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

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
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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Photo of ibashmuck
4.7/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

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4.64/5  rDev +41%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +21%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Strix
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of KI9A
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

awesome little blonde here, loaded with citrus flavor, candied orange and hops, its real robust for a blonde, and i like it a whole lot. looks unimpressive in the glass, a real short loved white head on a rich sunny golden colored brew. the nose is a more grain forward than most blondes, a little heavier for sure, but clean too, it fits. there are some hops on this too, citrusy and minimally bitter. flavor is candied orange, but not sweet and not too heavy, still predominantly flavored by the grain. finish is long lasting and the body is bigger than the style usually calls for, but on an early fall afternoon, i can think of nothing better. a little heavy in feel though, it could stand more carbonation for sure, but thats really my only complaint. best beer from a brewery i never heard of in awhile. thanks to the beer census crew for this one!

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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 dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of adman08
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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