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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

4,957 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,957
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 130
Gots: 408 | FT: 5
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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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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
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a Very hazy yellow color, Minimal head, Unfiltered

S - Orange peel and yeast in the nose

T - Orange sweetness, Small amount of hops, dry wheat ending.

M - Medium body, minimal carbonation

D - An enjoyable beer but nothing special. I would prefer a Hop Sun

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:53:24 | More by Reed415
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andrewmartin

Ohio

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

I am a big fan of Bell's, but have to say that American wheat is probably my least favorite style, so here goes..

Had this on tap at the County Cork Irish Pub (previously the Yards Club) in old Hilliard

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a rather small head for the style

S: Imparts a strong yeast character with citrusy notes as well.

T: No doubt this is a wheat beer, as this flavor dominates. As the beer warms, more yeast flavors are noticible, and not necessary in a good way.

M: Pleasent biting mouthfell with a smooth and slightly creamy texture

D: A good one for the warmth of summer

As I said, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but Oberon is one of the better American wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 18:31:43 | More by andrewmartin
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Lauthaha

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 ounces).

Appearance: Pours a golden color with mild carbonation. Head fades quickly but leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Not a lot to say here.

Smell: A very "round" scent...definitely reminiscent of a witbier, with that familiar citrus-type nose. However, it's not a sharp citrus, but more of a gentle mix with the wheaty malt. More bready than anything.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out kinda bland. Hops become noticeable quickly. Very chewy in the middle, with good citrus accents. Foams right up until swallow. Aftertaste is a shocking sort of pungent grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not as good as I remember it.

Overall: Eh. Bell's makes a LOT of better brews...it's odd that this one enjoys such tremendous accolades in the summertime --- at least, it's odd to me. Oh well, not a bad buy, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:02:19 | More by Lauthaha
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Jadjunk

Georgia

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

A popular summer beer by Bell's Brewery, Oberon is commonly found in most package stores that carry a craft beer selection in the Atlanta area. The recent appearance of summer kegs of this beer remind me that this is a bottle that I should do a review of.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Bell's Tulip. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a slightly off-white color. Retention is about average, and the head thickens as it settles down to a thin creamy surface blanket. Lacing is lacking as well. Body color is a golden yellow, very hazy with tons of pulpy yeast sediment to be found through the entire beer. An interesting appearance and very "summery", although the head quality is a bit shallow and the plentiful sediment is going to either make or break fans of the beer. 3

(Smell) Aroma is mostly a mild wheat base with subtle hints of citrus and mild bittering hops of a low Alpha Acid variety, as the overall beer smells neither hoppy nor fruity by comparison. A slight crackery yeast accelerates the light aromas of the beer and also contributes a mild peppery smell, neither a frontrunner of the aroma. In this regard, the beer is very mild and approachable to many, although the potential for it to expand in any direction has never been higher. Potency is a bit low and this makes many of the subtle aromatics difficult to pick up, although a less subtle banana and clove come in as it warms a bit. For a simple aroma, it's pleasant and still manages to pack some charisma and diversity into the smell. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors include a yeasty wheat cracker malt profile with a bit of bitter orange and lemon peel to pair. Finishes very dry. The dominant flavor is certainly the wheat, and like in the aroma, most of the remaining flavors that could be are very mild and hard to pick up, so they come through in small doses. Overall, this is a light flavored beer so it's highly drinkable save for the slightly too-tart and dry finish which detracts from the drinkability a notch. It's enjoyable for those who are mostly interested in wheat with little extra on the side. 4

(Mouthfeel) Semi-crisp body texture is a decent pair for the brunt of the wheat malt. Mild bitter citrus fruit on the finish along with a heavy cracker and resiny yeast profile seems to finish this beer very dry, a bit too much so to do it good. Alcohol presence is low to none. Body is light. Decent pair for the taste. 3

(Overall) This is a highly drinkable and enjoyable summer beer. There's nothing too complex about the flavor but the subtleties compliment the brew well. I find this as a beer that could go anywhere; it's not too far from being a Hefeweizen, yet it carries some subtle Wit qualities with it as well. For a Pale Wheat ale, this is a pretty nice candidate for a session beer, although the resiny dry finish clashes a bit with the rest of the beer and drags down drinkability a bit. There's not much that makes this beer highly original amongst the rest of the bunch, but it is likely to be a good choice for those who are looking for a simple, yet enjoyable mild wheat ale to pass the hot summer months. 3.5

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Bell's Oberon Ale
3.65/5.00

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:54:46 | More by Jadjunk
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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

Gorgeous appearance of pale gold with slight haze, and mountainous rocky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind an abundance of lace. Fresh beer!

Nose has light fruit and a clean grain aroma that is subdued.

Palate has a lightly sweet wheat component with balancing citrus to give it some complexity. Finish is somewhat fruity-tart, in a good way, and is rather easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:35:02 | More by yemenmocha
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:51:43 | More by silentjay
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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