Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Oxford Gold | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Oxford GoldOxford Gold
BA SCORE
3.63/5
Good
122 Ratings
Oxford GoldOxford Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
England, United Kingdom
brakspear-beers.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bark on 11-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,668
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
122
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Bajengurkan
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gudthing
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful when poured, nice thick head. It has a pleasant hoppy smell. The feel is decent, relatively thick with medium carbonation. The taste I wasn't too keen on. I found after a few sips the hoppiness overpowers it leaving a strong bitter -a little- unpleasant taste in my mouth.
It's a shame, I guess the saying 'don't judge a book by its cover' really applies here.

 378 characters

Photo of bmaggot
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Martine
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Costco. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Electronic Super Joy. Very refreshing, with smooth, creamy body that although a bit watery is very well compesated with a good dose of english hops. The more I drink the better it becomes

 230 characters

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle (best before 30 June 17). Date stamp B6153. Served in a collins glass.

Appearance: Bright gold, approaching amber. Thin sudsy white head, fine strands and some thin sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Hint of fruit, little bit of butter,

Taste: Very much to style, but a bit hoppy. Herbal/leafy English-style bittering hops dominate, accented with a hint of butter and tea. Some underlying malt mixed in with some fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness with a prickly carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice English pale ale - probably one of the better ones I've had in the past few days. Nicely hoppy accenting the English style of hop. I suspect it would be even better on cask. I could have another if available.

 761 characters

Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 28 Feb 17

A: Pours an amber/red with a tall, fizzy white head. Good retention with thin, thin walls of lacing.

S: Huh, a nice crisp citrus fruitiness and the sulfur of pilsner malt.

T: Flowery up front, very much so. Citrus rind and a honey sweetness. Get that typical little punch of bitterness in the finish with another flourish of flowers.

M: Light and crisp.

O: Not bad. Never had this style before. Tastes a lot like an english pale ale, just watered down a bit. Very flowery at points but the honey balances it out a bit. Crisp and drinkable.

 569 characters

Photo of Daniel_k_morgan
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chinakalva
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Ramstein BritShop. Gold? In color, yes. Else wise, this beer comes off kind of weak and watery. Tastes more like a pale lager than a bitter. A little disappointing....

 179 characters

Photo of risenz
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FCox143
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Spike
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Clear, light copper colour with light carbonation and a large, creamy, off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Looks fabulous.

Smells of light honey, malt, and lemon flowers.

Taste is of a first-rate English golden ale with hints of grass, lemon and florals atop a solid, semi-sweet malt base.

Medium body. Extra smooth with a little stickiness and a dry, bitter finish. Gentle carbonation. Light coating of the tongue that lasts a while after each mouthful.

Great example of an English pale ale that delivers exceptional flavour for 4.6% ABV. Smooth, refreshing, easy-drinking. Best served chilled.

 660 characters

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brakspear is the Shakespeare of English Beer... not really but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enunciate that statement, it was like part of my brain was thinking “Brakspear, Shakespeare” whilst another part was going “please no, don’t put another terrible pun in a review” too late, I did it and there’s no changing it now sucker! [err, yes, there is a button called ‘backspace’ that could work wonders for your reviews]... *brain-to-brain murmurs* OK I’ve worked it out with myself - I will keep telling terrible puns and I will also keep plying the dignity self-censorship portion of my brain with alcohol - as far as I can see it’s a win-win situation.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Butter-Menthols (Google it) is the exact colour of the body of this beer, I can’t even describe it to you - you just have to Google it. True story: Butter-Menthols are so good that as a kid I looked forward to catching a cold just so I could have some, of course now I simply drink a beer that is heavy in Diacetyl when I’ve got a cold and make it even worse but as they say: with age comes wisdom (teeth). The head was gone in a flash, typical English head, I believe it was cream-coloured. 7/10.

S: Aroma is quite floral with a medicinal note and some cider apples thrown in... colour me “what-the-f__k-is-this?” which is a purple-brown hue. Hint of lemon in there as well perhaps? Indeed. Malt, where are you hiding today? 8/10.

T: The flavour is floral, like a potpourri, my mouth has never been so much like an air freshener, with hints of the following: Citrus, biscuit malt and apple ester with an astringent dry finish - it’s the classic dry gin martini equivalent of a beer - you can feel this brew evaporate turning your tongue into the Sahara. Not bad, if you’re into that sort of thing. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation and the aforementioned astringency dominating the palate here... the Japanese are totally jealous. 7/10.

D: I like Brakspear - so far I’ve tried two of their beers and they’ve been completely different unlike another certain brewer whom I just reviewed (I’ll give you a hint: sheep, possibly a herd, managed by someone named “Neame”) for whom it is difficult to pick their brews apart from each other. But I digress (my favourite activity) as this Brakspear is a brew I recommend with a caveat - do you have another drink handy because this is one dry MOFO. 7/10.

Food match: WARNING: DO NOT CONSUME WATER CRACKERS WITH THIS BEER.

 2,546 characters

Photo of sephyrott
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silenz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of knot
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinivini
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 122 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.