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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
12 oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Poured a yellow haze with a big fluffy white head. I liked this more than the Oberon, a bit lighter but more tart. Quite lemony and tart in the scent. A crisp light almost weisse taste with hints of tartness and lemon zest flavoring. Extremely refreshing and quite enjoyable while golfing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3946) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
On draft at the Brewvival. Pours a clear yellow with fair white head. lightly tart, and acidic. Good as a palate cleanser, but not that great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2010
I had never seen this from Bellís before so I picked up a six pack. Not a bad summer beer, especially when it is 90+. Pours hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat, and a little funk. Very light flavor, slightly tart and pretty much plain and easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but not much there either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12oz Bottle. Itís 96 degrees outdoors, 85 inside. I canít imagine a more perfect beer for right now. Light faintly tart wheaty aroma, neutral yeast and a bit of straw. Colored in lemon and sand with a whitish head. Flavors are gentle, lightly sweet wheat, some signature Bellís minerals and yeast (almost a la Oberon). Ends on some cheerios and candy sugar and dry light alcohol. A super-refreshing nice drinker for a day like today. Iíll take a quarter-barrel of this in my beer cooler, please. Thanks Sean!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2010
120z bottle. Pours a slighly hazy yellow with a small head that quickly dissipated. Aroma, of slight funk, lemon citrus, and hay. Flavor mainly of lemons with a very minimal, non-offensive level of tartness. Super light body with very soft carbonation. Its very drinkable, but not an impressive offering from Bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
brilliant gold with very mild white head. acidic nose. slight bitterness before some sour grainy character that finishes with a touch of sweetness with a touch of floral hop component. a bone dry finish that is crisp and refreshing. pretty enjoyable for what it is, a nice summer ale. similar to a more tart american wheat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Fizzy white head over a hazy golden colored beer. Very light aroma. Easy drinking beer with some lactic acid, citrus, and lemon rind. It was introduced at this tasting as a lawnmower beer. Other than the acidity, there isnít much here

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Single bottle buy from Binnyís in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a pale yellow body with a HUGE foamy head that evaporated in chunks, leaving clumps of lace on the glassí sides. The aroma had a bready sweetness overlaid by a mild lemony tartness. Same with the flavor, only a little more tartness. Okay, but I donít see the point in this when Oberon is around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin white head. Flavor is lemon and other citrus. The nice tart characteristic was a big bonus to me. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dasdude (2) - Portsmouth, USA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
Good, but not great. Tastes like a slightly tart pilsner. Definitely a session beer.

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