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Red Oak Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by oberon on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 37
Photo of jsausley
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this based off of a pour from the Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC.

This particular pour was my fifth or sixth glass of Big Oak at various locations. This beer is available in the summer months and is a heavy, substantial lager that really satisfies. It's a malty punch in the face. During the summer months, I will always pick this over my standard Red Oak amber lager if it is available.

I ordered this beer with a meal at Piedmont Ale House. This particular glass was a poor pour by a mediocre bartender that was poured far too slowly and with no sustainable head. With a good pour this beer produces a heavy head that is long lasting and laces the glass. This particular pour was too carbonated as it was poured incorrectly and could really have been improved with a more skillful pour.

A: A lovely dark reddish brown with hints of orange. It is translucent with a thick amber color that appears very appetizing. Depending on the pour, the head can vary. It should have a nice 1" head that will sustain very well and give significant lacing.

S: This is not a fairly fragrant beer, but it gives off earthy hints as well as a variety of malt and hop aromas layer on each other. There are some fruity notes in the smell as well.

T: This beer tastes like it was based off of the Red Oak amber lager standard, but with an added dose of whoop-ass. It's got a higher ABV which is noticeable, but more important, it carries a much stronger body full of malts. There are various malts in this beer. You get the sweet malty flavor of a lager as well as some of the more subtle flavors of a toasted or roasted malt that gives hints of coffee. On top of all this, there are several layers of fruity hints such as citrus (mainly grapefruit). It is a full bodied, delicious beer and one of my favorite lagers.

M: A nice consistent feel - somewhat silky, but very smooth and thick. A wonderful texture. Medium carbonation.

O: One of my favorite beers and it's from my local brewery! Definitely give this one a shot if it is available in your area, especially if you're a fan of the original Red Oak amber or a similar lager such as Fat Tire or Boston Lager. This is a malty lager on steroids,

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Photo of BnVBeerMan
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap n it blew me away.
A- Great golden brown-amber coloring with a slight hazzyness

S- slight sweetness with a mild nose full of hops

T- red oak amber on steroids, notes of malt up front finishing with an easy bitter hoppyness

M- mild body with a smooth finish

O- i loved this beer. exactly what i was looking for in a spring seasonal from an NC brewery

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal beer served by a brewery rep. at the NC Brewers Fest.

A; Pours clear red-brown-amber body with an excellent bone-colored head. Durable head; very good lacing.

S: has the aroma of a mild lager beer made with grassy hops.

T: A bit better than suggested by the aroma. Still, a mildly bitter, lightly flavored beer.

M: Light-medium body; excellent carbonation.

O: refreshing, high ABV lager. 3.75

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap back in the Spring at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem. I'm reviewing based on the notes taken that day.

A-Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Looks about like a normal Red Oak.

S-Very mild nose, but what I can pick up is a hint of malt and some sweetness.

T-Very malty and sweet with a hint of some sort of Noble hops. To be honest it tastes like a regular Red Oak but with more alcohol and a slight nuttiness.

M-Thick, almost syrupy.

D-Too sweet, its one a done for me.

Overall, I just didn't really like this beer. It tasted like Red Oak with more alcohol. Nothing special to me, but I'm not a big Red Oak Brewery fan.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Another beer from Red Oak! I am surprised. Apparently this was released years ago. Saw it on tap at a little chain place in Kernersville. The tap handle said "Limited Release." They had a little flyer for this beer. Said it was a big Vienna Lager sitting in at 7.0% ABV. Let's see how it is...

Came out a dark amber/gold with a thin off-white head on top. Retention was weak. But it left some nice lace behind. Scents of creamy malts, sweet sugar, fresh bread, and just a touch of hops. The body was creamy smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation backing it up. This has lots of honey-sweet flavor. I can sense the alcohol just a bit, but nothing overpowering at all. Some mild bitterness, but masked by the malty sweetness. Not bad. This is definitely a sweeter beer more than anything, but it was refreshing and decent. Not sure how long this'll be around, but for you locals, it's one to seek out before it's gone...

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Photo of unionturf
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by a local restaurant and wanted a Sam Adams but no luck, the staff said try a Red Oak, I did and love it. Red-amber color, little head, excellent taste! One of my favorite lagers now if in the NC area check the taps and see if you find one, if you like lagers you will be glad you did.

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Photo of redelephantdane
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had a glass of this out a growler. the color was a light red that let a lot of light through. small amount of head that left little lace. the smell was of malts, a little ripe fruit and pine. the taste was more of the same, some sap, nice amount of sugar. pretty balanced. a pretty good lager, i enjoyed the freshness of it.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"A more full- bodied lager" per website,pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a nice one finger creamy-like head.Aromas are very fruity with some toasted malt in there as well not overly complex but enjoyable,taste is like Red Oak on malty steroids big and malty with some tosaeted grain only a slight hop bittering in the finish.A malt heads dream here this would be a great cold weather brew,a little heavy but very sustaining.No sourness here big and bold I commend Red Oak here I believe they have turned the corner,I really enjoyed this beer.

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Big Oak from Red Oak Brewery
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