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RATINGS: 821   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5749) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Poured from a bottle. Appearance is a hazy yellow with little to no head. What is there, is a ring of white foam around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma is fairly faint. I get hints of estery banana and perhaps clove. Upon the first sip, however, I become a lot more interested in what this beer has to offer. I get a tart, almost sour flavor across my tongue...not what I expected. I should have read the bottle and I would have been a little more prepared. This reminds me a lot of a Berliner Weiss. I like this one pretty well. Easy drinking; definitely one to have several of if the opportunity is bestowed upon a person.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3081) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
A very nice and light beer for the hot summer months. It pours a slightly hazy yellow with a nice fluffy head. The is lemony sweet with a nice earthiness to it. The flavor has the sour side of the lemon along with bread and spice. The beer is very nice and light. Quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
From bottle. Light wheaty aroma with just a bit of lemon peel and some carbonic gaseousness. Hazy-cloudy pale amber with thin white foamy head. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation, just short of fizzy. Starts light and tart with mild sour mash and wheat notes. Very little hops, with a bit of lemon zest and bitter rind at the finish. Light, refreshing. Nice summer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (2143) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a cloudy, straw yellow color. There was a fairly small white head that dropped off rather quickly. No lacing. Nice aroma. Mainly lemon and wheat notes. The taste is also good. Decent wheat flavor and body. There is a bit of a tart lemon taste to the beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Oarsman is a unique beer that is tough to classify. Its sourness is a unique flavor that makes it a very refreshing beer. I find its aroma lacking. The appearance is consistent with most wheat styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. This is good and fine for what it is. At first I heard it was a berliner weisse but its not really that. It just a low abv slightly tart and dry wheat beer which i can dig on. The urine like color is a little unpleasant, especially once the fizzy white head fades away within minutes. A tad grainy in the nose, lots of lemon throughout, very dry, a little watery. Solid beer that Iíd drink over many other things, but wouldnt really go out of my way to get some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2011
20110613 12oz bottle from Capones. Hazy pale gold with quick but tall white head of streaky foam. Aroma is mineral, freshly cut oak, light grass, slight lemon. Light on the palate with even, explosive, soft eff, late mild rice wine vinegar acidity, skim milk astringency. More mineral on the palate, somewhat chalky which is distracting from the otherwise snappy but mild acidity, gose-like, very mild banana, thyme. I like this beer a lot and would drink it by the bucket if it was locally available and less that twenty bucks a six pack (paid $3.50 for a bottle at Caponeís).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Ugly poor: looks like a macro pale lager. Weak wheat aroma. Tastes much better than it looks or smells. Like a light wheat beer. Not bad, but by no means great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2011
I thought of this beer as Oberonís little brother with very small hints of a Berliner Weisse lactic sourness. The problem was that the flavors were really muted relative to Oberon, and I never really got psyched on it. The palate was really thin, making for a great session ale, but not fulfilling enough for me to want another.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Fortunately, I had one of these at a party. Not sure what the cost is, but if Bellís is charging more than $6 for a sixer of this, then you are paying too much. Iíve been more challenged by Koelsch beers than this beer. Pours a fizzy, cloudy yellow. Some aroma, mostly of wheat and a slight tartness. Taste is pretty much the same - a tart, thin mouthfeel. Not really pulling any bitterness out of this. Itís a decent session beer, but I donít think I could bring myself to ever having one of these again.

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