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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

4,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 4150
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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mtrctyjoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 22:27:14 | More by mtrctyjoe
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellow-orange in color, slightlt coudy with a thin white head. Aroma is lemony with a floral hop note. Flavor is light and fruity with a strong malty base. Sweetness is balanced almost a hint of a sweet tart. Flavor is moderately dry with a very slight sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel fairly light without being watery. Drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 07:05:01 | More by Sixpack595
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beakerboy

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew-July 2006, Summer Seasonal Beers

A:Unfiltered hazy yellow with a nice sized white head. As the head receedes, a substantial laceing is left behind on the glass.

S:The smell of yeast, malt, hops, and nutmeg(?) dominate.

T:Great taste. There is more hop flavor and less citrus flavor than many other wheat beers.

M:Very good on the pallette.

D: A great all-around summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 20:44:58 | More by beakerboy
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waltonc

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 03:18:11 | More by waltonc
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:16:42 | More by marcpal
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wnh

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted-straw, more orange than many wheats. Held up to the midday window, suspended yeast particles can be seen filling the glass. Smooth, creamy white head that diminishes to a light film across the surface; more fizzy as the glass empties.

Nose is bright and sweet, though not as bready up front as I was expecting. I can't say this is necessarily negative, as it smells wonderful nonetheless. Bright, clean citrus that seems to be a careful and expressive balance of lemon and orange.

That missing bready quality comes through on the tongue. A quick and fun interplay of orange, then wheat, then orange again. A light splash of lemon comes in next, to brighten the overall experience. A few more sips and the yeast starts to poke through, but not forcefully. Rounds out the palate with a nice slightly sour bready twang.

Medium bodied, as expected due to the cloudiness and suspended yeast. Rich, but not thick -- a good thing in a wheat. Lots of lively carbonation, and quite quenching. Somewhat dry on the finish, which despite bringing things down a notch beckons me to take another sip (gulp, perhaps) to quench the dryness.

Very drinkable. Flavorful enough that every sip is pleasant, but not so in-your-face flavorful as to make every sip a chore to decipher. I can nail down the flavors in a few sips, then sit back and simply enjoy them while I finish the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 15:56:38 | More by wnh
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ibbjamin

California

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:45:04 | More by ibbjamin
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StevORugby

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a few years ago at a cool little cafe in ohiopyle after a day of rafting and/or hiking. it hit the spot on a hot day. it is refreshing and light but with subtle hoppiness that lets you know its a bell's beer. thats all i remember about this brew but will revisit it this summer. i like pretty much all bell's beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:24:24 | More by StevORugby
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bobbyr5

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/ yellow

S: Orange, Wheat

T: Taste the citrus from the orange. Surprisingly good compared to other wheats

M: Medium carbonation.

O: One of the staple Bell's beers, and deserves the credit. Cheap price for what you get.

Serving type: Bottle in pint glass, no orange peel

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 21:48:25 | More by bobbyr5
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cretemixer

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love the cloudy golden color though some may get turned off by it. Not a whole lot of head to speak of. The aroma of fruity undertones hits me immediately. Very smooth taste that is extremely drinkable. A great summer quencher and excellent beer to introduce premium beer to friends. Most wheat beers are served with a lemon wedge, but this one doesn't need it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 07:31:14 | More by cretemixer
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OG=1.057, 6.0% ABV.

Brewed with wheat malt and Saaz hops.

One of my favorite things to look forward to in the summer, Bell's Oberon is my quintessential summer beer. Poured with the yeast, the lovely brew is milky peach with occasional flocculant clumps of white yeast floating down the side of my goblet. The head is decent sized, but quickly thinning, white in color atop fine bubbles. The retention and lacing are "just" good, which prevents it from getting an exceptional rating for appearance. Carbonation is less than most wits, in the mild to moderate range. Aroma is tantalizing: husky, sweet pale malts, a very fruity ferment with notes of peach, red apples and pears, filling it out is wet, yeasty bread dough and barely detectable alcohol. Hops are barely discernable, if at all. Mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth and creamy for a bottled beer..it covers the tongue and leaves a pleasant lingering sweetness with a wet finish akin to an authentic English Mild. Taste begins with bready malts, has just a smidge of hops balancing out the fruitiness, doughy yeast fills the mouth, ending in a silky smooth, very mild bitterness.

