The Big O - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ibashmuck on 05-11-2008

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy honey amber w/a hint of orange-pink. Light tracing remains, and the head did not last long, but it is still hanging on. Small beads of carbonation rise and hug the edges of the glass.
S-Bitter almond, mango, peach, light sweet malt, orange, light coriander, nutmeg, light yeast. Honestly, the first smell didn't do much for me, but it was very different. Each subsequent aromatic sampling brought forth something new, and
T-Very fruity upfront with a residual and pleasant sweetness; midway the bitter almond emerges, and a light spiciness reveals itself just after. The finish is of light hops, dough, and a final light zing of citrus. Crisp and even.
M-Excellent mouthfeel and variability throughout the drinking experience. I feel all sorts of sensations and flavors that work very well, and that are unique. The bitter almond pleasantly coats the mouth beyond the finish, and marries well with the citrus. The fruit is potent, but the sweetness is well-restrained. This ale is well-balanced and even.
D-Very enjoyable. I will definitely buy again. Something like this is refreshing in summer as a session brew, and also exhibits autumnal traits like the spiciness and fruit that make it nice to drink this time of year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer's Description: refreshing light colored cloudy beer that showcases a brilliant malt presence touched off with a balanced subtle hop finish and a lasting impression of sun dappled oranges. Enjoy.

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a label of big lake, probably one that begins in O.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, ultra pale yellow-gold with a white head that lasts as thick, bubbly lace with plenty of cling.

Aroma: Soapy. Coriander. Subtle small, ripe orange. Pale malt. No noticeable hops.

Taste: Orange candy as well as real orange. Lots of orange. really. Pale malts. Lemongrass. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfell: Medium body. Candy like front is very well balanced by a slightly hopped, mildly bitter finish. Well carbonated. Leans toward sweet but not cloying.

Drinkability: Quite good. On a hot day, I could down this. It does a fair job of offering sweet and fruity flavors for the masses, without being cloying. Some interesting notes and a very nice, balanced flavor overall.

Photo of deebo
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden yellow with a thin white head. Fairly cloudy
S-zesty grapefruit aroma is dominant light clean barley malt
T-very tart citric and lactic acids upfront with a clean malt yet fairly weak backbone that finishes sour
M-lots of carbonation zing. Light bodied
O-an unusual beer. A bit heavy on the sour. Refreshing on a hot day. Recommended for sour fans. Not for the typical blonde fan

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dark orange body with a pale white head of bubbles that boils into a thin ring. There is a quick carbonation of bubbles pushing to the surface.

S- The clean aroma only has a slight tart note when it warms.

T- The gentle taste of dirt and pale malt lead to a faint corn hint with some green hop hues in the finish. There is a cream note in the finish and some sweet tart flavors come through as it opens but it is very clean in flavor.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizz prick in the finish.

O- The crisp clean beer doesn’t have any off flavor and unfortunately has very little flavor at all. It went down fast but not enough character to reach for another.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's, bought 4 different o'so singles - guess i didnt realize the beer was not highly regarded

appearance: poured into a pint glass, hazy straw-orange body with a 1/3" foamy white cap and light retention...when examined a bit more closely you can see a very light clear body beneath the clouds

smell: toasted grain, wheat, lemony sweetness, doughy

taste: an ok blonde ale - artificially sweet (lemon/orange), minimal malt and no hops... a little grainy. not really worth consuming a 2nd time

mouthfeel: sweetened, medium-light

drinkability: ok

Photo of KTCamm
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an orange tinged light gold color with quick foam that dissolves into nothing. No lacing.

Citrus smell with light malt. Mild spice.

Taste is a slightly sour orange rind. Finish is orange. Very prominent. Lightly carbonated.

Drinks easy, but a little heavy on the fruit.

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Woodmans mix-a-six... "3226" inkjetted on the bottom. July 2013?

Murky orange pour, not much foam in the rinsed glass, soon the surface is still and glassy.

Smell is a little yeasty with a noticeable tang of wild yeast or bacteria, smells like Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or a Berliner Weiss.

Taste is moderately tart, and it says "tangy" on the label so I'm guessing it's intentional. Lactic farmhouse funk, clean and dry finish, somewhat one dimensional. Light bodied and somewhat thirst quenching. Overall it's okay, almost seems like it was infected, but wasn't affected in a bad way. I've tried this before and don't remember it being this tart.

Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clouded orange-ish amber with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting ring, leaving some lacing.

The smell is floral, tangy/sour. Different. Pleasant enough.

The taste is more sour than tangy. There is some some sweet malt mixed in. Orange tang in the finish.

There is an initial fizz, which I suppose is the "zippy" part. Light-bodied. Pretty smooth. Odd aftertaste.

Well, it is a unique blonde ale. There is a component that reminds me of the powered orange Tang drink that I had as a child. The sour notes almost come across as an "infected" bottle, but not quite (thank goodness) and mild floral notes give it a dryness. Decent enough to drink the 6-pack, but I wouldn't run out for more. Sometimes "unique" is good, sometimes "unique" is just "different".

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Good body, decent taste, overall not a bad beer.

Photo of pweis909
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=brilliantly clear with little head.

S=slightly soapy, faint caramel

T=Slightly sweet up front, dry finish, but, well, bland.

M=Feels about right, except carbonation is low. Could use a little more fizz.

Overall assessment - The lable says zippy, crisp, tangy, luminous, subtle, sunny, unique, jubilant. This is way overblown. A simple blond beer that should appeal to the masses is what this beer is. I appreciate the need for such a beer. I don't even dislike it. But I do feel like they should advertize it a bit more truthfully by mentionin a style that best fits the beer. BA says American blond, which seems about right,

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Tackling a new-to-the-area brewery with their blonde ale. It pours a lightly-hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, light wheat, cardamom, flowers, and very light biscuit. The taste holds notes of light lemon zest, grass, and light wheat. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, crisp-ish finish. Overall, this stuff is the epitome of average, through and through. It's not bad, per se, but it doesn't lend itself to any real praise of any kind. Yup, I'm bored...

Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a clear gold color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of coriander, hint of wheat, slight citrus, and a hint of honey. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation. Fits the style of an American blonde ale. Tastes of pale malt, orange, slight coriander, hint of sweet malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of honey. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, decent body, resembles a witbier more than a blonde.

Photo of Strix
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange, decent head.

Not too much going on with the smell, slight citrus note as it warms.

Crisp grain, hint of lemon or orange, toasted bread or cracker. Sort of an Octoberfest hop note.

Very crisp, smooth mouthfeel.

I thought this was very tasty, and a nice light option.

Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the Hill Top in Stevens Point. This place deserves to be in Beerfly!!

Poured into a glass mug, the beer is a slightly hazy gold with a fairly dense white head.

The aroma is of malts, hay and apple with some slight citrus. Very fresh and inviting.

The taste is a refreshing mix of slightly sweet malts, a bit of fruit with a touch of citrus based backend bitterness. The apple notes become more prominent as you work through the beer.

The mouth is crisp with decent heft. Very easy drinking beer would be a killer crossover beer and I found it very easy to session.

Photo of adman08
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours cloudy pale gold with a moderate amount of fluffy white head.
S-Crisp sweet aroma with a slightly bready aroma. Slight citru aroma.
T-Balanced light flavors of hops and malt. Mostly sweet amlt flavor with a slight citrusy hop flavor.
M-Smooth, fairly sweet overall. Carbonation is a little low.
Overall, a very refreshing, lighter beer. Something really well suited for a warmer day. Nothing all too interesting but a slightly citrusy, very refreshing beer.

Photo of Lemke10
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Pours a yellowish amber color with a decent amount of carbonation to it. Has scents of summer wheat and citrus fruits. Drinks rather lightly but with a decent amount of flavor to it. Wheat and orange hints are the most obvious. Definetly a good summer beer that has a better taste to it that the standard Miller or Budweiser choice. Not anything fancy but something new to try.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear, golden, little head.

S: Big citrus (orange, pummelo) and a small spiciness.

T: Smooth, rich. Crisp. Very well balanced citrus flavor without any unnecessary sweetness. Malt is wheaty, light, and grainy.

M: Slightly viscous with only a slight drying note. Medium carbonation. Very pleasant on the palate.

D: Sunny. Drinkable.

