Wild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 24 - OktobockWild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock
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Wild Oats Series No. 24 - OktobockWild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
What else do you call a Maibock when it’s brewed for Oktoberfest? Pours a bright orange gold colour with notes of biscuit, candy sweetness, peppery alcohol and spicy hop bitterness.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by wizo:
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

600ml brown bottle with a batch number.

LOOK: Sticky patchy lacing, clear deep golden hue

SMELL: Biscuity, cookie dough, green peppercorn, chalky, poppy seeds

TASTE: Dry maltiness throughout, mild crispness, faint raw honey, herbal hop flavor, balanced bitterness, clean alcohol, peppery, slightly warmth, dry malty spicy finish

A pretty bangin' bock here, drinkable and tasty ... what else do you need? Beau's should dabble more in the lager arena.

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Photo of Sammy
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from private Beaus ordering club. Light orange with whisp of bubbly head. Looks, smells, cheesy. Also some egg aroma suggesting sulphide. Some hops and sourness. Leaves lace. Not very drinkable. There could be some caramel, but alltogether the ingredients do not work.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold. Nice two-finger white head. Decent lacings.

Aroma is a little bit lacking. Wet grain with generous light fruit, say pear and apple. Bit of dusty yeast.

Pear up front with good grain flavours. Touch of honey sweetness throughout. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, incredibly smooth bock.

Nice and refreshing for a strong beer, goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a light amber color bock with a large foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of unrefined grain and light residual sugar is not the best. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grain with light cereal notes, some dry caramel and a dry finish. Body is light for style with good carbonation. Not sure why I bought this in the first place and not sure I would bother drinking this again.

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ssmack
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle from Beau's mixed pack.

A bright coopery orange. Two inches of large bubbles. Good carbonation. Not a lot of lacing.

A woody biscuit aroma. A real fresh smell. Sweet vanilla like a mike shake.

The malt and hops are fused as one taste. Biscuit with grass hops. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

A medium feel with some carbonation.

There is some richness her but there is nothing distinctive or noteworthy.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

600ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of the seasonal mixed 4 pack for $24

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, corn, grass, caramel, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some corn syrup and a straw/hay/grassy flavour.

Overall - A good fall seasonal I guess. Nothing that I would want to go buy again if it was available on a regular basis. A little too much hay/grain/straw flavour (which fits the style I know) for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Steve, 600ml into a tulip. Wild Oats Series #24.

Clear golden orange, white head with little lace and retention. Nose of veggies, sweet honey-ish malt and really not much else. Taste has some grainy bread, sweet malt, very mild hop character and a moderately bitter finish. A little more veggie. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Uninteresting, and undesirable.

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Photo of SebD
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet bready malts, grainy malts, caramel, tofee and a light fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet bready and grainy malts, sweet toffee/caramel, light fruit and a slight earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of bryehn
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Oats series # 24. From notes taken 09/30/12 at Beau's Oktoberfest.

Poured a very light golden colour with orange tinges. Small ring of white head.

Sweet malts dominated the smell, with a wet grain character behind that. There was also a buttery (but not diacetyl-like) character that evoked butterscotch.

Very pleasant toffee profile to the taste. Also had a sharp, bitter bite to it.

Grainy, earthy mouthfeel that would be familiar to Beau's fans. Strong syrup character in the aftertaste.

I really liked this one. It reminded me a lot of Dead Guy Ale, but with a toned down caramel/toffee character.

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Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 600ml Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Crystal clear and golden coloured. Verging on a copper, but a little lighter than that. Next to no carbonation is visible. On top sits 2 fingers of white fluffy head which has moderate retention. A bit of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell - Floral and grainy/buscuity. Very sweet smelling. According to the tasting notes the arma has a spicy hop bitterness but I can't pick it up.

Taste - Very sweet...almost honey like. Some spiced hit the tongue towards the middle which I suppose could be described as 'peppery'. Grains are predominant throughout. Towards the end some light alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - No complaints here. Absolutely perfect for the style. Carbonation is there but it's not overpowering. Not to heavy, not to light.

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Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oktobock is supposed to be an interpretation of a Maibock brewed specifically for Oktoberfest. Perhaps no one at Beau's realized this but, in actuality, that pretty much just describes an Oktoberfest. While not technically a recognized member of the bock family, Oktoberfests (aka Märzens, so named because they're brewed in March) are strong, spring brews lagered for fall-time consumption. Maybe I'm missing something, but is that not the idea here?

Hmm. Perhaps I am misunderstanding something. Better consult the experts. According to the BJCP and other sources, Oktoberfest beers are characteristically potent, well-hopped, full-bodied lagers with a strong malt-accented finish. That, in a nutshell, describes the beer in my glass.

Not to mention, Maibocks are characteristically fair and golden, hence often labeled "Helles Bocks" (German for "light") in reference to their pale complexion. This beer would be carrot orange were it not for a brush of golden accenting; it falls squarely in the light amber-copper description laid out in the Märzen guidelines. Remind me again how this is a "Maibock"?

Look, this is a nice enough beer. Its nose has sweet, toasty malt and nutty, caramelly undertones. Likewise, the palate is awash in a relatively rich, full-bodied maltiness that exudes dried fruit esters and toasty melanoidins. It is agreeable and doesn't make a peep about its (rather unbelievable) 7.0% alcohol. It is, for all intents and purposes, a lovely cool weather lager.

But my issue with it (indeed my pet peeve with so many Beau's offerings) is that it posits itself as something it is not - in this case, something entirely nonsensical - when, in fact, it is a perfectly fine, agreeable beer in its own right. I'd enjoy these beers if only they'd stop trying to sound more interesting than they actually are. Most are very well brewed, I just don't care to hear anymore how they've been conceived; too often, as in this case, it demeans the beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the Beau's Oktoberfest 4-pack with a typically Beau's label that just doesn't seem to wanna stay on the bottle. Bottled about 3 weeks ago.

A - Pours golden orangey and bright as far as I can tell. Good carbonation and a solid fluffy two finger white head. Minimal spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Lotsa honey and mild corn. Sweet grain and a bit vegetal. Not too much to get excited about here.

T - Not as bad as the aroma leads on. Lot's of honey-like flavours. Something I can't quite pin down. Sweet. A bit vegetal. Clean biscuity malt. A bit odd to be honest. A bit of chemical in towards the end.

M - Mild carbonation, oily medium body, sweet but almost gasoline-like finish. Kinda gross in teh finish.

O/D - Another letdown from Beau's. Might be the style, but this isn't really good. Not a fan. Flavour is either off or just plain poor. Hopefully this is the worst of the pack.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Wild Oats Series No. 24 - Oktobock from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 36 ratings