Mecktoberfest | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kegatron on 09-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
31
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is a little hazy yellow in color and has some orange hues along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of bready malts and noble hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts along with subtle hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an excellent American representation of a German style. I liked how it was nice and malty but there was a good amount of underlying hops to balance off just about all of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the taste of Oktoberfestbiers are trending lighter and lighter, Mecklenburg finds comfort in these developments with a firm fest-style lager that promotes pilsner taste with floral hop balances.

And like many German lagers, the bright straw color contains restrained gold highlights within its crystal clear appearance. Its spirited carbonation releases a fluffy cotton head of froth that shows strong staying power and laces the glass intermittently.

Floral hops deliver a bouquet of aromas that takes the olfactory senses back to honeysuckle and flowery sweetness. Backed by the crisp grainy-sweet scent of pilsner malt, the hop character is charged by the underpinnings of crisp cracker-like breads and supple sweetness.

Flavors act conversely as the malts meet the front of the mouth with malty sweetness that turns lightly grainy at mid palate before concluding dry to finish. An elevated hop taste develops at middle palate and provides floral and grassy taste before developing into a spicy and racy bitterness that balances the fleeting malt taste late. With light apple-like sulfurs and a light minerally crispness, the beer rounds out very well.

Crisply textured throughout, the beer's semi-dry malts pull away from the zest of carbonation to provide a quick transition to finish. Early creaminess wastes no time going toward a lightly arid conclusion that leaves floral hop and spice to fend for themselves in aftertaste.

Mecktoberfest is a sturdy and crisp lager that might hint toward elevated flavor, body, and strength compared to the stalwart German lager, but its lighter profile compared to the more traditional and authentic Oktoberfestbiers demonstrates a shift downward that shows no sign of slowing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color and a perky head that sticks and laces as desired

Smell: Nice Munich malt aromatics with a hint of caramel

Taste: Malty elements up front that are joined by a nice touch of hops to balance the profile by mid-palate; after the swallow, a slight grainy lager twang is apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style fresh from the brewery

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Wil for sharing this one.
Bottled: 11.07.11

Pours a bright saturated copper orange, sharp clarity, and a pillsbury biscuit of creamy foam on top. Long lasting head retention, coverage for the duration of the glass.

Soft doughy bread aroma, light malt sweetness. Pleasant with some apple notes surfacing too.

Lightly sweet, very smooth feel, clean and dry finish. Bready notes with a hint of apple again in the taste. Lingering shortbread flavor. Medium bodied and full flavored, lighter carbonation. Overall a great Oktoberfest with the advantage of freshness. Thanks again Wil!

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter copper shade with a large blooming white head into a 1/2 liter stein,just great clarity and a great head,a little lighter than most O-fest beers.Aromas of toasted grain and lightly sweet dough,a little iron/mineral thrwon in,very authentic stuff here.I love the fact the beer is not overly caramely sweet like way to many versions,it's mildly sweet with a firm toastiness,a noticable metallic note comes in along with a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.This is a helluva damn fine Oktoberfest beer,my expectations were fufilled...and more.Hell yeah!.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden amber in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly bready malts and moderate amounts of caramel malts. Light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly bready and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. There are light flavors of spicy and floral hops in the background which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this brew, it is a very solid American offering of the Oktoberfest style. I found it really easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the OMB on 9/5/09. Served in a stange glass.

Pours a deep, clear copper, with a finger of creamy eggshell colored white head. Good retention to this, staying fairly rich throughout, and leaving some solid lacing back. The aroma has a nice sweet tang to it, from notes of bread, caramel, and citrus, with the spiciness of the Noble hops giving this an extra tasty smelling pop in the nose.

That delicious and robust tang carries over to the taste, with toasty caramel sweetness and green citrus giving this a zesty stickiness in the mouth. A sturdy tingle of hops balances things out nicely, adding spice and a steady dryness to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an excellent smoothness to the overall feel, yet this still possesses a satisfying crispness to it as well, which keeps the drinkibility way up!

Really nice American take on the Oktoberfest style here from the OMB, that had an enjoyable vibrancy to the flavors (thanks to the hops), and a refreshing crispness to the body. This was one of the more gratifying ones that I've had lately. Tasty stuff!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, darkened amber-gold body with a spumed, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted whole-grain bread and a fragrance of spicy noble German hops above some lighter crackery tones and far-off traces of sweet-scented caramel.

Taste: Maltiness of moderately toasted bread given a touch of sweet caramel, maybe even a hint of honey as well. Spicy, floral German hops, lightly bitter and more than enough to balance things out. Soft, faint fruitiness. Drying finish with a delicate mix of spicy hops and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A clean, satisfying O-fest. Keep up the good German work, OMB.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into mug. The brew appears a clear copper with off-white head composed of large bubbles that fades fast.

The smell includes notes of minerals and fruitiness. A little carbonic and overall pretty simplistic.

The taste is sweet with caramel malt and rounded with a touch of buttery diacetyl. A slight herbal hop bitterness, fruity alcohol and a carbonic bite to the finish.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It is easy drinking and a to style marzen. You could toss a couple of these back pretty effortlessly.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas are very subtle, with caramel notes and toasty highlights. Flavors are rich, with nutty and caramel sweet notes. Very rich throughout. Smooth and crisp bodied, with a roasted sweet aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish. Wow! This is a very good beer.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter. 8/21/13 bottling date

pours a crisp golden color with a nice inch or so white head. the smell is crisp and malty, typical for the style. the taste is very malty and a tad bready. hops in there as well, very very drinkable. Clean and fresh and refreshing. love this one. Mild body with mild carbonation. real easy drinking.

overall just a great easy drinking lager. recommended.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Mac's Speed Shop. Nice amber pour, 2 finger off white head. Aroma has some malt, tea, toffee, light pine hops. Caramel malt, tea and a nice amount of bittering hops. High drinkability, with good balance. Really a pretty good Marzen, which often just aren't that good. Either too sweet or too tea/old sock like. Definetely my favorite of their offerings thus far.

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Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

74oz growler, plugged away at over the course of a saturday afternoon in charlotte

appearance: clear amber body, lovely milky-white foam head with strong retention

smell: nice toasted malts, autumnal, red apple, caramel

taste: a nice, highly drinkable, interpretation of the style - toasted malt, rich caramel, sweet red apple, sourdough, sweet hops

mouthfeel: spot-on, not too heavy and not too sweet, rich with a creamy finish

overall: good

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jason_cs
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Crystal clear dark gold topped with a high, lumpy head of foam. Deep fresh malt, lager yeast, and slightly husky grain make up an authentic aroma that is just rich enough and features a wonderful warm, toasty bread smell. Nice toasty, bready, just-sweet-enough malts in the flavor as well, a flash of noble hops, clean lager character, and drying out slightly in the finish to dampen any lingering sweetness. Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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