Oatsmobile Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Oatsmobile AleOatsmobile Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,687
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,231
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.67%
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
655
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Oatsmobile AleOatsmobile Ale
Notes: Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse.

This hop-forward session American Pale Ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Ekuanot™ (formerly Equinox) and Glacier, for a pungent blend of peach, mango and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient - oats - are what makes Oatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other sessionable pale ales.
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 notes:

Bell's Oatsmobile. Final bottle from a six-pack, the other 5 long gone. Been putting this off. Far too long. Session Pale Ale brewed with oats. Brewed and bottled by Bell's Brewery, Comstock, MI.

Hazy, golden-hued, slim ivory head atop.

Big citrus-y nose, nicely hopped, malt lurks below.

In the mouth: Smooth, malty, toasty and tasty. Citrus-y hop flavors continue on the palate, easy-drinker, nice and lean and clean. Many pleasures to be had in this one. I'll have another, thanks. (Oh, wait. Oops.)

Jul 04, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it on tap in a shaker pint glass. Clear yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. Floral smell with lemon. Lemon flavor is fairly strong in the tase. A bit grassy and citrusy. Decent beer.

Aug 17, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purchased from a local bottle shop on 7/2/16. Consumed 8/12/16.

A: Hazy gold with good carbonation sensation. Forms a thin white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty foam.

S: Dank, grassy, and citrus rind. A touch of skunked aroma as well over the cracker malts.

T: Grassy and citrus rind hops. Brassy bready malts, and a minerally hard water. Some noble hop vegetal and herbal as well. I swear there’s still a bit of skunk here too. Mildly bitter in the hang.

M: Average heft to the body. Carbonation sensation on the low side of average. Low alcohol presence.

O: Really not very good. I’m not certain if this bottle is "off", but it's been refrigerated and not exposed to light since I’ve had it. And I don’t think it’s old. Very disappointing, though it stops short of seeming undrinkable.

Aug 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/7/16; drank 5/7/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Orange citrus, cream & raw oat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Cream & mild orange citrus flavors up front; dry oat notes on the finish.

Creamy with faint citrus notes, this is interesting but ultimately more of a curio than a good beer. One's enough forever, but in a pinch it won't offend anyone.

Jun 08, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour was yellowish, small head. Grainy aroma. Lots of caramel malt and British style biscuit hops. Not very memorable. Won't be buying this again, in a world of such better choices.

Oct 17, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Das Biergarten. Hazy orange. Smells of orange and fruity hops, oats, and a faint sweetness. Tastes of orange hops with a strong fruitiness behind it to the point of acidity. Oats and soft grain with low bitterness. Medium light. Drops off in the back end. Good and easy to drink, though not very dynamic.

Aug 08, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love that Larry Bell is deigning to CAN more of his beers in support of The CANQuest (tm)! I have been a fan ever since he first began distro in PA almost twenty (20) years ago & I met him for the first time at the State College Brew Expo. He brought embroidered cloth patches at my request & gave a great lecture, which I listened to with rapt attention. I was in attendance at the GTMW when Larry Bell's Circus got a little over the top & he, as the Ringmaster, began lightly whipping the Tattooed Lady (one of his employees in a bikini who was festooned with rub-on tattoos) as she scampered around on all fours. It was when she assumed a rampant position atop an overturned metal tub, ala a lion or tiger, that the organizers finally reached critical mass & put a stop to it. Ha! My next semi-encounter was a late-night break-in at the General Store during my visit to the Eccentric Café to garner more patches. Shhh.

From the CAN: "Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing, Happy-Go-Lucky. Full-Bodied. And We're Not Just Talking About The Horse." Ha!

It's CAN Crack!in' Time (with apologies to Ben Grimm)! Fresh CAN + big glass = inverted Glug. My ex-Old Lady kinda made me swear off of an inverted Glug because she was a) scandalized & b) she was afraid of the potential for a big mess. Eh. I CAN do it every once in a while - just not at the end of a long day of drinking nor when a large enough glass is not available. In this instCANce, it rose up with a mighty three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention that left loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to drop by for a taste. Nose smelled like apricot scones - biscuit malt meets fruity hops! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but really slick & silky on the tongue. Hello, oats! The taste was peaches, apricots, pears and biscuits or scones. Better yet, biscotti from Enrico's in Pixburgh's Strip District! Finish was dry, more biscuity than fruity, although I still got plenty of fruit flavors remaining well past the swallow. The problem occurs when I have to rate to style. The hallmark of an APA is SNPA & this was not that. It lacked bitterness, for one thing, plus the low ABV left me unfulfilled. Sorry.

Feb 10, 2018
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ribby from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always interested in high taste, lower alcohol beers. Bell's has a lot of interesting possibilities. Third coast is almost 5%, Oarsman is a bit on the sour side at 4%, and this is a 4.3% pale ale. Lager of the Lakes might join these three. A head to head with Third coast would be a good idea. The color is a slightly cloudy amber, on the yellowish side. This is on the hoppy side, of a fresh, citrusy character. This also has a decent creamy head. I would probably bumped the rating up a bit if it was summer when I was writing this review. Still, of the these three this is the number one choice for me. I will probably rotate these three this summer.

I retasted vs New Holland Xtra Time and Founder's Solid Gold. This is the best by a hair over Xtra Time. For a sub 4.5 summer session, this will be hard to beat. I haven't seen Oarsman yet this year...

Jan 13, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark Amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hops with a mix of citrus fruits.

