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Copper Altbier | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldemeckbrew.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Copper Amber Ale

Added by AlexJ on 04-29-2009

BEER STATS
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#3,011
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
396
pDev:
13.3%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while in downtown Charlotte. Made my way to the brewery the next day.

A: thin white head on a clear crimson and copper body. some lacing.

S: mostly caramel malts. Not too complex or strong.

T: sweet caramel malts, breads and grain with the hoppiness in the finish providing a mild bitter, musty note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. One of the most drinkable of their brews but after trying more at the brewery this one seems a little under flavored and simple.

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Photo of nmann08
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Carolina Beer Company, Charlotte Airport Terminal D

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a little malty and has flavors of spicy hops and earthy yeast along with hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style. It is also very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It may not be en vogue. It may not be sexy. It may even get lost in ambitiousness. But the versatile ancient German altbier has found a home at Mecklenburg.

The effortless hybrid beer kicks off with a charming and rustic bronze color that projects garnet highlights through brilliant clarity. The beer is capped by a confident white froth that stands most of the session and laces the glass lightly.

Medium aromas of freshly kilned barley, bread crust, and an almost-caramel note that proves appetizing and very inviting. The light spicy note of noble hops carry an inherent floral undertone that balances and complements the malts and begins to insinuate fruit aromas.

Dry malt complexes reveal in taste with a accute and understated sweetness from malt that's more of medium toast, toasted pecans, barleycorn, and something that carries the taste of caramel with very little of the sweetness that's associated with caramel. It's simply a dry malt taste that invites a balance of grass, wood, and spice from historic German hops and a light iron-like smack to finish. Though the balance achieves balance, I'd really like to see the hops projected a bit more.

Medium-light in body, the grains and light sweetness allow for a rounded texture to rise first. But the carbonation recedes and the drier, toastier elements promote a crisp and clean finish that's aided by hop crispness and light alcohols.

Mecklenburg's flagship Copper Ale does Dusseldorf proud with a very versitile beer with an array of entrees or as a rather satisfying session unto itself.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 11.15.11

Into a goblet it pours a dark tawny copper, fading into yellow orange in the lower meniscus of the glass. Ever present cap of sturdy foam that has a creamy texture to it's surface. Rings of lace are left behind, and the head never breaks. Brilliantly clear with saturated color.

Dry toasty malt aroma with some grassy noble hops at first that give it a slightly skunky impression.

Toasty and mellow, slight bitterness. Smooth feel, dry finish with residual malty flavor. Toasted biscuit, herbal tea. Light bodied, light carbonation, full flavored. Overall a nice traditional Alt, very fresh and tasty. Thanks for the OMB beer Wil!

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color and a frothy head; leaves quite a few dots of lace

Smell: Bready and slightly grainy with a hint of fruit

Taste: Bread and caramel up front, with a fruity and grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the grainy flavor persists, though there is some fruit that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent stab at the style for this new brewery but a little too grainy from my perspective

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hotel bar at the Omni in Charlotte.

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a small, white head. Little to no lacing was left behind.

S - It smelled malty, grassy and slightly earthy.

T - It tasted of bready malts, some fruitiness (apples?), grassy hops and a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking beer.

D - This was good. I would like to try it at a true beer bar not a hotel bar.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from the Bulldog bottle shop near the brewery, served in a pint glass.

Copper (what else) colored with a good head and foamy lacing. Excellent clarity.

Aroma: sweet and medium roasted grains; faint hops.

Flavor: follows the aroma but with more obvious hops adding some spicy notes and a balancing bitterness.

Feel: smooth and slick; medium body and near medium carbonation.

Overall: outstanding version of the style; certainly among the best I've ever had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation that rises slowly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small much thicker spots and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet bready malts with a light to moderate amount of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of slightly sweet bready malts with notes of caramel sweetness. There is a light to moderate amount of spicy hops and a light amount of earthy yeast flavors. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - a nice American representation of the style (which I have fond memories of when I visited Düsseldorf). Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first OMB beer to try.Poured into a becker a rich clear copper with an awesome sticky one finger white head atop,great definition and clarity,top notch looks.Fruity esters along with sweetish pizza dough in the nose,oddly enough even a little booze for such a "small" beer.Fresh pizza dough and caramel sweetness upfront on the palate with some mild fruity esters and a hint of leafy hops,again the fresh dough comes in late in the aftertaste.This is one damn fine rendition of an alt beer it packs alot of subtle delicious flavors,Iam lookin forward to trying the rest of the OMB line.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A liter, swing top growler into a pint glass. Big thanks to my buddy Barscream for hooking me up with a growler of this first offering from the brand new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

The pour lives up to the name, coming out a brilliant clear copper color, with several fingers of foamy eggshell white head. This peters down into a thin yet firm retention, that leaves some nice looking thickish swathes of lacing back. The aroma is caramel and bread, along with some sturdy floral and spicy hop notes, which give this some zip.

