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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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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

Travelers 14oz mug. An American Wild Ale. Pours hazy lemony yellow, opaque, low head, blotchy lacing. Nose vague, hidden, wet, etoh. Citrus notes, wetness, then light bitter sour notes effervesce. Goes well with salt. Afternotes linger, lactic isn't too biley, clean flavors. Would like to have a more bitter hop bite on this to elevate. Carbonation is finer, moving to lambic, but fatter at the end. Somewhat champagne-like in mouth feel. Low EtOH allows for an easy another.

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Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of schaffer9252
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of downeyj4
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good introduction to sour beers. It refreshes the palate, but isn't overwhelmingly sour. It finishes crisp and clean. It has hints of ripe fruit like sour apple, but still has a grainy backbone. It is great to drink when the weather is warm, or if you like a change of pace from heavy stouts or hopped up IPAs. It won't knock you out of your chair, but I think that it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Fairly unremarkable, typical yellow amber color. Not much of a head. Although this is pretty typical of the style.

Smell- Yeasty with some stewed vegetable/grain qualities. Some vinegar too, "pale" smelling. Felt like there could be more character here.

Taste- Lemon, and definitely the sour elements of lemon rather than the more fruity tones. Sour lactic qualities like a thin sour cream.

Mouthfeel- Very fine fizzy carbonation, pretty thin. Very tarty with some nice snap to it. I came to like the feel more as I progressed through the beer.

Overall- Definitely shows the characteristics of a Berliner weissbier. While I haven't tried many of the style I'm so far not used to their sour flavors making it a bit difficult to gauge its quality.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy straw yellow color with a heavy amt of carbonation rising up

Smell - sour funkiness with a hint of lemon scent. Slight wheat presence, smells refreshing

Taste and Mouthfeel- Crisp light wheat flavor and then a taste lemon juice. The sour taste comes in right afterward. Is a bit herbal-tasting

Overall - a great beer for a hot, summer day. It is a good beer to just sit and sip.

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Photo of Thaddeus
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light yellow and fizzy, small white, fizzy head. Clear and sparkling.

Aroma & Taste: Light malt and straw notes, with some grapefruit and pineapple. Light fizzy mouthfeel with moderate acidity. The acidity gives the beer a sour taste that has a slight sweetness to it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Medium yellow to a little golden and very cloudy. Small head that fizzes up quickly, but goes away just as quick. No lacing because of the lack of retaining head. Body is opaque and effervescent.

S- Light and heavy on the grains and wheat notes. Slight hints of spices along with a little hints of the sour mash scent mix together. Really distinct light grains are ended with a very slight citrus scent.

T- Starts with mild grains like on the scent and moves quickly into a mild sour note. More just tart that sour. Mostly a lemon-like sour quality, that is there only for a short bit before moving back into wheat flavors. Grains end it with slight contributions of spice and a hint of hops bitterness, just not much.

M- Light and refreshing. Very highly carbonated, but still very easy to drink. Slight sour kick makes it even more refreshing. Body is still light despite the big grain bill.

Overall, this is a great way to get your sour fill in a cheap and easy to find beer. Great, if not ideal, example of the style. The perfect summer lawnmower beer if shandies aren't your thing.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of noahallington
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a pleasantly tart, citrusy aroma. It has a bright light gold appearance. The beer was at first crisp and refreshing, followed with a tart citrus taste, almost like a weak lambic. Very light mouthfeel makes it very refreshing and clean, this beer would be a perfect one to end the day with.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,272 ratings.
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