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

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1,857 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 73
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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."
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3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrew041180
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my favorite style. Doesn't work for me.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TrojanRBWife
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicholaspark
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nate19red
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very hazy yellow to orange depending on the light. The slender head dissipates quickly.

S- The distinct slightly sour aroma of wonder bread starting to mold before it's actually moldy. A bit of corn, almost popcorn, almost butter popcorn. Crackers.

T- A pleasant tartness. Getting more pleasant as I drink it. It's sort of a sweet rice wine vinegar. Maybe a pinch of floral flavor. A little bit of light malt, kind of a water cracker or very light and airy sourdough bread.

M- Light, the tartness doesn't stick around like you might expect.

O- Good taste. A very easy light drinker with some complexity from the sourness. Would make an excellent summer beer

Photo of Quafftastic
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmhannon
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/29/15

Look - Pours a very pretty light honey gold. Slight haze, beautiful frothy head. Head slowly dissipates to a nice cap, with good distribution. Good clinging. 4.5 paws.

Smell - A bit minerally, a little bit of funk, metallic, barnyard, hay, lemon and orange zest. Not super inviting. 3 paws.

Taste - A good amount of American wheat flavor, lemon, grassy hops, a touch of honey, only the slightest tinge of sourness. A bit of white grape and apple, slightly peppery, with a mineral/metal finish. Very refreshing. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Very thin and crisp. Most of the tingle is towards the back of the tongue. Light and easy drinking. 4.5 paws.

Overall - It rings true on some notes, but falls flat on others. Not really sour enough to be called a berliner weisse, more of a light American wheat beer. Very refreshing, good warm weather, outdoors beer, but the minerality is a bit off-putting. 3.5 paws.

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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmynyc
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very light with sour hints. Pours light in color with a small head that goes away quickly. Almost list a lemonade type of beer. Enjoyed a ton.

Photo of kili1988
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ascags
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaverDave
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of akang
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.