Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is slightly hazy, light golden color, with a small short lived white head. Slight sourness to the flavor, with wheat the primary flavors. A definite sour tang to the finish. Cuts through a dry mouth very effectively.
kaser (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glider and yellow pour from draft at farmhouse. Skinny white head. Honey and wheat notes. Citrus and fruity. Not bad for the style
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is close to translucent yellow with a small white head. Aroma is lemon, tart, earth, herbal. Flavor is fairly sweet in the body, with a tart and dry finish. Soggy wheat and lemon. Eh.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle clear golden with a quirk lively white fizzy head. Soft tart aromas of citrus. Mild lemony tart flavors. Drinkable
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear yellow gold, no head. Citrusy aroma, mainly lemons. Tangy and easy to drink. Almost comes close to a sour malt finish but barely avoids it. Not bad.
Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/30/2011. From bottle. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of citrus, hay, yeast and grains. Bitter flavors from citrus and hops with the malt showing through.
Bif (1192) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy pale golden color with no head to speak of and no lacing. Aroma of citrus, grain, and bit of herbs. Taste is tart with just a bit of citrus, and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, tart, clean and a bit refreshing. Goes good with meals as it cleans the palate. Also is a good session beer. Not bad for the style.
firemarshal (42) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sour cheese aroma. Translucent straw color. Taste is all sour with a little sweet. Spritzy, light feel with sour finish. Might be good on a hot summer day. Not my style.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap Unfiltered yellow with a very thin head. Aroma of yeast, grassy hops and mild corn. Body is over-carbonates and grainy with lemon, wheat and light hops. Mild astringent finish. Not sure what to make of this one
SlovakSniper (2503) - 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 (1018) - 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.