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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 4139
Reviews: 1513
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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oggg

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for bringing me this one.

Pale yellow but not BMC pale. Weak head, surprisingly. No sediment and not hazy. Mild floral hop aroma. On the tongue this beer is a bit flat; tries to show some wheatiness. Minimal hop bitterness. Not sure if this brew has any life. Quite bland. Maybe an odd estery note towards the end. Not very crisp. So very thin.

Cool label, boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 23:33:07 | More by oggg
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greenbeaner

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow, with a one and a half fingered head supported by some carbonation rising from the bottom. The bubbles also swirl up quite a bit upon drinking.

Smell is wheaty with hints of mild citrus...lemon and orange, but also has some sour notes up front. Not a strong smell of hops either.

Taste is pretty carbonated up front which quickly dissipates into sourness and lemon citrus. Orange is strongly present too, with some just a hint of banana undertones to the smooth wheat finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated up front with a smooth medium bodied finish. Leaves a clean crisp feeling in the mouth.

Overall I'm a bit dissapointed with this one...I was expecting just a little bit more complexity from it. Also the small hints of sourness that it had were a pretty big turn off as well...I will say that it's a crisp refreshing beer, and is fitting as a summertime release, but all in all I probably won't go out of my way to purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 03:04:12 | More by greenbeaner
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this one at a recent tasting. Poured a hazy golden color with a small lingering white head. Aromas of wheat, light straw and honey. On the palate, this one was light bodied and smooth, with flavors of wheat, honey and light citrus.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:26:06 | More by emmasdad
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TheDM

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very large invigorated head of finely sized white bubbles and a cloudy orange unfiltered yeasty body. It had a decent hop aroma and was slightly fizzy in its initial mouthfeel while coming to a smooth finish with its mild hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 22:25:46 | More by TheDM
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw color with a thin head that disappeared rather quickly. Decent lace, but not great. Smell was yeastywith slight hops and even less malt. Some lemon hints noted as well. Taste is a bit too bitter, that is to say too much I think for a wheat ale. Its over bitterness takes away from its drinkability on a hot smmers day. It is still a very good brew, but not a great one like Bell's is capable of. I do have to add that the six pack I purchased from my local beer store had their entire supply of this at room temp and the package very clearly indicates to "KEEP REFRIGERATED". This may have altered its taste. I guess I will just have to visit the brewery since my parents noe live about 10 miles from there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 01:50:56 | More by sabrills70
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jjhbrfdds

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color,has a nice head that does lace and lingers,I think this beer is a tad thin some wheat and malt and hop balance a hint of lemon zest but I was not impressed,I could drink this beer all day then never miss it again,its by no means bad but just unimpressive and a tad overpriced,I guess ya call this a gateway beer I suppose its a heavy hitter in the summer months

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 16:46:33 | More by jjhbrfdds
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at my local watering hole, The Village Inn, on my last visit.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber-orange with a thin sheet of white head sitting across the top. Dies back to nothing in short order. No real lacing or active beading.

Smell- I don't find a whole lot interesting to be going on here. Smells mildly of wheat, with a cereal graininess as well. Can't say I really pick up on much else. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't really capture my attention.

Taste- Wheat and cereal up front, not a whole lot else. Flavors are mild and not particularly strong, decent but unimpressive. Finishes fairly watery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is alright apart from the finish as mentioned in the flavor profile, which comes across to me as fairly water. In terms of drinkability, it wouldn't be too hard to put back a couple of these, but I find the flavor profile to not be terribly impressive, especially for Bell's. I would reach for most of their other standard offerings to session before Oberon.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with Oberon. I've had it a number of times and can't say it has ever really stuck with me. There are many other examples in this and other similar style categories that I'd choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 00:28:38 | More by boatshoes
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harrymel

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a yellow golden ale with haziness. A less than single finger, fine and loose white head falls nearly immediately to a sheet of the same with a central dissipating cap. No lacing.

