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RATINGS: 807   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours hazy lemon with a foamy white head. Aroma is citric with a touch of wheat. Med minus body. Itís almost sour citrus, followed by some papery wheat. Rather clean and refreshing in a light soda pop way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Extremely pale straw pour with a very fizzy white head that recedes immediately to a tiny stream of bubbles feeding a clump of foam in the middle. Aroma is grainy with wheat and pale malts dominating. The sourness is faint and there is a light lemony aroma as well. Smells like stale Sprite. Taste is very light with tart lemons, sour mash, pale malts and only a hint of wheat sweetness. Finish is dry. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with an acidic aftertaste, This is pretty underwhelming honestly. The tartness keeps it from being an easy drinker but the complexity isnít there to keep it in the league of a solid Berliner or wild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacroBro (8) - - FEB 27, 2011 does not count
The tartness of this beer is good, but makes it hard to drink. I like the color and aroma. This is a good beer for hot weather. I will drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Aroma of lemon zest, white grape, pear and tart apple. Appearance is translucent royal gold with small white head. Flavor matched the nose, with a touch of honey and a lightly tart finish. Palate was bubbly. Fantastic stuff; sessionable and interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle - Pale yellow pour with a wispy white head. Sour wheat on the nose, but not really tart. Maybe a little lemon, too. The taste is better, with lightly tart wheat, mineral dryness, and just a hint of citrus. Really understated taste, maybe even watery, but this would be pretty good around the pool on a hot day. Feels good in the, with lively carbonation. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy golden-tan. Thin, oily white head. Citrus, herbs, and wheat in the aroma..funky herb apricot Iíve really enjoyed this beer, and while it is hyper-poundable, I find myself sipping it slowly to enjoy itís subtle nuances. Lemony wheat tones over a smooth golden malt body. The bottle Iím currently drinking is a touch faded, but still holds up well. A really unique and well done beer, maybe a little high in price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Yowza! IBre2or3 is the man! Thanks for bringing this one, Dave. Pours a mostly clear straw yellow with a nice white head. Nose is sour, prickly citrus, some bread, dough, and tartness. Flavor is a thirst-quenching blend of sour, tart, some citrus, and citrus hops. Sessionable as hell, light-bodied, mostly clean-finishing, and tart all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Not as tart as I expected, but you can tell itís got that funk going on. It would probably get more interesting with age. Really easy drinking for a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2011
12oz bottle pours clear bright gold with bright white head. The aroma is sour mash for sure and also offering up notes of grapefruit and lemon nuances as well as fresh wheat and soft faint semi ripe banana. The taste is crisp with sweetened wheat notes, a touch of banana, mild lemon like acidic notes, a pleasing funky note and a lingering sense of freshness requiring additional quaffs. It ends almost neutral in flavor as well as dry and refreshing. Wow!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A nice "because-they-can" beer. Thereís no reason to make a mild sour, crisp, low-gravity beer like this, but it tastes good and it represents a seldom-seen dedication to making beer which people enjoy drinking. A light citrus tartness and a medium weight on the palate. Thanks, Bellís!

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