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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3.79/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of June, 2014. Poured into a weizen glass a hazy straw color with a finger of white head. Head lasts about 3 minutes then falls leaving thin and not particularly sticky lacing, not surprising given the high acidity.
Aroma is primarily a very grainy wheaty scent along with sharp, spicy phenols. Zesty, lemony citrus hops and a subtle hint of fruity esters.
Sharply acidic lacto flavors combine with a zesty lemony hop bitterness. Very wheaty with a touch of floral hoppiness. Apple-like esters.
Sharp, clean, crisp mouthfeel. Acidic and highly carbonated with a light body.
Overall, this is a decent beer. Rated to style, its ABV and hoppiness is too high for a Berliner Weisse, and it's missing the big, fruity, banana-like esters of an American Pale Wheat or a Hefeweizen. Wherever it lies stylistically, it's drinkable but far from exceptional.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:24:13 | More by Phocion
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.