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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 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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2.4
SrSilliGose (3324) - 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.

3.1
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....

2.5
Silphium (3198) - 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.

2.9
esjaygee (3906) - 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.

2.9
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.

3.7
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe 1/29/09. On the tap board " Oarsman Ale- A light ale"
I asked the Bartender what this was and his explanation was a light wheat ale. Strong nose of grain, pouring a medium dark yellow with a thin head. A light breadiness in the flavor, though it increases to the end. Light citrus notes as well, and a little dry with a good crisp finish. Good wheat ale.


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