Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

5,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,595
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 148
Gots: 669 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Reviews by erz316:
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 floz bottle with 9130 on the back, poured into speckled hen wheat pint glass.

A - good dark straw colour once the yeast gets flowing. not that much head for a wheat beer, about one finger and thats all. the head is white and has some pretty big bubbles on the top.

S - the nose is pretty much just wheat, not much else. it is also quite faint, and can seem almost clean at times. decent amount of yeast in the background. maybe some soft sweetness like a mildly sweet fruit, like a soft apple or pear. as the beer warms it the nose gets a bit more intense, but the flavours remain the same.

T - this is quite a sweet beer. the initial is a very yeast and bready wheat flaour, I really like the taste of this wheat, and am glad I poured it in. aside from that, there is a blunt level of sweetness that is unavoidable. the finish stays the same, but has some of the hops come out for the first time. the aftetaste is just slightly wheaty.

MF&D - a very carbonated medium light body. quite drinkable, but no where near my first choice if I want a wheat beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is very much a Michigan summertime staple,although my friends stock up to drink it year a round.Good cloudygold'orange color,taste of orange in the palate along with a little buttery tinge.The butteriness comes through for me on tap,have drank way to many of these I think,and boy I do miss it so!

Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very hazy and inviting yellow with a strong, white head that rose up nicely and left little pools of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – Well, it smells like an American grain-based Pale Ale with a hint of wheat and a light, almost-soury lemon note.

Taste – The wheat is second to the grain, but there’s just enough of it to smooth things out. Again, there’s a light hint of lemon, not enough even to turn things sour, but just enough to be noticed. The grain is a higher-than-normal grade, making the all-around taste relatively good.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, almost creamy, with a light carbonation that avoids the usual fizziness of American efforts.

Drinkability – This is not my style of choice, but for what it is trying to do I think it’s a solid effort by Bell’s.

Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy Orange, likely caused by the Polyphenoles in the Saaz Hops used to brew this fine summer beer. Nice off white head. Loaded with yeast.

Smell: Fruit, Sweet oranges, lemon grass, coriander, a regular potpourri of dried flowers

Taste: hard candies and sweet breads, hazelnuts soaked in orange juice and laced with edible flowers, Christmas dried oranges, maybe cloves too.

Almost no wheat in either the smell or taste. This beer is all fruit and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation to make your tongue tingle without having a bite.

Drinkability: High, very high. Easy on the stomach, mind, and palate.

Notes: Oberon is significantly more creamy and more aromatic on tap than in the bottle. Also, it is better in the spring/early summer than in the fall/late summer. In spring it is crisper and the aromas are more flowery whereas the beer begins to smell more of rotten oranges by September and loses something in its body. The mouthfeel, smell, and drinkability all suffer.

Or… I just get sick of it by fall.

---Update---

It's now October 12th and last night I had what will be my last pint of Oberon for the season. It tasted, looked, and felt like Miller Lite with a few drops of Blue Moon in it. This is definitely not a beer that ages well. Drink it young and early!

Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had both in bottle and on tap. Oberon pours a cloudy, pale golden-orange color. Slight amounts of sediment in the beer actually look inviting rather than scary (like pulp in your orange juice). Thin, wispy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It's hard to get a powerful nose from this stuff, but what you do get is full of orange zest, mild clove, mild cooking spices, a tad of grain, and a bit of wheat. The taste is very closely tied to the smell - nice and robust for a wheat-style beer, backed with a citrusy-orange peel flavor and a nice kick of spice that hits about halfway through and lasts til the end. Hops are present, but faint and come out near the latter half of the taste. Some graininess is also present, but not overpowering or notably predominant. A hint of clove can also be detected from nearly start to finish. Medium-thin bodied with a soft amount of carbonation make this beer easy to drink.

Oberon is a great summer time wheat beer with a somewhat unique flavor profile for this style. A solid choice all around.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a Belgian Wit, deep honey colored with thin white head., wnd little retention. Aroma is a bit yeasty with heavy wheat malt presence. Very crisp on the palate which reminds me of a belgian style. Flavor is mediocre. A somewhat generic bland flavor to it that reminds me of Blue Moon's white. No great flavors really jumping out at you. Finishes slightly bitter, and a little stale.

Photo of DavyJones
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is nice and fruity with white grape dominating. There is a big white head that becomes a layer and leaves alot of fractured, tacky lacing. The beer is a hazy gold color and very evervescent.

Wheat tang, orange rhind, and bold, fresh hop taste battle for attention in the forground while soft sugar and spice hide. Very Nice. I was thinking of this as a wit. It is listed as a APWA. I think fans of either will be pleased. Light and fuzzy mouthfeel. Yummy.

Photo of mnewth
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon a American pale wheat ale by Bell's...

A- Nice golden hue with plenty of yeast sediment in the glass. Thick upfront head that falls to quarter inch froth that leaves decent lacing for a pale wheat ale.

S- Sweet malts and wheat upfront with traces of hop scents are there. Yeast is also noticable in the head.

T-M- Clean refreshing taste of wheat and yeast backbone. This is then followed by mild but present hop definition. Sweet beginnings to bitter end. Very nice normality with the complex ingredients. Smooth on the tongue with mild astringentcy on finish.

D- Drinkable as any pale wheat beer with the help of smooth and refreshing flavor that masks the 5.8% alcohol content. Great summer wheat ale.

Photo of weatherdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a weiss glass

It pours a honey gold color with a very surprising amount of what I presume are yeast chunks. They are everywhere in this beer just suspended like the beer is Jello. It's not really an attractive site. I don't mind yeast in my beer but I like it to integrate into it and make it cloudy, not sit there making it speckled. The head is fluffy and white with a decent retention level.

The nose is fairly bland with some minor orange. There also is just the slightest fruitiness from the yeast but not nearly to the level as a German wheat beer. A little bit of breadiness is also present.

The flavor is also pretty bland and void of any assertive flavors, most just a little breadiness and some wheat malt. A subtle bitterness balances the light sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full with a higher level of carbonation. Drinkability is well above average for this beer even with the fuller body. This is my definition of an average beer. I know how popular this beer is with newer craft beer drinkers as well as BMC drinkers looking for a change. It is unoffensive, pretty well made and light in flavor. In exchange for making this a great conversion beer it suffers from having any character.

Photo of Dabeel
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange in hue, slightly hazy, with a thin receding head. No lacing.

S: Yeasty bread smells. Notes of the wheat are definitely recognizable on the nose as well.

T: Light tastes of malt and wheat, dry and well balanced, with just the faintest hint of light hops. The finish is clearly malt with that familiar wheat beer linger.

M&D: Solid mouthfeel, quite light overall, with very light carbonation. Drinks smoothly and goes down easily. I'm not a huge wheat beer guy but the flavors in this are quite good and I very much enjoyed it.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,577 ratings.