Copper Altbier | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
384 Ratings
Copper AltbierCopper Altbier
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
Ratings:
384
Reviews:
85
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
118
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of st9647v3
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special - pretty average

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Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap

A- pours a clear copper color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- smells of toasted malt with notes of brown bread & some spicy herbal hop notes

T- tastes of toasted bready malt with some sweet caramel notes, along with toasted crackers. Grassy and floral hop notes compliment throughout as it finishes with more toasted malt on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- had a few pints at the hotel bar with ease, high drinkability and very well balanced

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Photo of braican
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Olde Mecklenburg

Copper red color topped by a gorgeous head of thick frothiness. All kinds of lacing left of the glass. Gentle toast, floral, and biscuit aromas...mild overall, but nice. Chewy malt and soft noble hop flavors finishing with a delightful hit of fresh grain. Appropriately clean and easy to consume in large quantities. Very well-crafted. I enjoyed the hell out of this. We picked up a pack of bombers to bring home, so I hope it's just as satisfying and enjoyable from the bottle.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Tucquan
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-07-27 in Pineville, NC from a 12 oz bottle. Had this again in Pineville, NC from a 12oz bottle on 2016-04-15. Enjoyed it but noted the butter (diacetyl) flavor more than last year. I've become more sensitized to this flavor. I dropped my ratings a bit to reflect the diacetyl flavor, which many very much enjoy. I'm having the same issue with Pilsner Urquell. My tastes are changing.

A - Clear copper-Amber with a 1-finger white head and moderate lace

S - Lightly toasted bread, floral and spice, yeast.

T - Bread, caramel, grass, light chocolate, nutty. Complex and malty but there is the right amount of bitter balance. Delicious.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - This is a top shelf altbier. I'm impressed.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Clear and copper, so the name is fitting; stiff lacing. Clean, toasty maltiness in the nose. Smells of toasted Portuguese sweet bread with a side of spicy herbal hops. Maltiness brings the palate to new heights as complex layers of toasted bread, caramel, dried hay and fresh- baked crackers unfold with each sip. Faint grape skin and nougat. Hopping is assertive and clean, yet is capped right below where the maltiness peaks, meaning there is a perfect bal- ance here. Long, beautiful, malty finish.

Authentic is the first word that comes to mind; stellar is another. If you are even remotely close to Charlotte, N.C., make a trip and get a growler or two. Kudos to the brewers for hit- ting the bullseye on this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Copper Altbier from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 384 ratings.
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