Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by CHUCKYDUCKY:
3.03/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bells is my personal favorite of the Michigan based brewers. My expectation is a quality brew that is a close represenation of a particular style.
I was drawn to this brew as it was created as a "session" beer
A. Cloudy gold to pale yellow...little to no head.
S. Very little if any notes here..maybe a dust of citrus...generic
T. All I taste is sour....more lime than lemon..but almost like stale beer with lime..not what I expect from bells.
M. Feel is good...smooth...not creamy..refreshing
D. Very drinkable which I expected from the ABV...goes down easy and I could drink several..if I could only get past the foul taste.
Overall not impressed...I would like to try other primarily sour mash beer to compare.
If you are new to Bells try Two Hearted Ale...a fantasitc IPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2011 04:14:42 | More by CHUCKYDUCKY
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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.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:24:13 | More by Phocion
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.