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An Amateur Beer Snob’s Guide to Beer: The O Beers

Posted on | September 11, 2010 | Comments Off on An Amateur Beer Snob’s Guide to Beer: The O Beers

What you will find below

The listings below will include the name of the beer, my numerical ranking based upon my own scale of 0.1 to 10.0, and a little of my personal thoughts about each beer.

O Beers

Oberdorfer Weiss


Has a harsh fruity sweetness and tons of carbonation. Too much sweetness, in my opinion. Taste it but once, because you won’t need to again. Brewed and bottled by Privatbrauerei Franz Josef Sailer.

O’Hooley’s Pub and Brewery Ohio Pale Ale


Has the usual backwash bitterness of an India Pale Ale, but that goes back quick. A little heavy for casual drinking, but worth wrapping your lips around if you want a drink for getting hammered. This decently fine beverage comes from the folks at the O’Hooley’s Pub and Brewery in Athens, Ohio. The pub is about 20 years old and is reportedly the first brewpub in southeastern Ohio. I won’t argue with them about it.

Old Detroit Red Lager


Has a texture similar to many of the better blond beers out there. Goes down very smooth, wet and frothy. Non-beer snobs could enjoy this in small doses, but a true beer snob could enjoy this on a regular basis. Would make a great party beer because it comes in 22 ounce bottles and it is smooth enough for most people to enjoy. Brewed and bottled by the Old Detroit Brewing Co. of Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Olde English “800” Malt Liquor


The folks at Pabst brew this monstrosity. It goes down wet but has lots of fizz. Some bitterness stays on the tongue.

Olde Frothingslosh


This drink comes from the Pittsburgh Brewing Co., the same folks who bring us Iron City Beer. Supposedly, from my Internet research, this beer is some sort of joke that goes back as far as 1954 or 1955 when it was first made. The joke apparently is focused around fat women and there’s always a picture of a fat woman on the can, and just for kicks, the can’s style changes every few years. Anyway, this stuff tastes like a sweetened version of Bud Light without as much beer flavor. It’s a novelty item and nothing more.

Oldenberg Blonde


Smooth and frothy. Good for you folks who like lighter beers, but interesting enough for those of us with more complex tastes. Similar in texture to Pete’s Strawberry Blonde, without the strawberry flavoring, of course.

Oldenberg Crosley’s Red


Has a strong but smooth bitter flavor. The first drink or two goes down a little harsh, due to the strength of the bitterness, but after that it’s smooth sailing. On tap at some Cincinnati Red’s home baseball games. Frothy head to this drink.

Oldenberg Holy Grail Nut Brown Ale


For middle rank beer snobs who are working their way up. Strong for a brown ale with a little too much fizz. The company that puts this stuff out, Oldenberg Brewing Company, is in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, just a few minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The brewery is “part of a larger complex which includes a gift shop and the American Museum of Brewing History” – or so says the back of the box this beer came in when I bought it (it was a sampler pack that included a beer mug). Thanks to Oldenberg folks for giving me permission to use their logo when I had it on my old Web pages about beer.

Oldenberg Pious Pale Ale


As with all the Oldenburg brews, a little too much carbonation. A sturdy drink that goes down a little rough due to the fizz. A slight fruit taste with lots of strong bitter, but not nearing stout levels. Not for beginning beer snobs.

Oldenberg Premium Verum


Not a bad beer but not as good as I expected. Beginning beer snobs could work their way up with this; it’s on the same level as St. Pauli Girl Dark or Beck Dark. More carbonation than I like. The taste is a delicate mix of bitterness with a touch of sweetness. The first taste is slightly fruity.

Oldenberg Raspberry Wheat


Definitely a fruity zing in this brew, but it’s not overpowering. Stronger than the color would lead you to believe. Too much carbonation. The raspberry overpowers any beer taste, but it’s not bad.

Old Milwaukee


I haven’t even tasted this stuff yet, but it looks green and smells nasty. Okay, I’ve had a sip and the verdict is … weak, watered, a little sweet. Thank goodness it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells. This beer would go good with a meal at any restaurant that serves battery acid.

