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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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JamesZ
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of zac16125
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: 4/22/13

A: Pours a clear urine color with just over 1 fingers width of bright white head. Head dissipates down very quickly to nothing, and leaves no lacing.

S: Tart lactic acidity, citrus, lemon-lime, wheat, feet.

T: Citrus, wheat, subtle citric tartness, some sweet malt characters.

M/D: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Medium body, heavier carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Overall, a tasty beer. Light and refreshing, yet flavorful. Not a go to style for me, but enjoyable and certainly could be a refreshing session beer.

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Photo of instinct2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of drinkinmiles
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have had this both this summer and the summer of last year, as well as a few though the winter.

A- A very nice yellow color, smaller white head that sticks well.

S- Citrus, almost a sour lambic like characteristic to me, hints of wheat and summer grasses.

T- Again with the citrus, and a slight sourness from that. Tappers off to a nice wheat and grassiness with lingerings of the citrus making it very pleasant for summer especially.

M- Light, medium carbonation, tart and refreshing.

O- A very nice light summer Berliner Weiss. Would deffinitely recommend for anyone looking for something refreshing on a hot day.

Bought in bottles and poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden yellow in color, almost the color of Bell's logo; Clear but somewhat cloudy; Thin line of white appears on pour but disappears almost instantly

T - Initial taste of tart apple, then somewhat sour, yet crisp

S - Sour apple smell

M - Full in mouth, tart and crisp

O - Despite the sour apple tartness, Bell's Oarsman is somewhat refreshing. It's an easy beer to drink, although the sour taste would inhibit me from drinking too many in a row. After a day's work though, this would go down like water!

Nothing by Bell's is bad, but I've had better than this . . .

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Photo of randysandals
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of linnymtu
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brudz2134
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Benny3000
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler, filled/drank 7-26-13
Founders Doom glass

A: Hazy faded yellow color. Extremely pale. Full finger of fluffy bright head. Sticky lacing.

S: Cereal grains. Slight tartness. Lemon. Light citrus. A little lactic character.

T: Tartness up front. Then it sort if falls off the table. Cereal grains in the mid palate. Lemon. Light citrus. Finish is clean. Summer quencher.

M: Light to medium bodied, solely because of the lactic quality.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of keithmurray
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10.29.2012

Appearance - clear golden straw color with little white head

Smell - white grapes, wheat

Taste - white grapes, lemon, lime, green apple, almost soda-like

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium bodied, tart, sour and refreshing

Overall - this was my first shot at a Berliner Weissbier and I liked this one. I'd like to try more 'authentic' versions of this style

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of c64person
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of shamrock071521
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass
bottled 5/20/13, ~2 months old.

A (3.5): bright, golden yellow color with a slight hazzieness. one finger of bright white head dissipates within a couple minutes leaving little to no lacing. very active carbonation.

S (4.25): a tart, sour fruity smell is most noticeable. green apples.

T(3.75): tart green apple taste upfront, with a crisp sour taste in the middle that is very refreshing. aftertaste is mild, mostly sour with a tiny hint of bitterness.

M(4): lighter mouthfeel, carbonation is medium-high which compliments the tartness well. it kind of gives that ‘puckering’ sensation like sucking on a sour candy.

O: a very enjoyable beer, especially in this hotter weather. Berliner Weiss is not a style that I’ve tried many beers from, but it’s a very nice change of pace from my usual rotation of IPAs and porters. I'll definitely be drinking some more of this one.

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3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Bottled 04/22/2013.

Real light golden body body. Tons of bubbles constantly streaming up from the bottom. Fluffy white bubbly head, which dissipated quickly and just left a few bubbles along the edges at the top. No lacing.

Smells of a sour apple and bad fruit juice. Some lemon and light grapefruit citrus too.

Tastes tart and fruity. Getting a light apple flavor, almost a champagne like fruitiness.

Light and fizzy body. Makes for a sessionable beer, which is what they were shooting for, and a tasty drinker for the summertime months.

Not a favorite of mine, but a super easy drinking beer, could toss a few back in one sitting. Going to try and add some fruit to this the next time to add a little more flavor to it and counteract some of the sour-tart flavor to it.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jrenihan
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is very light gold, cloudy. Small white head, fades quickly.

Wheat and lacto in the nose. Lemon. Generally OK, but there are times when the lacto smells slightly like vomit. Obviously not a good thing and a real detractor.

Taste contains dry cereal, wheat and a moderate lacto tartness. A definite yogurt flavour. I like sours a lot, but this one is a bit off-putting.

Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Very crisp.

Overall, not very good.

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,269 ratings.
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