Happy Oberon Day 2016

Submitted by Yo_Blue on March 21st, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Happy Oberon Release Day!  This is the day Bell's releases Oberon to most of the US.  Some states like California and Florida get it year-round for some odd reason.  While not the stronges or tastiest, it does remind me of summer and is my favorite.  The availability of the micro-kegs is a summer highlight for parties up north.  There will be a run on oranges in my neighborhood!

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CGordini

March 21st, 2016 at 3:00 PM ^

Just dropped off my best friend downtown for the Pub Crawl. I'll be joining...eventually. Horray, employment.

Agreed, reminds me of summer, and for that it gets a bonus :)

nerv

March 21st, 2016 at 3:11 PM ^

Definitely picked up a case for myself earlier. Regardless of outside temperature you drink that first Oberson and you warm right up.

leftrare

March 21st, 2016 at 3:14 PM ^

I'm down to my last six-pack at my weekend house.  Love the stuff but oddly only when consumed there in Michigan -- not back here in Chicago.

It just seems proper that way.

ijohnb

March 21st, 2016 at 3:26 PM ^

to take care with it.  Yeah, if you break out a semi-cold Oberon and drink it it out of the bottle it is, frankly, pretty nasty.  If you drink it really cold out of a glass with an orange slice on a hot day it is enjoyable.  There can be no debate though - it is not the beer it used to be.  I don't know enough about beer to know why, but Oberon today is not what it was 10-12 years ago.

FreddieMercuryHayes

March 21st, 2016 at 4:07 PM ^

Well beer is an agricultural product. It will change as the non-static living organisms that make it up change through the years. For me though, I think that it's consumers that have changed. Beer drinkers palates have changed as the beer scene has exploded in the past 10 years.

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MChem83

March 21st, 2016 at 3:34 PM ^

Yeah, nice summer beer (skip the orange, please), but nothing special, nothing worth going out of your way for. It's well hyped, but that's about it.

swalburn

March 21st, 2016 at 3:34 PM ^

i agree it isn't what it used to be, but it still manages to taste like Spring and nostalgia all at the same time.  I think that is why I get excited for it everyear.  It reminds me of being a kid.  I will definitely have one the next time it cracks 65 degrees and the sun is shining.  

skurnie

March 21st, 2016 at 3:37 PM ^

I look forward to the release more than the beer at this point. A few times per summer I like having a few on a hot day. The past few years haven't seemed as good as usual. The tallboy cans are great, though. 

drjaws

March 21st, 2016 at 4:45 PM ^

Didn't the brewer who first made Oberon leave and go to Arcadia a few years back, which is why Whitsun has tasted far better than Oberon the last few years?

I still like Oberon.  Couldn't find the mini-keg anywhere.  I have the 2008 (when I moved back to Michigan because fuck living anywhere else in the country) through 2014.

drjaws

March 21st, 2016 at 4:45 PM ^

Didn't the brewer who first made Oberon leave and go to Arcadia a few years back, which is why Whitsun has tasted far better than Oberon the last few years?

I still like Oberon.  Couldn't find the mini-keg anywhere last year.  I have the 2008 (when I moved back to Michigan because fuck living anywhere else in the country) through 2014.

jsquigg

March 21st, 2016 at 4:50 PM ^

Predictable Oberon debate in predictable Oberon thread.  I get that there are better beers out there and many craft nerds think Oberon is overrated, but today's craft drinkers don't realize (or care) what Oberon was when it came out originally at the beginning of the "craft movement" and for many people like myself just looking for a drinkable, balanced beer that isn't too heavy or hoppy, Oberon is the bee's knees.  Do I like more complex beers?  Yes.  Is Oberon my favorite beer?  No.  But it was a pioneer in the movement to advertise craft beer.  You may not like Oberon that much or at all, but you will respect it.

turtleboy

March 21st, 2016 at 7:04 PM ^

I just think bitters are a select taste. Many people are simply predisposed to reject bitter tastes, and IPAs and their ilk will always draw confused looks and raised eyebrows from them. I recognize many people love bitter hoppy beers too, hell, my grandpa used to salt his buttermilk, but IPAs will always be a love-hate (or maybe a love-wtf?) thing.

GoBlueSPH

March 21st, 2016 at 7:30 PM ^

This is exactly how I feel. It is a solid beer now that there are other alternatives, but it was a beacon of hope 15 years ago when everyone else was debating miller v bud.

To me it's now more of a symbol of summer. It might be a little brisk outside, but Oberon is on tap and baseball is right around the corner.

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