Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kettle-soured wheat ale.

First brewed in 2008 at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, Oarsman Ale grew out of our desire to explore the tradition of session beers and to create a unique, flavorful experience for everyone, no matter what the occasion.

Tart and refreshing, this sessionable, bright Wheat Ale exudes citrus and lemony aromas from Cascade hops and trades sour intensity for finesse. A perfect companion for any occasion, Oarsman Ale is a beer based in tradition, but with that distinctive Bell’s twist.

A perfect beer to compliment any menu.

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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pDev:
15.58%
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite sour. Period. It's Mellow; good for a beginner sour drinker, perfect for a hot day and almost any snack or meal.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's-Piney Grove in Columbia. Green's also supplied with Himbeere (raspberry-red) and Waldmeister (woodruff-green) as the traditional additive shots. Excellent !!!

A: Ever so slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a rapidly vanishing white head and minimal lacing.

S: Grain, mild malty sweetness.

T&M: Crisp, refreshing, tartness. Citrus fruit undertones with almost no hop bitterness and a mild sour taste. Light bodied.

This is definitely not my first choice in a style of beer, however, the Oarsmen is an incredibly drinkable. They are spot-on for the style by this sites description. The syrups are excellent if you don't mind a flavorable sweet fruit taste. Himbeere is raspberry and awesome. The Waldmeister is woodruff and tastes like marshmallows, Lucky Charms to be more specific(Thanks Joseph). This was definitely a worthwhile growler and experience! I could drink one of these a day(with the flavoring). Nice and mild, great dessert or break between different styles of beers to clean the palette.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Gonna rate this as an american wild ale due to the sour mash.

Pours a ever so faintly hazy pale yellow color with a big white head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of lactic acid and wheat malt. No hops, no spices evident.

First sip is of a restrained tartness, some lactic acid. A slight bite from carbonation. Some wheat qualities evident in the taste as well. Very clean yeast used, no fruit or estery flavors. Nice sourness that isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. A little dryness evident. Some prickly carbonation.

Nice sour beer, very drinkable, very thirst quenching. This would make a very nice summer beer. Not sure this fits as an American Pale Wheat Ale - sourness doesn't fit. Recommending changing style to american wild ale.

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Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,296 ratings