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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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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,246
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,258 | FT: 7
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: 1,670 | Hads: 6,246
Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the wrong time of year to review this one, but I will take it when I can get it.

Hazy golden hay color with a nicely sized fuzzy white lid.

The aroma is gentle citrus, earthly grainy wheat, and lightly spicy yeast.

Orangey-lemon citrus fruits introduce the taste with a subtle allure. Bready, earthly wheat and yeast mellowly take over, while fruity pears round the edges of the tongue. Mildly bitter finish of earthly hops and spice. A nice and easy medium body with just the right amount of refreshing carbonation.

Really good, incredibly balanced, flat out tasty, and damn refreshing. For sure one of the best pale wheat's I have ever laid lips on. A must attain summer beer that is even great in the winter.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/murky yellowish gold with a thin white head, leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is interesting, almost like a green apple jolly rancher, some grain, fruitiness, pretty sweet with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

Actually a pretty complex taste for a pale wheat light looking ale. Some graininess and grassiness upfront, some nice fruit undertones, green apple, mango, some wheat, with a very nice hop finish to balance it out. This is a wonderful brew.

This is a great summer ale, wonderfully simple yet complex, very drinkable. Bell's has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear straw yellow until the yeast hits it.. then it becomes a hazy yellow golden color... thick 2 in. head with lots of foam and lace.

Smell has a grainy wheat likeness that i really enjoy in what i would call a wit beer, there calling it summer ale, but its really nice and then yeast and some citrus hop notes accent the finish.

taste is smooth wheat malty flavor with some yeast in the middle. floral and citrus hops towards the end that give a very refreshing finish that i love... very well done... not to complex but enough that it is interesting and easy to drink.

thicker body lets the flavors linger with medium carbonation.

overall a great beer... very happy with this one!!! must try!!!

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Photo of brewdenver
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO.

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Photo of zbuc919
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon... the taste of summer here in Michigan!

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times, pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Tastes like a citrusy wheat beer, perfectly refreshing. My favorite beer in the wheat category. Often served with an orange however I prefer a lemon to swipe around the rim prior to each sip to provide a little sour with the citrusy sweet wheat. Delicious!

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Photo of ski271
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: very cloudy peach-ish amber with a small, white, tight head with good retention. Excellent lacing.
S: Fruity, citrus and berry, light wheaty and earthy spice
T: More citrus than berry here, then some nice yeast and grain with a pleasant light bready flavor toward the finish.
M: Medium body, juicy texture, moderate carbonation.
D: SUPER-easy-drinking and refreshing while still remaining interesting. Very nice!

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Photo of jvajda
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a great ale. Good for the pallate and easy on the stomach. Very nice. I get the impression this is a Belgian style because of the stickiness and malt character. Nice to see the Midwest represent a little bit. I'll be going back for more of this for sure.

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Photo of MisterSub
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 6-pk brought to our daughter's party.

Drank them out of the bottles, but poured one after people left. Decent head.

Smell was easy on the nose but you knew it was there.

Mouthfeel was great.

Taste was also great and these went down very easily.

It came highly recommended and I can see why.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible sediments. Smooth head with a medium thickness.

The smell is of saaz hops and perhaps a fruity pear banana aroma.
Very nice smelling beer for the variety.

The taste is like the smell, a slight hop flavor hits first followed by a citrusy fruity flavor wave. Pear, banana and light spices.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

Very drinkable beer, this beer is amazing after a round of golf on a warm day. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of schmitter
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible, I cant believe it doesnt have a higher rating.

It poured a beautiful, sunny orange with a thick, foaming head. Taste was surprisingly hoppy, but also crisp like most wheats. I could tase the traditional citrus notes (orange, lemon) along with a strong presence of hop and grain.

It went fantastic with my seafood salad/softshell crabs.

The bottle said something about it tasting or smelling like a sunny day and i cant help but agree; this is one of the best wheats i've tried.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this both on tap and in bottle (this review) already this year

A- Cloudy orange-amber color, pours with slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- Notes of citrus with a hop smell present that is not overpowering, overall not a strong scented beer in general.

