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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: 6,286
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,303 | 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: 6,286
Photo of KidDoc
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold with thick head, decent retention and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is typical Belgian wheat with nice hit of citrus. Clean scent, clean taste, nice well-balanced beer. I would never suspect the 5.8%ABV. A delightful refreshing beer.

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Photo of murphyl
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been drinking Oberon long enough to remember when it was called Solsun. The original name stuck with me, and now I still think of it whenever I have this brew.

This pours a clear golden color. Theres’s a good amount of foam topping it, with a light aroma. Tastes smooth, with a wheaty finish and some sweetness. Real crisp and clean. Crack one open and enjoy the memory of a Michigan summer!

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Photo of xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is straw/light orange cloudy with a small white head.

First smell was blood orange and never smelled or tasted that again, then other citrus, light banana, spices and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes American, German and Belgian. You can taste the clean simple American wheat flavor right along side the light banana & clove tastes of a German wheat, then the more complex spices that are usually only found in the Belgian wheat beers. Banana and clove is not very prominent and gives way to more of a light peppery flavor.

Light to medium/light bodied and very refreshing.

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Photo of fields336
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in SN Snifter
Bottled on 5/18/11

A: Golden yellow with 1 finger creamy carbonated white head. vigorous bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Slightly hazy, with some gobs of lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: sweet, bready and wheaty, some spices are present. Some lemon or citrus is also in there. No hops discernable

T: Sweet, and bready, with a decent amount of hops surprisingly. This is a really nice tasting beer, it lingers for a while on your tongue, but then wiped away. There is some fruitiness, and spiciness there.

M: really creamy, and feels nice. medium bodied and yet still light. Begs you to take another sip as soon as you put the glass down. finishes really nicely, not super dry but kind of dry.

O: This is a great summer beer, one of my favorites, I'm glad that this is a year round beer in FL. Glad to trade this or include as an extra anytime.

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Photo of RABaxter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced, plenty of hop character mixed with the more unique summery flavors, carbonation nice and mild, overall very drinkable and refreshing. Great way to start the summer months.

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Photo of Ski2UDie
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good option on a hot day vs. the usual light, wheat beers. Spicy orange smell and hint of taste, fuller than the typically light hefeweissens, but light enough to be refreshing not just full and filling.

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Photo of bgreg3
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They poured this baby into a 16oz oberon glass, I got it as a present to take home , o boy!

app- a hazy gold color that looks likie it'd be a wheat beer, the foam sticks around the ring of the glass, but not much of a foam head.

Smell-wheat flavors, with maybe some corn or rice in the smell as well , not that good of a sniffer.

Taste- citrus flavors come along strong ,
I taste slight grapefruit, but stronger lemon zest this beer has a wheaty grainish finish. quite good, actually damn good.

MF-light to medium body with a crisp summer finish. a very wheaty way to beat the summer heat.

Drinkability- very drinkable I think I could drinka mini keg to myself on my day off, haha

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw orange, 2 fingers of white head, nice lacing very cloudy

Smell is tons of wheat, orange and lemon zest, straw, almost a little Berliner tartness in the nose. It smells like goin outside on a crisp summer morning, which is what they were going fore and they nailed it!

Taste is sweet malt, wheat, orange, lemon, honey covered biscuits, slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is actually pretty full from the wheat, but at the same time it is extremely light and refreshing

A great wheat beer that I drink every year, get atleast a couple 6ers!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Tampa.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with spider web lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is very pleasant and complex yet light and summery. The wheat and yeasty tones are all over the place. Nice fruity esters and hints of nuts.

Taste is sugary sweetness with citrus and spice. Tastes a bit like fresh flower smell. Lightly herbal. Very nice.

Creamy soft body with light carbonation.

I could drink these all day. Yummy!

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorite seasonals. poured out of a mini keg into a snifter. It pours a hazy amber color and you immediately smell citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit. it is medium bodied and as I drink it right now I am being reminded of a creamsicle. has lots of orange and i get a little bit of a vanilla note.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a somewhat clear mix of orange and yellow with a small head. There's just a line or two of lace.

The smell is a very nice mix of wheat, spice, and citrus. The taste is also very nice. It starts with wheat and is quickly joined by a many different spices and citrus flavors. Hops are minimal in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good.

