Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle packaged 19 Sept., 2011 and served in apint glass.
Pours a yellow gold tone; clear with visible carbonation and an average white head. Head quickly reduces to a lasting ring.
The lightly fruity aroma is not displeasing, but it is mild and not interesting, attractive or enticing. Luckily, the flavor is much better than the nose indicates, and the beer has a very fine, light and dry mouthfeel too. It certainly has the "light, refreshing tartness" claimed by Bell's, with a very noticeable citrus aspect over a subtle and vague herbal/grassy background. Although a Weissbier, there is no strong wheat component in the taste and one might not even notice the departure from barley.
O: excellent choice as a session beer or replacement for one of those light, watery, tasteless Mexican brews. While far from flavorless, Oarsman has a modest strength and a nice palate-cleansing effect; as such, it should work well with many lighter -flavored foods.
Revisited in June 2013 on tap: surprisingly tart'
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 19:18:23 | More by chinchill
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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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