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RATINGS: 819   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4826) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a pale gold body with just the faintest bit of haziness to it and, despite an enthusiastic pour, no more than a slim, white head. Smell: Aroma smelling of a distant lemon meringue pie, a hint of moistened herbs, and a nudge of nonchalant wheat. Taste: Soft white wheat, faintly bready, dosed with a dollop of lemon custard garnished with a curl of tart lemon peel. Mild sweetness. No real bitterness felt. Moderate lactic tartness. Proportionately acidic as you near the drying, cleansing finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Itís alright for a light ale best suited to easy, refreshing drinking outdoors in the warmer months.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured with a light fizzy head that disappears quickly, looks pale later yellow, sweet, wheat aroma, taste is bitter, sweet, not that great. Disappointing coming from Bells.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Pours a light golden-yellow with one inch of bright white head, which dissipates quickly. Smell is very weak, of doughy yeast and wheat. Taste is decent; again a very light wheat flavor is prominent, with a subtle tartness. Body is very thin and light, with average carbonation. This reminds me a lot of Bellsí Lager of the Lakes; I think it could be a good gateway beer for a macro drinker to gain interest in the world of craft beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (2142) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Light, yellow and fizzy, this beer has a minimal flavor and ester proflie. Very light desert drinking. Wouldnt drink this for anything other than rehydration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 oz bottle. This beer really delivers in what it sets out to do. I really think this would be a highly quaffable beer in the summertime out in the heat, so Iíll try to judge it as such. Not much going on on the pour with only a light layer of bubbly bright white head, that almost entirely dissipates. The body is translucent with some slow carbonation, and a pale honey color. A light nose here that mostly consists of yeasty dough and mild lemony citrus. Also, some indistinct sweet fruits and light cereal grains. Surprisingly, the feel is not overly watery as one might expect given the abv. Light and refreshing with minor carbonation, and a subtle tartness through the latter half of the sip. Fruity from the start, with citrus zest becoming stronger towards the finish. Also, some light cracker grains in the middle. Finish is quite clean. Again, thereís not too much going on here, but I donít think thatís the point. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle from Antioch Wine and Spirits. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grassy, wheaty. Thin on the palate with a good bit of carbonation. Taste is wheat, lemon, and a touch of sour. I think this is an excellent session beer, and plan to buy some more before itís all gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Pours a straw color with a fleeting white head. Wheat and white wine aromas with a hint of hops. Tart white wine flavor with sour grapes, wheat, and citrus notes. I normally like Bellís products but I am not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4483) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 12oz bottle from the andersons in toledo. Straw yellow pour with a bright white head. Aroma is muted mix of grain, spice, and citrus. Orange and tart in the taste. High carbonation. Ok. 3.0 RERATE: 7-1-12. This is more to my taste now. Nice session brew. Pretty straightforward, but nice light tartness. Bumped my score a bit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
I love this beer. Not much in the aroma and looks department. But such an easy drinking brew. If u like DFH Festina Peche then u will love this. Very similar but with out the peach flavor. Great change of pace!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Not my cuppa,í but I do really like the label art. Nose was wheat with a dirty ass pour...penny from tha lane. Taste is tart and bitter, dry, and sickenly heavy with wheat-ness. More of a cross of a Berliner Weiss and I guess itís well done. I think for fans of this type of brew, itís above medium range but nothing to Divinci Code to.

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