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Oxtoberfest | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Reviews by Andrew041180:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.87/5  rDev +1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Oxtoberfest from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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