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Bell's Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 1,713 | Ratings: 6,490
Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown single from Party Source poured into a weizen glass at 40-45. No dating.

A: Pours a very hazy golden apple. 1/2 fnger head that's gone quick. zero lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed orange juice some cloves. and cinnamon?

T/M: Orangy twang and grapefruit notes. Getting some of that "soap" taste on the back half. I can't think of a better way to describe it. lightly tart, wheat base. Body is light and carbonation's not too extremely high. Finishes crisp and slightly dry.

D: Very easy to drink. Too bad it's not hot anymore. Who am I kidding? This is Cincy, I'll wait til tomorrow.

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Photo of waltonc
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oberon is a summer time favorite of mine from the days in Ann Arbor. Brings back fond memories of drinking on the porch after an afternoon of canoing, jumping off the railroad bridge into the Huron River, or doing nothing. Clearly, my review of this beer is biased by associations, but whatever.

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

Poured at the brewpub. It has a cloudy straw colored body with a think white head. The aroma is very wheaty with a fairly strong lemony character. The flavor is nice and light with a slight hop flavor. It is very light bodied and makes an excellent summer drinker.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first adventure with Bell's Brewery is a six-pack of Oberon. After drinking five bottle over a few days span, I am rating the sixth. Number 7815 on back of bottle label. Poured into tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden straw colored body with puffy, craggy beige colored head. Lots of particles of yeast float around in a hazy opaque brew. Carbonation bubbles ascend in lines for a very refreshing looking beer with sticky lacing.

Smell: delicate scent of husks, wheat and barley along with very mild citrus, sweet oranges and bitter lemons.

Taste: mild breadiness, wheat husks and citrus, both lemon and lime.

mouthfeel: well balanced and mildly carbonated, light to medium bodied. Just a tad too thin.

Drinkability: soft flavors, gentle carbonation and slight tanginess make for easy consumption. Enjoyable hot weather beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

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

Poured into a pint glass to produce a 3/4" loose, white head. This settled to a thick cap for the duration. The unfiltered cloudy, light honet colored beer was very cool in appearance.... lots of sediment floating around.... I like that!

The aroma was subdued.... just a hint of malt and not much else.

The taste was OK.... nothing to write home about. Malty start with a citrus bite.... it's better than Blue Moon.... but just by a little.

Mouthfeel.... too fizzy for my taste. Not thick and chewey enough for me.

Drinkability.... OK.... that's over.... maybe I'll try it again if I find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wheat beer, nice cloudy light orage color, head goes quick, with little lacing. extremely drinkable, with nice fruity apricot? peach? flavors. I can say I will continue to drink this one throughout the summertime. Definately not the best Bell's has ever done, but one of the better wheats I have ever had.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*i did not like and would not buy*

app: looks like a fish tank, strange big bubbles and lots of floating fish food.not much head. looks like what comes out after you have a lot of vitamins.

smell: smells like a car air freshiner i use to have, of course mixed with some mellow malts.

taste: mellow smooth round easy going. lil uneasy after taste, this is a nice but odd beer. zingy hop citrus, but thick and coating wheat.. strange blend for me..

mf: way to coating and gooey.

drinkable?: not for me. to thick to odd. but i guess you could chug it??

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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 Lnedrive14
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wasn't really a huge fan. A great session beer, but not necessarily a pleasure with each sip.

Pours an effervescent light gold with a large white head. smells of lemon, orange and coriander. my issue mainly was that i found the taste to be too sweet, as in sugary sweet, rather than sweetness that comes from the other flavors. nothing really in the way of hops. very light mouthfeel, almost too light.

At the risk of commiting blasphemy, this beer to me is sort of like a macro brew without the crappy aftertaste. i could pound a whole bunch of these without batting an eye, but it isn't really going to satisfy a good beer crave.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy,yellow,effervesent body with a huge thick white head.Not bad lacing on the glass.Banana and pepper smells.Banana,pepper,coriander and some lemon zest in the taste.Very easy mouthful,almost seems flat.But there was deffinetly carbonation.Good beer,but something seems off.Very drinkable non the less.Great session beer.

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

Pours a nice and hazy gold with a fair amount of creamy head that laces nicely. Smells of citrus rind, orange, lemon and yeast. Tastes as it smells with spice and a little hops and finishes with a dryness. Feels light in the mouth and quenches ones thirst very well. A session beer no doubt and on a summer day this is an oasis.

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

On-tap at Capone's last night.

Came to me a cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a big, rocky white head. The head stuck around for a while and left some good lacing.

Aroma was of oranges, yeast, wheat, and some lemon zest. The citrus zing at the end is quite nice.

