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

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1,676 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 63
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 537 | Display Reviews Only:
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

08-26-2012 01:41:14 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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zoolou

Iowa

3/5  rDev -14.5%

08-25-2012 22:59:02 | More by zoolou
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

08-24-2012 03:59:41 | More by MN_Beerticker
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

08-24-2012 02:53:27 | More by jsurfs82
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jduprey007

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14%

08-24-2012 00:30:40 | More by jduprey007
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-23-2012 00:57:18 | More by troysoy2
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

look is hazy light gold orange. smell is musty wheat, dust. Taste is a very sour lemon/watermelon with a wheat background. Seriously, this is the sour-est beer I've ever had that's not skunked out.

Good and sour wheat beer. I might have to pick this up again.

08-22-2012 08:54:38 | More by jimmah120
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

08-22-2012 00:16:54 | More by t0rin0
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slowdaddy

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

08-21-2012 18:03:04 | More by slowdaddy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%

Very bready with lemon and citrus tones, but with an excellent mix of characteristics that lets a lot of things show through and lets no one thing hijack the ride. Berliner Weisse characteristics abound. Good feel, very easily drinkable. I could actually go for many of these in one sitting. A really excellent production, imo.

08-19-2012 23:13:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

08-19-2012 16:34:58 | More by WoodburyMN
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Mrbseward

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

08-18-2012 02:40:30 | More by Mrbseward
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a semi hazy yellow color with a very slight head. Scent is grassy and grainy with hints of citrus. Taste is light, refreshing, and very easy sipping with its grassy, earth taste. Overall a very smooth and light beer. I was really shocked by how light tasting this was from being a Bell’s brew. Great for summer, but don’t expect the bold Bell’s taste you’re accustomed to.

08-16-2012 17:42:43 | More by Lemke10
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-14-2012 00:37:49 | More by seeswo
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cfrances33

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

Bottle dated 7/24/12, enjoyed on 8/13/12. Served in a FFF pint glass.

Pour: Lightly hazy yellow, with a finger and a half white head. Diminishes to a rim, and leaves light lacing.

Smell: A funky wheatiness, as well and a nice lemon rind. Thats about it.

Taste: Nice, light sour lemon, with a delicious bready maltiness. Really two dimensional here, and I'm perfectly ok with that.

Mouthfeel: So light and refreshing. Tartness is just barely there, but is really nice.

Overall: I really, really like this beer for what it is. I would love this in cans.

08-14-2012 00:01:33 | More by cfrances33
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: sou mix and a hint of grain--not very strong a smell

Taste: honey, grain, wheat, and light sour mix that is present throughout

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, sweet with tartness that is present throughout and really picks up at the end, prickly

Overall: Another excellent beer after a long day of hiking. Not as good as the German counterparts I have had, but certainly a beer I could do a six of. Wish the smell was a bit stronger here.

08-13-2012 16:55:22 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-12-2012 18:35:41 | More by apocalypsezombie
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -43%

08-12-2012 14:03:11 | More by SlowWideTurns
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2/5  rDev -43%

08-10-2012 12:37:48 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +14%

08-10-2012 07:30:22 | More by Magery
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kuestegg


2/5  rDev -43%

08-09-2012 18:23:41 | More by kuestegg
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guytyping

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

08-08-2012 02:41:04 | More by guytyping
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TCaldwell


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-07-2012 20:11:32 | More by TCaldwell
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-07-2012 03:35:24 | More by amstokesdb9
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, two finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Wheat, some tart notes, a little skunky, along with floral notes.

T-Light wheat notes, barely even tart, no bitterness, some lemon. Floral notes.

M-Light, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-A nice easy drinking beer, not as tart as I was expecting, but it would be a nice intro to tart brews.

08-06-2012 23:02:27 | More by rlee1390
Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.