Bell's Oarsman Ale

Bell's Oarsman Ale

Rated 3.143 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bell's Brewery Incorporated

Galesburg, MI, United States

Style:  American Wheat

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 36594 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank29145
Overall Percentile45.5
Style Rank242 of 722
Style Percentile66.5
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.182
Weighted Score3.143
Standard Deviation0.666

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  • IBREW2OR3 1135 reviews
    rated 4.0 1 year ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    12oz bottle pours clear bright gold with bright white head. The aroma is sour mash for sure and also offering up notes of grapefruit and lemon nuances as well as fresh wheat and soft faint semi ripe banana. The taste is crisp with sweetened wheat notes, a touch of banana, mild lemon like acidic notes, a pleasing funky note and a lingering sense of freshness requiring additional quaffs. It ends almost neutral in flavor as well as dry and refreshing. Wow!

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 4.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a cloudy straw yellow color, looks like a lighter colored version of a wheat beer. There is a bit of a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. leaving a very thin layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is tart and funky. Also can detect a hint of lemon and bread dough. The taste is a bit on the citrus side, a bit like lemon and a sour orange. The sweet and sour balances well, so neither become overwhelming. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a little bite from the carbonation and is a light to medium bodied.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    A dull yellow orange colored beer with a big frothy textured with head rising above. There's some hang time on the head. A robustly thick cap is left. Funked, vinegary nose. Disappointingly flavorless in tasting.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 2.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Typically not a fan of the type - including this one. Tended to resemble a sour far more than a wheat. Pale yellow with virtually no head or retention. Earthy funk (unpleasant) aroma. Pretty nasty all around for me.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Handed to me thinking it was just an american wheat, woah! .. great sour touch to it, like berlinner style! .. . light yellow, medium foam .. lemon, hay, wheat, jack lemmon, and tart wheat .. . why is my eye twitching!! .. . a great summer time beverage! .. . .
    My hiney's asleep!

    Fine... we'll keep our voices down.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Take this beer for what it is....a refreshing mildly sour wheat ale. Very light and lightly tart. Great cloudy and vibrant pour suspending the yeast in the glass. Pale wheat, dry and quenching with a fruity tart twang. Excellent choice as I await the warm weather to come forth.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 2.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Pours a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but this turns out to be the beer's weakest point. Aroma is not strong, but is crisp, yeasty and a little lemony. Flavor is better - yeasty and rather lemony, even somewhat tart. Texture is smooth, just a teensy watery but acceptable. Maybe this bottle came from what was not their best batch.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Strictly by looks, you would think this was a plain lager--clear yellow with very little head. Even the aroma is weak--grainy with just a hint of fruity hops. All of this changes on the first taste when a burst of tartness hits the palate. I wasn't expecting the sourness but it was just what the beer needed to set it apart. Very pleasant, easy drinking beer that will be great on a hot summer day.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 2.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Nope - not a fan. I love all things Bell's and this one did not hit the mark. This beer is classified improperly. This beer is a sour and not an American wheat - no matter, it was bad. Zero head retention, piss colored, and stinky (think wet garbage). The beer tasted of sour grapes - bad wine. In any event, I will not pick this up again. That being said, I am not a fan of sours. If you are, you might actually enjoy this.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This was a nice clear beer, with a decent top.The flavor was not like i expected.The "tartness"really came through on this one.The sour mash method was not was i was expecting, a different experience it were.

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