Live Oak Oaktoberfest | Live Oak Brewing Company

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140 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sometimes when breweries get famous for something, their other beer gets neglected a little bit. not the case with these guys, whose take on another classic style is as satisfying as the first, if a little less stunning perhaps than their hefe. its clear amber beer with a tall white head and a nose of sweeter german malt that has a toffee backbone and an autumnal feel. the lager yeast is robust in the finish, crackery and not all the way cleaning up the malt sugar, but getting as close as you can in the style i think. a slight wood profile to it too, which adds sweetness i think rather than mellowness. carbonation is way up, a feature i love in this style, and it is a beer that demands a lidded stein and traditional german oktoberfest garb. really solid seasonal here, texas beer is booming...

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in a bar in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Not much lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - about 40 seconds.

Body: Body is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Pretty typical appearance for a festbier. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: German in character. Cream. clean barley. Munich and pils malts. Grains. Has a minimal hop presence which is almost entirely floral in character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: German malt character from the munich and pilsner malts. Grainy. Has a kiss of toasted character. Minimal hop presence here, and all of the hop notes are floral. Nice balance and build, with a style-typical simplicity. I like it. Cohesive but not gestalt. There's not much subtlety. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Adequately carbonated. Nice body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Drinkable, but not impressive enough to warrant getting again - especially at this price. Good for the style, but not great. It's a likable festbier but it's not world class. This isn't Live Oak's strongest offering, but it's certainly above average.

High C+

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Pours a clear dark amber with minimal head. Sweet malty aroma of bread, caramel and grain. Body follows the nose with a strong malt flavor upfront that is backed by just a hint of earthy hops. Light to medium bodied and finishes clean and crisp.

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Photo of sd123
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: A light toasted malt and bread aroma. Cereal and grain.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt and bread.
M/D: A lighter body than expected. Medium carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I can make this a session beer if the occasion calls for it.

Not a bad beer at all. Nothing special either. Worth a try, but not my favorite of the style.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Live Oak Oaktoberfest from Live Oak Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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