Friday, March 8, 2013

Bell's Oarsman (8/10)

Bell's Brewery in Michigan produces Oarsman, a Berliner Weissbier (or white beer). The brewery may be best known for its Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which is a very hoppy brew and not on my favorites list.

The beer is yellow in color, with virtually no head.  It has a lemony flavor, as though you've squeezed a lemon slice into it.  The hoppiness is minimal here.  Overall, the flavor is mild and well-balanced, consistent with Bell's intent to create a sessionable beer.

Beer Advocate's visitors rate Oarsman 81 out of 100, or "good".  They describe is as "bready with lemon and citrus tones" and "a very smooth and light beer".

I sampled this at The Winking Lizard on Bethel Road.  It may be available at local retailers but I've not noticed it at any of them recently.

ABV: 4%
IBU: unknown
My rating: 8/10

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