Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bell's Oberon Ale

Anyone else tired of the constant tips for pairing food with beer? I certainly realize that certain beers go better with certain foods, but this is way overdone. So I just proposed on Hearst Communications' food and recipe website that someone should come up with a Beer-Only Menu that would last a whole day. Sound like a good idea? Anyone up to the task? If the monks can do it, so can we.

Today I'm going to try my second beer from Bell's Brewery in Comstock, Michigan. The first was Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, which I thoroughly enjoyed. On the other end of the beer spectrum is the one for today, Bell's Oberon Ale. I couldn't find anything out about the naming of the beer, so my guess is that Oberon is the Oberon made famous by Shakespeare, Oberon King of Shadows and Fairies. I'm not quite sure if that is a powerful position or not!

Oberon Ale is a wheat ale which has a very nice yeasty and fruity aroma. The flavors have a large wheat presence and a spicy clove, orange and peppery aspect as well. The orange comes across more in the tail end of the finish on your palate. This is a light-bodied, refreshing beer and it is extremely pleasant to drink. I don't taste the 5.8% alcohol one bit. I'd have to say that the beer is slightly overly carbonated for my liking, but all in all, it is the kind of beer you should buy in multiples.

Tree of Life Embossed Leather Writing Journal, 6 x 9-inch

What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers

Wedgwood "Oberon" Dinnerware


D said...

This is my all-time favorite beer. Some people think it's just okay, some people find it quite pleasant. I, on the other hand, am absolutely in love with it. Just great!

I'm a Bell's fan boy. You should also try their Amber Ale.

Beer Drinker said...

Thanks, D. Definitely a great beer, and I'll look for their Amber Ale, too.