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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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86
very good

4,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,896
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 126
Gots: 382 | FT: 4
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden straw color, plenty of sediment floating around, but not very hazy. Had a fizzy white head which turned into some very light lacing.

S: Hints of sweet citrus and bubblegum. Plenty of wheat on the nose.

T: Pretty good taste, some fruit and mild spices with a touch of hops. Left kind of an odd aftertaste towards the back of the mouth.

M: A little fizzier than I was expecting, but pretty light in body.

D: I've had better wheat beers, but this is a pretty decent example of a good one for the Summer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:05:24 | More by jlb307
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, malty, yeasty, very inviting. It pours a clear straw-yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is nice and thick and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fairly strong and refreshing, if not complex - malty with a wheaty undertone and a touch of fruit. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:40:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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magictacosinus

California

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents itself as a pale, light golden amber color complete with a frothy head that lasts a long while. Lacing abounds all over the glass in a delightfully sticky presentation. Carbonation is modest, with very little bubbles gliding to the top. Appears to be slightly thicker than I imagined with each swirl (probably due to the yeasty, wheat backbone on this), but overall is a pleasant, inoffensive American pale what ale.

At the nose there are lots of citrusy and floral bittered notes that meld with a honey sweetness and yeasty, fruity flavor combined with cracked golden grains. The aroma gets very soapy as this warms up, but that doesn't stop it from being good enough. There's racked golden grains, slight touch of sugar cane, and citrus notes ranging more towards the lemon side. A little bit of an alcohol sting creeps in, but it's subtle. Nothing's too complex here, although it is mellow.

The flavor continues more of the same, with the emphasis growing on the flowery, nectar flavor as well as the soapy hops melded with the wheat and grain. The wheat luckily makes this a slightly thicker drinking experience, and while I wasn't used to the floral flavor at first, I eventually learned to enjoy it as it combined with the grainy sweetness and crispness. There's a tinge of banana, maybe pears at the tongue, but it seems the emphasis is on the grains and the floral hoppy notes. Gets a little too soapy at the finish, although there's a sweetened aftertaste that makes this refreshing. The beer is definitely chewy enough, although it does lack some character in loosing carbonation way too fast. Gets a little watery towards the finish. Somewhat pedestrian, although not necessarily mediocre.

Like all the beers I had at this place, this one by Bell's works very well in the warm weather, especially sitting outdoors and pairing with a nice sandwich. Nothing offensive here, although definitely didn't enjoy too much of the soapy flavors. I really found the floral notes pretty flavorful, and it was good to see that twist in this otherwise way too overdone style. This is one by Bell's that I wouldn't mind grabbing again when I'm in the area again, although there's many more I'd like to try from them!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 18:47:29 | More by magictacosinus
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting to say the least. Lots of stuff going on, and good to drink.
Throws a nice stormy blonde...head is almost Duvel like...Slow to fade...notice I said "almost".
Smell is grainy mixed with some faint hops and fruityness.
Taste is big and doughy for a beer of this sort...has alot of characteristics. Wit is one sip, hefe in the next and APA next. Like a dry hopped hefewiezen.
Enjoyable, although I am not sure where it gets it's cult following.
Not great, but, I will certainly enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 00:42:04 | More by cokes
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden in appearance, with a rich white head. Big loopy lace.

Nose is a brisk citrus wheat, with some yeastiness. Feels like Summer!

Malty flavor, with definite citrus accents and a little sharpness at the finish. This is a well-balanced and highly drinkable warm weather session ale. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:08:59 | More by secondtooth
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cjgator3

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 19:41:34 | More by cjgator3
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RickS95

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with lots of stuff suspended in it. The head is thick and white, and resembles a cloud. Good head retention.

Has a pleasant summer smell. A little bit of fruit comes thru, seemingly apricot and some form of citrus. A mild hoppiness is also present.

Like the smell, has a pleasant warm-weather taste. A little bit of fruit comes thru to keep any bitterness in check.

It's complex in the mouth. You get some hoppy bite initially but it mixes well with the fruit and wheat almost finishing with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing without being astringent.

I liked this. I'm normally not fond of summer beers, but the subtle sweetness of Oberon won me over. On top of that, it's got above average ABV, but it still drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:44:06 | More by RickS95
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beerhan

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this year's first batch fresh on tap

A-Golden color with decent carbonation and some floaties. Very thin white head, medium carbonation.

S-Lemon, citrus, grass. Very simple.

T-Lots of citrus and no hoppiness to it. Very sweet, wheaty.

M-Very drinkable, goes down smooth and is refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer. A little to heavy though in comparison to other wheat beers. I was a big fan of this when I was younger but this really doesn't do it for me anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 15:26:10 | More by beerhan
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light yellow with slight greenish tint, like a Japanese green tea, small white head, no lacing.

