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

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Very light, reminiscent of a gose, with less tartness. Certainly no Berliner.

barczar, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Elicoleman, Sep 03, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -2%

Lundste, Sep 01, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

robotiks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Cath, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

JoeMans, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

indybearsfan, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

The beer pours white and small bubbles as part of the head but dissipates quickly. The beer itself is hazy and a pale straw color. the Beer has a tart smell mixed with a banana yeast notes and orange hop notes. However, the smell appears to be a little weak. The taste has a strong sour/tart note with banana notes from the yeast. The orange hop flavor is still present but each of the notes taste a bit watery. The beer's mouthfeel is slightly watery and light bodied with smooth and light carbonation. Overall, a decent beer but falls to the trap that the style needs something else and stronger to make it good.

HattedClassic, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

notchucknorris, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

DanGeo, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Carmack, Aug 29, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +12.8%

JPSwanson91, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

stumac, Aug 28, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +7.1%

JPLange10, Aug 25, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +15.1%

ndclimber, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Lemony cloudy with lots of soda like carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish head that fade fast.

S: Sour, slightly vinegary scent, lemony as well, and somewhat salty like the ocean. Light fruitiness, lemon rind.

T: Lightly sour like lemon juice in water, a little yeasty dough quality, some brininess, and a malt quality like an adjunct lager, almost a hint of offal .

M: Light body, highly carbonated, dry sour finish.

O: Well done brew, though nothing overly defining about it. Craft beer Berliner meets assembly line, leaving a minimalist brew to style that is refreshing and smooth without abrasive characteristics. I love that its sessionable, and somewhat accessible.

patre_tim, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

DerekMorgan, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2/5  rDev -43%

lswilma, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

gunnerlincoln, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

LukeGude, Aug 20, 2014
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.