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O-Gii - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSSG on 02-09-2013)
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Pint can from Chuck, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- After a foam crests the can upon opening, a gentle pour creates 1-1/2 finger of off-white head. The body is a slightly hazy, bright, light gold with a few yeasty floaties and heavy carbonation. The head settles to a light foam and leaves nice rings.

S- Herbal tea (or even a white or green tea with honey). Some sugary sweetness and tropical fruit (pineapple/mango/melon). Soft hints of smooth alcohol.

T- Very flavorful. Lots of sweet malt and tea-like qualities up front. I get all sorts of honey, fruity chewing gum, and fresh tropical fruit and melon-like qualities from the first sip. A little hint at the ABV as well. Difficult to discern what is tea and what's floral and spicy hops or added spice (black pepper/grains of paradise). Either way, it works.

M- More robust than the light color suggests. Medium-heavy carbonation and alcohol warmth ( not harsh).

O- They nailed what they were going after. It's definitely high octane and tea infused. I enjoy an occasional tea, so it's good in my book. Glad a good friend left this as a departing gift.

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APPEARANCE - Awesome, burnished orange in the shade, clear, effervescent golden in the light, this has the typically spritzy texture of a witbier. Looks great.

SMELL - It doesn't actually smell like much of anything, oddly, especially as its an "Imperial Witbier." If anything it smells slightly crisp, and slightly sour from the wheat malt.

TASTE - Literally, melodramatically, a revelation. In comparison to the aroma anyway. This beast has claws! I definitely pick up the tea, and combined with the spices, coriander being chief among them, but I wouldn't rule out a little orange peel, it comes across as an almost earl grey beer if that makes sense to anyone else but me. My first sips had a distinctly "beery," or cheap adjunct lager finish to them, but as I continued to drink, this was altogether drowned out by the onslaught of tea and sweet wheat malt. It is sweet, I forgot to mention, like I like a cup of earl grey, with honey, but not so sweet as a big DIPA. Definitely not to sweet to be cloying.

FEEL - Surprisingly light on its feet, O-Gii didn't lose the traditional effervescence of a witbier. Honestly, to emphasize the tea character, I could have used a bit more of a smooth mouthfeel, but it's certainly true to style, so I can't fault them for that.

OVERALL - A really awesome beer. I've been craving Sam Adams Imperial White, and this was a more than perfect substitute, so perhaps take my rating with a grain of salt. On the other hand, while the liberties taken with this beer might not be for everyone, for an "Imperial" witbier, this stays very, very close in many ways to what a witbier is supposed to be stylistically. It's clearly intelligently and well-crafted. Loving this.

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O-Gii from Milwaukee Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.