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Big Oak - Red Oak Brewery

Big Oak
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very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%

Brewed by:
Red Oak Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of BnVBeerMan

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap n it blew me away.
A- Great golden brown-amber coloring with a slight hazzyness

S- slight sweetness with a mild nose full of hops

T- red oak amber on steroids, notes of malt up front finishing with an easy bitter hoppyness

M- mild body with a smooth finish

O- i loved this beer. exactly what i was looking for in a spring seasonal from an NC brewery

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 17:21:49 | More by BnVBeerMan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal beer served by a brewery rep. at the NC Brewers Fest.

A; Pours clear red-brown-amber body with an excellent bone-colored head. Durable head; very good lacing.

S: has the aroma of a mild lager beer made with grassy hops.

T: A bit better than suggested by the aroma. Still, a mildly bitter, lightly flavored beer.

M: Light-medium body; excellent carbonation.

O: refreshing, high ABV lager. 3.75

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 02:29:09 | More by chinchill
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap back in the Spring at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem. I'm reviewing based on the notes taken that day.

A-Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Looks about like a normal Red Oak.

S-Very mild nose, but what I can pick up is a hint of malt and some sweetness.

T-Very malty and sweet with a hint of some sort of Noble hops. To be honest it tastes like a regular Red Oak but with more alcohol and a slight nuttiness.

M-Thick, almost syrupy.

D-Too sweet, its one a done for me.

Overall, I just didn't really like this beer. It tasted like Red Oak with more alcohol. Nothing special to me, but I'm not a big Red Oak Brewery fan.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 14:06:24 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Another beer from Red Oak! I am surprised. Apparently this was released years ago. Saw it on tap at a little chain place in Kernersville. The tap handle said "Limited Release." They had a little flyer for this beer. Said it was a big Vienna Lager sitting in at 7.0% ABV. Let's see how it is...

Came out a dark amber/gold with a thin off-white head on top. Retention was weak. But it left some nice lace behind. Scents of creamy malts, sweet sugar, fresh bread, and just a touch of hops. The body was creamy smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation backing it up. This has lots of honey-sweet flavor. I can sense the alcohol just a bit, but nothing overpowering at all. Some mild bitterness, but masked by the malty sweetness. Not bad. This is definitely a sweeter beer more than anything, but it was refreshing and decent. Not sure how long this'll be around, but for you locals, it's one to seek out before it's gone...

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 19:45:17 | More by Onenote81
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by a local restaurant and wanted a Sam Adams but no luck, the staff said try a Red Oak, I did and love it. Red-amber color, little head, excellent taste! One of my favorite lagers now if in the NC area check the taps and see if you find one, if you like lagers you will be glad you did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2007 06:14:16 | More by unionturf
Photo of redelephantdane

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had a glass of this out a growler. the color was a light red that let a lot of light through. small amount of head that left little lace. the smell was of malts, a little ripe fruit and pine. the taste was more of the same, some sap, nice amount of sugar. pretty balanced. a pretty good lager, i enjoyed the freshness of it.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2006 21:39:32 | More by redelephantdane
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"A more full- bodied lager" per website,pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a nice one finger creamy-like head.Aromas are very fruity with some toasted malt in there as well not overly complex but enjoyable,taste is like Red Oak on malty steroids big and malty with some tosaeted grain only a slight hop bittering in the finish.A malt heads dream here this would be a great cold weather brew,a little heavy but very sustaining.No sourness here big and bold I commend Red Oak here I believe they have turned the corner,I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 04:50:28 | More by oberon
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