Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.
Pours lightly hazy pale straw color, with a thinnish white head that settles into a scattered layer of soapy bubbles. Iffy retention, not much in the way of lacing or stickage either.
Nose is wheaty, noticeable touch of sourdough. Bit of bright citrus bite in there as well, almost spicy; pleasant.
Sour mash brings a really nice acidity to this one. Very light in body, with the acidity lending just a bit of clean sourdough character. Wheaty, but without the overt spicing of most American pale wheats, and almost no real hop character to speak of; however, the light, bright sourness lends just enough character to still make this a really nice, interesting beer to drink. Sourness lends some substance to the finish as well. Not a berlinerweiss by a good stretch, but a nice, original take on this style. Would have loved to have had access to this during the long summer stretch.
Mouthfeel is very light in body, with a light carbonation, crisp, bright and very refreshing. Clean. Ridiculously drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2010 20:05:39 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.16/5 rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.
A- A goblet receives a very pale golden beer with just a small haziness to it. A fizzy white cap builds atop the beer but falls rather quickly to a small ring. Lacing comes in with just a few spots around the glass.
S- Simple yet effective aroma for the style. Grainy wheat crust with a light tart lactic acid fruitiness.
T- The yeast side of things opens up more with light fruit esters like apple coming in with some breadiness. The centerpiece is still the lactic acid lemony fruit feel even though the actual sourness is very low.
MF- Light bodied but it has a certain puffy, foamy texture to it. High end carbonation contributes to that consistency and there is just a hint of tartness.
This is certainly one of the least tart Berliners I have had in a long time. This is not detrimental but I think even a hint more tarts would do wonders. Solid but suprassed by other modern examples of this style.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 00:13:49 | More by cbutova
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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