Dec 19, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden clear with large carbonation, reminiscent of a ginger ale. Fresh hops on the nose, along with some fresh bread and spices. The lower ABV makes this an approachable and drinkable ale. Canned from TJ's Royal Oak.

Oct 30, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of 08/16/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright golden orange in color with a white, near finger width head. Fair retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. No lacing.

Smell - Some orange with a bit of leaf, apricot and spice; faint oats.

Taste - After the interesting aroma, the flavor leaves a bit to be desired. Oats mute the hop flavor quite a bit, leaving a hollow, lightly bitter citrus and fruitiness that doesn't quite hit home. Malts are bready and slightly earthy. Tame finish, with faint tropical fruit acidity staying on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with slightly bitey carbonation. Smooth, silky texture with a dry, easy finish.

Overall - A solid pale all-around, but the muted flavor profile is a deal breaker for me.

Oct 12, 2017
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ThemThangs from California

3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells crisp and refreshing. Theres a scent in here I cant quite describe that I have gotten out of other oatmeal beers before. Taste is somewhat sweet and gets hoppy on the tail end of the sip. There is something else going on in the background that I am assuming is from the oats. Maybe some citrusy notes as well? Not bad. Taste lingers in the mouth for quite some time after drinking.

Oct 07, 2017
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moundbz from North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pour a nice golden color with minimal head. I don't like the smell, must be the oats, it kinda smelled rotten. Feel is just fine in the mouth, but the smell makes the taste a little less.

Good beer with a questionable smell

Sep 17, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pineapple. Taste is citrus, bitter, not getting much oats in the taste or aroma. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, it's easy drinking, but a mediocre beer.

Sep 09, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium golden color with persistent lacing.
Smell is sweet grain with some citrus.
Smooth oat taste. Mildly hoppy and strangely good.

Aug 26, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a slight hazy golden orange color with a white head, no retention, slight lacing, good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of citrus peel aromas, slight tropical like guava, mango, pineapple, good amount of malts on the backend, solid aromas.

T: Getting more tropical notes than citrus, slight berry fruitiness, touch of the oats, low bitterness, finish is dry with slight citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, oats add a different element, it's smooth and easy drinking.

O: For such a low ABV this has plenty of aroma but not as much on the taste, very easy to drink, light on the palate, I could definitely crush this on a hot summer southern CA day, really enjoyed this one.

Jul 17, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours bright amber gold filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles, forming a 1" off-white lacy head with fair retention.

S: It smells mostly of oats with traces of light toast or fresh bread crust. The hop aromas are mild with some grassy and tropical fruit notes.

T: It starts with oats and fruit - mostly tropical, citrus and berry. Fresh bread crust and oats provide the backbone. A mild bitterness emerges mid palate tempered by the oats and malt. It dries slightly on the finish with a slight tart note and lingering bitter fruit flavors. The beer is well rounded and nothing its out of place or out of balance.

F: silky and smooth with a medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, full flavored and vary satisfying.

Jun 26, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap: Pours translucent orange with moderate head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grain and mild mellow hops. Taste is the same, with a hint of lemon and fresh grass at the end. Hops come out marginally more as I keep sipping. Drinkable and refreshing, but unremarkable. At least it's a good beer for a 75 degree day. Could probably drink a lot of these if I wanted to.

May 15, 2017
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msink28 from Florida

2.21/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I mean, it's truth in advertising. This is indeed a pale ale brewed with oats. The oats come through loud and clear here. The beer is full-bodied.

And yet, I found myself not wanting to finish the six-pack, and I couldn't fathom drinking this as a session ale. The oats take away anything refreshing about this beer and add enough bitterness to make it hard to tolerate any more than one of these at a time, which I think makes the claim of this being a session ale pretty dubious.

May 15, 2017
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mtemerowski from Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. It had been one I always had overlooked.
Look: Golden orange. Almost amber. some haziness.
smell: bready and a little sweet. not a lot going on though.
taste: Very smooth, crisp and refreshing. Solid silky body, i think due to the oats. I really enjoyed this one.

May 04, 2017
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meghan_erikson from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with some sediment chunks floating throughout. The aroma is floral hops, some white bread crust, and oats. The flavor is floral hops up front but the oats are noticeable in there as well. There is a hop kick at the back end but its not overbearing and is quite mellow for a session ale.

May 01, 2017
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HardTarget from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy gold glass holds a finger of white head.

Aroma: Citric hops with some white bread yeast and a hint of malt.

Taste: Slightly metallic hop bite, somewhat soapy base doesn't quite support it and finishes a bit dry and coppery.

Mouthfeel: Sudsy medium light body, dry finish.

Overall: Didn't get me excited. A bit thin, hops bite a little but don't give any juicy goodness. The metallic note gets a bit heavy.

Apr 23, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Greenville SC in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Clear golden-amber body with a large, off-white head.
Aroma: hops, caramel, more caramel, faint ripe fruits.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma. Mildly bitter balance but with lots of caramel.

Feel: the body is medium-light; medium+ carbonation.

Overall: caramel hops.

Apr 09, 2017
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zhupengl from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark golden yellow, with a really pleasant smell, I can smell clove flowers but the taste is not really pleasant and not really accesssiable. average beer

Apr 05, 2017
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jmarod7 from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oaksmobile Ale. American Pale Ale. Dark yellow in color. Full-bodied session beer that is brewed with oats. Lots of aroma of oats and a hint of Citra. Head is light but overall I would recommend to a friend.

Apr 05, 2017
Oatsmobile Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 655 ratings