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RATINGS: 839   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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Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Very light yellow, no head, a bit hazy. Green grape, lemon, tart aroma. Very sour right away, lemons again, tartness lingers. Like a Berliner Weisse. Finishes clean. Flat body, delicate. Good hot weather beer, but if you’re not in the mood for lemonade this has limited appeal to me.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours straw yellow with white head. The aroma is very mild and reminds me of unsalted crackers with a little bit of an herbal lemon hint. The flavor is lovely dry citrus and wheat. There is a little bit of a minty herbal character. In the finish is a slight dry acidity which remains into the aftertaste. Crisp and straightforward.

nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
The aroma is sour and yeasty with dust, grain husks, and rotten citrus. The appearance is hazy gold with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma with a slightly interesting wheat element. The palate is smooth. Overall not a winner for me.

574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Pours a soft lemon straw gold, clear then cloudy once the sediment is introduced. Nose is a wispy lemony citrus and crusty bread. Taste is a blast of tartness with hardly any malt or hop influence. Palate is thin with lingering tartness. I think this would be great on a warm summer day with freshly caught, battered, and fried fish. By itself on a cold windy night, not so much. I hope this is a candidate for cans when the canning line is up and running, because this one screams fishing boat.

SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Handed to me thinking it was just an american wheat, woah! .. great sour touch to it, like berlinner style! .. . light yellow, medium foam .. lemon, hay, wheat, jack lemmon, and tart wheat .. . why is my eye twitching!! .. . a great summer time beverage! .. . .
My hiney’s asleep!

Fine... we’ll keep our voices down.

Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours a clear lemon yellow with very little white froth. Aroma is tart with lemon notes, hay and grass. Flavor is quite tart - lots of lemon, cereal and hay. Very light body with a lot of carbonation.

CanIHave4Beers (4236) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2011
The beer pours avery hazy yellow color with a big head that fades slowly to a small, tight, and well retained head.

The aroma is fresh yeasty bread more than anything, but it’s got some raw bread dough, some mild (very mild) spice, and some citrus fruit.

The flavor is pleasantly but mildly tart with plenty o’ lemon, but not really lemon sourness.... more like lemon zest. Right up front there is a pleasant bitterness that fades fairly quickly. The beer has a general fruitiness that between that lemon zest and that apple rind flavor really takes fruity in a different direction. Yeasty and bready flavors are light but compliment the aroma and flavors of the beer well.
This is not the first, nor the last of these I’ll have. I must say though that I’m enjoying this beer more and more every time I have one.

Very refreshing and tasty.

kramer (6975) - 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.

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.

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.

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