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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: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 7
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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: 6,249
Photo of beermanbrian
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couple of warm days have me itching for a summer brew. Picked this one up tonight.

Golden color with a bone white head that dissapears before i can start typing. Film leaves some ok lacing. Smell of wheat. Also pick up some grassy notes and just a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly wheat with a faint orange bite and a little bit of yeast spicyness. Not as highly carbonated as I would expect for this style. Overall a nice summer brew and another solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of moklett
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow-orange with fair amounts of sediment and a frothy white head. Doesn't have a very powerful smell, but smells fresh and light, maybe slightly fruity like orange with some flowery hops. Taste is crisp and very nicely melded. Its fizzy on the tongue and very refreshing!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a two and half finger head. Shows great retention and spectacular rings of lace. Wheat malt and mild grassy/floral hop aromas. Sweet upfront, pale malt and soft wheat tones; followed by a light melon fruit note and gentle clove spice. Aftertaste is very tame, with a timid hop bitterness and floral hop flavor that blends very well with the spice and achives a near perfect balance. This appears to be a American Pale wheat ale that has not been stripped of it's German ancestral roots. Moderate carbonation and medium body derive some texture from unfiltered wheat and suspended yeast to form a nice creamy mouthfeel accented with yeast complexity. Finishes mostly clean with only a hint of residual wheat and a mention of spice. Highly quaffable for sure and a testament to how satisfying this style can be.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sort of a light golden-yellow in color with an inch of foamy, white head, minimal lacing.

Smells of yeasty wheat bread with bananas and honey. Also hints of grass and citrus; oranges and lemons.

Taste is highly wheat with orange definitely coming through. Hops come through a little as well. Some spiciness and a little honey too.

Pretty complex taste for how light and drinkable this is. A little dry, but very refreshing. I'm looking forward to knocking out the next 5 in my fridge.

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Photo of zdk9
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the most spectacular summer beer, but a decent session brew.

A- Very murky. Color is a dark yellow, with a mild green tint. Good carbination on the glass. Head is one fingers worth of merange that stays forever.

S- A neutral scent, with a touch of sulfer. I don't like the smell of this beer at all, it reminds be of Natty light.

T- A good balance of light flavors. Nice citrus hops presence combined with a sweet wheatiness.

M- A little sharp with carbonation.

D- A solid session beer. Although the smell isn't very flattering the taste more than offsets this (but I wouldn't suggest this one for the tulip glass.)

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Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer screams refreshing.

A- A little cloudy. Light orange/yellow liquid with a great fluffy white head. There is some great retention and lacing.

S- Some citrus- orange and lemon that is backed by a yeasty, bready aroma. Not very strong in the nose- but hitting on all cylinders for what it is. And hey, sometimes it's nice to not have your nose buried in a tulip glass.

T- Same as the smell, but much more powerful. The citrus comes out nicely. The yeast helps to improve this one.

M- Good amount of carbonation adds to the flavor. There is a perfect amount of dryness bringing you back for more.

D- I can not think of a beer that I would enjoy more on a hot and humid summer day out by the lake. I seem to be enjoying this a lot more than last year- maybe I just needed something simple again.

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Photo of Duster72
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange into a weizen glass. One finger head dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is oranges with a definite hint of lemon. Taste is primarily wheat that goes to a grass with a strong orange aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery for a wheat. Very light and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of greenbeaner
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow, with a one and a half fingered head supported by some carbonation rising from the bottom. The bubbles also swirl up quite a bit upon drinking.

Smell is wheaty with hints of mild citrus...lemon and orange, but also has some sour notes up front. Not a strong smell of hops either.

Taste is pretty carbonated up front which quickly dissipates into sourness and lemon citrus. Orange is strongly present too, with some just a hint of banana undertones to the smooth wheat finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated up front with a smooth medium bodied finish. Leaves a clean crisp feeling in the mouth.

Overall I'm a bit dissapointed with this one...I was expecting just a little bit more complexity from it. Also the small hints of sourness that it had were a pretty big turn off as well...I will say that it's a crisp refreshing beer, and is fitting as a summertime release, but all in all I probably won't go out of my way to purchase it again.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color with a one and half finger head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: There's a bit of citric notes (lemon, orange, and mango), along with a grainy smell. It has a slightly hoppy aroma. Not a lot of maltiness to speak of.

