Bell’s Oberon Ale is, at first sip, the taste of summer in a bottle. It’s slightly flowery, a little fruity, and is a smooth-drinking beer. It gets a little hoppy and funky as the bottle goes on, however. Surprisingly, that goes away about halfway through, and the whole thing ends up being pretty pleasant. Strange to have a bottle start out well, go a little south, and then end up rather decently. Usually, it’s one good sip and then downhill all the way.
All in all – not bad for a summer seasonal. I like my summer beers to be a little light and have something that goes well with lemonade, like a citrus or floral undertone. This does it well. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this review about half an hour after drinking that bottle of Oberon, and the more I think about it, the more I could go for another.
For the price, though, it’s a little bit of a let-down. The sixer ran me right around $10 at John’s Grocery in Iowa City. Then again, I snagged seven different beers while I was up there this past weekend, and after splitting them all, I’m only out about $15, so … fuck it. I’ve got six other beers to try, so one that’s mediocre is worth it.
Look for reviews of other brews, most of which are from up North in Wisconsin and Michigan. I trust people who drink a lot of beer and eat a lot of cheese.