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Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,262 | 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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Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at a Meijer store; packaged on May 30 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a muddy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger's worth of bubbly, soapy white head that soon fades into a loose collar and filmy cap. Modest amount of lace. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with notes of lemony citrus, sweet wheat malts, mango and apricot. A little subdued, but I definitely like what I am sensing.

A delicious pale wheat ale. Lots of wheat malt sweetness, although the banana-and-bubblegum notes common in German-style offerings are kept to a minimum in this one. Instead, their bready goodness is complemented with hints of orange, lime, apricot, and wet grass. Mildly spicy finish, with a slightly earthy bitterness that doesn't linger on the palate all that long. On the heftier side of light-bodied, with zippy carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, satisfying feel on the palate. Very drinkable; tastes considerably lighter than it actually weighs in at.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Bell's Oberon Ale is one of the finest American-style wheat beers I've ever had, combining the hearty wheat malt backbone of a quality German hefe, the citrusy hop notes of an American IPA, and the light, crisp, refreshing nature one should expect from this (frequently mundane) style. A great beer that comes highly recommended - I'd be buying this regularly if it were available on this side of the border.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/19 canned date
The beer pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off white head that provides good coverage throughout drinking and gives a decent lace. The nose is wheat/malt sweetness upfront (no bubblegum) followed by a subtle citrus character from the hops and has an almost negligible yeast presence. The taste is off-putting when fridge-cold, but has cracked wheat sweetness and balanced hops as it enters that 40-50 degree sweet spot. It's a relatively light-bodied ale with foamy (almost chewy) protein/carbonation, modest and balanced hop/wheat/yeast presence, minimal lingering bitterness, and undetectable alcohol. Though I still prefer the two hearted cans, this beer is affordable/available and perfect for that outdoorsey can crushing itch.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque straw color with a lot of unfiltered wheat haze in the glass. Heavy lacing for a wheat beer and a very fluffy white head; it took me three pours to get it all in the glass.

The smell is a little bit bubble gum, wet straw, cloves and coriander. Unfortunately, none of the smells come through well; the scents are all muted.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a hint of orange, banana and spices but nothing comes through strongly. I believe this would be a better beer if at least one of the tastes or smells were to stand out.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a wheat beer. Thick and chewy as well as a little oily.

Overall this beer appears to have potential but no taste or smell really stands out. It is smooth and drinkable but I have the feeling this could be so much better.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a nonic.

A-A short-lived off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades. The beer is murky and straw in color with only a stray bubble or two of carbonation visible.

S-The aroma is musty with wet wheat grain dominating my palate. There is a touch of lemony bite in there, as well as some vague hop aromas, but also some metallic grain and a bit of skunkiness. Maybe my can isn't fresh?

T-The taste follows the smell mostly with slightly sweet, doughy wheat flavors, a touch of lemon, some vague grassy hop flavors, and a bit of skunkiness. It is quenchable, but not terribly interesting.

M-The heft is light to medium with a semi-crisp carbonation that attack my palate softly rather than aggressively and pairs well with the flavors and style.

O-Perhaps my can was old, but I was a bit let down by this beer. I was hoping for something quenchable but with a bit more substance than a typical wheat beer. Oberon, however, just felt watered down and hastily assembled. It isn't terrible, but I don't need to drink it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undoubtedly among the most popular summer beer on the market, Bell's Brewery has carved out a niche in the hot weather market with a fruity-sweet but balanced taste that truly captures the essence of the season.

Its hazy straw color highlights its racy carbonation; fueling a tall column of froth that pops to whet the taste with its strong and playful perfume. Orange, mango and apricot are illuminated by the bready sweetness of angel food cake and damp cereal grain. Its spicy waft is delicately of pepper, mint and herb.

Over the middle, its whimsical creaminess is slowly replaced with playful acidity, reminding the palate of fruit juice and white wine- mimosa perhaps. A glimmer of lemon, banana and bubblegum reads notions of hefeweizen before the signature grain and leaf medley of American wheat beer sets in.

Its closing taste is smooth, creamy-dry and with an herbal bitterness, similar to sassafras and soft white pepper. Sweetness continues to dissolve and exposes the elements of grain, leaf, mint, clove and even vanilla.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy golden with two fingers of fluffy white head, fades to a slight lace.

S: Citrus fruit, spice, some clove up front. Some bready malt and biscuit but more citrus than anything else.

