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

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1,626 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

about 7 months of age on this brew. So we'll see how it goes. Didn't mean to age it, its just how the beer was brought to me.

Cloudy pale golden hue with a thin lace of head. Rich nuttiness on the nose along with a certain yeast like character. Lightly fruity and lightly perfumey.

Nice body thats on the lighter side of medium. Sweet bright citric fruits with a tarty dried fruit aspect on the middle of the tongue. Very nice actually with the right amount of balance between sweetness, acidity, and sourness. The sourness is a little stronger than the other aspects of the beer but is rounded out by a faint creaminess. For being 7 months old the beer held up quite well and retains amazing qualities that a berliner weiss should have. Now to find a fresh one! Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 03:58:18 | More by jtierney89
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-19-2012 18:24:18 | More by bluckbeyes
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +14%

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Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very light yellow, almost pale hue with a fair white head.

S - Tart lemon and some acidic notes. Nothing to really love here.

T - Starts off following the nose, making me pucker up to a small extent, and closes with some soft yeast and a bit of bready malts.

M - Crisp but light bodied and heavily carbonated. Refreshing for sure, leading to a high dirnkability that would appease me a few times over on a hot summer day.

O - Not nearly as enjoyable as I recall from my first sixer around a year back, but hey everyone's palette progresses. I will not be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 07:02:25 | More by mscudder
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from the bottle at a barbecue in June 2012.

NOTE: I'm looking forward to giving this beer a more formal and thorough review and will update when I do that.

A: Unable to assess, as it was from the bottle at a barbecue.

S: Smelled nice and tart.

T: Nice, light, slightly tart/sour flavor. Unlike any beer I've had before, with a tartness that really isn't "lemony".

M: Nice, easy drinking beer.

O: I really, really liked this beer. I've not had significant experience with the Berliner Weiss, but reading the label on the bottle, I think Bell's hit right on with what they were trying to do. I'm very much looking forward to trying this again soon, and will update my review when I do.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:18:47 | More by GR_Rick
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Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed golden wheat color. Less than a finger of frothy white head formed and it fell almost as fast as it formed.

3.5 S: Good mix of funky and tart, but there isn't a lot of complexity here. It gives off a generic acetic component and a hay and grassy funkiness. Neutral wheat to play this off. Still, I like it.

3.5 T: Again this is well balanced. Lightly tart with an equal amount of earthy, grassy funk. The wheat stands out well.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Good, high level BW carbonation. Crisp and clean as it should be.

3.5 D: Super easy to drink with good flavors, but could use some more depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a fizzy white head tat leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of some tart fruits.

Tastes of a lemon persuasion and ends in a slight malt sweetness. Tart notes lead off with lemon and a bit of wheat. Touches of pale malt sweetness come through and round it out.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and shouldn't be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:55:46 | More by ocelot2500
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.