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O-Gii - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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very good

103 Ratings
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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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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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