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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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very good

5,359 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,359
Reviews: 1,587
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 582 | FT: 4
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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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-premise at KBC. Cloudy, good color but no real head. Lemony flaver, certainly sptrizy and refreshing. KBC's taproom, the "Eccentric Cafe," though, leaves a little to be desired. Exposed brick just makes it seem cold, not much of crowd (of course it was a football Sunday and they had no TV). Seemed to be run by artsy college students.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. First bottle of my first 6-pack of the year, enjoyed while reading "The Long Walk" on the patio.

A-Glowing golden hazy beer. Crisp, clean white head, 2 full fingers of nicely-sustaining head.

S-Yeasty, wheaty aromas, slight citrus with minimal phenols.

T-Refreshingly malty with that wheaty twang. Bitterness balances the grainy malts appropriately, with an ever-so-slight citrus twist. Finishes grainy and bitter, dry.

M-Medium-high carbonation. Light mouthfeel, fits in perfectly with the refreshing taste.

D-Highly drinkable. Danger: you will want another while lounging outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

CHSLBrew, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +5%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of beerhast
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

beerhast, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 5/26/10*

Batch #9678

Fairly aggressive pour leaves a solid inch of frothy head, with moderate lacing. Some floral and grassy notes in the smell, as well as some citrus coming through. A real nice citrus sweetness upfront in this ale, with some nice earth and wheat tones in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

prdstmnky, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jryanj927
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jryanj927, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kayrex, May 04, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Act25, May 05, 2014
Photo of taigor
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured very cloudy bright orange color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, earth hops and wheat.

T - Just like smell very fruity and bitter with hints of wheat and dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - Good summer Pale Wheat Ale. I would recommend it or have another one.

taigor, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of mweso2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mweso2000, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Bobhoya, May 17, 2012
Photo of BrewMaster
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd heard about this beer and I was looking forward to trying it when I went out to Michigan on business. I was not disappointed and I am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one was great.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The beer was a cloudy yellow orange color. The aroma was full of pear, apple, and pale malt aromas.

The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the buttery character to it. Very unique and good. The malt is very bready and has the distinct wheaty taste. There are also some light notes of citrus, particularly orange.

The beer is very soft and comforable on the palate and is a good all-around beer. I could drink this beer all day if I could get a hold of it again.

BrewMaster, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of Lawl3ss
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Served well chilled in an Imperial shaker. I appreciated that the bartender asked if I wanted lemon or not before adding it. I declined.

Look- Hazy butterscotch, served with a half-finger of loose suds that falls quickly. Nice lacing. Poor retention for a wheat ale.

Smell- Bready, vague citrus rind, lemon pepper.

Taste- Floury, grainy, subdued spice, light citrus. Fades to pizza dough and soft pine. Aggressive finish. Simcoe/Summit perhaps? A little rough for a wheat ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carb. Slick on the swallow. Finishes tart, slightly astringent.

Overall- Not really my cup of tea, but ok. I felt no need to finish the 20 oz.

Lawl3ss, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade, and it includes the thin chunks of levitating lemon flesh. It has a slight orange tint to it. Now I understand why the carrier suggests decanting: whole hunks of sediment settle to the bottom after being worked from the bottle. That's the first time I've ever seen that in a beer. Two fingers of billowy white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy cap and ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus and coriander. It's much more of a witbier in that sense. There's just a hint of pepper spice.

Taste: Zesty lemon citrus, coriander, and Orange Crush. There is a very surprising and appreciated spicy hop bite, which leaves a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the scent and taste of a sunny afternoon? Ha! It's tasty, smooth, and easy drinking, but I'm a little turned off by the Orange Crush. It does not stand out on its own -- it reminds me too much of Blue Moon -- but the hop bite at the end does provide uniqueness.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Washuffizi98
4.04/5  rDev +6%

Washuffizi98, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish creamy head (with some yeast floating on top?) over a nice very cloudy orange-golden body. Pretty. Some lacing. Yeast swirls all through it.

Smell is yeasty, apple spicy, fruity, with a back note of cracker.

Taste is initially sweet apple-bread yeasty, then it rounds out with some mild hop bitterness. Nice balance. Usual Bell's completeness.

Rounder mouthfeel than one might expect from the looks. Mmmmm.

Imminently drinkable.

Another hit by Bell's. Does this brewery make a mediocre beer? This is the fourth Bell's variety I've had, and they've all been good or better, or even incredible.

ColoradoBobs, May 18, 2006
Photo of kguard
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kguard, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of ttylicki
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ttylicki, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +31.2%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +5%

jman005, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- bottle poured into a 0.5L weissen glass

appearance- c cloudy honey hold with a 1-2 inch off white head. good retention with good lacing

smell- smelled of orange, hops, clove, wheat, and banana. It was a very mild smell though.

taste/mouthfeel- a citrus taste with a mix of light clove and lemon. a light/medium body that drinks smooth. it is a tad bitter after taste.

drinkability- I'm very glad that Athens georgia now carries bell's beer as of 5-11-09. I've hear so much from my friend who lives a few miles from their brewery. I've recommended it to all my friends

Anthony1, May 28, 2009
Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

rcjennings, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Theniz
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Theniz, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of burnstar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light murky gold with a large head. Very light wheat aroma. Tangy wheat taste with a bit of underlying malt and sweetness. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of grassy hops. Well balanced. Pretty decent for an American wheat beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a nice summer beer.

burnstar, May 12, 2008
Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +5%

alexsergio, Mar 29, 2012
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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