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Bell’s Oberon — Reviewed By: Dave

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.

Nostrovia!

Score:  3.5 out of 5

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Craft beer drinker & reviewer. Founding member of the Erie Better Beer Bureau.

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