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

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BA SCORE
80
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1,796 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 135 | 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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A- Very pale orange with a slightly cloudy appearance. Thin layer of white bubbles serves as the head, with tons of transparent bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Slight tart note, dried apricots, some citrus, hint of sweet malt. Smells good, but very weak aroma.

T- Sour and tart with notes of dried fruit. Some citrus comes through as well, along with a toasted malt finish.

M- Crisp and carbonated with a slight tingle on the tongue. Light bodied.

O- Not a bad beer by any means, but not huge of flavor. I could see this as a good option for a summer beer.

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.