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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: 510 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (packaged 5/31/11) into an Echter Weizen glass. Received in a trade with my buddy Todd.

A: Mostly clear pale golden color. Mildly aggressive head leads to 2 fingers of frothy white head that takes some time to fade leaving sticky lacing in it's wake. Slow stream of steady bubbles rise to the top.

S: Some honey, citrus, and lemon along with a subdued smell of typical wheat. Very refreshing nose.

T: Man, this is where this beer really shines, and don't you want your beer to shine in flavor? Slightly bitter, mostly citrus. Very lightly toasted multi-grain bread flavor with a smooth subtle sweet balancing the bitter. Man, this is a tasty brew.

M: Light bodied, ample carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Little lingering after taste, nothing to write home about.

O: Perfect. Summer. Beer. Not along the same line as say Weihenstephaner but one of the best summer wheats I've had. Delicous, refreshing and perfectly balanced.

07-20-2011 02:13:04 | More by suspect
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

07-20-2011 02:00:47 | More by tdm168
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Oberon Orange. Nice dark yellow-orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: Orange, Lemon, citrus nose becoming slightly more floral as it warms.

T: Less fruit than the nose would indicate, but just the right balance of flavors. Light orange zest. A nice clean finish also.

M: Nice medium, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Light and crisp.

O: This was a great summer beer, which I drank on a 95 degree day. Served at refrigerator temp. Next time, I will try closer to room temp to get a true appreciation for the flavors. Great first impression.

07-19-2011 13:41:54 | More by IowaBiertrinker
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

A-bottle into snifter, cloudy straw with thin white head

S-sweet citrus, a little bit of lemon

T-wheat and citrus. Nothing overpowering.

M-very light and smooth, although a fair amount of carbonation.

O-like the label says, a perfect beer for summer. Refreshing and flavorful without being heavy.

07-16-2011 21:48:14 | More by cbbjr
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

I had this on tap after work today.

Appearance is like all the great wit styles. Cloudy yellow, thin wheat head.

Smell was wheaty, with a little citrusiness mixed in. However not as fruity as I was expecting.

Taste was much like the smell, except the citrus flavor dominated a bit more than I would have liked.

Overall it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Much more of that hoppy smell and taste, a bit more bitter than I like. I was expecting something more of the hefeweizen style shown here, but not so. Not a bad beer, I'd probably get it again...however by no means a go-to selection nor anything to rave about.

07-16-2011 03:07:58 | More by Northsider
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

I had this beer on tap at BRGR in Pittsburgh over the weekend, paired niceley with a duck egg coleslaw burger.

Poured a golden yellow with maybe half an inch of frothy white head. Head retention is weak, lacing minor.

Smells slightly sweet and wheaty, maybe a bit of mild spice.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly smooth and sticky, light bodied and fresh.

Overall this beer is average. Maybe slightly better than average. A great summer beer.

07-13-2011 11:17:32 | More by LumpyGuitar
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

S: Light grainy sweetness, some soft floral notes, slight spiciness.

L: Hazy golden yellow, dense white head that dissipates.

T: Light grainy sweetness with a cracker like crispness. Mild bitterness leads to some malt sweetness before some cracker like dryness.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium high carbonation.

A nice malt sweetness while still being "light". Just a great summer beer.

07-12-2011 01:59:01 | More by bum732
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

12oz bottle, poured into tulip glass.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'll give just about anything Bell's makes a go.

A: Beautiful, opaque amber color that turns golden when held up to light. The white head dissipates quickly, leaving a fine lace. There's visible sediment, but that's never bothered me.

S: Aroma's really bizarre here, in that it reminds me of unpleasant things but is still enticing. I guess the nice thing to say is that it smells like orange rind...but borders on rotten fruit. (My wife replaced rotting fruit with soap, but also likes the aroma.) Maybe it's my poor sense of smell, but I like this despite what it's telling me.

T: Strong citrus flavors up front -- lemon zest, orange -- quickly cleared away by just the right amount of hop bitterness. There's a bit of an aspirin aftertaste at the end that fights with the citrus, but it's the latter that lingers on my tongue. Pleasant overall.

M: Surprisingly creamy for a lighter beer, and effervescent. The aspirin aftertaste does make for a somewhat gritty finish, but as with taste, this is a minor flaw.

D: My bias against the style aside, this is a very drinkable beer. Worth sipping and savoring so that some of its eccentricities can come through. I wouldn't want to drink this as a session beer, but it could easily be done on a hot day.

All told, Bell's has made an American Wheat Beer that I can get behind, which is no small feat.

07-12-2011 01:36:00 | More by rwathree
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4/5  rDev +5%

A- 3/4 inch head that disappears quickly. Body is hazy orange

S- Wheat with orange and lemon

T- Its crisp and easy to drink, wheat and orange just like the smell. I usually drink this with an orange wedge. I'm reviewing it without.

M- light with some carbonation.

O- This is my go to summer wheat beer. just has that right combination of flavor for my taste. A few summers in Michigan surly helped this opinion.

