Black Oak Oaktoberfest | Black Oak Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Black Oak OaktoberfestBlack Oak Oaktoberfest
Very Good
37 Ratings
Black Oak OaktoberfestBlack Oak Oaktoberfest

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oaktoberfest is the only lager we make over here at Black Oak. Why? Because of how much we LOVE this Marzen Oaktoberfest style! The brew is coloured a copper colour and has thick, white foam and snappy carbonation. It is clean, fresh and crisp: the malty flavour is complimented by the right amount of hops. It is easy-to-drink, yet full of flavour.

Added by Viggo on 10-05-2009

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Molson2000:
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Knee deep in the middle of KW Oktoberfest, found this little gem on tap at Volo on one of my many weekly trips to T.O. Haven't found this anywhere in KW - pity.

Poured into a nonic. Rich n' amber coloured, slight haze, about a half inch of head that recedes into a fine ring.

Smells malty and delightful, with a bit of grain, hops and a bit of fruit. More character than any Oktoberfest I've come across (then again, all of those have really been pale lagers in the Oktoberfest vein, so this isn't really fair). Still, quite nice.

The malt blast continues. Rich and hearty, with fresh grain, a bit of rye, fruit and mild hop bitterness. Bready, sweet and full-flavored - how I likes my Oktoberfest brews to be.

Medium bodied, silky, with carbonation that initially seems over strong, but certainly helps keep the sweetness at bay.

A brew that'll get you saying Gemuetlichkeit - great stuff.

 896 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very decent cask format beer, enjoyed at C'est What. Slight greyish lager, with a good head, followed by lots of lace. A light smoked malt that is quite tasty, and there is a creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly little smoke in the nose, but cask beer has some surprisingly characteristics, and maybe it was just brewed.

 314 characters

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color beer with a medium size foamy head with light retention. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt with light cereal notes with some subtle residual sugars notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Missing a bit of biscuit malt that do wonder for the style.

 365 characters

Photo of CurtisD
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The Only. Arrives a cloudy burnished bronze with a thin layer of head on top. Nose is biscuity with a hint of honey and floral hops. Touch of toast and a faint hint of roast.

Really pleasing, clean flavor - drinkable while being full-flavored. Toast and a light honey sweetness, nice malt depth. Floral and lightly grassy hopping, a hint of the mineral-like metallic character I find pleasing in the style, light berry character that borders on tart. Slightly sweet body but balanced with a drying finish. Major issue is the carbonation which is wicked high, rips through the mouth and masks some of the flavor. Still, a really nice, drinkable take on a style that is great for fall sessions.

 701 characters

Photo of OttawaBeerClub
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: apple, spices, pepper, nothing overpowering

Appearance: Amber, copper, hazy, very little head

Flavor: No apple as nose would suggest, bit sour, grain, lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Fine carbonation. Chuggable

Overall: Smooth, very sessionable. Would buy again.

 292 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden orange, with a beautiful haze, few slow rising small bubbles, 4 fingers of well sustained off white head that melts like snow.

S: Very typical marzen. Caramel malts, light sweetness, malty, molasses, drying hay.

T: Lightly sweet, much like a solid German beer, especially a German Pilsner, but more dried hay on the finish, weightiness on the mouth feel and light sweetness. Little bitterness that is dull and lingers a little but is light.

M: Medium thick chewy body with medium low fine bubbled carbonation, lends to a great mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

O: Really proud of this Canadian Oktoberfest beer. Found it in Kitchener today. More fizz than the German versions I’ve had, and an overall more rounded feel. Feels fresh and new.

 753 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.95

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some straw/hay and a grassiness.

Overall - This is one of the styles I really don't care for.. but that have done a very good job with it. The mouthfeel is great and the taste seems spot on for the style. If you are a fan of this type of beer, give it a try for sure.

 696 characters

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; no freshness information. Glad to see a Black Oak seasonal finally making its way to Sarnia; they have a great reputation and their stuff has never been easy to find around here.

Pours an attractive amber-orange colour, fairly clear in complexion and topped at first with nearly two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention is respectable - it takes more than a few minutes to wilt down to a smooth, dense cap, which lingers on the surface for considerably longer. The aroma is nice, clean and malty, with notes of toffee, biscuits, toasted nuts. Subtle accents of grass and orchard fruit, with this last aspect becoming more noticeable as the glass warms.

Pretty tasty stuff. A little grainy, but the malts tend toward more of a biscuity, breadcrust-and-toasted nuts vibe. Some light toffee sweetness is also detectable, with the hops remaining well-concealed until the finish, where they provide hints of grass and wet hay. Not getting much of the fruit I picked up on the nose, though. The aftertaste is a little earthy, with the malt presence gradually fading from the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that provides only a gentle bite. Very smooth and easily quaffed; this is a pleasure to drink and definitely sessionable, but the $6 price tag is a little prohibitive as far as that purpose goes.

