Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Oarsman AleOarsman Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kettle-soured wheat ale.

First brewed in 2008 at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, Oarsman Ale grew out of our desire to explore the tradition of session beers and to create a unique, flavorful experience for everyone, no matter what the occasion.

Tart and refreshing, this sessionable, bright Wheat Ale exudes citrus and lemony aromas from Cascade hops and trades sour intensity for finesse. A perfect companion for any occasion, Oarsman Ale is a beer based in tradition, but with that distinctive Bell’s twist.

A perfect beer to compliment any menu.

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.
A: pours a cloudy straw yellow with a head that dissipates instantly. Lots of carbonation.
S: lemon, grapefruit and some minor farmhouse zest combine with a musty sour smell. Nice!
T: minor lemon notes become musty and develop into a nice farmhouse style with slight sourness.
M: watery with minor sour notes.
O: really good, not my favorite style but a nice example.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a creamy white head. Aromas of tart fruit, and a hint of vinegar. Taste is an initial sour, tart fruit beginning, followed by a light cracker middle, and a hint of earthiness in an otherwise super clean finish. Mouthfeel is good for the abv. Overall a great true session beer. It's a shame there arent more Berliner Weiss' available in America!

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half finger head and no lacing.

S: Tangy citrus aromas along with some bready malts. Almost a white wine smell.

T: Again, almost like a white wine. Plenty of citrus and some wheat. Tart.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is my first Berliner Weissbier. It's definitely not my favorite style, but not bad at all. I prefer beers with more alcohol though. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying it again.

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,292 ratings