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RATINGS: 835   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours out a yellowish to almost white color. White head on it. Smell is kind of sour, fruity, with some wheat smells in it. Taste is somewhat tart, easy to drink, and before you know it, its gone. Reminds me of a Berlinner Weiss.. I thought it was decent and highly drinkable, something I would buy again in the summer if its out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2011
From Steveís in Madison. 12 oz. bottle. Lager golden yellow appearance. Wheat Ale, eh? I donít think so. This looks not so appealing. The head fades away quickly, and it just doesnít sparkle in my eye. Lots of wheat, and maybe a little yeast dancing around in the aroma as well, but honestly, this just doesnít please me in any way. Why be kind because itís Bellís? There might be a little rotting orange aroma in there, as well, but come on, do you think this actually ads to what should be going on. Itís pungent, so that helps save its score, somewhat. Mildly tart, with a little lemon zinging my taste buds. Lots of wheat accompany a very poorly executed flavor. Burnt malts seem to mix in, and in the wrong way. Glad I bought a single.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is clear, deep yellow with light head, poor retention. Aroma is underwhelming with notes of wheat and citrus. Taste is predominately the lemon tartness with some bread flavors on top of a slight herbal or grassy hoppiness. Bitterness is very light. Mouthfeel of the beer was strange to me - light to medium bodied with a somewhat oily texture, which wasnít pleasing at all. Iím disappointed in this offering from Bellís.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
12oz bottle into my De Struise glass...A super light straw pour, totally clear, reminds me right away of bmc! Ok white head, decent retention, lacing is poor...BMA araom of skunkiness, light wheat comes through, a little hops...Taste is all macro as well, almost no flavor, light corn, no hops, sweet wheat. This beer is garbage, unless you think bmc is good, stay away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Poured a mostly clear pale yellow with a fingerís worth of foam which disspipated shortly thereafter. Aroma has some light citrus tartness, along with a hint of wheat bread. The initial taste has a good bit of tart bite to it which a bit of sweet wheaty bread as well. The finish is quite clean and the taste doesnít linger too long on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (4210) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured lightly hazy golden with a decent white head. The aroma was wheat, lemon, and grain. The flavor was bready, lemon, lightly tart, and mildly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Frosted sugar Shredded wheat,comes through on the initial blow,settles down to a light grain aroma,flavor has the definite wheat tang, light lemony finish,grainey taste also lingers. that lingering lemon takes away the thirst quenching aspect of it,leaves your tongue sort of coated,light and easy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Pale yellow with slight white head. Notes of honey, hay, and weeds. Decent carbonation with pleasant herbaciousness. Slight bitter finish. Not very interesting, but not offensive in any way. Could be an OK session sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2925) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 (bottle) clear yellow-gold colour with small white head; aroma of citrus, yeast; clean sour flavour - another beer for people who donít really like the taste of beer? But the people who like beer can like it too!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
A: The pour is a clouded pale golden straw color with a small white head. S: It has a big wheat aroma to it, which I expected, with some undertones of a Berliner Weiss. A slight lemony character along with a definite popcorn type aroma. There seems to be an underlying earthy note to the beer as well. T: The flavor is very reminiscent of a Berliner Weiss. Nicely tart and lactic with lots of wheat flavor. Very bright and clean acidity and tartness rather than the unwanted and unintentional sourness of the usual Pale Wheat Ale. M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation. O: I have heard such varying opinions on this beer I wasnít sure what I would be getting, but I liked this one. Nice and refreshing.

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