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O-Gii - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

ChasterBlaster, Jun 12, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 11, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +19.1%

Lesmiserobert, Friday at 07:58 PM
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4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

BradenMK, Sep 05, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 03, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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O-Gii from Milwaukee Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.