Oberon, the wheat beer that put well-known Michigan microbrewer Bell’s on the proverbial map, formally went barrel-aged final fall. Dubbed Uberon, this beer was already acquainted to some devotees of the Comstock-based brewery from its rare appearances at particular faucet occasions and native beer festivals over time. In August 2021, simply as Oberon’s summer time launch wrapped up, Bell’s determined to launch it into broader, however nonetheless restricted, distribution. Presumably, they’ll maintain the identical seasonal handoff for 2022.
This American Wheat Ale spends an unspecified period of time getting old in ex-bourbon barrels, however it’s apparently lengthy sufficient to accumulate a fairly boozy profile. The web site even describes it as traditional Oberon “with a shot of bourbon dropped in.” How does this Boilermaker in a bottle style? Let’s discover out.
Uberon pours a burnished gold, solely a slight shade ruddier than Oberon, with the identical pillowy white head. The aroma is bourbon ahead and booze heavy, with huge, creamy vanilla notes complimenting the malty sweetness, refined spice, and lemon peel of the summery wheat beer at its core. The palate is as crisp and refreshing because the traditional, and simply as unobtrusive and easygoing, regardless of the barrel getting old and amplified abv. Notes of cinnamon toast, vanilla pudding, and lemonade are clear however a bit muted, which is considerably stunning for a barrel-aged brew. Undecided I’d peg this one as a winter sipper, however it’s undoubtedly too drinkable for a seaside season launch. I, for one, would want to camp beneath the pier.
A- / $14 per four-pack / bellsbeer.com