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Red Oak Amber - Red Oak Brewery

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83
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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Oak Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the brewery: Red Oak Amber is a Munich Urtyp (Old Style) Lager. We begin the brewing process with custom kilned imported Munich Malt. Red Oak is then hopped with Spalt Noble Hops imported from Bavaria, the oldest hop growing region in the world. Before fermentation we add a yeast strain from Weihenstephen, the oldest brewery in the world, founded before 1040 AD. Weeks of aging gives Red Oak the smooth taste it is known for.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2002)
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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
1.65/5  rDev -55%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a regional brew that is seems you either hate or you like. The beer pours a good copper color and a fair head that dissipates quickly. The beer has a malty, slightly sour aroma. The beer follows the color and smell fairly close to the style. That?s were all good comparison end. The brewer intentionally introduces bacteria during the brewing process. This gives every batch I?ve tried a metallic, bitter aftertaste that is quite unpleasant to drink. Battlefield black is a much better choice IMHO. I do recommend if you are in the Piedmont Triad area of NC that you try it for yourself. It is served on tap at may local establishments. As for me I?d rather drink the water.

Loki, Apr 20, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Living here in Greensboro have had this many times.It is a hit or miss with this sometimes can be fresh and fruity and chocolatey,and others stale and bitter.I think it is an ok beer when fresh it is an amber but I think has dunkle qualities in the palate,many of the people I have met think the world of it.They have some to learn I believe.

oberon, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of Outchillen
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My cousin brought a case of this up from NC

A: Light brown to beige head, copper color, nice and clear

S: Smells very malty and a little hops, slight oak

T: Malty a little oak, almost a little nutty, finishes dry

M: a little heavy, chewy, but very smooth

O: A nice solid amber lager, I like the story of how it sticks to lager natural law, was a nice present getting a case

Outchillen, May 05, 2011
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem, NC. It is extremely smooth with a strong honey scent/taste. It actually reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, in the mouthfeel and aroma. The menu at M.M. described it as a "vienna lager," and since that is said to be the best style of beer to have with a pizza, I had to try it with my pie. On here its classified as a red lager, so I dont know... I really enjoyed this beer, even though it differs very much from the other vienna lagers I have had (Samuel Adams, Negra Modelo).

chOAKbarrell, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of BenFS4505
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A neighbor brought a bottle to me in Ohio from North Carolina and kept it cold per bottle warning. Poured into a mid-20th century hollow-stem beer glass. Carbonation was moderate with with small bubbles and light head. Noticed a slight yeast taste but not bad. Beautiful read-brown, clear color and no sediment in the bottle which I expected based on the description on the bottle. Felt a little tingly at first but mellowed to a smoother feel as it warmed and settled. Overall a good, smooth beer but a tad on the bland side for my taste.

BenFS4505, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TimoP, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +9%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of avitallo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ChadLAW
4/5  rDev +9%

ChadLAW, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of JRIGGS89
5/5  rDev +36.2%

JRIGGS89, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of pwoods
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. pint enjoyed at the Marriott in Winston-Salem, NC during Sexual Chocolate weekend.

A: Pours a pretty average amber with good clarity. Not much of a head with minimal lacing.

S: Lightly malty aroma with a touch of citrus and herbal notes. Definitely has some metallic aroma.

T/M: Again, light amber malts with some more of the citrus and herbal notes but with a small touch of pine in the back. More of the metallic notes that are pretty distracting but doesn't absolutely destroy the beer. Medium body with a decent smoothness.

D: Easily drinkable but not overly complex. The metallic notes take some away.

pwoods, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head bud some decent lacing. A warm orange color. Not much of an aroma to speak of but what is there is pleasant, slightly bready. Not much hop character on the flavor and overall a very bready flavor dominates, just like the aroma. That being said, the flavor is mild but still pleasant. It's nice but forgetable. It's extremely popular in NC and I never knew why considering it's fairly expensive in a lot of places. I guess it has a mass-appeal drinkability while still have the appearance of a legit craft beer.

apbarwood, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The red oak amber lager is for lack of a better term amber. Think dulled or diluted ruby and crystal clear. Although I love the color the head on this one needs to go back to the drawing board. It fizz and crackles up almost as fast as the tan suds fade.

