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

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86
very good

1,677 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,677
Hads: 6,320
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 202
Gots: 1,346 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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: 1,677 | Hads: 6,320
Photo of ibbjamin
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My girlfriend just got back from a trip back to the hometown in the midwest and brought back 9 12 oz bottles of this. She picked the up for $8.49 for a six pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Three bottles didn't make it back.

We attended UW-Madison and this was the beer of choice for us chilling in the summer on the terrace listening to bluegrass and having good time with friends. Those were the best days and this was the best summertime brew. Served on tap at the terrace, I'm not sure if anything could have beat it for those hot summer days chilling on the lake. So I pour a cold one into a pint glass on this 100+ degree day and reminisce of the good ol' days. I digress...

An inch and a half of somewhat frothy off white head. Not much head retention. A light orange very cloudy, murky wheat color. Well carbonated. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a great balance of wheat, light yeast, lemons, orange, sweet malts and citrusy hops. Very light and refreshing on the nose.

Taste is light and refreshing. Sweet malts perfectly balanced with citrus hops and the crisp finish of a wheat beer.

Medium body, extremely smooth, and a drinkability that is second to none.

Best summer session beer. Period. To be enjoyed on a hot day, and if you get this one on tap, it tastes twice as good as out of the bottle. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of waltonc
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oberon is a summer time favorite of mine from the days in Ann Arbor. Brings back fond memories of drinking on the porch after an afternoon of canoing, jumping off the railroad bridge into the Huron River, or doing nothing. Clearly, my review of this beer is biased by associations, but whatever.

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Photo of mlockman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally my favorite of it's style; my "go-to" summer beer.

Had some out-of-season once before, and it was pretty terrible; moral of the story is to take seriously the brewer's recommendation of a 6 month shelf-life after bottling/canning!

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Photo of marcpal
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had first at Eulogy in Philly and enjoyed another bottle to try again- both equally tasty.
Poured this bottle into a blue moon chalice.

A: Hazy orange with a pillow big frothy head. Lacing sticks around.

S: Predominantly belgian wheat. Fruity aroma without being too sweet.

T: Pleasant sweetness and a touch of hops with the complete wheat taste. Spicy orange, in this version as well as I was unhappy they tossed an orange in it at Eulogy.

M: Unique, a full body and chewiness for a wheat of the style. The dense beer is still incredibly refreshing. Really shined here.

D: Oh so drinkable. Tasty and one of the most refreshing on the market.

Highly recommended, have to grab a case next time Im in PA- great summer beer.

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Photo of mtrctyjoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial Thought: Holy crap this is awesome beer...

Amazing truly american wheat ale .... spicy and fruity - great for the summer time. If you like a good wheat beer, try this one.

I truly love this beer. One of the best. I have yet to drink a bad beer from Bell's.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a king among summer wheat beers. Take a while to stare down the artsy sun on the label, and it will put you in the mood for an Oberon. It's a Saturday afternoon type of beer - a great lead in to a long night. Fruity, lemonish and light. The perfect summer beer. If this beer were an artist it would be Van Gogh.

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Photo of jtucker7
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a perfect summer beer, with a far deeper taste than I initially expected. On the first sip there is a light taste of citrus with a fairly well rounded finish, but every sip that follows brings a different experience, deeper citrus notes and the bitterness rounds out well the further down the bottle I got. At its price point it is truly a great beer for a summer party, or just sipping alone outside.

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Photo of tjkurz
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful summer beer hazy orange/yellow smells of citrus and hops. Tastes of great wheat and some citrus fresh and refreshing but not weak. Mouthfeel is substantial and grainy. Drinkability - my favorite summer wheat beer - I try others only to be disappointed - I had to pick up a sixer of these this summer to finally scratch my summer beer itch.

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Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange color with a head that disappears quickly. The taste is wheat, orange and some banana. This is the perfect summer beer. Best enjoyed on the beach. I have had this beer on tap while out at the bar and it just doesn't seem as good unless its enjoyed on a nice summer day.

