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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Single bottle buy from Binnyís in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a pale yellow body with a HUGE foamy head that evaporated in chunks, leaving clumps of lace on the glassí sides. The aroma had a bready sweetness overlaid by a mild lemony tartness. Same with the flavor, only a little more tartness. Okay, but I donít see the point in this when Oberon is around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin white head. Flavor is lemon and other citrus. The nice tart characteristic was a big bonus to me. Quite enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dasdude (2) - Portsmouth, USA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
Good, but not great. Tastes like a slightly tart pilsner. Definitely a session beer.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2010
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Pour is bright unclear yellow with a tight white frothy head. Aroma malty citrus and lemon zest. Taste more the same malt and lemon zest. Palate is fizzy slick and finishes dry.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Smokin Joes, Pittsburg - light pale yellow, not unpleasant, but not much there. Caramel malts, with artificial citrus notes. Seasonable, smooth and wet with little bitterness to speak of. Puckering without being sour. Iíve had better BWs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Very hazy and pale yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Yeasty, barnyard aroma with amount of cereal. Funky flavor with a good amount of cereal. Tart with lots of lemon. Very bitter finish. Really light and easy to drink. Excellent beer and 4.5% one you can drink all day.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Draft at Harris. Can you say biggest disappointment from Bellís, ever? I was pumped to try a berliner weisse from kalamazoo, but wow did they underperform. Aroma was next to nothing at draft temperature with possibly a notion of hops and citrus, mostly grains coming through here. Body was soft and fleeting. Hard to find descriptors here, mostly watery grains is what I remember. WHERE IS THE ACIDITY!?!? Every other berliner I have had makes me pucker at the thought of it. That is my understanding of the style and Oarsman did not follow through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1137) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at The Hopleaf. Pours a hazy, yellow color with thick white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of light sour grapes, aged wheat, light sour lemon and mild hops. Taste matches the aroma and proves to make this a highly sessionable Berliner.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
A Berliner Weisse? From Bells? Sign me up!. So, I suppose this suffers a little bit from high expectations, but I had higher expectations. Some citrus, some grain in the aroma, some citrus in the flavor. I just wasnít tart enough. Given the chance, Iíd definitely try it again, but wasnít too impressed with this encounter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
50belair (2144) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Growler from Vine and Barley. NOT GOOD. My first and hopefully last disappointment from Bells....


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