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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,674
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 162
Gots: 788 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 5,674 | Reviews: 1,614
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at HopJacks in Pensacola. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful light orange. Had some debris in it. Was served with no head other than a thin wispy ring that did what it could with the lacing. I will chalk that up to a less than stellar pour. Still a good looking brew.

S: This is where it was lacking in my opinion, but still not bad. Smelled only of wheat and citrus.

T: Great. Lots of wheat up front with some nice hoppy notes, citrus (nice heavy orange), and malt. A great balance to this beer.

M: This beer is a bit on the light side but it works for the beer. Still has good coating and leaves a nice citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.

D: I really liked this beer. It has the refreshing nature of a wheat but still has some hop backbone. Very nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of proc
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004: Ah, spring has arrived.
This year's version of Oberon is a bit more cloudy that last year. It pours out to a wonderful, pastel, bright yellow in the glass with a nice head. The aroma is still that of wheat and yeast. This year's version is less hoppy than previous years and more on the fruity side. This, in my opinion, makes this beer a wonderful summer treat. I'll take Oberon and its citrus/wheat taste over a traditional banana/clove hefe' any day. Yes, I am a homer on this one. It still screams summer to me. Its not complex, nor should it be. Satisfying and delicious? Yes.

2003:Oberon still rocks. This year's version is quite different from year's past. It pours out to a pastel-golden color in the glass. Cloudy, but not as "orange" in color as in year's past. The signature Bell's yeast taste has been subdued and this IMO, is a good thing. The taste is more straightforward in the style of a hefe/wheat without the ultra-agressive hop presence of year's past. This may be the most refreshing version of Oberon ever. Yum. I'm going to get one right now....

2002: Somewhat more carbonation this year. Lighter in citrus taste as well. Pours to a cloudy, golden color with white lacing on the glass. Still an excellent summer thirst quencher. This wheat beer is in a class of its own. There is no other wheat beer that tastes like it.

2001: A fantastic summer beer. Unfiltered, somewhat yeasty, with a light citrus taste. This is what a summer beer is all about. A treat during the warm months.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WakeandBake
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Jun 28, 2008
Bottle,draught,mini keg.The beer pours a very cloudy golden color with a large white head.The strong scent of citrus and wheat is prominent.Strong yeast, orange and wheat flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and citrusy. Creamy mouthfeel,medium body. One of my faves any time of the year,very,very drinkable !

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agree with other top reviewers - this is one of best US Wheat Beers.
Try Carton's Wit Whale for a brand new offering to compare.

A: Rich firm head, that overcaps the glass and descends very slowing to into a "man on the moon" crater face and canyons of lace.

S: Too mild. Low maltiness, but apricot style fruit. Low yeast. The taste is much greater than the aroma.

Taste: Wheat Malt with apricot/lemony fruit is checked by the bitter, mild hops - nicely balanced. Astringent citrus rind with a creamy body. (apricot/orange creamsicle?)

MF: A round, full body. Slightly spicy, peppery in the follow through. Very appetizing, great summer beer, great food beer, and like Carton Wit Whale built for summer seafood, esp shell fish. Ends crisp, refreshing.

Great summertime, must try. I wish this came in cans. Good boat beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of hotstuff
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a large envigorating white creamy head with fine bubbles. The aroma appeared to be citrusy. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. It was bitter tasting and it left a lingering aftertaste. I was expecting a better brew than what this one turned out to be.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that has the number 8571 printed on the back. Not sure if that's the batch number or some code for the best by date. The beer pours slightly hazy, lemony yellow with a slight warm golden hay color. There is a thin white head that fades to a collar but still leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

I get a hint of apricot flavored yogurts mixed with cereals. Very mild yet interesting, a sensation of warm summer days and breakfast. Smell is balanced between wheat, malts and a floral fruity notes.

Taste is smooth and slightly creamy with almost all the same attributes of the scent but also mixed with citrus flavors. Light and unassuming, this beer has nice sweet yet mild flavors. Also there is a twinge of spiciness and bite from some hops but the profile is not distinguishable to my palate.

This beer screams summertime. It is light and refreshing with mild carbonation and a good bitterness. Bells has done it again. Damn I wish these were available out here. Stupid Texas.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow, cloudy with lots of floating yeast.
S- Very faint wheat ale aroma. Barely there.
T- The more I drank the better I liked it. Wheat flavor with a fruit hint maybe apricot.
MD-This is a fantastic summer beer. It is one of the best American unfiltered wheat beers I have had.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,674 ratings.