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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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1,675 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 6,288
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,304 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Reviews: 1,675 | Hads: 6,288
Photo of DeaconBluez
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have let this bottle sit probably for bit to long, so i am guessing it will have a bit of an outcome on my review.

it puored hazzy yellow. the head did not last all that long.

it smelled of light spices and citrus, some lemon maybe.
tasted very malty. the citrus and spice is still there, but the malt is in full effect in the taste. alcohol is not that storng to me.
mouthfeel is carbonated and very thin.
drinkablity is good. it very well could be a good session beer

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Photo of johnwarne
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.


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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I remember liking this beer a lot better in the past. The only other times I've had it have been on tap, but I saw it this weekend in bottles and picked up a six pack.

A - Hazy, unfiltered yellowish-orange with a one finger cap that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Here's where I was dissapointed. Didn't really smell as well as I remember. Not much citrus in the nose as I remember. Lots of toasted malts and bready. No real hoppiness as well.

T & M - Was much better when really cold. When it warmed, it became really bready / biscuity. More toasted malts then the citrusy hop flavor I remember. Alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed, although it's still a low ABV.

Wasn't really impressed. Expected more from this one and wasn't as refreshing as a summer seasonal should be in my opinion.

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Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" white head that recedes rapidly with faint lacing. Color is a golden orange and very cloudy with much sediment in suspension.
Aroma: yeasty bread, wheat grass, and a slight citrus hop smell.
Mouthfeel: mostly watery although not super light bodied, there is a slight stickiness that clings to the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat. Finish is fairly dry with a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Flavor: Oberon has a nice balance combination with sweet and fruity flavors mixed with a tangy hop bite.
Overall: This is an excellent beer and very refreshing.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Bells Oberon Ale. This is a great very easy drinkable summertime beer and when I say drinkable I simply mean it goes down very easy. Golden , highly carbonated with about a 2 finger head. This reminded me a lot of a Heineken and had a lemony citrus taste with a hint of hops at the end.

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Photo of thisisshsas
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at a 4th of July Party at a friend's house. Beer poured a hazy gold orange and had no visibility. Had no extraordinary smell. the taste was very smooth with very little bite as an aftertaste, but there was a richness to it that clearly separated it from a Lager. Not recommended as a session beer just because of the filling nature the beer.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A hazy yellow color. Medium to light carbonation. Light white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Light notes of bready malts and coriander. Very subtle smells.

Taste- Very bready in the malts, a hint of coriander. Unlike some unfiltered wheats, this beer is non-existent of the orange or lemon flavor. Very little bitterness. Not quite as smooth of a finish I would like for a wheat but very tastey.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation across the tongue. Rather smooth.

Drinkability- Very high given the style and relative light balance of the beverage.

Overall- I very good summer ale for sure. I much larger fan of other wheat beers such as North Coast's Blue Star or Avery's White Rascal but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale straw yellow color that produced a good but quickly dissipating pure white head. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- Primarily a very straw-like dryness with hints of a grainy subtle lemon rind.

(T)- The wheat definitely shines in the flavor profile with subtle citrus and a yeasty grain-like aftertaste.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a smooth and crisp balance fitting well into its style. Ever so subtle bitterness amidst a refreshing mouthfeel overall.

(O)- Have had this many many times over the course of the years yet never got around until now to finally review it. Definitely one of those "gateway" beers for me that got me into all of this. Still solid and still great to have on a warm day.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber in color and hazy, with about one finger worth of head... Pretty nice lacing. Looks like a good wheat.

S: Not a lot going on here for me.... Wheat, with a citrus hops and a good amount of yeast.... not much else.

T: A balance of sweet and tart.... It starts a very yeasty, then tames to a nice sweetness and finishes with a little tart in the hops. Not much aftertaste...

M: Med bodied with a nice carbonation....

