Live Oak Oaktoberfest - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 37
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sometimes when breweries get famous for something, their other beer gets neglected a little bit. not the case with these guys, whose take on another classic style is as satisfying as the first, if a little less stunning perhaps than their hefe. its clear amber beer with a tall white head and a nose of sweeter german malt that has a toffee backbone and an autumnal feel. the lager yeast is robust in the finish, crackery and not all the way cleaning up the malt sugar, but getting as close as you can in the style i think. a slight wood profile to it too, which adds sweetness i think rather than mellowness. carbonation is way up, a feature i love in this style, and it is a beer that demands a lidded stein and traditional german oktoberfest garb. really solid seasonal here, texas beer is booming...

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear dark amber with minimal head. Sweet malty aroma of bread, caramel and grain. Body follows the nose with a strong malt flavor upfront that is backed by just a hint of earthy hops. Light to medium bodied and finishes clean and crisp.

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in a bar in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Not much lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - about 40 seconds.

Body: Body is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Pretty typical appearance for a festbier. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: German in character. Cream. clean barley. Munich and pils malts. Grains. Has a minimal hop presence which is almost entirely floral in character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: German malt character from the munich and pilsner malts. Grainy. Has a kiss of toasted character. Minimal hop presence here, and all of the hop notes are floral. Nice balance and build, with a style-typical simplicity. I like it. Cohesive but not gestalt. There's not much subtlety. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Adequately carbonated. Nice body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Drinkable, but not impressive enough to warrant getting again - especially at this price. Good for the style, but not great. It's a likable festbier but it's not world class. This isn't Live Oak's strongest offering, but it's certainly above average.

High C+

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Willi Becher pint. The appearance is phenomenal! It pours with perfect clarity, showing off moderate carbonation through the beautiful amber gold body, with rose-colored highlights throughout. This is all capped by a substantial peach-hued foam that shows true staying power. Very powerful, and absolutely perfect for the marzen style.

The aroma is just right for the style. Whiffs of honey malt, toasted bread, and a faint caramel sweetness all come together in the bouquet, and show that this beer is primarily focused on the rich malts put into the brew. Some hints of Noble hops are there as well, though clearly only as a supporting role.

Oaktoberfest possesses a sweet malt flavor, followed mid-palate by a gentle German hop bitterness that trails into the aftertaste. The medium bodied beer has ample carbonation for a German-style lager, and the finish is long and very smooth, with barely a hint of bitterness. The flavor carries notes of honey and caramel, almost so sweet that it seems to have a fruity quality, but it does not. The hop bitterness mid-palate has a grassy bite to it. The toasted malt flavor linger long into the aftertaste.

This is a delicious beer, with a solid malt profile that is evenly balanced with true Noble hop flavor and bitterness. It's very much in the style of an authentic German marzen, and I am impressed with this beer quite a bit. Far better than many other "Oktoberfest" beers out there. An almost perfect pint. Another solid German-style beer from Live Oak!

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Flying Saucer Addison

Pours a clear dark orange/copper with a slightly off white that is kinda soapy and falls down to a thin film with good retention.

The aroma is rich in malt character with caramel, toasted bread, toffee and some spicy and herbal hop. The spice and bread come off as rye like which my be in there.

Big bready spicy taste on this. Touch of sweetness with the caramel and toffee.

Clean lager finish. Crisp and medium bodied.

I love this brewery for crafting well made German styles in my home state. This goes towards the top of the list of Oktoberfest biers for me.

Photo of GMB
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name of this beer is a pun that plays on the name of the brewery ("Live Oak") and that of the German festival ("Oktoberfest") that has come to be synonymous with the beer's style (Märzen). I expected the beer itself to accord with its name; that is, I expected it to offer a slight spin on a traditional Oktoberfest.

The bartender handed me a pint of dark pumpkin-orange brew with very little head; so far so good. A few streams of bubbles appeared as I lifted the beer towards the ceiling lights. The lights brought out some yellow and red tones in the body. It was not until I reached the halfway point in my pint that I was able to produce a nice frothy off-white foam, which remained in place for a few seconds and slowly began to fall.

I wasn't able to detect any hops in the nose; I expect as much from an Oktoberfest. The aroma of roasted malt and mild lager yeast was familiar and pleasing.

