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."

Added by Thorpe429 on 04-12-2009

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of white head which quickly disappeared. smells of citrus (orange), wheat bread.. not much there, smells sweet and citrusy.
slightly sour up front, with a citrusy fruit flavor, lots of bread flavor in the backbone. this would be good during the summer months, but right now, i'm not really feeling it. light body, high carbonation.. sour yet refreshing.

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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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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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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,291 ratings