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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest | Highland Brewing

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Highland Clawhammer OktoberfestHighland Clawhammer Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 09-30-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
303
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
24.03%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
50
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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is nice--amber/copper mix with streams of bubbly carbonation continually rising to the top. Head is sudsy and big bubbled. The ecru cap falls relatively quickly to a thin lace over the top. Not much lacing to speak of, but this style doesn't lend itself to that.

S: Sweet and spiced malty aroma. Caramel, notes of cinnamon, light apple fruitiness, and a touch of floral hops. Aroma is on the maltier/bolder side of the Marzen spectrum, and there isn't much Munich malt on the nose, either.

T&M: Flavor is a bit flat, which is surprising given the bold-ish aroma. A dry caramel flavor with hints of spice and a nondescript hoppy flavor balances things out on the back end. The key to a great Marzen, in my opinion, is nuance and balance. There's no fruitiness or other underlying flavor that props up the beer. Body is medium to full for a marzen, with a zippy carbonation.

D: Good enough, but a lighter body and smoother flavor would greatly enhance the drinkability. A serviceable Marzen, especially given the price, but I've had better.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: Clear, with a nice copper color. One finger head that dissipated quickly. Minimal thin lacing. Active bubbles.
Smell: Very faint malty smell with a slight tart edge. Very little aroma at all. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste: Some mild malty notes with some slightly tart "high notes." A hint at some breadiness that never fully comes through. Taste matches style, but lacks richness.
Mouthfeel: Goes down easy, very drinkable. Medium light body that's a bit thin. Active carbonation early on, but feeling flat by the end of the glass.
Overall: This is a decent brew that could pair well with a nondescript mood. All the style attributes are there, but nothing stands out or grabs attention. If you're in an Oktoberfest mood, this one falls short of a Paulaner, Seirra Nevada, or Duck Rabbit (IMO).

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though astute at making well crafted Scottish and Irish ales, it seems that Highland Brewing has no problem stepping out of their comfort zone in creating lager beer with spot-on festival-type taste with great finesse and understated complexity.

Opening with a light golden appearance, there's a tinge of orange highlights that peak through the very light haze. A bright white head billows up from the beer's body and tops the beer with a cottony froth. Great withstanding foam and well-defined lacing brings the beer's appearance to a very classy close.

Its distinctive aroma is of toasted barley, bread crust and a sweetness that's just shy of caramel. Lightly nutty and savory- the malt character is simple yet refined. Swirling about the malts are a delicate floral scent from noble German hops to give the rounded nose a sense of honeysuckle.

Certainly more robust than your typical German lager, its lightly toasted character delivers delicate savoriness straight to the taste buds. Delicate malted milk character is pleasantly starchy, while light bread crust, soft cashew and an elegant sweetness that never reaches caramel. Lightly spicy in its finish, there's just enough hop bitterness to balance the malts and to keep its finish crisp. Surprisingly, the floral upstart gives the initial taste a slim fruit note to ride along side of the malt.

Mid-light on the palate, the beer is creamy as soft carbonation emerges from starchy malt structures. The lager remains that way through early and middle palate but finishes crisp, clean and almost minty.

Clawhammer is a surprisingly convincing Oktoberfest. Highlands smartly avoids caramel flavor or over-hopping for balance. The fest beer is effortless in its drinkability but is also full of character and charm.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Officialy called the Clawhammer Oktoberfest, this beer poured into a .5 liter stein a near perfect clear rich copper with a large fluffy white head that a nice creaminess to it.Very toasted in the nose maybe even to much if posible,some caramel sweetness with a touch of peppery spice as well.Full rich malty flavors,caramel is predominant along with some doughy aspects,the finish ais a mix of peppery spice and rum-like alcohol.A full flavored and bodied O-fest,this along with Great Lakes are my two favorites of the style,very nice.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep golden hue, great clarity. Ample froth. Fresh grassy nose, crackers, bready, herbal, earthy, ghost-like sulphur. Thinnish body, beautiful smoothness, fresh grass, grainy throughout, sufficient hopping, mild hop bitterness, faint broth, yeast, dry finish.

Enjoyable even if it is not at the top of its style, quaffable and tasty but was expecting a cleaner brew. Regardless it is an O-fest I'd love to revisit year to year.

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3.44/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass. Lightly revised in September 2015.

A wee bit different, with a slight darker orange-gold body and more flavor from noble hops. Crystal clear with a proper looking level of carbonation. The medium-ligh carbonation is well-chosen, and gives this beer a light crispness. The smallish off-white head has limited duration and leaves little lacing. The aroma features bready German malts with some spicy and herbal notes from the hops. The hops come more to the fore in the near semi-dry and lasting finish.

O - refreshing and very good for style. Now, if only someone would hand me a large Bavarian pretzel.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer21
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, copper/orange color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, very bready. Strong notes of cereal and caramel. Subtle notes of black pepper and clover, however, I get nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Very malty and bready up front, with pepper spice and orange peel. There’s some pleasant caramel-like sweetness, finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin. With an ABV of only 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty solid beer. Not great, but not at all bad either. It’s definitely worth a try, and I’d have it again, but I’m not going out of my way for it either.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
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