“For Whom the Bell’s Tolls?” – A guest Beer Review by Lee Salawitch
When I mentioned to a buddy at my 25th college reunion that I’m a fan of craft beer, Steve said, “You have to try Bell’s Oberon Ale, it’s great.” “As in ‘Oberon and Titania?’ ” I wondered. The value of a liberal arts education.
When two other friends recommended it and said it was available at Whole Foods in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, three blocks from where I was parked, I literally ran to pick up a six pack!
The bright orange and blue label with a golden sun look more than inviting. I can understand how those in colder climates, or those who experienced the blizzards of 2009/2010, equate the seasonal release of Bell’s Oberon as one of the true signs that summer is approaching.
Bell’s Oberon pours a nice light amber color, actually lighter than the photograph, and is translucent, as many summer ales and wheat beers are. The initial pour resulted in a white colored head almost two fingers thick that took a few minutes to dissipate, with lacing that lasted through much of the glass. The scent is of citrus and spice, and not quite as lemony as Sam Adams Summer Ale.
These flavors were not noticeable so they do not distract from the beer’s taste, and the ale has a mild carbonation and a rich, heavy mouthfeel, even though it is a light tasting beer. There is a very slight bitterness which lasted throughout the entire glass. While Bell’s Oberon is a light summery beer, it is also strong enough to be paired with spicy food, such as the cayenne burger and four alarm Mexican food with which the first two were enjoyed!
On the back of the label it is stated that Oberon has “the color and scent of a summer afternoon.” Fresh laundry hanging in the breeze, the smell of the ocean, a very drinkable American wheat ale. I can see that!
Although the Bell’s logo has three, I give this beer four bells. For whom the Bell’s Tolls? If you’re a fan of summer ales or wheat beers and want to sample a more interesting brew, it tolls for thee.
A bit about our guest reviewer – Lee Salawitch.
Lee is 47 and has been a beer enthusiast for almost 30 years. He’s a fan of craft beers/microbreweries/brewpubs and always seeks out local beers when traveling.
His favorite beers are Sam Adams Black Lager, Pikes XXXXX Stout, Alaskan Oatmeal Stout, and, he’s almost embarrassed to say since he tries to avoid the big breweries, Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale.
In the “true confession” department, Lee is a real lightweight and two beers puts him under the table!
Thanks for sharing Lee!