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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,426 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,426
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 607 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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CSO, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

pat_usher, Jul 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

cherche, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

C2H5, Jan 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

phisig137, Nov 07, 2006
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Wisconsin Beer Fest mug.

A: A Thin white head, leaves slight lacing. A hazy body of orange.

S: Hints of clove and banana, a bold aroma.

T: A pleasant cream to the body of this beer. A nice and medium body for a wheat. The balance of malts and hops are well done.

M: Nice, warming mouthfeel. Very nice to find a creamy wheat beer.

D: This I find to be a very drinkable beer, in regards to style and overall impression the beer gives off. Many more sips are needed to find the subtle hidden flavors.

Notes: This is a great beer for the style, a goto for a lighter beer that has a nice warming body to it.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

athomasPSU, May 16, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

StlHopHead77, Jul 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

paulys55, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tylerstravis, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

willjschmidt, Sep 06, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sippin on this sizzurp with mah boi areich6

A- Pours a hazy light yellow with a whispy 1 inch white head

S- Can obviously pick up the wheat in the nose with a few hints of pale malts. Not a lot of hops but a trace I would say

T- Very light taste. Just some wheat and citrus notes that are too orangy for my liking.

M- Thicker than I would expct for a PWA

O- Not on the same level of gumball head or sumpin sumpin, not even close. Not awful though

pschul4, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Evarigan, Mar 31, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented as part of a Bell's Oberon "kick-off" at a local bar. Basically, the promotion sucked me in on promises of "free tastings" and "give aways!"

I was hoping that this might be a Bell's sponsored event, but it in fact was the local beer retailer yes-man get together. I felt completely out of place with the utter creepiness of suits drinking Oberon out of the bottle, wolfing them down like they're going out of style.

So the sample ended up being a shotglass full of Oberon and a Bell's keychain bottle opener. Whoop de freckin' doo.

Focus. Back to the beer. Oberon, fresh 2004 sample, 12 oz. bottle.

Pours out the "Oberon Orange Juice" much like other weiss-beers with a few yeasty chunks and some scary black floaties. When I was just handed the bottle, I asked for a glass and the douche-bag took it upon himself to pour it into a glass for me. That *wasn't* what I was asking for. Worst. Pour. Ever. The beer managed a decent lacing, nevertheless. The Mrs. pour revealed only a slight head, a no-no for the style.

The nose was all banana-clove yeastiness, with a larger than normal dallop of hops and a strangely bubblegummy aroma.

There's a strange amount of bitterness here. It almost seems sour, a hint of brettonmyances. Overall there was a nappy foot-funk underlying all flavors in both samples. There is also a strange amount of raggedness to the beer that had no place in the style. I don't think this would really be that refreshing of a summer drink except for the mouthfeel. The puckery hop consistency and the slightly thin mouthfeel all make this quite easy to shwill (for people that like that) but not really drinkable, in my book.

Not one of my favorites from Bell's, and I fear I might not like it at all if offered in a blind hefe-weiss taste off.

GreenWBush, Apr 02, 2004
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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,426 ratings.