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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 1,700 | Ratings: 6,429
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops.

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

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc., poured from the bottle into a mug, this beer has got medium-light, hazy yellow body. Phenomenal head and lacing on this puppy! Maybe because I did a proper spin'n'smack to fully release the sediments.

Smells like citrus and zest. Perhaps some lemongrass.

I taste sudsy, hazy greatness in the form of citrus zest, very slight malt sweetness, and an overall refreshing element. I can't get over how unavoidable the sign of TRUE refreshment, a satisfies "ahh" , is present with this brew!

Cloudy and creamy for maybe 5 seconds, then clean and crisp! I've never experienced with ANY wheat style.

Overall an elated 4.5 is presented to Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc. I think I've found the wheat brew meant for me. I will cry like a toddler after this goes away after this season.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--body of this beer has a nice sunset color with a light white head

S--smell is light and quite yeasty, bread-like

T--its like one big cereal bowl in here. corn nuts, wheaty

M--light and very quenching

D--great representation of the style. I had the beer with and without the yeast that comes to the bottom. I prefered the beer with the yeast from the bottom. For some reason the hop flavor was more pronounced.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, light color with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of ripe citrus and fresh florals... very heavy suggestion of what on the nose, as well...
Taste was super-thick and creamy, with a strong orange, sorbet flavor that was immense and dominating on the tongue... Flavors of ripe florals, fresh citrus, nectarines, oranges, and tangerines were very noticeable and assertive...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and a very full-flavored, and big depiction of the style...
Great stuff with an equally good level of drinkability...
Recommended...

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

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

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Photo of ejl4
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) A pale straw color, with hints of yellow in the light. Slightly hazy as expected with a wheat beer.

S) Malty, sweet, with no truly discernible hop character on the nose. Light citrus character.

T) Very sweet up front with a slow mild bitterness. A light wort flavor.

M) Smooth, but light with moderate carbonation.

O) A great wheat beer with a nice citrus flavor. A great beer to drink in the heat of summer.

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

Cloudy yellowish orange with a head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is wheaty, citrusy, and spicey.

Wow, this is well balanced, and honestly better than I thought a beer from this style could ever be. Crisp citrus, balanced with toasted bready flavors and a slight twang at the end. Really nicely done. A great summer beer.

Drinkability very high on this one. Reccommended.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow that leaves a nice frothy head at the top, nice sticky lacing around the glass as well.

S: Wheat and lots of orange, very pretty nose on this brew.

T: Citrus hops upfront, grassy and earthy, little bit of lemon zest as well.

M: Light to medium body, perfect balance of carbonation.

O- Bell's is by far my favorite brewery, and this beer is just another reason why, this is a fantastic summer brew, all around fantastic!

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

This beer is one of my all time favorites. It's golden colored and delicious. It is fruity and goes down super smooth and it's not too heavy! Great to enjoy in warm weather it makes for a super refreshing drink!

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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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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.