Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.79/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-18-2014 22:24:13 | More by Phocion
3.7/5 rDev +5.4%
The beer pours white and small bubbles as part of the head but dissipates quickly. The beer itself is hazy and a pale straw color. the Beer has a tart smell mixed with a banana yeast notes and orange hop notes. However, the smell appears to be a little weak. The taste has a strong sour/tart note with banana notes from the yeast. The orange hop flavor is still present but each of the notes taste a bit watery. The beer's mouthfeel is slightly watery and light bodied with smooth and light carbonation. Overall, a decent beer but falls to the trap that the style needs something else and stronger to make it good.
08-30-2014 18:36:24 | More by HattedClassic
3.75/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Lemony cloudy with lots of soda like carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish head that fade fast.
S: Sour, slightly vinegary scent, lemony as well, and somewhat salty like the ocean. Light fruitiness, lemon rind.
T: Lightly sour like lemon juice in water, a little yeasty dough quality, some brininess, and a malt quality like an adjunct lager, almost a hint of offal .
M: Light body, highly carbonated, dry sour finish.
O: Well done brew, though nothing overly defining about it. Craft beer Berliner meets assembly line, leaving a minimalist brew to style that is refreshing and smooth without abrasive characteristics. I love that its sessionable, and somewhat accessible.
08-24-2014 00:59:53 | More by patre_tim
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.