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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 4
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 11-16-2007

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Photo of heygeebee
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First beer in style.

Pours a cloudy copper gold. Fluffy head has large and small bubbles. Fades to lace. Good.

Aromas of English style hops. Hint of orange rind.

Taste continues smell, being very dry and hoppy. Where is the malt, eh? Merest hint of honey. Dryness really catches up almost IPA style, but no body.

Mouthfeel is light/watery as per ABV which means the hops dominate quickly. Carbonation moderate

Overall, at start I thought 'good session beer' then it got too dry. Suspect will be a glass of water job to wash down at end. Meh. (546 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A subdued brew start to finish. Skates the edge of being interestingly hoppy, but doesn't quite get there. Well made and comfortable drinking, but not particularly memorable.

Toffee sweetness from the malt and a touch of citrus from the hops in the nose. properly balanced drinking with the hops dominating slightly, but not quite busting through to give this beer more interesting character.

Earns part of its name with a nice gold colour. Moderate short lived head and some little lace. Passable overall. (508 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished gold. Finger thick white head quickly dissipates, leaving a thin film. Chunky, but slippery, lacings.

Aroma at first comes across as skunky, but I think it actually is just an odd sort of sweetness from the malt, honey probably comes closest to describing it. A little bit of an edge from the hops.

A very straightforward English Pale Ale. Everything about it is pretty subtle. The malt has a little bit of honey sweetness with a brown-sugar flavour to it as well, maybe a touch of wood. Hops leave a lasting, but understated, bitterness while failing to provide any sort of crispness in the finish.

Smooth drinking.

A sessionable organic ale. (666 characters)

Photo of wwjb
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber in colour with golden highlights, arriving with a fairly lively carbonation. A thin white head forms but settles down too quickly to a thin ring with a few lacey spots clinging to the glass. The aroma is bright and citrusy and I think I can detect Goldings hops dominating the nose. There is also a maltiness underneath with a hint of caramel and honey.

The taste is slightly sweet with a nice honey character but a little watery on the flavour. There are hints of toast, floral hops, and a spicy edge to the bitterness. The swallow is citrusy and the finish clean, with biscuity malts lingering.

To be honest, despite the local connections, I have always been unable to muster much enthusiasm for Brakspear's Oxford Gold. The light body combined with the spicy edge to the flavour does not suit my taste, but I think I am unusual in this as most of fellow beer-enthusiasts here find this an easy-drinker.

Overall: Refreshing and quaffable, but lacks body and complexity of flavour. (991 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from a local Spar...

Poured a light coppery orange colour. Slightly off white head poured loose and frothy then faded to thick edging only... barely any carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of nice juicy and slightly spicy fruits (oranges, pears and apples), light biscuity malts - some cookie dough hints, light floral honey, faint almond nuttiness, wet hay, some light peppery / grassy hops...

Taste - Quite sweet grainy malts which are a little on the sickly side after a while, definite nutty sweetness, ripe fruits and peel (pears, apple, blood orange, light grapefruit), peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some biscuit notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth with just a little zinginess underneath... light / medium bodied... fairly quaffable although the slight sickly sweetness becomes a bit much after a while...

Overall - An average pale ale... worth a try... (895 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not quite sure what an English Pale Mild Ale is, but I reckon this ale is just a regular bitter. Anyways...

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Label mentions that this beer is made from organic ingredients.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber colour with low carbonation and some floating sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of rich, fruity yeast underpinned by subtle caramel malt and leafy hops.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry, yeasty character and a mild bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, bittering hops and faint aromatic hops with a whisper of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is tingly and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Yeasty, faintly bitter aftertaste.

A decent ale, though not amazing. The aroma is pretty good, and the taste is well-rounded. Could imagine sinking a few on a hot day. Worth trying if you come across it. (948 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weaker than the bottle version 4.6%abv., this cask version tasted at my local JDW pub during the chain's real ale festival comes at only 4%abv. Served by a non-sparkler pour into a half-pint glass.

