Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bell's Oberon Ale (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2017

DOC: 5/24/17

2015 BJCP Category: 1D American Wheat Beer

AROMA: General wheat/sourdough bread scent but with no distinctive character. Not sweet. Not much hop presence. Slight tang. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy orange body (7-9 SRM). Fairly large off-white foam retains and laces well enough. 2/3

FLAVOR: First half is mostly malty-bready flavor. Not especially sweet, or even robust for that matter. Some orange citrus flavor emerges as the apex akin to sweet orangepeel (though likely due to American hops). Low bitterness with minor spicy bite. Brief starchy aftertaste but otherwise clean. Palette is a bit mild even for this style. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is very soft and creamy with smooth finish. Refreshing. A bit too potent for the style (and consumer expectations) at 5.8% ABV. Should be more sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably the Godfather of the style, though not exactly the best example of it anymore. 7/10