Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Oberon Wheat Ale
Bell’s makes some of my favorite beer and is one of the handful of breweries I’ve tried that has yet to make a beer that disappoints. One of the first beers of theirs I tried was Oberon, their summer seasonal that is the epitome of what you’d want in a warm-weather beer.
Coming in at just more than 5%, Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s house yeast, giving the beer that rich smoothness of a wheat beer with a slight hoppy and spicy note to it. With a heavy focus on the citrus notes and smooth grain qualities, Oberon is one of those gateway beers that newbies and seasoned beer geeks alike enjoy.
Oberon has a dank hazy deep yellow/light orange color to it. There’s a massive pillow of head on top that lingers for quite a while, imparting some really nice lacing, but no alcohol legs.
The wheat is strong on the nose. There’s a really nice bready sweetness and juicy orange notes with a very slight hint of other citrus fruits. It’s unmistakably a wheat beer.
I’ve always loved the taste of Oberon. A sweet subtle citrus taste and maltiness washes over your palate. There’s very present carbonation, but not in a biting way. It does a great job of cleansing the palate. There’s a very smooth and full mouthfeel with a sweeter juicy finish.
While there’s no one thing stands out about this beer, that’s what I like about it. It’s easy to drink, very well balanced and so well rounded. It just works so well together, and that’s what makes it one of my favorite warm weather brews.