Carver | Fullsteam Brewery

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Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sweet Potato Beer

Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 90
Photo of ordybill
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light amber to gold color with a small white head. The aroma is a mild sweet scent. The taste is mild hops with some sweetness, I am assuming this is the yams used to make this brew.

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Photo of Beejay
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange amber in color with a light white head.

S: Toasty grain and perhaps a touch of sweet potato, but I probably wouldn't smell that if I didn't read the label.

T: Very lager like... Almost a little dunkel flavor. I like to imagine I can taste the sweet potato, but it comes off as caramel malt.

M: Medium body, with low to moderate carbonation.

O: Good, but nothing special. If I didn't know sweet potatoes were used, I wouldn't have guessed it.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear deep gold/pale amber producing a shy 2 fingers of frothy but shortlived, white head that leaves only a hint of wispy lace. Aroma is a dry earthy, herbal, vegetable, lemon tart & yeasty white fruitiness. Taste is herbal, tart lemon & bready maltiness with vegetal hints of roasted sweet potatoes, caramel apple & stewed pears, a faint hint of orange & bitterness in the finish with a vegetable aftertaste that is more sweet than bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, prickly & slightly drawing in the aftertaste. After several tastings of this beer I have decided that I pick up more sourness in this beer that other reviewers would indicate exist: very tartly lemon like in spots.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can served in a lager glass. Oct. 2015 canning date (stamp on bottom of can).

Pours with a slightly hazy, deep amber body topped by a short but durable and creamy head. Full sheets of lacing are left on the glass with each tip.

Lightly sweet with clear evidence of adjuncts that I probably wouldn't identify as sweet potatoes without foreknowledge. An unexpected but acceptable lemony tartness.

Feel: medium+ soft carbonation that seems just right for this medium bodied brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange pour with thin off white head that left no lacing. You can smell the sweet potatoes and done sweet caramel notes in the nose along with slightly sour scent. The taste is sweet potato with some funky sour taste and bit of malt sweetness. The body feels a bit thin and there is a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A very average aroma of malt, sweet potatoes and a sweetness.

T: Tasted of light citrus notes (mostly lemon), sweet potatoes, and a big shot of malt as well. This isn't a bad flavor, but it doesn't push hard enough; the sweet potato element simply isn't as prominent as it should be.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Carver is an uneven beer in most ways. It has some good aspects to it, but it never rises to greatness.

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Photo of JimKal
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Lowe's Food. Poured into a Left Hand stout glass.
Look: light amber color, decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.
Smell: malty aroma
Taste: while understanding this is subjective, I have to say that this really worked for me. I am not a fan of sweet potato but it seems to work well with this brew resulting in a nice earthy taste.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel
Overall: A nice brew that I will get again given the chance.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter, thanks to Kyle.
A: pours a pale golden body, +1 finger white foam head, stringy lacing
S: lemon, roasted sweet potatoes, hay, pale malt
M: medium body, carbonation
T: lemon grass, some sweet potato, pale malt very clean
O: really solid brew, sessionable, alcohol will hidden

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and light amounts of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a very large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light aromas of toasted malts with light to moderate aromas of roasted sweet potatoes and a touch of sweetness. Very light notes of citrus/orange hops and a touch of fruity (apple/pear) yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted malts with a moderate amount of roasted sweet potatoes which contributes a light to moderate amount of sweetness. There are light flavors of fruity (apple/pear) yeast and just a hint of citrus/orange hops contributes a hint of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable and paired well with our dinner of cod, sweet potato casserole, and greens. Alcohol is well hidden and this one is just about sessionable for me.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had Carver a few times whether by growler or, in this instance, a draft at the brewpub - the beer is a deep maple amber in color, served in a tall lager style glass with a low cap of carbonation. Opens with aromatic biscuity malts, toasty, with lots of caramelization and an earthy sweet potato sugar. Earthy, grassy hops. Moderate in body and carbonation. Flavors of toasted biscuity malts and caramel, the sweet potatoes come through as an earthy sweetness but not exactly distinct. Lots of rich, heavy flavor. Earthy hops with a hint of toast and light bitter to the finish. A nice lager, slightly sweet for my taste, but enjoyably full flavored and I think the use of sweet potatoes is both well done and a benefit to the beer.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint at The Flying Saucer-Charlotte

Pale honey/amber color. No head, but my glasss was filled to the brim. A lace is on top of the beer throughout consuption, but just a ring wround the glass that doesn't stick to the walls of the glass.

Soft, bready malt and as well as light sweet potato on the nose

Nice medium body. The sweet potato is noticable, but i don't find it sweet like I've read in several reviews. Adds a richness, but I'm sure the sweet potato isn't really leaving that much residual sugar. It just tastes of rich, sweet potato-y.