Old Milwaukee Light


The smell isn’t as bad as the non-light version though there is a gasoline tinge to it. The taste is watery with a bare touch of sweetness. This stuff is hard to swallow due to all the bubbles. There’s a saying in southern Ohio that a can of Old Mill. can be found at most murder scenes. If I had to drink this stuff all the time, I’d not only kill other people, but myself too.

Old Peculier


Made by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. Goes down pretty smooth. Fairly sweet at first but not very strong. The sweetness doesn’t keep growing to the point of annoyance.

Old Scratch Lager


Broadway Brewing, LLC, out of Denver brews and bottles this beer for Flying Dog Brew Pub in Aspen, Colorado. The taste here isn’t real strong but the fizz is. Not a bad beer, just not an exceptional one. If you drop in Flying Dog Brew Pub, tell them about this book.

Oregon Original Honey Ale


This would be a good beer for novice beer snobs to start with because it is smooth with good taste and texture and not too heavy. The touch of sweetness here is just right – not enough to be annoying.

Oregon Original India Pale Ale


I often don’t like India pale ales because they sometimes have a slight sour aftertaste – but not here. This is quite easily the best India pale ale I’ve ever had. Very wet and frothy with a smooth bitter taste. Gets sweeter as you drink it.

Oregon Original Nut Brown Ale


All of the Oregon Original beers are craft brewed by the Oregon Ale and Beer Company of Portland, Oregon. This brew has an excellent bitter taste and it goes down wet and smooth. One of the best nut brown ales I’ve ever had.

Original Flag Porter


The Darwin Brewery of England brings this fine drink to us. Of interesting note: the recipe for this porter is apparently from the 19th century, but even more interesting is the fact that the yeast used to make this brew was “salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English Channel” and the vessel was sunk in 1825, or so says the bottle. This drink has a smooth burnt-syrup flavor and a nice, frothy head. Smooth enough for regular drinking.

Orval Trappist Ale


This Belgian brew has a lot of carbonation and a strong alcohol flavor, almost as if you’re drinking a weak Scotch whiskey instead of an ale. Some sweetness here and very unique. Not something I’d want to drink often, but worth tasting. Leaves a bitter flavor in the back of the throat. Very pricey. Hard liquor drinkers would like this.

Otter Creek Copper Ale


A fairly weak amber ale with a strong bitter aftertaste. I never thought I would say this about a beer, but this one goes down too smooth. Craftbrewed in Middlebury, Vermont. Thank you Otter Creek folks for allowing me to use your logo when I had it on my old Web pages.

Otter Creek Pale Ale


Much like their Copper Ale, this one is extremely smooth. This is one of the best American pale ales I’ve had. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of Samuel Smith’s Pale Ale (which in my opinion is about the closest there is to a perfect beer).

Out of Bounds Stout


This is a good, strong stout from Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado. I would recommend this only for beer snobs who have graduated beyond medium-strength brews. You can’t see light through the glass when this is held up to a lamp – which is a good thing for stouts.

Oxford Class Ale


The Oxford Brewing Company (now of Baltimore, Maryland as of Feb. 1, 2002, but more recently I’ve read they closed) brews this. Ooooo boy! A little harsh going down. That bitter flavor is pretty strong for a drink that’s not a porter or a stout or even a black and tan. Still, quite enjoyable. I could easily spend an afternoon hoisting a few of these to my lips. The bitterness doesn’t really lessen as you drink more, but at least you become a little more used to it.

Oxford Class Amber Ale


The Oxford Brewing Company (formerly of Utica, New York and Linthicum, Maryland) brews this. The label fools you into thinking this is an English ale because there is a Union Jack on the label. Has a fruity flavor but only a little sweetness. The taste doesn’t stay around long. Has a somewhat complicated taste/texture that true beer snobs will appreciate.

Humphrey Bogart quote

The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.

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