NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2013. Pours a clear burnt orange appearance with a thin cream colored head. Caramel, meaty, rich malty aroma that smells very nice. Flavor is pretty tasty, maybe a touch thin. Toasted caramel malty, toffee, light brown sugar, smoked ham flavor. Would drink again.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, orange pour with white foam, aroma of smoke and caramel, flavor has good balance of smoked oak firewood, glazed carrots, caramel , malty good finish
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Freetail in San Antonio .. . Pours a medium amber .. medium head, lacing is impressive .. tasty stuff, caramelly smokiness .. sturdy mouthfeel .. . really good brew
.. . . is it weird i’d enjoy watching Rene Russo and Dyan Cannon lez out on each other?
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) clear copper, few bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, marshmallow, light alcohol, German hops, excellent smoky linger. Honestly, one of my favorite Live Oak beers to date.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Freetail. Orange-brown pour with a white head. The aroma and flavor have a good bit of meaty BBQ notes as well as some light toffee and caramel. The smoke is very strong but is well done and the beer is therefore enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As a huge fan of smoke beers, I am happy I got to try this one.
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Holy shit, this is a smoky beer. Reminds me of beef for some reason. Maybe from eating enough, not too much, brisket. For all you techies out there its a reddish tinted amber lager, clean, with no head. The finish is just like the flavor, as I’ve already described.
rougeau13 (1865) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a whitish head and moderate lacing. Aroma of caramel and toasty malt with light smoke. More smoke in the taste atop a mild malty sweetness. Light-medium bodied. Not bad.
ansermadide (1451) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s not very often that I find a Live Oak beer that I’ve never reviewed. Refreshing, the idea of something new! Dark, almost copperish-gold in color with a strikingly bright white, somewhat dense head, this smoked version of Oaktoberfest has a soft, but definite wood smoked aroma with a touch of a downtown, German brewery.
The flavor is even more potent with smoke, but with a nice addition of Vienna or Munich to offset the smoke with a touch of roasty sweetness. It only starts to show its tell-tale signs of a lager through its finish, with subtle characteristics of a Rauchbier. It’s smooth and almost creamy, but sharp on the palate... And the smoke helps with the sharpness. Not bad for a lager, or an Oktoberfest for that matter. It almost doesn’t even taste like an Oktoberfest, though, because of how much the smoke overshadows the caramel malts.
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap..Pour is golden with a white head..Nose is smoke, caramel, light bready, spice...Taste is smoke, spice, caramel, nice malts, cinnamon
mmmbeer (1213) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint glass at DH- served a transparent light burnt orange color, creamy white 1mm white head was present with a firm ring around the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Hits the mouth with a light medium body, malt tastes like less caramel was added than their typical oktoberfest bier, smoke is very present in the middle, finish is tangy from smoke and the hardwood feel. Keep ’em coming Live Oak!!!