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The run of summer seasonals continues with Bell’s Oberon Ale. Pours a very light and hazy yellow with a sizeable head and great lacing.
The first sip is surprising because there is more body and flavor than expected. There’s some grass, some malt, and a bit of spicy hops. Even though there is some wheat malt in this, it doesn’t taste like most wheat beers. A hint of orange and sour lemon in the finish.
It’s not as light and crisp as most summer seasonals, and it doesn’t have the right flavor for someone looking for a wheat beer.
Oberon isn’t bad, but there’s nothing really happening here that will make me want to have it again.
And if you are the curious sort, like me, here’s who Oberon is.
As much as I love porters, imperial stouts, and the like, when it’s hot and you’re at a cookout, no one wants to be drinking those all day. That’s when it’s time for summer seasonals, like Magic Hat’s Wacko.
The first thing that stands out is the color. It’s pink. It’s really the color of pink champagne. Not much head and it goes away pretty quickly. There’s something familiar in the smell, but I can’t quite place it yet.
The flavor is…odd. It’s like sparkling grape juice, and beets. That’s where the pink color comes from. Not really any hops. There’s a sweet, dry finish. Some cherry in there, too.
As far as summer seasonal goes, it is light and crisp, but it’s weird. I finished it, trying to figure it out the whole time. I wouldn’t do this again. Sorry, Magic Hat.