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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

4,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 4155
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oberon mini keg. Served in a pint glass

A- Glowing orange/yellow. On the first day, without disturbing the sediment, it poured a hazy yellow. Henceforth I shook it a little and it had lots of suspended white floaties and was closer to orange. Cinnamon-colored deposits sat at the bottom of the glass. When first opening this keg, it has lots of carbonation, and pours a creamy white head. Small, tight bubbles.

S- Spice, wheat, barley. Very Pleasant

T- peppery, wheaty, malted barley. Moderate but evident bitterness. Not hoppy, but still spicy

M- smooth, thick, pleasing

O- different from the bottle compared to the mini keg. This is closer to a draft taste. I have suspicions that bottled it is bottle-conditioned and the mini keg is force carbonated. It's basically less earthy and tastes lighter. The second day drinking this there was little carbonation left, even with closing the tap and the vent, so I would recommend pouring all of it as quickly as possible. I would also recommend shaking the keg gently before opening to disturb the sediment. Overall, I just love the idea of a mini keg, and I had a lot of fun drinking this- with a little help from my friends.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 03:27:31 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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bbluemzbeer

California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great summer time beer ! I bought a six pack I am glad I did !

Apperance: It has a yellow and orange.

Smells: critius,Clovvis and lemons.

Taste: It taste like wheat , cirtus , orange and well balance beer.

Mouthfeel: it has medium mouthfeel. Very crisp and good.

Overall:'good summer beer is very session able.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 02:32:26 | More by bbluemzbeer
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased a 5L CAN on my last excursion to Pinocchio's and I had it sitting in the reefer awaiting an appropriate moment to tap the sucker when my neighbor invited me over for a backyard BBQ. He thought I was joking when I said that I had a keg that I would bring with me, not knowing the scope of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "An American wheat ale with the scent and color of a midsummer night's dream."; "[2011] Art by Philip Kaufman".

The trick with an oversized CAN like this is to have it on the edge of a table or sink so that the glass can be held far enough below the tap to create some head. I got a finger of soapy, bone-white head with decent retention from my pour. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a wheat-like sweetish snap to it which was very pleasant with dinner. Mouthfeel was quite soft with an initial orange and lemon citrusiness on the tongue, but then the mustiness of the yeast took hold. Finish was dry and musty and quite pleasant. I may be drinking the remainder for a couple of days so it is a good thing that I like it.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 20:27:12 | More by woodychandler
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neighbor bought one of those huge cans....that poured like it was from the tap...but was in a can. The Oberon from Bells is a very good wheat beer. The color is cloudy light amber with nice off-white head. The scent is spicy with hints of orange. The taste is very good...proper balance with hops and malt with a good spice and tinge of orange peel. The mouthfeel is very easy...definite session ale.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 23:52:56 | More by WoodBrew
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2L mini-keg poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with almost no lacing. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a bit malty.

Taste is smooth and crisp a bit sharp but very tasty and very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall it's very good.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 00:57:14 | More by kingcrowing
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 11:28:06 | More by Slatetank
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gabeerfanswife

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some friends got a hold of one of those mini kegs of this stuff. So it was a very large can.

A: hazy like a wheat beer; straw in color.

S: bready with a bit of tang.

T: very different than a wit or hefe; a lot more barley taste. Kind of a straw flavor but with some tangy aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth.

D: I could drink this all day but I won't. Its the queen of tailgating beers, especially if you are looking for better offerings than BMC.

Serving type: can

07-29-2008 22:20:47 | More by gabeerfanswife
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Hoptrollop

Georgia

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

I was surprised when I found out this was a wheat beer, it was while I was drinking my second glass. Once I knew that I could pick up some of those attributes but mainly in the nose and mouthfeel. The hops really overwhelm the wheat but then the finish is sweeter then the usual pale ale.

Serving type: can

07-12-2008 17:42:19 | More by Hoptrollop
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shroompod

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 liter mini keg, I'll call it a giant can.2007.

Pours a golden cloudy color, good head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly muted, faint grassiness. This could be my allergies.

