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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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5,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 509 | 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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Photo of srv33


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Cloudly golden pour, this bottle has a bit of sediment. Wonderful scents of orange, coconut, cream, and grapefruit. Taste is great, very much a pleasing beer. Sessionable. Taste of light tangerine, wheat, almond, very balanced. Would get again, a solid summer brew.

06-29-2012 23:27:40 | More by srv33
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours a light hazy yellow coliur with a foamy white head.

The smell is is wheat with a little bit of lemon.

The taste is much the same as the smell with a small amount of hops.

The mouth fell is light to medium and fairly well carbonated.

Overall a very light summer beer, not really my thing but probably one a non craft beer drinker would enjoy.

06-29-2012 22:49:44 | More by Dave1999
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-29-2012 21:10:57 | More by Flowyn82
Photo of cfrances33


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle poured into a Bell's snifter.

Pour: Pours a mostly hazy, bright orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright wheat up front, and bready yeast. A touch of orange and lemon rind. More doughy sweetness closes out the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose exceptionally, but with a greater doughiness. Lots of bright yeast, doughy sweetness, and then some smooth light lemon and oranges. Finishes with a prolonged breadyness.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly drinkable. Really is a classic spring/summer refresher. Doughiness hangs on the palate, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: One of my favorite easy drinking summer beers. I'll always enjoy this one.

06-29-2012 19:59:49 | More by cfrances33
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

06-29-2012 13:04:09 | More by JeepinJJ
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-28-2012 20:52:51 | More by beerhawk41
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-28-2012 20:45:20 | More by EL48823
Photo of pryan49


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

I hadn't been a fan of wheat beers but this changed my mind. Like all of the Bell's brews this is well balanced and tasty. It has become my go to beer for summer. It is light and slightly sweet, a great companion for summer fare on the grill. And the packaging is the best in the beer world.

06-28-2012 20:28:14 | More by pryan49
Photo of Jadjunk


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

A popular summer beer by Bell's Brewery, Oberon is commonly found in most package stores that carry a craft beer selection in the Atlanta area. The recent appearance of summer kegs of this beer remind me that this is a bottle that I should do a review of.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Bell's Tulip. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a slightly off-white color. Retention is about average, and the head thickens as it settles down to a thin creamy surface blanket. Lacing is lacking as well. Body color is a golden yellow, very hazy with tons of pulpy yeast sediment to be found through the entire beer. An interesting appearance and very "summery", although the head quality is a bit shallow and the plentiful sediment is going to either make or break fans of the beer. 3

(Smell) Aroma is mostly a mild wheat base with subtle hints of citrus and mild bittering hops of a low Alpha Acid variety, as the overall beer smells neither hoppy nor fruity by comparison. A slight crackery yeast accelerates the light aromas of the beer and also contributes a mild peppery smell, neither a frontrunner of the aroma. In this regard, the beer is very mild and approachable to many, although the potential for it to expand in any direction has never been higher. Potency is a bit low and this makes many of the subtle aromatics difficult to pick up, although a less subtle banana and clove come in as it warms a bit. For a simple aroma, it's pleasant and still manages to pack some charisma and diversity into the smell. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors include a yeasty wheat cracker malt profile with a bit of bitter orange and lemon peel to pair. Finishes very dry. The dominant flavor is certainly the wheat, and like in the aroma, most of the remaining flavors that could be are very mild and hard to pick up, so they come through in small doses. Overall, this is a light flavored beer so it's highly drinkable save for the slightly too-tart and dry finish which detracts from the drinkability a notch. It's enjoyable for those who are mostly interested in wheat with little extra on the side. 4

(Mouthfeel) Semi-crisp body texture is a decent pair for the brunt of the wheat malt. Mild bitter citrus fruit on the finish along with a heavy cracker and resiny yeast profile seems to finish this beer very dry, a bit too much so to do it good. Alcohol presence is low to none. Body is light. Decent pair for the taste. 3