T: Very similar to the nose, spices, lemon, a bit of doughy flavor and some earthy tones. Well rounded and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and low bitterness. Refreshing and smooth.

O: A very nice pale wheat here from Bells, and the 16 oz can format makes it even better.

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Photo of bluedognever
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Slight, white wheat. Pours a cloudy gold (this is unfiltered, unpasteurized) but a nice color overall.

Slight hopiness but blends nicely with the rest of the flavor profile. Hints of biscuit and a little citrus.

Smooth drinking with a nice even finish.

Overall this is an above average wheat ale. Definitely on the buy again list.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 3.50/16 oz draft at Unos’ at Birch Run
Aroma of malt
Head chopped by bartender – what remains is small (1.5 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing OK – small rings with small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins bitter followed by a short generic citrus burst; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends quickly, no aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is classified as a pale wheat ale on BA. What I had was unlike any wheat beer I’ve ever had. I last had it in 2006 and I guess I’ll wait another eight years before I try it again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Sam Adams glass

White foam cap settles into a solid white foam layer with good lacings. Hazy golden yellow.

Aroma of straw, grass, lemon.

Malt , Yeast, then lemon on the front of the tongue. Crisp aftertaste.

Smooth, gentle carbonation. Light to light medium mouthfeel.

Nice, summer time brew

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with one finger of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Sweet malt, a little yeast funk, Lemon

Taste: Sweet malt, a little cardboard, then lots of carbonation leading to a pleasantly mild citrus rind bitterness and some spice notes, nothing distinct that I could pick out. Finish is lingering.

The Rest: Medium bodied, all-day drinkability and a pleasing flavor profile, this is one of my favorite summer beers.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
2.37/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- cloudy off yellow colored body, small fingernail head that reduces to a thin discontinuous layer

N - something about this that turns me away.. I can pick up citrus but there's something else on the forefront that I can't quite put my finger on

M - light and noticeable carbonation feel

T - eh.. Same as the nose. I can pick up citrus flavor which is great but there's something that turns me off

O - this bottle was 2 months old but that's not bad.. I don't know but I wasn't a fan of this. I wouldn't cringe if offered one but I would ask what else was is available..

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon Ale brewed by Bell's Brewery, Inc with an ABV of 5.8% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small, white head. Bell's Oberon Ale is an unfiltered brew. The smell is rich with wheat and grains. So far so good. The taste is bold with wheat and grains. There is not a lot of citrus in this brew. For being a wheat brew this has very little citrus in it. The taste is nice and clean. This is a well balanced brew. The mouthfeel is nice, clean, and smooth. There is no bad aftertaste to this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, tart, twang, and slight sweet wheat. A little fruitiness and spice in there too.

Taste: Same as above. Tiny bit of bitterness too

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Not a bad pale wheat. Could have used more hops and/or spice, but still a decent one.

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Photo of Moxley
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid summer beer. Not as heavy and thick as some other wheat beers I've had, which makes it a great session beer on a hot summer day. Crisp and refreshing yet full-flavored. Good balance of hops and malt with a solid but not overbearing earthiness from the wheat. Hints of coriander and orange peel on the nose and finish.

Definitely worth picking up a six-pack on your way to a BBQ

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle

Bells Oberon Ale filled my glass mug with a cloudy pale golden hue producing an ample off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose is dominated by citrus, i.e., lemon and orange, a little wheat and a touch of hops. The taste matches the nose being dominated by fruit (lemon and orange) with light wheat in the background. Hops are light, however, they do build a little as the ale is consumed. The mouth feel is smooth, crisp, light-medium body, and a clean finish.

Oberon is tasty, easy drinking, thirst quenching. The fruitiness makes this ale a good summer drink.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc., poured from the bottle into a mug, this beer has got medium-light, hazy yellow body. Phenomenal head and lacing on this puppy! Maybe because I did a proper spin'n'smack to fully release the sediments.

Smells like citrus and zest. Perhaps some lemongrass.

I taste sudsy, hazy greatness in the form of citrus zest, very slight malt sweetness, and an overall refreshing element. I can't get over how unavoidable the sign of TRUE refreshment, a satisfies "ahh" , is present with this brew!

Cloudy and creamy for maybe 5 seconds, then clean and crisp! I've never experienced with ANY wheat style.

