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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,173
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 513 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

The appearance was of a super cloudy, copper toned, glass full of sludge. A fresh keg spewed forth this less than ready to be served offering. It had a tannish wheat style head and produced no glass garnish. It just was not looking like a proper way to start the Oberon season.

The nose had orange peel scents and yeasty accents. Smells light and wheaty.

The taste was just unimpressive. I hope this glass was just a premature serve, because this was not the stuff I once knew. There was an unpleasant bitterness that didn't fit the picture quite right. It is hard to characterise. Watery and off bittered with no help of a sweet backbone. WTF? Disappointment to be sure.
I remember this particular beer being a heck of alot mo' betta around the turn of the century ( maybe 98, 99, 00 ). I used to look forward to its arrival during those days. Yeah, it was about the only micro I had ever dipped into in those dark ages. Malt liquor and other macros were my bread and butter and Oberon was my only trump card. Still, I think it has depreciated in character and taste since then based on the last few sixers I've drained. Now I had a crummy glass off tap too. I am shocked and hurt. I want my Solsun back! I have hope.

04-07-2005 07:59:08 | More by SupaCelt
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

10-10-2010 21:42:01 | More by TMoney2591
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anth0ny

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured fresh from a bottle from yesterday's release day. Love the label design, especially the box.

Ok, this year's batch of Oberon is hazy gold with some unfiltered floaties. Beautiful silky solid white head with great lacing that just coats the glass. Definitely looks appealing.

The nose is dropping hints of 'thin' and 'light'. Light wheat and lemon/orange rind aroma. Eh.

I'm getting all wheat and orange in the taste, some light sweetness. Very mild flavor with an extremely light aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Medium-light body, extremely smooth on the mouth. Perfect carbonation. Good summer session beer.

Overall Oberon is a very inoffensive beer from all angles that most anybody can enjoy.

03-28-2012 03:06:46 | More by anth0ny
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BrewnZ

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Had this in Milwaukee on draft at Bar Louie (80 taps, 40 beers on tap) kinda wierd - but better turnover when pouring 40 vs 80.

Light copper color - clear. Mild malt carmel aroma, did not notice wheat's slightly sour character. Perhaps this keg has some age on it? Flavor, very well made beer, good attenuation and malt flavor, but still a bit too malty for me. Finishes slightly cloying.

11-08-2006 05:46:22 | More by BrewnZ
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

This is a very good wheat beer, nice cloudy light orage color, head goes quick, with little lacing. extremely drinkable, with nice fruity apricot? peach? flavors. I can say I will continue to drink this one throughout the summertime. Definately not the best Bell's has ever done, but one of the better wheats I have ever had.

09-12-2007 12:34:56 | More by mnstorm99
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tbrown4

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. Gift from Frank from Allentown, PA

A - Slightly hazy orange/dark gold. Thin small bubble head. Little bit of carb.

S - Not a lot here. Faint sweetness, round earthiness.

T - Full bodied. Decent hop bitterness up front and in the after-taste. Decent amount of earthy sweetness in the middle. Very slight mellow citrus hints. Almost has a creamy taste to it.

M - Average, not saying that's a bad thing at all. Not too viscous. Just enough to spread the flavor around.

D - Total session beer. Pretty decent full bodied flavor without being a palate killer. Could easily put back several of these on a warm summer day. When I can find it I'll grab a 6 pack or so, would probably do this twice per season.

02-06-2011 20:35:03 | More by tbrown4
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. head is bright-white and quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the top. Nice carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A little tart. Some pale malt and the sharp tang of wheat. Grass and some apple. It's simple, but spot on.

Taste: Wheat and lots of it. Some lemon zest and grass. A touch earthy as well. Faint spiciness lingers in the back. Nothing too crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but easy to drink. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Delightfully middle of the road. Just enough flavor to keep things interesting. I can see where this could dominate a summer market. It's clean and refreshing.

10-06-2011 04:56:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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HuskerTornado

Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Appearance is a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is of citrus, light fruits, hops, and wheat.

Tastes heavy on citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

Overall, a good summer beer that is worth a go every year.

07-17-2014 01:26:41 | More by HuskerTornado
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured out a nice yellow with an orange hue. Head was moderate in size, yet went quickly to low ring around the top.

