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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

5,426 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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pottergator, Mar 30, 2014
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MrBoh, Nov 20, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

Washuffizi98, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a newer review on this beer. i am wondering if in August when i tried it last it had been sitting for a while. i picked up some yesterday and i know that it is fresh.

it is quite tasty and much better than the last sample!

this is a good beer. i was looking forward to trying a number of options that Bells offer. this poured nicely into my glass with the usual nice carbonation, head and lace. it smelled pleasant with a hint of citris. taste was light..maybe a bit light for my tastes but it was good. a bit stronger and this would be a regular for me.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Aug 15, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Theniz, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

polloenfuego, Oct 01, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best summer seasonals I have ever tasted, and growing up and going to college in Michigan, I have had many, many samples of this brew. So glad it's in North Carolina now. This is one of the few beers that a slice of orange actually accentuates, instead of hiding beer flavor.

bboven, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color from 12oz bottle, with minimal head which quickly dissipates. Still, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of wheat and faintly of barley & hops.
Smacks of wheat flavor with a subtle hop edge. Malted barley is there, though not outspoken. Subtle lemon & grassy aftertaste.
Hops & carbonation leave a somewhat noticable feel in the mouth.
Overall, this does go down smooth, but not a particularly outstanding or notable summer wheat ale. It's missing spices and anything else to differentiate itself from the pack. Definitely one of the lesser Bell's brews I've experienced.

Natural510, May 14, 2008
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
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ColdWaffles, Jun 12, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle packaged on 5/29/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

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

T-Tastes of light citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness.

M-Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

O-Overall a refreshing beer but no outstanding qualities about it.

reebtaerG, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

cd34, Jun 12, 2014
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ackeeper, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

alexsergio, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

djgustafson, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

emwild12, Jun 10, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a bleach white head. Loads of carbonation filling up all sides of the glass. Smells of orange peels, among other fruits, and relatively spicey. A great sniffer indeed. Tastes very malty at first, with a well balanced middle when the hops start showing, and finishes very hoppy with a nice spciy bite. Well done. A great brew, the first I've had from Bell's, and based on this it won't be the last. Recommended, indeed.

santoslhalper, Nov 02, 2004
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dusty gold and yellow color with decent lacing. It glows in the glass and is awfuly active, or I should say, bubbly.

Smell: sweet malt nose along with hops and wheat, most notably wheat. Nothing to exciting going on in my glass. Slight citrus and fresh oranges smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops push through a little more and help balance the malt and wheat. Hops provide a small amount of spice which is paired nicely with sweet oranges and a sort of lemony zest. Always is and has been very drinkable in the warm days of summer and compliments most grilled food wonderfully. Goes down smooth and is carbonated nicely.

Last years brew seemed a bit more sweet to me, this year has more of a unfiltered wheat type of taste.
What do you know another great beer from the people down in K-zoo! Oberon has been a staple beer in my favorite brews, so it is hard to say anything bad.

Magpie14, Apr 03, 2007
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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,426 ratings.