S = Fresh uncooked pizza dough, some cloves.

T = Light fresh tastes of light wheat bread, cloves, white pepper.

M = Light body, light mouthcoating, low carbonation.

D = This is a pleasant beer that would make a good bbq beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:31:01 | More by Traquairlover
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy golden/yellow with a frothy one-finger head. Average head retention and lacing. Not much carbonation to speak of, although my view is slightly obstructed by suspended yeast bits.

Smell: Smell is pretty subdued, with a pretty even balance between citrus and bready yeast. The wheat is definitely a player as well, but the aroma really isn't that complex and doesn't bowl me away.

Taste: Very creamy texture and a refreshing blend of wheat and citrus fruits. There is a bit of bitterness, but nothing about this beer is overpowering; in fact, it almost seems a bit muted. I guess they're going for a summer thirst-quencher, but I'd like a little more zing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really pretty pleasant. Medium-bodied, creamy, and a tartness that excites the senses. Pleasant is the operative word here.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to toss back a couple of these. The fact that no one aspect of this beer sticks out makes it fairly unoffensive to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 23:32:04 | More by BuckyFresh
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techfed87

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a weak, thin head. Color is a clouded yellow, with heavy sediment throughout.

Smell is yeast-like, with a heavy emphasis on wheat content.

First sip is very similar to that of the scent. The first quality that comes out in the beer is that 1. this is not a filtered beer. It's the flavor that comes from all the combined sediment that has developed in the brew. The second quality that comes out is that of wheat. It brings out the main qualities of the genre that most beers only add on as a garnish.

I've heard that as a beer, Oberon is basically Bell's flagship summer brew. And while it may not be my favorite genre of beer, I will definitely stand behind my loyalty to Bell's Brewery for making fine beers. Cheers to summer!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:38:13 | More by techfed87
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sukwonee

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Light orange color, relatively small head (half a finger maybe), decent amount of lacing, lots of bubbles, murky body with stuff floating around

S: Not much going on... orange, lemon(?), yeast

T: Slight orange, wheat, finishes with a bit of bitterness... tastes slightly better than it smells, but kind of weak in flavor. I don't mind it much, but I also don't love it either.

M: Near perfect, good amount of carbonation, refreshing

O: It was just okay for me. I can see myself enjoying multiple bottles of this during a nice summer day outback.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 08:26:30 | More by sukwonee
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:21:10 | More by StlHopHead77
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JayQue

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer cooler. Pours a dark straw/light orange hazy color with a medium size white head. Head retention is ok. Leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma - wheat and citrus, fairly mild. Taste is ok. Typical wheat beer with a little more lemon than usual. Detected a bit of hops at the end. Flavors all work, very mild and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth like you would expect from a wheat beer. Drinkability is good. Abv is light (surprised that it is as high as it is). Would probably be nice on tap. Nothing memorable, but a nice, fairly light beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:41:50 | More by JayQue
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very light ginger-aley straw colored appearance with light orange highlights. clear. very bubbly like champagne with little to no head. mild aroma of wheat and some sweet orange along with simple syrup. taste is refreshing, buttery wheat with a crisp lightly bitter finish. grassy. lacks any real flavor depth. slightly corny. goes down mad easy. good summer quencher but in this category there are many better beers. ok for what it is. more taste as it warms, but who really wants this at room temp?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 00:40:32 | More by goodbyeohio
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI. Kind of on the dark side for a pale wheat ale, the head doesn't get too big and dies pretty quickly. Fairly clean in the nose. Not a huge wheat character, but has a decent malt profile. Hops are not huge. Taste is ok, fairly clean. Not that sharp though. Mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional. Doesn't really compare to the classic champions of this style...Gumballhead comes to mind in this price range, although that's going to be a lot harder to find than Oberon in most regions.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 05:47:52 | More by chicagoabbot
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gabe23

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy deep yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of citrus, spice, and fresh baked bread. A slight estery banana scent is detectable also.

T - Very wheaty flavor with a citrus sourness and a hint of spice. A little hop bitterness leads to a dry finish. Nothing special, really.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D - Overall, this is a mild tasting beer that is easy to drink. It's not my favorite wheat beer, but it does hit the intended target of being a good summertime beverage.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:18:49 | More by gabe23
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Yellow/Orange with a 1 1/2 inch finger bubbly off white head. Very little bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell-Not too much really going on. I can get the wheat and some citrus as expected.

Taste-I definitely get the wheat/yeasty/biscuity taste. Some citrus and some banana as well.

