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

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Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
osobrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ibashmuck on 05-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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0
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16
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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

awesome little blonde here, loaded with citrus flavor, candied orange and hops, its real robust for a blonde, and i like it a whole lot. looks unimpressive in the glass, a real short loved white head on a rich sunny golden colored brew. the nose is a more grain forward than most blondes, a little heavier for sure, but clean too, it fits. there are some hops on this too, citrusy and minimally bitter. flavor is candied orange, but not sweet and not too heavy, still predominantly flavored by the grain. finish is long lasting and the body is bigger than the style usually calls for, but on an early fall afternoon, i can think of nothing better. a little heavy in feel though, it could stand more carbonation for sure, but thats really my only complaint. best beer from a brewery i never heard of in awhile. thanks to the beer census crew for this one!

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Woodmans mix-a-six... "3226" inkjetted on the bottom. July 2013?

Murky orange pour, not much foam in the rinsed glass, soon the surface is still and glassy.

Smell is a little yeasty with a noticeable tang of wild yeast or bacteria, smells like Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or a Berliner Weiss.

Taste is moderately tart, and it says "tangy" on the label so I'm guessing it's intentional. Lactic farmhouse funk, clean and dry finish, somewhat one dimensional. Light bodied and somewhat thirst quenching. Overall it's okay, almost seems like it was infected, but wasn't affected in a bad way. I've tried this before and don't remember it being this tart.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Tackling a new-to-the-area brewery with their blonde ale. It pours a lightly-hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, light wheat, cardamom, flowers, and very light biscuit. The taste holds notes of light lemon zest, grass, and light wheat. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, crisp-ish finish. Overall, this stuff is the epitome of average, through and through. It's not bad, per se, but it doesn't lend itself to any real praise of any kind. Yup, I'm bored...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor brought this back from his Wisconsin trip. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had slight lemon. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was touch of bitter citrus. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. One dimensional. Too much lemon. Dumb name for a beer. (Seriously. Let's get our hands off our genitalia and sincerely try to come up with something original, unique and creative. Not just the sexually toned stuff that makes people giggle.) Very acidic this beer. It kind of works, in its own way, but I am uninspired. Eh. I dunno. This is a decent beer. I think the neanderthal beer name might be what turns me off.

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Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clouded orange-ish amber with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting ring, leaving some lacing.

The smell is floral, tangy/sour. Different. Pleasant enough.

The taste is more sour than tangy. There is some some sweet malt mixed in. Orange tang in the finish.

There is an initial fizz, which I suppose is the "zippy" part. Light-bodied. Pretty smooth. Odd aftertaste.

Well, it is a unique blonde ale. There is a component that reminds me of the powered orange Tang drink that I had as a child. The sour notes almost come across as an "infected" bottle, but not quite (thank goodness) and mild floral notes give it a dryness. Decent enough to drink the 6-pack, but I wouldn't run out for more. Sometimes "unique" is good, sometimes "unique" is just "different".

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Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear gold color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of coriander, hint of wheat, slight citrus, and a hint of honey. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation. Fits the style of an American blonde ale. Tastes of pale malt, orange, slight coriander, hint of sweet malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of honey. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, decent body, resembles a witbier more than a blonde.

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Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stevedore
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass. Light yellow-golden body with one finger white head, short retention, bits of lacing. I won't get too much into the details, but this smelled pretty bland and mostly bread and biscuit with a similar flavour profile which is mostly grain and bread imparting a decent malt presence, light spice, and not much else. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, nothing particularly earthshattering and in fact, downright pedestrian.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with white head. Light fruits and a little spice with some wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a good mouthfeel, and lingering wheat and light fruit notes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dark orange body with a pale white head of bubbles that boils into a thin ring. There is a quick carbonation of bubbles pushing to the surface.

S- The clean aroma only has a slight tart note when it warms.

T- The gentle taste of dirt and pale malt lead to a faint corn hint with some green hop hues in the finish. There is a cream note in the finish and some sweet tart flavors come through as it opens but it is very clean in flavor.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizz prick in the finish.

O- The crisp clean beer doesn’t have any off flavor and unfortunately has very little flavor at all. It went down fast but not enough character to reach for another.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of k-bess pours an overcarbed, slightly hazed gold color with a massive cap of stark white head. Waaaay too much bubbles here.

Nose is a combo of spritzy citrus (orange and lemon peel), honey and grainy malt. Interesting aroma and reminds me a bit of Oberon.

Taste follows the aroma well, with the citric peel flavor on the front and a malty sweetness in the middle. Finish is a little fruity and a little grassy. Not bad, I dont know if this beer is usually this carbonated, but I think it is affecting the flavor of this particular sample. Its ok, nothing I would come back to if the carbonation issues are common.

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The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.38 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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