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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 Bellís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CpyNPrnT (292) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Sour taste. Not much more than that. Had two bottles, gave the other away. Not the best brew by Bellís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewbie (453) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12oz bottle. hazy gold, light carbonation, thin white head. light citrus aroma. very tart puckering first sip. lemony. first of this style. interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a wine glass. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is...well, nearly nonexistent. It isnít even half a finger high, and the retention is horrible. Just not a pretty beer. S: The aroma is troubling - the primary smell is funk, and itís an unpleasantly cheesy, almost diapery funk. Hints of apple hides behind the unpleasantries. Luckily, the nose here is pretty mild. T: Apple notes hit first. After the funk appears in the middle of the palate, it finishes with a vaguely sweet cream flavor. Very mild wisps of tartness try to poke through to little avail. Actually, this works a lot better than it did on the aroma. Still not great in my eyes, though - the flavors are rather muddled. M: Probably the best part of the brew; itís light and crisp in all the right places, with a thirst quenching sweet upsurge on the back end. O: What little Iíve sampled of the style, I havenít liked. This is definitely the closest Iíve come to liking a Berliner. It still has its fair share of flaws which keep that from happening: poor aroma, ugly look, and undefined flavors mean Iím not going to get this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pbzbo (6) - - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
Bright clear straw color poured from bottle, effervescent but no head, no lacing. Aroma of funky wheat. Taste more cleanly sour than aroma, lemony wheat, crisp. Somewhat one-dimensional but tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1258) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled 11/26/13. Clear golden color, tons of carbonation but no head. The aroma is faint lager stuff with a whiff of tartness. To the untrained nose one might think it went bad. The tart carries over into the flavor; I know thatís the style but it could be less vinegar-like. The funk is out of this world. My own palate might not be trained enough to hang with the Berliner Weisse style. If you like sour/tart, then go for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
pours light gold, thin white head. dull wheat nose. taste has wheat sweetness, slight butter, finishes lightly tart. i mean, really almost no sour. ligh body. pass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
njager246 (342) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Aroma is tart citrus, sour taste...very tart.... unique for sure and great for a summer day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (2872) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Draft - Tart, salty and citrus. Pale gold with a rich white head. Tart tropical fruit, citrus and a hit of salt. Nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-15-2010 at Bock & Rock event in Minster, OH. This draft beer pours a small smooth white head that mostly diminishes, hazy straw body, no visible carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, citrus and wheat. The taste is sweet, acidic, wheat, and zesty with a dry finish. The palate is zesty and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer tasted flat and not a lot of character which seems out of character for Bells Brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryecatcher (717) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow, decent head and lacing. Nose is bready, cereal, hint of grassy hops. Mouth is medium bodied, wheaty mouthfeel, slightly tart with some bread and lemon zest. Not a true Berlinerweisse, but a refreshing beer I reckon if it werenít Chicago in February where itís currently -3 (fahrenheit... and thatís without the windchill factored in).

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