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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 Bell’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1355) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Draft. Pour is mostly clear straw color with minimal head. Aroma is lightly lemon, light yeast, light malt, and light hay. Pretty subtle. Flavor is true to nose but maybe a bit more malty than most berliner weisse offerings. Notes of lemon and light funk. Nothing to crazy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7028) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
draft @ OTH. golden, white head. aroma, fruity with some sour/tart nose, grainy. flavors, tasty and easily approachable Berliner Weisse, lots of citric flavors, light grainy aftertaste. Mild champagne, funky mouthfeel, great sipper and entry into the style. Overall profile is dry with some possible white grape/wine-champagne like notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
On tap at HopCat while in town for RBSG. Pours a milky yellow with a thin white head. Lightly sweet with a little wheat. Soft wheat finish. No funk, no sourness, just sweet. Not so great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Served from growler into a COAST imperial pint. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head. There was no lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of fruit, and malt with a skunk aroma upon warming up. The flavor was of subtle fruit and malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew to enjoy outside on a hot summer day. It was refreshing and had very subtle flavors. However in my humble opinion I think the aroma and flavor was lacking a little complexity for me. Still nice and glad I got to try it, but probably won’t have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle at Eccentric. Pours golden and clear with a small white head. Aroma is grainy and a bit sharp. Very basic and uninteresting. Not particularly bad, just not much going on. Flavor is disappointing in the lack of acidity and tartness. Some lemon citric and and a little bit of wheat but otherwise still fairly boring. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Eh I like a strong punch in berliner weisse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
On tap at Smokin’ Joes. Tepid gold, transparent, wispy white ring, odd salty gravel road, and little of the lemony lactic notes. Flavor is heavy wheat with lemon and light milky flavor, not quite to the extent of the 1809. Soapy, overcarbonated finish rounds off the singularly wheat, only lightly tart profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6909) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2010
Had it twice at RBSG. At the Michigan beef fest, it sucked ass. Accidentally tried it again at HopCat, and it was remarkably better. This is the latter rate: Pastel light yellow. Kind of funky sour aroma. Not so sour in the flavor, but enough to be refreshing. Somewhat lactic. All right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at Eccentric RBSG. Pours a hazy yellow. Aroma is lightly tart and gritty wheaty. Flavor follows, very gritty, wort like, just a tiny hint of acidity. Drinkable for sure and refreshing but quite dirty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Vegetal. Not really berliner weiss, more just crappy American wheat. Grainy. Maybe a hint of lactic sourness, maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1187) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is primarily wheat with a light tartness and sweetness. Flavor is mostly wheat as well, growing more sour. An alright Berliner Weisse, more wheat than sour, though.

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