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RATINGS: 840   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 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
On Tap. Bell’s Tap Takeover. Harris Grill. Poured clear yellow. White foamy head. Aroma was citrusy. Flavor of tart apples, oranges and lemon. Sweet finish. Reminded me of a cider. Light bodied, alot of carbonation and dry in the end. Good for a hot night.

smaynard6000 (1268) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2018
Can. Pours a hazy light golden color with small white head. Aroma of lemon and wheat. Slightly tart with a bit of sour citrus. Very light. Subtle, not the extremely puckering tartness you get with others in the style.

GarrettB (1694) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2018
March 20th, 2015 - The Oarsman Ale is an odd duck, with all kinds of curious and head-cocking eccentricity. The aroma is both buttery and wheat, but there is also a sheen of steamed artichoke that takes me off guard. And the flavor is tangy and acidic, with a lighter palate and very fine sweetness, with a touch of white grape. The acidity defines the flavor, but the artichoke aroma keeps knocking it out of focus.

Pershing (596) - Garland, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2017
12 ounce can poured into a stemmed Chalice. Bright yellow with a small amount of carbonation. Sour tart aroma. Light body with a tart taste of lemon. Clean dry finish. Would probably pair well with Chinese cuisine or spicy Italian.

The_Osprey (9721) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
September 2017 - Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza. As 'Bell's Oarsman Ale'. Pale yellow, translucent, still, foamy off-white head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is rubbery, condoms, some grapefruit. Body is smooth with tingly carbonation. Taste is again rubbery, light citrus, minerally, quite thin and plain. OK. (5-4-5-4-13=3.1)

john_hops_kinz (26) - - NOV 2, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2017 Oarsman Ale: This tastes like a slice of American cheese baked onto of a big slice of lemon, except you forgot to take the plastic off.

tiagosilvabs (38) - BRAZIL - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 boa cerveja! o 'tart' é bem pronunciado. nao conheço muito o estilo... lembra un pouco vinho branco...

achtungpv (284) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Apricots and cherries up front and a bit overripe. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit to sweet for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MrTipple (7004) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Sour citrus fruits, grapefruit, bread, grain and cereal malts, zesty lemon, lime. Hazy gold, small, creamy, white head. Light bitter. More sour, bitter citrus fruits, yet not too intense, more bread and cereal malts, soft carbonation, light bodied. Decent Berliner Weisse, refreshing and well-balanced. Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 17, Canada Water.

Livendadream (261) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 23, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2017 Can pours a hazy straw color with a huge white head that lingers leaving lots of lace on glass. Aromas of citrus fruit, herbs,and wild flowers.Tastes of tart lemons, seltzer and mildly sweet wheat bread.Light body, abundant carbonation, slick, tongue tingling mouthfeel and a nice tart,lightly salty finish. It is not to tart and very light. This beer is very refreshing and easy to drink on a hot fall afternoon. I like it!

higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Interesting session wheat beer. Light with notes of lemon. The sour/tartness makes it unique. Interesting but too light for my taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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