Brakspear Oxford Gold - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 5.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bark on 11-16-2007

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really an English Pale Mild Ale, but since the Bros doesn’t think the style “English Blond/Golden Ale” exist, this is as close as I get.

The colour is gold; the liquid clear. The finger thick head sinks down to a compact white lid, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is sweet with notes of honey, flowery hops (according to the label, Target and Golding hops are used), some mild bitter notes as well as a hint of yeast.

The taste is sweet and a bit hoppy, but not very bitter. Flowery notes of honey and clotted cream, some apricots and bananas. The aftertaste gives a delicate bitterness as well as a touch of white bread and mint.

The liquid is very smooth and a little thick. The carbonation is fresh yet mild, giving room for the subtle flavours.

A good example of this rather new style. (820 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handpump half-pint at the Southwark Tavern.

A: Clear pale amber body with a very nice finger of creamy tan foam. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Balanced mix of herbal + piney hops and mildly sweet toffee malt. A little weak, but it's a mild after all.

T: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Malty and fruity up front, with biscuit, toffee, and apricot leading the way to a cleanly bitter finish. Very easy drinking and tasty.

M: Smooth, light, and moderately carbonated.

O: With its style in mind, this is almost a perfect beer: balanced, subtle, nuanced, complex, and hugely quaffable. I could see pint after pint disappearing with zero effort and great enjoyment.

Cheers! (675 characters)

Photo of anakar
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, but then maybe it's because I poured it perfectly to my glass (YES! no enormous foam and not flat!!!)

App: it pours a bronze beauty, a bit cloudy with a pretty white (not bright white, kinda dirty white) head of about 2 fingers

Smell: Smell of honey, which is a big feature to this beer, rich smell that doesn't overpower you like you get in some heavy beers. makes you wanna take a chug

Taste: the best part. This is a sweet, honey tasting beer. the taste is rich and spreads great over the mouth. No bad aftertaste but a weak flavor that I enjoyed

Mouth: great, clear but with a little carb. Good feel, I can't quite explain

Overall: very recomended for all purposes (695 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle bought in Oxford, UK.

A - Deep golden to copper color with orange highlights. Very clear. Head is off white and not very thick, but it is sticky and persistent. Good lacing.

S - Clean, fresh aroma of English hops, some bready malt and a hint of butterscotch.

T - The taste is clean and balanced. It emphasizes English hops flavor (although the bitterness is moderate), but is balanced by bready, biscuity malt. There is a bit of butter and caramel in the slightly sweet finish. Very nice.

M - Medium body. Smooth carbonation; medium hops bitterness; no alcohol burn.

O - A simple and low-key, but very well-executed English beer. Balanced, clean and not over-the-top in any one area, but very enjoyable. (737 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, golden-orange bronze color and a lot of bubbles with a large, fluffy, foamy, creamy white head with great retention settling into a thick creamy and sticky lacing.

S - Definitely an English smelling beer with a good amount of grassy/herbal/tea hops coming out on top of a slight caramel malt base. Also a fair amount of honey aroma and a touch of citrus, yeast, and mineral as well.

T - Initially there is a pale and slight caramel malt, sweet taste. This quickly gives way to the English hops, with a grassy/herbal/ tea like flavor coming through pretty strong along with hints of spice. Some fruitiness (apple and pear) comes out as well, followed by some orange like citrus. This leads to a bit more floral hop taste along with a touch of toasted bread flavor. Mineral flavors come on at the end and linger after the sip. Slight bitterness from the hops through out, but it isn't all that bitter.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and a touch of a tingly feeling and a drying finish.

D - Very drinkable beer with a lot of different flavors and a nice balance of hops and malt. Very much a sessionable English beer. Easy to drink, and continues to grow on you as you drink it.

Notes: Best before 31/12/10. A very nice, solid English session beer. Very nicely balanced and easy to drink. Doesn't stand out as amazing, but it continues to grow on you as you drink it. (1,436 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light copper with a moderate head of mixed bubbles.

S - Grapefruit hop with some butteriness and some metal.

T - Solid malt with a nice citric hop. Somewhat light I suppose but works well in the balance. Mild bitterness and a toastiness and a hint of soap.

M - Light body and a bit of carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced. (361 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A gift from a family friend from the UK.

A: Hazy amber liquid with a slight 1/4" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly.

S: honey, yeast and grass.

T: Honey, grass, marmalade, wood, grapefruit rind.

