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

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1,682 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,682
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 104 | FT: 1
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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Phocion

Minnesota

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
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HattedClassic

Virginia

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
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California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Iowa

3.96/5  rDev +12.8%

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Texas

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patre_tim

China

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
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Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -43%

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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Pennsylvania

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Iowa

3/5  rDev -14.5%

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Illinois

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.