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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,678 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,678
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 791 | 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: 5,678 | Reviews: 1,614
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Any reason why the bottle in the picture has an upside-down label?

The best American Wheat I've had to date. Really highlighted for me, finally, what is really lacking in my old Summer standby, Sam's Summer.

Which isn't to say I'm going overboard for this brew, but it does highlight everything you'd want from a summer brew. It's got a fine, cloudy appearance, a straw/gold hue with decent head that falls off quickly. It's got a light but zesty aroma of yeast and lemon, nothing worth getting worked up over, but enticing none-the-less.

The taste is easy and light without being watery and thin. Just enough hop to imperceptively cleanse the palate in the back half, just enough lemon acid to have you reaching for more, enough phenol and yeast to add depth, with some pale malt body. This doesn't begin to approach the depth of flavor of hefeweizens, and it doesn't have the fun spice notes of a witte, but it does have a discernable character, which is about all you can ask from an american wheat.

Now, if only we carried this in Boston. Or in LA.

Ah well, for every visit I make to the midwest in summer...

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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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This beer got straight threes. That is a compliment from me considering the style. The beer was very cloudy and had the appearance of pineapple juice. There was a good head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The taste is good for the style and there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is mostly smooth. The drinkability is fair. This beer is average in my book but that is good for me, again considering the style.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,678 ratings.