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

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Ratings: 1,732
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 64
Gots: 119 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -50.1%

Zonian1, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

brealbg, Oct 30, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying to be fair here as I am new to the style. The appearance is slightly cloudy as all Bell's brews are, and pale yellow in color, maybe a hint of amber, but it is so light it is hard to tell. The head is coarse bubbles, which fade quickly, not lacy or foamy at all. The taste is predominantly sour, and very lemony. The low alcohol content makes this interesting when you want a low alcohol beer, but the sourness is too much; still, if that is what the style is, I would say it is successful.

I read the description of the style which says 'tourists in Berlin will often order on as a "Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Himbeere."' Luckily, we have raspberry syrup lying around the house. About one tablespoon or little less is just perfect. It cuts the sourness. I put the syrup in the glass and pour the beer over it, and the result is a very nice foamy head. This is the way to drink the beer.

ribby, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

hockey23kp, Oct 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow with two-finger, white, lumpy, creamy head that a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus, tartness, and wheat.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Way more tart than I expected from the aroma.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp, slightly dry.

O: This beer was okay. Pretty average. Good tart taste though.

SolipsismalCat, Oct 21, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light, pale, milky golden straw yellow. It's cloudy with a nice head initially, that quickly dissipates into nothing.

Lacks much smell. I could pick up some crackerlike yeastiness, but nothing else.

Very much a warm weather taste...yeast, lemon, pear.

Tart, but not overbearing. Crisp and dry. Carbonated.

It's an ok beer. Not a good drink for the colder months, but would be money as a hot weather session beer. I'd look forward to one of these after doing anything to work up a sweat. Easy to drink, won't land you in jail.

RickS95, Oct 17, 2012
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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,732 ratings.