D: Not a bad beer.... but not anything special either. It is quite drinkable and would not be to bad after a nice hot summer day.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head served from a jockey box at the Big Pour in Scottsdale. eventually settled down. Color is golden with a slightly orange tint. The aroma is very fruity. Definantly an ale with a nice citrus note. The taste is simply that of a fruiity wheat beer. I am sure it is going to be a big hit here in Arizona, the girl pouring it said it would be available year round in Arizona starting next month. Mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a citrusy lemony note which is prominent but not overpowering Aftertaste is bready and clean.

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Photo of Lupe
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-straw color with decent sized khaki head. Not much retention and very little lacing.

Soft wheaty aroma, floral and lots of citrus. Mostly orange zest, more juicy than hoppy and a faint herbal/hay-like aroma that's a bit strange.

Lots of wheat flavor, a little musty and grainy. Some spicy hops for balance and crispness. The citrus that was in the aroma can not be found in the taste. Finishes bone dry and leaves me thristy for something else.

Light-medium in body and overly carbonated. All the fizz takes away from the delicate flavor. Goes down easy but leaves you wanting more. Not bad, but I wouldn't have again - just not my thing.

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Photo of engagechad
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark - Glen Allen va - poured into Ommegang belgian glass

Pours a hazy orange wit decent head. Smells of kind of danky wheat and grain. Tasted like a funky wheat although it was good.

Over all I didn't really enjoy the beer and IMHO If i were going for an am pale wheat I'd go for Souther Tier Hop Sun

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Photo of RoadPhish
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--light, golden orange color--no head remained once the beer settled into the glass

S--unfortunately, no orange or lemon aroma

T--hints of lemon and orange

M--did not go down as expected--a rough texture on the back-end

O--Oberon is a good summer brew, but I would recommend Bell's Two Hearted Ale (IPA) over this particular American wheat ale, regardless of the season.

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Photo of kevinv
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10251, bottled March 4th, 2011. Well, that kind of sucks since I just bought this a few days ago and was hoping to get it a little fresher. I figured Oberon would have a pretty quick turnover in stores...guess not.

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with about a half finger of white head. Rather quick fading of the head, leaving behind no lacing. Visible bubble carbonation.

S - The nose is predominantly wheaty/grainy with a light fruitiness. Pretty basic.

T - More flavorful than the smell would suggest. Crisp, moderate bitterness up front with pale malt and wheat characteristics. Subtle spicy hops and again a light fruitiness. The finish is somewhat chalky. A bit of an orange-peel tastes lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy high-medium mouthfeel. Pretty high carbonation. Above average.

O - Overall, this beer is good for what it is. It's an easy-drinking summer beer for those hot days. Probably won't always be my first choice, but it's definitely one I can see myself returning to.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing about Bell's Oberon when I saw it, but the label design must have worked because I picked it up anyway. It's a fairly nice and safe beer overall and one that your friends, wife or even you might enjoy outside on a patio.

The look is quite cloudy and haze of particles gives your glass a semi frosted look at all times even though it isn't. Color-wise it's a pale yellow on the sides bordering towards orange on the center.

The smell is like sweet floral nectar. It's very faint and you have to pull it in but it's nice and has a hint of vanilla. In the taste you get some hops right away followed by a fairly floral and slightly sweet fruity flavour. It's an interesting twist on the order of balance as beers are generally sweet initially with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good.. a touch over-carbonated but otherwise fine. And the drink itself is interesting enough that a few of these is not out of the question.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice hazy orange! Its a beautiful beer

Not much to note on the smell but the beautiful beer makes up for it.

The taste is refreshing and crisp. Not to in the way of taste or complexity.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer and a great way to start spring!

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Photo of areich6
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color as one would expect from a beer of this style. Looks thirst quenching and enticing.

S: A lot wheat malts, an extremely faint presence of lemons or oranges. Typical for this style.

T: Just a lot of malt. No real character. Barely any hops, and no fruit characteristics.

M: Extremely smooth. As a beer that is meant to be a thirst quencher on hot summer days it fits the style perfectly.

