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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Light body and very light appearance. The first sips are tart with a pronounced lemon flavor. This quickly goes away as the beer warms and the palate adjust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Scent is sweet with straw. Taste is lemons and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Courtesy of Strrkzone. This 12 oz bottle poured a hazy light yellow-orange with a moderate sized white head and light lacing. Nose of light malts and wheat. Light body and low carbonation. Flavor is slightly tart and of citrus, with a mild and kind of odd finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DWestrick (522) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
bottle in Tampa. Didnít like this beer at all - in fact, this is the first Bells beer I didnít completely enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
patrick767 (3812) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2011
bottle - Pours gold with a one finger white head. It has a light aroma of yeast, wheat, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and very light. Thereís citrus in there and a subdued wheat character. Bland. Everything is subdued here and to me itís not just because their goal is a less intense session brew. Even for that itís lacking. Iím not much of a wheat ale fan anyway, but there are certainly better ones out there. Kind of overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
An extra sent to me by Styles. Yellow-gold color, pours with a tight thin white head, lively carbonation. The aroma shows lemon, wheat, herbs, and grainy notes. The flavor follows the aroma almost exactly. The tart citrusy lemon flavor, and low abv, make it seem like a Berliner Weisse to me. Lots of wheaty and herbal notes. A little thin, sure, but weíre talking 4% so thatís not all that surprising. Itís refreshing and packs a good crisp tartness. This beer is limited but I think Iíd like this one for a refreshing, crisp, summer session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
The first swallow tasted like fritos. Itís definitely sour. It kinds of tastes like fruit. Itís not bad, but not something Iíd love to try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2011
The body is deep gold with lots of fast moving bubbles. There is a long lasting thin white head. The nose is doughy with some hints of raisins. There is also some raw potato. The taste has lemon tarness backed by raw dough. Notes of potato come through. It finishes with some salt. The body is smooth and slick with bright carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap as Cheesburger In Paradise. Color is pale gold with thin frothy white head. Aroma of wheat, sweet malt, and tart apples and citrus. Taste is lightly sweet and lightly sour, a nice balance. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with lively carbonation. Very quenching and easy to drink. Nice session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 12oz Bottle. Pours a straw yellowish with a bubbly, frothy, full head that diminishes slowly. The aroma is lactic acid, tartness, sourness, lemon zest, citrus, earthy hops, and a slight wheat edge. Taste is basically the same, tarty, citrusy crisp sourness without being over the top. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full-bodied for such a low ABV brew. Basically, this beer is what Leinekugelís Summer Shandy thinks it is... (Even though we all know that a Shandy is Lemonade or Soda with a Pilsner) Either way, this is by far the best easily obtainable and affordable Berliner Weisse available in the Indianapolis area. There are much better ones, from Berlin, of course, but they donít come in 6pks and they a re $5-6 a single bottle. Oarsmen costs $10 a 6er and you can drink 6 of íem, especially on a hot day. I like.

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