Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Oarsman AleOarsman Ale
2,280 Ratings
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."

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,280 |  Reviews: 639
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Los1324
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cavedave
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color, nice finger of white, fine bubbly foam atop. Looks like you want a Berliner Weissbier to look for sure.

Pure wheat grainy sweet and lacto goodness, hints of citrus and funk. Nice.

All the flavors of the aroma, but in a taste that is less strong than the nose. Very delicate, despite the tart lacto, and the hints of funk and citrus make this yummy.

Very light in the mouth, pleasantly carb.'ed, delightful clean presentation and very refreshing.

Not the most flavorful of this style that so many brewers are making more traditionally and also with decided American twists. Very tasty, and I recommend it if you like this style, and prefer it less tart and grainy than traditionally brewed.

 721 characters

Photo of DerrickW
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopmarc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ejohnson654
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of heytomcat
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of wiscotim
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Greasy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jemarent
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of scotv
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of arnold931
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of marley2112
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The good news is that Bell's fine beers are now being distributed to NY State.

"PKGD on 10/08/13" So its fresh, but is that a good thing or not? Not sure with this style....

My local bottle shop had four options, this was the one I had not tried, so I picked up a sixpack....Berliner Weiss...hmmm not my favorite style, but I do like sour/wild beers so lets give it a try....

Pours lightly hazed dull golden amber, off white head slowly fades to a thicker film and collar film and then some low sheeting, but nothing too exciting to the look of this one.

lemony nose is the harbinger of the sour to come...

More lemons on the palate, moderate puckering sour/tartness. Bright and fairly refreshing. Also wheat, hay, and a gentle eartyness come to mind. Still not my favorite style....But I could see enjoying another bottle of this on a warm summer day with some some cheese, bread and salad.

 896 characters

Photo of athegreatest83
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of tubeman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.