Final Grade: 4.07, an impressive A-. I don't profess to be an Oktoberfest expert, but Black Oak's take on the style is probably my new favourite. While it drinks smoothly and easily (as any properly-constructed German lager should), it still has a bold malt profile guaranteed to satisfy fans of the style. Oaktoberfest is a great marzen that I will absolutely turn to the next time I'm in the mood for one, and probably worth the price given the lack of widely-distributed, quality examples in this province. A must-try for all lager enthusiasts.

 1,919 characters

Photo of kinguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Cask Days tent at Beau's Oktoberfest 2011.

Poured an opaque black with a soapy beige head.

Mild, but very fruity aroma. Rasins, cherries and a toffee or caramel note.

Very earthy wet wheat sort of taste. Fruit tones like sweet grapes and apples could be found, along with a cough syrup-like quality.

Thin-bodied with a bitter, syrupy sensation on the tongue. Reminded me of watered down medicine with a rather sweet, honey toned aftertaste.

Oddly unbalanced to the sweet side and surprisingly disappointing given the brewery. Would try again in bottle or regular tap if given the chance.

 617 characters

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with an off-white head, great retention, excellent lacing. From a cask no less!

S: Bready, floral, grassy spice, wood & toffee.

T: Grainy bready, peppery spice, toffee, nut, wood; artfully balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body.

D: A good drinker.

 267 characters

Photo of tomghiley
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the C'est What? Festival of Small Breweries. Cask lager, hell yeah!

POurs a clear dark orange/amber, thick white head forms, slowly drops to a thick ring, good lacing on the glass, good retention. Smell is nice, very malty, big caramel and biscuit, toasty, oranges, some light floral, real solid maltiness. Taste is great too, very heavy malts, caramel, biscuit, toast, a bit plasticy, sweet middle, touch of floral, solid balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Real nice Oktoberfest.

 549 characters

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PorterPro125
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 650 mL Bottle

A- Pours a burnt orange colour with an off-white 1 1/2 finger head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Sweet Caramel Malt with a touch of grassy hops. Typical Marzen.

T- Light Caramel sweetness and a lingering grassy hop bitterness.

M- Medium-Heavy Body and Moderate-Low Carbonation

O- Awesome example of a Classic Marzen.

 369 characters

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For our first foray into Black Oak's brews, we picked up a 6 pack of their seasonal "Oaktoberfest" beer from the company's on-site retail store. The bottles were 341 ml and Oaktoberfest was 5.0% alcohol by volume. I understand that date codes are normally stamped on the bottom of Black Oak's boxes, but for whatever reason mine were stamped on the front of each bottle just below the label, with what I'm reading as an October 7, 2011 production date.

Oaktoberfest poured a slightly hazy deep copper colour, taking on more of a copper/golden hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced approximately 1" of sticky, light tan coloured head which lasted for about 5 minutes before receding into a thin film and foamy collar, leaving plenty of lacing down the glass. It's certainly a good looking beer. The aroma is dominated by sweet and toasted malts, and Oaktoberfest's flavour is fairly heavy on the malts up front (well suited to my personal taste), finishing with a mild hop bitterness which lasts for about 5 seconds after swallowing. The bitter finish balances the initial malt sweetness nicely, and though there is a bit of an aftertaste, it does not overstay its welcome. The carbonation is just right...enough to give the beer a crisp mouthfeel and heft up the body without crossing the line into gassy. In summary, a satisfying beer that represents good value for money. I'll be visiting Black Oak again next October to pick up another 6 pack ..or two

 1,466 characters

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo. Pours a dark orange with a finger of white head that sticks around for a while. Little lacing. Smells of huge of caramel and biscuit malt with some floral hops. Flavour has a mild bitterness, but not too much. Carbonation level is fairly high.

 259 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How appropriate that Oktoberfest beers - those quintessential fall-time lagers - have the colour of autumn foliage. Black Oak Oaktoberfest is a burnished orange tone with gold leaf highlights. It's translucent but not clear, a complexion indicative of the beer's clean but hearty profile.

The malt in this aroma is rich, biscuity, bready and has notes of toasted nuts and honeyed grain. Hops *are* used in Oktoberfest recipes you just would never necessarily know it, not with all the malt flavour being shown off the way it is. (Well, there may be a hint of grass.)

The palate, too, is a showcase of malty flavour and depth. Again, there's strong notes of toasted bread and nuts, lots of hearty graininess and a delicate, fleeting sweetness that disintegrates on my tongue just before I can get my fingers to type 'toffee brittle'.

It is so obvious as to sound meaningless, but the key to a "smooth" lager is allowing it the time to smooth out, which is to say to properly lager. We could be talking months here! Most big industrial breweries won't spend this kind of time but instead sink loads of money into advertising to convince people their products offer just the same quality as those adequately aged.

But really they don't (and, granted, inferior ingredients don't help either). A craft-brewed Märzen such as Black Oak's Oaktoberfest, however, is the real deal - it's about as "smooth" or "crisp" or (insert favourite buzzword here) as a lager can be. Indeed, at its best - brewed with hearty malts, amply-hopped and patiently aged for the requisite 12 or 16 weeks - even Canadian-brewed Märzens can represent all that is great about Germany's brewing traditions.

 1,682 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Black Oak Oaktoberfest from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 37 ratings