jh773 (82) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful hazy gold with plenty of carbonation. Strong toasty smell with a hint of spice. Tastes like fresh bread with hints of orange and Christmas spices. Dry on the finish.
kimble (1) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
I could wax all poetic about fruity scent and crisp, clean taste. Its appearance is perfect because it is in bottle and sitting on a deck overlooking a marina. Letís just leave it at this: itís an exceptional beer for a day at the beach.
BrettTaylor (464) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a hint of orange hue, 3 finger white head. Aroma - a hint of orange and spiciness. Taste - mild wheat with orange/citrus, nice spiciness to balance the sweetness from the wheat. This is very refreshing and nice after a hot day of working in the yard. Crisp and refreshing with a medium long finish that makes you want another drink.
SG111 (51) - - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow/orange/golden color. Really looks very good. Aroma is ok, some orange and mild hops come through. Flavor is pretty awesome. Very light, very refreshing, almost like drinking a wheat beer orange juice with a hoppy finish. Very refreshing. I wouldnít call this a go-to beer for any season, but on a hot day, this is awesome, and very refreshing. The small (and somewhat unexpected) hop finish adds a very nice element to this beer that other summertime beers definitely lack.
smaynard6000 (607) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can. Pours a bright hazy golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is wheat with some fruitiness. Mildly sweet and fruity with some hoppiness in the finish. Smooth and drinkable. Great for summer.
docsteigs (526) - Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice wheat ale. Aroma of spice citrus and grass. Taste is pretty hoppy but still smooth with wheat mouthfeel. Finish a tad oversweet.
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Danyel (594) - Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours light yellow with white head. Aroma Is strong lemon, citrus, fruity, hop forward. Taste is crisp, fruity, lots of virus...okay.
Ctplt777 (80) - - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not a huge wheat beer fan but Oberon is excellent. Perfect for a hot day. Fruity aroma and nice sweet taste. Itís very straightforward as far as wheat beers good. I like the balance of oberon because a lot of wheat beers get weird and sweet but this one still keeps a hoppy presence but maintains that wheat beer sweetness. Excellent stuff.
Luk_ (93) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy and peppery hops with light barnyard from the fermented wheat. Taste is lemony hops, light fruity sweetness. Very refreshing beer, just the right amount of tartness and bitterness. Wheat presence gives a smooth mouthfeel.
Chad9976 (1139) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. It was bottled on 3/7/14 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Extremely hazy shade of gold/yellow/light orange. Pours to a small, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Nondescript wheaty aroma, subtle citrus or spice, though mild nose in general.
Taste: Bellís Oberon Ale is probably one of the most popular craft beers in America, most likely due to the fact the average Blue Moon and/or Shock Top drinker will like it. Bellís is a brewery known for making some amazing stuff, but they also make a lot of fairly average offerings as well and this is probably the most average of the average. While not a bad beer, this is a pale wheat ale epitomized. If youíre looking for something drinkable this is it; if youíre looking for something memorable, itís not.
The palette here can be described as a mixture of three generic traits: wheat, citrus and spice. However, trying to pick up anything more specific is quite challenging. The wheat character is in the ballpark of a wheat beer, but in no way reminiscent of anything Bavarian style. Thereís a slight sweetness and a slight tanginess to it. The hops arenít particularly discernable, though there does seem to be an underlying dry spiciness. As for actual spices or seasonings like orange or lemon peel, coriander or clove Ė theyíre not individually distinguishable. That being said, the palette as a whole is enjoyable, even if it is indeed quite mild. Iím sure Bellís could make a much more memorable beer if they wanted, but this does what itís supposed to do.
Drinkability: From the packaging and marketing, thereís no doubt Bellís Oberon Aleís selling point is its drinkability. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, cold, wet, and refreshing Ė just as a summer beer should be. However, it doesnít seem to capitizalize on its 5.8% ABV body. For something almost as strong as an IPA there should be stronger, more complex flavor here. Otherwise, why not knock the weight down to something more sessionable (i.e. <5%).