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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: 1,671
Hads: 6,252
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 7
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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 Metalmonk
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour/swirl/pour produces a hazy yellow color similar to a pear/peach juice mixture. Head is big and billowy, taking a while to settle and leaving plenty of lace in its wake. Some floaters here, due to the intentional agitation, and that only makes me even thirstier. I'm salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs...

Aroma has light essences of peach, pear, wheat, and even fainter elements of sweet spices. Would've liked the aroma to burst out a little more, because everything here is nice, just too mellow.

Flavor is amazing, making it clear that Bell's can do lighter, less extreme beers just as well as the bigger bastards they're known for. Big, big juiciness; tropical and citrus fruits come together with a wheat touch bringing up the bottom end. Bitterness of freshly mown grass in the finish (not that I've ever tasted fresh lawn cuttings). Yeast comes through just a tad, offering an earthy, almost mineral element. Tastes better than any other U.S. pale wheat I've had yet. There's almost no comparison.

Mouthfeel offers succulent creaminess, moderate carbonation (ie. just right), and ample thickness.

This is great. A pleasure. Bell's is clearly a cut above the rest. Don't freak out because it's a Bell's brew under 8%. Highly recommended. Thanks to mnwags for this. Please send more Nick!!!

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Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly. The smell of oranges was very pronounced with a touch of lemon as well.

Taste was orange/citrus with a hint of banana and spice. The hop bitterness came through at the middle and continued to fade into the finish. Carbonation was moderate. Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. Oberon is a great summer beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass at the Eccentric Cafe.

A- Poured a hazy wheaty orange with a solid 1" head. It left behind loads of lacing.

S- Strong orange scent with a touch of spices and a hint of hops.

T- Lots of citrus and some spice with a light hop taste. It tasted very fresh.

M- Really gentle mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- I've always had a special place for Oberon, as it was my introduction to craft beer many moons ago (I think it had just made the switch from being named Solsun at the time). However, my relationship with the beer has been hot and cool over the years. Friends have said it is even better on tap at the Pub. Not wanting to believe them and having the desire to sample the tap only options every time I've been to Bell's in the past, this is my first time actually having Oberon on tap at the Eccentric. I have to say it was the freshest beer I've had in a long time and totally worth it. It's a great summer beer made for relaxing.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy aprocote orange with a full finger white head that melts to only slightly sticky lacing.

Aroma is oranges and bread...lots of grain from the wheat in the aroma.

Taste is dry grains producing a bready taste and then a bit of sweet oranges from the malt and hop bill.

Very refreshing summer wheat without a lot of clove or banana complicating things.

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

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange body with a full, foamy head that evaporated rather quickly.

Smell: An aroma that's discreetly wheaty, with only a very, very minor amount of clove and banana.

Taste: A brief malt sweetness with hints of orange juice and lemon before a burst of yeasty sourdough kicks in. The taste of freshly grated nutmeg synches up with the light, spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. High carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lively, smooth, and refreshing. Oh, and I really do appreciate the restrained wheatiness, Bells!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a light hazy yellow with a small creamy white head taht left little lacing.

Sweet citrusy orange with a bit of a bready aroma.

The wheat and the orange really stand out along with the hops.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Is also very crisp.

A very nice ale for the summer. The orange citrus goes great with a burger on a hot, hot day.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed outside at Sir Benedict's Tavern last night.

A - Hazy yellowish orange color. Whitish head fades quickly to a film. Lacing is average.

S - Orangey citrus flavors, cream and a bit of earthiness.

T - A light tasting beer, bitter and sweet hops with wheat. Hoppy bitter orange finish.

M - Light to medium consistency with medium carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer but not really an excellent beer either. I find myself wanting more out of the taste of this beer, as it competes with better tasting summertime wheat beers like Sam Adams wheat.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The typical pale wheat color... a light goldenrod that's a bit hazy... but oh my, the head is awesome. Solid three fingers of fluffy white head, that leaves a spiderweb of lace all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S- Some orange and spice, a hint of wheat, a good bit of yeast, and even a touch of alcohol in the back, but everything is subdued...

T- Malty character infused with a light sweet citrus, some white bread and yeast, light hops (saaz?), but a strange flavor in the aftertaste, and one that isn't so pleasant... metal? Just drink again, so you don't have to deal with that aftertaste...

M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp, with a bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

D- Pretty good, but there are better ones out there. A disappointment from Bell's.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weiss glass. It has a cloudy golden color with a fantastic head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly wheat malt with hints of orange and subtle hops. The flavor is mostly rich malted wheat. The finish is quite nice - accents of orange and a trace of hops. It has a medium body that is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my favorite American wheat beers - a great summer refresher. It has a uniqueness that is unmatched in my experience to other beers in itss class. However, it is much better closer to the source (at the Eccentric Cafe) from the cask!

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Photo of potownbill
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JR for the bottles direct from Michigan
Appearance:Cloudy Yellow/Orange with a nice 3 finger head with good lacing

Smell: Sweet Bready Aroma with a touch of citrus. Something slightly off with the smell, but it did not ruin the experience.

Taste: Sweet with Mild Yeast overtones. Well Balanced. Touch of Citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Not overly carbonated

Drinkability: Polished off 2 with no problem, and wanted more, but alas, the fridge is bare. This will be my session wheat beer

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint013 left this over at my place before the Spring EOQ party. Thanks!

