Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest - Highland Brewing

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82
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244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 09-30-2008

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of DanThomas
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is nice--amber/copper mix with streams of bubbly carbonation continually rising to the top. Head is sudsy and big bubbled. The ecru cap falls relatively quickly to a thin lace over the top. Not much lacing to speak of, but this style doesn't lend itself to that.

S: Sweet and spiced malty aroma. Caramel, notes of cinnamon, light apple fruitiness, and a touch of floral hops. Aroma is on the maltier/bolder side of the Marzen spectrum, and there isn't much Munich malt on the nose, either.

T&M: Flavor is a bit flat, which is surprising given the bold-ish aroma. A dry caramel flavor with hints of spice and a nondescript hoppy flavor balances things out on the back end. The key to a great Marzen, in my opinion, is nuance and balance. There's no fruitiness or other underlying flavor that props up the beer. Body is medium to full for a marzen, with a zippy carbonation.

D: Good enough, but a lighter body and smoother flavor would greatly enhance the drinkability. A serviceable Marzen, especially given the price, but I've had better.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you have been following my recent reviews then you would have noticed that Ryanandawholebunchofnumbers have me a few beers, mostly some highland stuff. This is yet another one of those.

A- Really poor looking. No head, the standard clear orange beer. It could be my shaker pint (my perfect pint Is dirty) but I don't know.

S- Malty sweet with light hops. Lots of caramel and even cinnamon.

T- Tastes like bren flakes, raisin bran. An almost cinnamon spice with caramel and grain. Very sweet but enjoyable.

I like this much beyer than Bells oktoberfest.

Photo of jpro
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I'd never heard of Clawhammer Mountain until now... Picked up a few as part of an Asheville beer haul. Poured from the bottle into a standard shaker pint...

A: Clear amber; a rough pour yields a one-finger, cream colored, sudsy head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a few specks of lace.

S: Rich malts (compared to the previous Oktoberfest I had, at least), toast, sweet breads, and a touch of caramel.

T: Very bready, with sweet maltiness; some spicy / zesty hops towards the finish (mid-swig, perhaps) provide some balance.

M: Medium-bodied; moderate to high carbonation; a touch watery on the finish, though.

D: A good brew, and a nice Oktoberfest from Highland.

Overall, I'd say this is a decent stab at the style. Compared to Sam Adams Octoberfest (the benchmark I use for most American Oktoberfests), it's slightly less malty and rich, but still a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I had yet to try from Highland on tap. As I made my way through the fest I stopped to grab a couple of these as the copper colored liquid was about what I needed at that point in time. Nice head of white and ample carbonation rounded it out quite nicely.

Aroma is light, lots of caramel and muted grains, a touch of an herbal essence to it and a nice and laid back bready aroma. As I take a sip it is very clean, with a light to medium body that is more then amply carbonated. Small touch of bitter in the finish but mostly just a really nice bready and caramel heavy fest.

Overall a very solid example and something you could put down a few of with ease.

Photo of atsprings
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the pit served in a 10oz glass a crisp orange with a thin head that diminishes to a thin layer that diminishes but leaves decent spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is slight sweet malts, but not much there. The taste is a decent blend of sweet malts and earthy hops. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. This is nothing more than a mediocre attempt at an Oktoberfest, I expect better from Highland.

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a mostly clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A nicely spicy, malty aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some other spices. Generally pretty tasty. Not exactly what you think of when think of an oktoberfest beer, but that's not a bad thing.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer needs smoothing out in spots, but it is still drinkable.

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received on Trade.

A - Amber/Orange color with very light quarter finger head that fades quickly with an even mixture of large and small bubbles.

S - Smells of Cinnamon, Citrus, Nutmeg, Powdered Sugar, and Honey.

T - Honey, Nutmeg, Citrus, and Cinnamon.

M - Light to Medium Carbonation with a slight Oily texture.

