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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 On tap at fermented eclipse. Hazy yellow color. Aroma is sweet and wheatlike. Flavor is fruity and cereal like. Very little citrus in this beer. This isnít offensive, but it really isnít that good either. Updated 6/24/12: Bottle. Hazy yellow color remains, but Iíve really started to appreciate this beer. Flavor has a nice tart character with lemon and wheat. Crisp finish that makes this beer very refreshing. I drink this straight from the bottle after a bike ride, and it hits the spot every time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1350) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Draft. 2010 St. Paul Summer Fest. Pours a slight hazy golden yellow with minimal head. Aroma of lemon and other citrus. Does not finish well. Finishes with an off bitter taste. Mouthfeel is light. Not a good representation of a Berliner Weisse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6090) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Tap. Hazy pale yellow pour with a white head. Smells a bit like a pils. Grain and some citrus on taste. Just okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 20, 2010
This draft brew in the VIP Tasting tent at the Bock N Rock beer festival in Minster OH poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a softly carbonated hazy yellow white colored body. The aroma was malty and lactic. The thin mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild hops lacticity and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUN 16, 2010
it has hazy yellow appearance with slightly citrusy aroma. the mouth feel is sour at first; a standard weisse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Really, Bellís? Youíre a wonderful brewery, but this is the best you can do with this style? On tap at the Federal in Durham. Pours hazy yellow with weak white head. Nose is grainy and sweet more than sour, with some cardboard and almost moldy notes. Taste is more of the same, but with added bad sour notes. Tastes like a macro "summer wheat" left at the beach house and consumed 2-3 years too late. What a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
This poured a cloudy white yellow color with an big white head. Aroma was some wheaty character with lots of lemons. Flavor was tart metallic blood taste. This beer actually tasted like blood. This is by far the worst offering ive had from bells.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2010
On draft at the reef. Thought this was a very watery and not quite up to par effort from bells. I think i had to add a lemon?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Draft at CAH. Pours turbid canary 2 minimal white head. Nose is citric, pale malty, with hops, not a hug aroma. Tastes very ,emongrassy, citric, malty, with some bready spice. Gets very citric and bready late.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Sorry, but this is easily the worst Berliner Weisse Iíve ever had. On tap at RFD DC. Comes a hazy, straw yellow with a thin, cloudy white head. The aroma is, well, non existent, lightly soapy, light vegetables. Flavor is thin, light grains, light grass. Mostly watery and watery on the end. Where are the citrus rind flavors and aromas? Whereís the tart, puckering nature of a Berliner Weisse? Iím surprised this was as bad as it was coming from Bells. This was a Hoegaarten rip off, plain and simple. Iím going to go chug a Kalamazoo stout to remind myself that Bells is good.

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