Taste is minimally hoppy. Slight lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry. Good Carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is high. A good lawnmower, summer session drinker.

Serving type: can

05-28-2007 16:06:58 | More by shroompod
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is around two fingers high, and is a smidge off-white in its shade. Its texture is extremely frothy, as expected, with good retention too. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Lots of bready wheat on the nose. Not particularly estery; then again, it's not a hefeweizen. The mild hop character helps compensate with subtle pine and citrus. It's simplistic, but it's not trying to be anything more than a gently-hopped wheat beer.

T: The opening character is surprisingly heavy in peaches and apricots. Afterwards, wheat notes take over, and creates a slightly intrusive finish combined with subtle hopping. It becomes slightly more enjoyable when some of the hops come out and conceal the wheat flavor slightly.

M: Dry yet refreshing, it goes down easily without parching the palate. There is some residual sugar around to beef up the body and balance some of the more bitter characteristics. Powerful carbonation, as expected.

O: Barring a couple offerings, a lot of this brewery's offerings are pretty average - this included. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of standard (non-hefeweizen, non-hoppy) wheat beers. On the other hand, I understand why this is popular - it's easy going and very drinkable. I'd never refuse one, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 20:50:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jTmakkiCx

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Has a nice hazy yellowish-golden color. Left an interesting settlement in the bottle. Had about 1 finger of white head with nice lacing. Not a strong smell, hints of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a detectable honey-ness, and pleasant lingering bitterness. Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Overall, an enjoyable beer but not particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:38:41 | More by jTmakkiCx
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sonnens4

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, golden-yellowish color, with a decent size white head.

Smell: Hint of citrus, but mainly a strong smell of wheat.

Taste: Citrusy, good balance, refreshing and somewhat wheat-y.

Overall: Very delicious! perfect for the warmer weather coming soon

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and somewhat light.

Serving Style: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:00:51 | More by sonnens4
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OMills

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden hazy color. White head about 1 finger. Head retention lasted about 45 seconds until forming a cap with great lacing. Looks great in a weizen glass.

S-Wheat and a little bit of orange/citrus.

T- Very wheaty taste with citrus playing a supporting role. Taste fresh and refreshing.

M- Medium carbonation with nice body.

O- A nice refreshing beer for those warm days. Nothing immaculate but i would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:43:48 | More by OMills
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BrewThru_29

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say...I'm a sucker for pale wheat ales and this is a good one.

Pours a hazy bright orange. Nice big white fluffy head. Great retention/lace. Looks like summer.

Smells of orange peel, citrus, little banana.

Taste is a nice orange citrus fruit flavor up front followed by a little sweet banana flavor that lingers. Finishes with just the right touch of hops to make it refreshing.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Could easily pound a few of these out on the back porch doing some grilling.

Overall, this is one of my favorite summer seasonals, and one I will keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:51:08 | More by BrewThru_29
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lochef81

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale embodies summer in every facet. The pour is a hazy pale golden hue with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice film and some lacing. The nose is a refreshing blend of citrus (mostly oranges) and light malts and subdued hops. The mouth is light and easy, definitely something you could knock back a sixer of and not be full. The flavor is delicious and very light and refreshing. There is a very natural citrus flavor along with a slight malt finish. It is actually surprising that the abv is as high as it is given how smooth and light this drinks. Definitely a beer to enjoy sprawled by the pool or on the beach. Refreshing is the best I can say.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:24:13 | More by lochef81
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hoffhin2

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Orangjsh golden yellow

Smell: Orange and wheat smell

Taste: Citrus taste given off by the orange, and has a very good balance. Fruity aftertaste.

