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."

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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

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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Perfect clarity to the straw colored beer. Cap of white head falls quickly. No lacing.

S - Neutral base malt. A touch of DMS. Faint lemony tartness.

T - Little bit of grainy sweetness right away. Midway a mellow acidity starts up and has some nice lemon citrus flavor. Leaves some refreshing citrus flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Mild aromas but delivers on taste. Really drinkable with fun refreshing tartness. A summer essential.

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look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is...well, nearly nonexistent. It isn't even half a finger high, and the retention is horrible. Just not a pretty beer.

S: The aroma is troubling - the primary smell is funk, and it's an unpleasantly cheesy, almost diapery funk. Hints of apple hides behind the unpleasantries. Luckily, the nose here is pretty mild.

T: Apple notes hit first. After the funk appears in the middle of the palate, it finishes with a vaguely sweet cream flavor. Very mild wisps of tartness try to poke through to little avail. Actually, this works a lot better than it did on the aroma. Still not great in my eyes, though - the flavors are rather muddled.

M: Probably the best part of the brew; it's light and crisp in all the right places, with a thirst quenching sweet upsurge on the back end.

O: What little I've sampled of the style, I haven't liked. This is definitely the closest I've come to liking a Berliner. It still has its fair share of flaws which keep that from happening: poor aroma, ugly look, and undefined flavors mean I'm not going to get this one again.

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,282 ratings
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