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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   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 Bell’s 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Onslow (1098) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy yellow brew wtih almost no head. Aroma of glue mixed with lemon. Flavor is Flavor is light at the start with a disporportionate gluten bitter / lemon sour / something tart finish. It is distincitve but not appealing to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmcginni (20) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a crisp golden straw with a short-lived white head. Citrus fruit nose, but tending more towards a soury tartness than C hop. Crisp beer with a mild tartness. Wanting a lot more though. Once you get past the too subtle tart, you’re left with only a very simple, non-descript beer. Nothing here to get excited about. No hop flavor/aroma. Refreshing palate cleanser. Not much more. Would be best on a hot and humid sweaty summer day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsf23mr (213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
picked up at the local liquor store. I was excited about another Bells brew but this didnt live up to expectations. Taste is grass, lemon, and bread. I thought i might have had a sour batch because the aftertaste is so sour and bitter, but it might be the lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Pours a hazy pale yellow-gold with a 1 finger, creamy, bright white head that has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is wheat, soured grain, a touch of funk and lemon citrus. Flavor is lemon, toast, light floury wheat, cereal and acidic tartness. Palate is light bodied with a medium, sharp carbonation and off dry feel throughout. Not bad, somewhere between a wheat ale and berliner weisse, like a berliner light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle pours a slightly cloud light yellow with very little white head. Aroma is slightly sour and lemony. The primary flavor is a sour that bites the tongue with a lemon citrus finish. Medium carbonation and body. For a session beer I don’t think I could have more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. Fluffy white head atop a golden body. Aroma is big wheat and yeast notes, light lemon and soft funkiness. Taste is big grains, cereal, light lemon, funky yeast, berries, and sweet malt. Body is light and bubbly. Finish is more wheat/grains, soft lemon zestiness, faint berry tartness, yeast notes and sweet malt. Nice summer beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Lightly tart, zesty beer with some slight funk. But of acidity in the back but not as tart as I’d hoped. Pretty damned refreshing though. Lawnmower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Pale yellow pour with a finger of fluffy white head. Bready, malty aroma and flavor with a fresh, tangy finish. Great session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (3606) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours pale yellow with a white head. The aroma is lightly sour and grainy with mainly traits of an American wheat ale. Medium / light crisp body with light sharp carbonation. The taste is very much an American wheat beer, but on the light side, and not very assertive in anything. There is a little bit of graininess, light sourness and a bit of a watery aspect to it. The finish is clean, wheaty and quickly gone. Okay, but nothing special to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Reviewed from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours pale yellow with a thick white head that recedes to nice lace. The nose is bread malt with a light vegetal aroma and a hint of hops. Flavor is light and acidic with a good amount of hops and bread malt on the back of the palate. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long bread and hops finish.

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