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:
2,270
Reviews:
638
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
345
For Trade:
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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of timothybarney
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasonR1975
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy, golden yellow with a fizzy, white head. Visible carbonation raising throughout.

Aroma - Flavors are light but present. Citrus, wheat are the most prominent flavors I could detect.

Taste - Lemon citrus, tartness, sour, slight hint of wheat and malts.

Mouthfeel - light body, slight tart finish, very refreshing.

Overall - A light, refreshing Berliner Weiss. Perfect for a hot day. It could have been a bit more flavorful, but it's still solid.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WMD-1002
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of edhizdeid
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Madapour
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. The sour taste is exactly what I like, of course, I didn't know it until I tasted it. I have drank a good number of these beers, and a little pre drink advice before you pop the top, flip the beer upside down and tilt it and spin it to get all the goodies off the bottom. It makes the first drink as sour as the last.

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Photo of -NESTO-
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jtransel
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Ljudsignal
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Night Shift tulip. Bottled 10/22/13.

Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold. A creamy bone-white two-finger head quickly subsides to a thin film and ring. No lacing to speak of.

In the nostrils, sweet grain aromas mingle with tart lemon and sour wheat mash. The lingering remnants of a funky brett smell, but sadly I think age has not been kind to this beer--what remains has largely been transformed into grainy malt aromas.

Taste more or less follows the nose. Opens tart and lemony, switches mid-palate to a grainy wheat note which gradually becomes less tart and more bready and sweet as the beer moves towards the back of the palate. Simple but pleasant. Not nearly as tart for me as others have reported, although there is a light lingering acidity on the back of the palate, a bit like drinking lemon juice.

On the tongue, light-bodied, highly effervescent, and finishing crisp and dry.

On the whole, an uncomplicated but refreshing and sessionable beer that I fear I have not done justice to by waiting to drink it. As it stands, this was a perfectly pleasant drinking experience, but I'd love to revisit a fresher bottle at some point.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dense white creamy head of foam on a golden straw colored beer. Slight haze gives way after a while and a steady stream of effervescence. The head fell pretty fast but left a ring and a film on top.

Nose is tart lemon and has more of a malt presence than I was expecting. Light sweet grain. Crisp dry wheat. A bit of herbal hops but mostly tart citrus. There is a terrific funk smell on this nose and if you want to know what that smells like then this is the beer to show you as it is not complicated by many aromas.

taste is very simple and straight forward. Crisp and effervescent, tart lemon and a light grain sweetness. It is not mouth puckering but it is dry and palate cleansing. It's mild and very easy to drink. Refreshing and a perfect beer for a warm day, for the beach, a lawnmower beer. Light and drinks so very easily.

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Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

When I poured this beer, it has a.gold color body with a fizzy head to it. The aroma has a light maltyness to it. The taste has a tart flavor and some sweetness to it. It also has a little bit of malt on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is like champagne. Overall this is I think my first sour and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ONN8
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of elmo17
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of VincentFrey
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour / Appearance: Fizzy and effervescent, with a quickly forming and falling head. A very hazy straw color, likely due to wheat malt. Keeps carbed and bubbling up.

Aroma: Traditional sour mash, but sadly one note. That's not necessarily bad for a berliner weisse or out of style. The sour mash is a bit unusual though, meaning the wort was soured then underwent a boil, then fermented traditionally. This can leave a much less complex profile than if it undergoes traditional souring methods, but certainly imparts the traditional notes. Nothing else to speak of though; very clean yeast and some light wheat. It hits the style but I can see why this is hard to find when I make trips to PA (where Bell's gets distro'd instead of MD)

Taste: The aroma notes dictate the flavor. Very low acidity, actually, liking diminishing returns from age since the sour mash. Very refreshing though, and that's kinda the point. Simple wheat malts and hints of lemon and coriander round it out. Not much for mouthfeel outside some sour puckering around the cheeks, and drinking a lot like a soda.

Overall: What can I say, this is a neat little Americanized berliner weisse. The sour mash doesn't provide a good complexity and the malt bill, while traditional, is nothing special. It's worth a try, but brings to mind why berliners are traditionally flavored at the bar.

Bottom Line: Buy if you're looking for a refreshing and semi-traditional berliner. Try if you're a fan of sours. Don't bother if you easily have access to other berliner weisse styles unless you wanna try a new one.

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Photo of JMohl3
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of BryanK
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pmorris71
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mndanika
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,270 ratings.
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