Overall an elated 4.5 is presented to Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc. I think I've found the wheat brew meant for me. I will cry like a toddler after this goes away after this season.

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Photo of FMSmith
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My son and his friends think this is the greatest summer beer in the bottle. I'll drink it but not all that crazy about it. It's good, don't get me wrong but I don't think it is great.

Maybe it's because wheat beers do nothing for me at any time but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered. Could be some Michigan pride now that I am a New Yorker but...

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Photo of tviz33
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, served in a weizen glass.

A- Cloudy golden/ light orange-yellow body with a sort soapy white head that settles quickly.

S- Wheat, citrus, spices.

T- Citrus and spice come first, backed up by the wheat flavor. Crisp hop notes and a very clean, refreshing finish.

M- Almost perfect feel. Just right carbonation and medium-light feel.

O- Wonderful summer beer.

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Photo of jman42
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sitting on my deck on the first day of summer (or last day of spring) on a beautiful afternoon - the perfect setting for this beer.

Appearance - Nice cloudy look typical of a wheat ale. Beautiful light orange color - as the bottle says "color of a sunny afternoon".

Smell - Nothing spectacular about the aroma. Kind of like heading south on a gal just out of the shower (sorry). Perhaps there is a slight citrus scent to it, but certainly not a "spicy hop character" and I'm really reaching on that.

Taste - Things start getting good again. I typically like big bold ales and this ain't one of them, but it has a very drinkable taste to it. The kind I could put down all afternoon at a bbq or on the beach (in fact, I need to bring a bunch on vacation).

Mouthfeel - Nice. Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel to it. No biiterness lingering around. In fact, even a few minutes after finishing my glass, my mouth is still happy.

Overall - A great summer beer. As in sitting around outside on a summer day kind of beer.

Follow-up 8/22/2014: Bought some bottles for a Gulf Shores, AL beach house visit - HUGE hit. Then filled a growler at Moondog Growlers in Marietta, GA on the drive home. Got to say I'm not impressed with fresh version. Just nothing to it. Looking forward to comparing it with a can tomorrow.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a mix-and-match six pack. Packaged on 5/7/14.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy gold with a hint of orange. 1/2" thick, foamy, just off-white head settles to lasting lacing. Consistent, small effervescence.

Aroma: Slight fruity hoppiness right off the bat. Orange peel fruitiness in the background with a clean, grassy bittering hop smell. Smell gets sweeter as it warms.

Taste: Clean, salty, tingly arrival. Slightly tart. Flash of malty sweetness across mid-palate, then a strong, clean (but lasting) bitterness. Leaves me wanting another sip right away.

Mouthfeel: Small bubbles, highly carbonated in a good way. I keep expecting it to feel slick, but it never does. Midweight.

Overall: This is one of those beers I buy consistently every year, and having it today reminds me why. This is a well-balanced, well-crafted, easy drinking beer. Spot on for style.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5/14/14. I just got back from visiting Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI and saw the 10 gallon system where Oberon was 1st created

A - Cloudy yellow with no clarity. TONS of sediment showing off its unfiltered nature. 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass. Lots of yeast settles down at the bottom of the brew, showing off the bottle fermentation

S - Spicy hops and floral notes. Wheat

T - Orange and tangerine's, wheat, slightly spiced hops. Tasty as hell. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slight spice on the tongue.

O - An awesome summer brew I look forward to every summer. This beer is the taste of summer to me! An all-time great brew.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into my stella glass. Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Orange haze. Not quite what I would call cloudy. Moderate head with decent retention.

S: Floral wheat with moderate hop notes. Very nice.

T: Very balanced. The Wheat, hops and citrus are very well blended. Impressive.

M: Outstanding carbonation for the style. Very smooth and somewhat rich.

O: This is a world class summer brew. Will buy again.

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Photo of WineHo
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

:) REALLY THURST QUENCHING! Smells REFRESHING! Got 1st 6 pac Saturday after work. Had to get another 6pac Sunday to watch 2014 NBA Championship. Even tasted great with Sunday dinner(Smoked Baby Back Ribs & Sauerkraut) Only small down side was making sure I got the residue out the bottom of the bottle by pouring 3/4 of the brew into my glass then swirling the rest around the bottle until residue loosened up; then pour the remainder in my glass. (Got to get all that flavor in my glass! (SMILING) Ma New Summer Brew! :)

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  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.

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