M: Medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Surprisingly tasty flavour given that this ale uses Golding, Styrian Golding, Fuggle and Admiral Hops. (366 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to alfrantzell. All right, my first English Pale Mild tick, if you can call this beer that.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head.

Sweet pale malt and honey on the aroma, with mild earthy hops. The flavor is slightly sweet and rather honeyish.

Pale malt and a smooth subtle earthy and mild citrus hop profile. Like a bitter, albeit not too bitter.

Medium-bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Solid and drinkable beer overall. Nice session beer (if you're not a 4% = session beer diehard tool that is). (544 characters)

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A delicious holiday discovery. All round nice easy drinking beer now brewed at Wychwood Brewery. All Brakspear's copper tanks were moved over to the Wychwood Brewery to maintain the same process and flavour. Apparently the yeast dates back to 1776? A unique old school ale. (273 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, one month past its Best Before Date. This is an organic beer and bottle conditioned.

Poured into a standard pint glass, most likely a bit colder than it would have liked (it was a hot day), the beer had been left in the fridge a bit longer than it should have been!

Mini haze to this tangarine orange coloured beer, plenty of carbonisation rising through to replenish the white foaming head. No lacing, but the head stayed for a long time, so condition of the beer was fine, even though I'd over cooled it.

Aroma of spicey hops and yeast esters, some malty smells arrived as it warmed in the sun.

There is a tang and pungency to the taste, bitter with an easy mixed fruit feel to it. No trace of any malt in the flavour, but it was sharp, refreshing and invigorating, a good beer for a hot day or night. (827 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber, slight haze, narrow layer of white froth that compacts to a thin cap

Aroma: fermented honey, grain, perfumey hop scent of pine and citrus

Flavor: dryish malt balance with fruity notes of lemons, heather flowers, and blossom honey; finishes dry with a lingering mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: This is probably one of the better beers from Brakspear and definitely a good organic beer. (469 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from La Cave de l'Inattendu, tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : flowery hops and roasted malts flavors with low bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Pale mild Ale. (298 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 25/09. Honey-gold, momentary white head flattens to a wispy film with a solid ring and some lacing. Steady small bubble slow moving carbonation. Aroma of honey dew, lime, citrus. There is a muted tartness that's well controlled, green melon, clean, crisp, dry, bitter ... all within a honey backdrop that happily lacks the associated sweetness. Refreshing bitterness has a nice understated malty finish, again nicely balanced and pleasant. This beer reminded me of what a Corona would like to be. It would make a fine summer sessional at 4.6 per cent ABV, not overly serious but the combination of Target and Goldings hops and organic breeding work out rather well in this instance, I thought highly of this beer considering the style. (752 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try one of these options in the style for a while but couldn't bring myself to blow 13 clams on a Lakefront variety 12-pack with a couple Cattails in it. Finally, at Volo Toronto, I find this in bottle. Served in tulip.

Provides a honey color with about a 2/3 finger head. Really, not too much retention, but there's decent carbonation. Quite clear - although the head doesn't stick this is an inviting presentation.

The first whiff brings about a bit of silage - it actually smells organic if that can be explained. Definitely noble hops abound from the stewy light malt.

It's actually somewhat clean with that British slatey tinniness for a while but it burns off. Intermittent butterscotch is latent as well - it gets more hearty with a little warmth.

For some reason I don't expect milds to be very clean and light but this one is. A slightly tinny aftertaste, but that doesn't create much hassle.

Being in this weight class offers major sessionability. It's admittedly not a style I am well-versed in but it's an easy pour and a solid foundation. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Scriba
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't the first time I'm drinking this one. I have bought it a couple of times. It's a quite inexpensive for an English ale (in Sweden), and it's organic (which makes my girlfriend happy!)

I pour the beer in the usual oversized wineglass and a pale (almost white) head forms. It dissolves after a couple of minutes into a thin ring. The liquid is golden.

It smells a little of malt. There is also a fresh smell of hops.

The taste is balanced; some malt, some hops. The immediate taste isn't very bitter, but there is some bitter notes of hopes in the aftertaste.

The beer feels nice in the mouth, and the small bubbles are just right.

It's is very gulpable beer, not very special but really nice. (706 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark golden with a hint of copper, a rather small white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet oranges, with a hint of bitter lemon peel.

The smell has a little honey sweetness, some orange sour notes, but mainly bitterness, grape-fruit seeds and zest.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, a distinct dryness.

A good distinct bitter brew. (373 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier Conic Pint Glass.

