Oxbow Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,085
Ranked #22,955
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Surfcasting is a gently salted grisette brewed with American hops, wheat, and limes.
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Photo of LeRose
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the can a pale yellow, slightly hazy, with an enormous white head that falls to rafting bubbles.

The smell...I am picking up nothing much here. As it sits a bit, very faint lime and a even less of Belgian yeast character.

This is lime straight up in the taste, and it is not entirely pleasant, more like peel than anything. There is a little wheat underneath, barely present. Minimal contribution from the yeast. I am not finding any salt.

The mouth feel is not great. The lime is creating a soapy feel and finishes with astringency and oily citrus bitterness.

Overall, I find this beer to be unbalanced. Some additional salt may have helped recreate the margarita thing if that is what they were going for. There is little wheat or malt holding up the beer end, and I fail to find salt or any sign of the implied Belgian esters. They call it a grisette but here it is a Belgian saison but it is kind of neither. Hard call whether I will drink the other three cans and I am not known for drain pours. Disappointed to say the least.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down, leaving just a narrow ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of limes are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell but is a little stronger, having flavors of limes with hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is quite refreshing to drink, particularly if you like limes. It wasn't as spicy compared to other saisons and was also a little lighter in body.

Serving type: can

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Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a thirst quenching tarty hazy gose, pretty good looking beer. Pretty decent for the style but I personally am not a huge fan of goses, not to mention lime added to beer (thanks Bud Light with Lime advertising...), so I really can't give it huge accolades like I typically do for most Oxbow beers. The smell was also more distinct than usual for the style; it was more yeasty or bready than usual, but also had something else going on that I couldn't nail, but I didn't really like, but didn't detract from it either. Overall enjoyable to drink, but wouldn't go out of my way to get another.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Can pours into a tall chalice with a very pale golden yellow body and a one finger foamy cap. OK head retention but lacing isn't abundant, just a few spots.

S- Farmy saison-esque yeast with suggestions of tartness in the form of lactic and some lime notes. Yeast brings esters like pear and slight banana as well as spices such as coriander and peppercorn. Lemon zest also comes to mind as well as whole wheat.

T- The lime is more abundant and considering the aroma it is just a hint tart, not as much as expected as you get a good amount of lime peel and lime flavor with just a hint of tartness. Yeast still fairly big with the fruity esters and belgian yeast spice mentioned above. White grapes also come to mind here with the pear. A bit salty.

MF- Light bodied with a certain crispness and a medium level of carbonation. Texture is creamy and just silky smooth. Ends with a lime zest bitterness and slight tartness.

Lots of great lime flavor with a light tartness and nice farmhouse yeast flavors to balance everything out. Gotta get more of these for a day by some water.

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Surfcasting from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings