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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1428) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Batch ID #9861. Bottled on: 08/16/10. A hazy gold pour with a thin off-white head. A strangely funky aroma of wet cardboard, sour lemons, and tart berries. Goes down thin, crisp, and refreshing. Spritzy with a very high level of carbonation. The taste starts with a small dose of semi-sweet cereal grains and wheatiness upfront and is quickly followed by a BIG lemony tartness. Kinda dry at the end. Definitely different and surprisingly flavorful for a 4% ABV brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Tap @ Bells. Slightly hazy, golden appearance with a white head. Lemon citrusy, a touch yeasty, wheat malty aroma. Somewhat tangy, lemon citrusy, light orange, wheat malty flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
Pale straw coloured pour. The nose is softly wheaty with a light lactic character. Soft and wheaty but there is very little in the way of tartness or acidity. Bland and quite watery - sort of like a watered-down American wheat ale. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2010
From 6-pack, $10 @ Binnyís. Starts with a golden yellow pour, thin layer of white fizz, like an older style pilsener. Quite clear, with good bubble activity. Smell is like my daddyís old beer, though. Some oxidation and a small amount of maltiness, probably expected for a lower alcohol beer. TasteÖ well, when the label talks about "sour mash," I was set up for something a little tart like a Berliner weisse. This comes across more like a Goose 312. Just beery and fizzy, some lightness and spice from wheat malt. But wait, there is an undeniable touch of citrus tang coming through my stuffy nose. Yeah, I can call this at least a little "zesty. Certainly no problems with this beer, it achieves what it sets out in style and flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow, thin white head. Aroma is tangy, fruity, yeasty, and wheaty. Flavor is slightly tangy but extremely watery. This is a slightly sour beer without any substance. Kind of like a watered down, non-sweet lemonade. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3916) - - OCT 28, 2010
12oz bottle. clear straw gold under a small white head. baking soda, tart, lemon aroma. flavor is a bit sour with that unsweetened cereal grain finish and a pinch of salt. dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1551) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle picked up at pins in Media PA. Light hay color, with lively carbonation... small head that faded quicjly. Nice nose of hay, light grass, sour/tartness. Taste is wheat ale blended with a berliner wiesser. Light wheat, hay, slight tartness.....not bad at all. Body is very light, thin but not watery. Very drinkable... for a four percent beer this has good flavor. Overall: A good beer but I think I would rather have a wheat beer or a berliner wiesser...this is some where in between.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2010
No itís not an imperial stout, itís not 10% ABV, itís not uber-rare, itís not from the latest hyped up brewery, probably not a traditional berliner, did I mention itís not an uber-rare imperial stout.... It is a very solid, 4%, refreshing, session beer, (which I guess by default means it sucks, right?). Pale golden, nice head, fades to ring, comes back with a swirl. Light lacto tartness up front, lemon/citrus, light grass/hay. Flavor very clean, maybe too clean at times, tartness again up front. Grass/hay character through the middle, very light wheat sweetness in finish. Spritzy carbonation cleans the palate. Very highly sessionable. Not often I drink more than a sixer, let alone a case of any one beer, but even as the weather changes, still find myself slamming these. Well done guys!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6654) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
10/22/10. 12oz bottle. Faint wheat and citrus aroma with a big sour lemon flavor. One of Bellís most disappointing brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
douglas88 (6926) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
An odd beer. Bottle thanks to Timbo. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. The aroma is meaty, akin to chilli mac, citrus and grains. The flavor is tart and meaty, lots of citrus. Thin. Odd, but interesting.

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