Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2010 03:49:31 | More by Ryan011235
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3.79/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
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