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:
2,263
Reviews:
638
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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84
Gots:
344
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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkn09
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw colored pour with a small and airy white head. Aroma of yeast and light barnyard funk. Taste has a more grain than tart with yeast and wheat standing out backed by a slight lemony tartness. Light bodied.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edwardsw
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap. Not impressed. Little flavor or sourness. Would not recommend.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Angels Trumpet, Phoenix AZ.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrainBamage
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly opaque straw color with thick head that thins to a lace around the edge. Has wheat like aromas with hints of tart citrus. Really smooth going down, but citrus and tart. My first Berliner Weissbier and rather enjoy the tartness. Would recommend.

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Photo of Jodio
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sharp315
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I find it interesting that I have not reviewed this beer before now. It may have something to do with the fact that Larry only recently CANsented to having it CANned in support of The CANQuest (tm). Yep, I got it in a CAN!

From the CAN: "A refreshingly tart wheat ale with bright, citrusy aromas. Great for you and your crew."

Wow! a Berliner Weisse & me without any woodruff or raspberry syrup on hand. I remember when Brandon Greenwood of Nodding Head was the first American brewer to make it and I tried it with each syrup before abandoning such trifles, opting for it straight. I'm taking it straight today, also.

At long last, a Crack! & inverted Glug to get things started! I loved watching as the head came rushing up, forcing me to back off and down. I wound up with two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention as a result. It looked like meringue atop a lemon pie. Why? Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). That distinct sharp, tartness of the nose is due to a lactobacillus culture being used & I will readily admit to having had to look it up. I recently walked out of a local beer bar when one of their servers again demonstrated her profound lack of knowledge & was trying to give ME misinformation. Grrr. The nose had a lemony tartness that was already causing my lips to slightly pucker in response. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. It was not as tart in its taste as the nose had led me to expect, though. I would venture that even a novice could handle this without syrup(s). I wonder if Bell's has dialed this down to make it more palatable to the general CANsumer. I certainly agree that it is a refreshing beer and the lemony flavor reminds me of Fanta Lemon which I discovered on my first overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. It made for a great mixer with Tanqueray Gin & I now wonder how this might mix with some Tanqueray. Finish was dry, citrusy and tart and I would have it no other way (except maybe a little more tart).

As it happened, I had some Tanqueray left over from another recent experiment & poured some into the remaining Oarsman Ale. Dry gin on top of tart = gaspingly dry! Phew. Deep breaths. It also brought out the gin's distinct juniper flavor while cutting some of the beer's tartness. This is an experiment to which I want to return. I am sure that there is a sweet spot as far as ratios & I am willing to try to find it in the name of science. I will report back when I do so.

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Photo of mribbens
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Metalsnota
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. At lunch, after futsal match, with fried fires + eggs + swordfish. Its sourness is pretty soft, probably balanced due to the wheat. Not unpleasant but maybe a bit flat. A bit watery feeling

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Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,263 ratings.
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