Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Oarsman AleOarsman Ale

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

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."

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's scary how bad this beer is. I've tried it bottled on 2 different occassions and I was shocked both times at the overwhelming sour taste. Overall Bell's is one of my top five favorite breweries, but this one is a solid miss. A definite drain pour on this one.

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12oz bottle dated 6/24/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow with a one-finger head that settles to a fine lacing, some carbonation
S: Lemon, a bit of wheat
T: Sour but not overly so, primarily lemon but again a nice wheat base underneath
M: Light-bodied, crisp with pleasant carbonation
O: I like the acidity, while not that complex this would make a great session beer and a nice alternative to a shandy

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,254 ratings.
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