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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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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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.
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger head with decent retention. Wisps of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by wheat and some citrus/zest. A little bit of hops as well.

T: The flavors from the aroma cake through on the flavor. Very wheat with lots of zest. Nice little hop kick, has a slightly sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall I really like this beer. It is not very complex, but is very well made. Very refreshing, I can see it being a great summer beer.

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

Poured from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

A: Very pale golden-yellow body with a big and foamy white head. A bit hazy with rather weak retention and some splotchy lacing. It looks good for the style.

S: Somewhat muted overall. Light citrus (orange, lemon) come through, along with a certain grassy quality that seems very fresh and spring-like. No hops here.

T: A solid wheat-based foundation is immediately evident, followed up with some (and I use this very loosely) faintly tart citrus - orange and lemon zest, again. Some spice comes through in the linger, but no as much as a Belgian Wit would bring. Very refreshing and extremely easy drinking.

M: Light-bodied, not watery, bubbly and crisp. Finished a bit drier than I would have liked for the style, though.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down quickly. Leaves some lace. Color is a dark straw yellow with a lot of yeast sediments in the glass.

Aroma: Orange peel, lemon zest, and wheat are the main flavors I am smelling. Not a lot, but it makes for a decent summer beer.

Taste: A lot of spices are here that aren't in the aroma. I get some orange peel, lemon zest, clove, and some other mixed spices. Also has the typical wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but a tad smooth as well. Fairly light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a fruity zest aftertaste, but somewhat dry.

Overall, I like this beer for what it is. It is very simple and refreshing for a hot summer day. I could drink more of this.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a pale straw yellow to gold color that is fairly hazy. A white finger of head sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. As it fades, it leaves some spots and strings of lace on the glass.

The smell includes some wheat grain coupled with hints of sulfur, cheese and modest herbal hops. Overall not a bad smelling brew but not the finest either.

The taste is surprisingly sweet almost like orange zest. It is faintly reminescent of an orange tick tack candy that lost much of its flavor. As it warms up, across the back is a solid inclusion of sulfur.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is light in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but I could do without the sulfur aspects. For a summer brew it isnt bad but it also isnt something I would seek out again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

The beer is yellow and hazy with a small white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some random lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is of slightly sweet malt, subtle spices and/or herbs, and a light floral presence. The flavor is decent, with some nice citrus character. Oberon has a creamy mouthfeel and is medium in body. The beer is malt forward, though the finish brings just a hint of hops. Overall, a decent summer brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin lacing of head. Nose offers mild wheat and citrus. Taste is lemon and wheat; I expected more citrus in the taste based on the nose. There is however an unexpected bitter finish. Nice little change of pace on the palate between citrus and bitter. Lightly carbonated, very refreshing. This is a quality summer offering.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased a 5L CAN on my last excursion to Pinocchio's and I had it sitting in the reefer awaiting an appropriate moment to tap the sucker when my neighbor invited me over for a backyard BBQ. He thought I was joking when I said that I had a keg that I would bring with me, not knowing the scope of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "An American wheat ale with the scent and color of a midsummer night's dream."; "[2011] Art by Philip Kaufman".

The trick with an oversized CAN like this is to have it on the edge of a table or sink so that the glass can be held far enough below the tap to create some head. I got a finger of soapy, bone-white head with decent retention from my pour. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a wheat-like sweetish snap to it which was very pleasant with dinner. Mouthfeel was quite soft with an initial orange and lemon citrusiness on the tongue, but then the mustiness of the yeast took hold. Finish was dry and musty and quite pleasant. I may be drinking the remainder for a couple of days so it is a good thing that I like it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange color with a 1" head. The aroma was of strong citrus and yeast. The flavor was decent as the wheat gave a grainy texture to the brew, while citrus and yeast tones were strong. Possibly a touch of honey flavor in there too. Kind of sweet for wheat brew.

The mouthfeel was dry and smooth at the start. The finish was dry with a light graininess. Enjoyable, and an overall nice brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a hint of orange. No real head when poured but when roused forms a thinish white head. Aromas of yeast, fresh bread, wheat, and a bit of lemony acidity. The taste is spritzy, lemony, with a hint of yeast imparted complexity (perhaps a hint of banana and a bit of clove). This is a nice easy drinking hot weather beer. I like the bit of lemon-acidity, whithout which this beer would be a dud. As this beer warms up the fruitiness picks up a bit. There is a nice bit of spiciness, which seems to be from a hop contribution. Certainly recommended if you are in need of Summer time refreshment.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, w/o freshness or brewing date info....pours cloudy orangy amber, under a moderate eggshell white head/tiny bubble film, with minor lacing...fruity, floral, powdered sugar nose...refreshing, quality summer brew....notes of more fruit, wheat malts and a smooth quite drying leafy hop finish. Nice offering from Bells, if I could get it locally, this would be one of my summer staples

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into sa DFH curved pint glass.

A- Oberon pours out a bright golden color with sediment seen in the liquid, oh well. A nice foamy white head reaches an inch before vanishing into nothing, no lace.

S- The smell is great for a wheat ale. I get some wheat but moreso im getting oranges, honey and sweet malts. I really like the smell.

