2017 Oberon by Bell’s Brewery – Beer Review

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ABV: 5.80 %
OG: 1.06
Availability: Seasonal (March-August)

You may have thought that spring in Michigan started on March 20th, but you are wrong. The real start to spring in Michigan is March 27 – Oberon Day! What is Oberon day you may ask? It’s the first day Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo unleashes its seasonal American wheat ale upon stores, bars and the masses across the state of Michigan and in more recent years across the nation. Many Michiganders also recognize this day as the unofficial “first day” of summer. I am a  diehard Bell’s fan and I have always enjoyed the release of Oberon. I know I might catch a little grief from the hardened craft beer snob for having such an affinity for this beer. However, like many others it was the beer that got me into craft beer scene. Therefore, it will always have a place in my heart and fridge.

Each year the release seems to get bigger and bigger. So, after reading all the articles and salivating over the pictures, I had to get a taste. I left work and went immediately to Crunchys, which is one of my favorite dive bars in East Lansing to grab a burger and pint. The appearance is classic Oberon, with a hazy yellowish orange color and one finger white head. The bottles are fermented with a signature house ale yeast, which is why you get the haziness. I like 2017 release more than the 2016 release. This year Oberon is less spicy and has more fruit and wheat flavor. The wheat aroma is also stronger than last year. As always, you have to drink this brew with that classic orange slice, which enhances the fruitiness. Overall, this has been one of my favorite Oberon releases so get out there and enjoy an Oberon. Happy Oberon Day 2017

Feel free to let me what you think. Until next time, Cheers!

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