Red Oak Amber | Red Oak Brewery

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Brewed by:
Red Oak Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the brewery: Red Oak Amber is a Munich Urtyp (Old Style) Lager. We begin the brewing process with custom kilned imported Munich Malt. Red Oak is then hopped with Spalt Noble Hops imported from Bavaria, the oldest hop growing region in the world. Before fermentation we add a yeast strain from Weihenstephen, the oldest brewery in the world, founded before 1040 AD. Weeks of aging gives Red Oak the smooth taste it is known for.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2002

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Ratings: 393 |  Reviews: 117
Reviews by tedingr:
Photo of tedingr
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes from a friend in North Carolina. He had it when he was down there at the Brewery. Not a bad beer. I am not a huge fan of Lager beer. Looks good and has the Lager beer smell. But just not that exciting. May have been the build up of having a beer here in Michigan that you can't buy in Michigan. Would like to try it there to be a better judge of it. I drank it with no problem just was not a "great beer"

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Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with very slight head and mild carbonation. The smell is rich sweet malt with some grass. The taste is full bodied malt, with an ever so faint hops presence. The feel is creamy, but could use it bit more carbonation to fully satisfy. Overall, a very impressive amber lager. If you think Yuengling is good you ain't seen nothing yet.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from an ice cold bottle, first thoughts were much like many other reviewers which noted, this was a beer you could drink all day, nice and smooth, no bite and a gery clean finish. The brew-store "guru" compared it to Yuengling...don't know why, there is none of the horrible "corn" aftertaste so prevalent in most of the so-called lagers brewed in the U.S., must be because of the "lager" in the name??? Anyway, it is a very good beer, and one that I can see being the perfect addition to any weekend barbecue or "big-game" party...which explains why several other gents were picking up cases for tomorrow's Super Bowl!

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Photo of Chill12892
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Had this for the first time on tap at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro. Really enjoyed it so I decided to go buy the bottles from the grocery store. It was just as fresh from the bottle as it was from the tap. Very smooth and easy drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Living here in Greensboro have had this many times.It is a hit or miss with this sometimes can be fresh and fruity and chocolatey,and others stale and bitter.I think it is an ok beer when fresh it is an amber but I think has dunkle qualities in the palate,many of the people I have met think the world of it.They have some to learn I believe.

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Photo of Outchillen
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My cousin brought a case of this up from NC

A: Light brown to beige head, copper color, nice and clear

S: Smells very malty and a little hops, slight oak

T: Malty a little oak, almost a little nutty, finishes dry

M: a little heavy, chewy, but very smooth

O: A nice solid amber lager, I like the story of how it sticks to lager natural law, was a nice present getting a case

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem, NC. It is extremely smooth with a strong honey scent/taste. It actually reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, in the mouthfeel and aroma. The menu at M.M. described it as a "vienna lager," and since that is said to be the best style of beer to have with a pizza, I had to try it with my pie. On here its classified as a red lager, so I dont know... I really enjoyed this beer, even though it differs very much from the other vienna lagers I have had (Samuel Adams, Negra Modelo).

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Photo of BenFS4505
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A neighbor brought a bottle to me in Ohio from North Carolina and kept it cold per bottle warning. Poured into a mid-20th century hollow-stem beer glass. Carbonation was moderate with with small bubbles and light head. Noticed a slight yeast taste but not bad. Beautiful read-brown, clear color and no sediment in the bottle which I expected based on the description on the bottle. Felt a little tingly at first but mellowed to a smoother feel as it warmed and settled. Overall a good, smooth beer but a tad on the bland side for my taste.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of avitallo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Glowingz
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChadLAW
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear light copper body and, despite a fairly vigorous pour, a short bone-colored head. The head has good retention and coats the glass with foam when tilted.
The aroma is malt dominated and very appealing. The flavor has very good bitter/sweet balance even though it too is dominated by sweet malts.
Smooth medium body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of JRIGGS89
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. pint enjoyed at the Marriott in Winston-Salem, NC during Sexual Chocolate weekend.

A: Pours a pretty average amber with good clarity. Not much of a head with minimal lacing.

S: Lightly malty aroma with a touch of citrus and herbal notes. Definitely has some metallic aroma.

T/M: Again, light amber malts with some more of the citrus and herbal notes but with a small touch of pine in the back. More of the metallic notes that are pretty distracting but doesn't absolutely destroy the beer. Medium body with a decent smoothness.

D: Easily drinkable but not overly complex. The metallic notes take some away.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head bud some decent lacing. A warm orange color. Not much of an aroma to speak of but what is there is pleasant, slightly bready. Not much hop character on the flavor and overall a very bready flavor dominates, just like the aroma. That being said, the flavor is mild but still pleasant. It's nice but forgetable. It's extremely popular in NC and I never knew why considering it's fairly expensive in a lot of places. I guess it has a mass-appeal drinkability while still have the appearance of a legit craft beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The red oak amber lager is for lack of a better term amber. Think dulled or diluted ruby and crystal clear. Although I love the color the head on this one needs to go back to the drawing board. It fizz and crackles up almost as fast as the tan suds fade.

The nose is a much better situation, with gobs of fresh malts bursting out of the glass. You can smell it as soon as you start to pour. As it warms the nose gives off hints of toasted bread and light caramel sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is like the nose but on steroids. Take all the smells of fresh crushed grain, lightly toasted malts, bread and caramel and double it to get an idea of how the flavor is. This beer is fresh to say the least and should not be wasted by sitting in your fridge or shelf. Bust them out and drink them quick.

Speaking of drinking quick the mouthfeel is conducive to that. Smooth with a hint of creamy and a pop of carbonation. This brew tastes great and goes down as easy as a $5 hooker. Well worth trying and one that I'd buy again and again.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey, stopping in Greensboro I was happy to find a local beer.

Appearance is classic American amber/red ... not much head on the icy cold tap. Just a bit of malty aroma.

The finish just plain disappears but I guess that makes it imminently drinkable. A good call over a macro, maybe.

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Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of dramer
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very easy drinking Lager. Compares to Yuengling but much more crisp and clean tasting

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Photo of Jordanbryan10
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy reddish-copper or, sure, amber color. The head isn't huge and doesn't stick around all that long, but it's fine I guess.

Big bready malt nose, very much German in vibe; I just smell this and I'm back in that country again. It's simple and well put together, but won't make you jump out of your socks with excitement.

Slight candy-like sweetness, even a little bit of cherry tartness, but otherwise it's just a decent lager that goes down easy, doesn't offend in any way, and pretty much provides simple, easy drinking for those who want it that way. I'm in a rare spot where I can't really find much more to say about it, no fine details to report on. It's that simple of a beer.

Way, way too carbonated, even for a beer of this style (and I'm thinking it should be categorized as a German something-or-other lager than anything American). Has an almost soda-like attack, which detracts from the taste.

A bit on the dull side, but you have to appreciate Red Oak's commitment to the Reinheitsgebot. Other local brewers like Foothills and Natty Greene's don't need or want to stick to strict traditions, so these guys are the ones doing it in the Triad. Room for everybody and all that...

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Red Oak Amber from Red Oak Brewery
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