Oxbow Oxtoberfest
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Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A farmhouse-style Festbier. Malty but dry, creamy yet crushable. A gentle hint of noble hops and an enigmatic Saison aura.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Pours a dark orange with brown hues. The aroma is bacon and smoked malt. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but for the most part dry. Not an Oktoberfest, but good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Dark Orange and cloudy. Draft at their brewpub. Pumpkin and spices tons flavor and the smoke brings it along. Nicely done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2909) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Tap at rattle couldn’t resist a Maine flight. Reddish copper pour. Nose is smoke and spice. Tate of soaked bread, some currants, rum spice, caramel and more smoke than I would have thought. Pleasant interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2989) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Hugely underrated beer. Amber color with eggshell head. Aroma is toasty nutty malts, a solid peppery yeasty backbone with mild sweetness that drys out with a touch of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Draught at Portland location, 10/11/15.
It’s possible that this has changed significantly since last year, as this is now listed as a smokey biere de garde and the alcohol was bumped from 5.5% to 6.0%. But it’s inconclusive based on the ratings, so I’m not going to split it, but will try to get more info.
Deep amber with chestnut brown and auburn hues. Light beige head is small and fades rapidly to cover/ring. Good clarity.
Light smoke, more phenolic than anything, in the nose is joined by vanilla, boisterous fruitiness (raspberries, grapes, cherries) and a lovely, elegant yeast profile that is peppery, earthy and just as charming as it always is from Oxbow. Light caramel/toffee and baked bread notes are given off by the malt while no flaw or alcohol is noted.
A great oktoberfest should be primarily two things, IMHO: malty and dry. Malty because that’s what German lagers are known for and dry because, well, festbiers are session beers, ultimately. This does it perfectly on both counts. Sweet bread and toffee up front give way to earthy, hay, plentiful peppery phenols and very light smokiness. Some esters mix with this very enjoyably and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid example of a BdG (malt-driven, but with ample yeast character and dry overall) that still preserves the spirit of a German festbier. Clean, really well-done and incredibly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
LSAT Freedom Trip #94. Keg at the brewery. Hazy orange, large foamy tan head, fair retention. Aroma of smoke, bready malt, caramel, mild spice and nuts. The taste is toffee, smoke, bready malt, nuts, spice. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at WTWBA 2015 in Minneapolis. Reddish orange pour. Some light fruit notes, hints of smoke, and some sourness. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Tap at Oxbow. It pours cloudy deep orange with a small white head. The nose is rich, smoked, bitter - sweet, oily orange, bread and spice. The taste is rich, wood, leather, stewed orange, fruit cake, peach, light smoke, touch of sournesd and honey glazed ham with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Unusual, but the balance works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4290) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a thick eggshell head. Malty aroma has a sharp and somewhat sour fruity tone. Flavor is mainly sour apple, not too sour and letting a bit of malt make an appearance. Texture is fairly fizzy and firm, leaving a sour woody finish.

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