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O-Gii - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 17.31%


Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheSSG on 02-09-2013)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

O-Gii, A monstrously tea-infused wit. Ale brewed with spices and flavored with tea. 9.2% Alc. by Vol.

O.G., as in Original Gangsta? Orginal Gravity? Or, as in Godzilla who seems to be appearing on the label with a giant pint in hand? Or is there some other reason for the odd spelling?

Poured into a big, Wittekerke glass. Hazy, pale yellow with a large white head.

Aroma: Orange and wheat discernible in the nose, not so much the spices. I'm picking up on the tea, though, rather than any kind of coriander, which is the typical witbier spicing.

It's even more evident in the taste. And, in exchange, I'm not getting a lot of else. Wheat texture, yes, some citric notes, light spices, and the premonition of booze to come. Juicy, slightly sweet, and altogether odd. I just don't know what to think of it.

I wonder if the gobbledygook on the can will tell me anything? "Herb-In Legend is our series of adventure brews. Created by our brewer Kurt Mayes, O-Gii is a collaboration with Milwaukee's own Rishi Tea, infusing organic tea character to this wit beer. The name is our nod to the brewing abbreviation OG which defines the potential for alcohol level prior to fermention. Enjoy this monster fusion of balance and aggression."

This was described to me, if I remember right, as unique, being a "double wit." Not true, there have been plenty of double wits, and I'm not especially fond of doubled-up versions of styles that shouldn't be anywhere near so strong. Their strength is in their delicacy, and moving up the booze factor robs them of their special qualities. I've only liked a few of them, and somewhat reluctantly.

I'm just as baffled by this as I was by their tea-infused double IPA. The tea doesn't deliver anything particularly rewarding, and the booze is way higher than it should be, for the body and the flavor. Is it malt liquor? Monster might be right, but more Frankstein's than Godzilla. This doesn't taste like a wit, the tea-infusion just mucks it up and dilutes it, and the high alcohol content does nothing but make me want to knock over some buildings.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 23:13:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Born on 15 October 1844, Nietzsche grew up in the small town of Röcken, near Leipzig, in the Prussian Province of Saxony. He was named after King Frederick William IV of Prussia, who turned forty-nine on the day of Nietzsche's birth. (Nietzsche later dropped his middle name "Wilhelm".[51]) Nietzsche's parents, Carl Ludwig Nietzsche (1813–49), a Lutheran pastor and former teacher, and Franziska Oehler (1826–97), married in 1843, the year before their son's birth. They had two other children: a daughter, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, born in 1846, and a second son, Ludwig Joseph, born in 1848. Nietzsche's father died from a brain ailment in 1849; Ludwig Joseph died the next year, at age two. The family then moved to Naumburg, where they lived with Nietzsche's maternal grandmother and his father's two unmarried sisters.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 14:24:34 | More by DerekQXQX
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden with a sizable creamy white head. Thin rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of orange and lemon peel with floral, tea-like herbs, wheat malt and a hint of honey.

The taste is of spiced tea - tangy fruit is slightly towards artificial powder. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, but becomes less raw than the initial sip was very quickly. The alcohol lends a subtle black pepper character. There is a firm honey-like sweetness in the back. No detectable hops, as expected for the style. Sweetness is balanced by spices.

Though somewhat hot, it is creamy and deceptively drinkable.

It is "interesting". Drinkable. I don't know that I particularly cared for it even as much as I scored it, but I think that it pretty much is what the brewery was going for, and I think they were successful overall. I wouldn't mind having it again. Actually, I'm going to pour myself another!

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 05:24:35 | More by jwc215
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, tea, interesting. Taste is unique and pretty good. Tea, some spice, a bit of citrus, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 23:49:19 | More by tone77
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't quite know what to think: this brew comes off as a wholly forgettable adjunct lager, such that I have to ask the bartender if its the right beer.

If this is right,then the brewer has hidden the alcohol so well as to taste like its not 10% abv,but 4%

Update: 8/30/13
Had again on tap, this time at Dexter's. Raised my previous rating a good deal (5/13/13, 3.18). I think something was wrong with the tapping that first time I had it. This is delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 01:33:58 | More by martyl1000
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a glass, the beer was a nice golden straw color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - I really like the nose on this one. Hints of lemon, grass, and mint were among the detectable notes.