D - Good and drinkable for a light Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a thin, white head and a few steady streams of carbonation.

Smell: Soft, light nose with only mild notes of bread malts, caramel, apple, florals, and spice.

Taste: Mild-tasting mixture of crisp grains and bread with a lightly sweet-tasting touch of caramel. Spicy, floral-toned Noble hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Small hint of fresh orchard fruit arrives late. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation providing for a carbonic bite.

Drinkability: It's an adequate, American-born Oktoberfest. Clawhammer will do in an O-fest pinch, but there're definitely better to have out there.

Photo of MrStark
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a bright orange/copper with a small off white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is somewhat faint , with just hints of caramel malts and a little grain as well.

Taste is sweet bready malts with hints of caramel followed by a mild hop bitterness towards the end. Fairly well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel seams to be light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Feels somewhat slick on the tongue.

Drinkabilty is pretty good. Its not the most flavorful Oktoberfest I've had but its still pretty good. It goes down easy and would make a nice session beer. I will most likely be getting this again next year.

Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with Chuck Chuck bo Buck. Thanks Chuuuuck.

From notes:

No head, mostly orange with some copper

bready, sweet caramel.

tasty, some astringency to it, bready beer sweet.

I remember liking it but wanting more. More backbone but what I did have was very tasty. Solid brew. Like the career of Robert Downey Jr. Good, but you wanted more.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks oldstlyecubsfan!

pours bright copper with a quick white head that quickly disappears. no retention or lacing

sweet bitter malts and light floral hop notes

light up front and then a light bitterness comes out and finishes with a sweet malt flavor. light citrus hop aftertaste missed with the sweet malt flavors. a nice sweetness that is not overpowering like many marzans.

light to medium carbonation but nice and light

this was good, very easy to drink and not over done.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery-reddish with a decent slightly off-white head. Aroma is malty and just a little spicy, mainly cinnamon and cloves. Flavor is rather strong and malty with an undertone of cloves and cinnamon and just a hint of caramel. Smooth, tingly, fizzy texture leaves a spicy and fizzy finish.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear medium copper body under a small white head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Malty aroma with some grassy hops. Hints of caramel.

T: Malty up front with a hint of tangy citrus hop in the back in. A bit more caramel in the taste department. Very low bitterness.

M/D: Body is on the light side of medium, carbonation is soft. Drinkability is decent. Overall, a decent beer. Nothing really wrong with it, just missing some parts here and there.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a bright reddish orange with thin off white head and slight lacing throughout the glass. Aroma was a faint fruity (orange and apples) with a backdrop of spices and cookie dough. Mouthfeel was medium bodied nd slightly tingly, and the flavor brought out more of the doguh and spicy fruits. Finish slightly spicy and refreshing.

Not bad.

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with 3 big fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains with a rigid finger, leaving back some thick swathes of lacing. The aroma is floral spicy hops, some citrus, and toffee and bread giving this a deep backing tang in the nose.

The taste is toasty and sweet, with a firm spicy bitterness to it. Finishes with some leftover tang, before a dry and spicy lingering feel takes over. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp feel on top, but seems a bit too flat underneath to keep things moving readily. I'm also picking up the tiniest bit of an alcohol zing on the back of the palate after each sip. While not overly distracting, it is noticable.

This was a decent American O-Fest. Aroma and taste were fine but the body on this held the drinkbility back some. I'm willing to investigate another bottle...

Photo of Onenote81
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this when we were in the OBX visiting. Consumed on 9/22/09. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into my pint glass a crystal clear pale orange. Minimal bubbles rising through. 1 inch white head on top. Some retention, little lacing. Smell of earthy dull bitterness mixed some hints of caramel sweetness.

The mouth is thin and lacking carbonation on the tongue. Mild flavor on this one. Some sweet caramel, slight bittering hops in the middle. Nothing noteworthy about this one at all. Pretty average, tame, and unoffensive.

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.