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

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 135 | 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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3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Phocion, Jul 18, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -4.8%

Date: 8/21/14
Other notes: Bottled 6/20/14

Appearance - 4.25/5
A nice glowing yellow. Not a gold color like many other beers, but definitely more of a yellow color. It looks interesting and inviting. Small amount of head after I first pour in glass, dissipates in a minute or so. I can see the carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the surface of the beer. Overall a nice look

Smell - 2.5/5
Cannot really smell a lot from this beer. Smells like cheap/standard beer smell, but with a little citrus/tart twist to it.

Taste - 3.5/5
Flavors of beer, tart. There is a little sweetness to the taste I heard this was a 'sour beer' (though not brewed using the same technique as standard sours), and was excited, because I like sour beers. But the tartness in this beer is a little disappointing. I can definitely taste the tartness, but it's a slightly different kind of tartness then I am used to (I am mostly familiar with Jolly Pumpkin's sour beers), and the tartness is not as strong as I was expecting. The flavor is nothing special, but not bad either. If I let the beer linger in my mouth a little, I get slight sensations of tart apple

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is quite crisp. Light to medium body. The carbonation is nicely balanced.

Overall - 3.5/5
Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I was hoping for a little more from this beer, but just because it wasn't what wanted/was expecting, doesn't mean I can't enjoy it for what it is.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

mchegash, Nov 10, 2014
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.