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Photo of livin4jc
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Wine Country Illinois, Homer Glen, Illinois
Apparence:
A orange-amber cloudy color. You can see the wheat and hops in the beer. Unfortunately, first glance I could only think of a drug-test specimen!
Aroma:
A wheaty fruit filled-frangrance made this beer quite appealing to me.
Taste:
Medium bodied and refreshing. You could taste the Saaz hops and a distinct but not overpowering citrus flavor. A quality well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel:
Smooth, creamy, and not very carbonated. Great for the summer evening grill-outs.
Drinkability:
Very refreshing. A good wheat beer and not overpowering. This is the best wheat beer I have had! However, I'd have to leave it in the bottle!

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Photo of jsolack
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
This has to be one of the cloudiest beers I've ever drank. It looks like banana puree... Head is very think and lasts. Lots of lacing.

Smell:
Sweet bread and yeast are the first two things I smell... defenitly different than a typical Hefe... no banana smell.

Taste:
A very sweet and tasty brew. Very grainy in mouth with a bread like finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel:
Super thick and creamy in mouth. Coats tounge well.

Drinkability:
A great brew. Unique taste and smell along with great feel in the mouth makes this beer a winner.

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Photo of tab021
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this as my first beer on my 21st birthday. I saw it again on tap and thought that it is high time I actually enjoy this one...

A: Cloudy orange color with a nice head that lasts throughout. nice lacing as well

S: citrus/orange and sweet wheat.

T: Refreshing sweet and even a little fruity taste that finishes quickly. Definitely one of the best wheat beers I have had.

M: This one is very different. It is thicker, but it is so clean and refreshing even, that it feels close to perfect.

D: This is a fantastic beer. Easily one that could become my favorite. Easy to drink and enjoy, while not so dull and lame that it is a throw away beer. Highly highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look:
Massive amounts of foam after pouring from a 12oz bottle. It is a deep gold / orange color that is a bit hazy.

Smell:
Smells of various citrus fruits and aroma hops. There is a strong bready / yeasty scent as well.

Taste:
There is a hop bitterness at first, but it quickly fades into a very wheaty / malty flavor. The tastes then turn towards tart fruit and sweetness. There are spice notes throughout that keep the flavor very interesting.

Feel:
Medium mouth feel. Feels fairly thick and syrupy with a lot of tongue tingling goodness.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this as it is different than all of the other "orangey wheat summer beers". This is a bit more interesting than many I have had lately and I would definitely buy this again. I grew up in Michigan, but never had one of these when I lived there. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of jhenderson88
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden murky color.

Smell: Citrusy and summer sweet smell

Taste: great taste of citrusy fruits, sweet with a light carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, clinging to the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: A great beer, easy to drink.

I found a mini keg and will buy it next time I see it, it's a great beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap first time in a sampler. Liked it imediately. I searched around over the next few days until I found a distributor that stocked or sold it. Bells definately has some good brews. The Oberon is currently one of my favorite summer brews.
Has a decent white head with an orangish yellow color; cloudy; smells and tastes of citrus and spices. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
Just as good out of the bottle into a pilsner as it is on-tap.

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Photo of BigBelly
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love a good wheat beer, and while this definitely is not a hefeweizen, its one of the best American wheat beers that I've ever had. Like most American wheat ales, it misses the strong clove or banana scent other wheat beers give you, and instead has a nice floral nose to it.

The aftertaste is a bit fruity with a slight nip of hops and this is where it really separates itself from most wheat beers. The color is a bit lighter than a Belgian wheat beer and looks a tinge lighter than honey, more like straw.

Unlike most American wheat beers, this one isn't overly spiced and covered up with large amounts of coreander. It's very drinkable with an average abv. which is good for barbecues and hanging outdoors. I believe it stands out on its own and is really what an American wheat beer should be.

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Photo of adams82
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From batch # 7850, packaged March 7th, 2007. Fresh.

Pours a pale, cloudy, golden color with a thin and filmy white head which leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind. Smells of citrus; lemons and oranges, bready yeast, moderately sweet malt notes and spicy hops. Tastes zesty and sweet, yeasty; sweet malts tones and soft graininess up front balanced by a nice spicy hop presence with the bready yeast notes throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and robust, perfect levels of carbonation exist making this easy to consume in massive quantities.

