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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours lightly hazy golden with a dense white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, and wet grain. Flavor is bready, lemon, lightly tart, and mildly bitter. Finishes fairly clean and is easy to drink which was apparently the goal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1475) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Very slight grain aroma, not much there at all. Pours a clear light yellow, with a thin white head. Quite a bit of tart flavor for such a low alcohol beer. Nice palate cleansing carbonation. Not much to look at, but quite a tasty session beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Have you ever lost a bet and had to drink pee? Iíll tell you what - instead of that why dont you drink some oarsman. What this was made for is when the crew team had a bad meet theyíd have to drink this as a penalty. Smells like pee, looks like pee, tastes like pee. Awful. Tastes as bad as Lysol or a tained homebrew. Honestly, the most horrid beet I have ever purchased.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
I somehow came into this w/ absolutely no expectation of what kind of beer it was. It seemed like it arrived on store shelves in early autumn so that last thing I expected was a summery session beer. It pours a clear straw yellow at first though some stirred dregs clouded things a bit. The head is of small bubbles, white and lasts only as a small ring. There is not much going on in the nose, just a bit of herbal hops and a slight grain husk maltiness. Before tasting, I actually was thinking this was something along the lines of a Dortmunder. Tasting it though, it clearly is not a lager of any sort. Itís really rather tart. I am not saying lambic or even Berliner weisse levels but it is definitely at a much higher level than one would expect in a normal wheat ale. It is this tartness that, to me, makes this a rather unique and special beer. I am not really able off the top of my head to think of anything really comparable. It is something like a really clean saison or hefeweizen w/o the banana or clove flavors. Itís light bodied, which keeps the drinkability at a maximum but I do feel this could deal w/ rather more spritzy carbonation. This was really a surprise and quite a pleasant one at that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (3024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Pours a clear straw yellow color with no head. Aroma of lemon, grain, and spice. Flavor is tart lemon, grain, and a touch of pepper. Decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - OCT 1, 2010
Grass and wood chips on the nose. Golden and cloudy in color with no head. Taste is of fruit, bright citrus, and finishes with some grain. Not a fan of wheat ales but this is one of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1514) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12 ounce bottle, Batch #9861, bottled on 8/16/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is decent, but not much lacing at all. Aroma is wheat and some light citrus (lemon). The brew tastes like tart lemon, wheat, and a little bit of pepper. Mouthfeel/body is light, itís a bit dry and crisp with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, itís really smooth and refreshing. I think itís a great choice as a session beer, and itís also a good brew to drink at the end of a night when Iím looking for something thatís still tasty, but has a pretty low ABV as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1010 (309) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Nice lemony tart taste. Much better than it looks. I was expecting another run of the mill pilser, but this has great taste! 12 oz. bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is light-moderate lemon with a touch of mustiness and the slightest hint of sweetness. It pours a hazy, bordering on cloudy, dull yellow with a two finger white head with pretty good retention. The flavor starts with some faint sweetness that quickly turns to light-moderate lemon tartness. The is a slight mustiness in the finish. Light bodied with moderate soft carbonation. Iíve had this a few times now, and maybe time has increased the tartness of the beer. Fresh on tap in July at the MI Brewers Guild Summerfest, it had minimal tartness and was more or less lager-ish...probably would have rated it just under a 3. In the bottle two weeks ago, a slight sourness was noticeable, but nothing that would make me think of a Berliner Weisse as it was originally described (listed as a Wheat Ale now)...probably wouldíve rated a low 3. Today, itís a Berliner Weisse and a nice refreshing session beer. Hopefully Bellís continues this in bottles as a summer seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2240) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Golden with a white head. Sour with a lightly citrus aroma. Flavor has a bit of fruit and wheat notes. Strong tartness on the finish. An interesting beer and one that I could down a few of but, like others have said, hard to just sip on. Was expecting a bit more from Bells on this one...

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