Live Oak Oaktoberfest - Live Oak Brewing Company
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Reviews by GMB:
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
09-30-2012 21:49:03 | More by GMB
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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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-15-2013 23:19:23 | More by kojevergas
4.44/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
Serving type: growler
10-31-2013 01:14:15 | More by MusicaleMike
Live Oak Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.