Being that it’s been about 95 degrees in the shade lately in my part of the country, I thought it would be fitting to review a beer that’s a bit on the lighter side.
Bell’s produces some great beers, as most of you know, so I’m hoping this one maintains that great quality.
The website, bellsbeer.com, has this to say about the Oarsman 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.
Let’s do this!!!
This beer comes in on the lighter side at 4.0% ABV and in a 12 oz. bottle with an nice, “artsy” label.
I really like the brews that Bell’s produces. It’s one of the few brewer’s, of which, I can pretty much obtain anything they make. This beer, unfortunately, is not one of my favorites. It’s just a bit too sour for me. I didn’t find it to be balanced very well either. Again, this is just my opinion of how I viewed the beer. If you favor more of the sourness in a brew, this beer could be a perfect fit for you. I was able to finish the drink and I will admit that, after it warmed a bit, it became more bearable and easy going, but I don’t think I will try this again for a while. Heck, if you guys see it, give it a try and let me know what you thought of it.
Over the next few posts I think I’m going to move away from the lighter, summer refreshers and try more malty beers. I may be getting a bit fatigued with these crisp, light beers and they may be skewing my perceptions a bit. Anyhow, stay tuned for more reviews.
Thanks for reading!!!!
Score: 2.55 out of 5