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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A crisp, refreshing lager brewed with two hundred pounds of North Carolina sweet potatoes per batch...and zero ounces of pie spice. Savory and earth. Deliciously smooth. Carver celebrates the subtle flavor of North Carolina’s most prized crop.
Enjoy our tribute to a true Southern visionary, Dr. George Washington Carver. While he may be better known for his work with peanuts, Dr. Carver was also passionate about the sweet potato.
Availability: year-round, 22oz bombers at our tavern and select markets, including the Durham Farmer’s Market. 5.5% ABV.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at the tavern. Pours cloudy light orange with a fairly minimal bubbly white head. Nose of sweet potatoes, sour dough bread, mild yeast, and light malts. More sweet potato, more bread, and less malt than the regular carver. Similar taste; perhaps a bit more dry. Palate is a bit more lively than the original. Refreshing.
Earlier Rating: 8/15/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Growler from the brewery. Pours light clear orange with modest white head. Nose shows mild sweetness and crisp hops with mild floral and grass notes. Some orange citrus. A little bit of earth and soil. I can maybe barely detect any sweet potatoes on the nose, and the sweetness comes through a little more on the taste, but mostly this is about light, crisp hops. Great for the summer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma, sour, sourdough bread, hints of the sweet potato. Clean brownish orange color, ok head and lace. Lively carbonation. Bitter flavor. Lite body, thin watery mouthfeel, clean dry sweet crisp finish (if thats possible) tasty a classic lager first, sweet potato doesn’t show up in flavor. Nice lawn mower brew,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
From growler. Clear gold brown, full white head diminishes quickly & no lacing (glass not beer-clean). Strong aroma of earthy hops, soil, light malt, slight orange citrus. Flavor is soft light malt that melds into a crisp, lightly sour hop bite, earthy and vegetative. Much fuller flavor than most lagers. Fairly clean finish, leaves slight bitter linger. Light body, moderate carbonation, and crisp flavor make it thirst quenching and sessionable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pint at the brewery in Durham. Pours a clear amber-gold color with a small white head. Aroma of rye, earthy hops, bready malts, toast, herbs, resin, citrus, and some sweet starchiness that must be the sweet potato. Flavor of rye, herbal notes, peppery spices, bread, and dust. Thin-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a peppery but watery mouthfeel. If the body weren’t so, so light, this might have more to it, and I wish those sweet starchy notes of the aroma showed up in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at various locations in Durham, NC. Recent batches have been an improvement from the already enjoyable beer, which at its base is a really solid lager (why are they now calling it an "amber"?), well balanced with a slight edge going to the malts (as is only fitting given the treatment here).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5494) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Growler pours a totally clear, bright copper with a thin, white head. Nose is nice, sweet, earthy, malty, floral. Flavor is sweet, the sweet potato actually comes through, malty, light fruit. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Fizzy white head and a clear, light golden color, slightly darker but similar appearance to mass produced lagers. Nose has some sourdough bread, that hard-to-describe lager yeast smell, and then a nice hint of pie spice. The flavor starts out like a flavorful, well-made craft lager, then in the finish there’s an interesting sweet pie note. That finishing taste is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, but far more as a complimentary flavor to a session lager instead of dominating the beer itself. A unique beer that’s easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (459) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2010
on tap at the Pit in downtown Raleigh. nice light tan/yellow, small white head. just a hint of sweet potato in the aroma and taste. malty flavor and sweetness with a touch of hop bite. good beer that went went great with the bbq

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 Tasted as Sweet Potato Lager, feel like that last word is pretty important in the description. Pours a clean translucent tinted yellow with a one finger frothy white head. Nose is mildly earthy with a hint of sweetness (sweet taters), bit o’ hay, crisp/sharp hop character, bit bready. Flavor shows a crisp hop bite, clean flavor, mild sweetness with a bit of an earthy character. Overall pretty nice and drinkable, just hope that most everyone understands what sweet potatoes do to a beer and don’t think they’re getting something like a yam casseerole...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Served at Carver Sweet Potato Lager at the Tylers release last wednesday. This was one of my favorites of the night, surprisingly. Didn’t actually get much sweet potato character--maybe a little soil and earth--but I thought this was a really tasty lager. Nice floral and citrus notes with a very clean finish. A little bit of sweetness, but overall pretty dry for the style. I think its more of a pale lager, but I could drink this on the reg.


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