The flavor is of citrus fruit, wheat, a touch of yeast, and a bit of spice at the finish. Tasty.

Spritzy, crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing brew that would be perfect for a warm day. I have had it in bottles before, but it's even better on-tap.

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Photo of mhaugan
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional English mug, typically reserved for a cream ale at my favorite pub in downtown Minneapolis, Lyon's Pub.

Comes to me with a light head. A yellow color heading towards orange. Very little haze.

After removing the orange slice that I didn't think to ask without, the taste is of wheaty malt and orange rind. This beer goes down quite easy. A great summer drink and heads and shoulders above Blue Moon. Not being from the Midwest, it isn't available to me or it would become my new summer session beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy yellow brew is a looker with a big white head that sticks around. Wheat germ and lemon pepper dominate the aroma while the taste is smooth like a hefe weizen, refreshing and clean with a nice peppery bite. A great beer I can't get here in S.C., but I may now have to make a few more trips to N.C.

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Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon Ale pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a mild fruity aroma coming from the glass. The flavor is a bit fruity with a strong wheat backbone. This one goes down easy on a hot summer day. Definitely worth a try.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. Seem's perfect for a mid-August day.

A: The ale is indeed pale, looking like a hefe weizen with a slightly lessened turbidity. Light shone through the glass reveals a deep yellow color, burnt cornbread-like. The head has laced a few patches in the glass.

S: Light and airy, the beer has a low level of sweet tartness that makes the mouth water in anticipation. The tartness has some citrus (fruit, not hop) notes floating around too.

T: A spectrum of flavors strike the palate on first sip. Orange peel and lemon sweetness highlight the first. They are followed by a solid wheat and malt body, thick but restrained enough to allow the fruits to shine through. As I sip this, it conjures up memories of the St. Bernardus witbier, refreshing with a slight tartness and some pepper.

M: The mouthfeel is light but full of flavors, citrusy with a peppery bite. Solid beer, I'd love to try it out of one of those 5L kegs.

D: Easy to drink, this is a great summer ale. The light flavor will not overwhelm the palate and its tartness makes you go back for more.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a cloudy golden color with a sizeable nearly white head that lasts for a while and leaves a decent lace over much of the glass.

Nose is lighter than desired, but pleasant. Wheat and sweet, plus a mild citrus aroma.

Some pleasant tartness that I hadn't expected after the aroma is the first thing I noticed. Still pretty sweet though. otherwise the taste is quite good, with light but pleasant wheat and fruit flavors that last into the slightly drying finish.

Carbonation is on the low side, body is medium and smooth and while most of the flavors are delicate this is far from thin. Nice beer, and extremely thirst quenching. Well done!

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is so highly acclaimed in the Midwest with a very loyal following. I have had it before and was not a huge fan. Decided today to grab another one while at the bar on an extra hot Florida summer day to see if I was missing something before.

A: Hazy golden yellow as you would expect from a wheat beer. There is a nice head upon the pour made up of millions of tiny bubbles which quickly die down.

S: There is a nice yeasty malty character to this brew. Very tiny amounts of orange and lemon can be detected.

T: Not a lot of flavor here. There is a malty flavor with a hint of orange. Nothing to write home about.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: It goes down easy.... Too bad it don't taste better.

Overall: I am the first to get on this site and sing praises when it comes to Bell's. I'm sorry to the loyal following but I just don't get this beer. There is some wheat and some orange, but nothing else. It's really pretty blah. Short of being cold on a hot day it doesn’t have a lot going for it. This is a definite deviation from Bell's other wonderful beers. If you love it hey, more of it for you. I will stick to their other tried and true gems.

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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 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 OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a big white head. Aromas of corriander and spice, and wheaty notes. In the taste, mellow yet spicy and a small presenceof a grapefruity hop end. It has sweet texture and a dry aftertaste. Refreshing and a nice light flavor. A good beer for summer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

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Photo of rborthwick
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an apricot color with modest head retention. A good bit of spent yeast in the bottle. Citrusy nose with a hint of grapefruit. This beer as not as sweet or orangy as a lot of other wheat beers. I actually think its taste is similar to Bass Ale of all things. This beer from Bells is not even in the same league as two hearted ale. I was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of jasrbrd
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is reminiscent of another Bell's beer, the great Two Hearted Ale, but the Oberon is a wheat ale. It's also not as strong as the Two Hearted Ale but Oberon still packs a 5.8% punch, although it doesn't taste it. Nice color (although a beer's color has never really mattered to me - give me the taste!) with a pleasant fruit aroma which is also not that strong or overwhelming. Highly recommend you give this one a try especially if you like Summer ales.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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