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RATINGS: 814   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (2008) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Aroma of lemon zest, white grape, pear and tart apple. Appearance is translucent royal gold with small white head. Flavor matched the nose, with a touch of honey and a lightly tart finish. Palate was bubbly. Fantastic stuff; sessionable and interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle - Pale yellow pour with a wispy white head. Sour wheat on the nose, but not really tart. Maybe a little lemon, too. The taste is better, with lightly tart wheat, mineral dryness, and just a hint of citrus. Really understated taste, maybe even watery, but this would be pretty good around the pool on a hot day. Feels good in the, with lively carbonation. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy golden-tan. Thin, oily white head. Citrus, herbs, and wheat in the aroma..funky herb apricot Iíve really enjoyed this beer, and while it is hyper-poundable, I find myself sipping it slowly to enjoy itís subtle nuances. Lemony wheat tones over a smooth golden malt body. The bottle Iím currently drinking is a touch faded, but still holds up well. A really unique and well done beer, maybe a little high in price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Yowza! IBre2or3 is the man! Thanks for bringing this one, Dave. Pours a mostly clear straw yellow with a nice white head. Nose is sour, prickly citrus, some bread, dough, and tartness. Flavor is a thirst-quenching blend of sour, tart, some citrus, and citrus hops. Sessionable as hell, light-bodied, mostly clean-finishing, and tart all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Not as tart as I expected, but you can tell itís got that funk going on. It would probably get more interesting with age. Really easy drinking for a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 (1656) - 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.

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