Review: 2015 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

We first heard about the 2015 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus in June of 2015.  In a way Das Brauhaus is a limited edition of a limited edition.  While the annual Quesada Oktoberfest isn't necessarily billed as a LE (though it basically is), The Das Brauhaus and the Double Bock are.  These two Nicaraguan Puros are limited and, in a slight break from tradition, they are made in Nicaragua as well.

I had a chance to chat with Terence Riley, General Manager of Quesada Cigars, at IPCPR 2015.

2015 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

Size: 4.5 x 60

Vitola: Short Figuardo

Wrapper: Viso Habano Jalapa

Binder: Viso Habano Esteli

Filler: Viso Habano Esteli,Ligero Habano Esteli, Ligero Habano Condega

MSRP: $7.95

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review were provided by Quesada Cigars

Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system

Pre-Light: I love this vitola!  Most of us who have been into cigars over the last decade or so will associated this vitola with one specific cigar from one specific brand.  But the truth is it has become more prevalent over the last few years.  Regardless of what you call it, it is a cool vitola. Throw on a pigtail cap and this chubby little figurado is pretty freakin' cool.

The Habano wrapper from Jalapa was quite dark and had a nice feel to it.  The construction was spot on as you would expect with a vitola like this.  If it's not spot on, then you'll have some issues.

The wrapper gave off strong notes of barnyard along with some chocolate, hay and sweet tobacco.  The cold draw was a bit tight and tasted of chocolate and raisins.

Beginning: The Das Brauhaus started off with a rich and full flavor profile.  This would be a theme throughout the smoking experience.  Chewy notes of earth, oak, molasses and chocolate were present from the first puff.  Sweet, full, thick and luscious are all apt descriptives, but I decided to go with syrupy.  There was just so much damn flavor!  The smoke was cool, which can be an issue with vitolas like this, and the burn was clean.  The Das Brauhaus had an extremely rich and smooth start with almost no spice to speak of.

Middle: I spoke to soon.  A black pepper spice showed up as the middle 1/3 began.  It was mild at first and grew as the rest of the way and brought with it a lovely balance.  The pepper never became stronger than a secondary note and that was just fine with me.  The rich and smooth notes maintained their dominance of profile while sweet and spice notes played supporting roles.  The flavor profile reminded me of a Guinness Stout.  If you've ever had a Guinness, then you know what I'm talking about.  If you've never had a Guinness, then we can't be friends.

End:  There wasn't a whole lot of change going into the final 1/3.  The profile was pretty consistent with the exception of the spice.  It grew to a much stronger note in the last 1/3, but it refused to jack up the profile.  The strength peaked at a solid medium and remained approachable.

Final Thoughts:  This is one of the best Quesada cigars I have smoked.  I find myself saying that a lot lately.  The 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica is still my favorite, but the Das Brauhaus is right up there.  The profile is packed with flavor and complexity, but it never blows our your palate.  This is a cigar that is blended to pair with beer, but it's close to a master piece in its own right.  

Rating: 94 aka "Box Buy"

This is a fine cigar at a great price point.  It's a box buy and it may be my favorite cigar of the year!

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Comment by Ky70 on October 19, 2015 at 2:42pm

Nice review Rob.  This little/biggie goes into my most pleasant surprise of 2015 column along with the D'crossier 512 and Camacho ABA. 

Comment by Doug on October 19, 2015 at 3:18pm
I picked up a few of these a few weeks back and smoked one so far. Man was it good! I really loved it all the way through. I picked them up for the CotM, but never said much. Perhaps that was my way of considering to hoard more for myself. :P
Comment by Charlie on October 19, 2015 at 3:50pm

Nicaraguan puro....I'm in!

Comment by Docwill on October 19, 2015 at 11:38pm

Good stuff Rob, I'm not sure if I'm crazy about the vitola but if you put it up there with the 40th Corona Clasica, it must be a fine smoke indeed!

Comment by RobbyRas on October 20, 2015 at 10:47am

KY -  Yeah man, I don't know what I expected, but man, this one was a surprise... great smoke

Comment by RobbyRas on October 20, 2015 at 10:48am

Doug -  ain't no shame in hoarding... as long as you draw the line at cigars... if I see a pic of you surrounded my newspapers and 72 cats, then we'll have a problem

Comment by RobbyRas on October 20, 2015 at 10:48am

I think you might dig this one Charlie!  Curious to see what you think... 

Comment by RobbyRas on October 20, 2015 at 10:49am

Doc -  it's not at all like the Corona Clasica, but it's up there are some of Quesada's best work... I dig the size... it doesn't feel like you're smoking a 60 rg... in fact I never even really thought of it as a 60 rg until just now...

Comment by Charlie on October 20, 2015 at 11:05am

My local b&m got in all the Dominican puro sizes (not a fan) but I really need to try the Nica puro version. Its nice to see this size having such great construction...if I see them I will pick a few up.

Comment by Ky70 on October 20, 2015 at 2:33pm

The more I read this review and comments, the more I feel the need to buy more of these.  After all, I only had a single


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