Bell's Oarsman - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.38/5 rDev -3.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Bell's tulip glass
Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a bright white one and a half finger head which quickly dissipates. Grass and flora, light sour citrus notes, and a very light accent of funk on the nose. Green tea, fresh grassiness, slight tart light lemon and bready yeast midpalate that finishes dry slightly tart and refreshing. Light body, mild carbonation. The concept behind this beer seems to be a less intense Berliner weiss-style beer. Bell's is successful in accomplishing that. Oarsman Ale is a good introduction beer, however it may seem to be a bit lacking to those fairly familiar with the style and other sour styles.
10-04-2012 05:18:29 | More by chanokokoro
2.95/5 rDev -16%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on 8/13/12. Batch 11404.
A - Pale golden color with almost a finger of head that's gone in seconds. No lacing whatsoever.
S - Lemony citrus scent. Wheaty. Some tart and funk to it also.
T - Heavy citrus from beginning to end. And I mean HEAVY. You get the wheat again in the finish. This is almost to the level of a shandy.
M - Very light. Moderate carbonation. Finishes very clean.
O - I guess this is well done to the style, but it's really just not for me. Probably a good introduction to craft beer for some people. Sessionable but too tart to really be all that sessionable.
10-04-2012 00:09:52 | More by mikeburd1128
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
Bell's Oarsman Ale, Brewed and Bottled by Bell's Brewery, Comstock, MI. "Buoyant, tart and refreshing from using traditional sour mash methods. Great for you and your crew." 4.0% ABV.
What does this tell us? How it tastes, how it drinks, how they made it, and what activity it's use is best with. What if I'm not in a boat. And would I like it with a goat?
Clouded, golden, small head, lasts as a thin, white ring.
Aroma: light citrus, light hops, a touch of sourness, a smidgen of sweet. Bit of a funk effect, too. Pleasing enough.
Taste: Brisk, tart, and, yeah, refreshing. A little tingle on the palate, a bracing quick minute of sour, a squirt of citrus, the flash of wheat texture and mouthfeel, and nothing but smoothness and extra-easy drinking.
One thing very much missing in the information given to us by Bell's Brewery is the style of this brew, or even what general area it's shooting for. Not a hefe weizen, not quite a Berliner Weisse, either. Maybe a mix of the two?
I'm also puzzling over the meaning of the name. Why Oarsman? Is there a fondness for rowing at the brewery? Is it an alternative to a "lawnmower beer", a "rowing ale"? So many mysteries.
Another conundrum is how long it took me to take notes on this Bell's beer, having come out so many years ago. It was draft only for years, and I sampled it now and then, but it never quite grabbed me. It's a well-made beer, certainly quaffable, with enough of a tartness to keep it interesting. It's fun, and tasty, and the 6-pack will be done quickly enough. I probably won't return to it very often, though.
Although… although…I am liking it more, at the end of bottle #2. Maybe I'll be a rootin' tooting' booster before too long.
10-02-2012 07:07:31 | More by feloniousmonk
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured this 12 oz Weissbier into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy straw color, and produced an average white head. Featured average retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma had a base of malted wheat, lemon rind. Medium in body, this brew had a classic malted wheat base, and the tart flavor of lactic acid due to the sour mash process that was used to brew this beer. By far, not the best sour beer that I have had, but is an excellent gateway into the category. Nice session beer. Excellent summer beer. I would order this again.
09-26-2012 22:18:06 | More by GossageBrewery
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to whoever shared this at Benny's tasting.
A: Pours a hazy very pale yellow with a thin white head having little retention and leaving a few spots.
N: Lemony, minerals, grainy wheat and some tartness.
T: Follows nose with some grassy notes.
M: Light body and carbonation. A tiny bit thin on the finish.
O: Refreshing. No notable metallic notes here. Pretty basic Berliner.
09-15-2012 01:10:43 | More by wethorseblanket
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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