O: Fairly average beer. Not bad, but not good. No charater in the taste but I think it serves it's purpose well as far as a summer beer goes.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright golden color with nice white clingy head. This is a very attractive beer. It glows in the glass.

Smell is a bit bland, not a whole lot sticks out. Not a whole lot to the taste either. It's just a nice refreshing beer. You're not going to be overwhelming or challenged by anything here, but this would be a good beer for a warm summer day. Not a lawnmower beer but a good BBQ beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy blonde with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice creamy white head that leaves some fine lacing behind as it melts. The nose is mild and consists of wheat malt and a bit of orange zest. The flavor is pretty much like the smell with just a little bit of spiciness. Light bodied with mild carbonation. It's a shame, I really used to look forward to this beer in the summer and it was one of the first beers that really turned me on to craft beer in the first place. Oberon is still a fine beer but I think my palate has changed over the years and it just doesn't do it for me anymore, but it did turn me on to all the other great offerings from Bell's.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg into a lager glass by my buddy Drake. He poured a bit of a monster head, With tons of lacing. The beer is a murky gold color. The smell is of wheat and lots of it, With some very light malt and perhaps of lemon grass?. The taste follows the smell largely. With some squeezed orange coming through and some slight grape in the mix. The mouthfeel adds some tartness, though a bit too tart for what it is. Overall, A good wheat ale, Would I buy it? Sure, I I needed something that was easy to drink for a medium price that is a nice change from the usual.

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Photo of xare
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as an orangish-amber with a thin white head that didn't lace. Average appearance, but a tad darker than most wheat ales.

Smell was truly exceptional. Smelled just like an excellent pale ale with just a faint hint of wheat - truly nice for a wheat pale ale. Didn't give off wheaty aromas as so many do.

Taste was somewhat strange. Tasted a little like an alcoholic bread flavor. Didn't really distinguish itself from being alcohol with a touch of wheat (which is nice at times, but doesn't endear me to drinking more of it).

Mouthfeel was decent, went down smooth. Nothing else of note though. Did begin to warm up (and become more like alcohol the more it warmed up).

Drinkability wasn't great. I finished the beer but I wouldn't search this beer out again. Might have it if it was free, but I don't think that Oberon was worth searching out, especially when I can drink anything else Bell's makes.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

Bottle code 10283 which means it was bottled on 3.23.11.

A- Light, cloudy orange with a almost-white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S - Citrus, barley, corn.

T - Sweet corn and wheat.

D - A touch bitter, sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating evident, has a bottle code of 8488.

Appearance: slightly hazy but mostly clear medium golden, very light orange highlights. Head is dense, off-white, limited, and dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Limited. Some lightly bready wheat notes, and a little spiciness. Really needs to warm to room temp to smell much of anything.

Taste: apricot, some orange spice, a little hint of maybe bergamon spice, some very limited clove hints. Kind of a mish-mash of spice flavors, but none really dominate, or shine. Minimal to no hops evident.

Mouth: Slightly slick, medium full, with a notable tingly carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable as lawnmower beer, but deeply unexceptional from a brewery capable of much, much, much more.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled on 4/18/12, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color– nearly opaque but pretty bright and vibrant. There's a half-finger or so of fine, white head, and a decent quantity of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass.

S: Light bready, wheaty smell, accentuated by freshly cut grass, orange and lemon peels.

T: Quite a punch to follow up the relatively light aroma– bread and fresh grass show up initially, with citrus flavors backing them up. Taste intensifies on the finish, then lingering yeast and bitter grass/citrus flavors remain for a while. The yeast overpowers the other flavors a bit, but is not unwelcome. I might just be imagining it, but the beer seemed to taste a bit better after I poured the sediment at the bottom of the bottle into my glass.

M: Light, smooth, and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Just a bit of a tingling resulting from the beer's bitterness.

O: Despite my limited experience in the American Pale Wheat style coupled with the dramatic variance of beers within it, this one's strong flavors make it better than average. I definitely see the appeal in drinking a few of these on a hot summer day, and wouldn't mind revisiting Oberon in the future.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.