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RATINGS: 799   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8025) - 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 (1612) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Pours a cloudy yellow. Head is thin and does not last 60 seconds. Not much on the nose but faint citrus. Taste of citrus fruits and a very slight tart of a sour. No need to have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
On draft at Cincy Winter Beerfest. Aroma is sour yeast and wheat. Notes of carmalized malts, dark fruit, and wine stand out. Palate is crisp and dry. Flavor is very tart. Not a fan, but different strokes for different folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazed slightly orange-tinted yellow with lark, dense, bright white head. Smell is nicely wheaty, full of sunshine and effervescence, a squeeze of lemon, a spray of fresh scented febreeze..Flavors are clean and refreshing bringing together the wheat and soft lemon essence with a touch of tartness to round things out. A very refreshing and clean wheat beer that, in my mind, is probably as close to what this style should be as I can imagine. The body is surprisingly as full as I figure it can be while still sustaining the refreshment factor. Thereís also a nice relaxing wheaty funk riding along the experience as well. It actually reminds me a tad of Telegraph Reserve Wheat, except a lot less tart. In any event, I donít usually fancy most wheat beers, but I surely fancy this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Light body and very light appearance. The first sips are tart with a pronounced lemon flavor. This quickly goes away as the beer warms and the palate adjust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Scent is sweet with straw. Taste is lemons and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Courtesy of Strrkzone. This 12 oz bottle poured a hazy light yellow-orange with a moderate sized white head and light lacing. Nose of light malts and wheat. Light body and low carbonation. Flavor is slightly tart and of citrus, with a mild and kind of odd finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DWestrick (639) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
bottle in Tampa. Didnít like this beer at all - in fact, this is the first Bells beer I didnít completely enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2011
bottle - Pours gold with a one finger white head. It has a light aroma of yeast, wheat, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and very light. Thereís citrus in there and a subdued wheat character. Bland. Everything is subdued here and to me itís not just because their goal is a less intense session brew. Even for that itís lacking. Iím not much of a wheat ale fan anyway, but there are certainly better ones out there. Kind of overrated.

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