Chad9976 (1125) - 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%).
rweingarten (46) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wheat ale, poured less carbonated than expected. On draft. Good wheat and citrus notes. Good for a summer beer.
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy, golden color with beige head. Smells slightly citrusy with a clean smell of wheat. Tastes of citrus, wheat, and a slight spice note. Smooth, light-medium palate. Very refreshing!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
coyforce (571) - Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid fruity summer beer! Delicious flavor that reminds me of citrus and very light hops. Pour is a nice cloudy golden yellow.
mp_lane (22) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this as a summer wheat ale. Poured cloudy from a 16 oz can. Sweet fruity aroma, taste is complex malt and fruit flavor. Love it!
Jimsal27 (204) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden color. Not much aroma. Some spice and a bit fruity. Nothing special. Ok.
spasticbeast (21) - Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange with a bright white head and lots of solids swirling around the bottom of the glass. Aroma is citrus, grass and light sugar. Taste is biscuit, grass and grapefruit. Light carbonation, smooth and light on the palate. Eh
Ron (2440) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK, so I had this on a very hot night after cutting lawn and then running 5K. I also added a drop of real lemon in glass. Pours a bright orange, slightly hazy. Aroma is wheat, grain, grass, lemon and other citrus. Taste is wheat, grain, lemon with orange and spice. Light sweetness. Palate is thin, medium carbination. Enjoyable beer.
matty (174) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Hazy cloudy gold color with a white head. Aroma is mostly yeast with some malt in the background. Medium body, the yeast-malt combo stays in the taste with some yeast in the finish. Love this one...excellent!!!!
- via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Barnoloid (115) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the first craft brews I ever got into, as with many other people! This is a solid wheat beer - golden hazy hue, lemony, spicy touch. Refreshing on a hot summerís day when the A/C is cranked up to the max and you are winding down after a day in the sun. Now in cans, which is a great change!