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RATINGS: 841   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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3.6
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a bright clear yellow body with a small fizzy white head that faded rather quickly. The nose is lightly tart and bright with a refreshing citrusy note along with some light wheat. Reminds me of a Berliner Weisse almost. The flavor does as well, just very toned down. It’s almost like a citrus spritzer. Perfect for a hot summer day, shouldn’t have had this on such a cool day. Very cleansing on the palate indeed. Light and lively on the tongue, finishing very cleanly. Pretty nice beer. Won’t knock your socks off, but I think that’s the point.

4.3
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Wonderfully tart nose and taste. Bright, crystal clear gold, back of tongue tartness. Nice hot weather beer.

3.3
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
On Tap. Bell’s Tap Takeover. Harris Grill. Poured clear yellow. White foamy head. Aroma was citrusy. Flavor of tart apples, oranges and lemon. Sweet finish. Reminded me of a cider. Light bodied, alot of carbonation and dry in the end. Good for a hot night.

3.7
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011
lightly hazy golden with a quickly fading white head... aromatic lightly sour lemon, bready, cereal, wheat grainy, aroma.... lively, bready, mildly tart, easy drinking, light body, cereal like finish, light lemon... very much like dfish festina peche without the peach...

3.2
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pours a clear yellow with a small head. Interesting take on a berliner weisse; nice notes of light nectar fruit including peaches, tart wheat presence, citrus, and spice on the nose. Flavor brings more citrus and tart grain. Extremely light and drinkable. A bit watery, but good for a hot day.

3.1
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Appearance: Hazy straw with very thin white head. However, I know that a Berliner Weisse is supposed to look like this - of course, this is not meant to be true Berliner Weisse, just inspired by it. Aroma: Grainy and grassy, with light tart fruitiness. Very mild aroma. Taste: Tart lemon, wheat malts, and a very subdued spiciness. Palate: Moderate carbonation, light body, semi-dry (tart) finish. Overall: Refreshing and tart. Very, very simple but certainly quite drinkable.

3.1
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
12 oz bottle from the brewery, served in a wheat beer glass. Pours clear straw with a tall white head and intense carbonation. The head mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of wheat, straw, pale malts, herbs and a touch of citrus. The flavour is slightly sour throughout, with wheat, lemon, pale malts and a touch of grain. The finish is short and somewhat sour. On the palate, it is light in body with a slightly dry texture and intense carbonation. Overall, this is not a bad summer thirst quencher. It is rather simple, but its slightly tart character does lend some interest. 2011-08-17

2.3
Neematoad (76) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Has little to no aroma to it. It appears as if its almost a beer struggling to discover its identity. Super sour at the same time has a sweetness. Definitely didn’t like the after taste as it left you struggling and pondering what you just consumed. My tastebuds won’t be forgiving this one any time soon.

4.1
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Solid berlinerweiss style ale. Clean and crisp wheat beer with a hint of tartness. Could be one of my favorite brews from Bell’s. Aroma is a bit weaker than I would like but still solid for the style.

3.2
drdisque (840) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 on tap at a bar in petoskey. initial flavor and aroma is a bit dry and citrusy. middle is clean, crisp, and a little bland. finish is sweet and tart. very interesting wheat ale.


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