Aroma of graininess, sweet malt, and spice are accentuated by hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of spice, fruit (lemon, orange), wheat

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall it is well balanced, nice and smooth. With lots of character. Enjoy

10-14-2006 21:42:53 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

March 27, 2006 the release date of Bell's Oberon.
This brew was my first real sample of craft beer back in the mid to late nineties. It has always been one of my favorites. I know when Oberon is in the stores, warm weather is on the way. Since joining BA and learning about craft beers, I've been anticipating the release of this beer, and here is the review. I must admit its been a year or two since I've had this.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.
Batch code 7274. Packaged on March 1st 2006.

Pours a very cloudy, faint orange, almost yellow color. Gigantic, three inch thick, frothy white head. Minutes go by before the head starts to fade, leaving tons of sticky, clingy lacing, everywhere. Smell is not what I remember. Mostly, bready, yeasty aromas, with wheat and malts in the background. Weak citrus smell, maybe lemons and spice. I remember a huge citrus smell, more like oranges and lemons. Maybe this beer has changed over the years or maybe my palate has changed. Taste is a little weak, lots of yeast,bread, malts and finishes with a slightly bitter lemony, citrusy flavor. Hints of bananas. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry feeling. Medium to light feel,thin and smooth. A great session beer, especially during the Spring and Summer months. I'm a little disappointed in the taste and smell, I thought both were stronger than I remember. Anyway, still one of favorite beers and one I'll enjoy all Summer long. Oberon is back, baby! Thank you Bell's!

03-28-2006 03:09:05 | More by BigDaddyWil
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pours a very light amber, almost golden with a tint of red. Smells wheaty with a little hop nose. Mostly lighter malts hit the nose. Tastes like banana wheat with a touch of clove. A tad bit of citrus is apparent. Maybe a little chalk. A little honey sweetness is also noticeable. Slightly bitter with good carbonation. Refreshing as it's rather light tasting. Good summertime beer; a thirst quencher.

06-24-2010 21:15:54 | More by jwhancher
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. After swirling the last half an inch in the bottle, appears a very cloudy golden pale yellow color with about a finger of white foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Smells of spicy wheat, citrus, mainly orange, and a mild bready aroma. Tastes of citrus, wheat, bready yeast and mild hops. Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. A notch below medium in body with medium carbonation. Always a refreshing beer to have around in the warmer months.

06-21-2007 03:09:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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JimFries


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

08-14-2014 01:15:54 | More by JimFries
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

bottle into a weizen glass. bottled on 7/27/11.

a - pours a hazy golden yellow with plenty of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger of foamy, pale yellow head that calmed to a film pretty quickly. leaves a bit of lacing in the glass as well.

s - clove, orange zest, toasted bread.

t - fresh baked bread with some spice. notes of lemon and orange are present as is a fairly mild hop bitterness. pretty well balanced.

m - medium bodied, slightly sticky, a little on the fizzy side.

o - a good beer for sure, i just don't understand why everyone raves so much about this one. worthy of the occasional purchase in my book.

08-26-2011 00:54:15 | More by divineaudio
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CMW

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

A - Pours a hazy yellowish/orange color with a bright white one-inch head. Although the haze is thick, I can see a fairly high level of carbonation working its way toward the top of the glass.

S - A fair amount of yeast, orange, and lemon.

T - A very mild flavor but there are certain characteristics that stand out. Citrus from orange and lemon seems to dominate upfront. Next is the good mixture of malt and yeast. Somewhat bready but not overpowering.

M - Light but the carbonation has a little bite to it.

D - Very drinkable, especially in the hot summer sun. Not sure why I choose to review this in January.

01-17-2010 19:29:03 | More by CMW
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mrseano

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pours hazy orange/straw color with very visible sediment. White head recedes in size quickly but stays present for remainder of drink.

S: Citrusy wheat. Bit of funky orange peel.

T: Slight orange, medium body (fuller taste than expected), slight hop presence but not as much as many Bell's.

M: Get a creamy texture, may be from all that sediment floating around in the beer. Carbonation is obvious in this beer which adds to pronounced mouthfeel.

O: Good beer. It would be a quality beer to have sitting out on a patio with friends, and a better alternative to Blue Moon if you like a slight orange hint in your beer. Smell could use a bit of improvement, however.

04-27-2011 04:34:58 | More by mrseano
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a cloudy straw color with yeast floaters all around. The finger of white head dissipates slowly but steadily. The nose is yeasty. The flavor profile follows the nose and, of course, has plenty of wheat upfront.

This offering is slightly tastier than the average wheat beer but it is certainly nothing special.

