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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Rating from a bottle that is frankly a bit old, but better than I remember it being when I first had it. Pours a milky yellow with a thin head. Nose is light lactic, some lemon, wheat - its all subtle, but nice. Flavor is a bit of lactic, nice wheat & pils character, orangey lemon citrus. Its a little sweet - which seems strange in a beer that is this small, but overall it works. I wish it was a bit more carbonated, but this is damn solid, especially for 4%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Who says a session beer canít be great? Wow this beer is delicious! Aroma was decent. Lemon, yeast and grains. Pour was a light hazy gold with a one finger white head and few rising bubbles. Taste was fabulous. Nice and tart. Lemon and slightly bitter hops are all that comes through and they leave quickly. The nice carbonation clears the mouth and quenches thirst. I havenít bought a whole case of beer in a while, but I am going to seek this out. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2207) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Pours a translucent straw into the glass, with a small foam head that leaves sparse ring lace. The nose has some nice wheat notes, alongside some yeast/citrus notes. Flavors, off the bat, are very much like a Berliner Weiss, with nice crisp sours upfront, along with light wheat mid-palate. This finishes with a clean tart cherry. Itís a bit unilateral, even for a Berliner Weisse, and I miss some complexities in the seltzery mouthfeel. It is indeed refreshing on such a hot summer day, and a nice take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (6005) - 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 (3088) - 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 (4279) - 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 (2178) - 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 (4056) - 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).

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