Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bell's Oarsman Ale, Brewed and Bottled by Bell's Brewery, Comstock, MI. "Buoyant, tart and refreshing from using traditional sour mash methods. Great for you and your crew." 4.0% ABV.
What does this tell us? How it tastes, how it drinks, how they made it, and what activity it's use is best with. What if I'm not in a boat. And would I like it with a goat?
Clouded, golden, small head, lasts as a thin, white ring.
Aroma: light citrus, light hops, a touch of sourness, a smidgen of sweet. Bit of a funk effect, too. Pleasing enough.
Taste: Brisk, tart, and, yeah, refreshing. A little tingle on the palate, a bracing quick minute of sour, a squirt of citrus, the flash of wheat texture and mouthfeel, and nothing but smoothness and extra-easy drinking.
One thing very much missing in the information given to us by Bell's Brewery is the style of this brew, or even what general area it's shooting for. Not a hefe weizen, not quite a Berliner Weisse, either. Maybe a mix of the two?
I'm also puzzling over the meaning of the name. Why Oarsman? Is there a fondness for rowing at the brewery? Is it an alternative to a "lawnmower beer", a "rowing ale"? So many mysteries.
Another conundrum is how long it took me to take notes on this Bell's beer, having come out so many years ago. It was draft only for years, and I sampled it now and then, but it never quite grabbed me. It's a well-made beer, certainly quaffable, with enough of a tartness to keep it interesting. It's fun, and tasty, and the 6-pack will be done quickly enough. I probably won't return to it very often, though.
Although… although…I am liking it more, at the end of bottle #2. Maybe I'll be a rootin' tooting' booster before too long.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2012 07:07:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This is a nice session beer that I've grown to enjoy. It has a light citrus smell and a light lemon sour taste. It really cleanses the palate and is perfectly carbonated. The first one of these I ever had I though was awful, but I now understand sour beers. Gave this on hand for an after meal drink or when trying other beers.
Pours gold in appearance with a small white head. Served in a pint glass.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 06:15:28 | More by Tafyob41
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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