Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAY 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alright.. this is definitely not the best bells that Iíve had. By far the most famous of their brews, it is an easy to drink beer. Perhaps that is why it has such mass appeal. There isnít much aroma to oberon, thus my low score in that category. It does have a decent body, and is pleasant to drink. I just didnít pick up on any subtle flavorings, other than a dab of citrus. Then again, maybe I am just not a fan of american wheat beers...
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
boy. this is spicy. the hops are very apparrent as well. small head, crisp, refreshing. easy to drink. sweet fruity spiced banana hops with orange coloring in a bottle. not bad. iíll probably buy it again.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer means summer to me. Itís what I look forward to when I take my trips up north (MI) where itís abudantly on tap. It offers just enough spice with the wheat flavors and a good finish.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was pretty good, but I am not a huge fan of wheat beers. Spicy in flavor but the finish was a little wierd and not that much to my liking. However, donít let me be the judge, try it anyways.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 on tap at some bar at illinois state university. itís just a pleasant miller, in my opinion. easy to drink, pleasant bitterness. a bit dry, keeps you to drink it. a hint of spice, banana. not bad! UPDATE 7/12/04: uprated aroma +1 and overall +1, duvel tulip glass; refreshing. perhaps it's the atmosphere.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice wheat beer. Looks great in the glass with a white head and a somewhat cloudy yellow-orange color. Somewhat spicy, citrus wheat aroma. Flavor is distinct wheat with citrus undertones. Good mouthfeel.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful cloudy haze, miss the days when the sediment would settle to the bottom. bitter taste and and perfect carbonation add to the ambience of the perfect summer brew.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange with a snow white head. Taste is citrus and spices (celery was my first impression but its more complex than just that). Slightly sour but not disgustingly so. Some bitterness in the finish. A different wheat for sure. Very refreshing.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a hazy pale yellow, with a large rocky white head, light carbonation, and with attractive lacing. † Wheat malts and lemon zest on the nose, as well as what I like to refer to as 'dog farts' or 'pond water', typical in many American Wheat beers. † There is also a spicyness to this that I cannot pinpoint. † Up front it is rather wheaty, slightly citrusy, and again with that odd spice. † That spice isn't far off from perfumed hairspray. † While not bad, it doesn't really add to this beer. † Finishes with a somewhat medicinal flavor. † Body & mouthfeel seem alright, but the aroma and strange flavor throw me off. † Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed and kegged one week ago, keg tapped 5 minutes ago.
It's a hotly anticipated sign of spring in the Midwest, the arrival of the Bell's Oberon, and I'm ready for my first, fresh sip of the season.
Color: a thick, opaque yellow/orange body. Tap Oberon is thick and cloudy at the top and the bottom of the keg, but it pours clear after a few a few pints are pulled. Head is nice and white, thick and lasting.
Aroma is delicate, but brimming with zesty citrusy notes, spices, sea-foam. In a nutshell, the tingly orange flavor dominates Oberon's taste profile. Carbonation is low, yeasty component of this unfiltered brew is tasty, tasty, tasty and adds significantly to the supremely delicious and downable mouthfeel.
As with many other Bell's products, the style is not presented clearly in the name or on the label. This used to be called Solsun, until a Mexican Brewery took umbrage. I believe they steal the name from Shakespeare's Fairy King in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It is described as "an American wheat ale with European ingedients", which still doesn't answer all the questions. Czech saaz hops are used, and imported (from where?)wheat malt, but no curacao zest or coriander are mentioned. That aside, it tastes more like a Belgian witbier than anything else, but, like many Kalamazoo offerings, it belongs in a class by itself.
This beer plays very lightly on the palate, delivering zingy, spicy, and very fruity hops, with an utterly delicate, and thirst-quenching texture. Wheat isn't tasted as strongly as in other wheat beers, goes down very smooth, but still adds considerably to the texture. This is a beer that makes itself at home in the mouth, and makes one quite comfortable during it's stay. Long, delicious finish. Light body. So easy to drink! Everlasting finish!
There are many tasty, thirst-quenching wheats out there, but only one Oberon. The fruitiness really pushes it forward! Supreme acheivement, and a beer I'll be enjoying all summer long!