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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   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 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle at Eccentric. Pours golden and clear with a small white head. Aroma is grainy and a bit sharp. Very basic and uninteresting. Not particularly bad, just not much going on. Flavor is disappointing in the lack of acidity and tartness. Some lemon citric and and a little bit of wheat but otherwise still fairly boring. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Eh I like a strong punch in berliner weisse.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
On tap at Smokin’ Joes. Tepid gold, transparent, wispy white ring, odd salty gravel road, and little of the lemony lactic notes. Flavor is heavy wheat with lemon and light milky flavor, not quite to the extent of the 1809. Soapy, overcarbonated finish rounds off the singularly wheat, only lightly tart profile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2010
Had it twice at RBSG. At the Michigan beef fest, it sucked ass. Accidentally tried it again at HopCat, and it was remarkably better. This is the latter rate: Pastel light yellow. Kind of funky sour aroma. Not so sour in the flavor, but enough to be refreshing. Somewhat lactic. All right.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at Eccentric RBSG. Pours a hazy yellow. Aroma is lightly tart and gritty wheaty. Flavor follows, very gritty, wort like, just a tiny hint of acidity. Drinkable for sure and refreshing but quite dirty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ketchepillar (1060) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Vegetal. Not really berliner weiss, more just crappy American wheat. Grainy. Maybe a hint of lactic sourness, maybe.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1082) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is primarily wheat with a light tartness and sweetness. Flavor is mostly wheat as well, growing more sour. An alright Berliner Weisse, more wheat than sour, though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On tap at Hopcat (Grand Rapids, MI). Hopcat 25 Bells tap event for RBSG kickoff! Pours a murky straw with a decent frothy offwhite head, laces well. Aromas are sour wheat, a touch of lemond rind and acidity, lactic acid. Nice. Initial is lightly sour, lemon juice and rind with a decent sour feel, sour wheat, bread, lemon rind, pretty good drinkability. A solid sour wheat, lighter and simple but to the point. More tart than people give it credit for. A decent yet lighter Berliner.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Draft at Binny’s South Loop. Not really a great example of Berliner Weisse, but not a horrible beer at all. Pours a slightly hazed yellow with a white head that lasts. Nose is minimally lactic. Lot of grain character in the nose, no hops. On taste, really full body with a ton of breadiness to it. So light tart notes, though nothing to make you pucker. Not bad, but it ain’t no Hottenroth.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Tap at Smokin’ Joes. Dead ugly pour, no head. Flat aroma, light wheat, the slightest hint of citric acid. Fried veggies in front, spritzy, minerally/hard water, with a cabbage finish. Pretty crap. Maybe not as bad as Great Divide, but this sucks.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Light and cloudy. Dusty aroma. Clean but has a meaty feel to it with a hint of sour. Not what I expected but very, very drinkable.


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