Taste - In the initial, lemon jumps to the front. Floral notes follows as if to demonstrate the tea-like quality. The only problem is I am not sure what type of tea I am looking for here. Wheat and earthy notes follow toward the back. The aftertaste is more lemon and sour wheat. The alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel - A nice easy drinking witbier. It is smooth with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - I have not been overly impressed with Milwaukee's efforts, but this is a fairly good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:16:24 | More by JohnnyHopps
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tbdkev

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden yellow with excellent head retention. Lacing on the glass holds really well. It looks pretty delicious.

A: Sweet wheat on the nose here with some hints of clove or perhaps nutmeg. It's almost on the verge of breakfast cereal. No specifics are given about the type of tea used, so I'm a little lost on specifics. Nevertheless, very nice.

T: The ABV is listed at 9.2%, but the sweetness effectively covers up any "booze-y" qualities you might expect. There's a mild lime or orange peel bitterness with the finish, but it finishes cleanly and nicely. Very high drink-ability, so beware the ABV! I'm somewhat disappointed that the type of tea used in the brew isn't listed--I'm not really sure what's contributing to the flavor profile.

M: The body is remarkably creamy and suits the beer well overall. On the first pour, there was a lot of head, but that's not a complaint--it's delicious. Light CO2 helps to accent the aforementioned bitterness, and blends well with the creamy body.

O: A very nice late summer beer. I've been disappointed with many wit beers lately, but this takes the cake in regards to matching taste with body.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 04:01:54 | More by tbdkev
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a recent score.

From the CAN: "That's [underlined] local flavor!"; "A Monstrous Tea-Infused Wit"; "How to Drink Craft Beer From a CAN Find Glass Pour Beer Cheers! Share: #LUVMKECRAFT": "HERB-IN LEGEND is our series of adventure brews. Created by our brewer Kurt Mayes, O-Gii is a collaboration with Milwaukee's own Rishi Tea, infusing organic tea character to this wit beer. The name is our nod to the brewing abbreviation OG, which defines the potential for alcohol level prior to fermentation. Enjoy this monster fusion of balance and aggression."

Pretty amusing stuff, fellows! I was going to employ an aggressive pour in deference to the CAN's verbiage, but the Crack caused a bunch of foam to appear and I had to go with a gentle Glug instead. Tow-plus fingers of pillowy French Vanilla-colored head were my reward and I had to allow things to settle before CANtinuing. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and suddenly, Croesus, Mammon and King Midas were in the Queen Bee's hive's kitchen with me, all eagerly licking their chops. Down, boys! Nose had a floral, honey-like aspect. How curious, said Alice. Mouthfeel was full for the style and the taste was quite spicy and kind of musty. The yeast was definitely part of the equation and I am guessing coriander, although the Queen Bee disagrees. Finish was dry, mellow, tea-like, but hardly monstrous. The honeycomb pattern on the CAN seems to indicate that honey was also involved. I stand by everything that I previously typed.

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 15:17:45 | More by woodychandler
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into Duvel tulip

A - A transparent sun kissed light orange color. Many suspended particles floating around. Big 2.5 finger bright white head, fades to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing clings on my glass.

S - Big tea and herbal scents are apparent right away. Nice blend of wheat, sweet orange, coriander, lemon rind, lily. Hints of banana bread, spice and other light sweet malts.

T - Very interesting and pleasant taste. Sweet, spicy, herbal tea with wheat, candy orange, lemon rind, and banana bread. It is not overly sweet and not that spicy. Just right and has Trippel like qualities. I don't pick up any alcohol, which is surprising at 9.2% ABV. This is an enjoyable beer on a warm and muggy day.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation is just right. No alcohol burn. Wet and refreshing so it goes down quickly drink after drink.

O - Very interesting and tasty brew that is fun to drink. I'll have to throw this in some of my trades as an extra. Should help MKE gain some relevance on their rather mediocre line up.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 17:38:17 | More by Ri0
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ChasterBlaster

Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have recently tried a few MKE brewing company beers, and this was by far the tastiest. So much so, it made me want to join this site to try to review it.