This is unique and tasty.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hess truck glass. Batch 9006... 12 oz.

There's a thin, bluish-white wispy head that tops a lemon-pulp and slightly pineapple colored body. As with many in this genre, looks a little too much like something you'd leave at the doctor's office. A bit on the cloudy side with sparse carbonation. For style, doesn't look too terribly bad.

Wow - there's a whole lot of dough in this - lots of yeastiness. Slight sour tinge - the very light wheat is prevalent and there's a smidge of hop pine. This is the lawnmower beer I've been waiting for...

Dammmn...it's got the lightness of a lawnmower beer but the body has such strength in the wheat and very light malts. Hop pininess and even a little floral note shows up. Very very very slight lemon zest character. Not as doughy as on nose but just enough. Carbonation adds a little welcome saltiness. For the style this is incredible. Drink it while it's cold though, 'cause with a little warmth there does come about a slight silage aftertaste. But not much...wow. Well-played.

Mouthfeel is robust yet quite refreshing. The fair quotient of wheat malts blended with the light sourdough feel balance this out to keep it very clean yet with a bit of complexity. Hop pininess and slight sourness blend in well. Carbonation lightens it up. Lots of Beautiful Chemistry in here.

If this gets into a canning line this is absolutely, positively the best beach beer ever. So smooth yet not empty...this is a finely-crafted borderline sessionable ale to enjoy on warm days. I must stock up on this while in Virginia and truck as much as I can back to Boston to share with friends and family. I prefer much heavier styles but I surely appreciate just how fucking good this stuff is. Damn!

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Photo of cvaypai
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap taken from notes.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange like the sun, cannot see through, lots of yeast sediment. Poured with 1 finger frothy head that doesn't last long and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells very fruity, you can pick up a bready smell and a tiny bit of hops, love the smell. Bananas and a bit of cherry. Small amount of citrus hops detected.

Taste - Sweet up front with good wheat and yeast flavor, nice bite on the end with a good bitter finish. The hops are subtle but add so much to the taste. Very bready taste but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Maybe just a tad bit over carbonated and a bit of a weird mouthfeel, can't put my finger on it, but it does not hurt the integrity of the beer.

Drinkability - All day long, especially in the summer, great beer for the summer definitely. Just right.

Great summer beer from Bell's.

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Photo of bcgpete
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a creamy half inch head that dissipated into a film and a bit of lacing on the glass. Little carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is quite sweet, fruity, mainly oranges.

The taste is strong on the citrus, a little more lemon than orange.

The carbonation is excellent in this beer, very good summer ale.

I could drink a good bit of this while enjoying the insane humidity of the gulf coast. Excellent wheat ale.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded straw color with a modest head that leaves nice lacing. Heavy chunks of yeast sink to the bottom right away. Spicy, citrusy aroma. Nice wheat flavor with a bit of spice and a bit of lemony citrus. Mildly bitter hop bite. Seems to be most closely related to the witbier style, though with a bit of hops to give it an American character. Highly drinkable, maybe my favorite summer seasonal.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coarse foamy white head with minimal retention. Pours a cloudy light amber.

Smell: Wheat and citrus with some yeast notes.

Taste: Fruity wheat with a background of medium spicy hops and overtones of lemon. Sweet with lots of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy drinking, with a flavour profile that allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass, longneck bottle. No freshness date.

This ale poured a slightly hazy, light golden yellow color with small white foam (cloudy if the lees were poured). The smell was pleasant: malt, citrus, bread, a light fruitiness. The taste was sharp with a hint of grapes and grain with a not unpleasant tartness, and a bit of floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and relatively clean with medium-light body. There was a pleasant long lasting, lingering tart/sour flavor that was pleasing. This ale was very drinkable and refreshing.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle!

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Photo of jeffboo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer says Summer to me. Yes, it does speak, and it says- shhhhh don't say anything, listen to me bubble. Look at my cloudy golden, orange color with slight white head. Smell me - I'm all about spice and everything nice, like clove and vanilla,earthy hop, and a hint of sweet malt to tempt you. Come, taste me, I'm quite yummy if I do say so myself. My aroma follows into the flavor- spicy and yeasty, clove and vanilla, citrusy hop, orange rind finish. My medium body is perfect for holding these flavors, maybe a touch heavier than needed but still refreshing as a summer quencher. I look to my glass to reply but, alas, she is gone........

