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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gbobst (6) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010 does not count
Ok.....Been seeing a lot of dull tasting notes here.....Look, it is what it IS. A light citrus sour mash that is poundable on the porch of your fav. Pub on a hot summer day people! Itís no Oberon. It doesnít even compare. Great color and a real citrus note at the finish. I enjoyed all 6 of them. I donít think it will do well as a 6pk, but is great out of the tap. :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
On tap at the eccentric cafe. A: Pours a hazy shade of straw yellow with an above average head. Little retention and no lace. S: Simple light aromas of light tart citrus, and hints of crackery grains. T: Light citrus, very light tartness. A bit lactic with notes of crackers and light bread. M: Light in body, nice carbonation. D: Lite in taste wish there was a bit more tartness. Solid, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
On draft at the GL. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, light lemon and yeast. Taste of wheat, light lemon and yeast. One of the weaker efforts from Bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2010
Pours golden with white head, aroma is a bit of fruit and wheat. Taste is rather thin, with some fruit and nicely balanced malt that finishes a bit dry. Okay, but really not a lot to it and rather bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2010
Draft at Headkeeper, Greensburg: Poured a hazy medium yellow with a white head, sour citrus nose and some yeast, flavor is a little tart, some lemon and orange, and bread. Tasted like a typical middle of the road wheat beer to me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
Unfortunately, there is little to no aroma, just a light pilsener maltiness. The color is bright golden with a medium head. There is a crisp light flavor of carbonated classic pure German beer, not much else going on though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
Tap at smallbar Fullerton... Pours a mostly hazy pale straw yellow with a medium frothy white head... Aroma of acidic lemony tartness. Almost a little milky lacto essence... Flavors are a balance of sweet and tart with notes of lemon with a wheat like feel. Refreshing overall although a tad to sweet and some dryness could have helped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (3939) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Big thanks to mtoast for telling me about this. On tap at the mad mex. At about 5% I was wondering about this being a Berliner. Mind you, I am not qualified to rate a Berly, since I have had only 2 other examples, of what I believe to be not on style. But anywho...this is a hazy pale yellow with a thin and creamy head. Not much tartness onthe initial taste bud sensations. Mild with barely any perceivable bitterness. It does seem to provide some malt tho. Hides the alky content very well, never know there was 5% in here. Decent amount of CO2 sizzle in there. I think I do detect some sour in there perhaps just barely. Finish is somewhat like soda water, but in a good way. Overall a very sessionable and enjoyable beer. however not sure if this is really on style compared to the other two examples of berliner I had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 Tap at RFD. Pours a beautiful, glowing light translucent yellow with a small white head that has little retention and lacing. Aroma is very muted: lagerish, grainy, nothing much there. Taste is similar: barely tart, green apple skins. Ultra light bodied. Disappointing. 3/29/2010 5/4/6/3/10=2.8

355mL. Still the pour is lackluster- hazy yellow with really no retention and no lace. Aroma is grainy, a bit metallic, lagerish, iron oxide. Taste at first is watery metallic but morphs to creamy, a bit tart and faintly lactic, lots of oatmeal and even some sweet cherries coming through. Even though technically this beer is far from outstanding, it is a perfectly done sour mash wheat and it has become a staple session beer for me. My score may not reflect the fact that I still love this beer. 10/26/2010 5/3/7/4/12=3.1

355mL. Pours a clear golden with a healthy, thick, pillowy white head. Quick retention- acid cut. Small, sticky lace. Nose is honey, mild medicinal sugars, sourdough, sweet cherry, moving to really nice cherry pie. No joke. Taste...yes the perfect session beer. Super quenching, biscuity, heavy lactic presence with big sourdough and small cherry seltzer water. Denser lactic mouthfeel. No true wateriness. Very clean and quenching. Perfect summer session beer. 10/26/2011 7/4/7/5/14=3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (380) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
I am very surprised about the overall ratings of this beer. Considering the style, it is much better than a 3.07. I had this one on draft at Peachís in Yellow Springs, OH. The pour was cloudy golden with an aroma of some fruit and yeast. The flavors were delicious with yeast, fruit, light spice and an amazing freshness that made this beer very drinkable and refreshing. A very nice beer, that is much better than Oberon.

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