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Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3.53/5
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2,280 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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."

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,368
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
2,280
pDev:
15.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
352
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of JoeLev
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Strohm
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wjbent
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scott2269
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head is gone instantly, leaving very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is incredibly faint, bringing notes of grains, wheat bread, and lemon.

The flavor brings a fair amount of wheat and cereal grains, followed by some subtly tart lemon and grass.

The feel is light bodied with lively carbonation. Very crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall, a pretty solid beer that's quite refreshing and sessionable. Definitely a solid introduction to the style, despite being somewhat bland.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwmoore
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersasap
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richardjay
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gizmoziz
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spoda1983
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prager62
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz. can that from the cryptic date code appears to read 12/14/16. Pouring in my Bell's 'egg shaped' glass for the review.

Look- Pours a transparent pale yellow leaving a couple centimeters of soapy white foam behind that settles super fast revealing no lacing.

Smell- Mild Lemonhead candy, wet grass and malt.

Taste- Lemon zest, grass and a slight hint of floral.

Feel- Super light and slightly tart with a crisp dry finish.

Overall- A minimalist beer with big drinkability. This has lawn mowing beer written all over it. Decent enough but nothing complex and not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a semi-pale burnt yellow almost a restrained orange color with a thin white foamy head that fell off pretty quick. No lace.
The aroma had some sweet lemon rind and pulp, super light bitterness, some refreshing grassy sweet aspects, light sour-ed wheat and ended with a tickle of bright crisp sticky tart rind.
The flavor brought the sweet to the sour to the tart to the tang bringing in the citrus, the wheat, the grassiness all together to ride into the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a sturdy sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, pretty low. ABV felt good and crushable.
Overall, if I lived in this distro, I would pound the crap out of these cans during the Summer.

Date on the bottom of the can reads: "PKG 20:25 04/05/17"

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Photo of Ford
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great, lightly tart, summer beer.

In Texas I would rank it behind the Berliner Weiss's from Live Oak and Saint Arnold.

This is still really good though.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,280 ratings
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