Wild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev +3%
Oktobock is supposed to be an interpretation of a Maibock brewed specifically for Oktoberfest. Perhaps no one at Beau's realized this but, in actuality, that pretty much just describes an Oktoberfest. While not technically a recognized member of the bock family, Oktoberfests (aka Märzens, so named because they're brewed in March) are strong, spring brews lagered for fall-time consumption. Maybe I'm missing something, but is that not the idea here?
Hmm. Perhaps I am misunderstanding something. Better consult the experts. According to the BJCP and other sources, Oktoberfest beers are characteristically potent, well-hopped, full-bodied lagers with a strong malt-accented finish. That, in a nutshell, describes the beer in my glass.
Not to mention, Maibocks are characteristically fair and golden, hence often labeled "Helles Bocks" (German for "light") in reference to their pale complexion. This beer would be carrot orange were it not for a brush of golden accenting; it falls squarely in the light amber-copper description laid out in the Märzen guidelines. Remind me again how this is a "Maibock"?
Look, this is a nice enough beer. Its nose has sweet, toasty malt and nutty, caramelly undertones. Likewise, the palate is awash in a relatively rich, full-bodied maltiness that exudes dried fruit esters and toasty melanoidins. It is agreeable and doesn't make a peep about its (rather unbelievable) 7.0% alcohol. It is, for all intents and purposes, a lovely cool weather lager.
But my issue with it (indeed my pet peeve with so many Beau's offerings) is that it posits itself as something it is not - in this case, something entirely nonsensical - when, in fact, it is a perfectly fine, agreeable beer in its own right. I'd enjoy these beers if only they'd stop trying to sound more interesting than they actually are. Most are very well brewed, I just don't care to hear anymore how they've been conceived; too often, as in this case, it demeans the beer.
01-23-2014 01:41:07 | More by biegaman
3.69/5 rDev +10.1%
600ml brown bottle with a batch number.
LOOK: Sticky patchy lacing, clear deep golden hue
SMELL: Biscuity, cookie dough, green peppercorn, chalky, poppy seeds
TASTE: Dry maltiness throughout, mild crispness, faint raw honey, herbal hop flavor, balanced bitterness, clean alcohol, peppery, slightly warmth, dry malty spicy finish
A pretty bangin' bock here, drinkable and tasty ... what else do you need? Beau's should dabble more in the lager arena.
11-23-2013 03:12:42 | More by Jason
2.9/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle: Poured a light amber color bock with a large foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of unrefined grain and light residual sugar is not the best. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grain with light cereal notes, some dry caramel and a dry finish. Body is light for style with good carbonation. Not sure why I bought this in the first place and not sure I would bother drinking this again.
11-07-2013 18:07:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.64/5 rDev +8.7%
600 ml bottle from Beau's mixed pack.
A bright coopery orange. Two inches of large bubbles. Good carbonation. Not a lot of lacing.
A woody biscuit aroma. A real fresh smell. Sweet vanilla like a mike shake.
The malt and hops are fused as one taste. Biscuit with grass hops. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.
A medium feel with some carbonation.
There is some richness her but there is nothing distinctive or noteworthy.
11-07-2013 02:21:10 | More by ssmack
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
600ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of the seasonal mixed 4 pack for $24
Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, corn, grass, caramel, grass
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some corn syrup and a straw/hay/grassy flavour.
Overall - A good fall seasonal I guess. Nothing that I would want to go buy again if it was available on a regular basis. A little too much hay/grain/straw flavour (which fits the style I know) for me.
10-17-2013 01:11:53 | More by spinrsx
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
600ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 7%.
A - Poured a clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Head reduce to a thin foamy cap and eventually just surface bubbles. Some lacing.
S - Malt, some herbal notes, hint of honey, hint of metals. The aroma is nothing memorable.
T - Sweet, some caramel, some pear, some mineral notes, medium-mild herbal bitterness, only a hint of alcohol. Balance is on the malty side but somewhat low in flavour.
M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some stickiness, just a hint of creaminess and a hint of heat. The texture is what really completes this beer.
O - A bit light in flavour but otherwise it's a decent beer.
09-28-2013 02:21:33 | More by decimator
3.21/5 rDev -4.2%
Pale orangey-straw colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, sticky with a good amount of lace. Smell is malty, earth, apple juice, grassy and lemony with a little bit of alcohol. Taste is fairly malty with earthy/apple juice flavours, golden raisin, grassy-veg flavours, lemony in finish and aftertaste. Light carb, lightish body. Not a huge fan of this, there are a few redeeming qualities here but nothing that would have me coming back to this again.
09-26-2013 13:51:21 | More by peensteen
3.85/5 rDev +14.9%
Serving Type - 600ml Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass
Appearance - Crystal clear and golden coloured. Verging on a copper, but a little lighter than that. Next to no carbonation is visible. On top sits 2 fingers of white fluffy head which has moderate retention. A bit of lacing clings to the side of the glass.
Smell - Floral and grainy/buscuity. Very sweet smelling. According to the tasting notes the arma has a spicy hop bitterness but I can't pick it up.
Taste - Very sweet...almost honey like. Some spiced hit the tongue towards the middle which I suppose could be described as 'peppery'. Grains are predominant throughout. Towards the end some light alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - No complaints here. Absolutely perfect for the style. Carbonation is there but it's not overpowering. Not to heavy, not to light.
09-26-2013 02:12:02 | More by IdeaSpeeder
2.76/5 rDev -17.6%
Bottle from the Beau's Oktoberfest 4-pack with a typically Beau's label that just doesn't seem to wanna stay on the bottle. Bottled about 3 weeks ago.
A - Pours golden orangey and bright as far as I can tell. Good carbonation and a solid fluffy two finger white head. Minimal spotty lace and a finger of retention.
S - Lotsa honey and mild corn. Sweet grain and a bit vegetal. Not too much to get excited about here.
T - Not as bad as the aroma leads on. Lot's of honey-like flavours. Something I can't quite pin down. Sweet. A bit vegetal. Clean biscuity malt. A bit odd to be honest. A bit of chemical in towards the end.
M - Mild carbonation, oily medium body, sweet but almost gasoline-like finish. Kinda gross in teh finish.
O/D - Another letdown from Beau's. Might be the style, but this isn't really good. Not a fan. Flavour is either off or just plain poor. Hopefully this is the worst of the pack.
09-24-2013 01:31:00 | More by tbeckett
Wild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.