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

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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 105 | 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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Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours golden yellow with a rahter lage white head and a slight haze to it. The nose has some floral citrus as well as some wheat and a lager feel. Taste of the beer is about the same and it also has a slight sourness to it. The beers flavors are well balanced but lack strength and complexity. It is rather easy drinking and accessible to just about anybody. Not bad, but quite average.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

not a conventional berliner weiss as i understand them. this one pours a bit darker, hazy orange honey color with a small white head that doesnt last long. smells a touch sour, like just a tad of brettanomyces in there, but i dont think there is. tart lemony notes as well with a funky ale yeast. flavor is yeast forward with a really cool wheat malt profile. the sourness comes from the yeast i think, very citrusy. this is a pretty solid summer brew, lots going on, but lighter in body and carbonation. very drinkable, not boring at all. my only disappointment was not in the beer at all, but in the fact that my waitress told me this was a sour beer. it isnt, but it is quite good for what it is. still never had a bells brew i didnt adore.

06-17-2012 16:28:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.9/5  rDev +11.1%

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. 2-finger fizzy white head that disappears rapidly but leaves nice lacing. The body is hazy straw with a moderate-heavy amt of carbonation rising up the glass.

S - Not as powerful as I expected. I mostly get teh sour funkiness wit a lemon wedge scent. Slight wheat presence as the beer warms. A refreshing smell

T & M - Crisp light wheat flavor chased quickly by lemon juice at first sip. The sour note comes in right behind in a refreshing lip-smacking way. Has some herbal notes from the hops but overall the sourness kind of reminds me of a dry white wine. Moderate carbonation lends a hand in the crisp and dry mouthfeel.

O - this is a great beer for a hot day. I'm not sure that I agree with the description of it being a session beer. I think the sourness would get a little overpowering after 2. I enjoy sipping on just one.

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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and some wheat, but not too much of the tartness I expected. That changes a little bit in the flavor. I get a lot of wheat, with a very light amount of tartness and some grain. Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not really what I was expecting.

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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Consumed on April 30, 2012.

Lot number on bottle: 10272. This indicates the beer was bottled on April 8th, 2011, meaning it was over 12 months old when tasted. Recommended shelf life of this beer is only 6 months. Hmmm....

Beer pours a slightly cloudy light yellow. A good amount of yeast comes with the pour. One finger white head of fine bubbles dissipates fast, leaving some sticky foam behind.

Aroma of wheat (a metallic tang), biscuity malt and lemongrass.

Flavor is lightly sour and acidic: think lemons. Slightly sweet malt, a dash of wheat and very mildly bitter on the finish.

Nothing exceptional to note about the mouthfeel.

The extra age didn't seem to hurt this bottle at all. Easy to drink.

06-02-2012 23:14:25 | More by charlzm
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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Lots of bubbles, half a finger head, yellow cloudy body, zero lacing.

S: I smell wheat and lemon.

T: Wheat, lemon, a bit of funk and sourness but not much, orange or lemon zest towards the end. Very mild flavor.

M: High carbonation, light and refreshing

O: It's a very refreshing and light beer. Nothing impressive or anything but I could probably drink this all day long during a hot summer day.

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.