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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Light and cloudy. Dusty aroma. Clean but has a meaty feel to it with a hint of sour. Not what I expected but very, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Growler from Sabatiniís in Exeter, PA. Nice find! Pours a medium straw color, lightly hazy and effervescent; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with good retention and lacing; attractive pour. Medium, soft wheatiness in the aroma, very soft and lightly toasty and husky and grainy without roughness; touches of citrus (and maybe even vanilla) but mostly just soft wheat; nicely dry, touches of sugar; refreshing. Quite drinkable presence in the mouth; medium-light body; average, soft carbonation (could be a bit higher); entirely non-astringent and quite creamy; hardly a Berliner Weisse, but a tasty wheat beer; soft, toasty wheatiness, lightly grainy and very smooth; following the aroma, hints of a vanilla / doughy note, just enough acidity to keep things lively and spritzy in the mouth; again, hugely drinkable, well-attenuated, and nothing close to a Berliner Weisse. But good. Medium finish: quite toasty, soft wheat, and hints of dough; slightly dry and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 8, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 On tap at Bells Fest. I really had high hopes for this one because I love the style so much. Overall, its a bad wheat beer. It has no BW characteristics and does not even have a good wheat base. It seems way off to me. Anyways, keep kicking ass Bells!! This is one of few that are par/sub-par!!! Keep up the good work!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2010
After stopping at Primantiís (or whatever itís called) for a sangy, we moved onto Smokiní Joes. Excited to see this on tap, disappointed once it got in my glass. Didnít even really know it was a berliner, just thought it was a weak attempt at a weiss. Big miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Hazy bright yellow with a fizzy white head. Musty root cellar aroma and taste with some crisp citrus notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Draft at the Brick Store. Aroma of wheat and yeast. Taste of wheat. Thin mouthfeel. Taste has weird, dry finish that is not good. The worst beer I have had from Bellís.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Draft at The Bridge. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head that leaves a lasting film on the beer. Notes of wheat, bready malts, pear, grains, yeast, and minor notes of lactic acid and lemon citrus. I like a lot more of that tart quality in my Berliner Weisses, and this one didnít really deliver in that department. Light-bodied, with very high carbonation and a super dry mouthfeel- evaporates right off the tongue. Too restrained.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Draft at Belgian Cafe with James. Pours a turbid, murky golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of lemon zest, orange, clove, banana, hay, dry hops, and hints of funky bubblegum. Thin to medium bodied with a loose, citrusy palate. Finishes smooth and clean. Tasted very much like a good Beligan witbier. Decent weisse from Bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5610) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Draft at Belgian in Philly. Pours a clear yellow body with small white head that vanishes instantly. Aroma is like wheat. Palate is thin and watery. Notes of wheat and slight Belgian sugar. RERATE. Draft at pony bar. Pours a murky pale yellow with thin white lacing. Aroma is light tart lemon and wheat. Mouthfeel is light and sweet with notes of tart wheat, sourdough and lemon. Nice easy drinking Berliner. +0.5

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 On tap at fermented eclipse. Hazy yellow color. Aroma is sweet and wheatlike. Flavor is fruity and cereal like. Very little citrus in this beer. This isnít offensive, but it really isnít that good either. Updated 6/24/12: Bottle. Hazy yellow color remains, but Iíve really started to appreciate this beer. Flavor has a nice tart character with lemon and wheat. Crisp finish that makes this beer very refreshing. I drink this straight from the bottle after a bike ride, and it hits the spot every time.

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