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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a bright orange with very good carbonation. The head is two fat fingers with a white colored rocky surface. it leave great lace.

The smell is good. Yeasty bread and pepper.

The taste follows, very nice peppery bread and yeast.

The mouthfeel is good. A nice crisp clean brew with a nice medium body.

The Drinkability is very good. The beer is very refreshing. Thanks Shbobdb for this great beer! Prosit MK

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in Milwaukee on draft at Bar Louie (80 taps, 40 beers on tap) kinda wierd - but better turnover when pouring 40 vs 80.

Light copper color - clear. Mild malt carmel aroma, did not notice wheat's slightly sour character. Perhaps this keg has some age on it? Flavor, very well made beer, good attenuation and malt flavor, but still a bit too malty for me. Finishes slightly cloying.

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Photo of phisig137
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a friend drive this down with him from Michigan. Pours an outrageously murky dirty straw color with a one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass. Beware when you swirl and pour the yeast out of this one... it doesn't have a yeast layer on the bottom, it has a veritable yeast slurry. Never seen that much yeast in a bottle conditioned beer. There are also some floating chunks in the beer as well. Not exactly a pretty beer.

Aroma is light and refreshing. Slight banana hints, with strong notes of wheat. Slightly sweet and nutty, this is an enjoyable nose.

The flavor is also nice and light. Mostly wheat flavors, especially unmalted wheat. Tastes almost raw and cereal like. No hops can be detected, and the malt flavors are integrated with the wheat nicely. Light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall, I really enjoy this, and it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer. I tend to prefer my wheat beers to be German (I just love their yeast strains), but this stands out among the American style wheat beers. After hearing so much about it, I'm not disappointed at all. Everything that I've had from Bell's has been great, and I can't wait to try some others.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The infamous Oberon. Heard lots, finally got to try it.

A: Light orange, little head, particulate flowing over the carbs but staying afloat. Lively.

S: Citrus smell , almost a creamsicle. That was all. Malt maybe?

M: Thick, chewy, creamy, orange peel aftertaste, slightly bitter wash. Nice.

T: Can't say where I've tasted this before, but I have. Slightly acidic, with a stong wheat and citrus profile with the alcohol coming in at the end This is a decent drinker, but not overly great.

D: Yes, very. Price however, 8 for a 6, I can find plenty of other tastes for less.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a hay colored gold, hazy with visible suspended yeast. A nice, 1 finger, fizzy and foamy head fades to a small lacing on Oberon.

Smell: Yeasty and bready notes are present as well hints of fresh cut hay and wheat.

Taste: Starts crisp with a slight hop bitterness, citrusy and grassy. The middle is very mild with a distinctive wheat presence while the finish is dry with a lingering, slight hoppiness. Also, has a very mild sweetness in the finish reminding one of fresh, light fruits.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and semi dry with a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively.

Drinkability/Notes: Thanks to Phatz for picking this up for me. I was looking forward to Oberon, but I was left looking for more. I nice expample of an American Wheat Ale, crisp and clean with a nice wheat and yeasty flavor but it could use a little more oomph ala Gumballhead. Hops are present but ever so slightly, this is definitely a summer beer, its so light on the palate. A session beer through and through but if your looking for something more you might be dissappointed. A decent beer and highly drinkable. Recommended with reservations.

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crisp yellow colour with a quarter inch of dense white head. after a minute this drops into a ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. very light and refreshing, with a nice maltyness. a little DMS noticeable, but not unpleasant. just a hint of hops.

tase is also good. moderate bitterness level. just a hint of DMS. the word "crisp" comes to mind. a touch of lingering sweetness. pleasant maltyness.

mouthfeel is light and refreshing. the carbonation level does feel a touch low for the style.

drinkability is great. i like this one alot and would be happy to have it available locally.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden straw with a white and low, yet persistent, head which laced at the glass.

The aroma was wheat with a light citrus character. The aroma contained a light breadiness as well as a fruity presence.

The flavor was wheat with a subtle sweetness of caramel and candy and a lightly fruity presence that reminded me of cherries. The flavor had just a bit of very, very low spice, perhaps a pepper. Citrus was also present but at a low level.

