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RATINGS: 780   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2010
No itís not an imperial stout, itís not 10% ABV, itís not uber-rare, itís not from the latest hyped up brewery, probably not a traditional berliner, did I mention itís not an uber-rare imperial stout.... It is a very solid, 4%, refreshing, session beer, (which I guess by default means it sucks, right?). Pale golden, nice head, fades to ring, comes back with a swirl. Light lacto tartness up front, lemon/citrus, light grass/hay. Flavor very clean, maybe too clean at times, tartness again up front. Grass/hay character through the middle, very light wheat sweetness in finish. Spritzy carbonation cleans the palate. Very highly sessionable. Not often I drink more than a sixer, let alone a case of any one beer, but even as the weather changes, still find myself slamming these. Well done guys!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7712) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
10/22/10. 12oz bottle. Faint wheat and citrus aroma with a big sour lemon flavor. One of Bellís most disappointing brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
An odd beer. Bottle thanks to Timbo. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. The aroma is meaty, akin to chilli mac, citrus and grains. The flavor is tart and meaty, lots of citrus. Thin. Odd, but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (855) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle: pours a light straw color with no head, aroma of citrus and wheat, taste of citrus, light bodied, a bit carbonated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Tap. Pours hazy straw yellow with an average, frothy ivory head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (citrus), and average esters (banana, citrus) with notes of lemon. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (citrus), and average esters (citrus) with notes of lemon. Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1462) - 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 (1517) - 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 (5428) - 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.

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