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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12oz pour clear and golden. aroma is tart with some citrus. mouthful is more of the same. the finish is mainly sour with a touch of citrus. very nice refreshing session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2010
A decent wheat, with vibrant, crisp citrus and wheat flavors. Unfortunately, the flavors just donít linger around for very long, with a very sudden end to its presence on the palate. Iíd say that this beer is on the right track, but doesnít quite hit the mark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjuf1853 (1287) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Draft at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a clear pale yellow color with a white head. Citrus and wheat aroma. The flavor is fairly mild but tasty making it a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours pale straw yellow, topped with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of wheat, grain, and some lactic acid. Light tartness hits the palate first, and is then joined by grain and wheat. Citrus, especially orange, becomes more evident in the finish. Thin to medium bodied. Tartness lingers, along with grain. Flavor is subtle, but really refreshing. Great session beer. I imagine this would stand up nicely to food.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Pours pale & clear with minimal head. A light bodied brew with a slightly tart taste. This truly is a great session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Clear yellow and a small white head. Nose is crisp, light, refreshing and citrusy and some spices. Taste is tart with sourness and some spices but thatís about it. Highly carbed and light bodied. Nice and clean refreshing brew for the summer. Itís been one hot bitch!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1607) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Sour, yeasty aroma. Light golden color, medium carbonation, mild sour taste. Light all around, as described.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
super pale (yet well hazed) straw pour with active carb and quick reducing head, no lacing. despite lack of intensity in appearance, first aroma element is yeast then dry gueze like sourness, candy sweetness turned on its head. flavor follows on that same note then ends with the most pronounced wheat flavor ive ever experienced, a breadiness unlike the toast found at times in barley malt bills, this is a cool breeze of a midwestern farmers field. ultra refreshing even amongst a style reknowned for that effect, this beer is a true surprise

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/19/2010 Source:Commercial Taphouse) Grainy with a light citrus character in aroma. Cloudy light golden. Light graininess and light citrusy notes in flavor but not really sour. Refreshing and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 [Bottle] Pours pale golden with a small white head. Aroma has a lot of wheat, mustiness, notes of honey, and very faint pepper when I swirl it. Taste is slightly sour up front, but in a strange way--sort of reminds me of water served with a slice of lemon, this is followed by a lot of wheat. Fairly thin, finish length is somewhat short. Overall, an odd beer that isnít awful, but not something that I would want to drink real often.

Re-rate: Wow, a few months on this, and it is really solid now. Has really soured nicely, and is a real joy to drink now. Bumping it up 0.5.

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