Oberon is a true summer beer; light, refreshing, full of crisp flavors and it hits the spot every time. If other great beers such as Two Hearted Ale didn't exist, I would almost ask "Why drink anything else?".

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Photo of Valmor88
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark wheat/gold appearance. Cloudy. Two+ fingers of white head that stick around, and eventually leaves nice lacing.

S: Yeast, hops and citrus at first, then some subdued wheat tones come in.

T: Wheat is big here, with some spicy hops here and there. Orange citrus mixed in there as well. Seemed different with each sip. Nothing is overpowering, though - a mild taste. It is still a pale wheat.

M: Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent carbonation leads to a smooth finish.

O: Really enjoyed this on tap, and will have to buy a six pack.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells of faint strawberries and lemon zest. Taste follows the nose, at the very end you get a bit of the wheat. Nice refreshing beer. 5.8% ABV

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Frozensoul327, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & lemon) along with a a little wheat and decent burst of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity with flavors of lemon and orange along with a mild wheat background. There’s a mild flavor of hops bitterness that comes in next and gets stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is mild. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style even if it’s close to being an IPA with less hops. This is an excellent beer that I could drink for long, long time.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat, this beer has a nice orange/amber color with lots of wheat sediment at the bottom of the glass. Truly a great looking beer.

Smell was very high in wheat and a little bit of oranges. Definitely one of those beers to prepare for, as it will be a nice treat.

Taste was awesome. It was very full, wheaty and had a great smooth, almosty buttery aftertaste. This stuff is certainly on my "get" list whenever I hit up the liquor store again!

Mouthfeel was very pleasant and satisfying. No dead spots, no wasted fluidity, just delicious and refreshing wheat ale going down the hatch on a hot summer day!

I had to stop myself from drinking the whole six pack as soon as I got it! Man this stuff is addicting as soon as you open it! Go get it if you haven't tried it, it's that good.

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Photo of kbeals
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazy, golden color. There's about two and a half fingers of fizzy, white head. Some floating particles also make an appearance. Lacing was somewhat lacking, but overall the appearance was pleasing. Smell wasn't overly exciting. Definitely grainy, with a citrusy zest to it. The taste was much the same. A hint of citrus complements the wheat well in my opinion. The beer was very smooth and pretty fizzy. I could probably drink these all day if I had the money. I would defintely recommend this beer.

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Photo of semihobo
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8371, purchased at a gas station on the way home from East Lansing. $8.99 suddenly became $11+ after tax and deposit, yikes.

Massively hazy with particles in suspension, when I shake the glass they wiggle in a jelly sort of way. Toasted marshmallow orange. Head is surprisingly bright white, fairly small but covers all the sensitive areas. Poor retention but good sheeting on the glass.

Smell is potent, orange and wheat. A touch of some peppery herb, maybe coriander.

Taste is also big. Fairly dry, mostly wheat with moderate bittering hops and minor citrus. Pepper is still there. All aspects of the taste profile are strong -- definitely not watered down.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with playful carbonation. Finish is a pleasant wheat note.

This is drinkable to the point where I want to burn all of the papers I should be grading and go fishing with the rest of the six pack. Too often "summer" beers are watered down with low ABVs -- this is a "big" APWA in the taste department.

Pricey, but worth every penny. Oberon signals that summer is here.

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Photo of bradley194
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an extremely refreshing beer to drink. I am not a huge wheat beer guy, but this beer I really enjoyed.

Poured a pale orange color with a two finger head which dwindled away fairly quickly.

Strong smell of citrus; orange, a little lemon.

Taste is extremely refreshing. Not a strong wheat taste. Has a good deal of carbonation to it.

Very citrusy as far as taste is concerned. Hoppy but not bitter.

Very good beer overall.

Perfect for the warmer months.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd heard about this beer and I was looking forward to trying it when I went out to Michigan on business. I was not disappointed and I am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one was great.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The beer was a cloudy yellow orange color. The aroma was full of pear, apple, and pale malt aromas.

The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the buttery character to it. Very unique and good. The malt is very bready and has the distinct wheaty taste. There are also some light notes of citrus, particularly orange.

The beer is very soft and comforable on the palate and is a good all-around beer. I could drink this beer all day if I could get a hold of it again.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,677 ratings.