Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest | Highland Brewing

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Highland Clawhammer OktoberfestHighland Clawhammer Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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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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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Oktoberfest from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear orange color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and below average lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this brew consisted of malted grain, caramel and spice. Medium bodied, a foundation of fresh baked bread, caramel and mild hop bitterness. Overall average Oktoberfest style, better offerings to be found. Prost!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

"Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a lightly colored, but toasty, rich and full bodied Märzen styled lager brewed with traditional German malt and the finest noble hops. A spicy hop finish and aroma balance out the abundance of malt flavor. Clawhammer means pure high-country enjoyment!" Brewed in the style of an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Available as a fall seasonal beer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Highland pint glass. Served north of 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp golden-white head over a medium hazy copper-amber tone body with mild carbonation. Head quality is about average, thickening as it recedes but it doesn't last long, and no lacing is present. Decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Clean caramel husks and a bit of bready spice malt. Follows through with a light bitter grassy hop but doesn't completely balance out. The aroma is clean. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Clean caramel biscuity malt up front with a spicy, lasting high bitter finish. Very clean, a little stronger on the bitterness and alcohol on the end than most Märzens that I've had, but does not significantly infringe on drinkability. Drinkability, is in fact enhanced for me because it is much better balanced, and thus not overly sweet, a touch dry even. Enjoyable flavor. One of the more memorable Oktoberfests that I have had, dragged down a notch by a more evident alcohol presence. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Clean, very crisp and quite dry. A bit harsh on carbonation, very sharp on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Body is medium-high for Oktoberfests, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. A bit off on the carbonation and texture, drags down the drinkability. 2.75

(Overall) Clawhammer is a slightly more thorough Oktoberfest than average, with a bolder spicy malt profile and a bitter hoppy character, which is helpful in achieving a better balance. It does fall through on being a bit too dry and having a distracting level of carbonation. This is the start of a very good Oktoberfest, but there are some big fixes that would come easy with some slight recipe tweaks, and I hope to try this next year to see that they have been done. 3.5

Highland Brewing's
Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager

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Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
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