T- Delicious beer that has a slight hoppy flavor and hints of orange, with a wheat malt base that is very noticeable.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation not a strong aftertaste but what is there is welcome.

D- Could drink this all day and night, and just reminds you of summer. Refreshing beverage that can't be ignored once it is started. I wait all winter for this beer to be released, Oberon day is the official start of spring for me.

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Photo of tapman
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque orange with sediment floating around and setteling on the bottom, whch is attractive to me since that means unfiltered. Also there is quite a bit of it so that should mean lots of ingredients. Head is slightly off white and about 1 1/2 fingers.

Hints of citrus, apricot and light toast make up the nose.A slightPart of the bread i think comes from the hops, though I'm not sure if they are of English origin, are and English/something else hybrid, or not at all English. Could use a little more hoppiness.

A little sweet and moderately bitter, once again the hops are bready yet bitter; the hops stand out a little more, but the fruity esters are almost lost. I'm gonna wait a bit for it to warm up...wait for it...almost...ok. Nice, the apricot returns and the bread becomes a light compliment to it, like toast and preserves. Since this is a summer beer i am a little concerned that it gets so much better when warmer.

Nice and chewy with a crisp carbonation that is only slightly biting. Could be a little lighter for a summer brew, but I really apreciate that the texture is as interesting as it is.

Enthusiastically drinkable. I know I said it was pretty thick and bready for a summer beer, but its delicious and still pretty refreshing. This beer could easily be enjoyed year round and i could see it complimenting many food dishes such as pork and deserts. Well done!

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings.

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Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day

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Photo of RichieS2
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party.

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Photo of 96Bravo
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding beer. Fresh, clean taste with citrus notes. May be enjoyed with slice of orange, if desired. Very drinkable and an outstanding entre for those who are used to macros. One of my favorite beers and looked forward too each Spring. Very glad Bell's is available here in PA.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle to a dogfish head signature glass - a rich summer golden color with a nice foamy white full finger head that lasts but a minute or two before fully dissipating.

entirely enjoyable, albeit predictable summer wheat. best when ice cold.

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Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, dry, transparent straw color, quick head. Smells of the yeast, and an unleavened bread feeling takes over. The taste is very pleasing, much like the bread. Somewhat dry feel with a nice bitter taste and a fresh citrus quench. One of the best Wheat's I've had.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool

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Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied.

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Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ballsy beer from Kalamazo, and they dare to do it with a "summer" beer. Nice combo of wheat, yeast flavors, leaning towrds the citrusy end of the spectrum. Nice heft for a hefe-weizen. I could drink this year-round. Thanks proc.

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Photo of larsee01
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass bottle (back in Chicago!!) assertively poured into Hoegaarden hexagonal pint glass

A--Milky, cloudy, radiant pumpkin pie with a thick, creamy head. Light yeast floaties. Beautiful.

S--Awesome. Sweet candy/caramel malt with bready sourdough yeast. Spicy phenol twang.

T--Starts same as smell. Sweet malt and sour breadiness. A touch of blueberry? Spicy zip with mild phenols. Mild yet complex. Hops pop up at finish for a perfectly balanced bitter effect. I'm happy there is no lingering bitterness. Buttery biscuit aftertaste. Exceptionally well-balanced.

M--Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Coats the mouth gently and persistently.

D--Not like an ice-cold High Life, but certainly sessionable.

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Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head and active carbonation.

S: Wheat malts and yeasts with some residual sweetness and spiciness.

T: Beautiful sweet wheat malt leads to notes of citrus, fresh cut flowers, coriander, pepper, and phenols. Ends with hops that are just bitter enough to add a nice refreshing bite.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Ends somewhat thin.

D: I used to kick back during undergrad summers in Michigan with a couple of these. This brings back memories of vibrant sunny days without a care in the world. Even now, drinking a few bottles (wherever I can find them) changes my outlook on life, no matter how down I feel at that moment. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's, and should be more widespread in distribution.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.