Overall: Oberon is my second favorite bell's beer following behind their two hearted. Sorry Larry Bell, I prefer a nice slice of orange in my pint with it as well!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 12:50:01 | More by hoffhin2
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Vogie

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon has returned! I had been craving one for quite some time. This beer is the embodiment of Spring/Summer. It reminds me of warm summer afternoons mowing the lawn, grilling steaks on the deck with friends and family, or laying out on the beach overlooking Lake Michigan. It is very well balanced with a more banana, lemon, and orange taste upfront with a slight hop bitterness on the backend. Not sure if your supposed to do this with American Pale Wheat's but I left two-thirds in the bottle and swirled. It made the appearance slightly cloudier and had a more yeasty flavor to it. Very carbonated and refreshing throughout. I would consider this a session ale even with the ABV above 5%. I can't wait for the 16oz cans later this month!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:31:23 | More by Vogie
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pknyc

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 03/20/2014, opened 04/05/2014

A: Pours a cloudy gold. A slightly aggressive pour yields a 2 finger white head which dissipates to a rim with a small cap. I wish there was more retention.

S: Wheat, citrus zest, some nice spice in there. A little bit of funkiness, which is unexpected but enjoyable. Nose reminds me a little bit of a saison.

T: Nice toasted/bread malt. Citrus and pepper spice. Herbal hops. I don't think this beer really fits into a category. An enjoyable warm weather beer.

M: Medium with complimentary carbonation. Almost creamy, but the carb cuts that.

O: Enjoyable warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:50:31 | More by pknyc
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utopiajane

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow, softly pastel with a finger of white foam that fell fast. Nose is golden wheat with a bit of sweetness on it. Bright lemon zest rounds out the nose. Taste is a bit maltier than I expected. medium light rather than light. The mouthfeel is creamy and has plenty of carbonation to keep that in check. The wheat is crisp and dry. The middle of the beer is juicy with sweet lemon peel and tart lemon too. There is a bit of a sour taste lurking in the shadows that never really steps out but it gives the drink a slight pucker. The middle of the beer is juicy with fruit. Refreshing and crisp with a drying finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 13:07:19 | More by utopiajane
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TurboChief

Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer, not as strong as I remember but I still enjoy it. It came out on march 23 and I just bought it for the first and definitely not the the last time of the season. I believe this is the best beer Bell's makes. In my opinion the mini keg does taste a little better than the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:53:36 | More by TurboChief
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oss68

New York

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Orangeburg NY Holiday Inn ( Chris is bringing in some nice beers ). This beer has nice balance with both malt and hops coming through. Very drinkable , a really good summer beer. Herby, biscuity hops and good carbonation.
Wheats are not my first choice but I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 20:39:45 | More by oss68
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one inch head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells like wheat, cloves, and herbal hops.

Pretty similar tastes. A hoppier wheat than typical- the hops are of the herbal/grassy variety, with some wheat bitterness, cloves, and pear.

Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Been waiting to try this one for a while, glad I was able to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 03:07:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
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barczar

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy ivory head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Wheat, grain, orange, and lemon form the aroma. Fairly balanced.

Flavor is fairly malty throughout, finishing toasted lightly. Underlying lemon complements the soft wheat well. There's a touch of peppery spice and bitterness that surfaces late.

Body is moderate to a bit full, but is countered by carbonation on the high side.

Fairly nondescript, really. Almost seems to leave a watery impression. Surprised there's not more hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:08:12 | More by barczar
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Swettenham_Shire

Ohio

2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: light gold color with mild lacing
Smell: pretty basic. I'm getting that Yuengling lager scent
Taste: follows the nose; nothing special, but maybe a hint of fruit/hops at the finish
Mouthfeel: smooth; easy to drink a few of these while boating in the summer
Overall: not very impressed; there are better pale wheat ales around

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:46:05 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw orange, 2 fingers of white head, nice lacing very cloudy

Smell is tons of wheat, orange and lemon zest, straw, almost a little Berliner tartness in the nose. It smells like goin outside on a crisp summer morning, which is what they were going fore and they nailed it!

Taste is sweet malt, wheat, orange, lemon, honey covered biscuits, slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is actually pretty full from the wheat, but at the same time it is extremely light and refreshing

A great wheat beer that I drink every year, get atleast a couple 6ers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 14:35:20 | More by nickapalooza86
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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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