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

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ibashmuck on 05-11-2008)
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Mcq767, Nov 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Dovers, Nov 05, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev +4.6%

MegaHurricaneDitka, Nov 01, 2014
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!

StonedTrippin, Oct 15, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +41%

kevbie, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Tone, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

martyl1000, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +14%

atone315, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of LLL_MKE
4/5  rDev +21.6%

LLL_MKE, Jul 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

sourdog, Jul 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

green_plastic, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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".

jwc215, May 18, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Brettski3600, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

dfillius, Mar 08, 2014
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.

emerge077, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light yellow in color. Hazy, but not to the point where the beer is pastel. Forms a modest-sized creamy white head. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is fruity. Apple and apple sauce. Light wheat notes with a little bit of yeasty spice.

T: Taste is a mix of apple and lemon. Slightly floral. Slightly sour. A bit of wheat. Finish is thin. Taste is more like a not-very-good Saison than a Blonde.

M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry on the finish. Virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: I believe the main problem with this beer is that it doesn't know what it wants to be. Overall its not necessarily bad. It's certainly drinkable. However, it's not necessarily all that great either. Not much more than average I guess.

Florida9, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

ssimpson89, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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.

Strix, Nov 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

majorbase2, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold in color with a half finger white head that dissipates instantly

Nose has large wheat and grain character that smells extremely sweet with a musty hint of sour orange.

Taste is better then then smell. Large amounts of grain and wheat are overlayed with a sweet and sour flavor that doesn't overpower the character of the grainy malt. A musty orange flavor also is present.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body with mild carbonation.

There's something off about this. I'm not sure what but it feels like corn.

Fcolle2, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

enelson, Aug 13, 2013
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The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.