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

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BA SCORE
80
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1,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | 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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of crisp yellow straw coloring. It holds a one and a half finger head of tight white bubbles. This retains decently, leaving wisps of lacing around the glass. There is a mild haze to the clarity, but no sediment. Carbonation appears light. The aroma gives tart zing of pale grain, with lactics, lemony bite, chalky wheatiness, bright metallics, dried grassiness, and faintly sugary soured cherries. With warmth comes baking flour, acetaldehyde, and raw, tannic white grape skins. Our first impression is that flavoring is much lighter, sweeter, and refreshing than the nose suggests. As we sip, watered pale grain, sweaty saltines, zesty orange and lemon spritz, soured lactics, and mineral start things off. Moving to the peak is a mix of enhanced lemon rind bitterness, light bubblegum ester sweetness, dry and toasty pale malts, and juicy yeastiness. We finish with a light wheaty wash. This effectively cuts much of the prior tartness, helping us finish on a clean, albeit one-sided, note. The aftertaste breathes with sweat, green banana, wheat, lemon rind, chalk, and soured pale graininess. The body is light, and the carbonation is light to medium. The mouth is cooled with each sip, lightly coated, and crisply sucked dry at the base of the hard palate. Slurp, sip, froth, and cream and all lighter, but appropriately so. The abv is way easy, and drinkability is excellent.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its lightness and ease of drinkability. The aroma introduced a serious sourness and tartness, while the flavoring, via crisp grain and citric inclusions, smashed, smoothed, and blended things into a concise, easy final product. No one component ever became overwhelming, and the wheat stayed right where it needed to be to ensure the strength of the base. If we are being picky, the flavoring does ease up a bit too much at the end of the sip and, at times, can feel watered through. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that this is one clean, refreshing, and sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:57:41 | More by TheBrewo
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.