Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4/5 rDev +14%
Poured into a E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/14/10
Reviewed as a Berliner Weisse
Straw-hued with a golden gleam; very light in color. Some chill haze. One inch of white foam thins to a skim at an even pace. No lacing to speak of.
The aroma is simple but effective. Ripe fruits - tart apple & hints of grape adding a vinous notion. Notes of grass, toasted grains & floral hops. Aromatically speaking, it's a clean profile. The taste is more tangy than sour, per se; notes of apple are in abundance. Floral hops mix with the apple, but the grains are somewhat overpowered. As it warms there's a funky yeast note on the back half. Light bodied with reasonably high carbonation; the overall feel is crisp. Fairly dry, wine-like finish with white grape juice residuals lingering.
Oarsman Ale is a pretty solid beer. After passing over it several times, I'm glad to have picked up a bottle. I've enjoyed it just fine.
12-16-2010 03:49:31 | More by Ryan011235
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3.79/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-18-2014 22:24:13 | More by Phocion
3.71/5 rDev +5.7%
Had this many times from the bottle and a few times on tap at random bars and even at a Detroit Tigers game. It pours a cloudy and murky color somewhere between straw and yellow, bright and very light looking. The fizzy white head doesn't last for very long as it airs away and leaves only a ring behind.
The aroma is pretty light, but that's kind of what the style is all about. Some mild grains, faint apple tartness, subtle lemon zest, some wet hay, and a touch of must that might just be from the hops. It smells refreshing, with a nice mashup of fruit, zest, and dirty cellar musk that's topped off with just a touch of seeming tartness. Nothing mind-blowing, but it does what it's supposed to do.
Oarsman tastes pretty close to the way it smells - a nice helping of apple and grape skins hit first with a mild touch of tartness that hits quick and fades quickly, too. There's a solid light grain and pale malt backdrop upon which the mild tartness plays. Lemon zest and some more very faint must and yeast follows up in the finish. Very quenching and refreshing with a thin and wet body and a crisp, snappy mouth feel.
This isn't some big-time, heavy barrel aged, super rare and expensive beer. It's a mild Berliner Weisse(-ish) that delivers what you'd expect it to deliver. Very refreshing to drink one of these after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. More quenching than a cup of iced tea or lemonade. A good beer to keep stocked for the hot season, no doubt.
07-07-2012 02:49:30 | More by tectactoe
4.25/5 rDev +21.1%
06-30-2014 00:46:36 | More by NathanBunn20
3/5 rDev -14.5%
A - Pours a hazy straw color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating head.
S - A bit of wheat and funk; also some lemon and tart sourness. A bit underwhelming.
T - A nice initial tartness gives way to wheat and then...nothing; disappears completely off the tongue.
M - Very light, though it has a nice crisp finish.
D - Drinkable, but not particularly desirable.
02-08-2011 02:44:47 | More by warnerry
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
I must confess that Berliner Weisse beers are not some of my favorites.
It poured a hazy off-white light yellow with a nice off-white head. Plenety of sour notes with each sip, but it was not too overwhelming. Nice use of hops and some crisp and dry malt backbone with each sip. This is nice intro to the style, I must admit. Overall, it is a very "clean", tart and sour and crisp wheat beer, but not for novice beer drinkers.
03-08-2012 02:34:36 | More by Fcip78
4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
A - 1-finger eggshell white puffy foam head that took about a minute to dissolve. Lemon yellow and hazy.
S - Sour milk, baby powder, citric acid, hints of light malt and subtle spices like clove.
T - Sour lemon, moist sourdough bread, very mild pepper. Minimal hopping. Tart and wheaty at the same time.
M - Crisp and fizzy. Good carbonation and great structure. Clean. Suggests a desire to pucker as the tartness lingers well past the finish.
D - Delicious warm-weather beer. More substantial than just dropping a lemon in a hefe. Could easily enjoy several of these in an afternoon of puttering or just hanging out. The sourness might eventually become cloying, but it would be worth finding out.
11-26-2010 22:44:00 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.64/5 rDev +3.7%
The good news is that Bell's fine beers are now being distributed to NY State.
"PKGD on 10/08/13" So its fresh, but is that a good thing or not? Not sure with this style....
My local bottle shop had four options, this was the one I had not tried, so I picked up a sixpack....Berliner Weiss...hmmm not my favorite style, but I do like sour/wild beers so lets give it a try....
Pours lightly hazed dull golden amber, off white head slowly fades to a thicker film and collar film and then some low sheeting, but nothing too exciting to the look of this one.
lemony nose is the harbinger of the sour to come...
More lemons on the palate, moderate puckering sour/tartness. Bright and fairly refreshing. Also wheat, hay, and a gentle eartyness come to mind. Still not my favorite style....But I could see enjoying another bottle of this on a warm summer day with some some cheese, bread and salad.
10-20-2013 23:26:49 | More by Billolick
4.06/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from a bottle into a glass.
A: pours a cloudy straw yellow with a head that dissipates instantly. Lots of carbonation.
S: lemon, grapefruit and some minor farmhouse zest combine with a musty sour smell. Nice!
T: minor lemon notes become musty and develop into a nice farmhouse style with slight sourness.
M: watery with minor sour notes.
O: really good, not my favorite style but a nice example.
02-02-2013 23:37:44 | More by codysjb
3.78/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation
Smell: sou mix and a hint of grain--not very strong a smell
Taste: honey, grain, wheat, and light sour mix that is present throughout
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, sweet with tartness that is present throughout and really picks up at the end, prickly
Overall: Another excellent beer after a long day of hiking. Not as good as the German counterparts I have had, but certainly a beer I could do a six of. Wish the smell was a bit stronger here.
08-13-2012 16:55:22 | More by tigg924
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and some wheat, but not too much of the tartness I expected. That changes a little bit in the flavor. I get a lot of wheat, with a very light amount of tartness and some grain. Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not really what I was expecting.
06-03-2012 18:35:56 | More by Mora2000
3.08/5 rDev -12.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.
Appearance: Hazy straw with very thin white head. However, I know that a Berliner Weisse is supposed to look like this - of course, this is not meant to be true Berliner Weisse, just inspired by it.
Smell: Grainy and grassy, with light tart fruitiness. Very mild aroma.
Taste: Tart lemon, wheat malts, and a very subdued spiciness.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, semi-dry (tart) finish.
Drinkability: Refreshing and tart. Very, very simple but certainly quite drinkable.
09-07-2010 20:53:12 | More by bsp77
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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