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Carver | Fullsteam Brewery

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3.75/5
Very Good
95 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
fullsteam.ag

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,055
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
95
pDev:
10.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A one-half inch almond froth settles to a thick blanket after leaving no lacing. Clear bright copper SRM 13-15.

Sweet malt is followed by an odd sweetness, possibly the suggestion of potatoes. The beer is slightly stale with caramel resembling and American Lager. I also noted light toasted white bread and light soapiness.

The flavor is generally sweet with faint bitterness. Again there is the stale caramel flavor. Light sourdough bread is followed by a long ""beery"" finish.

Fizzy carbonation matches the satin texture and medium body. Alcohol is more prominent than expected. There is also a light astringency.

Carver may well be a transition beer for those who only know macro flavors. While it is a little weird, it is still easy to drink.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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 -7.2%
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 13tido
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -6.9%
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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Beer_pirate
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Dave1999
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Sweet and grainy. I would've liked more sweet potato flavour. The body was too light and Watery.

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Photo of JimKal
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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 jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of A_Rad
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Carver from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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