(Overall) This is a highly drinkable and enjoyable summer beer. There's nothing too complex about the flavor but the subtleties compliment the brew well. I find this as a beer that could go anywhere; it's not too far from being a Hefeweizen, yet it carries some subtle Wit qualities with it as well. For a Pale Wheat ale, this is a pretty nice candidate for a session beer, although the resiny dry finish clashes a bit with the rest of the beer and drags down drinkability a bit. There's not much that makes this beer highly original amongst the rest of the bunch, but it is likely to be a good choice for those who are looking for a simple, yet enjoyable mild wheat ale to pass the hot summer months. 3.5

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Bell's Oberon Ale

06-28-2012 19:54:46 | More by Jadjunk
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-28-2012 16:35:46 | More by IBSRJOE
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-28-2012 15:14:07 | More by Kevin79
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-28-2012 03:34:00 | More by doucmehu
Photo of CreamCity

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into pint glass

S- Herbal, citrus

A- 1 finger head, pale amber color, low carbonation, cloudy, looks dull/flat. Good lacing.

T- Slightly citrusy, wheaty with hints of yeast

M- Medium, smooth carbonation, tastes..juicy

O- Complex, can't taste alcohol

06-27-2012 07:30:20 | More by CreamCity
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-27-2012 01:50:10 | More by CharlieKelly
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

Pours out a cloudy orange/yellow color with a big creamy head. The retention is great as it sticks around half a finger high with lots sticky lacing in the glass.

The aroma is hinting soft wheat bread, orange peel, a light citrus hop with a mild pine background.

The light, but not lacking, citrus flavor from the hops mixed with I assume orange or lemon peel is refreshing. Soft bread matches the citrus with a mildly hoppy refreshing finish. The pine notes in the hops linger for bit.

Light and crisp in body with a creamy head

A great pick for the summer. Easy to drink and tasty American Wheat Ale.

06-26-2012 19:46:56 | More by Luigi
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-26-2012 13:35:03 | More by pebbs
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-26-2012 13:13:47 | More by Tracker83
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Cloudy orange colored brew with fluffy white head. Streaked lacing.

Lots of dirty wheat, not much else. Light lemon, rubber, and cat urine.

Very wheaty and slightly hopped. Light, smooth, crisp, and over carbonated.

A very refreshing brew for a 100+ degree day... I can't imagine having more then one Oberon, but the one is good, a mess, but good. Lots of carbonation distracts from the smooth flavor.

06-26-2012 03:39:59 | More by chugalug06
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-25-2012 23:11:20 | More by meanmutt
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-25-2012 19:22:45 | More by IkeMan90
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-25-2012 01:30:16 | More by Hardcore
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-24-2012 17:37:31 | More by Jerhad
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz bottled on 4/18/12, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color– nearly opaque but pretty bright and vibrant. There's a half-finger or so of fine, white head, and a decent quantity of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass.

S: Light bready, wheaty smell, accentuated by freshly cut grass, orange and lemon peels.

T: Quite a punch to follow up the relatively light aroma– bread and fresh grass show up initially, with citrus flavors backing them up. Taste intensifies on the finish, then lingering yeast and bitter grass/citrus flavors remain for a while. The yeast overpowers the other flavors a bit, but is not unwelcome. I might just be imagining it, but the beer seemed to taste a bit better after I poured the sediment at the bottom of the bottle into my glass.

M: Light, smooth, and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Just a bit of a tingling resulting from the beer's bitterness.

O: Despite my limited experience in the American Pale Wheat style coupled with the dramatic variance of beers within it, this one's strong flavors make it better than average. I definitely see the appeal in drinking a few of these on a hot summer day, and wouldn't mind revisiting Oberon in the future.

06-23-2012 21:56:50 | More by AwYeh
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-23-2012 14:16:09 | More by MattBreight
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-23-2012 13:19:37 | More by sizemore84
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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