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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Ranked #15
Ranked #16,295
3.9 | pDev: 8.21%
Monday at 01:45 PM
Aug 29, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Our grisette, a rustic blonde ale brewed with spelt grown at a draft horse farm in Pittston, Maine.
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with an enormous soapy head that falls quickly to a decent lumpy cap with messy cling to the glass.

The smell is pretty typical Farmhouse Ale with a wheat overtone. Very slightly funky typical of Oxbow, a bit yeasty, faint lemon, faint peppery snf coriander spice.

The taste is lively and bright, very pleasant. Definite yeastiness, light lemon and a spicy note that is complimentary. Nice earthy funk that is not too strong. A little tang from the wheat. Slight bitterness acts as an anchor.

The feel is light, refreshing and enjoyable. Overall, a nicely crafted saison and another Oxbow brew that screams to accompany food. It is certainly going nicely with the Thanksgiving sandwich.

Easy drinking, light and lively, ticks the boxes as being in the ambiguous family of Farmhouse brews.
Monday at 01:45 PM
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A nice grisette but there are better.
T - Malt and tart/funk on the palate.
A - Pours a pale pale yellow almost golden, with a slight haze.
S - Very minor funk in the nose.
MF - Dry with a slight gastric/sour finish.
Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by mamaraza from Texas

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 20, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the Oxbow Beer Garden in Maine on May 27, 2022.

Golden in color with a shirt lasting head and nice clarity.

Aroma is wheat, grain, toast, clove, coriander, and floral.

Low-medium mouthfeel

Sweet and toasted with a strong herbal character. Clean, crisp finish.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle from B&B in Portland. Pours an almost clear pale yellow with a flash of white head, decent lacing, smell is muted sour wheat bread, lemon soda, grassy funk, taste is doughy sprouted wheat bread, hints of white grape skin and lemon candy, mild grassy finish, feel is light with vibrant carbonation, medium carbonic bite. Saison seltzer vibes.
Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by T-34-85 from New York

Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 18, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2019
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Rated by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy but really nice head; lemon rind hint to hay/grain/earthy nose; taste grainy/earthy/lemon accent; lightly bitter, tad heavy for style to me
Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by BenMorse from Maine

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by pprichar from Massachusetts

Oct 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by yoshie from Massachusetts

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Aug 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. This was poured into a long stemmed taster. The appearance was a hazy bronzed burnt yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Semi-messy lacing. The aroma starts off with some sweet citrus, fresh cut grass, then some peppercorn turning into some lemon pulpy sweetness. The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned aromas and sweetly combined. Nice sweet to spicy aftertaste with finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with nice crisp semi-sweet feel to it. Carbonation runs light. Peppercorn hits just righ in a balanced harshness Overall, really nice saison that I would have again.
Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Translucent blonde with a moderate white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Notes of wheat sweetness, light preserved lemon, mild straw, ripe pear with drizzled honey, and a pronounced bready yeast funk.

Taste: Lightly tart preserved lemon, water crackers, pronounced wheat body, ancient grains, lightly floral hops, earthy, and a mild Belgian funk finish.

Feel: Very clean and very bright on the palate. Light body. Mild funk. Mild tartness. Slight salinity. Soft carbonation. No alcohol present. Clean, crisp, and dry finish.

Overall: A beautiful light crisp ale. One again Oxbow proves it's talents at producing delicate ales that are full flavored. A perfect table beer. Once I could drink all summer long
Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Murky bright yellow body very small wispy white head.

S: Lots of lemon, hay, toasted wheat and grains

T: funky hay, lemon, slight sourness,

M: fairly effervescent light body almost no cling fairly well carbonated though.

O: it's not really anything to write home about. I wouldn't know this from a saison at all and tastes pretty much like most Oxbow beers.
Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 4.85 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Aug 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.
Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by zimm421 from Ohio

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by ChrisMyhre from Massachusetts

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

May 31, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.
Mar 18, 2016
Loretta from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 168 ratings