T- More of the same with a fair balance between wheat, orasnge and sweet malts. The yeast that came from the bottle is probably enhancing the taste, Im glad I included it.

M- Smooth and somewhere in between light and medium bodied. Cafrbonation is low making for a smooth sipper. No bitterness at all in this fresh bottle tells me that the hops used were not major.

D- Easy as pie. I usually don't go for APWA all that much because I find them boring, but this has a bit more going for it in terms of flavor. The alcohol is low which keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm having this with dinner tonight. 12 ounce bottle bought in Philadelphia, on to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped by a thin, but well retaining head. There is a lot of shreeded wheat arom hitting the nose. A pinch of orange and honey makes things interesting. In its taste, there's more than the standard wheat. Mellow bitterness, orangesicles with cream in the middle. Slightly sweet. Shredded wheat ends the journey.

Quite pleasant. Thumbs up on this offering.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9772,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a moderate white head, some lace.

S: A mild nose, some notes of lemon Pledge and wheat, some orange, but I'm not too excited at this point.

T: Orange heavy right off the bat, with some notes of white spice mid-palate. Hops are relatively high for the style leaving a bitter pine finish, this is nowhere near pale ale bitterness, but it is there.

M: Biting carbonation, crisp, lemony aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and easy going on the palate.

D: I finally get to try the Midwest summer classic, Bell's Oberon. For the style it's above average, better than Blue Moon, but it does remind me a lot of that beer, the bitter spice component is similar in both beers.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, 2008 bottle, batch 8354, poured into a weizen

A: Cloudy, banana yellow and orange color with a modest white head that has great retention and remains until the end with some streaky lacing. Not much sediment from the pour, but persistent active carbonation.
S: Orange-zest, light banana, wheat, floral, more earthy than sweet and slightly sour in the background. Fairly strong and complex, I'm just not crazy about the combination.
T: Thicker side of medium body with active carbonation, a little creamier than expected. Overall, like the smell is more earthy and slightly sour. Orange rind, floral hops, wheat. Very crisp and slightly tart in the finish. Great summer beer, I'd prefer it to be a little sweeter and a little lower in alcohol.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a BBQ, friends, and a backyard.

Pours a hazy light orange with a white head. The aroma has a creamy orange and malted wheat. The flavor is a nice mix of spicy and citrus hops flavors from the Saaz with the sweet wheat for balance. That creates a pleasant balance of citrus fruit, mellow malts, and spicy/bitter hops - all in a great summer beer. What a deal.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass. A nice head forms on the pale orange cloudy body. Lace is left behind.

Smell: Yeast, bready malts, some wheat, some spice.

Taste. A very flavorful brew. Some citrus fruityness, mildy bitter hops and clove like spice. Somewhat lemony with suggestions of dried orange peel. Very flavorful and stronger than your typical wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied. A moreish taste that grows on you as you sip.

Overall: Really good, paired nicely with BBQ chicken on a stick. This is the type of beer with its light crisp flavor profile and mild spice notes, that could pair with a variety of spicy and flavorful dishes.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a while ago at Barley's in Asheville, NC. Just getting around to reviewing it now from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a great head and decent lacing. The smell is lightly grainy and extremely creamy. A little unusual for the style, but very appealing. Taste is similar. Fruity, fresh wheat up front and then a nice taste of fresh cream on the finish without the mouthcoating feel of the cream. In fact the mouthfeel is quite light but still a little grainy. Delicious summer beer. This would be a go-to summer wheat if it were available. Better than Goose Island 312, not as good as Gumballhead.

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

Poured from a tallboy can into a nonic, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange rind, lemon zest, toasted grains, banana, clove spice, subtle grassy notes, and some bready qualities. Very enticing aromas. Flavors are fruity and bready forward, with a solid dose of lemon and orange on a toasted grain backbone, with subtle banana highlights and a healthy spice blend. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. The body is smooth and light, again making this an incredibly easy drinker. The aftertaste is toasty and bready, with subtle citrus notes still hanging on. Smooth, light finish, with a frothy linger at the end. Good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange colored beer without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity to the nose. Sweet wheat malt and bread aromas make up the bulk of the scent here. The fruity aroma here is mostly the understated scent of apricot and muskmelon with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet and bready at the start of the glass. Slightly spicy in flavor this tastes much like a Belgian witbier. The taste of coriander is in this one and a honeysuckle and orange flavor. Very low bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable summer beer here. I could have asked for more head formation but that is no biggie. The sweetness here probably will turn off some people but other than that I can recommend this.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, straw toned yellow with a fluffy, 3 finger cap that slowly fades out into a clumpy head. Lots of lacing beads around the glass.
Smell is of light citrus featuring lemon zest, fresh grain, and a touch of American yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but toned down a notch in a somewhat bland flavor. Not bad but nothing jumping out either that makes me want to continue with this one.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light up front, citrusy, and easy drinking. I probably should've had this before the Expedition, which is a hard act to follow.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bboven for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly spicy, slight caramel. The taste is malty, yeasty on the most part, some slight spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Pale Wheat Ale.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.