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RATINGS: 828   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 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 (2710) - , 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 (16328) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Very pale yellow with modest, creamy, white head / Light nose of wheat and lemon / Light body, crisp, somewhat watery, with weak finish / Flavors of wheat and lemon / Not following why Bellís would make this - compete with Leinenkugelís?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeneugs (6231) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Pours pale yellow with a disappearing white head. The aroma is lemon, wheat, and grains with some mild sweet corn and noble hops. The flavor is light and tart with lemon water, wheat and a mild hop finish. Refreshing and very lemony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4447) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Strong aroma. Nice balance of hops and malt. Very flavorful for 4%. Pours with almost no head and leaves no lacing. Very crisp. Just the sort of thing that would make a great session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Aroma of tart apples and wheat malt. Golden color, white head. Huge carbonation bubbles. Short head. Aroma is grassy with lemon and tart funkiness. Wow, that is tart. Very tart. Not what I expected. Not quite a Wheat Ale, not close to a Sour Ale either. Odd. Very thirst-quenching. Much more refreshing while rowing at the lake in the summer months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle! Pours straw yellow and hazy with a minimalist white head. Aroma is grassy with lemon and mild funkiness. Grassy flavors with light tartness and a very dry finish. This particular bottle had about 6 months on it in an effort to nurture da funk and encourage additional sourness. Alas, nothing much happened. The baseline, however, was a refreshing summer beverage. So close to being transcendent, though. Light body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a light, light gold with a hint of white. The head is fizzy and white and recedes quickly with no lacing. The smell is citrussy, slightly tart smelling. Pretty mellow. The flavor is interesting. It has a biting tartness, though it isnít sour. It is really dry. It has some saltiness and citrus. Too much water flavor. It is interesting, but like many American Pale Wheat Ales it leaves something to be desired. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2010 23:42:59

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma of wheat and some lemon. Taste is lighty sweet and sour, light body, slick feel, average carbonation.

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