Loretta | Oxbow Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our grisette, a rustic blonde ale brewed with spelt grown at a draft horse farm in Pittston, Maine.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, which is closer to a sour than a classic saison, pours a clear pale yellow, so pale it's more of an unusually colored greenish grey.

Loretta has a good amount of sour, cheesy, lemony funk that makes it seem that a good amount of brett has taken ahold here, even though there is no marketing material stating as such.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard saison style ale. Nothing crazy about it, no funky flavors and not overly grainy or doughy, as standard with the style.
However the beer is well balanced. Some farmhouse flavors, notes of hay and touches of raw grain. Very drinkable, with a dry/crisp finish. Definately a great summer beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub.

Pours a clear, golden straw color with a 2 finger white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Lots of spicy wheat on the nose with some lemony tartness on the back end.

The flavor has a lot of peppery yeast, as well as some citrus. Slightly tart, with a grassy, earthy flavor on the back end.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Overall, a very good, easy drinking saison. Will be an excellent beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duckfat. Served in a snifter. Pale golden body. Small white head. Smells grainy and wheaty. A touch of yeast. Strong wheat taste and yeast. Almost tastes like it will be tart. Slightly lemony flavor builds in the finish. Light body and super easy drinking. Nice light saison.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful white color with a touch of yellow. Nice head, no lace.

Sour nose with lemon notes.

Peppery hop taste and aftertaste. Very effervescent. Refreshing. Not very sour taste.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thin head that has pretty good retention. The beer itself is a medium hazy (still can't quite see through it) bright yellow-orange color. The nose is yeasty with some floral type hop aroma, the hop profile is very moderate. The taste is a smooth draw of very light lemon and citrus flavor that slowly builds to a nice moderate lemon lime peak that slowly fades without ever really getting bitter. This is a wonderful summer beer, very light, moderately citrusy, with some nice floral hop notes. A definite buy again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse -served chilled in a tulip

The color is very pale golden with thin white head with spots of lace sticking and visible carbonation in the glass.The smell has a light phenolic almost band-aid and subtle hay-like scent with mild spice and funky brett-like odor with slight medicinal and earthy aroma with woody accent. The feel has a light toasted and sparkling texture with very effervescent edge that overpowers the mild sweetness and there is a light fruity tangy acidic yeast accent with bone dry finish.

The taste has slight yeast in the initial flavor with fruit tang up front and mild malt in the middle with subtle hint of grainy sweetness and light dry spice with a phenolic flavor in the background. Overall this is ok but doesn't rise to the level of other beers I have tried by Oxbow a little lackluster compared to my expectations perhaps- a decent light bodied farmhouse

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at Goods from the Woods 2014 with Festero. The spelt gives this a cereal almost cheerios character which worked quite well with the yeasty esters. Light refreshing brew that I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a tulip, straw color, slightly hazy, with a finger or so of frothy white head that sank to a collar, and left some lines of lace on the glass. Aroma of grass and hay, peppery, earthy, pale malts. In the taste, toasted grains, pale malts, earthy hay, dry grass, spicy yeast. Walks the fine line between grissette and straight-up saison. Light-medium body, crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, nothing ground-breaking, but still nice for the style.

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Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

13 oz. on tap at Cafe Miranda in Rockland, Maine. Served in Oxbow's fun proprietary glass, which is sort of snifter-like.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy and kind of bright yellow with a wee white head that is gone soon. Some lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, citrus, spices, yeast, grass, and spices. Nice nose.

Taste: Taste follows the nose with lemon leading the way. Nice dry finish with lemon and spices making themselves present. Also a little bit of a peppery note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's a little light, but not egregiously so.

Overall: This is a good, sturdy saison that works best on a summer day. I don't really get "rustic" out of it, as the ad copy suggests, but it is a darn good beer. Oxbow knows what they're doing, especially with saisons, blondes and pale ales.

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Photo of SHerninko
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap @ Terrsas Next Door -Wayne, PA

Everything was fine until the middle of the palate to the finish hits hard with a string Lemon Pledge flavor. Overpowers & blows this beer up.
Coats the tongue and just too much chemically lemon flavor.

Could not finish the glass. Tried to but was just too over the top.
My co-worker ordered it and it was not a beer we'd try again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with hazy honey color; the modest head leaves a few strands here and there

Smell: Grassy and peppery

Taste: Toasted bread, up front, with grassy hop flavors building in the mid-palate; peppery yeast elements emerge, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation]

Overall: Packs a lot of flavor into a low ABV beer

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

4 oz. served into a wine glass at ChurchKey. From notes.

A: Pours a golden straw color with only a small white film for a head. It's not quite as hazy as I like my saisons to look.

S: I notice fresh apples, cherries, and some wheat. It's nicely fruity - especially for 4% - nor is it weighed down by overdone yeastiness. So maybe the clarity in the appearance was for the best?

T: Drier than the aroma suggested. A fruity opening is very brief before spicy, herbal notes dry out the middle, leading to a white grape finish. Simplistic, yet satisfying.

M: It's everything you'd expect from such a small saison: very light, dry, and easy to drink. Carbonation could be more lively, otherwise there's nothing really to complain about here.

O: Compared with some of the masterpieces I had earlier today, this one fell quite a ways short. But for what it is? It's pretty solid. I would entertain the thought of having it again, at least.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Medium carbonation with small head. light golden pour with mild fruit smell and taste (lemon and lime peals, earth tones) not as much flavor as the FPA but a bit more smooth probably due to the alcohol content being less. Overall ok but would have the FPA or #14 over this one

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Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler shared by Thorpe. Thanks!

Pours a clear, chilled pale straw with a wispy white head that quickly fades to a ring of thin bubbles. Slightly sweet nose of yeast, straw, lemon grass, and mild sulfur. Medium full body, well carbonated with a crisp lemon and grain finish. Flavor is lemon and grass, mildly earthy and sulfuric.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy pale straw with just a thing layer of white foam.

The aroma has a aroma of pale wheat with some hints of lemon zest in the background. The pallet is similar with pale wheat malt flavors and a bit of a bitter hop finish.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall this is real enjoyable. A nice afternoon drink.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery earlier today. It's either been in the cooler or in the fridge since then. I'm pouring Loretta into a tulip glass.

The beer has a light straw color and is translucent. It has a good sized white foam head that doesn't want to go away. A small pocket of clinging carbonation rests at the bottom of the glass. Lacing is fairly even.

This beer's aroma has a slight touch of farmhouse funk; it provides a musty character that is appealing. Wheat (ok, really it's spelt) is apparent, as is some light bitterness.

The flavor is fairly mild, but has a strong wheat (again, it's actually spelt) taste. Grassy hops come forward near the end, but I wouldn't call it bitter. Some of the mustiness I associate with a good farmhouse yeast strain can be tasted after I swallow, but like the rest of the beer's flavor, it isn't very strong. That's not to say it is hard to taste, it just isn't in your face. The only thing that immediately apparent about this beer is how sessionable it is.

Loretta has a medium body and a good amount of carbonation. It doesn't really tickle the tongue all that much, but you can feel it. A very slight coat holds some of the spelt flavors.

This is a really great sessionable summer saison. I'd love to have a keg of this in my cellar to slowly work through during the warmer months. I could drink this one all day. If you are interested in different interpretations of a saison, you should seek this one out.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip with a large fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing. There is a slight bit of haze.

The aroma has a lot of pepper and a little dry wheat malt.

The taste is spicy as well. Light grassy hop blends well with the musty yeast filled finish.

This is light bodied and delicious. Another refreshing winner from Oxbow.

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Loretta from Oxbow Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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