Live Oak Oaktoberfest | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 140
Photo of maxwere
4.63/5  rDev +19%
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 kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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 MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Willi Becher pint. The appearance is phenomenal! It pours with perfect clarity, showing off moderate carbonation through the beautiful amber gold body, with rose-colored highlights throughout. This is all capped by a substantial peach-hued foam that shows true staying power. Very powerful, and absolutely perfect for the marzen style.

The aroma is just right for the style. Whiffs of honey malt, toasted bread, and a faint caramel sweetness all come together in the bouquet, and show that this beer is primarily focused on the rich malts put into the brew. Some hints of Noble hops are there as well, though clearly only as a supporting role.

Oaktoberfest possesses a sweet malt flavor, followed mid-palate by a gentle German hop bitterness that trails into the aftertaste. The medium bodied beer has ample carbonation for a German-style lager, and the finish is long and very smooth, with barely a hint of bitterness. The flavor carries notes of honey and caramel, almost so sweet that it seems to have a fruity quality, but it does not. The hop bitterness mid-palate has a grassy bite to it. The toasted malt flavor linger long into the aftertaste.

This is a delicious beer, with a solid malt profile that is evenly balanced with true Noble hop flavor and bitterness. It's very much in the style of an authentic German marzen, and I am impressed with this beer quite a bit. Far better than many other "Oktoberfest" beers out there. An almost perfect pint. Another solid German-style beer from Live Oak!

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 RobeyStreet
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at two locations last week during my trip to Texas. The first pint I had was at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio.

The beer was surprisingly smooth and had a malty flavor with a hint of caramel. Although I wasn't having it with food, I think it would have gone quite nicely with a burger or meat, maybe a stew even.

I'm not typically into most "Oktoberfest" brews, but this one was very drinkable.

The second place I had it was at the Shady Grove in Austin. Just as good as the first time, I was very impressed with it.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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 TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 AustinBeerLvr
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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 allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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 SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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 natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable and good example of the style. Same color as classic Oktoberfests. Not sure where the "oak" in the name comes from as I didn't taste anything close to it. However it was malty with clove, nutmeg and caramel toffee. Did I say the body was orange? Nice head color of the lightest shade of orange. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, on tap at Gngerman in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. Dark-ish amber/orange-ish, not much head, no lacing, clear. SMELL bit of booze, grainy, caramel malty, yeasty. Nice. TASTE alot like the nose. Smooth and balanced. Best Octo I've had in a while. FEEL thin side of medium body, pleasant, clean finish. OVERALL very easy drinking, tasty, not too big.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt some caramel

M - This beer has a smooth lighter body with light carbonation to it

D - Yet another very good beer from Live Oak and one of the better ofests out this beer has a good taste thats worth trying if you see it on tap

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Dallas Flying Saucer...

Arrives a golden color with a thick creamy foamy white head... A little lighter than most O-fests but no biggie..

Wonderful honey and bread aromas on this... A terrific aroma of sweet malts roll off of this...

Well, I'm surprised at this brew... Its actually terrific.. Wonderful sweet honey-like bready taste with this has me drinking this one way too fast... Its terrific all the way around...very delicious example of the style...

Very impressed with this brew! Terrific example of the style and super delicious....

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the flying saucer in Addison. Pours beautiful deep clear bourbon amber, very clear like a lager. Dark, barely clear brown. No head or lacing. Aroma of sweet malt backbone and some mild fruit. Sweet oak aroma. Taste is full, sweet, juicy, reminds me slightly of fall. Flavor is apple, malt, a little tart and not too nutty, thank goodness. Finish is toasted oat. Medium body, pretty smooth. Kinda of bitter finish which is full and tastes a little like a typical harvest brew.

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Photo of teg8612
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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 UPMD_Bill
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like most other Oktoberfests, the rich caramel malt dominates. There are hints of tart apple and pear, with some spice. No bitterness. feels a little heavy but still crisp and drinkable. Overall: One of the better Oktoberfests, somewhere between Sam Adams and Ayinger on the spectrum of ones I've had this year. In comparison, I'd call it a little drier and less sweet than the Sam Adams, but not quite as much spice as Ayinger.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass Orange with a thin white head. Good lacing all the way down.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The taste was full of malts with a nice orange spice. The end of the palatte had a nice hop bitterness to finish.

The body was very full for the style which was a nice bonus.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is classic Marzen. I get a whole lot of toffee and bread as well as some grapes - which I get in almost every German lager. The flavor is more of the same with a ton of malt. This is a malt bomb of a beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another very nice beer from Live Oak.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at B.B. Rover's in Austin. Arrived in a pint glass a clear, orangey-red with a thin layer of head; reported to be the last glass from the keg. For an octoberfest, the smell surprised me with notes of vanilla, bread, and lightly sweet malt.

Taste continues the same theme of a subtly sweet beer with honey, vanilla, a little clove, and call me influenced by the name, but almost a gentle woody note. Even tasted a little bubble gum from time to time. This Octoberfest isn't thick and syrupy sweet, like some, nor is it more pale lager than octoberfest, like others. Body is smooth and refreshing the whole sip through.

Really a drinkable beer. I'll have to try it again, but the flavors were just excellent.

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Photo of techtatu
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with about a finger width cream colored head. Not much of a smell to it. It was a unique taste, not like most Oktoberfest.

It's a good beer, smooth drink but lighter than most Oktoberfest. Something to enjoy at a local bar on a Friday night.

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Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 aggiearcher13
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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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