07-29-2014 03:55:01 | More by 57md
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz bottle.

A: Very cloudy and mostly pale yellow. Very little head. Looks pretty decent.

N: Lots of peppercorns, some banana and light grapefruit. The malt shines through with an appreciable biscuit. Follows up with spruce and earth.

T: Very peppery with a decent level of bitter bite. There’s a lot of bread running through this which makes for a substantial meal. Slight lemon sourness.

M: Round mouthfeel with a light body. Ends dry. Very, very well carbonated.

O: A great summer drinker. Nothing to amaze, but it’s well built and is a good step up for those who haven’t had anything more intense.

06-29-2013 05:16:39 | More by writerLJBerg
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Served in a conventional glass (not wheat beer style) pale amber colour, and cloudy as expected of an unfiltered wheat beer.From the aroma, I would not have guessed it as a wheat beer (certainly not in the German style) as it was more sweetness malty and hints of citrus rather than the cloves and bananas you expect. Taste leaned more on the malty side of fruitiness, and as others suggested, grassy and fairly sweet, though not unpleasant to my taste. Little or no bitter hop characteristics at all. I enjoyed this fairly well, and would have it again, though it has little in common with wheat beers as in the German tradition. Maybe a shade too sweet for my taste, would not class it as an outstanding beer, but pleasant enough on a hot summers day and easy to drink.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL) May 2007
B'ham UK

05-09-2007 17:48:31 | More by JohnW
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pwoods

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz. brown single from Party Source poured into a weizen glass at 40-45. No dating.

A: Pours a very hazy golden apple. 1/2 fnger head that's gone quick. zero lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed orange juice some cloves. and cinnamon?

T/M: Orangy twang and grapefruit notes. Getting some of that "soap" taste on the back half. I can't think of a better way to describe it. lightly tart, wheat base. Body is light and carbonation's not too extremely high. Finishes crisp and slightly dry.

D: Very easy to drink. Too bad it's not hot anymore. Who am I kidding? This is Cincy, I'll wait til tomorrow.

09-28-2007 02:16:00 | More by pwoods
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: a dusty gold and yellow color with decent lacing. It glows in the glass and is awfuly active, or I should say, bubbly.

Smell: sweet malt nose along with hops and wheat, most notably wheat. Nothing to exciting going on in my glass. Slight citrus and fresh oranges smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops push through a little more and help balance the malt and wheat. Hops provide a small amount of spice which is paired nicely with sweet oranges and a sort of lemony zest. Always is and has been very drinkable in the warm days of summer and compliments most grilled food wonderfully. Goes down smooth and is carbonated nicely.

Last years brew seemed a bit more sweet to me, this year has more of a unfiltered wheat type of taste.
What do you know another great beer from the people down in K-zoo! Oberon has been a staple beer in my favorite brews, so it is hard to say anything bad.

04-03-2007 01:04:04 | More by Magpie14
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

P- Al's of Hampden

A- A nice pour with a dense head but only one finger thick. A nice sticky lacing as well. A gold color with yeast suspended in the beer.

S- a light citrus aroma but more of a wheat smell. Smell is that of a lager with some hints of citrus.

T- a strong tart citrus flavor in the taste. It is like a orange/lemon wheat combination.

M- smooth and thin. Citrusy with dry wheat complements.

D- easy to throw back. Overall not a bad beer. It was good to relax with after mowing the grass.

05-03-2010 23:25:05 | More by Dodo2step
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Notes from 7/26/11. On tap in Milwaukee.

A - Pale straw yellow with an orange glow. Slightly hazy. One finger of fluffy white head.

S - Citrus & grain. A fairly weak nose

T - Citrus and some grainy notes with a light clove background flavour. Slightly sweet with a very slightly bitter, dry finish.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

08-02-2011 13:50:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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wingman14

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that fades quickly. Smells like a mix of citrus, wheat, and spice, not an over powering smell. Tastes a hint of citrus mostly spice with a bitter taste with a little kick. Has mostly wheat characteristics, not very carbonated, has a decent balance for a good overall mouthfeel. Has a good, almost orange, aftertaste that lingers for a bit. A good summer beer, could enjoy many of these on a hot day. They seem a bit pricey as with most of Bell's selections but worth a try especially if you are into lighter wheat beers with big flavor. Enjoy!

05-28-2006 02:27:23 | More by wingman14
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

04-11-2011 00:58:36 | More by smakawhat
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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