Memory Lane
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
German Pilsner
3.57 | pDev: 10.36%
Apr 01, 2018
Nov 10, 2012
Memory LaneMemory Lane
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Rated: 3.57 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by jakea from Wisconsin

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
From a 12 oz longneck into a pint glass, the beer is a chill hazed yellow with a huge head (I mean huge!). It leaves a lot of nice lace.

The beer has an aroma of grain, grass and something slightly sweet smelling.

If the bottle didn't say German style, I would swear they were shooting for more of a Belgian thing. There is a fair amount of phenols and esters laid over a malty base. It is slightly fruity and funky. I'm really getting nothing Teutonic about this beer.

The mouth has active carbonation and is medium.

I'm not sure I would revisit this one too often.
Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois

Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by Zatch90 from Wisconsin

Oct 09, 2015
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Reviewed by GrahamDN from Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
A steady--but controlled--pour from the bottle yields a mountainous white head. From the bottle, Memory Lane pours an off-putting purple color. In the glass, this purple hue is mostly--but not entirely--diffused into the over-all golden color of the beer. Still, it has a deep rosy haze with plenty of sediment, including some unsettling large dark purple chunks at the bottom of the glass. The bottle gives no indication of what might cause the purple color and sediment, so I can only assume (and hope) that it has something to do with the purple-ribbon on the bottle, and the Alzheimer's Association contributions O'so says are made from this beer's proceeds.

Faint pale malts strike the nose, along with a whiff of grape juice--perhaps that explains the color. Turns slightly wine-like as it warms.

The more-than-ample carbonation robs the beers of its flavor at first, but settles down to where it ought to be a little while after pouring. A very pleasant sweetness rounds out the husky-grainy malt flavors nicely, and some fruity and faint herbal notes add character. Given the underwhelming nose and flat-out unappetizing appearance, the beer's taste is its strong point. The finish transitions a little harshly to dry malt, and loses its previous balance.

As it approaches room temperature, Memory Lane doesn't hold up, becoming stale-tasting very quickly. Its sweet spot is somewhere between fridge temperature and cool, and it's fleeting.

Unremarkable. Unlikely to buy again.
Jul 05, 2015
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a crystal clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes crisp and clean.
Jun 26, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Riik3 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2015
Rated: 3.32 by TheArtOfWort from Wisconsin

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by kevbie

Oct 03, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by Itsjustbad from Illinois

Sep 26, 2014
Rated: 3 by teemoney from Wisconsin

Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by kristenrae8 from Illinois

Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by KingBiscuit from Illinois

Jul 05, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Jun 26, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Jeysun23 from California

May 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by bgoblue2 from Illinois

Mar 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by nheinzie57 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by deleted_user_438457 from Kansas

Feb 01, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by vinny21bal from Illinois

Jan 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Westuh from Wisconsin

Nov 26, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Localdrinklax from Wisconsin

Oct 31, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Oct 28, 2013
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Reviewed by TheSSG from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a huge, soapy, white head that fizzes loudly, collapses, leaving nice lacing. Nice, grassy aroma. A Hazy, straw color. A grassy, almost citrus hop bitterness starts, peaks at a nice medium bitterness as the biscuity malt starts to appear. Finish is wonderful noble hop spiciness that is floral and grassy, and balances off the smooth malt nicely.

Swirling and pouring the bottom, yeasty bits makes for a much brighter citric profile; much more crisp and almost lemony.

Overall, this is pretty good. The hop profile is surprisingly citric, which is a little strange at first, but it's nice, overall.
Sep 23, 2013
Rated: 3 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Sep 14, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by ruckus232 from Illinois

Aug 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Jul 31, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Jul 24, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Razorback09 from Oklahoma

Jul 17, 2013
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Being on the Pilsner kick I've been on, and never really giving full attention to any O'so beers in the past, this one caught my eye.

Based on the name I thought it was going to be a throwback lager similar to Capital's Supper Club, but I was glad to see it was a Pils.

A -- Slightly hazy, straw to light-gold in color with a dense, firm head that settles very slowly.*

S - Spicy, herbal hop nose, more character than a few Pilsners I've tried lately.

T -- Same herbal, spicy hoppiness right up front. Mellow, grainy malts on the follow-through, and a lingering, sort of mildly solvent -- near to harsh -- spiciness in the finish and aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a medium-light body.

O -- If it wasn't for the solvent-like harshness in the aftertaste I'd give this beer more points to style; the harshness detracts from the clean finish a Pils ought to have. Otherwise, this isn't a terribly bad take on the style from a small brewery.

*End note: much residual yeast in the bottom of the bottle indicating bottle-conditioning. I'll pour more carefully with the second bottle to see if it helps clarity and maybe even the harshness.

While the more mindful second pour is still somewhat hazy, the harshness isn't as pronounced and the body is softer too. I'll give this a bump in points for that, but they ought to warn of the bottle-conditioning on the label.
Jul 09, 2013
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at Park Tavern, - Rosemont, IL

Pale golden straw color with a creamy white head that holds great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Biscuity, nutty, and grassy aroma. Sharp grassy hops complement the biscuity and nutty malt characteristics. Moderate bitterness on the finish of a lighter bodied beer that has pleasant carbonation. Overall, excellent representation of the style with a bonus in the fact that a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin. I may go find a six-pack of this if I can find it.
Jul 09, 2013
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Reviewed by rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- A slight haze to the deep golden-yellow body supports a sticky snow white head that last a full glass and a gentle meandering carbonation works to the surface.

S- The cinnamon hue to the green Noble Saaz hops has some dry unripe stone fruit hints to it that has a faint malt hint underneath.

T- The nice crisp pils malt is fresh and full with some faint stone fruit ester notes and a pungent green Noble hop snap in the dry finish. There is a nice club soda note with the malt as the beer opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice rich flavors of the classic Pils malt with some nice unique hop character makes this beer intriguing with each sip and it is very sessionable.
Jul 04, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Jun 28, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by derkfromwi from Wisconsin

Jun 27, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by elcrawl from Oregon

Jun 20, 2013
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