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

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1,618 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 89 | 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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Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear yellow straw, with a half inch eggshell head that dissolves to the thinnest lace that does have a bit of cling. Plenty of visible carbonation. Wheat bread notes are prominent in the nose. A bit of yeast presence that's slightly sour. Very pilsener-like bouquet that is pleasant but not especially noteworthy. The taste has a very smooth bread flavor at the outset, followed quickly by a lemon zest taste that hits the sides of the tongue with some force. A bit of lingering lemon rind bitterness at the back. The overall flavor registers as just moderately sour. Quite refreshing and crisp. The feel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied (or the heavier side of light-bodied), with a great deal of effervescence. Brightly acidic, with noticeable graininess and a fairly clean finish.

The Berliner Weiss is not a style that I reach for very often--I'm probably never going to stock my fridge with them--but Bell's has produced one that is smooth and drinkable, if not especially engaging. The balance between the malt signature and the sour citrus presence is very good--surprisingly so. I certainly could have stood for a bit more boldness of flavor, but this is a beer worth trying for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:17:32 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.