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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: 6,246
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,258 | FT: 7
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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Photo of thepenguin
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 4/10/12

L: Pours a very hazy straw color. Really cloudy, with a really nice looking billowy head that shows no sign of receding, enabled by the substantial amount of wheat in the mash and lack of filtration.

S: Very yeasty. The wheat is pretty noticeable, with a hint of lemon zest (wish there was more). Very musky, like an attic, and not entirely pleasant.

T: Dry and drinkable upfront, with some substantial hop bitterness and a tad of sweetness. Taste is wheaty, earthy and very light. Following aroma, a hint of lemon. Very dry finish.

F: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable wheat ale for the summer. Not great, not too complex, but it serves its seasonal purpose. Not surprisingly for an unfiltered wheat beer, it has excellent head retention. Not a huge fan of the aroma; it reminds me too much of pure yeast.

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Photo of Roby923
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed some tasters at the Grosse Pointe TJs as there was a significant presence there. Super wheaty taste with some hop presence but definitely overpowered by its spice components. Slightly higher in ABV vs average, but not entirely noticeable. Good to try, but wouldn't be able to drink this one all afternoon.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Large two finger head when poured from the bottle to glass with a pale yellow color. Smell and taste are overly fruity and leaves a sweet after taste. Needs refinement to better balance hops and wheat / fruity flavors

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Photo of Absolut
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a muddled orange with a ton of sediment floating. Not an attractive beer.

Smells of yeast, malt, orange and wheat

Taste is more spice ( coriander?) orange and a little funk. Wheat comes through too.

Although it doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation, it does upon sipping.

Not my favorite offering from bells.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Super hazy, light golden color. Good amount of carbonation.
Smell - Wheat, lemon, lemon zest, lemongrass, bread
Taste - Wheat, spice, lemon, bread, earthy, touch of hops on the back end. Quite tasty

Overall - In my top 3 favorite wheat beers category. Easy drinking. Great for the summer.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque orange with some floaty sediment. One finger of off white head dissipated pretty quickly. Mild carbonation

Smell: Light grain and good orange citrus.

Taste: A little bit of orange and rind. Subtle grain. Clove spiciness is the real shining star of this beer. Not terribly complex but supremely well balanced.

Feel: Fun carbonation. Medium to medium minus body. A little juicy stickiness.

Overall: Really solid. This beer is a really crushable clean and easy brew. Reliable choice for a daily sixer. Thumbs up. Give this one a shot.

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Photo of Buck89
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can packaged 6/30. Slightly hazy golden straw with a generous white head. Some lacing. Muted aromas of bread and some orange and spicy hop. Slightly sweet malt taste up front with a gently bitter spice hop presence. Feel is creamy and light, perfect for summer.

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Photo of TH28
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Packaged 6/30/15. Appearance: Light golden and mostly clear with a slight haze. Thick white foam cap with nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, bready, wheat aromas. Slight orange peel. Taste: Light malt sweetness, grainy, with some tart peel flavor and a sharp, spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body either some creaminess. High carbonation. Finish: Dry with a spicy lingering bitterness. Overall: Well made, very refreshing American wheat with spicy bitterness and slight fruitiness

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Photo of Taybeh
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a willi becher on a beautiful summer day

A: Hazy and cloudy golden-orange, with a massive billowy white head that sticks around for a good long time and leaves great lacing.

S: Grain and wheat, faint kind of sour lemon/orange.

T & M: Pretty creamy, good carbonation, no crisp snap at all. The citrus is fairly faint but it is very present together with a little twang and a little spice (some clove and even a touch of lavender)...dominant flavor is grain and wheat, and very good on that front.

refreshing and tasty

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Photo of sjdevel
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Massive amounts of foam after pouring from a 12oz bottle. It is a deep gold / orange color that is a bit hazy.

Smells of various citrus fruits and aroma hops. There is a strong bready / yeasty scent as well.

There is a hop bitterness at first, but it quickly fades into a very wheaty / malty flavor. The tastes then turn towards tart fruit and sweetness. There are spice notes throughout that keep the flavor very interesting.

Medium mouth feel. Feels fairly thick and syrupy with a lot of tongue tingling goodness.

