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

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BA SCORE
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traffic light yellow with sparse carbonation. That didn't stop the creation of a several finger crown of bone white foam (after a vigorous pour). A little lace helps the cause. Yeah, this is pretty much what an American blonde should look like.

The nose is pleasant enough. It's bright and clean, with pale grains and a hint of freshly grated lemon zest. Other than being somewhat low on power and personality, this is decent smelling beer of a style that has to work hard to impress.

The Big O is a capable enough American blonde ale. Despite the ABV, it drinks like a light beer. It also easily qualifies as a lawnmower beer and a session beer. O'so wasn't kidding when they included the phrase 'a zippy light bodied beer' on the label. Well, except that part about being zippy.

There can't be anything darker than pale or pilsner malt in the house. Sweetness is lacking, bitterness isn't prominent either, and a bit of sourness keeps the taste score from the next highest number. The label also reads 'a lasting impression of sun dappled oranges'. Sorry, I'm not getting that at all. A minor blip of noble hoppiness doesn't do enough.

As previously noted, the mouthfeel is light. It might even qualify as watery on the finish, but that isn't necessarily a sin in a beer that was designed to be consumed during the hot weather months. If it wasn't designed for that purpose, at least that's the task for which it's best suited.

The Big O isn't as exciting (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) as its name would suggest. On the other hand, show me an American blonde ale that turns heads. Bottom line: not a bad effort... and not a particularly good one either.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

spycow, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +7%

MarkyMOD, May 22, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +7%

imperialking, May 10, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

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
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +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

dirtylou, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

tavernjef, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +7%

enelson, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

kscaldef, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Redrover, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of hilgart1
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

hilgart1, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

KTCamm, May 29, 2010
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

atone315, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Zachtheporter
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +22.3%

ssimpson89, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Kunstman, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Localdrinklax, Apr 25, 2012
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The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.