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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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1,675 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 6,287
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,303 | FT: 6
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: 1,675 | Hads: 6,287
Photo of beckje01
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow-gold with 1/8 of an inch of head, slightly cloudy

S- Slight wheat with some hints of alcohol

T- Wheaty and crisp overall light and a slight hop in there

M- Very little activity

D- Goes down easy not much to this beer really. I won't seek this out but not so bad as to not have one if offered.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle. Left a two finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body was a hazy orangish gold. Looks good.

Smell - toasty malt, and toasty wheat. Grassy, herbally, and spicy hops. Hint of bananas and cloves.

Taste - toasty and cracker-like malt and wheat. Slight wheaty creaminess. Some lemon. Some grassy, herbally hops. The taste here is slightly laid back, somewhat subtle, but very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, slight hop oil slickness, slightly creamy.

Drinkability - very good, goes down easy, and is very sessionable.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wcudwight was kind enough to share.

This beer got straight threes. That is a compliment from me considering the style. The beer was very cloudy and had the appearance of pineapple juice. There was a good head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The taste is good for the style and there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is mostly smooth. The drinkability is fair. This beer is average in my book but that is good for me, again considering the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled while watching football during Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Hazy, cloudy yellow. Decent head that easily falls to a thin crown on top.
Smell's pretty typical for a wheat beer. Lemon, citrus, and somewhat floral
The taste is lemon, with some ginger. Zesty.
The mouthfeel of a lot of these wheat beers, is too carbonated for me. I feel like I'm drinking a seltzer.
Over all a decent beer and about par for the style.
Thanks to beckje01 for the sample.

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Photo of Illinick
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I am a big fan of Bell's well done labels and this is no different. Deep orange in color with a smallish, fluffy white head that sticks to the glass throughout. Retains a thin layer throughout.
S: Fruity, light, and sweet. There is some spice and believe it or not the bottle says the "scent of a summer afternoon" and it does have that scent. It smells like a mix of fresh laundry and summer air. Weird, but it does.
T: Like the nose (minus the fresh laundry), fruity and sweet with orange and sweet citrus flavors. Some off-setting tartness and some spice (pepperish) and crisp, dry hops in there towards the end of the sip. Nice, refreshing flavor profile.
MF: Medium light that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: A nice, refreshing brew perfect for the warm summer months. A brew I look forward to picking up every summer. Quite refreshing!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's- Oberon Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- light golden orange with very little head.
Smell- Sweet and fruity. Citrus ( Lemon and Orange rind)
Taste- Light Wheat with a dominating taste of orange/ peach coming through.
Mouthfeel- Big bold flavor that is consistant. No aftertaste, just a craving to gulp down more.

Overall- This was a nice tasting beer and an easy 1 to gulp down. A 6er of this would'nt be sufficiant. Tasty and easy to drink!!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy mandarin orange in color. very little head but what there was that formed around the edges of the glass. Lots of stringy lace. Nos is very light and sweet. Hints of sugars and wheat. Flavor is quite nice. Very light wheat flavor. Yeast did a good job bringing out some slight citrus flavors that help lighten up this beer. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thinner than optimal. Still a very drinkable beer all things considered and I enjoyed this beer.

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

Poured a hazing orange-golden color with moderate white chunky head. Smell presenst strong wheat notes with some citur-lemon background. Taste is very refreshing, with a nice tartness to compliment the sweet fruitiness. I normally do not go along with fruit in beer, But a slice of orange really seemed to increase the enjoyment of this beer. Good job. nice and refreshing.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Golden2wenty1, who provided this as part of Wheat/Weiss night....

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber. Not much by way of heading or lacing. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Light metallic hops, with a ginger honey backbone.

Taste: Oranges, with some ever-so-slightly dry and sour wheat. Metallic hops finish, and a slightly chalky aftertaste. Mild honey developments.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy, and low-key. Low carbonation, with a good wheat finish.

Drinkability: It's easy to see why this is a summer favorite, and a standard in the APWA style. It's not a mindblower, but it's more than an easy enough drinker. Had this from a minikeg and was much more impressed - seemed to have a more accentuated, sweet flavor.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange beer.

This beer pours cloudy with a big head. Weird orange color, not bad but odd. No real smell (maybe my nose is going).

Tastes somewhere between a hefeweizen and a kolsh. Big strong floral orange flavor, like it was brewed with oranges, don't know if it was, label doesn't give a clue to it's style. Citrus flavors roll all over my mouth like a bubbly washing machine. Goes down smooth and refreshing clean aftertaste.

A sudzy quafable brew, full of flavor.

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Photo of beerdeity
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was transported in a "bubba" over a long distance, so I am not sure of the effect on the beer was. That said, it poured nicely offering a golden to lightly orange colour, with a slight creamy head. The nose was citrus, with a distinct orange undertone. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. The taste was a nice apricot-like taste, with a subtle hop finish. The beer balanced out nicely by mig-glass, offering a very drinkable second.

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Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bottle from our World Market "10 Best Summer Beers" Mixed case, brought back from the last US trip. This was what I was hoping for from all of the choices - a good, summer brewed, micro specialty.
Color is hazy and golden, with a bright white head. Lots of rising bubbles, thin but present lacing lines. Aroma of wheat malt blended with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness. The flavor is full, with more citrus fruitiness of lemon and clove spice. It is well balanced between the light maltiness citrus bitterness. A dry crispo mouthfeel quenches the summer thirst. A very nice summer beer.

Note to Self: Ranked the #7 American Pale Wheat Ale when I tried it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon pours a hazy yellow/orange, with about an inch off-white head. There's lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't strong at all, but it smells like wheat and citrusy hops. Wheat is the main taste, but I can also taste orange peel and citrusy hops and it finishes with some spicyness and sweetness. There isn't much aftertaste. It's light bodied, but has a good smooth mouthfeel and is very refreshing. A perfect beer for a hot summer day, it's another winner from Bell's!