S: Nice and floral. Candied wheat. Slightest of lemon citrus nose. This is a light and airy nose which is not really complex, but nonetheless engaging. Nice.

T: Citrusy. Overly acidic on the initial. The alcohol is evident, which I did not expect, given the level of it. Floral as well here. The yeast is also a key player, simple yeast flavor. The taste is overall, meh.

M: Medium to light with higher carb than anticipated. Finish is off dry.

O: Well, I'm not impressed, but I'm also not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 15:09:33 | More by harrymel
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rundocrun

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute.

S - Almost no aroma to speak of, unfortunately. If I really strain to pick something out, I get a generic bready wheat and floral hop aroma.

T - Mildly sweet up front with moderate hop bitterness that follows through the finish. Some spiced estery banana flavor plays around in the background.

M - Thin body with bright, tingly carbonation. Sweet, sticky finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 00:24:38 | More by rundocrun
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy golden body with a 2 finger fluffy white head.Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S. Smells of lemon and wheat with a bit of pine.A touch of clove.

T. Taste is of lemon hopbite and a smooth earthy finish.

M. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall not a bad brew don't know if I would seek this out again but I wouldnt turn it away either.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 18:42:01 | More by Marty30
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AgentMunky

California

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Some stark-white head. Cloudy yellow.

S: Very little. Sweetish. Wheat? Cloves?

T: Sweet, spicy, and light. Clove and/or cinnamon. Vaguely sharp. The aftertaste is delicate and clean. My main complaint is that the spice lends a vaguely artificial vibe to the beer.

M: Slightly above average. Again, light.

O: Maybe least favourite Bell's, though I wasn't partial to Oarsman either. I don't like the spice profile. The beer was actually pretty okay, but I wouldn't have another. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:37:38 | More by AgentMunky
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head and some debris floating around. Smell is of lemons, some wheat. Taste is wheat, lemons, tangy up front but then a bit mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 15:56:14 | More by tone77
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

given to us by a neighbor from michigan (thank Lori and Mike)... they suggested drinking with an orange... though in some bars it's a lemon... tried orange... i can see it's good for summer, but no for me.

smells tangy, citrusy - 3

appearance - dark orange, hazy, nice thick head for a wheat... - 4

good mouthfeel - hard to distinguish the nuances of taste

bubbly and refreshing...

overall 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:33:49 | More by klkatz
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orcsinspace

Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, this beer is exactly why I tend to be annoyed by the recent "craft" craze. Bell's has quickly become the darling of the craft movement--at least where I live--and this beer is average at best.

The head was totally absent, and the beer's color was the same as if I just pissed into a glass after some light yard work. It is watery and thin, and a sickly pale color when compared to other wheats, like Starr Hills The Love, for example. The mouthfeel was water, and similar to a Bud. Sorry, but I have drank a lot of Bud, and this has the same feel to it.

The smell was average. It just smelled like someone popped open an adjunct lager. Nothing to writng home about, and nothing to really dog the beer over.

The taste was very mediocre. It was not bad, but it also was not great. This is a huge problem to me, because this beer runs about 12 bucks a six pack, and it doesn't even compare to most local or national brands. I could almost buy twelve better beers for just a few bucks more.

This is the first beer that I had of Bell's, and it basically backs up everything that I think about people acting snobbish about craft beer; this beer is hands down the most overrated beer that I have ever consumed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 19:01:19 | More by orcsinspace
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jcalabre

California

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 2 October 2002. This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The flavor has a nice bite on the palate. It very much reminds me of a white beer. I think that this is a pretty good American wheat. Not one of Bell's best, but certainly very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 20:35:19 | More by jcalabre
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold. Cloudy light gold color with a milky thin froth. Nose was sweet pear.

Basic taste, with some light toastiness in the aftertaste.
Shallow carbonation. Smoothed out as it warmed.

Not too impressed with this beer, which seemed to be a basic wheat summer brew. Good looks and nose, but not even very drinkable. Would've liked a little more of a thick mouthfeel.

