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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Bottle pours yellow with a lot of carbonation and thin head. Aroma of citrus, light hops, and some bread. Thin, carbonated palate, with a refreshing taste and a bit of tartness. Clean finish with a slight lingering sour aftertaste. I’d like to session this beer during summer, where I could really appreciate this light and crisp beer. I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle any more extreme sours after drinking this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours bright yellow/gold with a thin off-white head. Notes of tart yeast, foamy wheat, pear, grainy wheat and pale malt. Thin to medium bodied, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Clear golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that doesn’t last. Typical wheat ale aroma, mild noble hops. The flavor is punchy citrus and sour notes, with an abrupt, clean finish. The sourness is slightly acidic. Prickly carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Tasted 11/2/10. 12oz bottle. Batch 9934. Pours a dull yellow hue with a lively body. Quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of cereal grains and citrus. Mild yeasty undertone. Light to medium bodied with a very fresh and bright palate. A ton of citrus fruit meets you immediately and is quickly followed by a mildly tart and tangy sour punch. Not enough to overwhelm the citrus, but accent it. Then a nice grainy rounded mouthfeel leads into the finish. Good astringency and bitterness that mixes well with the wheaty malt bill and the slightly sweet finish. Nice lingering effervescence. Mild hops that meld well with the other bitter aspects of the palate. Indeed, nicely sessionable and tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (1002) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle, hazy pale yellow pour with a small white head. Faded in quick fashion without leaving any lace. Aroma was a mix of pale and wheat malts with some hints of lemon zest. Flavors were a bit thin but lots of wheat up front , a light bitterness and some lemon. Mouthfeel was a bit light but quite fizzy, nice. This was good for what it was, a light crisp refreshing wheat beer that was well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1491) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Batch ID #9861. Bottled on: 08/16/10. A hazy gold pour with a thin off-white head. A strangely funky aroma of wet cardboard, sour lemons, and tart berries. Goes down thin, crisp, and refreshing. Spritzy with a very high level of carbonation. The taste starts with a small dose of semi-sweet cereal grains and wheatiness upfront and is quickly followed by a BIG lemony tartness. Kinda dry at the end. Definitely different and surprisingly flavorful for a 4% ABV brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Tap @ Bells. Slightly hazy, golden appearance with a white head. Lemon citrusy, a touch yeasty, wheat malty aroma. Somewhat tangy, lemon citrusy, light orange, wheat malty flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
Pale straw coloured pour. The nose is softly wheaty with a light lactic character. Soft and wheaty but there is very little in the way of tartness or acidity. Bland and quite watery - sort of like a watered-down American wheat ale. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2010
From 6-pack, $10 @ Binny’s. Starts with a golden yellow pour, thin layer of white fizz, like an older style pilsener. Quite clear, with good bubble activity. Smell is like my daddy’s old beer, though. Some oxidation and a small amount of maltiness, probably expected for a lower alcohol beer. Taste… well, when the label talks about "sour mash," I was set up for something a little tart like a Berliner weisse. This comes across more like a Goose 312. Just beery and fizzy, some lightness and spice from wheat malt. But wait, there is an undeniable touch of citrus tang coming through my stuffy nose. Yeah, I can call this at least a little "zesty. Certainly no problems with this beer, it achieves what it sets out in style and flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow, thin white head. Aroma is tangy, fruity, yeasty, and wheaty. Flavor is slightly tangy but extremely watery. This is a slightly sour beer without any substance. Kind of like a watered down, non-sweet lemonade. Disappointing.

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