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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 1,710 | Ratings: 6,478
Photo of haywire77
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 mini keg into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is very cloudy copper/light orange color with a bit of suspended wheat "funk" in the glass. 2 finger bone white head reduced to almost nothing in about 5 minutes. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell is very subtle citrus, lemony orange and a bunch of wheat. Maybe some fresh baked bread in there as well. Nothing too overwhelming.

Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot 90+ degree summer day (or any day for that matter). Light citrus and a touch of golden honey round out the wheat bready flavor. Not too sweet as so many other summer seasonal beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and light at the same time, but only at first. After you take a drink and swallow, when you breathe in, it's gone.

Overall this is a fine example of a pale wheat. At first I thought that I could session this beer but after consuming a couple bottles with a light lunch, way too filling! Maybe it's all the wheat bread?!? I would drink this all year round if it were available.

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Photo of Hanby
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oberon pours a cloudy orange- amber, with big white head foaming at two fingers, then settling to a thin lingering lace. I said cloudy, but that cloudiness is not there until you pour the last bit from the bottle.

Smell: There's a lot of wheat on the nose up front, with some orange peel and spice.
Taste: Orange rind and lemon zest jump out at first and invite you in. There's a light and crisp hop presence. All throughout, the wheat malt and yeast flavor stands out and holds it all together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp are how I'd describe mouthfeel here. Carbonation is good.

Overall: The good folks at Bell's have done the world a great service here. Oberon is a great, light, refreshing summer beer, perfect for a hot day under the sun, or a rainy day wishing the sun would show it's face. The balance of zesty citrus with the sweet and mellow wheat malt backbone combine to make a beautiful ale.

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Photo of AEArider
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- cloudy yellow-gold beer, with a light head that dissipates quickly
Smell- wheaty and a hint of flowers
Taste- Wheaty, good hoppy notes, light citrus (perhaps orange)
Feel- Crisp, good light finish
Overall:: very good deal beer, from TJ's, light and perfect light ale for the summer

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Photo of Timmush
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 words...let down.
Yuk. This beer had nothing appealing to it.
Color looks like a cloudy budweiser. No head, and had no aroma.
Now the taste. Boring, nothing there. it is as if I watered down a Witbier. I wanted more out of this beer.
If you had your pick between this and a hop-sun, I would go with the hop-sun.

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Photo of AVDeuph
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone loves Oberon...we'll see how it stands up to my super-critical beer snob reviewing prowess (jk, I like it too, and this is like my 8th review).
This serving was poured into a pilsner glass by the way, just for kicks (also cause I thought it would look nice).

A: Nice semi-hazy pale orange color, with a decent sized head. Head retention is average, Lacing is sort of distributed in a non-committal manner across the glass.

S: Mild citrus aromas, the aromas aren't really giving away too much, preferring most of the experience to be tasted.

T: Orange peels, light wheat taste, and no banana-like flavors (this definitely is an American wheat, so at least it distinguishes itself well).

M: Moderate carbonating and a light body. Extremely clean finish.

D: Goes down easy, as advertised.

While Oberon is definitely a leader in the light summer beer class, I'm pretty sure that it essentially holds its popularity on the basis of bridging the gap between lighter and full flavored beers. Nothing special, simply a nice tasting, easy-to-drink ale that has its place firmly in the heart of the Michigan faithful.

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Photo of suretolose
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this selection from a bottle into a pint glass. It a light golden color with some residue floating in it. It starts with a nice head that fades fast.

The aroma is faint. Orange with wheat and a little yeast.

The taste is light citrus and somewhat dry, a little bread flavor as well.

An ok beer, but not really my favorite. A little to dry for me

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, if you think you'll enjoy a summer seasonal based on a wheat beer, without any fruitty flavors such as cherry or rasperry or apricot, then this may be your beer. Very drinkable and therefore loved by those looking for the lighter refreshing side of craft brews. This is one of those you would enjoy on a hot summers day watching the ballgame. Not a fan of the wheat beer but I could drink more of these.

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Photo of mhaugan
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional English mug, typically reserved for a cream ale at my favorite pub in downtown Minneapolis, Lyon's Pub.

Comes to me with a light head. A yellow color heading towards orange. Very little haze.

After removing the orange slice that I didn't think to ask without, the taste is of wheaty malt and orange rind. This beer goes down quite easy. A great summer drink and heads and shoulders above Blue Moon. Not being from the Midwest, it isn't available to me or it would become my new summer session beer.

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Photo of stof0048
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 5L keg
A: Hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Not a very potent smell... hints of lemon or other citrus, very light smell.

T: Wheat, citrus, faint malts, almost non-existent hops... overall a very light citrus taste that would be great for a hot summer day.

M: Very light body, quickly glides over the tongue, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, this is a great beer. Would definitely be a nice one to have around during the summer months.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a very light and crisp beer. Very clean taste but still delivers. Subtle reminder of Gose, good stuff. Will definitely have to try more of Bell's.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep rich, hazy gold. Almost no lacing. Not a lot of head, but what is there dissipates quickly.

N- a citrus wheat, some clove, and crisp freshness.

T- Sweat wheat and hint of lemon. Crisp sparkling of hops, but not over powering at all.

M- Lots of carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D- Goes down very easy. Could (and will) drink this all night....

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Photo of streeter
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer means summer is here in MI. Very not certain slightly citrus flavor of paired with an orange wedge. Very refreshing. Cloudy appearance. Sediment in bottles. Excellent wheat.

