Best Wheats 2010: #5 Bell’s Oberon

10 05 2010

Photo Credit: eiratansey CC

In much of the United States, Spring is a big deal. It means the return of warmth and sun. It means warm breezes and green trees. It is a return of life after months of darkness and cold. For much of the United States beer drinkers, nothing signals the return of Spring as Bell’s Oberon. Like the groundhog, a sighting of Oberon means that Spring is soon here. At the arrival of this beer, people have been known to squeal in delight.

That orange and blue label with the bright yellow sun just screams spring and summer. And it is quite possibly one of the most recognizable and noticeable labels in the craft brew world.

Bell’s Oberon
(Bellsbeer.com)
Rate Beer Score: 92 Points (98 for style)

Aroma: Spritzy orange peel and zest is most prominent with creamy wheat notes. Czech Saaz hops give a slight spicy and grassy note.

Appearance: A bright, hazy orange with a creamy, white head and excellent lacing. As Bell’s says, “Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon.”

Taste: Creamy wheat with a caracao spicy brightness. Czech Saaz hops give a clean, peppery back end. Fresh American ale yeast gives a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and silky. Light carbonation gives a slight prickle to help cleanse the palate and prepare for the next sip. Super refreshing and light. Serve slightly cooler than cellar temperature.

Pair with a spinach salad with fresh goat cheese and a orange vinaigrette or an orange berry creme brulee.

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad CC

Honorable Mention:

Avery White Rascal
Rate Beer Score: 73 Points (84 for Style)

A light and refreshing Belgian-style American white ale. From Colorado, Avery brews solid beers. The White Rascal issuper tasty and refreshing. Creamy and smooth, it has a slight orange spice to it superior to Blue Moon. However, it is not quite complex enough to make the top 5. Well worth the try.

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