Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by kzoobrew:
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crisp, bright yellow body, outstanding clarity. A rather foamy 3 finger heady set atop. Retention is quite decent, the head works its way back quite slowly. A thin but solid sheet of lacing left plastered to the walls of the glass.
Soft pale wheat malt backed by a pleasant lemony scent. There is a slight grassiness just behind. Very simple and straight forward.
The flavor, much like the aroma, is rather simple. Many time simplicity is viewed in a negative light, seen as dull or uninteresting. Maybe it is just me and my soft spot for this beer but I appreciate the simplicity. Wheaty malt flavor melds with a lemony tartness. The flavor will not satisfy someone looking for a Berliner Weiss, but that is not what Bell's brewed. What Bell's brewed was a slightly tart wheat session beer, and did rather well with it.
Very light bodied beer, carbonation is on the high side and appropriate for the beer. Lively carbonation felt on the tongue. The finish is dry and refreshing.
More so than most in the Bell's line up, I have a soft spot for this beer. A true session beer, simple yet enjoyable flavor and highly refreshing.
Serving type: on-tap
12-19-2011 12:27:29 | More by kzoobrew
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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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