Taste: This is a fantastic summer beer. It has a nice refreshing taste. It's primarily citrusy with a slightly bitter hop kick. It's a little more bitter than I would ordinarily expect a wheat beer to be. Definitely a good thing and makes this somewhat unique.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty light bodied and extremely smooth. Very drinkable on an ordinary day, but even moreso during the summer. Overall, very good beer. This is one of my favorite summer releases. Enjoy.

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Photo of bodegajohn
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a frothy head that lingers. Slight citris smell with wheat overtones. Taste, as always seems to be a hoppy American wheat, yet the hops seem less pronounced than the 2006 version. If memory serves, the first few kegs last year seemed the same way, or maybe too many days and too many beers intervening. Good full mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable. This one fills the bill for all occasions in my not so humble opinion. Could easily go from a seasonal to a year round offering.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times, mainly acquired at Martin's in South Bend. It pours out a dark orange-brown color, without too much of a head. The smell is mainly of ginger spices and citrus. Taste is mainly of citrus and hops, but not overwhelming by any means and very drinkable and refreshing. It's my summer relaxing beer of choice. Many good times drinking Oberon sitting around a campfire or at a barbeque.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice orange color with a smallish fluffy white head that some nice lacing.

Smell - Oranges, ginger and honey are present. There are other citrus flavors as well. Maybe some peper?

Taste - The citrus runs the show here but it is balanced nicely by some spice and a dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light that finishes semi-dry. The carbonation is never overpowering.

Drinkability - A summer beer of choice.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue as well. Yeasty nose with a distinct hay character to it. Grassy, yeasty palate with a lemony citrus touch, lots of grainy wheat malt and a fairly mild hop bitterness.

Not bad at all, but I would probably enjoy this sort of thing more if the weather was nicer. I guess it was pretty solid but I just wasn’t really in the mood…

Still, recommended.

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Photo of Byeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a slighty hazed , deep golden color , with a with a small foamy white head and steady rising carbonation.

Smell: Fresh fruity and floral scents mix with citrus and rich wheaty maltiness , hay, strawberry , some yeast in there to , salt?.

Taste: Fruit and berries flash first and throughout , citrus, then a wheaty malt moves in with hardyness and tang , lightly spicy hop balances the slight sweetness very refreshingly , some grain/hay in there , finishes fairly dry with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: body feels quite sturdy at first , then lightens right up.

Drinkability: A great and very drinkable summer brew. I could definatly see myself reaching for this when i want a refreshing american wheat beer with a nice complexity. Not as "wheaty" as other wheat beers iv'e had , more fruity.

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Photo of lpayette
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, purchased in Rockford, Illinois on business.

Appearance- The yeast makes this one extremely cloudy. Almost carrot juice color. Surprisingly little head. Bright orange.

Smell- Over-ripe fruits - banana and strawberry. Vague wheat.

Taste- Bold for a wheat beer. Strong wheat flavors followed by some tangerine-like notes and a slice of banana. Sweet and juicy flavors.

Mouthfeel- Similar to both a fruit juice and a soda. Rather thick for the style.

Drinkability- An odd beer- not at all what I was expecting, but perhaps worth another try.

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small sampling glass. The label is simple, typical style of Bell's with a sun front and center. Batch indicates this was made near the end of summer.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/4 inch off white heady. This settles qucikly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itslef is perfectly clear and a nice hefeweizen orange/amber color. After pouring the last bit from the bottle, it couds up a little, as there is some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat tang with strong aromas of lemon and orange zest.

Taste: Smooth and creamy flavor with sweet orange flavors. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability: On a warm summer day, this would be infinitely drinkable. I have to admit, having just come back from a run in the 10 air temperature and snow, I should have grabbed something a little more substantial. But, perfect as the beer they sell it to be.

