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

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1,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | 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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Strix

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw, little head.

Definitely a sour note in the smell, lemon zest.

Crisp green apple, lemon, sour funk, and sour cherry. Wheaty finish with a mineral water aftertaste.

Bubbly carbonation.

Very different. Not a real big sour fan, so that was a turn-off. Interesting though.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:13:40 | More by Strix
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deuce9259

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-21-2012 03:14:00 | More by deuce9259
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greenbeer29

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2012 01:59:18 | More by greenbeer29
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teromous

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale yellow color, slightly hazy with a small white fluffy head. The head dissipates to a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface. It represents the style well.

S: There is almost no scent at all. The only thing I smell...is a lemon zest scent.

T: Light sourness, with lemon and lime types of flavor. It has a light mustiness. I can pick up very very light wheat flavors in the aftertaste.

M: It's a light airy beer, that is quite refreshing. It has very good mouthfeel.

O: Overall it's a good beer. It makes a good light beer for Spring or Summer, or when you're just feeling for something refreshing. It's a good tip-of-the-hat to the Berliner style that I think many people would appreciate. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:35:10 | More by teromous
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bcal16

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-20-2012 15:53:22 | More by bcal16
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Microbrewtaster

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-20-2012 02:26:33 | More by Microbrewtaster
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2012 06:39:39 | More by schopenhauerale
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-19-2012 02:36:57 | More by justinm4bama
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fluidmotion

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-17-2012 03:00:08 | More by fluidmotion
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2012 15:48:50 | More by gafferjohn
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2012 15:40:49 | More by Sparger
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

Look: Pours a pale straw color with a small white head that quickly fades to a ring, lace doesn't stick around with this one. Active carbonation.

Smell: Lemon tartness, lemon zest, slight barnyard notes, fresh hay / grass,

Taste / Mouthfeel: Lemon zest dominates taste buds at first and is followed by crisp somewhat sour notes, sweetness manages to push through, finishes crisp and leaves a sweetness lingering in the after taste. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and crisp.

Overall: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. I will definitely keep these around during the spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:48:58 | More by Rob315
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tatums1984

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -42.9%

01-13-2012 08:23:52 | More by tatums1984
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-13-2012 05:36:03 | More by mjmadsen21
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satellite86

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-11-2012 09:06:25 | More by satellite86
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-11-2012 05:55:08 | More by Giantspace
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sneefcity

Illinois

5/5  rDev +42.9%

01-11-2012 03:27:00 | More by sneefcity
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 8/3/11

Appearance: A somewhat golden color, pale yellow with a hint of orange - hazy, without much of a head

Smell: Mild, with some tart and some wheat bread - more hoppy than I expected, with some floral citrus - lemon as well

Taste: Some tart, very lemony but without a lemon bitterness - malts are very mild - pale, with some wheat twang - tart, but not sour, perhaps a little acidic - not offensive, to say the least - some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Very good - light, nicely carbonated, crisp and clean

Overall: Pretty unique

While I haven't had many of the Berliner Weiss style, I think this is a little odd. It's kind of like a Berliner Weiss crossed with a lager. It's very clean and easy to drink. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 18:18:42 | More by angrybabboon
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-10-2012 17:01:31 | More by djrn2
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decadance

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-09-2012 07:27:17 | More by decadance
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hailyeast

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a tulip
A-straw yellow hazy thin head
S- sour, sweet, funky, malt no hops
T- refreshing high carbonation, low key funk tartness, malt(wheat) dominates the finish, toast
M- thin refreshing high carbonation
O- great session beer, affordable funk and intro to the sour side, really nice twist, sour mashing and using american ale yeast. This is a win at under 2$/bottle and definatly not main stream.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:15:52 | More by hailyeast
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-09-2012 00:48:44 | More by imperialking
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toyfull1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-08-2012 14:56:53 | More by toyfull1
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy light yellow with a white head that fades quickly. Leaves a thin cap over the beer.

Smell is lemony with a noticeable tartness. Some grain is present as well.

The flavor is quite tart although maybe not as much as I was expecting. There is a lemony sourness throughout along with a nice balancing sweetness. Some light grain is present but no hops at all. Somewhat of a sticky sweetness.

Overall this is a very flavorful beer for only being 4%. I could see drinking many of these on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:24:15 | More by rangerred
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CP20

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-04-2012 23:05:06 | More by CP20
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.