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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Ugly poor: looks like a macro pale lager. Weak wheat aroma. Tastes much better than it looks or smells. Like a light wheat beer. Not bad, but by no means great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2011
I thought of this beer as Oberonís little brother with very small hints of a Berliner Weisse lactic sourness. The problem was that the flavors were really muted relative to Oberon, and I never really got psyched on it. The palate was really thin, making for a great session ale, but not fulfilling enough for me to want another.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Fortunately, I had one of these at a party. Not sure what the cost is, but if Bellís is charging more than $6 for a sixer of this, then you are paying too much. Iíve been more challenged by Koelsch beers than this beer. Pours a fizzy, cloudy yellow. Some aroma, mostly of wheat and a slight tartness. Taste is pretty much the same - a tart, thin mouthfeel. Not really pulling any bitterness out of this. Itís a decent session beer, but I donít think I could bring myself to ever having one of these again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Having trouble making up my mind about this beer. On the one hand, itís fascinating, with a layered, rolling flavor that never stays in one place. On the other, itís an underhopped, mildly sweet weak wheat beer. The former is based in curiosity, the latter in cynicism. The truth is closer to Famous Potatoes. In the end, the tartness keeps bringing me back, so Iím pretty sure I like this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
bottled. pours pale gold with minimal head. aromas lacking, a touch of grass, hay and wood. flavors and palate do not match the aromas. its got a sweetness with a sour crisp acidity on the palate. this beer may be good on a really hot day, but its just plain odd. not something i will purchase again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
robotopera (36) - USA - MAY 24, 2011
Amber in color. The flavor is very light, too watered down in my opinion. Hay notes with a very subtle citrus flavor. Overall I was disappointed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Pours from the bottle with a straw yellow color and a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is a bit dull but clean, with a musty combination of mild wheat and yeast characteristics. The flavor is more enticing, with a crisp, refreshing lemon-orange citrus tartness that combines well with a mellow wheatiness. The very-fine, active carbonation complements the flavors to energize the tartness and make the beer even more refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. Poured clear golden yellow with little head that faded. Taste was a bit sharp which worked really well. Really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle, really enjoyed this one, very easy drinking, if I was closer to bells this would be one to drink often for me, very tasty beer. recommend a taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 tap at riot room. super light. comes off like a wheaty pils. not a big fan at all, but it certainly compares to other session wheats i dont like rather favorably. In bottle it exhibits a nice sour edge with melon and white wind flavors.

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