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

Nose is nice and fruity with white grape dominating. There is a big white head that becomes a layer and leaves alot of fractured, tacky lacing. The beer is a hazy gold color and very evervescent.

Wheat tang, orange rhind, and bold, fresh hop taste battle for attention in the forground while soft sugar and spice hide. Very Nice. I was thinking of this as a wit. It is listed as a APWA. I think fans of either will be pleased. Light and fuzzy mouthfeel. Yummy.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – hazy and glowing yellow color.

Smell – little citrusy smell, but can smell the wheat complexities.

Taste – little lemon and more of a wheat flavor. very good to have a couple of these outside in the brutal sun.

Mouthfeel – little carbonation, easy on the mouth.

Drinkability – liked it a lot. much better on draught than in a bottle!

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having all of Bell's Wheat Love brews earlier in the year I wanted to give their usual pale wheat a try.

Kind of a dull yellow color with a bit of haze to it. Clearer than expected. Initially this had a quarter inch head on the pour but reduced down to a single bubble layer.

Aroma is wheat and yeast with some corriander. Some bubblegum sweetness is in there too and possibly some apple juice aromas. I think I detect a bit of alcohol as well. Taste is well balanced, enough wheat and malt work to give this a good balance. A bit of grainy wheat is evident to start and then some more typical bready malts come in. Finish has a touch of bitterness with some straw hops.

Good medium mouthfeel. Coats the cheeks well and the carbonation makes this pretty crisp. Nice and refreshing overall, decent flavor compared to most pale wheats. Nicely done, IMO.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with some white haze and a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak wheat with some discernable hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of wheat back with some sensible Saaz hops, which provide character without shadowing all the malt. Body is above average and about right for the style. Very enjoyable beer overall and would make a great session beer for hot summer days.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice American Wheat Ale. Pours a cloudy orange - or very light copper. Copious amounts of yeast mix very well with the moderate amount of carbonation. The foamy head is long lasting and thick. Surprisingly subdued aroma. Could faintly detect tart citrus and floral hints. The front end is mellow with a very smooth body. Only medium amounts of tartness with sweet grainy malt in the middle. Citrusy and dry finish. Very appealling. Wheat Ales are usually not my thing, but this is a very nice summer thirst quencher.

Low alcoholic strength makes this a good summer session ale.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer from a bottle marked with an April 24, 2006 bottling date.

A: Poured slightly cloudy, inviting orange-gold color. Very little head on the pour.

S: Initial notes of sweet grains, notably sweet corn. Some hints of citrus in there, too.

T: Very interesting flavors that travel and grow. Begins with initial notes of the sweet grain, rounds out with the tang of citrus, and ends with light hoppy notes. Excellent progression.

M: Low carbonation, which helps by not getting in the way of the flavors. Light creaminess to the texture.

D: Very drinkable. Overall, a fairly light beer, with excellent flavors that make each sip easy and enjoyable.

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

Pale, hazed amber pour with 2 fingers of loose white froth that retains pretty well, and leaves the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is a very nice cross of crisp wheat, hints of fruit and lemon. There's a nicely pronounced hop character than in the way of grassy and floral notes.

Flavor is delicious with some of the soft, fruity wheat notes of apple, apricot, and light citrus with a tingly hop bite of floral and spicey hops. Perfect bitterness alows the crisp wheaty goodness to shine through.

Body is nice and light, with a great slick mouthfeel and velvet texture that is supremely easy to quaff. Another winner from a great brewer. It's nice to see a brewery pay as much attention to it's lower ABV items as it does to it's Imperial Stouts and high gravity offerings.

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

Pint was served with a little head, and this lasted fairly well. The beer is a golden/pale yellow color and pretty clear. Smell is interesting, kind of toasty malt without much of a wheaty character. Taste is a nice, balanced light malt flavor with just a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick and not too thin. Overall, nicely drinkable but not outstanding.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange colored beer without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity to the nose. Sweet wheat malt and bread aromas make up the bulk of the scent here. The fruity aroma here is mostly the understated scent of apricot and muskmelon with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet and bready at the start of the glass. Slightly spicy in flavor this tastes much like a Belgian witbier. The taste of coriander is in this one and a honeysuckle and orange flavor. Very low bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable summer beer here. I could have asked for more head formation but that is no biggie. The sweetness here probably will turn off some people but other than that I can recommend this.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given a sample taste at Crown Liquors 116th and Brookschool Road in Fishers, IN.

Poured an orange-hued cloudy orange from a 12oz. bottle, poured a fluffy one finger head that slowly fell to light lacing. Aroma is richly characterized by wheat and citrus, slightly spicy notes present as well. Taste is sweet and grainy, slight crisp lemon flavors present nicely complement the soft wheat body of this brew. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation level is low, and makes for a very smooth sipping beer. Finishes clean on the tongue, just about as drinkable as they come.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is the King of the Faries. Hehehe.

It isn't a bad beer, just not the inspired fare I expect from Bell's. There is a ong wheat presence which is countered by a nice batch of citrusy hops up front. The finish is sweet and mildly sticky. Which is strange, since it isn't a terribly full-bodied beer.

It's a no-brain summer drinker. Like most American Wheat beers, I'd rather a good Weizen, but that doesn't mean this beer isn't a prime example of what it is. Taking it for what it is, it's pretty tastey. I think it tries to hard to be a crossover beer rather than just a good beer that might cause people to crossover.

If you live in the Midwest, you've already drank it, and it's part of your summer ritual. If you don't, well, you aren't missing too much.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.