Appearance: gold-orange color with a 3/4" inch head in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass; nice haziness; looks excellent
Smell: oranges and something else...maybe the yeast
Taste: wow; really good; i don't remember this beer being this good typically; citrus flavor mixed with some wheat flavor; great blend
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

Note: This type of beer is much better without any fruit added to it. It a bar gives you an orange slice with it, eat the slice and then leave it on the counter. The orange takes away from the great wheat flavor in the beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly above average beer. Pours a hazy golden yellow with decent head that fades quickly. Smell is of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Pretty good but nothing stands out. Taste is much of the same. Not bad by any means but lacking in character. True to the style, though. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is present here. Drinkability is the only 4 given. Again, the beer is slightly above average to me and even with the 5.8% this Pale Wheat Ale contains, it is quite easy to enjoy on a hot day like today was. Bell's is definitely one of my favorite breweries, and if this is the worst they can offer, there isn't too much wrong that can be done. Ahhh, thirst quencher.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Reed415
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Very hazy yellow color, Minimal head, Unfiltered

S - Orange peel and yeast in the nose

T - Orange sweetness, Small amount of hops, dry wheat ending.

M - Medium body, minimal carbonation

D - An enjoyable beer but nothing special. I would prefer a Hop Sun

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Photo of bozebus17
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a huge white foamy head. Gobs of lacing stick all the way down.

Smell is grainy with lots of wheat. There is also some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

Taste is great. There isn't much bitterness to speak of. There is obviously a distinct wheat flavor. A nice lemon-like zestiness backs it up for a nice refreshing finish. There is also a bit of sweetness that I can't quite put into words.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy yet light enough to be refreshing. The finish is crisp and clean.

What a great beer! I never thought I liked wheat beers, probably because of the strong banana flavor that is in so many of them. Oberon doesn't have that and I think that's why I like it. This beer is super refreshing and delicious. I may need a couple of cases to get through the summer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden straw yellow. Respectable lacing throughout the session.
S: Typical wheat beer, I'm not finding the words to describe it. Nothing spectacular
T: Citrusy and slightly hoppy. I can definitely taste the wheat aspect, as well as the pale aspect.
M: fine carbonation, very refreshing.
D: Quite drinkable, although not much in the flavor department. Admittedly I'm not a wheat guy, but for what this beer is, it's enjoyable. After I finish this 6-pack, I probably won't purchase another.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Appears a hazy golden orange color with an aggressive pour leaving a small foamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with alot of citrus, some malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is orange, bread, and a small amount of hops at the finish. Also, just a bit of pine. This beer tastes awsome and is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of carbonation. The alcohol content is a bit higher than most regular wheat beers, but it is still quite refreshing and easy to drink. This is one of the better American wheats that I have tried. Another great beer from Bell’s!

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Photo of shroompod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 liter mini keg, I'll call it a giant can.2007.

Pours a golden cloudy color, good head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly muted, faint grassiness. This could be my allergies.

Taste is minimally hoppy. Slight lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry. Good Carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is high. A good lawnmower, summer session drinker.

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

This one pours a hazy golden brew, with some floating particles and an average, white head with very little retention.
Aroma is wheat-like, yeasty, cloves perhaps and some citric fruits, most noticeably oranges, but the smell also fades away quickly.
Light to medium in body, it is midly hoppy, perhaps more than I like for a wheat ale (I know, this is a pale wheat ale), but also has some cardboard taste in there suggesting oxidation.
Average, and I believe there are many better wheat ales out there, imports and americans.

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Photo of mjc410
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this, and I'm almost halfway in now, so I think it's high time for a review.

The pour into my Penn Weizen glass raises a very short head that's quite literally gone with the wind (I find that if I don't pour very lightly, the beer loses what little carbonation that it has, and tastes dead). The lacing is very spotty and slick. Below, the body is a bright golden yellow that lets color but not images pass through.

The nose is very light and bready, with a tiny bit of acidity and yeast. Otherwise, that's it. Really lacking here.

Taste:it's light and refreshing, with just a bit of wheat flavor and light banana undertones. It's a bit tangy at the end, and sweet.

The mouth is fairly light, with carbonation that seems only tenuously involved with the liquid. There's just enough as long you pour lightly.

If anything, buying a case of this due to its reputation will hopefully, finally teach me to not make whole case purchases without sampling first. It's not a bad beer, and it certainly is refreshing, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a bottle with an interesting label with a swirly sun which immediately invites summertime feelings. The beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is dark yellow/golden and cloudy. The smell is relatively mild with some hints of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is also very mild with a little hop on the finish, but not much. Not as much wheat flavor as I was expecting, either.

This beer really shines in its drinkability. Its flavor is mild, but still interesting and it would make an excellent session beer for any number of summer events.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.

Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a large Hefeweizein glass. A pale straw colored beverage emerges and is topped by a rocky, thick, tough white head. Tons of lacing down the glass and the head show no sign of leaving. Cloudy with lots of little bubbles racing skyward.

Aroma is crisp and clean. Wheat grains and slight orange peel aromas. Little hop aroma, if any. What hops there are seem to be quite light and earthy, maybe Saaz? Certainly no banana or cloves here. Not an overly aromatic beer but certainly not faulty in the aroma. Would have liked to get a little more but this will certainly do.

Tongue is greeted by te wheat first and foremost, and then followed by a slight hop bite that does not linger for more than a half second or so. There is some small clove in the flavor of the beer but is certainly nowhere near the classic hefe flavor.

A very nice beer. I used to drink this quite often about five years ago but have not revisited this beer since then. I m glad it is finally available in NC as I could see this one being in the fridge most of the summer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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

Cheers again to limesmut for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 7832.

Oberon has a nice cloudy burnt straw color with a two finger bright white bubble filled head that dies down to a thin layer. Lacing is pretty sticky to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is quite pleasing, hints of spiced orange and wheat. Flavor starts off with a nice malty/wheat taste and finished with a crisp citrus hop bite. Orange pops up again on the tounge, but very mild. Very clean light bodied mouthfeel. Good solid beer from Bell's. Could definitely share a few of these with friends around the grill on a hot summer day.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.