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

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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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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Kunstman, Jun 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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

Localdrinklax, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of adman08
3.5/5  rDev +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.

adman08, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Joeyuwp, Apr 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -69.4%

bootsdomino, Mar 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

erod61, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Oct 2010. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Lakefront shaker pint.

Smallish bubbly beige-orange head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy orange yellow in color. Aroma is orangey, tart and buttery. Tastes of orange flower water, tangy, juicy. Not sweet orange, but orange essence (A says this). finish is lightly tart with with lingering fruit and yeast aftertaste. Medium to light body, mild ethanol.

Somewhat like overripe oranges.

htomsirveaux, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Grebdioz, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Lemke10, Mar 18, 2011
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 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 WJVII
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

WJVII, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

taylorhamrick, Aug 12, 2009
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 KI9A
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

KI9A, May 19, 2009
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 BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

BoitSansSoif, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

cdkrenz, Oct 26, 2008
The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.