Addenum: I have been drinking this beer for at least 10 years (back when it was called Solsun) and my only beef is that it is the most inconsistent of Bell's brews, even varying between bottles of the same 6-pack. I have tried this about 10 tens this year (2005) and all 10 times it has sucked. If I were to go by this years experience, I would be hard pressed to give it a 2.5. Since the move to Comstock, this is now a yeasty pungent swill. Somebody has fucked up big time. The rating above is based upon my prior tastings, and I can't recommend it any further.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 15:06:07 | More by Mitchster
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FFudnam

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004: Just purchased my first case (this year, heh.) and the Oberon maintains its wonderful flavor profile. I wholeheartedly agree with the review written by feloniusmonk. Could I have said it better? Perhaps, but his review sums it up nicely.This stuff rocks my world.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 22:23:37 | More by FFudnam
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cdrogers

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

Appearance> Golden in color. Very clear, not much haze at all. Long-lasting white head.

Smell> First smell hit me with room-temperature smashed strawberries. It smelled a lot like I was making strawberries and shortcake, nice warm-sweet aroma. Citrus hit after the strawberry and then I could smell the wheat coming through. Light and wonderful.

Taste> Light to medium wheat flavor, hops come through, but definite fruit as well as other citrus notes (read the smell description above).

Mouthfeel> Medium carbonation, medium body.

Overall> Exceptional session beer. Very smooth and the fruit and other citrus notes make this great. Not overwhelming with the body and it's an all-around great American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:27:37 | More by cdrogers
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frozen pint glass and served with an orange
Deep golden hazy color with an excellent head. Nicefruit bouquet. Hits the mouth with a crisp and welcome depth. Not a light unassuming beer but more of a spicy complex flavorful beer
This has lunch written all over it.
Added the orange halfway through. Don't recommend. Dulled the flavor and lessened the impact.

ithis would be a fantastic beer if you were buying a keg for both casual and more interested beer drinkers to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 16:48:56 | More by centbeerfest
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale orange with good head at first, that quickly disappears. Decent lacing, not much head retention.

S - orange peels, grains, wheat, bread. A light nose, but smells wonderful.

T - The most amazing blend for a wheat ale. I don't usually prefer wheat ales, but this brew is the most unique and drinkable beer I have ever had in this category. Crisp and refreshing, citrus notes, faint bitterness to close to bite just a bit for some lip smacking goodness.

O - This beer defies the odds for me. I can't place my finger on it. I don't really enjoy any other beers in this category, nor would I choose to drink any in this category. This beer needs its own genre and that would be ass kicking, highly (and dangerously) drinkable summer ale. It is the quintessential american summer ale and is an absolute must try. Note - although it goes against the grain for the beer purist, you must try it with an orange peel. This beer paves the way for the right of spring in Michigan. Amen Bells. Amen Oberon.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 03:40:31 | More by andrewjraab
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aracauna

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as much head as a lot of a head as I was expecting, but it does have a nice dark apricot color. The first aroma and flavor that you pick up is apricot. A good bit of it. That's followed by the expected wheaty and malty flavors that start to dominate towards the middle of the glass. Some citric crispness is present througout. Very little bitterness or hop characteristics are present. This is an awesome wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2002 13:19:16 | More by aracauna
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Murph

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super hazy golden with a nice fluffy head that sinks just a little too quickly. Some large yeasties are suspended in this brew. Smell is of floral, slightly spicy hops and some lemony citrus. Sharp lemony/orangey citrus flavor on tongue as well as some nice spicy hoppiness. Some light, bready yeastiness is detectable as well. Crisp and refreshing, this is one of the best summer brews I have had. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. My only regret is that this beer isn't in circulation down here in VA. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 09:20:52 | More by Murph
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sullysbeer