Mouthfeel-Light carbonation and not too much body. Still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Oberon-If I can access this beer in Tx I would buy this beer for a beach trip, or a warm summer day, or after a hard days work. However it's not easy to get here, so I will not seek this out. I can live with it or without it, but If you can access this beer, very refreshing beer for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:24:00 | More by SWMeyer4141
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is of very light wheat and some sweetness.

T: This beer is extremely light on the palate. There isn't much flavor at all other than a mild wheat flavor. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness towards the end of the swallow. There may also be some notes of light citrus and some spice.

M: This beer has the creamy wheat like MF that I have come to expect from American wheat ales.

O: This isn't a bad beer, and the longer I took to drink my glass and the warmer the beer got the more I appreciated the flavor. The warmth also started to bring out some more complexity that I didn't notice at colder temperatures. A pretty good summer ale and I like the allusion to the Fairy King and Shakespeare.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 15:36:33 | More by jifigz
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SwillBilly

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a hay colored gold, hazy with visible suspended yeast. A nice, 1 finger, fizzy and foamy head fades to a small lacing on Oberon.

Smell: Yeasty and bready notes are present as well hints of fresh cut hay and wheat.

Taste: Starts crisp with a slight hop bitterness, citrusy and grassy. The middle is very mild with a distinctive wheat presence while the finish is dry with a lingering, slight hoppiness. Also, has a very mild sweetness in the finish reminding one of fresh, light fruits.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and semi dry with a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively.

Drinkability/Notes: Thanks to Phatz for picking this up for me. I was looking forward to Oberon, but I was left looking for more. I nice expample of an American Wheat Ale, crisp and clean with a nice wheat and yeasty flavor but it could use a little more oomph ala Gumballhead. Hops are present but ever so slightly, this is definitely a summer beer, its so light on the palate. A session beer through and through but if your looking for something more you might be dissappointed. A decent beer and highly drinkable. Recommended with reservations.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:10:33 | More by SwillBilly
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked "12076 pkgd 6/06/13 A" in to a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear beautiful golden. The one-finger head was composed of fine/medium bubbles. There was some flaky sediment.

Aroma: Slight malty sweetness. The hops aroma was floral in its character.

Taste: This beer has a good but not a notable profile. The malty sweetness has a slight roasty character, and the hoppy component is not too strong. The hops linger as a grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and drinkable. This is a dependable beer and is, of course, readily available in my area (Michigan). The only disappointment is that the flavor profile isn't too interesting but this is probably due mainly to the style of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:50:41 | More by breakingbland
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scottyb88

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June, 2010

A- pours a cloudy and particle filled dark yellow with 1.5 head

S-light dose of citrus and peach with some spice

T-just kind of there, but nothing really blowing me out of the water; a hint of citrus rind and wheat with some spice at the end

M-decent mouthfeel that is quite full with nice carbonation; aftertaste is really nice

D-great summer beer out in the sun, but it's nothing complex or really flavorful IMO

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:39:02 | More by scottyb88
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Pours a clouded orangey-gold in the glass.

Sufficient but not large white cap one expects on an unfilterd wheat...fair lacing on glass....soft carbonation.

Aroma is demure; biscuit,honey and citrus peel.

Thin body light character, gritty mouth feel.

Tastes like a liquid version of wheat biscuit with honey-lemon filling...turns dry in the finish, light lemon snap at the end.

Decent enough new wold wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:17:08 | More by pootz
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass - a fairly aggressive pour produced a minimal head and no lacing. Appearance is a fairly cloudy gold - the beer almost looks flat as it sits in the glass. When held to the light the beer is semi-opaque and very little carbonation is evident.

Smell is very subdued - just not much there as far as I can tell. Kind of strange in my experience not to pick up more from your first whiff of the glass.

Taste gives a little bit more than what I expected from the lack of smell. There is a spicy underpinning and a bit of orange and clove.

Mouthfeel is fine - a little evervescent but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is great at this ABV - several of these would be fine.

Overall I'm a little disappointed with this offering from Bell's. I guess my high opinion of their Two Hearted Ale led me to expect more from this beer than it delivered.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:12:18 | More by OldYoda
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beergoot

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle data: 12856 PKGD 03/26/14

Produces a hazy yellow body with a long-lasting, thick, white head. Wheat and cereal grain aroma with a wet grass and slightly lemony smell. Light cracker flavor with a bold bitterness; tart; grapefruit. Medium bodied; crisp and very dry finish.

A reasonably interesting, easy drinking wheat beer. A little bit juicy, much more dry and sour overall. I seem to recall being more impressed with a mini-keg version of this beer that I brought back from a trip to Michigan a few years back. Still, a fair enough beer that I'll go back to the next time I come across some. Makes for a nice warm-weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 22:20:22 | More by beergoot
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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