I have been a fan of Bell’s Oberon for a very long time. It’s one of the beers I’d always pick if I saw it on the menu at dinner, and it reminds me of good times in the summer sun. So I’m pleased to be able to get it into a few duels recently to test my impressions. Because I have such an affinity to Oberon, I decided this was another duel I needed to try blind.
As the opponent in today’s duel, I chose Revolution Brewing’s Sun Crusher. I thought the idea of these beers were pretty similar. Summertime, citrusy wheats with solid drinkability. Hell, even the can designs have similar color palates and feature a sun. So let’s see how they did against one another.
|Better label||Revolution Sun Crusher|
|Better aroma||Revolution Sun Crusher|
|Better taste||Bell’s Oberon|
|Better finish||Revolution Sun Crusher|
|Winner||Revolution Sun Crusher|
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I was surprised that in my blind testing I chose the Sun Crusher for as many things as I did. It has a more powerful aroma, which left a strong impression with me. The taste has a hint of grapefruit which leads to a tart hop flavor that combines well with the other ingredients. It’s a bold wheat beer, but still very drinkable (aka crushable).
The Bell’s Oberon was still awesome, it just didn’t hold up against the competition in a few of these categories. It’s aroma is subdued and sweet, a very nice smell, but slightly overpowered by it’s competition. You can’t go wrong with either of these beers, and if you’re headed for a lazy day at the beach anytime soon, I’d recommend bringing them both and tasting the difference for yourself!