The taste is solid mix of toasted malts, toffee sweetness, and some light zesty citrus character. A tight and spicy feeling hop profile gives the profile some crispness and a lightly drying bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm feel, yet this also possesses a softer carbonation, which when mixed with the thankfully lower ABV, keeps things flowing rather nicely in the mouth.

Very solid take on the Alt style and a good first effort for OMB period. Fuller flavors and just the right amount of crispness in the body helped enhance the drinkibility of this. I looked forward to more offerings from this new to the Charlotte area brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Classic looking altbier, nice head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & herbal hops

T: Rich breadyness & caramel flavor up front. Woody hops & dryness as this warms. Finishes a little dry & sweet

MF: Medium body, perfect carbonation, nice balance

Easy drinker that matches up to any I had in Germany

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a clear, medium copper-toned body with a full inch of just barely off-white foam.

Smell: Barley scent of crisped grains, lightly bready, with small, supporting sniffs of noble hops and red apple peelings.

Taste: Bready malted barley with a teensy touch of toastiness and some caramelized flavors yielding a sufficiently sweet taste of caramel. Minute apple fruitiness. Leafy, spicy German hops with a light, complimentary bitterness. Slowly dries out a careful pace until the soft, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Smooth, refreshing, and just a pleasant drink overall. It's nice to see a brewery specializing and giving great care to these German styles.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for getting me the growler! I was thrilled to have a nice session able one to enjoy with dinner this evening. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 01/26/2010.
 
The pour was very nice, medium amber n color with a very clear look to it. Holding it up to the light reveals almost a mid range orange hue. Nice head of white then comes up and over the top of the glass, settling down very nicely and leaving some good lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma is rich, caramel malts and grassy notes leading the way here. Warming brings up a nose that is full of bready and grainy notes as well as a touch of a fruit, apricot, something light and dominated by sweetness that adds just a little bit of kick to the nose. Smooth, very smooth and mellow body here, almost slick, but the carbonation saves it from becoming too much. Rich caramel flavor washes across the tongue and melds perfectly with a smooth and even bready flavor. Nice finish on here is semi dry and really does not wash out for several minutes before it settles. Really quite drinkable as the lasting taste of nuts and light herbal notes blends well with caramel and a touch of grape skin. Super drinkable, I had no issue at all with finishing this one off.
 
Overall a very solid offering here. Nice flavor, good aroma, pretty classic for the style. A nice welcome into the world of Old Meck for me and enough to warrant me stopping in there again sometime soon.
 

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Olde Mecklenburg while on layover at Charlotte, NC airport at the restaurant Taste of Carolina. The beer poured a rich clear copper/amber with thin white head that is lacing. The smell includes caramel malt. The taste is a well balance beer between caramel malt and hops which help to clear the pallate after the drink. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a great session beer and wish I could drink more.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Bomber into a standard pint, the brew appears a burnt copper color with a fluffy white cap 2.5 fingers strong that fades back to a thin film.

The aroma includes a toasty to toffee malt inclusion with a bit of floral hops to balance. Some burnt sugary notes meld interestingly with a bit of buttery diacetyl and trace mineral component.

The taste is quite crisp with an interesting contrast of herbal hop flavoring verse toasty biscuit to caramel/toffee malt. For less than 5% abv the alcohol presence is felt with slight astringency across the back. While the beer rests in the mouth it is on the sweeter side but the hops make it more bitter feeling in the aftertaste. It is nice how that works out.

This is quite a crisp brew. It is light without being watery but also modestly carbonated to help glide the flavors across the tongue. Admittedly, this isnt a style I typically geek out over but this one was decently done. I appreciate the chance to give it a try.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When someone asks me what beer represents Charlotte, I always say Copper from OMB. This has been around a while and it is consistently great. For the style, this is what an altbier should taste like. Great job.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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