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

Bell's OarsmanBell's Oarsman

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,449 Ratings
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Ratings: 1449
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.81%


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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is...well, nearly nonexistent. It isn't even half a finger high, and the retention is horrible. Just not a pretty beer.

S: The aroma is troubling - the primary smell is funk, and it's an unpleasantly cheesy, almost diapery funk. Hints of apple hides behind the unpleasantries. Luckily, the nose here is pretty mild.

T: Apple notes hit first. After the funk appears in the middle of the palate, it finishes with a vaguely sweet cream flavor. Very mild wisps of tartness try to poke through to little avail. Actually, this works a lot better than it did on the aroma. Still not great in my eyes, though - the flavors are rather muddled.

M: Probably the best part of the brew; it's light and crisp in all the right places, with a thirst quenching sweet upsurge on the back end.

O: What little I've sampled of the style, I haven't liked. This is definitely the closest I've come to liking a Berliner. It still has its fair share of flaws which keep that from happening: poor aroma, ugly look, and undefined flavors mean I'm not going to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:00:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.