A: translucent, dark amber with deep orangey glows, coming with a thin soapy foam on top of really quiet carbonation.
S: rather astringently citric on the aroma, with an equally considerable input of "dirty-cloth" like pale malts and sulphur, plus a tinge of nectar at the corner. Overall the yeasty intervention rings a bell of Brakspear Bitter as well.
T: so light and crisp on the foretaste, full of floral flavours and followed by a lightly stinky, sulphurous swallow of biscuity malts almost like a traditional pale ale (brewed with double-drop or union system)... an orangey-citric and even zesty taste of hops expands along with more semi-chewy bitterness at the back, leading towards a long, bitter and tangy finish where a touch of leafy-herbs (the palate is almost like that of mint-leaves?!) lingers.
M&D: light-bodied, slightly yeasty but overall quite fresh for a cask ale. Brakspear's yeastiness certainly leaves a deep imprint in the overall flavour profile, rendering a lightly dryish touch throughout the drink. Solid! (1,234 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle has freshness date July 2013. Fairly dark amber colour with decent white head. The nose is a combination of dired fruit, lemon and honey. Seems a tad watery to start, until the hops kick in. Then a very pleasant, slightly oily feeling lemony bitterness with an accompanying nutty (perahps hazelnut) element. The first time I consumed a bottle of this I was under the impression that I was drinking brakspear Bitter and wondered what had gone wrong, but it has definitely grown on me after a few bottles over the last couple of years. (546 characters)

Photo of grapetonix
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden, slight head. Good.

S: Honey and malt skunkiness. Not exactly brilliant.

T: Like a really good lager with strong tones of black tea and honey. I cannot say anything else than that this is simple but really works!

MF: Like any other lager. Slightly metallic. Easy to drink. Not offensive, not impressive.

O: A very reasonable "spiced up lager". Not a bad purchase. (382 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is much more pleasant to drink than i expected. It looks a pale copper when poured with soapy head and the smell is of grassy hops with little mallt character.

The taste is well-balanced an refreshing with grassy light hop flavours dominant.

The brew is very drinkable and i can see this being a mid-week regular (324 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Butterscotch, earth, orange-zest, toffee & grain.

T: Grainy biscuits, toffee, orange zest, hints of earthy minerals & fruity esters, modest bitterness.

M: Light body has a very dry finish.

D: Approachable & sessionable, but not overly enticing. Perhaps a gateway/transitional brew. (356 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber, some gold highlights, thin white head forms, quickly begins to settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is neat, very malty, raw honey, some caramel, biscuits, light bit of floral, some fruit, not a whole lot going on but I do like the honey character. Taste is similar, a bit watery on the flavour, but a real nice honey character, some toast, light floral hoppiness, touch of jasmine, very light spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to low carbonation. Easy drinker, nothing complex, but I could see myself putting down a few of these in an evening. (652 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brilliantly clear, filtered golden ale with a deeper tinge of amber. Thin half finger white head formed on a fairly aggressive pour only to quickly dissipate. Quite mildly carbonated. Still produces decent lacings, somewhat intricate, that eventually fall back into the liquid.

Interesting aroma. Sulphur and a touch of skunk with biscuit. Some honey, and lesser hints of wood and ciitrus.

Taste is much like the nose. The goldings assert themselves slightly more than suggested at in the aroma, as well as the honey. There is a fair bit of flavour packed into this low gravity ale.

Light in body, full in flavour. Substantial hop contribution makes for a fairly hoppy light bodied ale. Quite sulfurous.

Seems to be fairly true to style based on my limited knowledge. Certainly a session ale, although the sulfur is something im not particularly accustomed to or overly fond of at this point. It would be better suited to summer than the depth of winter. The logic of the LCBO escapes me. Welll worth trying, hopefully this comes back to Ontario come summer. (1,064 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey gold with a thin, watery white head that quickly boils down to a wispy, tightly knit ring. Decent lacing and a fair amount of carbonation is visible.
Sweet honey malt, citrus, some fruity esters and a bit of biscuit in the nose. All very subtle and blend quite easily.
Crisp, smooth citrus up front in the taste followed by some light, bready malts and a snappy dry finish.
Mouthfeel is quite smooth; tthe transition from citrus to bread like malts is effortless. At 4.6% ABV, this brew is highly sessionable.

