WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty wheat ale, about as good as a wheat is going to get. Gumballhead still holds that crown but this takes 2nd. This is alot more wheaty and hazy, with this being more citrusy and Gumballhead being sweeter. Who cant love something that says its brewed for the good people of Illinois?
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear, smells like beer. tastes like... well that was a lousy note. this didn’t taste anything like oberon, which, ostensibly, is the reason for its existence. as wheats go it was pretty weak all around: some mild citrus fruit flavors, but thin. zero body, hardly any hops. what’s the point? i’ll rerate it at some point.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy orange with fluffy head. Aroma is spicy wheat and citrus. Flavor is pretty good: spicey and citrusy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light. Boy am I glad to get Bell’s in Illinois.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy orangish brown. Small white froth on top. Aroma is very malty with some distinct wheat notes. Flavor has an extremely nutty start with some sweet malt notes that come through in the finish. Very dry and sweet with some vanilla and orange peel flavors that linger. Nice wheat beer but very dry. Good, not great.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours murky orange with a nice thick frothy white head. Creamy aroma of wheat, vanilla, and orange peel. Immediately this one draws parallels to oberon. Gritty chalky mouthful. Sweet wheat flavor with vanilla and orange peel. Very similar to Oberon, just not quite as good.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to 17thfloor. murky orange color with fluffy long lasting white head. Nice sticky lacing. /aroma is funky wheat, yeasty, grassy hops, funky sourness. herbal and grassy hop flavor, very mild citrus, finish is a little strange maybe a hint of aspirin as well as an herbal hop bitterness. leaves a bit of a strange coating on the tongue. This is very drinkable, but nothing to write home about.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Piece. Similar to Oberon, first off. Very crisp and refreshing, quite clean. a little citrus and a little sweetness as well. Nothing amazing, but still a very formidable wheat beer. Nice
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 on tap. pours hazy gold with white head. aroma of orange, wheat, yeasty. flavors of orange, wheat, citrusy finish, good dose of bitterness, leathy hop profile. pretty tasty and i think i like this better than oberon, it’s quite a bit hoppier.3.6.
bottle. so only a few ratings on this but it is already under rated. this wheat beer rocks and is light years ahead of oberon. good citrusy wheat malt but a big noble leathery hop flavor that finishes this out and makes it so tasty. way hoppier than oberon. i will run to get more cuz this is great stuff.3.8.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Handlebar on North Avenue in Chicago. Recently released I guess. Pours opaque gold with a nice head. Nice aroma of wheat, malt, and a little bit of hops. Medium body, and refreshing. The hops peak through in the aftertaste. I think the Oberon has a little better flavor though and fruit/spices to it.
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jerry’s. The third beer for the Illinois market by Bell’s, aka Kalamazoo Brewing. Opaque, milky brown with big, foamy tan head / Big nose of fresh bread and wheat / Medium body, a hint of sweetness, and with a smooth and creamy balance of malt and hops / Mild flavors of bread, caramel, malt, and wheat / An outstanding, and relatively bold, wheat beer. Said to be a copy of Oberon which my notes roughly support.