer, I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again. In my humble opinion it's slightly off for the style. Yes I would drink it again, and if I had more then 1 I would have probably drank 3 of these. However, like I said, there are better ones out there that I enjoy more.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/17/2010:

A: It pours a clear light brown color with red hues and a small fizzy head that dies quickly.

S: Caramel, butterscotch, banana, and toffee.

T: It tastes nearly identical as it smells but with honey and cereal grains being the main flavors on the back end.

M: It has a medium-light body and is a bit bubbly but never turning creamy.

D: It is very easy drinking and tasty; it's pretty spot on for a Marzen.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange color with a thin off white head and tons of residual lacing. Smells very nice of clove and cinnamon with hints of malty goodness. Strong spice throughout with tons of clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and maybe some pepper with subtle hints of pumpkin and a slight bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is heavy but well done. Drinkability is high and it is very nice. Go get some!

TheKingofWichita, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a crystal clear copper color with a thin white head to it. The head had faded to a thin dusting after a minute or so and it didn't leave much for lacing on the glass either. Nice color though.

The aroma has a toasted malt and caramel flavor to it with just a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty good aroma for the style, it's pretty balanced and also flavorful.

The taste is similar to the aroma in that toasted malts and caramel make up the bulk of the flavors. A little of the caramel sweetness starts to come through towards the finish. Some hop bitterness helps balance it out overall. Pretty good tasting beer for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a good beer of the style and quite drinkable. It had some nice flavors to it and was pretty well balanced. A pretty good drinking beer overall.

billab914, Nov 12, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light golden amber color, completely transparent with a thin off white head.

S-sweet caramel malts up front as an earthy bready malt takes over, notes of metallic phenol lie in front of a spicy herbal hop character.

T-caramel and bready malts, thick malt body up front, phenols stronger in the taste, a little metallic, crisp spicy herbal hops with light bitterness in the finish.

M-medium to full body, thick and slightly stick malt body are rather present with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-relatively drinkable with bold malt flavors and well balanced hop presence. good feel to it with a hint of phenol that does seem to detract from the overall taste and aroma.

cpetrone84, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of DanThomas
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rather disappointing. No head whatsoever, even on the pour, light copper and cloudy.

S- Surprisingly strong. There's a solid spice throughout, appropriate for the season, with hints of clove and cinnamon.
there's a certain sweetness to the smell too.

T- Starts crisp and sharp with the spices that were on the nose and then transitions to the malts which dominate the rest of the taste. Certainly good, but I wish the malts were a little more complex. As the beer has warmed a bit this has started to happen. The taste certainly isn't strong; this is a marzen very much on the lighter side.

M- Carbonation is too sharp, the beer doesn't have the richness and depth that I was looking for. Without a crisp finish, the malts coat the mouth a little bit too much.

D- Very easy drinker, and I wouldn't mind another, but I can think of many other beers I'd seek out before this one.

Highland has a habit of brewing beers that are very unique takes on their style, and I have almost always loved their beers; this is the first one I've had from them that has left me underwhelmed.

DanThomas, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, coriander, slight clove, and a very light hop note. The flavor was of malt, very subtle hop, with an increasing maltiness upon swallowing. It had a light feel on the palate with no carbonation. Overall this was an okay Oktoberfest. None of the flavors were very pronounced unfortunately. It did however go down really smooth. Decent beer, just not for its style.

thagr81us, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 10/12/10

Burnt amber/orange color, similar to the color of leaves this time of year. Very clear. Bubbles are slow to be released from the walls. They can't maintain the head though as one finger becomes a patchy skim quickly. Very little lace.

The aroma strikes me a very earthy. Lots of toasted grain & a bready note that offers a robust, doughy aroma. Just a touch of malt sweetness. Nice flourishes of the Noble hops round it out.

There's a quick, floral hop flavor & very mild, bitter twinge up front. These peel back, leaving room for the malts to take center stage. Notes of toasted bread, grains & a touch of biscuit. Not particularly sweet. The hops return toward the finish.

Medium body with a dusty, almost gritty feel. Rather low carbonation seems right on point. The finish is pushing "coating" territory, caking residuals of grains & crusty hops.

Clawhammer is an easy enough drinking beer. Not overly impressive but solid. I've certainly enjoyed a few.

Ryan011235, Oct 14, 2010
Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.