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RATINGS: 834   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 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (6598) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 A decent amount of sourness in the flavor, behind that some wheat grain. Decent enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6580) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 Bottle. Pale, hazy yellow with a really fizzy start, settling into something with no head at all. This drinks with a super sweet, lemon-soda essence. Good refreshing soda beer in the Berlin tradition. (#4197, 8/6/2011)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear, dark gold with standard white head. Aroma is mild of wheat with a bit of lemon. Thereís also a bubble gum type quality in the nose without hints of sugar. Flavor is mild, predominantly wheat, with an increasing lemon presence. A pinch of sugar and soap in the background. Very refreshing wheat beer with subtle Berliner Weisse qualities. Solid summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 Not sure why this is categorised as a wheat ale. It is a Berliner weiss. AROMA: meaty, yeasty, fruity - not an aromatic style, old pubs offer fruit syrups for this style; APPEARANCE: pale yellow, minimal head, minimal lacing, fine bubbles; TASTE: sour; slight malty sweetness - meets expectations for this style; PALATE: slightly spritzy, thin, light - meets expectations; OVERALL: summer beer, nice label, exceeds expectations for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at Bellís. Aroma: Very sutble cereal and lime. Appearance: Hazy dark yellow. Taste: Amazing tart wheat, lemon, citrus peel. Packed with flavors for a 4%. Palate: Dry and very effervescent, perfect. Overall: Awesome summer beer, I actually ordered a second pint of that one. I canít believe this is rated so low, maybe the bottles arenít that good, I wish I had bring one back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Surprised that this isnít classified as a Berliner. Pale clear yellow, virtually no head after initial fizz. Aroma is like cereal with a hint of grape must, probably an effect of the acidity. Flavor is wheaty, with some tartness and light lemon notes on the finish. Rather refreshing, albeit not exciting. Nice to see something with a bit of tartness out there. I enjoyed this more than the rating indicates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KPD (58) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pale, tart, very light, extraordinarily drinkable. Great summer beer, refreshing, light..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Batch # 10509, Bottled June 2011; Sampled July 2011
A quick pour into my glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white head. The beer is a pale amber color that shows just a touch of haze and a pale gold with just a touch of amber hue to it when held up to the light. The beer smells like crushed grain husks, hay, pale malt flower and cracker like malt up front. There seems to be a touch of lemon accentuating tartness here, that once noticed canít be missed, but is a bit more soft and subtle than I was hoping (was really hoping for a full on Berliner Weiss Ďesque beer here). There is a touch of funkiness here that subtly influences the dominant grain notes.

Light bodied and refreshing with a subtle tartness to the finish. The touch of tartness accentuates the chewy wheat flavors somehow making them a bit more pronounced. The finish somehow reminds me quite a bit of lime-aide juice; with both a hint of lime zest bite as well as a soft sweetness (that seems to be from the lactic acid rather than from residual sugars left over, but maybe). The light, but persistent carbonation also seems to accentuate the tart bite that this beer has. Perhaps a bit simplistic.

This ended up being more tart tasting than the aroma suggested, but it still isnít as sour as I prefer my Berliner Weiss beers to be. Still this is a very refreshing beer and it is one I would be quite happy to see show up in Arizona (though honestly it is such an easy style to make so much better that I doubt I would buy it much), and I would definitely recommend it to folks that couldnít otherwise get Berliner Weiss beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Sorry Bellís. I thought this was a lager based on the mouthfeel. I got some lemon and sourness out in front, didnít like it, and went for a perrier with lemon instead. Fresh bottle from Cleveland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Poured a slightly hazy, light golden color. Smaller head. Aroma of grass/hay, lemon. Lite-med sweetness, Lite-med sourness. Light body, slick texture, ave carbonation. A tad too sour/tart for me. Other than that, its pretty refreshing.

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