The taste more or less followed the nose: Sweet medium-toasted malts, mild lager yeast flavors, and a clean finish. The flavor is sweet and malty, but not strong. Indeed, I had to take a second sip before I could begin to form an opinion about the beer's taste. I never tasted or smelled any aroma hops, but did begin to pick up the effect of the bittering hops as I moved on to the second half of the pint. The warmth and flavors of the alcohol were palpable in my last two sips. If this beer has an oakstanding characteristic--forgive the pun-ishment--it is its finish, which is slightly drier and cleaner than most commercially available American Oktoberfest beers.

The beer's mouthfeel improved as it warmed. Medium-bodied at first, it managed to toss up some creamy, full-bodied froth as the beer warmed. The creamy foam was a better match for the rich malty character of the beer, and as a result, the second half of the pint was more enjoyable in than the first.

This beer let me down in some ways. Its playful, witty name led me to expect a similarly playful rendition of the style, which it is not. But it is a solid, well-executed, and delicious Oktoberfest beer. It is nicely balanced and has the sweet maltiness and full-bodied feel that I expect from a good Märzen. There are no fireworks here, but perhaps the beer's simple deliciousness deserves more credit than my score affords.

My pint of Live Oak Oaktoberfest paired well with my lunch of smoked meat, sweet pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce.

Photo of chocosushi
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Austin
16oz->Nonic
A ~ Pours a filtered copper with some lacing. Marginal head that ceases a quarter way through

S ~ Cereal grains, wheat toast, with subtle field-like aromatics.

T ~ Very dry toast & oatmeal w/ sugar with ripe yellow apple & notes of leaves/herby greens on the finish. Hint of pear at room temp.

M ~ Smooth & slightly nutty feel with subtle carbonation & a clean crisp finish.

D ~ Great American Marzen. Tasted very fresh & had a clean finish, unlike many other American Oktoberfests. Was hoping to have the Hefe that was listed on the drink menu, but this was a great substitute. that did not disappoint. Easy drinking, Went great with Pizza.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the flying saucer in Addison. Pours beautiful deep clear bourbon amber, very clear like a lager. Dark, barely clear brown. No head or lacing. Aroma of sweet malt backbone and some mild fruit. Sweet oak aroma. Taste is full, sweet, juicy, reminds me slightly of fall. Flavor is apple, malt, a little tart and not too nutty, thank goodness. Finish is toasted oat. Medium body, pretty smooth. Kinda of bitter finish which is full and tastes a little like a typical harvest brew.

Photo of jamescain
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer

Appearance: Orange-red with a white head about a finger thick which fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet malts, toffee and caramel are the dominate aromas.

Taste: A little too sweet for my liking and not balanced enough. I don’t mind malty beers, but this one is a little too malty and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body with a sweet finish.

Overall: Pretty typical German Oktoberfest beer, more German than most American versions. I’m not a big fan of mäzen style beers, but this one does match up with the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is classic Marzen. I get a whole lot of toffee and bread as well as some grapes - which I get in almost every German lager. The flavor is more of the same with a ton of malt. This is a malt bomb of a beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another very nice beer from Live Oak.

Photo of Duttonic
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 09/30/10, on tap at Dancing Bear Pub

A- Copper, little to no head, mild bubbling.

S- Faint brown sugar, nutty, bready, malt.

T/M- Malty, bready, light/medium bodied, watery.

D- Disappointing. Live Oak usually has great offerings, this was thin and watery with not much going for it. Sadness.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass Orange with a thin white head. Good lacing all the way down.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The taste was full of malts with a nice orange spice. The end of the palatte had a nice hop bitterness to finish.

The body was very full for the style which was a nice bonus.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a while ago. Had it on tap at the Draught House here in Austin.

A: Amber, a little hazy but for the most part clear. Off white head, not much lacing to it though.

S: Clean, malty, sweet. Pretty solid aroma, very yeasty.

T: Followed the aroma. Pretty neutral, a little spice, but mostly just some nice malts coming through.

M: Middle of the road body and carbonation. Very solid.

D: Not hard to drink, but doesn't have and "it" factor that would keep me around drinking it.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt some caramel

M - This beer has a smooth lighter body with light carbonation to it

D - Yet another very good beer from Live Oak and one of the better ofests out this beer has a good taste thats worth trying if you see it on tap

Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, on tap at Gngerman in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. Dark-ish amber/orange-ish, not much head, no lacing, clear. SMELL bit of booze, grainy, caramel malty, yeasty. Nice. TASTE alot like the nose. Smooth and balanced. Best Octo I've had in a while. FEEL thin side of medium body, pleasant, clean finish. OVERALL very easy drinking, tasty, not too big.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is sweet and malty with some cooked veg and grain. Smells pretty good.

