Odell Woodcut No. 04 Oak Aged Lager

RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Originally from Bavaria, Märzens were brewed during the cooler months, and then stored in a lager (cave or cellar) during the summer months. Woodcut No. 4, best described as a double Märzenbier, boasts a malty body with a clean, refined finish. Hints of toasted cedar, vanilla and almond are created by lagering the beer in new American Oak barrels. Each Woodcut offering is packaged and bottle conditioned in 750ml Champagne style bottles with a cork and cage finish. Once released, the recipe and label are retired making these beers truly limited-edition.
Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Woodcut No. 4 on May 22, 2010 as one of many weeklong events honoring American Craft Beer Week.

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kevinator (2792) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
I had this when it was about 1 year old and just now at near 3 years. I can say it has continued to blend and wood flavors became more pronounced. The carbonation held up. The aromas were strong malt, almond and a little sour. Nice copper color with one finger of white head. I will say this is the most unique lager I’ve ever had. Not a strong hops presence. Good sipping beer. Alcohol was present but not over done.

Marheb (6238) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
(Mai 2010): Une bouteille avec presque 3 ans d’age, une véritable bombe vanillé. Des noisettes grillées complètent avec un caramel machable sur son corps croustillant empreint d’une bonne sécheresse d’alcool et de bois au final. Solide et mature.

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle 750ml.
Pours dark amber with low head. Aroma is of fruits, sweetness (almost candiesque). Taste is of oak, fruits, yeast. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Pretty good.

tom10101 (6280) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by dsgolovin, thanks! Clear amber with a medium creamy and good lacing. Aroma of malt, fruits, grains, caramel and resinous notes. Taste is moderately sweet with grain, cedar, malt, nuts, caramel fruits and resinous notes. Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Alcohol is present. I liked it.

JulienHuxley (5964) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Clear copper gold pour, head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is quite fruity, lots fo berries, malty, peaches, caramel, fresh grain. Taste is sweet, grainy, alcohol comes off as a fruity almost sweet flavor. Palate is a bit slick, I would have liked to see some more carbonation, but this was pretty good.

vyvvy (6775) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Thanks to Joe at our Florissant tasting for this one. Pours copper with a small white head that quickly turns to a ring. The aroma is very oaky and fruity. It is fairly sweet and has some apricots, floralness, vanilla and alcohol heat. It has a medium / full body with a small amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of vanilla and oak with some caramel malt, dried nectar fruits and a bit of alcohol warmth. The finish has heavier alcohol, oaky wood and more sweetness. Didn’t get to try this fresh to know how it started, but it is pretty interesting right now.

seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Shared from a big brown corked bottle into a mini schooner glass, thanks Joe. It poured a cloudy deep amber color with thin but persistent off-white head and a little lace. It looked like a double-Oktoberfest, but didn’t smell as much like one. Faint aromas and flavors of pils and caramel malts, even fainter peppery noble hops, but dominated by oxidation, vanilla and tannins of wood-aging.Very alcoholic, but not in a terribly hot/fusel way. Vyvvy pointed out the oak aspects were probably concealing what would otherwise be perceived as flaws. The bottle was two years old, probably brewed up to a year before that, and I don’t think such lengthy aging benefits a high-gravity pale-ish lager. Drinkable, not offensive, but no longer the really good beer it surely once was.

hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Poured from 750 ML bottle. Pours a murky amber color with just a bit of head and very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet bourbon, cedar, vanilla and a bit of almond champagne. Taste is very similar to the nose with notes of mild bourbon, almond extract and dried fruits. This is really tasty stuff.

wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Amazing oak aroma that makes you dream of fall. Bourbon flavor stands out in this one. Only negative about this one is its lack of visual clarity. Strong beer from a strong brewery!

OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
This was one that stole the show at the tasting. I don’t think anyone expected to see this style, let alone this style done so well. The aromas were tons of oak and vanilla with a bready, caramel malt presence and a touch of booze. Taste followed suit with some caramel, a touch of booze, and loads of vanilla. This one was great! Thanks for sharing!

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