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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

5,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,320
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 567 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

emerge077, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wheat colored, cloudy and yeasty with a solid frothy white head that leaves behind a few wisps of lace.

Smell: I struggled to get any aroma out of this... Faint grainy sweetness, hints of citrus and earth. Nothing off about it, just remarkably mild.

Taste & mouthfeel: Much more flavorful than the aroma would have you believe. Bready, grainy sweetness is supported by a medium body with moderate carbonation. While gentle on the taste buds, this stuff is pretty thick and flavorful. Bitterness is nearly non-existent, which is fine by me; I enjoy a break from the hops from time to time. The finish is clean and faintly sweet, leaving just a hint of husky grain bitterness on the tongue.

Got this one from Dyan. Thanks!

largadeer, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

zeff80, May 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Yankee pint at Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit.

This beer appears a cloudy pale golden hue, with one finger of creamy foamy white head, which leaves a low wall of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of soft spicy, sweet wheat, mild citrus, and faint yeast. The taste is sweet, almost sugary wheat malt, mild coriander, citrus, and an echo of yeast. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and rather smooth. It finishes with a drying citrus, sharp wheat edge.

A very refreshing wheat beer, well-balanced and enjoyable, especially after the soul-sucking delay of the lost-luggage experience with Delta.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

JAHMUR, May 24, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With summer comes Oberon... glowing, golden, and hazy like the sun through southern California smog! The bright white head holds well, buoyed by rising bubbles from beneath, but the lacing is a bit limited given the wheat content.

In the nose, wheat malt dominates with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness.

The flavor, however, offers a little more with the addition of some more citrus fruitiness that includes a touch of lemon and a light dusting of non-descript spice (clove?). It's maltiness is lightly bready and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness and citrusy acidity, and it finishes chalky dry with a lingering note of dried fruit (apricot, tangerine, citrus rind).

A decent enough summer beer to be sure, and one with just the right amount of character to fit in at any number of events (back yard BBQ, fishing, sporting event, relaxing at sunset, etc.).

NeroFiddled, Jun 07, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SocalKicks, May 18, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Frozensoul327, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & lemon) along with a a little wheat and decent burst of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity with flavors of lemon and orange along with a mild wheat background. There’s a mild flavor of hops bitterness that comes in next and gets stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is mild. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style even if it’s close to being an IPA with less hops. This is an excellent beer that I could drink for long, long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 06, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden body, topped with a small head of white foam. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A slightly floral aroma of orange and coriander with a nice base of bready malt.

T - Tangy wheat and a bit of vanilla up front. Some fruity spices and light herbal hop flavor in the middle. Finishes with bready malt and more yeast character with some more coriander.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a very nice body and good wheat character. The spices get just a bit phenolic in the middle and this characteristic is emphasized by the herbal hops. This is not a bad beer, though it isn't something that really does it for me and I would not seek it out again.

nickfl, Aug 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden with a tint of orange here white vibrant frothy head, lacing is scattered but full in spots. Aroma: Contains some citrus notes bready yeast notes and sharp malt sweetness along with a light flowery hop aroma. Taste: Refreshing as all hell, not every crazy about American wheats but this one is so damn crisp and balanced right amount of breadiness, sharp malted wheat tones, what makes it is the citric bit of coriander kick in the finish very nice ale nicely constructed one of the best Summer brews I have tasted out there. Mouthfeel: Medium to light perfect carbonation some residual oily sensations on the palate nice brew. Drinkability: Wow, pick up a case and enjoy simply best lawnmower beer out there with flavor.

WVbeergeek, Oct 17, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

russpowell, Jul 26, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed and kegged one week ago (3-25). keg tapped 5 minutes ago.
It's a hotly anticipated sign of spring in the Midwest, the arrival of the Bell's Oberon, and I'm ready for my first, fresh sip of the season.
Color: a thick, opaque yellow/orange body. Tap Oberon is thick and cloudy at the top and the bottom of the keg, but it pours clear after a few a few pints are pulled. Head is nice and white, thick and lasting.
Aroma is delicate, but brimming with zesty citrusy notes, spices, sea-foam. In a nutshell, the tingly orange flavor dominates Oberon's taste profile. Carbonation is low, yeasty component of this unfiltered brew is tasty, tasty, tasty and adds significantly to the supremely delicious and downable mouthfeel.
As with many other Bell's products, the style is not presented clearly in the name or on the label. This used to be called Solsun, until a Mexican Brewery took umbrage. I believe they steal the name from Shakespeare's Fairy King in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It is described as "an American wheat ale with European ingedients", which still doesn't answer all the questions. Czech saaz hops are used, and imported (from where?)wheat malt, but no curacao zest or coriander are mentioned. That aside, it tastes more like a Belgian witbier than anything else, but, like many Kalamazoo offerings, it belongs in a class by itself.
This beer plays very lightly on the palate, delivering zingy, spicy, and very fruity hops, with an utterly delicate, and thirst-quenching texture. Wheat isn't tasted as strongly as in other wheat beers, goes down very smooth, but still adds considerably to the texture. This is a beer that makes itself at home in the mouth, and makes one quite comfortable during it's stay. Long, delicious finish. Light body. So easy to drink! Everlasting finish!
There are many tasty, thirst-quenching wheats out there, but only one Oberon. The fruitiness really pushes it forward! Supreme acheivement, and a beer I'll be enjoying all summer long!

feloniousmonk, Apr 01, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

Slatetank, Aug 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a head of small white bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet and has a little but not much fruit aroma to it.

Medium body, nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sweetness, finishes wet. Some grainy bitterness in back. Its a good summertime light ale for drinking after a hot day.

drabmuh, May 08, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.

A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.

N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.

T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.

A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head. There is some lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet with a strong grain presence. Spice from the yeast with citrus fruit notes and some mild banana.

Taste: Not very sweet, lots of wheat and spice. Mildly fruity with a crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is always a good one. Well balanced and crisp. I'm a big fan of the spice and fruit notes.

oline73, Sep 10, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.

T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.

M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.

Rifugium, Dec 11, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully refreshing scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts along with a light citrus zest. It has a light breadlike character that adds a bit of depth to the malt bill. The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth malt flavor that boasts of pale, Munich, and wheat malts. It goes down easy and finishes slightly breadlike with a mild fruity zest and wheat malt crispness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great summertime treat. It's fuller bodied than most, but it has tremendous flavor.

WesWes, Aug 07, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mendvicdog, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is wheat, pepper-like spices and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the wheat, black pepper and orange. Reminds me of orange sherbet. Very low bitterness. Low carbonation and a medium, creamy soft mouthfeel. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Mora2000, Apr 19, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

mdfb79, Apr 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very cloudy yellow with a thin, but well-retained white lace.
The smell was citrusy - especially lemon and wheat.
The taste was just that - wheat and citrus fruits - mostly lemon, some orange.
The taste was creamy and thick for a summer brew. It had a touch of a tang from the wheat. Very refreshing.
A friend of mine recently went on a trip to Michigan. I asked her to bring back some Michigan beer for me and she returned with this. When I saw I thanked and and thought: "Another boring summer brew?..." But, I was pleasantly surprised. I wish that they sold this around here. It's a good summer brew!

jwc215, Jun 30, 2006
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,320 ratings.