Pours deep copper clear with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose with solid grain and cooked veg notions. Softly sweet. Mildly spicy - autumn-like spices. Sweetness grows slightly. Soft bitterness. Very soft hops - noble and bittering. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

Not bad, pretty good. Kind of unmemorable.

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable and good example of the style. Same color as classic Oktoberfests. Not sure where the "oak" in the name comes from as I didn't taste anything close to it. However it was malty with clove, nutmeg and caramel toffee. Did I say the body was orange? Nice head color of the lightest shade of orange. Very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of RobeyStreet
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at two locations last week during my trip to Texas. The first pint I had was at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio.

The beer was surprisingly smooth and had a malty flavor with a hint of caramel. Although I wasn't having it with food, I think it would have gone quite nicely with a burger or meat, maybe a stew even.

I'm not typically into most "Oktoberfest" brews, but this one was very drinkable.

The second place I had it was at the Shady Grove in Austin. Just as good as the first time, I was very impressed with it.

Photo of Riccymon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at B.B. Rover's in Austin. Arrived in a pint glass a clear, orangey-red with a thin layer of head; reported to be the last glass from the keg. For an octoberfest, the smell surprised me with notes of vanilla, bread, and lightly sweet malt.

Taste continues the same theme of a subtly sweet beer with honey, vanilla, a little clove, and call me influenced by the name, but almost a gentle woody note. Even tasted a little bubble gum from time to time. This Octoberfest isn't thick and syrupy sweet, like some, nor is it more pale lager than octoberfest, like others. Body is smooth and refreshing the whole sip through.

Really a drinkable beer. I'll have to try it again, but the flavors were just excellent.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: A light toasted malt and bread aroma. Cereal and grain.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and bread.
M/D: A lighter body than expected. Medium carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I can make this a session beer if the occasion calls for it.

Not a bad beer at all. Nothing special either. Worth a try, but not my favorite of the style.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Dallas Flying Saucer...

Arrives a golden color with a thick creamy foamy white head... A little lighter than most O-fests but no biggie..

Wonderful honey and bread aromas on this... A terrific aroma of sweet malts roll off of this...

Well, I'm surprised at this brew... Its actually terrific.. Wonderful sweet honey-like bready taste with this has me drinking this one way too fast... Its terrific all the way around...very delicious example of the style...

Very impressed with this brew! Terrific example of the style and super delicious....

Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz draft at the Austin Flying Saucer.

Oaktoberfest pours a brilliant, fiery copper hue with tints of gold and a nice clarity. The custard head retains well and drapes some solid lacing along the insides of the pint. Biscuity malt and toasted grain in the nose, alongside a mild sweetness of apple, pumpkin, and grassy hops.

Flavor is solid for the style, with bread crust and toasted pilsner malts up front, followed by a crisp, spicy hop note and some lingering sweetness. Medium-thin body with an appropriate carbonation level. All in all a refreshing, tasty Oktoberfest bier by the ever-impressive Live Oak Brewery. Will definitely have again this season.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks just about perfect. Clear, but extremely rich amber with a cramy white head. Great lacing.

S: This was a big disappointment. After admiring the visual appeal of this beer, the aroma was extremely restrained. I can make out the sweet malts and some cereal odor.

T: Better than the smell, but a little on the sweet side. I am not going so far as to say this should be served on a waffle, but close. You do get a reprieve from the sweetness with a flash of hop bitterness. However, the finish is bready and, you guessed it, sweet.

M: The carbonation is good for the style. So no points off here, but I would actually ratchet up the bubble jets a but to help cut the excessive sweetness.

D: Let me say that through all of my whining about the sweetness, I still loved this beer. I recall having that tap pulled more than once.

From notes.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/18/2008 (Draft @ Opal Divines, Austin, TX):

Pours a brown-orangish colored body, with no head. Has a sweet malty aroma, some grain. Not very strong. Malty, grainy taste. A little spice, some fizziness. Real grainy taste. Interesting different kind of taste.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy. The tap handle was cool, just a wooden branch (maybe this is the case with Live Oak everywhere, I don't know). The beer was clear copper colored with a thin head, could have been thicker if poured with more abandon. The aroma was really good, clean and malty, not too strong, a little bready too. The taste was likewise clean and sweet, a touch of esters, maybe some hint of spice but mostly neutral as appropriate for the style. Good body, not too thin, very good all around. I liked this better than the hefeweizen (which I also liked but am a little mystified as to its place in the top 100).

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Live Oak Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.