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RATINGS: 754   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Nice lemony tart taste. Much better than it looks. I was expecting another run of the mill pilser, but this has great taste! 12 oz. bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is light-moderate lemon with a touch of mustiness and the slightest hint of sweetness. It pours a hazy, bordering on cloudy, dull yellow with a two finger white head with pretty good retention. The flavor starts with some faint sweetness that quickly turns to light-moderate lemon tartness. The is a slight mustiness in the finish. Light bodied with moderate soft carbonation. Iíve had this a few times now, and maybe time has increased the tartness of the beer. Fresh on tap in July at the MI Brewers Guild Summerfest, it had minimal tartness and was more or less lager-ish...probably would have rated it just under a 3. In the bottle two weeks ago, a slight sourness was noticeable, but nothing that would make me think of a Berliner Weisse as it was originally described (listed as a Wheat Ale now)...probably wouldíve rated a low 3. Today, itís a Berliner Weisse and a nice refreshing session beer. Hopefully Bellís continues this in bottles as a summer seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Golden with a white head. Sour with a lightly citrus aroma. Flavor has a bit of fruit and wheat notes. Strong tartness on the finish. An interesting beer and one that I could down a few of but, like others have said, hard to just sip on. Was expecting a bit more from Bells on this one...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Pours cloudy and light gold. Clean white head that diminishes quickly. Looks a heck of a lot better than it tastes. Wet wheat start, slightly tart finish. Had a hard time finishing one sipping, but could probably have 4 or 5 drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2010
reminds me of a sam adams coastal wheat, perhaps, but a litte less sweet and more sour.. drinkable in the absence of good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Thanks to SpenceDB

Appearance: Pours a yellow gold with a thin white ring of foam.

Aroma: Husky grain, straw perhaps.

Taste: Tangy wheat, husky grain.

Mouthfeel: Thin with modest level of carbonation.

Overall: One of my least favorite Berliners.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle from batch number 9861 thanks to LtDan. Pours with a hazy golden body and a white head that stays. Aroma is grainy, lacto, and grassy. Flavor is lemon, lactic and grainy. Not super sour. Fizzy and dry. Could be a bit more sour as a Berliner Weisse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of wheat, lemon, light plastic, straw, and dish soap. Poured pale yellow/gold in color with a small, white head that disappeared, except for around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly tart and slightly sweet. Tastes of wheat, lemon, grain, and straw. Light to medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Lemon, wheat, malt, and straw finish is lightly tart. Quite bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pour is a dull yellow with a large white head. Aroma is not much some wheat i guess. Flavor is a little citrus to start out then comes a wierd sour soapyness. This is a poor beer from a good brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Not bad at all. I like the tart wheat thing going on. Needs more alcohol though. I put down 10 of these in like 3 hours and barely had a buzz. Chuck Norris pisses this shit.

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