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Fruity Esters, Slightly Sweet with a Pleasantly Clean Hop Aroma.
Appearance: Cloudy, Golden Appearance with a Dense White Head.
Flavor: Malty up front with Huge Fruity Esters Balanced with a Fruity/spicey Hop Bitterness, Probably Saaz Hops. Hint of Biscuit or Bready Flavor From the Wheat Malt. Slight Alcohol Warmth. A lot Fruitier if you Swirl the Yeast at the Bottom of the Bottle and add it to your Glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full Bodied Ale
Overall Impression: Oberon is the First Sign of Michigan Summertime-Thick Humid Air and Mosquitoes. Bell's Launches their Summer American Wheat Beer. Perfect beer for those "Up North" Michigan Nights. This is the Beer that turned me onto Homebrewing. This is probably one of the Best Beers I Have Ever Had.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:08:57 | More by sullysbeer
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oberon is so smooth you can easily drink a sixer in a session but at 5.8 ABV you will feel it. it is a superb summer wheat with a saaz hops bite that lingers with floral/ citrus overtones i love this beer from april till october every year. i am fortunate to have bells beers available and reccommend it if your in the midwest to try any or all of the beers from this great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 23:24:12 | More by gatornation
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mogul37

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one on tap at several bars and restaurants, always served in a pint glass and usually with an orange slice (though I usually separate it from the beer). Sweet smell and taste that goes down very smooth. My favorite beer in this style, since it has more flavor than comparable beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 04:11:13 | More by mogul37
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pb9613

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best summer beer brewed in Michigan.

The light golden oarnge color looks like a sunset over Lake Michigan.

The smell has a slight citrus undertone which matches well with a slice of orange. This is the way it is normally served in West Michigan.

The taste is sightly hoppy with a slight citrus undertone.

The beer has a nice thick feel on the palate.

There is just the right amount of flavor so that you can drink several on a summer night and not have beer overload.

A must try summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 18:44:21 | More by pb9613
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack solely on the basis of it's grade here at BA. Medium foam head on a beautiful cloudy gold body. Smells of citrus and banana, with a little floral hint. Taste is near perfection, with the citrus accentuating but not overpowering. Wheat could be just a tad stronger. Very thick on the mouth, like I need a fork to eat it. This is a very, very good brew, among the best American Wheat Ale's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 16:37:23 | More by ibashmuck
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Bejogle

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't understand some of the tepid reviews of this beer, seems people are forgeting to review within the style and are instead reviewing against big beers. That being said, here goes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a solid finger of head. Great lacing, best I've seen in a wheat.

S: Smells yeasty and citrusy. This is what blue moon wants to be when it grows up.

T: Taste is just like the aroma. Crisp, with great amounts of citrus and some nice flavors from the yeast. Incredibly refreshing, just what you look for in the style.

M: Much thicker body than you'd expect. Carbonation level is relatively low, all leads to a nice smooth feel.

D: Very sessionable, could drink this all night.

Overall a great beer from a great brewery. Luckily it's available year round here in Florida!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 12:04:08 | More by Bejogle
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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass, beer purchased a week or so after it came out. This is a great all-around beer. Nice citrusy taste on the front end, with good flavor on the back. A good go-to beer for people who want to have a beer but don't know what they want. Good head retention, nice color.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 13:16:05 | More by Beerstorian
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Catherine8189

Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for a good mood with a bright dark golden hue and full, lively mouthfeel. Crisp, citrus flavor is very relaxing with a slight finish of yeast and hops. I love this beer. Wish it was available all year long, but then the opening day would not be aas fun. I equate Oberon to the McRib, in as its scarcity makes it even more desirable. Great Michigan Beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:36:29 | More by Catherine8189
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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