Oarsman Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,254
Reviews:
634
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of gregoryhersh
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Rich golden color. Nice head, but dissipates almost immediately.

Smell is tangy and citrusy.

Taste takes some getting used to. Has an aftertaste almost like an old cheese in the first sip, but gets much less abrasive after that. Not the ale taste I'd expected with the coloring. Light and flavorful, while maintaining a malty aftertaste. Tart.

Mouthfeel is OK. Light at first, but continues more than I think an ale should. Seems a bit overwhelming. Not the refreshing beer I'd expected.

Not my favorite. Maybe good with a meal, but not just as a casual drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of matjack85
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with a date of 10/25/11 on it. Hope this is a bottled on date and not an expiration date as it will be 2013 at midnight tomorrow. In either case it's over a year old. Wish I had seen that before I bought it.

The beer poured a rather clear, pale gold color - surprising for a wheat beer. Just a ½- finger of white head that dissipated in under 10 seconds and left virtually zero lacing.

Tart green apple smell along with plenty of grainy wheat.

Green apple/lemon tartness with a slight mineral water flavor. Other than that it's all wheat.

Light with moderate carbonation.

1st time trying this style. It's not going to be a favorite of mine, but it's a nice change of pace beer and easy drinker if you don't mind the puckering sourness. Didn't try it with the addition of flavored syrup like they do in Berlin. Would be interesting to see what that does for it.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Poured into an Imperial pint, the beer is gold with a slight chill haze.

It has an aroma of grains and something a bit sour like a green apple.

It is tart, slightly sour and a bit grainy. I like the interplay between the yeast and acid. More tart apple mid-glass. This is a pretty approachable beer for folks new to this style.

The mouth is decent, with a low carbonation level. For some reason, I would like more active small bubbles, not sure why, the beer just seems to call for it. .

I like this one and think Bells has a winner here.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale golden. Pretty girl lacing. Carbonation is flat, but I think that makes sense given the acidity of this beer.

Smell: Smells like an aged cheese. Lots of bacterial/yeasty scents coming from this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More bacterial flavors. Bleu cheese and orange peel are also very evident. I would like this more, but it's a bit to tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is clean overall.

Overall Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Refreshing.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,254 ratings.
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