So keep in mind this is my first review:

Poured into pint glass from can.

Appearance: Like the sun peeking out after a sunny thunderstorm. Calming yet invigorating. On a side note, the anime/Godzilla themed cans were amusing.

Smell: Malty and Biscuity, but with an afterhint of something floral.

Taste: the floral presence continues throughout the sip, reminding me of hibiscus. Some other exotic spices linger, brought on probably by the Rishi tea that was infused with this brew. Certainly unique, the high alcohol content hides deceptively amongst it's palette, blending in like a crouching tiger in the bushes, ready to strike its prey. Overall, the taste blew me away with its mild mannered kick and fully one-of-a-kind tea and spice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Warm and kind of filmy, the beer washes my cheeks and tongue in a high-alcohol content induced tingling sensation that reminds me there is a wild beast hidden in the glass.

Overall: This is one of my top ten favorite beers I've ever had. I want to simultaneously show it off to everyone yet keep this gem to myself. I am very blown away by the flavor but there is also something synergistic about the whole experience that makes this beer overall better than its parts combined. It was a pleasure, MKE.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 00:56:43 | More by ChasterBlaster
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a MKE tulip.
9.2% ABV, no date.

A - Only half the un-swirled can fit in this tulip so O-Gii isn't quite hazy, yet. Goldenrod in color, this witbier is topped with a nice and firm white head that, despite the alcohol's best efforts to the contrary, hangs around leaving some nice chunky lace on the glass. (Pouring out the whole beer reveals it to remain quite clear for a witbier)

S - The Rishi tea infusion in O-Gii is immediately apparent with an herbal quality that very nicely compliments this wit's spice profile reminiscent of sweet orange peel, lemongrass, and coriander. At just over 9%, the hefty malt base starts showing through, adding real nice sweetness along the back for a delicious candle-like aroma...one that can be drank!

T - Balanced-yet-forward again, the Rishi tea creates a very unique and exciting flavor profile in this witbier! Herbal and fruity, the spice, tea, orange peel-like character, and sweetness of the smooth malt combine for a tasty-drinking treat!

M - Quite smooth indeed, this beefy witbier is passive-aggressive with it's alcohol; warming on the finish with just a hint of fruity phenols revealed through retro-nasal breathing. Wheat smooths out the rough edges and the wonderful herbal qualities give this beer a lasting finish that quickly draws you back for another sip.

O - Intriguing, O-Gii takes what is normally a very light, sessionable summer-time beer and really beefs it up. Fragrant tea and a delicious spice blend make for a unique and excellent take on the wit style all while remaining close to the style's roots, though quite heftier indeed. The alcohol is neither intrusive nor passive, landing somewhere in the middle, resulting in an easy drinking, flavorful beer with one hell of a subdued kick.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 00:27:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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emerge077

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An imperial tea-infused witbier, lets give it a try... bright gold pour with a huge head of white foam. Creamy surface texture, bright clarity. No haze or yeast to it, though I got the first part of the can.

Floral incense aroma, veers into lemon pledge territory a little bit. Sort of odd, definitely tea-like though.

More floral tea notes and spices in the taste, coriander is big, with some possible additional spices. Some traces of honey malt traces and smooth wheaty notes in the middle. Pretty light bodied, and fairly crisp. Would revisit again in the Spring.

Thanks Tom for sharing this!

Serving type: can

02-15-2013 01:52:39 | More by emerge077
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, white, dense head with a touch of lacing on the glass. Soft aroma with notes of orange, maybe a little earthy tea behind it.. Golden-straw color with a slight haze. Starts floral and a touch sweet, almost like a nice honey. Moves into a bigger fruitiness from the tea, which also brings a slight bitterness. Finish is floral with a touch of sweet malt, and the tea really starts to shine through on this at the end as the biscuit malt mellows.

This is interesting. The tea blends really well with the wit to make a slightly sweet, fruity, honey-like drink. There is a nice, velvety mouthfeel too; thick. I really like it.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 05:00:45 | More by TheSSG
O-Gii from Milwaukee Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.