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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Photo of user785335
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vincehayter
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mwar
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DMACH
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldManMetal
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The thin, brief-lived head, slightly off-white and pebbly, doesn't amount to much (nor does the lacing it leaves), but the beer itself- crystal-clear, pale amber and abundantly sparkling- is quite striking. The aroma is moderate in strength: a toasty, slightly sweet malt with a hint of spicy noble hops and faint alcohol undertones. On the palate, it is balanced: mild noble hoppy bitterness over a light toasty malt foundation. The finish is a distinct flash of malt, followed by a hop bitterness and a very slight sour note that linger a bit. Mouthfeel is quite prickly from the very fizzy carbonation, and is thickish for the light-medium body. This is a creditable, smooth-drinking, well-balanced lager, and does not have the heavy caramel maltiness and seasonal spices that some American Octoberfest beers sport. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg.)

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

Photo of RyanPoff
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle.

A: Pours a dark copper color with about a finger of head, moderate lacing, but little retention. Good but not noteworthy.

S: Toasty, bready malts, but other than that, not a lot going on.

T: Again, a heavy maltiness, some pepper spice, and a hint of hops. Decent, but not memorable.

M: A very thin and watery feel, in spite of its freshness.

Just a poor outing from Highland, which usually makes very high quality stuff.

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Photo of I-LIKE-BEER74
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty Texas burnt orange with substantial khaki head and light, but active carbonation. The smell is very malty, with a kiss of hops. The taste is similar, though the hops may be even less detectable, which is just fine with me. The flavor has a lot of backbone, and the feel is rich and creamy. I like this a lot, among the style or otherwise.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bongobeer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Crimkj
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of derekdclark1
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of MixieonaFixie
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kaufmaal
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Chris_S
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Algar11
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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