A - Pours a nice porange copper colour with a nice fluffy white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of hops and malts

T - Up front some caramel toffee flavours with a spicey middle finished with a boozey bitterness.

M - Medium body low carbonation and dry finish.

D - Plenty in this beer to keep you interested. (358 characters)

Photo of alex667gbg
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice white head on this amber English pale ale.

S: A malty, honey and a bit alcohol.

T: Actually a nice surprise. A malty, bitter pale ale with a honey, citrus tone. A very well balanced bitter mild ale, in true British nature. A sharp end to this, for me, currently unknown beer.

A: Well worth a try. (310 characters)

Photo of paperwerewolf
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise, have been passing this over in the supermarket for ages but will certainly be buying again.
Poured into a Grottenbier chalice, gave a nice head which held reasonably well, leaving some nice lacing on its way down.
Quite fragrant, but doesn't beg you to gulp it down. Lovely bitter fruitiness that hit my sweet spot this evening. (350 characters)

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, deep honey colour. A little head disappears soon, leaving some lacing to the bottom.

The smell is good. I liked it better from the bottle before I poured it. A bit of citrus and... graham cracker? That could be honey coming through, too.

Taste has just a hint of peppery spice, which is nice. A bit of citrus (grapefruit / more orange). Starts tasting a bit like a Sam Adams' Summer Ale as the bottle wears on.

Carb is sharp if held in the mouth for a couple of seconds. On regular drinks, it's fine. A bit of a bitter / dry finish. Not watery.

Quite drinkable. (574 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber color. Poured a two finger head with low retention.
Fruity aroma, with notes of caramel and honey.
Interesting flavor, I was expecting something quite sweet, but I got a nice predominant English hops taste and decent malt. Notes of non-sweet plums and herbs. Dry and with a nice bitterness long aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation and small bubbles.
This was close to expiration date, I guess it aged quite well. Very well balanced beer, not too heavy but not boring, I would be more than happy to quaff a six pack. (532 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy orangey gold colour with a thin white head, nice lacing and lots of bubbles.

Lemony citrus and sweet malty aroma with some honey.

Very refreshing, nice biscuity malts, nice and sweet body that finishes slightly bitter. This would be a perfect beer on a hot summer day. (284 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy gold with a diminutive foamy cap. The aroma is of honey, grainy malts and lemon drops. The taste is pretty light with a soft, cookiedough maltiness and a clean, citrusy hop feel. Green melon and a bit of musty grain show in the background. The finish is lightly bitter with honey sweetness. The mouthfeel is rather full and briskly carbonated.

A decent light ale with nuance and balance. It could be more robust without entering the English bitter or pale ale realm. (481 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The bottle is a nice classic label with a bee logo and lists a best before date with a pry off top. It comments on how the beer is organic and has been brewed the same since 1779. Pours with a solid two inches of head that laces very well and retains it's head. The beer itself is a crystal clear dark gold color and even the carbonation looks solid. Thumbs up.

Smell - Definitely catching honey, but it's not as sweet as I expect it to be. That is probably because I'm also smelling a citrus like hop smell as well as undertones of dry grain and biscuits. Could be a bit stronger and mesh a bit better, but all in all I'm a fan.

Taste - Starts with a biscuit taste and as it's drunk the taste of honey and lemon start to go to war which frankly seems a little bit too balanced. I'm not really catching the full sweetness of the honey nor the impact of the citrus flavor. It finishes with a dry bitter wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - The indecisive taste of the beer isn't really doing my tongue any favors. That and the dry end of the beer is leaving a lingering aftertaste and isn't very pleasant. That and as you drink more of the beer, the aftertaste builds. The carbonation is quite good though.

Drinkability - On one end, the influx of flavor, nice smell and lightness of the stomach are definite pros and make you want to keep drinking. On the other hand, the aftertaste and dryness make it a bit hard going down. This isn't something I'd want to drink all night, that is for sure, but it's not that bad.

Final Thoughts - As many people have commented, this would be a great session ale. It's different then the usual, has a low alcohol content and does have an interesting influx of flavors going for it. Also, being able to cleanse my pallet of the aftertaste is welcome. (1,793 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber gold with clumpy white foam that trails. Toffee and toast with slight orange jellies on the nose.
Granary bread with a bit of apricot pit and spicy EKG hops with earth underneath.
Candied orange and fruity linger. Medium, fizzy, oily.

How is this Pale Mild? It says "Gold" right on the bottle. Some pungent hops, some fruit and toast - good balance all around. Solid easy drinker. (389 characters)

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Brakspear Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
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