Oarsman Ale

Berliner Weisse Bell’s Brewery, Inc.


Oarsman Ale, a German-style Berliner Weisse by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Oarsman Ale is a German-style Berliner Weisse brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this review, was served in a wheat beer glass from a can.


The Berliner pours a mostly clear straw color with a thin, bubbly white head that dissipates rapidly. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.


The aroma is faint with a light lemon scent and backed softly by wheat.


The palate follows the nose mixing tart lemon and wheat. The combination tastes somewhat like lemonade. Finishes dryly with a juicy bite of lemon.


Its feel is light, crisp, and effervescent.


The Oarsman Ale is easy on the palate and this thirst quencher makes for a pretty good session beer and is a nice representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Bell’s recommends the following food pairings with their Oarsman Ale: scallops, ceviche, lemon, fresh herbs, goat cheese, feta cheese, walnuts, pistachios, and Poutine topped with feta cheese; sweets of raspberry, blueberry, apple, and white chocolate.

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About the Berliner Weisse

In 1809, Napoleon’s troops described the Berliner Weisse as the “Champagne of the North”. Today, some call it the most refreshing beer in the world. It’s light, crisp, highly carbonated with a juicy acidity. Dry finish. Pale straw color with varying clarity. Large head has little retention. Sharp and clean lactic sour aroma and flavor. Lemon citrus and apple are commonly used but modern craft versions use a wide variety of fruits. Mild doughy bread or wheat grain base. Low alcohol is undetectable.