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

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1,618 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
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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ribby

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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying to be fair here as I am new to the style. The appearance is slightly cloudy as all Bell's brews are, and pale yellow in color, maybe a hint of amber, but it is so light it is hard to tell. The head is coarse bubbles, which fade quickly, not lacy or foamy at all. The taste is predominantly sour, and very lemony. The low alcohol content makes this interesting when you want a low alcohol beer, but the sourness is too much; still, if that is what the style is, I would say it is successful.

I read the description of the style which says 'tourists in Berlin will often order on as a "Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Himbeere."' Luckily, we have raspberry syrup lying around the house. About one tablespoon or little less is just perfect. It cuts the sourness. I put the syrup in the glass and pour the beer over it, and the result is a very nice foamy head. This is the way to drink the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 22:20:05 | More by ribby
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.