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Oberon Ale

Oberon Ale

Judges Rating: 
93
Aroma: 
24 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

An effervescent, refreshing example of the rather ubiquitous American wheat beer style, Bell’s Oberon deftly balances hop, malt and yeast characters in a highly quaffable brew. It pours a pale, cloudy straw color topped by a creamy, meringue-like head. The judges were unanimous in their praise for this beer’s light, slightly clove-like spicy aromas and flavors, as well as the quenching wheat tartness. As is typical of an American wheat, the aroma evinces hints of clove, orange zest and even a faint whiff of vanilla. Tom enjoyed the clean, bready notes in the aroma, likening the experience to walking into a bakery. And Lee found the mildly perfumed orange notes both intriguing and inviting. This beer is a tad big for the style, but its flavor remains superbly balanced between a delicate malty sweetness and a firm bitterness. It hits the palate with an initial attack of tart wheat that slides quickly into a subtle fruitiness, followed by a dry, crisp finish. Nick was particularly impressed by the “citrusy fruit basket” of orange and lemon peel flavors. Rick noted the subtle vanilla flavor that lurked just beneath the citrus fruit and lightly spicy hops. Perilously drinkable and exceptionally well-crafted, this is the quintessential beer for summer, regardless of where you may find yourself.

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