SlovakSniper (2521) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Une bouteille bue dans mon camp de chasse. Batch 12313. Embouteillée le 22 octobre 2013. Une robe jaune qui ne montre aucune construction mousseuse. Un nez de blé aigre avec des pointes citronnées et des parfums étranges et nauséabonds. Des saveurs très peu convaincantes de blé suri et d’eau citronnée. Une bouche assez mince avec des bulles piquantes et une texture aqueuse. Une finale que l’on souhaite oublier rapidement. Franchement, cette Berliner n’est pas une réussite. Enfin, pas pour moi.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/8/13 and cost $2.65 ($0.22).
Appearance: Pale banana-skin yellow hue. Quite hazy, but not completely opaque. Pours to a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Rather mild nose of [intentional] sour infection; hints of citrus and grass.
Taste: I always enjoy it when I see a brewery putting a lot of faith into a product you wouldn’t expect from them. Bell’s Oarsman Ale is a Berliner Weisse which means it’s light bodied and slightly soured, though it tends to be something of an acquired taste. That they’re putting out a true session beer of this style year round is quite commendable. I’m not sure how it ranks among the style, but as a beer it’s a refreshing (literally) change of pace.
This is one of the few beers of the style I can think of that’s not brewed with fruit, and is just an all-malt brew. Not that it’s particularly malty, though. There’s a light, wheaty, slightly zesty taste throughout the entire first half. Subtle lemon and other citrus notes can be detected. The finish is essentially the same, but with a significant, but restrained, tart sensation. It’s not to the point of other sour beers where it tastes like liquid candy, but rather just a nice zingy sensation on the palate. I’d probably prefer more flavor or more sourness, but for it is it’s pretty good and would make an ideal starter sour for newbies.
Drinkability: I feel like I’m not doing this beer justice by drinking it in the fall. This is the kind of beer I’d want a six-pack of in July. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp and the beer itself is very refreshing on the tongue. It finishes almost completely clean, with just a touch of lemon flavor. At only 4% ABV everyone can agree this is not just a sessionable beer, but a session beer per se. Now, if it only came in cans instead of (or in addition to) bottles.
koleminer20 (193) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. This baby pours a hazy pale pale gold. Dark yellow is almost a better color description. There isn't a lot of head to talk about and the lacing is nonexistent. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat. Very bready, with the lemon and some decent citrus notes poking in. The flavor is more sour/tart than I'd expect for sure, but there's not a lot going on. It's a little citrusy, minimal hoppiness. It's different, nothing special.
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Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours straw with a small lacing head. Flavor is sweet, slight spice with a bit of tart finish.
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TheHOFF43 (1432) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Jail. Pour is slightly hazy, nice tart nose. Flavor is tart, wheat and finishes nicely. Not overly sour, but the citrus comes through nicely.
keanex (1135) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled June 24, 2013 (4 months old).
Appearance: The body is hazy with a golden hue, the head is tall but fleeting, settling into a white coating that covers the entire top of the beer.
Aroma: I get a sweetness of cotton candy with a tartness that matches the sweetness in strength. This is straightforward, but smells nicely.
Taste: There’s a prominent sweetness that comes off as a mix of cotton candy at first, then caramel, then lingers a bit of cotton candy again. The tartness is very mild, like a mildly sweetened lemonade.
Palate: Light bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall: Oarsman is a refreshing berliner that could be drank all day. I find it a bit sweet though, coming off a tad cloying with half of the glass gone.
Chipalsa (1265) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s cool to try a berliner from these guys. It is nothing more than a tart wheat beer, but a good one at that. There are lots of lemongrass and bready notes in the aroma, and the taste is citrusy and a tad acidic. Palate cleansing is spot on.
WanderinCelt87 (61) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely golden yellow with a small white head. Has a subtle aroma. Goes down smooth with a nice subtle tart taste and a clean finish.
fattybladdy (361) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Eccentric cafe. Cloudy light golden in appearance. Taste is pretty tart and sour. Wheat and lemon, mild and crisp. Decently refreshing.
bubblehouse (126) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I a fan of sour beers in general but this one is almost to tart. Nice aroma, pours a very light yellow color. If you like sours this won’t be bad but if you are trying to get into this style then start with another.