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

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1,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | 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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AnthonyVincent

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-02-2012 01:08:23 | More by AnthonyVincent
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quilty

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-01-2012 09:14:49 | More by quilty
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-29-2012 18:07:10 | More by BigMike
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

02-29-2012 17:42:33 | More by BMart
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Finn

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Duvel tulip, this is a very pale gold, and slightly hazy beer. The aroma is subtle,but nice: Light tart/funk with a clean, almost creamy wheat smell to it. A crisp mouthful opens up into a nice moderate malt sweetness provided by the wheat and lighter malts. A very mild but pleasant tart note envelops the flavor near the finish, but then fades quick. A very "clean" and crisp, and subtly tart take on a berliner weisse. I bet this would be great in the warm weather. Overall, if you're a fan of the style it's an interesting take. Not very tart at all, but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:57:32 | More by Finn
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-26-2012 03:53:06 | More by tdmccarthy
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TicoCali

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-25-2012 23:59:05 | More by TicoCali
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Chad

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's has made an excellent session beer with Oarsman Ale.
I have yet to try many Berliner Weiss biers but this one really made an impression with me. Light enough to drink many, but with enough body and taste to be enjoyable. The tartness of this beer is what really makes it stand out. It has a light citrus aroma. The taste of the beer has notes of citrus acidity but is not overly sweet, a common downfall of many fruit beers. One of my top ten.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:05:46 | More by Chad
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-24-2012 23:21:26 | More by Daktyls
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Lob

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-24-2012 20:02:21 | More by Lob
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Unchi

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-24-2012 17:32:42 | More by Unchi
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bishocr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

02-21-2012 15:10:24 | More by bishocr
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-20-2012 23:43:54 | More by ltdantheman
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cynical1027

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-20-2012 18:55:43 | More by cynical1027
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MortarPestle

Indiana

2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: Bottle

Very pale yellow with a slight haze. Poured with a minimal head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. Smell and taste were sour; notes of tart lemon and fermenting fruit, both watered down. I enjoy some of the other Bell's beers but this is not my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:24:52 | More by MortarPestle
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ChocolateJesus

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14%

02-19-2012 17:24:56 | More by ChocolateJesus
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cosmicevan

New York

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up in NC over the holidays. poured into my brooklyn snifter.

a - poured a white yellow with a thin bubbly champagne head that bubled away relatively quickly. mild visible carbonation, but that didn't last long.

s - pretty mild. lawn.

t - lemon grassiness. wheat.

m - a bit syrupy and thick for a berliner.

o - overall, getting more into this style and this one isn't really the best representation. a bit thick for the style. bell's is usually spot on. this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a great berliner.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:04:13 | More by cosmicevan
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Kgristoff

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14%

02-17-2012 19:39:57 | More by Kgristoff
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ninner00

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-16-2012 18:34:57 | More by ninner00
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mcallister

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-16-2012 10:04:14 | More by mcallister
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-15-2012 01:58:01 | More by Cramerican
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SuperNova777

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-15-2012 00:18:32 | More by SuperNova777
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SATBMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

02-13-2012 22:47:06 | More by SATBMan
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smarks2327

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-13-2012 16:33:38 | More by smarks2327
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giblet

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured very calm with no head. wondered about this one...smell was interesting of lemon grass. taste was very refreshing. there is a light steady carbonation so i will have to check head on the next few. no lacing. this may be indicative of the style. very good light beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:53:28 | More by giblet
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.