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: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/07/2013 printed on the label. A beer from Bell's that I've never tried before. Expectations are high based on the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale straw-lemon colored body with about a finger of quickly dissolving white foam head.

S - Smell is interesting, and not exactly 100% appealing. Corn, grains, hint of citrus, and some sour cheesy funk going on. Almost reminds me of what a burned flour tortilla smells like when I order a burrito from my local Mexican spot. I think "cheesy" is a good way to describe it.

T - Taste is a step or two up from the bizarre aroma. Light grains, sweet malt, citric lemon juice, some apple, and some tart vinegar.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, tart, and finishes dry. A fitting end to a fitting session ale.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it. Light, sessionable, and flavorful. While probably not the most "authentic" version of the style, it suits me just fine. A more accessible representation of the style than The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse was, in my opinion. I could drink this beer all day.

Bell's Oarsman Ale ---4/5.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 4/2/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart apple, lemon, grape, pear, wheat, hay, grass, pepper, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and light malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of tart apple, lemon, grape, pear, hay, grass, wheat, funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, hay, grass, wheat, light pepper, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant balance and complexity of flavors; with a very dry finish and no cloying flavors as expected. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very dry and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very solid Berliner weisse style. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one of the first that got me thinking about the craft beer scene. I picked it up on the way back from Michigan to Missouri for one of my good friends during my first year of graduate school and remember taking the first step and immediately wanting to know what made it sour.

A - 3.5 - Cloudy golden amber color (Bell's doesn't filter their beers), with no head or lacing. But still for some reason it looks inviting.

S - 3.75 - Has a nice sour smell to it, some wheat in there too.

T - 3.75 - The first time I tried this beer I was completely thrown off by the tartness, but I liked it. It has a nice sour taste to it that reminds you of sour candy, but with no extra fruit juice or anything like that added (like in a Framboise or Peche Lambic). It looks like this is supposed to be a Berliner Weissbier, which I've honestly never really looked into at this point, but I will.

M - 3.5 - Light, sour, leaves a funky aftertaste. Alc completely hidden.

O - 3.5 - Great beer, definitely a session beer. One of my favorites from Bell's!

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,263 ratings.
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