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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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3.1
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Poured a mostly clear pale yellow with a finger’s 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 doesn’t linger too long on the palate.

2.9
jandd1983 (4318) - 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.

3.2
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

2.8
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.

3.3
thorongil2 (3074) - , 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 don’t really like the taste of beer? But the people who like beer can like it too!

3.5
brokensail (16449) - 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 wasn’t sure what I would be getting, but I liked this one. Nice and refreshing.

2.9
jstraw (1967) - 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 Bell’s would make this - compete with Leinenkugel’s?

2.9
joeneugs (6371) - 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.

3.6
DiarmaidBHK (4901) - 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.

2.9
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.


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