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Photo of JDK
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow with a 1 finger head that quickly reduced to almost zero
Very pleasent smell with mild citrus and a hint of pine
Nice carbonation that quickly disappeared from the tongue.
Light to medium mouthfeel
Another very good ale from Bell's that would taste even better sitting on a deck in 90 degree weather

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, carbonated, golden lemon yellow. Two fingers of puffy, fluffy white head retain in a healthy way. Splats of lacing lie Pollacked on the inside of the glass.

The aroma drafts a gust of grain, mildly sweet and tangy with wheat. Yeasty esters drive home clove, banana, lemon, and pepper. Berry and mint drift lazily.

Upon tasting, there's a zippy trip of semi-sweet and earthy tart wheat, with a backdrop of lightly toasted malt, caramel, and medium fruit in tow. A lash of clove and Jolly Rancher lemon peeks through. Further grain notation is softly biscuit, residually sweet, and fairly fruity. A tangy nip and crisp peppery bitterness clean the way through a lasting, lingering finish. It's not chock full, but it's bright and tasty enough.

Light bodied, zesty carbonation, a wheaty breath, and a gentle spicy nibble ingratiate the palate.

It's not a knock-down extravaganza, but it is a tasty, spirited wheaten quaff. Nothing stands out, as it mixes and meshes and melds, in this case an especially nice trait. It's very refreshing and refreshingly clean as well. I may not think of this first, but if I have it around, I won't forget it's there.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with Saaz - batch 7642 (packaged 9/15/06). It pours a hazed peach with medium carbonation and a finger of off-white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is pleasant, but not very aromatic, consisting of tart/nutty wheat, and notes of Saaz. It tastes of wheat, cloves, spicy, floral?, and lightly piney hops, with citrus (orange, lemon?), and a medium bitterness. Not too complex, but freakin' delicious, with the only downside being a light alcohol presence. It has a medium, lightly drying/numbing body with medium carbonation that becomes lighter, and it leaves a medium finish. Very, very nice wheat beer that went way too quickly. A definite session beer as I was sad I didn't have another bottle to consume immediately after this one. If you see this beer, make sure to buy at least a six-pack.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a big white head and lots of suspended particles. Good Retention. Aroma is of sweet bready malt, wheat, and a touch of lemony citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma with a little stronger citrus present towards the finish. Definitely an easy drinking beer. Very solid effort once again from Bell's. While I am drinking this in the winter, this would definitely be even better on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Sayson
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale yellow, cloudy dense white head
S: wheaty, bready faintly of hops
T: malty with a hint of sourness in the back. the tang of wheat
M: full with a dry finish
D: Above average. I could drink several.

I avoided this beer for a few years. Now that its distributed in my state, I see it with new eyes. I used to look down on it because it was Bell's cash cow, but in the light of day, this is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of kkipple
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon fills my tall glass with a clear pale golden beer capped with a large, fluffy, 2 inch head. Bits of yeast swirl in the glass and mesmerizing trails of bubbles fly upwards to reinforce the prodigious head. The foam eventually falters, but leaves lots of sticky lacing as a calling card.

This is a good tasting beer, says I as I begin to sip. Oberon is a clean, fresh tasting light beer with real smoothness (likely from the wheat) and a bit of citrus zest. The malts are very well balanced, being neither too sweet nor too timid. Hops add bitterness, which is again very refined. I get the impression this beer was tweaked till it was perfected. What you're left with is a refreshing, smooth, crisp, mildly sweet gulper.

Oh yeah, the smell: light malts, wheat, lemony zest, and slight grassy notes. Nothing unexpected. Aftertaste is clean and mildly sour with a hint of wheat.

Drinkability is high on this one. It went very well with my ginger green beans and salmon cakes. A solid and lovingly crafted beer from Bell's. I'd be glad to buy it again.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, wonderfully hazy yellowgold with a big white head and good lacing.

Smells like natural sunshine oranges (not synthetic) and big sunny wheat malt. No, I don't quite know what "sunny" means, in relation to the smells of a beer. It's just a feeling that this gives off.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big, sweet citrus complexities giving way to a creamy, lightly spicy wheatmalt and a nice sweet finish.

A solid and quaffable summer brew. I would expect nothing less from Bell's.

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