JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Bright ,thick, cloudy yellow with a medium head (off tap). Nose is wheat, passion fruit, lighter citrus, maybe papaya. Pleasure on the palate, super refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation. Taste begins with strong wheat and bready notes and bursts into citrus and light tropical fruit flavors with slight alcohol presence in the abrupt saaz hop end. From the big sun tapper, it is a perfect refresher and can go head to head with the best American saisons and the lighter American wheat ales!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - this is really great stuff - to me, a Belgian lover, this is the perfect summertime companion. Rich in flavor yet very drinkable.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Spicy wheat that tingles in your mouth; crispy and dry flavor
legion242 (2185) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An intersting cloudy yellow color; Thick to medium head with large buubles; Nose is nothing but YEAST. I canít put my finger on this one but I really like it. Nice spiciness reminecent of a saison. Very bready as well. Wonderful mouthfeel- almost grainy. Thanks Proc for a new favorite.
djmd (4) - cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved this stuff. The supermarket was really hyping it and I was not let down. Gonna go back for more. Truly the most appropriate summer beer Iíve had.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly bitter, doesnít quite taste like a typical wheat. Has a ísummerí flavor to it. Very good beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíll add to the speculation that this yearís version is different than before. Although I didnít rate last yearís version, It was quite different, more citrusy, more overloaded with a heavy mouth-puckering wheat quality (I didnít know what that was at the time, and at that time I hated Oberon). Now there is a compensating huge yeastiness, and I like it, but it doesnít seem to challenge as before. Really nice and full-bodied for a summer brew. Beautiful to look at and smell.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002:..Still an excellent summer quaffer. Not as much citrus-taste as in past years. Pours (from the bottle) to a lightly, cloudy golden yellow with white head, nice lacing on the glass. A little more carbonated than previous years. Nice aftertaste, still highly drinkable. Slightly hoppier than remembered. Still a favorite of mine. As others have mentioned, this is Michiganís version of Fat Tire in terms of popularity. Nothing wrong with that. Cheers to a warm summer this year!
2001:...This is the most refreshing, thirst-quenching beer Iíve ever had. Fruity, wheaty, cloudy, and just plain good. Bellís rocks.
2000:This is what a summer beer should be. Hell, this what beer should be period. Bellís keeps on impressing me. Good stuff.
olympian (107) - USA - APR 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Made only April-October,
this is probably Larryís best brown ale.
Little evidence of it being a wheat brew (you canít say that about all wheat beers)
and a flavor that rapidly grows on you. Better still on
draft, though I canít drink it that way - sniff! (headaches).
It alternates with his íBest Browní from October to April,
and this is the better of the two. RE-RATE BEGINS HERE: This yearís run of Oberon does taste (from bottles) like it should, and even the nose is the same,
but it is now a cloudy-urine color (???) The first time I had Oberon, it was a beautiful nut-brown, as I mentioned in the earlier review.
Strange, to say the least, but still good.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 What another wonderful beer from this brewery. Nice and cloudy golden color and fantastic flavor. I wish they made it year round.