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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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2.1
DWestrick (758) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
bottle in Tampa. Didn’t like this beer at all - in fact, this is the first Bells beer I didn’t completely enjoy.

2.5
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2011
bottle - Pours gold with a one finger white head. It has a light aroma of yeast, wheat, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and very light. There’s citrus in there and a subdued wheat character. Bland. Everything is subdued here and to me it’s not just because their goal is a less intense session brew. Even for that it’s lacking. I’m not much of a wheat ale fan anyway, but there are certainly better ones out there. Kind of overrated.

3.2
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
An extra sent to me by Styles. Yellow-gold color, pours with a tight thin white head, lively carbonation. The aroma shows lemon, wheat, herbs, and grainy notes. The flavor follows the aroma almost exactly. The tart citrusy lemon flavor, and low abv, make it seem like a Berliner Weisse to me. Lots of wheaty and herbal notes. A little thin, sure, but we’re talking 4% so that’s not all that surprising. It’s refreshing and packs a good crisp tartness. This beer is limited but I think I’d like this one for a refreshing, crisp, summer session beer.

3.5
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
The first swallow tasted like fritos. It’s definitely sour. It kinds of tastes like fruit. It’s not bad, but not something I’d love to try again.

3.1
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2011
The body is deep gold with lots of fast moving bubbles. There is a long lasting thin white head. The nose is doughy with some hints of raisins. There is also some raw potato. The taste has lemon tarness backed by raw dough. Notes of potato come through. It finishes with some salt. The body is smooth and slick with bright carbonation.

3.4
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap as Cheesburger In Paradise. Color is pale gold with thin frothy white head. Aroma of wheat, sweet malt, and tart apples and citrus. Taste is lightly sweet and lightly sour, a nice balance. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with lively carbonation. Very quenching and easy to drink. Nice session beer!

3.5
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 12oz Bottle. Pours a straw yellowish with a bubbly, frothy, full head that diminishes slowly. The aroma is lactic acid, tartness, sourness, lemon zest, citrus, earthy hops, and a slight wheat edge. Taste is basically the same, tarty, citrusy crisp sourness without being over the top. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full-bodied for such a low ABV brew. Basically, this beer is what Leinekugel’s Summer Shandy thinks it is... (Even though we all know that a Shandy is Lemonade or Soda with a Pilsner) Either way, this is by far the best easily obtainable and affordable Berliner Weisse available in the Indianapolis area. There are much better ones, from Berlin, of course, but they don’t come in 6pks and they a re $5-6 a single bottle. Oarsmen costs $10 a 6er and you can drink 6 of ’em, especially on a hot day. I like.

3.4
SpringsLicker (3642) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours a light yellow with a tall white head. Tart crisp aroma. Fresh tart palate. Light and refreshing, easy drinking.

2.4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color that looks like urine in all honesty and a two finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing. Slightly funky, earthy aroma with hints of soil, bready yeast, earthy hops, wheat and lemon zest. Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front followed by a slightly tart, spicy yet sweet flavor. A decent amount of bready yeast adds to the feel and there is a decent amount of citrus fruit. The prominent flavor is lemon juice with hints of pepper and clove. This beer is refreshing and easy to drink but it tastes like a lemon juice spritzer. I guess I could down a bunch of these on a hot summer day but I don’t really like the flavor or the dry lingering tart citrus finish.

2.8
Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle. Thinner pure white head, slightly hazy bright yellowish orange. Yeasty and has the house Bell’s aroma profile found in the Pale Ale, Oberon etc. with some chalk in the aroma as well. Tart and lightly citric in the flavor, with some almost yogurt-like notes. Thinner, very wet body, with subdued carbonation. Kinda strange lying somewhere between a wheat and lager with some sourness. Not really doing it for me.


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