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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   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 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.

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Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
On tap at Maduro’s
The tap selection was an improvement over last year’s event. This was an intriguing wheat ale which was not fantastic but got the job done. At $4.00 a pint there might have been other options but for those looking for solid Midwestern session beers this one is perfect.

Aroma / Appearance - Transparent yellow it swirls fluidly around the glass along with a whitish head. Lemon, sweetness, and grapefruit are bright but not oppressive.

Flavor / Palate - Light and sessionable it moves quickly from tongue to throat. The dry finish refreshes the palate without leaving too much of a trace. Overall this was decent but I can think of better summer session beers that are more accessible.

deyholla (12804) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On tap at Eccentric Cafe . Poured gold with a white head. Aroma was malty bringing out a grainy aroma. Flavor was quite basic with plenty of sweet notes and a bit of a kick at the end. Easy drinking but not anything special.

Tmoney99 (15322) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2009
Draft at Cafe. Poured hazy golden color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate grainy wheat aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. The beer went well with the peanuts.

punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Hazy gold pour with a small white head. Soft estery aroma with some wheat grain. Bubblegum and wheat flavor with a peppery finish. Medium body with lots of carbonation. This is a very light drinking yet flavorful and unique session brew. I really enjoyed this.

lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2009
On tap at bells today. Grabbed it for something different and at a workers recommendation. Full fluffy white head, and the body is crystal clear that reminds me of bud light. Nice full taste with a hint of sour. Could’ve have amped up the hops and whatever they had sour in here to make it a fuller tasting beer, as the flavor dies off leaving quite a distinct pale lager aftertaste. If it were the same price as large macros, i’d go for it, but ill stick with Oberon for a wheat.

SrSilliGose (3325) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 tap at eccentric cafe. Not so great. missing a lot of the characterisitcs i like in a berliner weisse.

tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Had on tap at John Cowley’s in Farmington, supposedly the first time its been served outside of the Eccentric Cafe! A ligh/cloudy/yellow appearance with a creamy white head to it. No overpowering smell to it, a good balance. Has a sweet taste to it, with a slight hint of hops & bitterness to it as well. A lite to medium bodied ale, with minimal aftertaste. A decent everyday beer....

Silphium (3293) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy yellow-orange body, no head. Very light, tangy, grassy aroma. Delicate grassy, tangy body with lemon, hay/grass/earth, and bitter yeast. Light, watery. Mediocre.

esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Café. Unfiltered yellow with a very thin head. Aroma of yeast, grassy hops and mild corn. Body is over-carbonates and grainy with lemon, wheat and light hops. Mild astringent finish. Not sure what to make of this one.

awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Mostly transparent, light golden body with a quickly dissipating head of fizzy white. Aromas of husky pale malt and some grainy sweetness. No hop character. Mild apple ester qualities. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a tingling dryness. Adequately dry and quenching. Flavors are light and sweet up front on the palate, with a husky, toothy quality that’s not overly pleasant. After the first couple of sips, the graininess starts to become less apparent, replaced by the lack of flavor that characterizes the carbonic bite of the impressively fizzy dryness. Some mild pear esters are left lingering in the finish. A little hint of hop bitterness would have been a welcome addition.

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