Live Oak Oaktoberfest - Live Oak Brewing Company
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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
Live Oak Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.