Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest | Highland Brewing

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82
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305 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
305
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of 160Shillings
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The aroma is crisp clean lager, rich melanoidin malt with a hint of toasted malt.
Appearance: Pours with a fine off-white head that collapses into thin, but firm cap. The color is on the light side being deep gold to light amber.
Flavor: Starts with a malty sweetness up front, then quickly moves to a crisp dry finish. Hop bitterness is moderate without being lingering. The result is a flash of sweet malt, quickly overtaken by bitterness than gives way to a clean dry finish, then you’re ready for another swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, but fully attenuated and doesn’t linger on the tongue.
Overall Impression: A rich display of melanoidin malt that doesn’t overwhelm or linger, finishes clean and dry.
Comments: Don’t drink this beer too cold! The rich and complex flavors really come out as this beer warms. This is my favorite Highland beer and my favorite commercial Oktoberfest. This one is everything but perfect for an Oktoberfest.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American example of a true Oktoberfest I've had this year.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ample moussy white head that lasts forever.

Aroma is of obviously Munich malt and earthy noble hops. Achieves an excellent balance, much like the traditional examples.

The flavor is much the same... Munich malt with hint of biscuit, and earthy hop undertones. Finish is rather bitter with a good amount of noble hopping, that leaves you wanting another sip. The balance is just the right amount of sweetness while maintaining an excellent drinkability score. The only issue I have with the flavor is that the noble hop finish seems to turn barely sour at the very end, so the aftertaste is less than enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, creamy, with reasonably high carbonation that lends a spicy character. Finish is lightly dry, which adds to the drinkability.

Drinkability is excellent for all the reasons stated above... the absolute only problem with this beer is the light bit of strangeness in the aftertaste. Other than that, it's a perfect example of the style.

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4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful time of year for beer lovers. Of course if you like IPA's, Oktoberfest beers are lacking strong hoppy flavor. But they're tasty in their own right with a balance of malt and hops. Clawhammer is a fine example of this style. It also was a good beer to enjoy with my stir-fry . I will try rhis again.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

I am giving this the rating I am giving it for the style not as the best beer I have ever had. I think I am going to begin doing ratings in that respect. Just judge the beer based upon style and how much I liked it. Not being overly comprehensive. But, maybe I won't. This beer has a low rating overall and I think it is one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had. It may be less traditional or less experimental, but its damn drinkable. It really is a lager with more malt and flavor. Its really a solid beer.

Color: Light copper. Very little head.

Smell: Not much, some bready malts, almost a little like apple juice. But those are aroma's of fall to me.

Taste: Crisp, this is where the beer really shines, its not too sweet, its not flat, it has good body and a nice bready/lager hybrid flavor. It is a lighter version of the style and maybe that is why I enjoy it so much. Its closer to some of the European light Marzen's than a lot of the ones I have had recently. This beer is very sessionable and perfect for a Saturday in October watching some college football and one that you won't get wasted while drinking. Overall, its another win for Highland. They really do make beers that appeal to lots of people with lots of integrity. Its awesome they are also celebrating 20 years in the business, this year!

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +16%

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4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear bronze/copper with a finger of white head. Moderate retention, no lacing.

S - Great toasted malt aroma balanced nicely with an earthy/spicy hop element.

T - Very nice. A gentle sweetness comes on early palate with a generous dose of the toasted quality from the nose. Very bready tasting with suggestions of almonds and oatmeal. The hops take center stage late palate providing a pepper like spiciness atop the bready, toasted malt flavor. Ample bitterness in the finish, drying things out perfectly.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good vehicle for the flavors going on.

D - A great drinking marzen, though it seems like the ABV may just be a little higher than I'm used to. One of the best oktoberfests I've had this year. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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