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Oaktoberfest | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by Premo88:
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

two 12 oz. cans poured into 25 oz. glass mug
(9/28/2017 packaged date)

L: murky copper topped with impressive (for this big mug) stack of beige foam, about 1-inch tall and thick; head lingers a bit, does not stick; just a few minutes after the pours and the beer is clearing up some, already better than 50-60% clear and looks like it will clear up more; lots of sediment in can and for these pours I tried to keep it out of the glass (lees tasted yummy ... yeasty yummy); no sticking, no lacing; stops clearing up at about 75-80% clear

S: toasted apricot, extra toasted apricot kolache ... also has a slight metallic twinge to it, like a super hot BBQ pit grill that's both meaty, salty and metallic ... could be something funny with my nose but it's definitely got some toasted oak wood thing going on, so the BBQ pit image makes at least some sense

T: earthy to start off with, a hellacious dirt-hop bite that digs in and lingers; even cold to start off with, though, you can taste an equally impressive load of toasted malt in the background, malt that gets sweet enough at times to call it bready or bread doughy; as it warms, the malt flavors start turning into a combination of toasted peach/toasted apricot/lightly toasted dried apricot mixed with oak tree bark ... a sweet-earthy mix that's almost bitter from the wood flavor ... nearly charred wood at times, other times just cured wood; it's packed with these notes, too ... the flavors are massive, like they shoved 50 pound bags of malt and hops into each can; as it warms more and we get about 2/5 into the glass, the hop bite starts turning from earthy to floral and the toasted malt note grows

F: relatively lightweight considering the gigantic flavors, good carbonation that does lots of helping, no hurting ... if it's not perfect, it's very close

O: this one's a champion of the more earthy-hop side of the marzen/octoberfest spectrum; there's some great malt flavor in it, and the more I get into these 24 ounces the more those malt flavors wake up and contribute, but the hops combined with the oak wood flavors are the show here ... and even those are evolving as we go from earthy dirt to start with to a bit more delicate and floral about a third into the glass; one very good beer

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber in color with a creamy off-white head that settles into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet and malty and very inviting. Moderate in body and rather creamy in texture. Taste begins with sweet caramel malt and a bit of toffee followed by some bready notes. Fruity hops come along towards the end giving a nice balance to the beer. Very nice—one of my favorite oktoberfests. Sampled on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dog&Duck, Austin.

Nothing quite as exciting as a new keg of the latest Live Oak seasonal. There's a small, dense head. It's a deep cream color, almost tan, and fades evenly to a thin ring. Almost no lacing on the (slightly damp) glass. The beer is dark amber, clear, with a few sluggish, lumbering bubbles of carbonation. A flowery, fruity, hoppy nose only hints at the deep caramel malt to come. Front is tangy. Middle is fruity with almost overwhelming caramel maltiness. Sweetish, but definitely not syrupy or sugary. Nice, bitter hoppy finish shows some roasty grains. And still plenty of caramel left over.

This is an aggressive oktoberfest. It's overflowing with tangy fruit, caramel and flowery hops. Wow.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought about what I was going to say about this beer for quite a while before I finally decided on this review. I love the beer. In fact, I was tempted to only drink this beer the night I was at the Addison Flying Saucer. But alas, a wide selection makes you turn to other great beers. How horrible!

Anyway, the one thing that made me most confused about how I would review this beer is the fact that the Oaktoberfest is sweet...I mean really sweet. I can see this beer being way too sweet for some beer drinkers and definitely for lovers of Oktoberfest beers.

The beer pours a pretty amber with an orange hue. My pour had very little head but that could be a bad pour by the scantily clad bar wench. The aroma was so lovely, fruity and sweet with a faint floral that hinted that hops were in there somewhere.

OK, I've already mentioned the sweetness. And I also have noted that I love the flavor. But this is one of the sweetest Oktoberfests I have ever had. It seems to be a bit unbalanced, and I hate to say that since I loved it so.

All in all, this is a wonderful beer. But I would have to say as an Oktoberfest is is not as good as the Saint Arnold, for you Texas drinkers.

Last word...delicious.

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Photo of truesolution
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of beerdiablo
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“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 does German styles well and their Oaktoberfest is no exception.
Good malt body with hints of caramel supporting the higher ABV. Enjoy the finish as the hops come in to balance the experience.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Gingerman in Dallas. Rich mahogany color with a huge, long-lasting head on it. Aroma is good clean malty, a little bready. Nice malty start, lightly toasted & biscuity, light touch of caramel. Hop bitterness comes in a bit in the middle, keeping it from being too sweet, but strong emphasis more on the malt. Finishes clean and dry. Crisp, medium-light body. Another very good offering from Live Oak.

