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

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 74
Gots: 175 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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."
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Ratings: 1,881 | Reviews: 559
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- an aggressive pour yields a finger's width of snow white foam over a hazed golden body. absolutely zero lace.

S- light bready aroma with very subtle citrus and a bit of a floral sweetness.

T- at first just a white bread flavor then a very nice tartness creeps in, reaches a climax, then drops off quickly. the rest is just some sweet honey like malt and a clean finish.

MF- light and juicy with gentle carbonation. dry and clean feeling.

D- a decent mild ale, but the flavor gets annoying by the end of the glass.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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

I honestly had no idea what style this was when I bought it today. Judging from the look I thought a winter warmer or barleywine or something. Clearly, that is not the case. pours a crystal clear apple juice color with a nice spritz of head that reduces to rubble almost instantly. Nose is light, with German yeast and an obvious sour note.

Mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated but ultimately quite refreshing. Taste is crisp and slightly sour. Very little hops, but here is a note to the flavor. Has something of a cider quality to the texture and taste. Produces some great belching. Not really my style overall, but it is different and very easy to drink.

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2/5  rDev -43%

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3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like a witbier, it shows a very pale yellow tends to a white, semi hazy, cloudy
with no carb at all, there is almoust no head and dissipates quickly, it is completely white

S: some wheat, coriander i think, some lime, apple, acidity

T: sour, nice acidity, tart, very refreshing, not sure if i would drink more than one, crisp on tongue
a very dry finish, citrusy hops on the taste

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

Crisp, bright yellow body, outstanding clarity. A rather foamy 3 finger heady set atop. Retention is quite decent, the head works its way back quite slowly. A thin but solid sheet of lacing left plastered to the walls of the glass.

Soft pale wheat malt backed by a pleasant lemony scent. There is a slight grassiness just behind. Very simple and straight forward.

The flavor, much like the aroma, is rather simple. Many time simplicity is viewed in a negative light, seen as dull or uninteresting. Maybe it is just me and my soft spot for this beer but I appreciate the simplicity. Wheaty malt flavor melds with a lemony tartness. The flavor will not satisfy someone looking for a Berliner Weiss, but that is not what Bell's brewed. What Bell's brewed was a slightly tart wheat session beer, and did rather well with it.

Very light bodied beer, carbonation is on the high side and appropriate for the beer. Lively carbonation felt on the tongue. The finish is dry and refreshing.

More so than most in the Bell's line up, I have a soft spot for this beer. A true session beer, simple yet enjoyable flavor and highly refreshing.

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2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:It has hay colored body with some cloudiness. There is some nice carbonation to this beer. I had plenty of off white head at first but it disappeared to nothing fast.

Smell:The nose was a bit off to me. I might have got a bad bottle because the aroma and the flavor was sourness that usually comes from bad home. It’s smell reminded me of sour fruit candy.

Taste:The taste was extremely sour and a bit stale. There were some mild hop grapefruit qualities.

Mouthfeel:It was about average it with the body being on the higher end of light bodied

Overall: I am not a big fan their beers are hit and miss with me and this one is a miss.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of drpimento
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Served at a good temperature with a small, off white head that rapidly disappeared and no lace. Color is a very clear yellow with some large bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, malt, wet grain, white sparkling wine. Flavor is similar to nose with a little tartness up front, plenty of carbonic tang, an ever so faint fruit sweetness and yeast bitterness. Body is good and is dominated by the acid. Finish is clean and like flavor; strangely, there seems to be a little alcohol warmth. Maybe that's an illusion due to the tartness. Any case, a touch of fruit syrup could work nice with this. Cooking too.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.55/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass

Appearance - Extremely Hazy & Cloudy Wet Straw and Yellow Color that shows off alot of carbonation, almost like lemon juice. There isn't really any head to speak of here on this one, and with that being said, no lacing either

Smell - Has a very sour lemon, wheat, and grassy smell to it. In regards to the wheat, there's a scent of what smells like sourdough bread. There's a slight skunky smell as it starts to warm up and can get a bit offensive.

Taste - Very sour tasting beer with some lemon and wheat notes. Once you get used to the taste, the sour/tart taste starts to die down and you can start to pick up on the barley and grassy notes. The sourness of the beer sort of makes me cringe as I drink it.

Mouthfeel - Light body but alot of carbonation and there's almost a syrupy sort of feel to it and it feels a little unpleasant.

Overall - It's extremely sour and it starts to smell quite offensive after a few minutes of being out. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not used to this style of beer but I didn't really find myself enjoying Oarsman at all. I know Bell's produces excellent beers, but this is sadly not one of them

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