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

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BA SCORE
80
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1,624 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
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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Had on-tap at New World Brewery. Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, very pale light yellow. A ring of foam forms instead of a head. Some visible carbonation.

S: I get a somewhat wheat-y, light sour aroma.

T: Lemony sour flavor. Not much sweet character to set the sourness off.

M: Light mouthfeel, but expected for the style. Dry finish.

O: Good, but there are better Berliners. NOTE FOR MYSELF - I forgot I reviewed this one already. Had it out of a bottle, and my review notes were almost identical, other than the beer was much more clear in appearance than it was on tap.

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A: pale yellow, hazy, a little carbonation. one finger head that quickly dissipated to nothing.

S: slight citrusy smell. Can't tell it completely but some type of citrus.

T: Kind of weak taste. Has a bitter/sour bite at the end almost as an aftertaste that tastes kind of like lemons? maybe limes? oranges? Not sure obviously. After it warmed a little I was able to find that tart taste I sought. Definitely more of a lemon flavor at that point as well.

M: Bubbly. light. Not much to it.

O: Not my favorite beer. Memorable beer because of the fact I haven't had one like it yet. It will give me something to compare to. May buy one here and there just for fun.

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S - Orange zest... A slight bit of tart... Just a smidgen of wheat... Very subdued, perhaps even a bit timid...

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T: soft flavors. lemon. lavender. finish is very dry with a little bit of almost kombucha-like lingering flavor.

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Bell's Oarsman from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.