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Photo of greenbeaner
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow, with a one and a half fingered head supported by some carbonation rising from the bottom. The bubbles also swirl up quite a bit upon drinking.

Smell is wheaty with hints of mild citrus...lemon and orange, but also has some sour notes up front. Not a strong smell of hops either.

Taste is pretty carbonated up front which quickly dissipates into sourness and lemon citrus. Orange is strongly present too, with some just a hint of banana undertones to the smooth wheat finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated up front with a smooth medium bodied finish. Leaves a clean crisp feeling in the mouth.

Overall I'm a bit dissapointed with this one...I was expecting just a little bit more complexity from it. Also the small hints of sourness that it had were a pretty big turn off as well...I will say that it's a crisp refreshing beer, and is fitting as a summertime release, but all in all I probably won't go out of my way to purchase it again.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- The smell was of light citrus and floral hops.

T- Taste was very light and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Small fruity, and wheat malt notes.

A- poured a light orange, hazey, with a small white head. lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle given to me by a friend. These are unavailable around here, I had never even heard of this beer until now.
Poured it into a weizen glass.

Explosive head, eventually settled down around 3 fingers, and stuck around for a long time. Color is straw golden with a slightly orange tint.

Aroma is very fruity. There is a prominent grape note, and something faintly earthy as well.

Taste: First impression is fruity wheat. There is a very, very slight spiciness. The beer is quite low on carbonation and mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a lemony note which is prominent but not at all overpowering, which gives way nicely to a decently hopped, citrus-like finish. Aftertaste is bready and clean. Refreshing.

Not exactly complex in its flavor, this beer is straightforward, delicious, and outrageously drinkable. An exceptionally easy going summer session beer and would probably have a broad appeal to macro drinkers as well. I would certainly pick this up from time to time if it were available in my area, esp. on hot summer days with friends.

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Photo of Tromba
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cold pint glass.

A: I've had this beer many times on tap and in bottles. Sometimes it's slightly cloudly other times it is clear. Today it's clear. Color is a bright gold/yellow with a little bit of sediment in suspension. Head is white and dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge - no lacing.

S: Not much. A slight hint of sweet wheat malts.

T: A light wheat malty sweetness up front followed by a bit of orangey citrus character and ending with a pleasant, subtle bitterness. Note: this beer is often served with an orange wedge to intensfy that citrus character - this review was done with no orange wedge.

M: Medium-light body and crisp. Great for a hot day. Finishes clean.

D: Easy drinking. Starts to get a bit heavy after a few though. Maybe not quite a session beer, but it may be for some. This beer has a great reputation in the midwest and deservedly so. Even those who are not attracted to craft beer will probably like this one.

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Photo of SteveMi
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a well lasting white head. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

S - Banana and wheaty. Sometimes I swear it smells like light caramel corn.

T - Citrus, little bitter hop. Very refreshing and smooth.

M - Well balanced. Not too creamy, not too light.

I've had this beer on tap once and, oddly enough, I liked it bottled better. The best serving I had was in a Weizen glass.

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

Poured from a can. Slight, white wheat. Pours a cloudy gold (this is unfiltered, unpasteurized) but a nice color overall.

Slight hopiness but blends nicely with the rest of the flavor profile. Hints of biscuit and a little citrus.

Smooth drinking with a nice even finish.

Overall this is an above average wheat ale. Definitely on the buy again list.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Refreshingly light overall, the sort that's perfect on a hot Summer day with a crisp wheatyness. There's a malty core taste with a bit of citrus flavor (but not specifically orange, grapefruit, lime, etc.)

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Photo of nprittie
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden, straw color with thin head that disappears rather quickly

S: Slight breadiness with some citrus

T: Citrus, oranges, some sour dough

M: Highly carbonated, refreshing on the palette

O: This wheat ale has a beautiful bright appearance and a refreshing mouthfeel that pairs well with warm weather. High drinkability, would have a few in a row. Not my favorite Bell's beer, but pretty good for a wheat beer. Would recommend for those that want a lighter ale that's not hoppy.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Appearance is a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is of citrus, light fruits, hops, and wheat.

Tastes heavy on citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

Overall, a good summer beer that is worth a go every year.

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Photo of jaz
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with moderate lace and head. Aroma was malty with somewhat pungent yeast smell. No aroma of hops at all. Taste was smooth and malty, with a bread doe flavor, and a dry mouthfeel. No apparent esters were noticeable that are typically found in wheat beers, which was disappointing. Nice beer, but a little dry and plain.

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Photo of profzoom
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat beer pours a hazy golden color. Its smell is crisp and very indicative of its wheat nature. Its taste is tart and sweet, and again it is quite apparent that this is a wheat beer. It is slightly more carbonated than most beers I drink, so the mouth is greeted with a pleasant tingly sensation with each sip. A fine beer from a very fine brewery.

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Photo of krausenman
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a hazy orange color.

S-There is a slight fruity ester smell and some oragne-like aromas.

T-There is a sweet malt taste first that fades as the bitterness balances the beer out.

M-It has light to medium body mouthfeel that is enhanced by the higher level of carbination.

D-Overall the beer is very drinkable for the abv it's fermented to. The carbination is high but it, along with the bitterness balances the beer's sweet taste out well.

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Photo of dBmV
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap from the Angry Pepper Waterside Maderia beach FL!
Great copper inviting color. Nice hit of hops and of coarse that orange burst! Refreshing when its 87 degress at 11pm! Not much of a head and not too much carbonation. A little filling, although you could drink a good 4 pints with light food.

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