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RATINGS: 765   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 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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Very pale pour, not much of a white head. citrus/sour aroma. thereís lemon and straw in the flavor, tart finish--light body, kind of unbalanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
liebezeit (1) - USA - OCT 20, 2010 does not count
citrus, heavily sour, light body, thin feel, lively, astringent Not my kind of beer, but an acquaintance let me know my taste was not developed enough to appreciate this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Narnad (1515) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Pours a very clean, highly carbonated pale yellow color with a bubbly white, thin, head that sticks around for a while. Aroma has a pronounced wheat presence, mild herbal (almost clove-like) with just a touch of lemon juice at the end. Flavor has a pretty hefty lemon citrus bite to it through the entire sipping along with a wheat sourness to it and finishes with a few grassy hops notes. Body is very crisp with a slight sting from the high fine carbonation and finishes very clean with only the citrus carrying on after its swallowed. Overall the flavor is pretty complex for a wheat ale and does provide a crisp, citrusy brew to drink up. Much more of a summer beer than a cold weather brew, in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5320) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a large dense white head and a very still (no bubbles) look. Aroma of funky pale wheat with some corn behind and a touch of apples. Some light funk in the smell as well with a little coriander seed as well. Light-bodied; Assertive sugars up front with a funky slightly sour note of lemons and vinegar, followed by some light wheat, a minor amount of sweetness and a very clean feel. Aftertaste has some light citrus notes, a touch of yeast and a lot of the slightly sour sweet flavours - odd. Overall, not such a great beer, especially for the style. It wasnít a horrible beer, but not a good one and an interesting one for the style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 03-October-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 18-October-2010.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Not much in aroma....the taste is sour and salty at the same time with a crisp citric aftertaste. Its different than most Bells and worth trying but not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very small ring of a white head. Nose is light lemons and wheat notes. Palate is crisp, clean, refreshing but with a bite in the finish and then a light dirty note. Flavor is wheaty and lemony with a light sour note. Unfortunately Bells is often overlooked for high quality products like this (and the 20th Anniversary) Too much is lost in the big, high gravity beers they put out, that beers like this that are very much high quality, awesomely drinkable beers are regarded as not-as-worthy. This beer is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and a decent frothy head that fades to a film. Aroma is light citrus, lemon zest, tartness- bacterial lactic twang, with warm bready wheat malts. Flavor is doughy wheat, light tartness with almost a slight salty brine character reminding me like a slight gose without the coriander. Finish is crisp and tart with lactic and a slight green apple malic tartness. Seems like a cross between a gose, berliner weisse, and american wheat, and actually turns out pretty nice- refreshing and definitely a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2010
pale gold pour with a quick fizzy white head. aroma is earthy, hay, yeasty, baking bread, milled wheat flavour has a nice tartness. lemony over wheat and biscuity maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2458) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle. The more craft beers I drink, the more I appreciate brewers who can make a good session beer. And this session beer is good. Hazy yellow pour. White, frothy head, rapidly diminishing. Wheat grain is prominent in the nose along with lemon, grass and citrus. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic, enough to leave a slight lemon sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation, though the body is not so thin that you donít notice a slickness. Itís crisp enough and tart enough to be palate cleansing. As you would expect in a 4% beer, none of the flavors or aromas are dynamic, but there are enough subtleties to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
i think this was really interesting, had some funk in the nose, golden color, nice foam. flavor was interesting had funk and acidity but still balanced. cool new take on a session ale

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