The nose is a much better situation, with gobs of fresh malts bursting out of the glass. You can smell it as soon as you start to pour. As it warms the nose gives off hints of toasted bread and light caramel sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is like the nose but on steroids. Take all the smells of fresh crushed grain, lightly toasted malts, bread and caramel and double it to get an idea of how the flavor is. This beer is fresh to say the least and should not be wasted by sitting in your fridge or shelf. Bust them out and drink them quick.

Speaking of drinking quick the mouthfeel is conducive to that. Smooth with a hint of creamy and a pop of carbonation. This brew tastes great and goes down as easy as a $5 hooker. Well worth trying and one that I'd buy again and again.

jbphoto88, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey, stopping in Greensboro I was happy to find a local beer.

Appearance is classic American amber/red ... not much head on the icy cold tap. Just a bit of malty aroma.

The finish just plain disappears but I guess that makes it imminently drinkable. A good call over a macro, maybe.

brewQ, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -18.3%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Jordanbryan10
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Jordanbryan10, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Griffith, May 28, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy reddish-copper or, sure, amber color. The head isn't huge and doesn't stick around all that long, but it's fine I guess.

Big bready malt nose, very much German in vibe; I just smell this and I'm back in that country again. It's simple and well put together, but won't make you jump out of your socks with excitement.

Slight candy-like sweetness, even a little bit of cherry tartness, but otherwise it's just a decent lager that goes down easy, doesn't offend in any way, and pretty much provides simple, easy drinking for those who want it that way. I'm in a rare spot where I can't really find much more to say about it, no fine details to report on. It's that simple of a beer.

Way, way too carbonated, even for a beer of this style (and I'm thinking it should be categorized as a German something-or-other lager than anything American). Has an almost soda-like attack, which detracts from the taste.

A bit on the dull side, but you have to appreciate Red Oak's commitment to the Reinheitsgebot. Other local brewers like Foothills and Natty Greene's don't need or want to stick to strict traditions, so these guys are the ones doing it in the Triad. Room for everybody and all that...

Metalmonk, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of erikeifert
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$2 Wednesday afternoon special @ abbey road in cary, nc. a little too sweet but better than most $2 specials that i have had(i'm looking at you bud). the first time i had this beer was at the red oak brew pub in greensboro nc and the beer tasted like turpentine. it took me years and the aforementioned special to try it again but i am glad to report that the chemical taste must have been in the glassware and not the beer. the beer isnt bad but it isnt great either.

erikeifert, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Dmaradei
4/5  rDev +9%

Dmaradei, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Psberrier
4/5  rDev +9%

Psberrier, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a clear amber with no head. Nose is malty, primarily caramel. I actually detect a few of different flavors here; caramel, creamy butterscotch, apples. Not sure I like the creaminess here. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Not sold on this one. My brother swears by it. I think I would have liked this one more it wasn't so creamy. I would prefer it to be more crisp and clean. Red Oak is a nice little brewery so I'll revisit and give them their fair due.

tdm168, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Trying the Red Oak Amber Lager at Taste of Carolina located in teh B concourse of Charlotte airport. The beer poured a copper/amber color with weak head and no lacing. The smell was barley/malt. The taste was very grainy with barley. not much to cheer or rave about. When compared to the OMB Copper this doesn't hold a candle. The mouthfeel is light with big carbontation....hoestly this is like Mic Ultra Amber. Overall, not a good beer when compared to others in this family.

WoodBrew, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hyoung41, Nov 29, 2011
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Red Oak Amber from Red Oak Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.