I really enjoyed this as it is different than all of the other "orangey wheat summer beers". This is a bit more interesting than many I have had lately and I would definitely buy this again. I grew up in Michigan, but never had one of these when I lived there. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did not have high expectations for this beer. Found it while on vacay in NC. It really blew me away for what it is... a drinkable summer wheat ale. Great pool beer. It may be weighted a bit too high given my expectations, but I call them how I see them. Will try again under different circumstances.

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

Hazy pale gold with thick head, decent retention and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is typical Belgian wheat with nice hit of citrus. Clean scent, clean taste, nice well-balanced beer. I would never suspect the 5.8%ABV. A delightful refreshing beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer before and something seemed off with this batch. Since I had not rated it previously I went ahead and rated it but will have to try it again later.

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

Yeast and wheat on the nose a bit of apricot. A bit sour on the palate with some lemon or orange zest. This came off as a bit watery to me. Decent summer beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a orangish golden hue with a head that lasted the entire beer. I couldn't detect much scent wise. As for taste it was very creamy and easy to drink. I noticed a bit of spices as well as the wheat.

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Photo of fx20736
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, not much lacing.

S: faint whiff of sour atop bready malt
T: no banana, very faint tartness, thick chewy wheat bread
F: quality, solid
O: Not bad, but no real reason to seek it out either

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Photo of archerjoe03
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very good beer. I feel the yeast overpowers the other flavors however. The yeast does not add to the flavor the way I prefer. I will still buy it again, which means it passed.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite summer wheat beers. Not too sweet, a little bit of spice. Pleasant easy drinking enjoyable summer afternoon beer. One of Bell's classic s

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-gold and cloudy appearance. Nice citrusy smell. Quaffable. Hint of orange peel bitterness in finish. A good summer beer. I don't have a lot of experience to be able to compare Oberon to similar styles yet but I found this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not meant as a slight to Bell's, but Oberon hit me about like Two-Hearted IPA did....good but not as great as most of the reviews suggest. This is of course blasphemy to my Michigan friends who think everything Bell's pumps out is superior to microbrews everywhere else. But as I said, it's good but there's better to be found.

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Photo of Budlum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeast and wheat malt on the nose. An easy-drinking summer choice at a great price point from a fantastic brewer. The option for cans make this a welcome partner for outdoor adventures.

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Photo of uvachief
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Fresh. Pint glass. Looks like light golden yellow. Cloudy. Full finger of head dissipated quickly. Doesn't have a lot of smell other than slight malts and maybe a hint of citrus. Taste is a little sweat but tastes like a traditional wheat ale to me. Nothing really odd or unique about it. Easy to drink. You'd down a 6 pack in a heart beat on a hot sunny day. 5.8% abv. No signs of bitterness at all so reviews below made no sense to me. Good wheat beer with ale yeast. More wheat beer than ale. Wouldn't turn it down at a backyard BBQ.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and wheat... fresh hay and grains. Mild hops.

T/F: To me the taste was biscuits and grains... not as complex as most wheat beers (lacking the yeasty notes) and a bit more hops than usual for the style. Carbonated and a bit zesty.

O: Not a bad beer... easy drinking, but nothing terribly special. Certainly doesn't taste like a wheat beer... more like an ale crossed with a very mild IPA. A good session beer and coming from Bell's you know it's well made.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Seriously hazy orange-gold (think orange juice) with some white lacing. Smell: Wheat beer smells with some citrus and kind of a syrupy sweetness
Taste: Sharp citrus and fruity wheat and hops (well blended) with some non-hop related bitterness towards the finish. Doesn't taste overly sweet but the nose gives it a syrupy sweetness
Feel: Medium body (not light), not sure if its psychological but seemed thick, syrupy in a way

Overall: Stylistically it's hard to identify anything that's "wrong" with this one. it's got a nice balance and blend of flavors but i just couldn't get into it. Part of it was the syrupy quality which is most prevalent in the nose. The bitterness, which seems more grain related than hop related, was also a bit off-putting. Kind of a disappointment.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK wheat beer. Great mouthful and look to it but is lacking in smell and tatse. Not very fresh though so I have to imagine that's why this beer didn't hit home for me.

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