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Live Oak Big Bark Amber Lager - Live Oak Brewing Company

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Pegasus on 04-30-2003

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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Stubbs BBQ here in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes taken a few weeks back. This was my first Live Oak beer. Reviewed as an amber lager because it identifies as such.

A: No bubble show.

Pours no head whatsoever. Body colour is a clear pilsner yellow/straw yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Not at all amber in colour, and frankly it's not much to look at. Vibrance is average.

Sm: Pilsner malts and clean barley are the only notes my broken nose detects. All apologies, lads. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Bland and boring. A light aroma.

T/Mf: Crisp as hell. Spring water, clean barley, pilsner malts, straw. Any hopping is purely preservative. Painfully simple, and in no way an amber (whether ale or lager). It doesn't even resemble a Vienna lager. Boring and bland, but approachable I guess. No yeast or alcohol comes through. No complexity or subtlety here.

Smooth, wet, sharp, and a biteen biting. Too heavy on the palate for the style. Has a decent body. Doesn't complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: Downable but disappointing, especially for my first Live Oak beer. I wouldn't get it again. I'm hoping this is just a fluke; I was really looking forward to trying Live Oak beers while living in Austin. Boring and bland, but kind of refreshing. Enjoyable but generic. Lacks real character; uninspired.

High C-

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on tap @ Dancing Bear on Bastille Day 2009.

Poured in a Fireman 4 glass. Small light tan head. Lightly carbonated. Clear orange brown color. Faint caramel malt smell. Starts with some caramel nuttiness, turning slightly astringent. A little vegetal. Med body. Finish gives the slightest bit of hops on the back of your tongue. Med alcohol.

Photo of jamescain
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at the Draught house.

Appearance: Red-orange with a white head around a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, with a burnt grain aroma in the background.

Taste: Sweet from the malts and slightly roasted. Nothing spectacular, but not bad by any means, just kind of bland like most beers of the style.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation and a relatively dry finish.

Overall: Honestly I’m not that big a fan of brown ales or amber ales and this one was no exception. It didn’t do much to separate itself from the pack. I always enjoy Live Oak’s beers so I was slightly disappointed by this offering.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer here in Houston...

Appearance: The beer pours completely still. Since there is so little going on, you can tell that it is slightly cloudy. The beer is a light amber color.

Aroma: There is some sweet caramel with a mild hop presence. There is an acidic roast-like presence here that is unusual for such a light beer. The caramel gets more noticeable as the beer warms up some. As it warms further, there are more esters from fermentation coming out.

Taste: Malt leads the flavor, but there is an unavoidable metallic note to the beer. The caramel is there along with a mild toasty presence. There are hops present in this beer, but they come across to me as being primarily British varieties. There is malt in the finish that is only challenged by the bitterness, but the malt stays in charge. The beer finishes pretty wet and medium bodied.

Opinion: This was an OK beer, but there were a couple off flavors to add to the lack of carbonation that was disappointing. Perhaps I had a dirty glass as I saw latter pours that had more head retention. I would like to try this beer again at the brewery to make sure that I was getting what they intended to be poured.

Photo of kindestcut
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Addison, TX Flying Saucer.

A pretty beer with a dark amber hue, the Live Oak Big Bark Amber looks like everything I would want in an amber lager. However, it turns out that this is a mediocre beer in a good beer's clothing.

OK, that may be a little dramatic but lets look at my tasting. The beer looked nice. The head was nearly gone by the time my bar wench brought the glass.

The aroma was dominated by sweet malt, although the nose was not very noticable at all. The flavor continued the sweet aroma from nose to mouth. This is a very sweet beer. I found that the sweetness you'd expect from an amber is not balanced by the distant hops that seemed to be swallowed by the malt.

This beer could have been so much better if the hops were more discernable. Otherwise, this is a sweet lager that seems more like an Oktoberfest to me.

Photo of zac16125
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

This one was sent to me as an extra in a trade. Apparently this was hand bottled by a Live Oak Brewery employee, who was a friend of the trader. Must be something thats done fairly commonly as they have labeled caps. Thanks to Zadavis for sending over this bottle from a brewery that doesn't bottle!

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber with 1.5 fingers width of ivory colored head. Leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Some caramel malt, citrus, tart apple. Not much going on here but whats there smells nice.

T: Caramel malts, some estery banana flavors, mild tart note, some bready yeast.

M/D: A rather light body but with a somewhat sticky/syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair.

O: Overall, rather unremarkable. I dont think Id drink this one again. Not that it was bad, but it certainly nothing special. Glad I was able to try a beer that is usually not available to me though.

Photo of beerdiablo
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Big Bark Amber Lager is a bolder Amber lager with some combat going on between the malt and hops as noted by other reviewers. This beer won’t please everyone but still holds up with Live Oak’s quality standards.

Photo of Mayhewbc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty amber with no head. Flavour profile is well balanced, fresh-tasting and all around decent, but nothing particularly interesting. Tastes like lots of other local ambers. The fresh hops are not really something I'm particular fond of, but it adds a nice fresh, fruity, bitterness a lot of people might like. It's just not something I'm personally a fan of.

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tronester
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color. Smells of toffee, and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is light grainup front followed by caramel and finishes with oaky smoke. Mouthfeel is smooth low carbonation. A pretty good beer, somewhat bland though. I like their Hefei much more than I like this beer personally.

Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was able to sample this one at the Elephant Room in Austin. Cool subterranean bar on Congress & 6th.

It was served in a standard pint. The beer is a translucent brownish amber with a tan head. Great lacing.

Malts and something sweet (brown sugar?) on the nose. It could be amped up a bit.

The taste is pleasant with slightly toasted grains, a bit of sweetness and a finish of weak plums.

The mouth is smooth, could be a session beer, but I would want something a bit more bold.

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Live Oak Big Bark Amber Lager from Live Oak Brewing Company
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