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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Ranked #16
Ranked #18,076
3.86 | pDev: 13.21%
Jul 31, 2022
Jun 01, 2019
Very Good
Notes: Surfcasting is a gently salted grisette brewed with American hops, wheat, and limes.
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Rated: 3.84 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by mrovelli from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of wheat with lime, inviting. Tastes of sweet wheat with the sour lime, which makes a very nice refreshing balance. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Only my fifth from one of North America's most accomplished saison maker, yet all of Oxbow's I have rated below the average. What is wrong with me?

Surfcasting Looks unappetizing; murky lime juice without foam. Smells are better, the citrus dominates. Tastes are tart, but still balanced. Surfcasting seems like it would pair well with shellfish or other fish. It cleanses the palate. I do give Oxbow Big Overall Hugs because they seem to have many followers.
Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Draft at the brewery
Fair creamy smaller head with moderate retention soapy lacing, hazy cloudy pale color

Nose doughy malt and creamy wheat but also an interesting earthy grainy maize and straw like, light citrus lime

Taste brings tartness with lime and salt up front, light citrusy grassy hop, grainy earthy wheat straw, but also creamy wheat, bready doughy, fair citrus and lime, drier finish little flemmy acidity, more salt

Mouth is lighter bod, med frothy carb

Overall pretty nice,
Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Nice nuanced brew. It actually comes across quite nicely as a light wheat beer, if a little light. But then again, it is a Grisette. The lime and salinity hit the nose pleasantly, but seem weak in the taste.

It’s a mix of good and bad, with a fairly good base beer distracted by watered-down tartness. As it warns, I think there’s a hop bitterness that is helping the watering down impression. More lime and/or salt could help, but too much and you push into questionable beer range. I think it could use a little more of either/both of the additions (line first), but not much.

Just needs a little something to get beyond the watery impression, which warmth and continued sips help with. Even though it’s a low ABV beer, I’d say let it warm a tad, and then give it some time to grow on you.
Sep 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On draught at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.

Pours a hazy golden beige color. A fingernail length head quickly dissipates. It leaves a thin ring of lacing.

As expected, the nose is dominated by notes of fresh lime along with a subtle touch of sea salt. Aromas of bready, cracker and wheat malts, lemon, grass and peppery spices.

Lightly sour with lots of lime flavor and accompanying notes of tart fruit, including grapefruit and lemon. Lightly briny notes of sea salt add a Gose like touch. Lightly peppery spices and hints of grassy and earthy hops add some balance. Solid malt base comprised of wheat, cracker and sourdough.

Light bodied with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. The finish is very dry with an easy going mouth puckering tartness: the carbonation is moderate to lively.

Nice easy drinking Grisette, light and refreshing. The sea salt and lime added a nice touch. I would have again.
Aug 05, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.99. Canned on 09/16/20, making this just over 9 months old. The can says to enjoy within 6 months, but I think we'll still be okay here.

Look: Pours a light straw color with a nice haziness to it. A nice head upon the pour, it has reduced to a thin fluffy white layer.

Smell: Up front - lime zest, lime juice, a bit of funk. The finish shows grassy hop notes as well as some pepperyness. Allusions to nice yeast and mineral character. Smells refreshing. After pouring the bottom of the can, I am getting a lot more lime zest, fruitiness, and also earthy hop character on the nose. Also getting some interesting tar-like notes. I think this is further expression of the aromatic oils in the lime rind, and combined with the salt it makes for a very interesting mix.

Taste: Yum. Up front, it's very lime-forward. The mouthfeel is very nice - effervescent with tiny bubbles. The finish is full of minerality and salt, and it is very drying on the mouth. It's a nice balance, because my palate feels like it is left a bit parched and thirsty and I am compelled to get some more of that juicy and refreshing lime from the initial sip. Very drinkable and delicious.

Feel: Very nice mouthfeel. It's a relatively light beer at only 4.5% ABV, yet it packs a full weight for its class. It's very flavorful and their yeast culture and brewing process has produced a very soft and tiny-bubbled fermentation.

Overall: This is my first Oxbow beer; I have been excited to sample their beers and I was fortunate to pick up a nice assortment recently. It seems like my kind of brewery and Surfcasting is my kind of beer. I also think that it's awesome that Oxbow is canning these types of beers. Why not? As long as they don't explode, who cares. This is a super drinkable and fun beer. Having this beer in a can means that you could take it to the beach - amazing! I think that it would be super fun if Oxbow did a variant on this beer and aged it in tequila barrels.
Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Canned 10/22/21, advised to drink within 6 months. Oh well

It's not often you see a saison type with weird adjuncts, but this one sounds like it'd be right up my alley. With these additions, it seems almost more like a gose, and I have a feeling it will taste closer to that than a saison anyways. I guess I should just dive in and see what it's all about

