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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4926) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a large dense white head and a very still (no bubbles) look. Aroma of funky pale wheat with some corn behind and a touch of apples. Some light funk in the smell as well with a little coriander seed as well. Light-bodied; Assertive sugars up front with a funky slightly sour note of lemons and vinegar, followed by some light wheat, a minor amount of sweetness and a very clean feel. Aftertaste has some light citrus notes, a touch of yeast and a lot of the slightly sour sweet flavours - odd. Overall, not such a great beer, especially for the style. It wasnít a horrible beer, but not a good one and an interesting one for the style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 03-October-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 18-October-2010.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Not much in aroma....the taste is sour and salty at the same time with a crisp citric aftertaste. Its different than most Bells and worth trying but not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very small ring of a white head. Nose is light lemons and wheat notes. Palate is crisp, clean, refreshing but with a bite in the finish and then a light dirty note. Flavor is wheaty and lemony with a light sour note. Unfortunately Bells is often overlooked for high quality products like this (and the 20th Anniversary) Too much is lost in the big, high gravity beers they put out, that beers like this that are very much high quality, awesomely drinkable beers are regarded as not-as-worthy. This beer is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and a decent frothy head that fades to a film. Aroma is light citrus, lemon zest, tartness- bacterial lactic twang, with warm bready wheat malts. Flavor is doughy wheat, light tartness with almost a slight salty brine character reminding me like a slight gose without the coriander. Finish is crisp and tart with lactic and a slight green apple malic tartness. Seems like a cross between a gose, berliner weisse, and american wheat, and actually turns out pretty nice- refreshing and definitely a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1968) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2010
pale gold pour with a quick fizzy white head. aroma is earthy, hay, yeasty, baking bread, milled wheat flavour has a nice tartness. lemony over wheat and biscuity maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle. The more craft beers I drink, the more I appreciate brewers who can make a good session beer. And this session beer is good. Hazy yellow pour. White, frothy head, rapidly diminishing. Wheat grain is prominent in the nose along with lemon, grass and citrus. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic, enough to leave a slight lemon sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation, though the body is not so thin that you donít notice a slickness. Itís crisp enough and tart enough to be palate cleansing. As you would expect in a 4% beer, none of the flavors or aromas are dynamic, but there are enough subtleties to make it interesting.

   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 (3564) - 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 (2676) - 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 didnít like this at all. I think most of Bellís beers are phenomenal, but I wonít buy this one again. Bleh.

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