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RATINGS: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color that looks like urine in all honesty and a two finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing. Slightly funky, earthy aroma with hints of soil, bready yeast, earthy hops, wheat and lemon zest. Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front followed by a slightly tart, spicy yet sweet flavor. A decent amount of bready yeast adds to the feel and there is a decent amount of citrus fruit. The prominent flavor is lemon juice with hints of pepper and clove. This beer is refreshing and easy to drink but it tastes like a lemon juice spritzer. I guess I could down a bunch of these on a hot summer day but I donít really like the flavor or the dry lingering tart citrus finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nickls (2002) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle. Thinner pure white head, slightly hazy bright yellowish orange. Yeasty and has the house Bellís aroma profile found in the Pale Ale, Oberon etc. with some chalk in the aroma as well. Tart and lightly citric in the flavor, with some almost yogurt-like notes. Thinner, very wet body, with subdued carbonation. Kinda strange lying somewhere between a wheat and lager with some sourness. Not really doing it for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2196) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
Out of a bottle at the pub in KZoo after the brewery tour during RBSG. Aroma: cereal and dry, light lemon, very mild dry grass and lightly floral. Nice tasty light sourness, lemon, dust, 50% wheat bread crust that is lightly toasted, trailing medium spice that fades out to a mellow, sour finish. Good drinking!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Clear golden pour with a pretty hefty white head. Aroma is musty and yeasty with a bit of citrus. High carbonation. Flavor profile is a bit sour, actually quite distractingly sour up front. Almost tart. The middle is OK some citrus coming through with a wheaty finish. Good aroma, not so good taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a pale gold body with just the faintest bit of haziness to it and, despite an enthusiastic pour, no more than a slim, white head. Smell: Aroma smelling of a distant lemon meringue pie, a hint of moistened herbs, and a nudge of nonchalant wheat. Taste: Soft white wheat, faintly bready, dosed with a dollop of lemon custard garnished with a curl of tart lemon peel. Mild sweetness. No real bitterness felt. Moderate lactic tartness. Proportionately acidic as you near the drying, cleansing finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Itís alright for a light ale best suited to easy, refreshing drinking outdoors in the warmer months.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured with a light fizzy head that disappears quickly, looks pale later yellow, sweet, wheat aroma, taste is bitter, sweet, not that great. Disappointing coming from Bells.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours a light golden-yellow with one inch of bright white head, which dissipates quickly. Smell is very weak, of doughy yeast and wheat. Taste is decent; again a very light wheat flavor is prominent, with a subtle tartness. Body is very thin and light, with average carbonation. This reminds me a lot of Bellsí Lager of the Lakes; I think it could be a good gateway beer for a macro drinker to gain interest in the world of craft beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Light, yellow and fizzy, this beer has a minimal flavor and ester proflie. Very light desert drinking. Wouldnt drink this for anything other than rehydration.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 oz bottle. This beer really delivers in what it sets out to do. I really think this would be a highly quaffable beer in the summertime out in the heat, so Iíll try to judge it as such. Not much going on on the pour with only a light layer of bubbly bright white head, that almost entirely dissipates. The body is translucent with some slow carbonation, and a pale honey color. A light nose here that mostly consists of yeasty dough and mild lemony citrus. Also, some indistinct sweet fruits and light cereal grains. Surprisingly, the feel is not overly watery as one might expect given the abv. Light and refreshing with minor carbonation, and a subtle tartness through the latter half of the sip. Fruity from the start, with citrus zest becoming stronger towards the finish. Also, some light cracker grains in the middle. Finish is quite clean. Again, thereís not too much going on here, but I donít think thatís the point. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle from Antioch Wine and Spirits. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grassy, wheaty. Thin on the palate with a good bit of carbonation. Taste is wheat, lemon, and a touch of sour. I think this is an excellent session beer, and plan to buy some more before itís all gone.


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