Oxtoberfest | Oxbow Brewing Company

BA SCORE
3.84/5
91 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oxbowbeer.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse festbier featuring a malt body that is both dry and creamy with hints of smoke.

Added by rudzud on 11-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,220
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
91
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Sheppard
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue, some smoke and banana on the nose. The smoke is subtle and works well with the banana and clove esters. It's kind of a prosciutto wrapped banana, which might not sound good, but it wasn't bad. The execution of this is what stands out the most to me.

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Photo of xungmound98
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tachyons22
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Weak and small head that didn't last, pours a dark amber colour of grade A maple syrup. Smells faintly of burning incense and wood. Slightly malty and pine at front giving way to mild smoke but not overpowering, not at all like a mouthful of smoke. Very balanced. Medium body, finish of mild incense smoke.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a moderately semi-dark hazy ruddy brown color with no head nor lacing (bar pour, so I’m not worried). The smell started off with big malty, but not overly sweet, smokiness. A light contour of meatiness runs in to balance nicely. The taste copies the aroma nicely adding a nice little kick of earthy to musty flavor coincides nice enough to balance nicely. Earthy malt in the aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a light sessionable malty alcohol quality about it on my tongue. Overall, nice Bier de Garde, I’d have again.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Salvage

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YeastInception
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy rosé to amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite smoky, but doesn't have any flavors of iodine or Band-Aid that you might expect to accompany the smoke.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is more like a "lite" version of a Rauchbier than a saison. Nevertheless, it is easy to drink and might appeal to people who do not like the iodine and Band-Aid flavors normally associated with smoky beers.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smithj4
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KEEPonPOURING
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SMOKEY, wow!

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Photo of blisscent
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half pint on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear brown/amber with a thin head.

Aroma: Little toffee, little fruit, kind of a wheat note.

Taste: Toffee and wheat are noticeable. Maybe raisins. A little sourness. I don't get a whole lot of smoke. Definitely funky yeastiness, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good depth for an autumn seasonal.

Overall: Fun change of pace. I'd have liked a bit more smoke, but a nice take on the style.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichD
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ken_P
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oxtoberfest from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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