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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DIdn't know Bells did a Berliner until I picked this up in a mixed sixer at Wegman's.

Oarsman pours more like a BMC that a Berliner, Very carbonated and fizzy, with the pale straw yellow color and a one finger head that fades quickly.

Smell is slightly wheaty and tart, not a whole lot going on.

Taste was a mild lactic sourness with the wheat malts to provide balance.

Mouthfeel was just a bit too carbonated, and I found myself trying to swirl the carbonation out of this one.

Overall, an ok berliner for the price, but after having 1809 and New Glarus, its hard for any others to stand up against them.

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4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy and Golden. When poured aggressively, it develops a delicate but fluffy head.

S: Tart and Earthy

T: It's got a great little twangy pop to it. It's crisp and slightly sour.

M: Thin but fizzy. Mine is quite cold, and it is a really refreshing sensation. Diving into the light, fluffy head, it seemed to dissolve around my lips.

O: A truly great session beer. It's got a mildly sour kick, and it's fairly effervescent. It's very light, but it has a lot of character. At 120 calories per bottle, I think I'm in love.

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

A: some Berliner Weiss that I've had produce no head. This one stuck around for awhile. Little to no lacing, fairly standard for the style.
S: wheat funk tart. Very pleasant
T: tart up front, acidity in the middle, sweet malt to back it up. Really quite nice and totally refreshing
M: prickly carbonation, mouth puckers a little. Totally cleanses the mouth. Awesome.
O: a very drinkable Berliner Weiss, really refreshing

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4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oarsman Berliner Weiss is a slightly cloudy pale straw/orange color. It's very carbonated, however this fizzyness dies down almost completely shortly after the initial pour. There's no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is extremely complex and curious, with sweet kiwi, lemon, sour apple, yeast and biscuity grain. The taste makes the drinker recall baked goods with a fairly straightforward and crisp tart fruit flavor being the most prevalent. Very light feel and refreshing overall. I had this with a spicy dish, and it paired very well. Great entry to the Bell's lineup!

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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