Will have to try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 18:36:08 | More by donnebaby
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden yellow color with light carbonation and minimum haze.
Smells heavily of spices, citrus and malt.

Taste is medium bodied, malty, and bursting with citrus hop goodness.
Lemon flavors and malty finish make it a very refreshing and definitely a summer beer.

It seems many are champions of this beer; myself, I couldn't get past some of the sweeter flavors. I was surprised because I typically like wheat beers, so I won't rule out revisiting this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2006 15:01:16 | More by MeLikeBeer
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klewis

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7416

A: Pours a light starw color with lots of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Yeasty esters, grain, and a bit of citrus

T: Quite phenolic with bready yeast flavors and a crisp citrus taste

M: Light bodied, chalky, and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation.

D: I remember liking this more a few years ago. This is only a decent beer, but it is nice for hot days on the porch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 19:35:01 | More by klewis
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apricot color with lots of suspended white particles even when pouring carefully. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor ... pretty darn citrusy with some wheat malt character as it warms up a bit. Light-medium bodied with a snappy citric finish.

I remain unimpressed ... not sure what the hype is about this one.

Per Bell's website: Saaz hops.
OG: 1.057
ABV: 5.8%

Batch #: 7832 ('7020' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 14:36:24 | More by RBorsato
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a big white head. Aromas of corriander and spice, and wheaty notes. In the taste, mellow yet spicy and a small presenceof a grapefruity hop end. It has sweet texture and a dry aftertaste. Refreshing and a nice light flavor. A good beer for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 18:58:17 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear wheat gold with a minimal white head.

The smell is wheat malts and a bit of floral hoppiness.

Tastes like wheat malts with a bit of tartness almost like a white wine.

Mouthfeel is average, moderate carbonation presence.

Pretty decent, an easy beer to drink a few of. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 15:56:08 | More by Cylinsier
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GregoryVII

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark yellow/light orange color, with medium head and cloudy visibility. Oberon's smell is certainly fruity and betokens a sense of refreshment. The wheat flavor is very prevelent, however many of the complex spices of Belgian wheat are lacking (which since it is an American Pale Wheat, shouldn't hurt it too much) but it is still not as refreshing or full as many of its American conterparts. The mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery. It is very drinkable, as it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:14:51 | More by GregoryVII
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled while watching football during Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Hazy, cloudy yellow. Decent head that easily falls to a thin crown on top.
Smell's pretty typical for a wheat beer. Lemon, citrus, and somewhat floral
The taste is lemon, with some ginger. Zesty.
The mouthfeel of a lot of these wheat beers, is too carbonated for me. I feel like I'm drinking a seltzer.
Over all a decent beer and about par for the style.
Thanks to beckje01 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 00:56:37 | More by wcudwight
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen some reviews on here that indicate this is better on tap. I hope so because I had some pretty high hopes for this brew and was a bit let down.

A-It's orange in color with 1 finger of head that doesn't stick around long and a litle lacing left on the glass

S-The nose was weaker than expected with a faint orange smell as well as some bread after really searching for it.

T- It has a nice wheat flavor with a slight citrus flavor coming through from a mild hop presence. The bitterness from the hops is a bit underwhelming and I was left wanting more to come through even though it's probably not really keeping to the style. But for personal taste, I wanted some more flavor coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is quite good and is probably the best part of the beer.

D- I'm going to have to give this a try on tap since I was definately a bit let down by the bottle. I am typically happy with Bell's brews but this one didn't really win me over.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:26:43 | More by beerman207
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear yellow with a light foamy white head and lots of little yeast particles floating around.

Aroma - Very faint sour yeast and orange citrus smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.

Taste - Light sour dough flavor up front. The middle is zesty with a hint of orange and white pepper. The finish is clean and warming as though the alcohol were higher than 5.8%..

Overall - Very clean refreshing brew. Although a little weak in flavor, it's definitely a beer that would appeal to a lot of people.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:08:04 | More by praufs01
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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