The finish was even heading toward dry with a lasting slight fruity and wheat character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a crisp carbonation. A highly drinkable beer, but without a strong complexity.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head.

The aroma is quite a muted wheat beer. Lots of malt, a little bit of grass, lemon and wheat.

Flavor starts out thick and bready. It is slightly sweet from lemons and honey. Unknown spices make this a somewhat unique beer

Mouthful is thick and slightly syrupy. Well carbonated.

Too thick for my drinkability enjoyment, including a bit sweet.

This is not my type of beer, but certainly could be for others. There is certainly a nice complex flavor which will make someone happy.

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Photo of Briarbush
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very similar to a sunrise yellow and very opaque and cloudy. There was a little head that remained for most of the drink.

Smell: Faint orange and not much else.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with a definite orange flavor that is isn’t overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just right and makes the beer very unique. It is a little high compared to most beers; the finish is smooth with a faint orange after taste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. This is a great dinner beer would compliment salads, chicken, and fresh fruit very nicely. It also does just find by itself.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, beer is a hazy peachy color with yeast particles. The smell is only slight and is of oranges, wheat and hops. The taste also has a sort of orangish tang, with a fairly hoppy finish. Complimented well with an orange slice. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, creamy and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and I would definitely recommend trying it if you have not already.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar with a modest head that leaves a couple of lacing waves

Smell: Tangy sour orange aroma

Taste: Starts with a wheaty and orange fruit flavor; mid-palate, a burst of brown sugar appears and hangs around ; the finish develops a pithy tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body (surprisingly thick for the style) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Unusual flavor profile for the style, but rather enjoyable

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice yellow with an orange hue. Head was moderate in size, yet went quickly to low ring around the top.

Aroma of graininess, sweet malt, and spice are accentuated by hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of spice, fruit (lemon, orange), wheat

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall it is well balanced, nice and smooth. With lots of character. Enjoy

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

12 oz. bottle with a label that's a bright orange with blue trim. The main picture of the label is this somewhat crude drawing of a sun with a blue background and this sun has this expression on it's face that I can't explain what it means. The best way I can explain it is that this sun is looking to his left and he has this snooty look on his face like he looked over and saw something and thought to himself I'm better than that. On the back label is the Govt. warning and a little blurb about the beer. On the back they put a batch ID number, which mine is 7294. They have a batch ID code identification on their website and mine was packaged on March 14, 2006. This makes it almost 8 months old. Hopefully this beer won't show it.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass, the beer looked a bright orange, but when held into the light it was actually bright hazy lemon yellow with a hint of orange hue to it. It had a nice one to two finger head of white foam to it, but it dissipated away too fast leaving only a small number of white rings and no white lace around the glass. It's too bad it didn't bother to stick around because it looked really nice.

Smell: It had a nice crisp aroma of sweet malts, citrus hops, juicy fruits, and a few spices like pepper (sometimes) in the background. There might have some wheat in this, but there maybe was only just a hint of it. The little blurb on the back label said it was supposed to smell like a summer afternoon. I guess that would be the case if, when outside on a summer afternoon I was eating some fruit and I splashed on some pepper.

Taste: The taste was a lot like the aroma. It had plenty of crisp sweet malts, hint of citrus hops, juicy fruits, and spices. The only thing that was different was that there was a taste of malted wheat and some yeast in the background. I don't usually like APWA, but this one was different, it had plenty of good flavor to it much like Gumballhead has.

Mouthfeel: I thought it was nice, light, smooth and crisp, but there was very little aftertaste to it. All of those flavors in the taste just seemed to disappear without a trace.

Drinkability: I think this was the first APWA I actually liked. When summer rolls around again, pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. If it tastes this well in the fall, then it would taste even better fresh in the summer.

