RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Fall means football, tailgating, festivals, crisp air, and cool evenings. It also means good beer. Germany’s Oktoberfest begins in September and ends in early October. For years, many breweries have been making this traditional German lager to celebrate the occasion. Braxton is excited to introduce its first annual Oktoberfest Lager — Oktober Fuel.

This traditional fest style beer has a beautiful orange-ish, copper hue, complex malt aroma with a faint malt sweetness, and slight spicy hop characteristics of noble hops.

It is malt forward with a touch of noble hop spice. It’s fuel for Fall.

The history of the Oktoberfest style dates back to the 1800’s to celebrate Prince Ludwig, later crowned King Ludwig I, marrying his Princess. This traditional Oktoberfest style lager is brewed using the finest German malts, decoction mashing and noble hops. This lager has an aroma that is dominated by complex malt characteristics inclduing bready, biscuity and slightly toasty that are emphasized through brewing techniques. It is a light amber to dark orange in color, with a beautiful, long lasting off-white head. Starting with a nice malt sweetness this beer will finish crisp and dry and will have a nice spicyness of noble hops to blance the malt complexity this beer is known for.

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Brigadier (3800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2017
12 ounce can A haul from a trip down to Cincinnati, this fine seasonal from Braxton delivers the oktoberfest experience at home. That means they'll continue to be on my radar whenever I have a chance to drop in to the tasting room.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep toasted brown base contrasts with the starchy white head. Nutty bread dough, sweet caramel, and mellow malts are the backbone for a balanced bouquet.
Flavor / Palate - Semisweet caramel chews melted into a liquid form enrich the palate in a few seconds. The refined malty transition leaves a clean oaky finish. The pleasing experience would merit a pint or two if time permitted.

jbruner (5578) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Pours a clear golden brown from the can with fluffy khaki colored head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of earthy hop notes over toasted malt and a hint of lager cleanness. Taste is a bit more towards the lager and malt you expect from the style, but still feels a bit off. Boozier than it should feel.

edgallow (4689) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Draft pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel and earthy. taste is biscuits, caramel and some grass.

Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Draft at Wiseguy Lounge at Goodfellas Pizza in Over The Rhine on October 6, 2016. Medium amber color with good clarity, faint bittersweet aroma, hard to discern much toasted malt flavor due to a lot of astringency. The bartender recommended Moerlein Das Uber over this beer. I tried both and he was right. From what I’ve tasted so far, Braxton is the most overrated brewery in the Greater Cincinnati area. Maybe their special releases (which aren’t a high priority for me) are good but their regular lineup and seasonals aren’t anything to write home about.

shrubber85 (11762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle. Nutty caramel malt and hay aroma. Dark amber with giant light tan head. Mildly sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Good body. Mild acidic finish. Pretty good.

phaleslu (10957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2016
12 oz. can from Root Cellar. Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head that settles into some film and an uneven ring. Aroma of leaves, caramel, banana, mixed nuts, toast, earth, grass, and cookies. The flavor is mostly the same. Light-medium bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and an earthy, malty mouthfeel. Good example of the style.

Patrickctenchi (6832) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Can: Clear, bubbly copper with a tall off-white head. Caramel, toasted malt aroma. Taste is sweet, earthy caramel malt and toasted grain. Very straightforward and simple....very good.

bubblehouse (1634) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Not very good at all. Really lacking all the way around. Overly void of flavor.

AndyW68 (1649) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Classic. Clear amber pour. Aroma of sweet biscuit. Taste is sweet malt, biscuit and a little caramel. Good beer.

tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2016
can to glass. poured a clear copper color with frothy white head. the aroma was malty sweet biscuit typical marzen or octoberfest style. the flavor was soft, soft malt soft sweet bicuit soft everything. not biting in any sense like some. refreshing. hints of floral in there as well. overall pretty good and really drinkable.

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