Pours a cloudy pale straw with 2 fingers of white head that fades o a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Well, it certainly has the nose profile of a light and tart gose, without much of the earthy funk a saison usually carries, but it's quite good regardless. I'm picking up on aromas of tart lime, white peach, sea salt, earthy wheat, crackery malt, white pepper, and just a kiss of sharp oak. Basically just a very tart margarita

In taste, this diverts more into beer territory though the aroma did not suggest such, but it is a welcome detour in this situation, despite my deep love for margaritas. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting juicy lime, lemon, doughy malt, wheat, and orange rind. The swallow brings notes of tart lime, sea salt, wheat bread, toasted grain, and light citrusy hops

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp and tart beer. Finishes almost entirely dry and super refreshing

Listen, I understand this is not exactly to style, but this is a fantastic and easy drinking beer, not to mention quite flavorful. Oxbow has been impressing me lately, I think I'll have to start actively seeking out their stuff
Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright lemonade color with a finger of fluffy head. Not much retention or lacing as expected from the style.

The aroma is fairly simple, but pleasant. A little bit of wheat and funk, followed by some lemon and lime zest, with a touch of grapefruit. Saltwater is present on the back.

The flavor follows the nose: Light funk before some limeaid and a touch of wheat and grass. Finishes with a pleasant dose of sea salt.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a nice, dry finish. Definitely needs more of a crisp bite from the carbonation.

Overall, a relatively simple, yet good all-around farmhouse ale. This would be an easy crusher with more lively carbonation, but otherwise a nice, drinkable beer.
Feb 25, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Oct 22, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy pale blonde body; thin yet lasting white head. A little farmhouse funk, a fair touch of lime and ocean. The taste deftly blends a lot the smell components into a fine tasting, citrus and saltwater refreshment; weak lemonade; a faint presence of cereal grains lurking beneath the citrus flavors. Medium body; tart and acidic; mild juiciness and bite.

This is an interesting beer and appears to have met its goal of highlighting lime and sea salt. Its low ABV and citrus-ade flavors should interest those looking for such things on a warm, sunny day.
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by sanhedrin from New York

1.32/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
Maybe I got a bad batch? Cracked one open and thought I smelled pee. Figured maybe it was something in the air, not the beer. Took a sip. Tasted like pee. Dumped it.

I like Oxbow, but,,, no to this one,
Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 3.46 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks like a gose. Smells like a citrusy hopped farmhouse. Could use less lemongrass. Could use a bit more carb. Not bad though. Just could use some tweaks.
Jul 16, 2020
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can. Usually really enjoy Oxbow's offerings, so didn't hesitate to pick up a four pack of these cans. I think their artwork is great, simple, with nice pops of color. Cool fonts. Pours a hazy, straw color. Thin, flat head that leaves bubbly bits of lacing. Belgian phenolic aroma with a clear limey zest. I think the lime actually is the most dominant part of the aroma which is impressive. Whoa. Flavor just bulldozes over the palate. Super limey. Behind the lime - which is intense as shit - I get a bit of wheat, Belgian yeast, and a savory salt component. Has a lemon/lime Gatorade component to it. Akin to a sharper SeaQuench. Light body but the lime really makes each sip a jolt. I think this hits a little to hard in the lime department. Not my favorite.
Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can (20Mar2020) into a plastic tumbler

L: turbid light yellow/gold, rich white head that fades after a few minutes. Minimal/no lacing, not much visible carbonation

S: great farmhouse nose with a bit of salt and a great amount of lime. Some hay, little grassy. Already squeezed lime wedge with a bit of salt, like at the bottom of a finished mixed drink

T: follows the nose, farmhouse character there but the lime and salt leads in a great way. Honestly the first thing I think of is a very good corona with a squeezed lime, or the end of a decent margarita. Medium finish, drying, refreshing

F: medium/light body, medium carbonation, drying

O: excellent summer brew. Refreshing, tart, the farmhouse character adds some great depth and complexity
Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 28, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had their take on a GER Pils last night & since I have this CAN ISO The CANQuest (tm), I am now going to see what they CAN do with a Saison. I am admittedly intrigued by their verbiage, as follows.

From the CAN: "farmhouse ale with sea salt and lime"; "production time: 5 weeks"; "keep cold/enjoy fresh"; "Surfcasting is a gently salted grisette with American hops, wheat, and fresh limes."

8=O A Grisette with sea salt?!? And Limes?!? 8=O I was totes excited to Crack! open the vent & get started. My slow, gentle C-Line Glug resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose smelled closer to a margarita than a beer with a pronounced presence of lime & salt! Mmm. It may have smelled good to me, but stylistically, it was well out of whack! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was like a slightly funkified margarita! It was quite salty & citrusy, but the light funk was not enough for me to think of it as a Saison. It was pleasantly tart & highly refreshing, but Saison simply was not coming to mind. Finish was tart & dry, but it really did not fit in as a Saison. YMMV.
Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by travisvb from New York

Sep 05, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
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.
Aug 19, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Aug 09, 2019
Rated: 4.78 by Vylo from New Jersey

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2019
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