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

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1,614 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 65
Gots: 88 | 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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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's-Piney Grove in Columbia. Green's also supplied with Himbeere (raspberry-red) and Waldmeister (woodruff-green) as the traditional additive shots. Excellent !!!

A: Ever so slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a rapidly vanishing white head and minimal lacing.

S: Grain, mild malty sweetness.

T&M: Crisp, refreshing, tartness. Citrus fruit undertones with almost no hop bitterness and a mild sour taste. Light bodied.

This is definitely not my first choice in a style of beer, however, the Oarsmen is an incredibly drinkable. They are spot-on for the style by this sites description. The syrups are excellent if you don't mind a flavorable sweet fruit taste. Himbeere is raspberry and awesome. The Waldmeister is woodruff and tastes like marshmallows, Lucky Charms to be more specific(Thanks Joseph). This was definitely a worthwhile growler and experience! I could drink one of these a day(with the flavoring). Nice and mild, great dessert or break between different styles of beers to clean the palette.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2010 01:20:13 | More by cdizinno
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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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Minnesota

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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Gonna rate this as an american wild ale due to the sour mash.

Pours a ever so faintly hazy pale yellow color with a big white head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of lactic acid and wheat malt. No hops, no spices evident.

First sip is of a restrained tartness, some lactic acid. A slight bite from carbonation. Some wheat qualities evident in the taste as well. Very clean yeast used, no fruit or estery flavors. Nice sourness that isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. A little dryness evident. Some prickly carbonation.

Nice sour beer, very drinkable, very thirst quenching. This would make a very nice summer beer. Not sure this fits as an American Pale Wheat Ale - sourness doesn't fit. Recommending changing style to american wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Handy50322

Iowa

4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a Beer that I have been looking for. The appearance was light, it is only 4% and has wheat so it is very light gold in color.
The smell is slightly sour, so I was expecting a very refreshing sensation.
The taste said it all. It had the wheat flavor with the sour of a great European Ale.
The mouth feel was light and the head vanished quickly.
A Great Session Beer! Finally something to enjoy without sacrificing my sobriety so quickly.

Serving type: bottle

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gdfan47

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4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a really light wheaty yellow with almost no head after a few minutes.
S- Puckering bitterness, vinegar, very tart
T- smooth, tart, some sugar, but not unbearable
M- highly carbonated, refreshing.
D- All day, they labeled this a czech pilsner but it has all the characteristics of a berlinerweiss.

Note: according to this site, it was only brewed once. I hope Larry Bell and crew decide to make this one again. Its pretty amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

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earth2sean

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I truly enjoy this beer. The sour mash leads to a depth of sourness that doesn't seem to be achieved with fermentation and barrel souring techniques.

The beer presents itself modestly in aromatic presentation and head production. At first touch, the sparkle of carbonation and abrasive tart of sour wheat and barley sugars encourage a defensive posture. But as the sour reaches towards the limits of the palate, the cold wash of pale malts brings it home.

A great session, the second bottle is better than the first.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 06:51:09 | More by earth2sean
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4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. The sour taste is exactly what I like, of course, I didn't know it until I tasted it. I have drank a good number of these beers, and a little pre drink advice before you pop the top, flip the beer upside down and tilt it and spin it to get all the goodies off the bottom. It makes the first drink as sour as the last.

Serving type: bottle

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.