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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Gold color with a small head. Slightly stale and musty wheat aroma. Solid wheat taste. Very light tartness. A bit grainy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2028) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this wheat ale. Yeasty and tart. Good stuff. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 26-January-2011 ++++
12 oz bottle given to me by beastiefan2k, who gave me the bottle with the understanding I would re-rate, so here goes. Batch 9934 which means it was packaged on September 20th, 2010 - making it around 4 months past packaging at time of tasting. Pour is an ever so lightly hazed yellow golden with a fluffy one inch white head that falls slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is soft tasrt lemon, along with a soft wheat earthiness. The aroma is clean and bright. Taste is the softly tart lemon citrus of the nose, blended nicely with the the wheat - this time showing more mineral than earthy. Clean, bright, I really enjoy the subtle citrus bite - really bright and thirst quenching beer. The palate is light to medium bodied, nice active carbonation, and a dry clean brightly tart finish. As it warms, a bit of butter shows up. First time around, I thought this was a pretty run of the mill wheat beer - this time, a really nice quaff-able slightly tart beer. Nice one, thanks Eugene for having me retry this. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 12-September-2010 ++++
4 oz pour at the Flying Saucer beer festival in Kansas City. Pour is a cloudy yellow lighter golden with a loose white head. Aroma is faint, what is there is grainy wheat and only a whisper of lemon peel. Taste is the nose, fairly straight forward grain wheat and very mild sourness. Palate is lighter bodied, nice carbonation, crisp clean finish. Nice enough. (6,3,7,3,13 - 3.2)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft at the KC F.S. Pale yellow color with a thin white head. Pretty light aroma and flavor. Refreshing yet filling in an unexpected way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours clear pale golden color with off white head. Wheat aroma. Mild wheat flavor. Light body with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Poured from 12 oz bottle, enjoyed while watching Total Recall. Aroma is faint, if existent at all, hints of lemon and grass. Appearance is cloudy yellow with pretty much no head. Taste is rather crisp, good malt backing but relatively sour along the corners of the mouth. Itís pretty much a standard wheat ale faintly mixed with a sour ale, somewhat lemony too. I canít tell if I like it or not, pretty average, definitely sub-par for a Bells brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy yellow brew wtih almost no head. Aroma of glue mixed with lemon. Flavor is Flavor is light at the start with a disporportionate gluten bitter / lemon sour / something tart finish. It is distincitve but not appealing to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmcginni (20) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a crisp golden straw with a short-lived white head. Citrus fruit nose, but tending more towards a soury tartness than C hop. Crisp beer with a mild tartness. Wanting a lot more though. Once you get past the too subtle tart, youíre left with only a very simple, non-descript beer. Nothing here to get excited about. No hop flavor/aroma. Refreshing palate cleanser. Not much more. Would be best on a hot and humid sweaty summer day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsf23mr (218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
picked up at the local liquor store. I was excited about another Bells brew but this didnt live up to expectations. Taste is grass, lemon, and bread. I thought i might have had a sour batch because the aftertaste is so sour and bitter, but it might be the lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Pours a hazy pale yellow-gold with a 1 finger, creamy, bright white head that has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is wheat, soured grain, a touch of funk and lemon citrus. Flavor is lemon, toast, light floury wheat, cereal and acidic tartness. Palate is light bodied with a medium, sharp carbonation and off dry feel throughout. Not bad, somewhere between a wheat ale and berliner weisse, like a berliner light.

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