Photo of WJVII
2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass this brew is very pale yellow colored with less than a 1/4 finger white head that was gone before I could put the bottle down. Very active carbonation visible. There wasn't much aroma to this. Some slight malt and a little orange. My first taste of this was horrible. I have really tried to get on the local bandwagon for O'so but it just isn't happening for me. They have a few brews that are exceptional, but most of their line-up is not even worth trying. The taste was flat and bland. No hops present, slight malt to this. Just a pale poor beer.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Zero head. Not looking good so far. The body is a hazy orangish-yellow.

S - Sweet malt aroma with hints of mango.

T - Let me start out by stating it will be very difficult to get a real gauge of the taste here because this beer is completely flat. I will however do my best to distinguish that flavor ever though the texture is awful. It has a sweet malt flavor followed by a finish of hops.

M - Like I said, there is nothing here that helps this beer. It is flat and I'm not going to finish it.

~ I will get another and hope that it doesn't fail me again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. One dimensional. Too much lemon. Dumb name for a beer. (Seriously. Let's get our hands off our genitalia and sincerely try to come up with something original, unique and creative. Not just the sexually toned stuff that makes people giggle.) Very acidic this beer. It kind of works, in its own way, but I am uninspired. Eh. I dunno. This is a decent beer. I think the neanderthal beer name might be what turns me off.

Photo of KI9A
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow/orange, OK head, but really dies off quick. No lace.

S: malts, maybe an adjunct of corn (?), apples, citrus.

T: Surprised after not being really inmpressed with the lack of head retention, and adjunct nose. Some yeast, green apple, honey orange. Finishes with a slight bready sweetness.

M: Light, clean. Crisp.

D: I can drink this one after the other. Nothing heavy to get in the way of summertime refreshment. Not sure I would want this while in the mood for a more complex beer, but, hell, it's a TON better that BMC beers.

Photo of ibashmuck
4.72/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack", off a recommendation from the store owner, who said it was O'so's answer to New Glarus' Spotted Cow. And it compares favorably, with three noticeable differences: smaller head, slightly more bitter, and slightly more carbonated. Not quite to Cow's level overall, but a very, very nice offering from the folks in tiny Plover, Wisconsin. Well done.

BTW-I am unsure as to the availability. I believe it to be year round.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O very pale golden color, bright and yellow, a bit of chill haze, and a thin head, very little lacing. There isn't really anything wrong, but certainy isn't impressive or better than average really. The smell is of powdery sweet malts, some lightly grassy, fruity, hops. There's a very crisp, dry, almost tart note, with just a little bit of crackery malts. The taste comes up with some moderate sweetness, some pilsener malt graininess, a little bready, moreso than I expected. The hops are light and crisp, a bit tart and fruity, not much grassiness, no resins. A little better than average, nothing off, which is a good thing, but this isn't a style that is easy to stay in and create something amazing. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit thin, but actuallt better fullness than I expected. The carbonation is pleasant, a nice tickle. This one is enjoyable, but not anymore than a normal blonde ale. I could say that in one night, I could drink this for an extencded period of time, maybe this has just a bit higher of an ABV than I expected from a blonde. But this certainly doesn't create enough interest to make me want to buy it again.

Photo of tavernjef
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light lemony yellow and quite clear with a small starchy white top of fizzy foam lasting short and leaving little lacing.

Aroma is of dry biscuityness and some slight candyish sweetness of malts. Semi corn-like with a grazing of apricot preserves.

Taste is firm but light and one dimensional of biscuity sweet malts with a slight candyness to some rock candy or bubblegum. The malt is nice and steardy with a clean smoothness. Just overall light and night all that complex. Seemingly more like a Helles lager?

Body is light yet firm of a good amount of malt sweetness and clean crisp smoothness. A bit lighter then medium if not more so as it does have some empty areas to it and no real finishing qualities.

A decent summer drinker here. A few would be quite easy to handle but its softer/lighter side may get a bit boring after awhile.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was not expecting much from this blonde ale, but was pleasantly surprised. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, the ale revealed a golden straw color with a fair amount of head. A soft peppery and somewhat Earthy aroma tickled the nose, noting this to be beyoond the average blonde ale.

The initial taste was mildly hoppy which gave way to a soft peppery flavor in the aftertaste. A mild sourness was present in the aftertaste. It was a crisp flavor that leads one to believe a lot of thought went into making this brew special.

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