Bell’s Oberon Ale is the Michigan breweries summer seasonal offering. It is a fruity, spicy wheat ale and is definitely meant to help you cool off on those hot summer days (hence the bottle artwork). I had it from a 12oz bottle but it is now being offered in 16oz cans by Bells as well as their classic IPA Two Hearted, which is really awesome.
Appearance: Slightly hazy but a really bright golden color. Decent 1 finger head, lacing wasn’t crazy. Typical wheat ale look.
Nose: Pick up some good spicy hoppiness up front with orange/lemon peel citrus aromas. Pick up the wheat and malt in the back too.
Taste: Really light and crisp, high carbonation on this one helps give it that nice crisp bite on your tongue. Has a good mouthfeel all around really. Tastewise you get that citrus from the nose carried over into the taste especially getting some orange flavors. The wheat also shines in the taste being able to get some banana flavors.
Availability/Price: This is a seasonal release so obviously available throughout Spring/Summer. That being said in that time-frame it is definitely very readily available in states that see Bell”s distribution. Price was pretty on point for what I think I would and most other people would want to be paying for a summer wheat beer, 8-9$ for a 6-pack.
Overall: It is what you expect from the style. That being said it is definitely one of the better executed examples of the style. Most summer seasonals are a big time pass for me but I would drink this if it was offered to me or on draft somewhere and I was sitting outside in the summer. I enjoy Bell’s Spring seasonal offering as well the Smitten Rye Ale. I would definitely say Oberon is worth a go and would definitely be enjoyed by casual drinkers and beer snobs a like.