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!
tdrshayden (3) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firm yet smooth body. Rich flavor is long and lingering. one of the better wheats available
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours cloudy yellow with nice white head. Aroma is underwhelming, as is the flavor. It's not bad though, it pretty mild all around. Session ale, quite drinkable. Best wheat beer I've had.
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex aroma of wheat and malt. Golden yellow color with small particles, medium white head. Refreshing light flavor with good combination of bitter and sweet. Good summer beer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, this is a great summer beer. It is bubbly and refreshing. Poured a color like honey, with lots of little white particles floating in it. The carbonation and hops provide a subtle, tangy, dry bite throughout. Quite a light aroma, but one of fruits. Flavor is rather light, but as I said, refreshing.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a medium white head that lingers for a while. Aroma of fruit and hop. A little cloudy with a darker yellow color. Some sediment. Nice light flavor, Fruity with hop. Not bad.