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

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1,600 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 65
Gots: 87 | 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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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
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-11-2012 13:21:11 | More by Tyrawlings
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-09-2012 16:54:28 | More by thomismydad
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

02-08-2012 02:54:03 | More by AaronBurr
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Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

02-07-2012 22:00:35 | More by Fitzmke
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2/5  rDev -43%

02-07-2012 14:41:25 | More by DuffBrew85
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

02-06-2012 19:26:07 | More by brnavarra
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gdogpa

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-06-2012 05:22:14 | More by gdogpa
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-05-2012 17:04:00 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-03-2012 19:06:21 | More by chrispoint
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-03-2012 18:35:56 | More by whitekiboko
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Hopman1985

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-03-2012 18:33:36 | More by Hopman1985
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

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

A-very clear pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head.

S-small funky sourness, lemon juice, wheat, peach, apricot Very clean.

T-slightly tart with lemon and some grass. Wheat adds some body. More of a malty berliner and can tell it needed to sit longer to allow the lactobacillus to sour this one a bit more.

M-very light and refreshing. I am brewing this to be enjoyed in the heat of summer. Can't wait!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:27:18 | More by danedelman
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senorscientist

Michigan

2/5  rDev -43%

01-30-2012 06:50:19 | More by senorscientist
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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14%

01-30-2012 04:35:17 | More by Vicsvapo
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whiteish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some lemon notes. Taste is tart, lemon and wheat, has my lips puckering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is worth maybe worth a try if you are looking for something different but this beer is not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:49:57 | More by tone77
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bhawks1706

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

01-28-2012 01:42:18 | More by bhawks1706
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle packaged 19 Sept., 2011 and served in apint glass.

Pours a yellow gold tone; clear with visible carbonation and an average white head. Head quickly reduces to a lasting ring.

The lightly fruity aroma is not displeasing, but it is mild and not interesting, attractive or enticing. Luckily, the flavor is much better than the nose indicates, and the beer has a very fine, light and dry mouthfeel too. It certainly has the "light, refreshing tartness" claimed by Bell's, with a very noticeable citrus aspect over a subtle and vague herbal/grassy background. Although a Weissbier, there is no strong wheat component in the taste and one might not even notice the departure from barley.

O: excellent choice as a session beer or replacement for one of those light, watery, tasteless Mexican brews. While far from flavorless, Oarsman has a modest strength and a nice palate-cleansing effect; as such, it should work well with many lighter -flavored foods.
Revisited in June 2013 on tap: surprisingly tart'

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:18:23 | More by chinchill
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-27-2012 19:07:20 | More by PhineasGage
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the pint glass.

Lemonade pale yellow with an almost yellow-green tinge. Hazy, but glowing. Half-an-inch of bleachy, soapy head that went away quickly.

Mild aromas. Sour funky lemon juice, wet cloth, wheat malts, crabapple, mildew.

Not sour, but tart. As in, that it's short-lived and smacking. Sour mix, tangy wheat, Country Time lemonade, lactose acidity. The finish shapeshifts into one of a lager. Slightly bitter and much drier than the initial sip and mouthful.

Supremely refreshing and easy to drink. Thirst-quenching and with even consistency. A little thin and very flat. The carbonation is a flash on the tongue but not much at all on the back of your throat. Still a plus.

Bell's is going for a session beer here. They nailed that. I'd like to try more Berliner Weisses to compare, but I'd certainly go after another six-pack, especially when the weather warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 05:09:31 | More by thecheapies
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-25-2012 19:31:57 | More by mtparty37
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Missouri

2/5  rDev -43%

01-25-2012 01:03:21 | More by bsuedekum
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-23-2012 08:32:59 | More by CarolinaKev
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +14%

01-22-2012 19:28:21 | More by postnothing
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.