Oxbow Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #67
Ranked #23,747
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: A farmhouse festbier featuring a malt body that is both dry and creamy with hints of smoke.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Somewhat hazy golden amber body with a very thin cap and lacing. Smell features the smoked caramel malt, with a hint of floral yeast, funk, and herbal hops. Taste does the smoke well, it is a star but doesn't ruin its accomplishes of flowers, caramel, grains, playful funk, and slight botanicals. Feel is smoky, malty, warm, and slightly wild. A strange beer that I actually thought was pretty good but don't know if I need to have again.

Oct 30, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

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.

Oct 16, 2017
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tachyons22 from Connecticut

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.

Sep 28, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 30, 2017
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metter98 from New York

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

Dec 06, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

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.

Oct 23, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

On tap at Goods from the Woods 2014 with Festero. Not sure why they would confuse us with a name like oxtoberfest, Marzen this is not. Smokey light malty sweetness hints of floral spicy hops and a rustic earthy funk. Nice brew with a bit of a confounding moniker.

Nov 03, 2014
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Jordanrk92 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sour, back end possesses a serious leather taste to me, serious leather taste!! But it's good, I appreciate it.... Far from a favorite though. Oxbow is a good brewing company

Sep 06, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

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

A-dark amber orange color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-toasted wheat, toffee, slight fruit, hint of smokiness, slight funk

T-toasted wheat, toffee, caramel, hint of pepper, yeasty funk, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-interesting beer for Octoberfest, very enjoyable and easy drinking

Nov 30, 2013
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ToasterChef from Maine

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this beer yesterday afternoon. It was in a cooler on the ride home from Newcastle, and in my fridge since then. I've poured into an Oxbow tulip.

The beer is hazy and has orange and brown coloring. The head is almost non-existent, just a thin layer of tan foam that completely disappears after a bit. Maybe I'm serving it too cold?

It has the aroma of a malty saison; I can smell funky farmhouse yeast, but also sweet malts reminiscent of toffee. It comes across as a good mixture of a German lager and a farmhouse ale.

The beer has a good flavor. There are plenty of malts, both light sweet ones I'd expect to find in a saison, and also some deeper, darker ones more often found in a oktoberfest beer. There is a some light floral hopping and a good amount of yeast. It provides a slight bite of pepper just after a swallow. Toffee and caramel malts linger on.

The beer has a medium body and enough carbonation to provide some sharpness on my tongue.

This is another enjoyable Oxbow beer. I don't like it as much as some of their other offerings, but it is well made and an interesting combination of styles.

Oct 14, 2012
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, very nice.
Chestnut color, small tan head.

Smoky malt, some caramel. A bit of spice.

Smoky caramel taste. Pumpkin pie spice. The flavors went well together.

Very malty, not like any Oktoberfest that I have tried.

A lot of fun to drink.

Nov 21, 2011
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Cadebro from Maine

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured crystal clear with a foamy white head.

S - Smelled of smoked grain and farmhouse funk.

T - Again with the smoke and just a hint of the funk. Ended with a sharp bitter bite.

M - Light body and crisp carbonation

D - Something about the slight saison funk and the slight smoky grain threw me off. Not my favorite Oxbow.

Nov 10, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Lion's Pride while on a beerventure through Maine. Served in a smaller stien. According to the tender, this was a lagered, biere de garde fashion, with smoked malts. Its worth noting with Oxbow that ALL of their beers are farmhouse in style (per the brewer himself based off of where they brew) unless otherwise noted. Much like how Jack's Abbey does lagers, these guys do Saisons.

A - Poured a deep, crystal clear amber/copper with a one finger creamy head that left nice thick, creamy side lacing down the glass.

S - Wow, unlike any oktoberfest I've ever had. This is pleasantly smokey, rich malts with a nice candy sweetness. There is a fresh mint, almost medicinally herbal quality to the nose, very clean.

T - Light smokey malt notes intermingled with sweet malts. Towards the end there are light bitter hop noes as well as some slight spice as well.

M - Very nice and crisp. Light feel on the tongue with some slight alcohol present. Good carbonation for the style, super drinkable.

O - Overall this is not your usual Oktoberfest. While I don't get any typical saison aspects I dont really get any typical Oktoberfest ones either. Its some weird hybred that really works. I would love to have a big mug of this with a pile of German meats. Another delicious beer from Oxbow.

Nov 07, 2011
Oxtoberfest from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 95 ratings