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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
super pale (yet well hazed) straw pour with active carb and quick reducing head, no lacing. despite lack of intensity in appearance, first aroma element is yeast then dry gueze like sourness, candy sweetness turned on its head. flavor follows on that same note then ends with the most pronounced wheat flavor ive ever experienced, a breadiness unlike the toast found at times in barley malt bills, this is a cool breeze of a midwestern farmers field. ultra refreshing even amongst a style reknowned for that effect, this beer is a true surprise

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/19/2010 Source:Commercial Taphouse) Grainy with a light citrus character in aroma. Cloudy light golden. Light graininess and light citrusy notes in flavor but not really sour. Refreshing and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 [Bottle] Pours pale golden with a small white head. Aroma has a lot of wheat, mustiness, notes of honey, and very faint pepper when I swirl it. Taste is slightly sour up front, but in a strange way--sort of reminds me of water served with a slice of lemon, this is followed by a lot of wheat. Fairly thin, finish length is somewhat short. Overall, an odd beer that isn’t awful, but not something that I would want to drink real often.

Re-rate: Wow, a few months on this, and it is really solid now. Has really soured nicely, and is a real joy to drink now. Bumping it up 0.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Cloudy yellow body with a small white head. Slight tart and wheat aroma. Tart wheat and grain flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1245) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
A clear, pale yellow pour with white head. The nose is a mixture of wheat, grass, and sour lemon. The light body begins with a puckering sourness, but surprisingly finishes clean. Though this beer isn’t great, it is interesting and worth the try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Gold color with a small head. Slightly stale and musty wheat aroma. Solid wheat taste. Very light tartness. A bit grainy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (1901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this wheat ale. Yeasty and tart. Good stuff. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3321) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 26-January-2011 ++++
12 oz bottle given to me by beastiefan2k, who gave me the bottle with the understanding I would re-rate, so here goes. Batch 9934 which means it was packaged on September 20th, 2010 - making it around 4 months past packaging at time of tasting. Pour is an ever so lightly hazed yellow golden with a fluffy one inch white head that falls slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is soft tasrt lemon, along with a soft wheat earthiness. The aroma is clean and bright. Taste is the softly tart lemon citrus of the nose, blended nicely with the the wheat - this time showing more mineral than earthy. Clean, bright, I really enjoy the subtle citrus bite - really bright and thirst quenching beer. The palate is light to medium bodied, nice active carbonation, and a dry clean brightly tart finish. As it warms, a bit of butter shows up. First time around, I thought this was a pretty run of the mill wheat beer - this time, a really nice quaff-able slightly tart beer. Nice one, thanks Eugene for having me retry this. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 12-September-2010 ++++
4 oz pour at the Flying Saucer beer festival in Kansas City. Pour is a cloudy yellow lighter golden with a loose white head. Aroma is faint, what is there is grainy wheat and only a whisper of lemon peel. Taste is the nose, fairly straight forward grain wheat and very mild sourness. Palate is lighter bodied, nice carbonation, crisp clean finish. Nice enough. (6,3,7,3,13 - 3.2)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3256) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft at the KC F.S. Pale yellow color with a thin white head. Pretty light aroma and flavor. Refreshing yet filling in an unexpected way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours clear pale golden color with off white head. Wheat aroma. Mild wheat flavor. Light body with mild carbonation.

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