Brewery: Bell’s Brewery
City – State- Country: Comstock, MI USA
Style: Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%
Release/Date: 3-8-2012 marked on bottle
Reviewed By: Dave
INFORMATION: This is the Bell’s Brewery’s way of signaling the end of winter. Oberon has a much anticipated release date, more so than any other Pale Wheat Ale. Available in most areas all summer long. Oberon has a great following for a beer that, in my opinion, is nothing to write home about. At any rate it is a nice refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
APPEARANCE: Pours a murky light yellow. Cloudy with a chunky appearance. One finger of head with nice retention. Good spotty lacing throughout the drinking session.
AROMA: Fresh, crisp wheat aroma. Has a smidge of hoppy-ness that brushes your nose. Nothing overwhelming here….just nice.
TASTE: Oberon has a light Saaz hop bitterness up front that has a little nip to it. A crisp, citrus, lemony laced flavor is at the core of the overall flavor. This brew has all the sweet and citrus of a pale ale and the smooth taste of a wheat ale with out the strong spices of a Hefe. There is a pinch of spice but nothing worth dwelling on.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thickness with a slightly sticky feel. Decent carbonation that hangs around for awhile.
DAVE’S BOTTOM LINE: The best feature of this beer is it’s fresh lemony flavor. I will tell you that I am not a huge Oberon fan, but there is something that makes me want to fire up the grill once I start drinking this beer. I would personally prefer more hop flavor to put this in the elite category. A good time to drink an Oberon would be while grilling up burgers and dogs at a cookout with some family and friends. I think that even the macro-beer drinkers won’t be able to turn this one down. A great session ale, and a good beer for someone looking to transition from macro to craft beer.
Score: 3.5 out of 5