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Photo of ratrod53
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a nice 1" head wich lingers for a bit then dies down to a light skin that floats on top. The only thing that hold this beer's loog back is it has a lot of yeast floating in it that might turn some people off. But not me.

S- At first it smells like it's going to be a vary hoppy beer but then I got a little wiff of fruit of some sorte and wheat and it smells like a real cool beer perfect for summer.

T- You get a good amount of hops right away but just a quick I got a lot of wheat and just a taste of some fruit.

M- Good carbonation right on the money. It real light great for them hot summer days after work. The hops gives it little kick also.

D- I've had this beer before twice from a bottle and one on tap at Bell's this is a really good beer of theirs they did a good job. Now that it's getting colder out I prolly wouldn't go seeking it out now, but it could easily fill out my six pac if I couldn't find a winter beer. But I would drink this all the time in the warm weather if I could.

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Photo of BigHead
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange, cloudy beer with a thin head. I detect the wheat presence in the aroma along with tangerines and hints of lemon. The wheat malt provides a nice texture, smooth, crisp flavor. An array of fruity flavors, but mild and very refreshing. A mild hop presence. Very drinkable, as noted on the bottle, a great summer brew.

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The folks at Bell's have taken some liberties with the American Pale Wheat style here -- with very nice results.

It pours a little darker than I expected, with good head and nice lacing as it subsided.

Smell is pure pleasure: light spices mixing with citrus, and a hoppy-grassy scent in the background.

The taste starts sweet, with orange and lemongrass, and finishes a bit tart. It's a little unusual for the style, but wow, it works well.

I wanted the mouthfeel to be a bit richer, but this isn't much to complain about. Maybe that's part of the plan by Bell's to make an unorthodox but remarkable wheat ale. One of the best of the summer.

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Photo of atremains
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap the other day at the flying saucer in raleigh, decided to pick one up before traveling back to mass.
A - The color of this beer I like; solid pale honey I'll call it. The head, not so much; thick and white for about 10-15 seconds and then it vanishes. There is almost no lacing to speak of.
S - Very bready, slightly slightly hoppy, orange.
T - Also quite bready, slightly sweet, and citrus. It starts with a bit of orange but the bulk is very solid wheat.
M - Crisp, medium, carbonation is not too bad. I'll admit the mouthfeel was better on tap, or I was just happy to be drinking this beer after a very disappointing drink at Natty Greene's.
D - If this beer was available around here I'd most likely be drinking quite a lot of it over the summer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #11046 PKGD 04/04/12 A

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in, the beer is a totally hazy, even complete with floaties, dirty goldenrod color. A tall light ivory foam forms and recedes slowly caking the pint in thick fingers of lace.

S - Pale malts and soft wheat overlaps the funky wet straw aroma that gives it a real earthy nose. Grassy floral hints add to this too, stemming from hops I'm sure. Clover honey and sweet orange peel fill out the background for a refreshing, summer aroma.

T - Almost cream ale-like with a cream entry through to the finish. Hints of vanilla appear, adding to the cream ale aspect. Sweeter pilsner with pale malts, a hint of soft wheat, and a straw finish all add to full flavor and body as this wheat beer finishes out with a touch of floral notes and sweet orange peel citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet but balanced with a hint of dry bitterness on the finish, Oberon is incredibly creamy feeling with a highly carbonated, tight bubble spritz. This is crisp and refreshing for a summer day!

O - While I find Oberon a bit high in alcohol for a true session summer beer it's still fantastic regardless. The flavor and body meld almost flawlessly to provide a creamy, full-flavored wheat ale treat that's loaded with great nuances to explore while maintaining that overall ease of drinkability. Oberon is a great summer brew to kick back with!

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Photo of potownbill
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JR for the bottles direct from Michigan
Appearance:Cloudy Yellow/Orange with a nice 3 finger head with good lacing

Smell: Sweet Bready Aroma with a touch of citrus. Something slightly off with the smell, but it did not ruin the experience.

Taste: Sweet with Mild Yeast overtones. Well Balanced. Touch of Citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Not overly carbonated

Drinkability: Polished off 2 with no problem, and wanted more, but alas, the fridge is bare. This will be my session wheat beer

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