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

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 67
Gots: 132 | 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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Very pale yellow pour with bonewhite froth.

Has a Pilsner aroma that is floral ensued by lemon tart-sour.

Digging into some wheat/yeast and just enough sour for me-not puckering but nice and level. Basically a citrus zest. Brine carries over.

Find it be be light bodied and a bit spritzy. Spicy herbalness that initially is coarse on the palate. A refreshing break from my DIPA wagon.

I've always read about this and was curious. Scored some at a backwoods fire and believe this would be a summer refresher for next year. But hey, it sure did work here in early Autumn deep in Michigan.

joeseppy, Oct 12, 2014
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.