Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Live Oak Oaktoberfest - Live Oak Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Live Oak Oaktoberfest
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

37 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 37
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 37 | Hads: 128
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

 803 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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+

 1,547 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 389 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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).

 646 characters

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

 467 characters

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Gingerman in Dallas. Rich mahogany color with a huge, long-lasting head on it. Aroma is good clean malty, a little bready. Nice malty start, lightly toasted & biscuity, light touch of caramel. Hop bitterness comes in a bit in the middle, keeping it from being too sweet, but strong emphasis more on the malt. Finishes clean and dry. Crisp, medium-light body. Another very good offering from Live Oak.

 409 characters

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the seasonal craft brews available on tap, enjoyed at the Ginger Man on a trip to Dallas.
Brownish amber color with a thin cream colored head. Foam shrank away quickly leaving minimal lace. Nice smell, nutty and slightly sweet caramel aromas. Malty sweetness with hints of smoke and toasted bread. A touch of fruity hops balancing the finish. Average body and mouthfeel, smooth going down. I thought this was a very good Oktoberfest, flavorful and drinkable.

 465 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

 663 characters

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

 245 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

 485 characters

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

 370 characters

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Draught house pub
Pours a clearish amber with a smell of absolutely nothing other than apple juice. Had somebody else check because it was so over the top. Taste is apple juice, some toasty malt, similar yeasty flavor of their pilz beer. Bottom line is apple juice, and not very oktoberfest like, but at least it doesn't taste bad...

 343 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 602 characters

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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....

 564 characters

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Flying Suacer the middle of October. I am going through my notes, and I haven't posted this one yet, so why not now?

The beer was a clear pale orange color with a 1/4" white head. The head is creamy with some lacing left on the glass after drinking. The flavor and aroma is really malty with evident caramel. There is also a bit of toast in this beer that comes out a bit as it warms. There is no hops to speak of in the aroma. The flavor has a defined toast along with much more noticeable hops. The body is medium to light with a good bit of toasty sweetness to linger. This is a really nice Oktoberfest.

 629 characters

Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

 270 characters

Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 362 characters

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber in color with a creamy off-white head that settles into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet and malty and very inviting. Moderate in body and rather creamy in texture. Taste begins with sweet caramel malt and a bit of toffee followed by some bready notes. Fruity hops come along towards the end giving a nice balance to the beer. Very nice—one of my favorite oktoberfests. Sampled on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

 436 characters

Photo of kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dog&Duck, Austin.

Nothing quite as exciting as a new keg of the latest Live Oak seasonal. There's a small, dense head. It's a deep cream color, almost tan, and fades evenly to a thin ring. Almost no lacing on the (slightly damp) glass. The beer is dark amber, clear, with a few sluggish, lumbering bubbles of carbonation. A flowery, fruity, hoppy nose only hints at the deep caramel malt to come. Front is tangy. Middle is fruity with almost overwhelming caramel maltiness. Sweetish, but definitely not syrupy or sugary. Nice, bitter hoppy finish shows some roasty grains. And still plenty of caramel left over.

This is an aggressive oktoberfest. It's overflowing with tangy fruit, caramel and flowery hops. Wow.

 728 characters

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

 429 characters

Photo of chocosushi
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Austin
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.

 702 characters

Photo of jamescain
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

 617 characters

Photo of whoneeds8
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 332 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

 1,538 characters

Photo of GMB
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 2,425 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Live Oak Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.