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Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 1,732
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour mash wheat ale.

"Designed as a flavorful session beer, Oarsman Ale uses a classic German brewing technique to impart a light, refreshing tartness. Oarsman Ale grew out of a desire to explore the tradition of session beers, trading intensity for finesse while still creating a worthwhile experience for the taster. The grain bill includes a healthy portion of wheat, while light hopping lend citrus & herbal notes to the aroma. Fermented with Bell's house ale yeast, Oarsman comes in at 4.0% alcohol by volume. Rather than being the dominant flavor note, the tartness in Oarsman takes on more of a palate-cleansing role, making it perfect with meals or purely on its own."

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009)
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3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of June, 2014. Poured into a weizen glass a hazy straw color with a finger of white head. Head lasts about 3 minutes then falls leaving thin and not particularly sticky lacing, not surprising given the high acidity.

Aroma is primarily a very grainy wheaty scent along with sharp, spicy phenols. Zesty, lemony citrus hops and a subtle hint of fruity esters.

Sharply acidic lacto flavors combine with a zesty lemony hop bitterness. Very wheaty with a touch of floral hoppiness. Apple-like esters.

Sharp, clean, crisp mouthfeel. Acidic and highly carbonated with a light body.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Rated to style, its ABV and hoppiness is too high for a Berliner Weisse, and it's missing the big, fruity, banana-like esters of an American Pale Wheat or a Hefeweizen. Wherever it lies stylistically, it's drinkable but far from exceptional.

Phocion, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

pours a cloudy straw color with the carbonation of a Berliner Weisse. It is lemony, dry, tart and refreshing. It lacks 1809’s barnyard funk and the carbonation is not quite as champagne like or tart as the two German interpretations but it is very drinkable and much cheaper than either German beer. For someone looking for something light, refreshing and not a traditional American Light Lager, this is worth a try. This would be a good beer to spend a day on a boat with.

pat61, Thursday at 01:10 AM
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 12 oz. pour at World of Beers in Cary, NC on 9/18/14. While the look and feel appear to be on, the smell and taste are where this beer is lacking. Both the aroma and flavor are very muted. In particular, there is less citrus and acid than one would expect from this style. While it drinks very clean from start to end, the flavor seems to fade toward the finish.

LittleDon, Sep 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.32/5  rDev -5.4%

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,732 ratings.