Memory Lane
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

Memory LaneMemory Lane
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Style:
Pilsner - German
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
62
From:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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
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GrahamDN from Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -26%
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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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
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
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steveh from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
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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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowing voluminous head of foam in the glass, white and soapy, sticky around the edges, leaving sheets of lace behind. The skim eventually parts after the glass is half gone. Bright sunny orange coloration.

Soft and cleanly bready pilsner malt aroma, simple and to style.

Crisp and dry noble hop bitterness, slightly herbal and grassy with a bare hint of bitter citrus oil and dry crackery pilsner malt. Extremely dry and smooth, crisp and very sessionable. Dry aftertaste with a light lingering breadiness, so easy to drink.

The bonus donation to Alzheimer's research is a great cause to support, glad it's also a top quality pilsner that's a repeat buy for me.

Jan 08, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I remember when a new subdivision was built a few years ago and I was called in to inspect some homes for the quadrennial report. In the process, I literally took a stroll down Memory Lane. True story.

Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat (well, a general sense of grain, anyway) and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some grass and an added sense of flowers. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay pils at best, one that hardly even tries to build an expression of hops (noble or otherwise). Kinda boring, but not altogether bad.

Dec 27, 2012
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear hay, yellow color. Sluggish bubbling beneath a nice head and film of foam after the pour.

Lightly toasted and unmalted barley mixed with a balanced and earthy, grassy hop aroma.

This beer makes me think of a card game with friends. Light crackery malts mixed with hay and grassy hops. Refreshing, well balanced, and crisp palate. This beer makes you come back for a nice long session.

Dec 16, 2012
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this on the shelf. I always welcome a new pilsner, which is really one of my favorite styles right now. This did not disappoint me. Sweetness and bitterness is well balanced, with a dry bitter finish. Noble hop flavor connects the sweetness to bitterness. Hop aroma initially is quite pleasant, but hard to detect once I start drinking. I feel like this one is right up there with some of the German lagers from New Glarus. This is highly drinkable.

Dec 16, 2012
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1Nrwyscotch from Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Tap and served in a pint glass.

Appearance. It arrived a nice golden yellow color with a half a finger of head. a steady stream of bubbles racing up thriough the beer. Lacing lingered on glass.

Smell. I could pick up some fruit and some hops but not to much else.

Taste. I liked the smell better than the taste. It has a grainy flavor with hops present through the whole experience. It is very easy drinking.

Mouth feel. It has a thin to medium mouthfeel with some lively carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer but does not stand out. I would drink it again but not go out of my way to get it. The brewer is donating 5% of the proceeds of every beer sold for Alzheimers research and that is nice.

Nov 18, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like 5% of the profits from this beer are going to an Alzheimer's charity. As if we needed more excuses to drink good beer.

Pours out a hazy yet bright and sunny yellow color with two fingers of white fluffy foam that lasts for about two minutes but only leaves behind minimal lacing. Light yet crisp body and good carbonation levels.

Smells of musty earth and herbal light hop tones over medium strength apple and pear skin fruitiness and grainy cereal aromas. I'd pull back on the apple and pear esters just a touch if it were up to me, maybe by about 15%.

The flavor is (thankfully) much drier than the nose. I get husky cereal grains first, followed by just a tiny pinch of citrus peel but mostly herbal and grassy hopping in a solid hit of bitterness framing a blend of Munich and Pale malt flavors. The bitterness tapers off gradually in a nice, long finish. Refreshing and quite sessionable.

Nov 10, 2012
Memory Lane from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 62 ratings