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

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1,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 65
Gots: 87 | 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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silver0rlead

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains OK. Aroma has some tart green apple notes upfront, along with wheat and hay, egg, bread dough and little else. The flavor has some wheat and hay notes initially, as well as granny smith apple, lime juice, bread dough, and some cracker. The mouthfeel is thin without being watery and drinkability is exceptional. This isn't a particularly complex beer but it does what it does very well and could be a perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 04:11:03 | More by silver0rlead
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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.

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.