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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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3.8
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 oz bottle: Aroma has a nice grainy scent to it with a bit of lemony citrus intermingled. Appearance is a clear golden with a medium white had that diminishes quickly and really carbonated in the glass. Taste is subtle refreshing, lightly sour, wheat, lemon, and overall realyy clean and smooth. Palate is light, aquious, soft and aprupt. Overall, Really nice session beer. I could sit outside and drink these all day. Cheers!

2.3
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
12oz bottle, purchased from Dutch’s for $1.67. very pale yellow color, totally clear. Minimal white head. This has to be drunk two big gulps at a time to get any aroma out of it. This is how it’s designed - as a session beer, it should be drunk quickly. At 4%, it’s safe to do so. But at $1.67, it’s still premium on the wallet, and I’m not so sure if it’s worth it. $1.33 would be more the sweet spot, but I still wouldn’t buy it, honestly. *Maybe* if it was $7 a 6-pack and I was buying it for macrobrew-accustomed guests. When drunk quickly, it has a citrus-lemon aroma with a skunky back-bone. The carbonation is a bit too strong to do this efficiently, though. Some sweetness. I’ve been trying to rate this one for awhile just for completion’s sake (I am a Bell’s fan), and have accidently purchased the "Lager of the Lakes" at least twice instead of this one. I’ve heard enough mediocre reviews of this one to not be too disappointed, however.

2.7
BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle, this beer had a clear yellow-gold pour and gave a one finger white head that collapsed quickly to an open cover and ring, effervescence appears light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a cake like layer of medium brown sediment on the bottom of the bottle, there were light aromas of wheat and faint bread with a fresh, crisp lemon scent in the background, very light bread sweetness, the flavors were light wheat and bread, some crisp lemon, and very little sweetness, the mouth feel was light, this is a light refreshing drink on a hot Summer day, that could be gulp down by the bucket.

1.1
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Beer sucked out loud. Tasted exactly like Miller Lite, and that ain’t good. There was no tartness or wheatiness to it. Fizzy yellow beer. First bells I havent liked.

3.4
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Nothing too special here. What can I say? Its wheaty (like a wheat beer-- thought not very sweet) and citrus hoppy (like an ale). Almost like its a...wheat ale!!!

3.1
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2011
12oz bottle 8/13/11 (Binny’s Plainfield Singles Rack)-48° in Shaker-Pours a very lightly hazed yellowish golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, herbal, and wheat. Taste of wheat, citrus, and finishes with a slight tartness. This light bodied brew is very refreshing and quite easy to drink. Nice hot day brew.

3.1
northropfrye (3625) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Thin clear lemony colour. Heavy carbonation. Soapy aroma. Subtle lemon flavour, a bit sour. Not bad.

3.4
wlajwl (6814) - 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.

3
Braudog (6717) - 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)

3.3
italarican (1551) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear, dark gold with standard white head. Aroma is mild of wheat with a bit of lemon. There’s 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.


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