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RATINGS: 836   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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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 (6372) - 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 (5919) - 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 (4406) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.5
crossovert (13909) - 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 isn’t 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

3
Darkover (1544) - 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.

3.1
elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12oz bottle, batch 9934, bottled Sept 20, 2010. Pours light cloudy pale yellow/gold with a small, short-lived fizzy white head that recedes to a faint cap. Aroma is lemon, wheat, grains, light banana, citrus and spice, herbal notes. Moderate strength. Flavor starts with grains, wheat, some light fruit then hits with a strong lemony tart sourness, some sweetness that is scrubbed away by sharp tartness. Mouthfeel is light, oily, heavy prickly carbonation. In the words of Larry David: "Intresting".

3.1
bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours hazy lemon with a foamy white head. Aroma is citric with a touch of wheat. Med minus body. It’s almost sour citrus, followed by some papery wheat. Rather clean and refreshing in a light soda pop way.

2.7
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Extremely pale straw pour with a very fizzy white head that recedes immediately to a tiny stream of bubbles feeding a clump of foam in the middle. Aroma is grainy with wheat and pale malts dominating. The sourness is faint and there is a light lemony aroma as well. Smells like stale Sprite. Taste is very light with tart lemons, sour mash, pale malts and only a hint of wheat sweetness. Finish is dry. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with an acidic aftertaste, This is pretty underwhelming honestly. The tartness keeps it from being an easy drinker but the complexity isn’t there to keep it in the league of a solid Berliner or wild.


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