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Photo of mattgert
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with nice white/orange head. Lots of floaties in this beer like every other Bell's product I have had. Lacing is present to the last drop. Much to my surprise there is not much smell to lure you in. Others note a nice hop citrus smell. I smell malt and maybe a touch of citrus but not enough to speak of. I think this is just me though, I just like a hop aroma as opposed to malt. Has a nice citrus/hop entry with a smooth feel in the mouth followed with a gentle hop/malt finish. Interesting carbonation (it is highly carbonated). This is a good summertime beer and I was pleased enough with it. Very refreshing citrus/hop/malt balance. Well done in the flavor/mouthfeel department. Too bad that there was nothing that jumped out at me with this one; this makes going back to it for 9 bucks a six pack a little more than I can bear. It is just way too expensive for what it is. I guess Gumballhead spoiled me...there is no contest between this and the 3F product for this variety.

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

This one was courtesy of Faro. Thanks again!

Poured out in a hefe glass, thick + sparkling foam atop a cloudy orange body, light to dark from bottom to top. Carbonation rush, head starts thick, but fades fast.

Sweet malts, fragrant, very soapy, and lightly spicy. Some fruits, but nothing too discernable and overall weak aroma. Lacking complexity.

Crisp, fruity taste - oranges, lemons, and apricots with light hop presence, creamy and smooth, with more spice than bitterness. Slight warming alcohol presence, grapefruit with an oily hop profile. Bitterness is very controlled.

This one is surprisingly complex, interesting, and even enjoyable. I'm just not sure how this one fares as summertime brew. Refreshing enough, but somewhat dry finish, mouthfeel, and body threw me for a loop. Try it. Cheers!

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

I find this beer hard to compare to other Wheats. It seems more like an American Blonde. The malt profile is high, and it lack the annoying banana clove flavors; in its place are sweet fruits (apricot) and a bigger body than most wheats. Also I have had a few of these now and it does improve by letting it warm at least for a while. Here is the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy light peach juice color with a big fluffy head has great retention in me Weizen glass.

Smell: A bit of candied wheat malt aroma that is quite yeast driven with apricot and peach and a hint of wheat and vanilla as well.

Taste: Starts off sweet and the citric character seems to grow as I swirled the beer in my mouth. Juicy and yeasty with a hint of wheat and a very gentle hop presence in the fish makes this an extremely approachable beer. The aftertaste reveals a few spices in the back of the throat. It is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: more firm and juicy in the mouth than expected. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: This is an exceptional beer in a style I don't generally prefer. It is quaffable and refreshing. This is a beer built for drinking! Thanks for splitting the case SwillBilly. I sat out in my yard, in the recently completed fence and put back a few of these while the kids played in the grass and sun this Sunday afternoon. It was *perfect!*

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of EveL
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow. Head seems to linger to the last drop and just a touch of lacing.

Smell - A strong nose of wheat and the faintest hints of alcohol and citrus.

Taste - A slightly sweet wheat taste transitions into a dry grapefruity citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - A medium body that is initially creamy. Maybe a little too bubbly straight out of the bottle; it does a lot of good to let it be for a minute or so once out of the bottle.

Overall - A good way to end a hot summer's day. Has that hold on you like any other thing that is made locally.

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Photo of onsite416
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3rd year in a row as my favorite spring-summer brew. I've sampled it every which way you can.
Orange gold. When poured in to an oversized pint glass look for a nice haze of yeast. 2 - 3"'s of beautiful creamy head that takes a little while to subside (usually can’t wait). The nose is not particularly fruity or citrusy, a touch of spice & flowers without the perfume. Very, very smooth, creamy, dry & quenching. Extremely easy to drink (too easy @ 6% ABV) the yeast is perfect with just a smidgeon of sediment left at the bottom of the glass, perfect for the next pour.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a somewhat clear mix of orange and yellow with a small head. There's just a line or two of lace.

The smell is a very nice mix of wheat, spice, and citrus. The taste is also very nice. It starts with wheat and is quickly joined by a many different spices and citrus flavors. Hops are minimal in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good.

This is unique and tasty.

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Photo of Cresant
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into an oversized weizen glass. Body was bright and clear. Large three fingers of white head.

Smelled clean. Fresh grain. Pleasant.

Tasted mildly sweet and faintly hoppy. Crisp pleasant tartness. A nice representation of an American weizen.

Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. Refreshing and very easy to drink. A great summer beer.

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