Bell’s Oarsman

12 oz single from Ale Yeah, Decatur, Atlanta, GA, USA.
A very pale, hazy yellow pour with a pretty small head and little retention or lace.
Nose and tastes are citrusy and light, but lack any depth for me. It’s not complex and beers of this ABV CAN BE! There are a few light (relative) sour notes.
It seems to me that Bell’s are getting away with a little something here. They are filling a gap in the US market, but they are doing it with a beer that’s not very good. However, the gap in the market make it looks better than it really is. It’s a missed opportunity.
In the final analysis Oarsman is just a very ordinary beer, BUT the lack of American session beers has people elevating it beyond its station. It’s really not very good. Shame.

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02/25/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.0 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 2.5
Overall: 3
Total: 2.9
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