Solid finish. I would by this if it s available in sixers in my area.

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Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a bright golden orange with a thin lacing of soft head that fades quickly. The nose is a little musty, but with nice citrusy, hop aromas. The flavor is sweet just like the sweet potatoes used to brew it. There is also a nice, balanced hop bitterness and a mild yeasty note that reminds me of a lager. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but a bit crisp.

This is an unusual beer. These guys get credit for trying something inventive and doing it well. The hops and the sweetness are balanced well, but the flavor isn't very complex. That being said, it's drinkable and enjoyable and it's worth trying if only to say you've had something so unique.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewing this thing. Ive had it so many times.

Pour is a nice orange amber color with minimal head.

Smell is always amazing. It smells like Pumpkin Pie to me.

The taste is lager smooth. The sweet potatoes dont really add much to the flavor. I think all the sugars and flavors were eaten up by the yeast.

Finish is clean and smooth. Nice lager feel.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amberish orange. Thick fizzy head actually holds together pretty well despite the fact that it looks like it won't. One fat ring of lacing.
S- Smells sweet, picking up the sweet potatoes. A touch of spice aroma.
T- This tastes like a pumpkin ale/lager. The sweet potatoes have a similar contribution of a sweet, meaty, slightly earthy character. I like what they're doing but it's just too sweet. A faint hint of hops.
M- Full for a fruit beer or an amber lager. I actually found this a bit overcarbed.
D- An interesting, relatively innovative brew. Worth a try based on uniqueness, but it would never be a go to beer for me. If they toned down the sweetness, I could dig it more.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Revolution Pizza, Charlotte.
Hazy orange/gold pour, white head. Looks fine.

Some malt, caramel and grassy spice.

Taste has a very nice spiciness to it. Close to you average pumpkin brew. Malt, citrus and an herbal grassiness aw well.

Easy to drink on the heavy side of light. Kind of different and a real nice brew.

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Photo of Verecund
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a banana yellow meets amber with a quarter finger head. Almost no lacing. Early batches were clearer (from what I remember), but the last time I had this, it was somewhat cloudy.

Nose is of earthy hops, a sweet vegetable aroma (like that of caramelized sweet potatoes), bready malts, and citrus.

Somewhat herbal on the tongue, with lots of bready maltiness. The sweet potatoes don't add much, from what I can tell, but there is a distinct spiciness on the finish and a sweetness that's almost sweet potato in nature.

Medium-light in body, with medium carbonation.

What I've called the Fullsteam terroir comes through here - there's a subtle soil attribute that actually works with the hop profile (somewhat spicy, earthy, citrusy). Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I admit the sweet potato aspect of this beer peaked my interest and probably was the reason I picked this growler up.Poured into a Willy becker a clear burnt orange color with a thin wispy head that was gone pretty quickly,sweet juicy malt aromas,almost gummy,the alcohol lends a little sweetness as well.The palate is sweet as well it has almost a clove-like spice in the finish,like sweet potato pie almost,with a doughy pie crust flavor to boot.Iam not sure if this beer is spiced but it has hints of it being so,its different but a little to sweet to be great in my opinion.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear golden orange color. Thin white head with a touch of lacing. Very beautiful color!
S: sweet maltiness predominates with a strong earthy hoppiness compliment.
T: beautifully balanced malt sweetnes with a strong bitterness from the hops. Some nice caramel notes in there as well.
M: mouthfeel is medium-full. I attribute that to the starch from the sweet potatoes.
D: fantastic. I could easily destroy a growler of this in one sitting. The balance is fantastic. Nice up front bitterness with enough malt to back it up. Very nicely done. Strongly recommend if you can find it!

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Photo of callisbeers
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery out of a plastic cup (yuck). However, this did not keep me from enjoying this beer. Not really sure how to review this one. It is definitely unique but yet ordinary at the same time. Don't think sweet potato or you probably won't try it. It is definitely and ingredient but it does not overtake the beer.

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Photo of montrealmike
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a growler and enjoyed the same day. Pours a minimal head, is slightly fragrant, has a moderate mouthfeel, and is very drinkable and very sessionable. I really enjoyed this one (brewed with local NC ingredients) from Fullsteam, a relatively new, local brewery in the Durham/RTP area.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear light amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells slightly of sweet potatoes and of weird, fruit malts. Not bad but interesting.

t - Tastes of pale malts, bready malts, light fruit, and caramel malts.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A very interesting beer. Would certainly try again.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Busy Bee served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a nice frothy light khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was earthy hops in front of sweet malts and a distinct sweet potato presence. The taste is sweet caramel malts with a nice lingering sweet potato taste balanced nicely by subtle citrus hops. I must say, I wasn't a sweet potato fan until I got a sample of this beer last year, I certainly am a fan now.

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