Overall, quite a nice EPMA. The taste is indicated in the style; "mild". This brew still has a nice complexity to it, it just seems that everything is toned down. Can easily make a nice lawnmower beer but at over $4.00 a bottle, I'm not sure I'll be turning to this again any time soon. (818 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a brown 33 cl long-necked bottle. The label is white with a gold frame. There's only text (lot of text) on the label, except for a small bumble-bee. The same bumble-bee apears on the cap as well.

A: This beer pours clear golden with hits of red. The white head is rather small but leaves nice lacings. Lots of bubbles in the liquid.

S: A bit dry English hops. Caramell malt. A bit chemical. Citric and bready.

T: Bready malt - almost like ryebread. A bit dry. Bitter hops. Fruityness is a bit in the back, mainly citric.

M: Aftertaste is just right; long and bitter. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich. A kind of metallic feel to it.

D: Nothing to write home about. Goes down easy, but with a little extra twist (in the bitterness). A beer for bar-hopping. (794 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Stein

A: Bright golden clear body with a thin off white head that leaves fine lacing

S: Honey, citrus fruits, wheat & bread/biscuit.

T: Honey upfront with light citrus and biscuit.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp sweet/biscuit finish.

D: I didn't think it was exceptional. but it did not fall short in any category except price. (364 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 I am not a big fan of golden ales and
2 for a bottled beer to be truly organic I think it should be bottle conditioned which this isnae

but let us proceed regardless

burnished amber clear body and decent enough(2mm) thickish white head.

The aroma is ruled by malts very subtle hints of lemon and hops.

The taste is very much like golden ales ruled by yeasty zings and not much else till tailing into subtle hops after taste not bad but still not my thing, not won over at all.

Its okay
I will finish it and if bought it will drink but not going to buy again in a hurry. (577 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-25-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-30-2013
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received as a gift

Thanks to my brother for picking up this rare style on a trip to Great Britain!

Shows a clear and golden, bright color with a generous white head. Very good head retention and a good amount of lace clings to the glass.

Aromas are of herbal and floral hop notes, with the pale malts adding a light breadiness and sweetness. I also pick up some citrus fruits.

Taste is a bit surprising in that it is more hop-forward than I would have guessed based on the smell. Herbal hop bitterness and spicy yeast qualities stand out, with a bit of unpleasant medicinal flavors in the end.

The feel is very crisp and clean, on a medium body. The finish is dry, weighing in with floral hops for a moderate level of bitterness and a bit of the medicinal tastes noted before.

Overall an OK brew. I can't really compare to others in the style, but the flavors seemed a bit one-dimensional and flawed by the noted off-flavors.

Thanks to Billy for this one! (1,086 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)

Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that is proud of the fact that it is is organic! I count ten times that it mentions the fact on the label...

Appearance: Honey in color, appropriate for a beer with a bee on the label. One finger attractive white head. Not quite clear. Attractive.

Smell: Fresh, light, almost lagery aroma at first when cold. Target and Goldings hops specified by the label. Underlying honey/candy malt notes and hints of "wet towel" if that makes sense, but in a good way.

Taste: Herbal hops dominate, on top of a sweet "honey" malt backbone. Not sure whether this is better off categorized as an English Pale Mild Ale (as it is on BA) or a bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body. Slightly more syrupy than I might prefer. Bitter, hops aftertaste.

Drinkability: Refreshing and quaffable. At 4.6% abv, sessionable. (829 characters)

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

500 mL brown bottle. Unfortunately, I didn't have a glass as I had this at an outdoor barbecue.

Even without pouring, foam was bubbling up through the neck of the bottle--white foamy bubbles. This was very nice to see considering I didn't have the added benefit of a clear glas.

Smells and tastes very bitter with a sweet aftertaste of molasses.

Mouthfeel was thick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Although this is definitely on the bitter end of the scale for my tastes, it's definitely drinkable and ranks with similar ales like St. Peter's Organic Ale and Tribute Premium Cornish Ale. (607 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 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 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)

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