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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an ultra-pale straw yellow color. Like, paler than Michelob Ultra. We're talking Miller 64 (formerly Miller Genuine Draft 64) levels of paleness. A wisp of bright white head forms but doesn't stick around for very long. This beer looks like a Jim Gaffigan DVD.

Oarsman smells like a big ol' pile of wheat and breakfast cereal. There's a trace sharpness -- citrus, but also inseparable from the wheat. It smells like a supermarket lemon pie, basically. It doesn't so much smell like a true Berliner Weisse as it does an American Pale Wheat Ale that has some tartness to it.

This is an average Berliner Weisse. Or, it's below average, but I'm scoring it a 3.0 because it's really refreshing. What a nice summer beer option! It's very, very, very light. A light wheat beer flavor. The yeast isn't doing a damn thing here. There's some bacterial sourness, especially on the finish, but it isn't so much a part of the flavor profile as it is a thing that compels you to drink more of it.

The mouthfeel is light, as you'd expect, with a medium amount of carbonation. It's meant for quaffing, and it does the trick. Overall, this is an average at best Berliner Wiesse. But it's a refreshing beer that I'd never turn down. This would be a superb pairing with pizza.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

A- Crystal clear yellow pour, thin cap of white. Decent lacing.

S- Lemon and cereal. This to me doesnt have much going on in the nose. It's very light.

T- Cereal, lemon and pear and apple skins. I'm having a hard time with descriptors for this style.

M- Light bodied and wonderfully bubbly.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and somewhat resembles lemonade. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a moderate amount of sourness, but that’s about it. The sourness is neither strong nor overpowering (and doesn’t have any funkiness like in a gueuze).
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really cleanses your palate, similar to what you would expect from a light sorbet between courses at dinner.

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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/14/2011.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow in color (looks almost like lemonade). The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Overall this beer has a very light aroma, there is a light presence of tartness and just a tiny bit of funkiness. The aroma is pleasant.

T: This beer has a very enjoyable but light flavor, refreshing. Pleasantly tart with a subtle hint of wheat.

M: Light bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Very light and refreshing, quite easy to drink and definitely sessionable. It has an almost palate cleansing quality like a sorbet. I really enjoy this style and this is a good example of it. Definitely one to get again.

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3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Extremely pale yellow, pours with a small, short lived fizzy head.

s: Very faint overall, I found some mildly tart smelling sulphur and minerals.

t: Starts off appropriately enough with refreshing tartness, but then it quickly fades to pretty much nothing.

m: Needs more active carbonation.

o: Not a bad example of a hard to find style, but kind of meh overall.

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Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 2,297 ratings