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Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the seasonal craft brews available on tap, enjoyed at the Ginger Man on a trip to Dallas.
Brownish amber color with a thin cream colored head. Foam shrank away quickly leaving minimal lace. Nice smell, nutty and slightly sweet caramel aromas. Malty sweetness with hints of smoke and toasted bread. A touch of fruity hops balancing the finish. Average body and mouthfeel, smooth going down. I thought this was a very good Oktoberfest, flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of johnnieoz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy. The tap handle was cool, just a wooden branch (maybe this is the case with Live Oak everywhere, I don't know). The beer was clear copper colored with a thin head, could have been thicker if poured with more abandon. The aroma was really good, clean and malty, not too strong, a little bready too. The taste was likewise clean and sweet, a touch of esters, maybe some hint of spice but mostly neutral as appropriate for the style. Good body, not too thin, very good all around. I liked this better than the hefeweizen (which I also liked but am a little mystified as to its place in the top 100).

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a while ago. Had it on tap at the Draught House here in Austin.

A: Amber, a little hazy but for the most part clear. Off white head, not much lacing to it though.

S: Clean, malty, sweet. Pretty solid aroma, very yeasty.

T: Followed the aroma. Pretty neutral, a little spice, but mostly just some nice malts coming through.

M: Middle of the road body and carbonation. Very solid.

D: Not hard to drink, but doesn't have and "it" factor that would keep me around drinking it.

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Photo of maxwere
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best Octoberfest I have ever had (probably due to freshness). It had about a half inch head that lingered for 5 minutes or. (I took my time) I have never seen a head like that on a lager style beer. Fairly strong okfest, ABV wise... I would guess %6-7.

There was a lot going on flavor wise. As the beer warmed a little, the flavor of apples an other fruits became more prominant... Live Oak has got to start bottling!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Flying Suacer the middle of October. I am going through my notes, and I haven't posted this one yet, so why not now?

The beer was a clear pale orange color with a 1/4" white head. The head is creamy with some lacing left on the glass after drinking. The flavor and aroma is really malty with evident caramel. There is also a bit of toast in this beer that comes out a bit as it warms. There is no hops to speak of in the aroma. The flavor has a defined toast along with much more noticeable hops. The body is medium to light with a good bit of toasty sweetness to linger. This is a really nice Oktoberfest.

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Photo of notalumberjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of teg8612
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber, brownish in color with a cream colored head.

S- Rich, nutty aroma with good caramel malt notes and sweet.

T&M- Moderate in body with decent carbonation. Malt is sweet and caramelly. Rich with some smoke in it. Bready and smooth going down. Hops are subtle but finish the beer off nicely. Slightly fruity and become more agressive as the beer warms. Husky apple peels.

D- This is a great edition on Oktoberfest. More flavor than other versions and deeper in character. Very drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz draft at the Austin Flying Saucer.

Oaktoberfest pours a brilliant, fiery copper hue with tints of gold and a nice clarity. The custard head retains well and drapes some solid lacing along the insides of the pint. Biscuity malt and toasted grain in the nose, alongside a mild sweetness of apple, pumpkin, and grassy hops.

Flavor is solid for the style, with bread crust and toasted pilsner malts up front, followed by a crisp, spicy hop note and some lingering sweetness. Medium-thin body with an appropriate carbonation level. All in all a refreshing, tasty Oktoberfest bier by the ever-impressive Live Oak Brewery. Will definitely have again this season.

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Photo of bcrossan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/18/2008 (Draft @ Opal Divines, Austin, TX):

Pours a brown-orangish colored body, with no head. Has a sweet malty aroma, some grain. Not very strong. Malty, grainy taste. A little spice, some fizziness. Real grainy taste. Interesting different kind of taste.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon looking at this beer, the first thing I noticed was the deep but clear amber color. Once I took a sniff of it, there was some scent of malt, but not that strong.

The taste of this brew is distinctive for an Oktoberfest style. It is very bready, fruity, but the bread flavors are defenitely dominant. On the first sip, I could have been drinking liquid ginger bread for all I knew. Once I took a few more sips and really stopped to appreciate all of the great different flavors this beer offers, I was impressed to say the least. This beer is very complex but at the same time very drinkable. I also liked the fact that the finish seemed to really balance everything out very nicely. As for the mouthfeel, it was nearly perfect for the style. Not too thin, but plently of body to keep things interesting.

If you are looking for a little bit of a different spin on an Oktoberfest brew, this is defenitely your beer. It is very complex, but very drinkable. I liked it a lot, and wish Live Oak would start selling their beers in bottles rather than just on tap.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is sweet and malty with some cooked veg and grain. Smells pretty good.

Pours deep copper clear with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose with solid grain and cooked veg notions. Softly sweet. Mildly spicy - autumn-like spices. Sweetness grows slightly. Soft bitterness. Very soft hops - noble and bittering. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

Not bad, pretty good. Kind of unmemorable.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
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