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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
i think this was really interesting, had some funk in the nose, golden color, nice foam. flavor was interesting had funk and acidity but still balanced. cool new take on a session ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3562) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer. Pours a very hazy straw gold with a thin white head that vanishes after the first sip and leaves no lace. Mild aroma of tart lemon along with just a bit of wheat grain. The flavor is bready malt along with some refreshing tart lemon and is absent the grainy wheat flavor common in the style. This leads to a tart, bright finish. Refreshing and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2671) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
12oz. bottle. Lightly grainy, tart wheat aroma, some definite funk in the background along with notes of lemon, wood, herb and faint sulfur. Cloudy pale yellow color (bottle swirled and poured), head is very thin and fades quickly. Flavor profile is lightly tart and fairly refreshing, with suggestions of citrus, pale, bready malts, faint bitterness and a hint of herbal hop flavor. Gently acidic with a fine but persistent level of carbonation and a light, drinkable body. Not nearly as aggressively tart as some Old World examples, but certainly brewed along those lines and largely succeeds in its intent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Had this at the Eccentric Cafe recently. Poured a light golden color with a minimal white head. Not much in the aroma... maybe some wheat, and a little citrus. Flavor was fairly bland, and somewhat sour. I didn’t like this at all. I think most of Bell’s beers are phenomenal, but I won’t buy this one again. Bleh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
matt7215 (2244) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. a finishable refreshing wheat ale. bland and watery but not showing any major flaws. the back label metioned a sour mash but i didnt taste any sourness or funk at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours lightly hazy golden with a dense white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, and wet grain. Flavor is bready, lemon, lightly tart, and mildly bitter. Finishes fairly clean and is easy to drink which was apparently the goal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1424) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Very slight grain aroma, not much there at all. Pours a clear light yellow, with a thin white head. Quite a bit of tart flavor for such a low alcohol beer. Nice palate cleansing carbonation. Not much to look at, but quite a tasty session beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Have you ever lost a bet and had to drink pee? I’ll tell you what - instead of that why dont you drink some oarsman. What this was made for is when the crew team had a bad meet they’d have to drink this as a penalty. Smells like pee, looks like pee, tastes like pee. Awful. Tastes as bad as Lysol or a tained homebrew. Honestly, the most horrid beet I have ever purchased.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
I somehow came into this w/ absolutely no expectation of what kind of beer it was. It seemed like it arrived on store shelves in early autumn so that last thing I expected was a summery session beer. It pours a clear straw yellow at first though some stirred dregs clouded things a bit. The head is of small bubbles, white and lasts only as a small ring. There is not much going on in the nose, just a bit of herbal hops and a slight grain husk maltiness. Before tasting, I actually was thinking this was something along the lines of a Dortmunder. Tasting it though, it clearly is not a lager of any sort. It’s really rather tart. I am not saying lambic or even Berliner weisse levels but it is definitely at a much higher level than one would expect in a normal wheat ale. It is this tartness that, to me, makes this a rather unique and special beer. I am not really able off the top of my head to think of anything really comparable. It is something like a really clean saison or hefeweizen w/o the banana or clove flavors. It’s light bodied, which keeps the drinkability at a maximum but I do feel this could deal w/ rather more spritzy carbonation. This was really a surprise and quite a pleasant one at that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Pours a clear straw yellow color with no head. Aroma of lemon, grain, and spice. Flavor is tart lemon, grain, and a touch of pepper. Decent beer.

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