A Midsummer Night’s Beer…

A Midsummer Night’s Beer…

Bell’s Brewery, Oberon, American Wheat Ale, Comstock, MI

Bell's Oberon American Wheat Ale poured into nonic pint glass.
Bell’s Oberon American Wheat Ale.

5.8% abv. I first had this beer while attending the Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis in 2009. I stopped in for a snack and a beer at Scotty’s Brewhouse and it paired nicely with some chips and guacamole.

I had it again tonight thanks to a beer swap with my friend George Schwartz . Bottled on 4/6/17 . Pours a murky copper gold color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Spicy aroma with a touch of funk and ripe banana. Great Belgian lace. Wonderful peach, apricot, and blood orange flavors. Orange zest and white pepper zip of hop spiciness. This is an American Wheat Ale with an extra punch of hop bitterness. This beer would pair equally well with a fresh fruit salad or a bratwurst, making it a perfect summer beer. It is medium bodied yet very thirst quenching. I literally drank this beer in about 10 minutes trying to rank it…that is generally a good sign of drinkability. Honestly, this is one of the finest American Wheat beers that you will find.

Give this one a whirl…

Give this one a whirl…

Victory Brewing Company, Whirlwind Witbier, Downington, PA

I first had this 13 years ago and it looks like the label has gotten a facelift. 5.1% abv. I really love the aroma. Belgian yeast gives it an authentic witbier smell and taste. Excellent carbonation and amazingly refreshing mouthfeel that is incredibly suited to summer backyard BBQ sessions. Subtle but complex flavors include black pepper, clove, coriander, wheat crust, and a touch of lemon and orange zest at finish. This really is an excellent American witbier. Pair it up with some savory sausages or sweet Belgian waffles, you can’t go wrong either way.