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

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Oarsman AleOarsman Ale

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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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +11%
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 -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on draft here in philly a few times this summer and was able to pick up a case about mid summer - still had a few left.

Poured into a pint glass, color is transparent gold, head is barely there, but my pour was slow and this brew has been in the fridge for months.

Smell is tart, tangy, fruity, mild wheat and pilsen malt notes.

Taste is light, but very flavorful, nice tart, sour slightly lactic flavor, mixed with mild wheat

Mouthfeel is great, light and balanced with solid carbonation backing up the lactic tartness

Overall, a very great take on this style - probably buy a case of this one every year.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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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