07-11-2011 21:56:28 | More by patpbr
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This is a refreshing and crisp beer with subtle flavors. Very easy drinking hot summer day beer, the flavors and alcohol emerge a bit as the beer warms. A little one dimensional, it's simply a quencher, without a lot of notable traits. Hops are muted, keeping the bitterness in check along with any more interesting flavors. I know this is a favorite of the Midwestern set but I had it back to back with Southern Tier's Hop Sun and I found the latter to be much more interesting and flavorful while still retaining the drinkability.

07-11-2011 14:56:20 | More by tobelerone
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a nice honey amber with a short, 1/8 inch head that dissipates some but has decent cling. Very clear, with moderate carbonation. Light malt and faint ripe fruit in the nose--not a prominent smell. There is some hop zest in there, to boot. The first thing on the palate is sweet fruit smoothness mingling with bread notes. There are also citrus hop flavors making their presence felt--crisp but not at all bitter. The finish reminds you of sweet, ripe fruit. The mouthfeel is medium- to lighter-bodied, with nice effervescence. Smoothness and zest in terrific balance.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this ranks right up there with some of the best wheats I've had. It's no surprise from Bell's: Very solid command of flavors and balance in this one. Well-worth a taste, especially in these summer months.

07-10-2011 20:17:23 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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3.2/5  rDev -16%

12 bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy golden body with a 2 finger fluffy white head.Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S. Smells of lemon and wheat with a bit of pine.A touch of clove.

T. Taste is of lemon hopbite and a smooth earthy finish.

M. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall not a bad brew don't know if I would seek this out again but I wouldnt turn it away either.

07-09-2011 18:42:01 | More by Marty30
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Hazy orange the thin white head. Light citrus aroma. Light wheat and crystal malt with light hop balance and lightly dry and sweet finish. Smooth, lightly tacky linger.

Aside from the tackiness it has a nice flavor combination with good hop presence. Certainly an easy drinking beer suitable for anyone.

07-08-2011 21:59:25 | More by Bfarr
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Frothy two finger white head, very clear yellow straw color, nice carbonation
S- Very plain aroma, wheat and bready/malt is present, slight citrus and lime aromas, nothing special.
T- The taste is exactly the same as the aroma, slight citrus and lemon taste but nothing really stands out, some malt and breadiness is present but nothing else, very bland.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste.
O- I was a little let down after drinking this beer, noting special stands out, the only big positive note for me would be that its refreshing on a hot summer day, would not pay to drink again

07-07-2011 10:01:20 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, cloudy, nice 2 inch head. TOns of lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruits, orange, wheat, lemon, grassy aroma. Some hops are present, along with some spices.

Taste - Pretty sweet and fairly strong pale wheat ale. Plenty of orange, corriander and pepper to it. Plenty of sugar adds flavor and smoothness. Malts and yeast add some grassy-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin, very easy to drink. Not much done to mouth other then some sweetness at first. A slight bitter aftertaste from the wheat.

Overall - Nice and tasty, and a little more aggressive then most wheat ales. One of the better wheat ales ive ever had. Its not overally sweet but its stronger at 5.8% so this will sneek up on you for as easy it is to drink, espically on a hot summer day.

07-07-2011 03:21:11 | More by wvsabbath
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to whitemomba for this bottle. Poured into a Duvel snifter at fridge temp.

Appearance-wise, it's a dead ringer for Polar Orange Soda: slightly hazy, yellow bordering on orange. A wisp of a head, but there's some nice retention.

The smell is yeasty, with just a slight floral note. A hint of lemon peel, but the bread or grain-like aspect of the smell dominates.

The taste follows pretty closely on the smell. That yeasty characteristic returns, accompanied by a sweet floral undertone. There's a slight bitterness in the finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but it's pretty innocuous.

This is a very easy beer to put down. Drinkable without being overly thin, with a lively carbonation that contributes to a very pleasant mouthfeel. If drinkability were still an officially recognized category, I'd be hard-pressed not to give it a 5. As it stands, Oberon is a refreshing summer beer that I'd happily keep around as the humidity climbs in Boston.

07-02-2011 03:56:09 | More by amphion1065
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. at about fridge temp. bottling code 10335 translates to 4-12-2011 (about 2 1/2 months in the bottle)

pours out a clear crisp golden color. big fluffy white head that settles to a thin retentive layer. just small bits of lace. definatly some chunks of sediment, exspecially in my previous glasses. this pour i tried to pour smoothly and leave the last bit in the bottle.

aromas mostly of crackery, almost bready malts. clean earthy aromas, nothing really special.

clean, crisp, refreshing taste. lots of nice wheat and light bready malt balanced by a subtle lemon citrus and apricot fruity hop. not much bitterness, just noticable.

a nice mouthfeel, light, but a nice balanced simple taste keeps you coming back for more.

great choice for an easy drinker around the forth, but ill take me some two hearted any day over this. still, one of the wheat beers out there that stands out just a little bit more than the rest.

07-02-2011 02:42:40 | More by dogfishandi
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

2L mini-keg poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with almost no lacing. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a bit malty.

Taste is smooth and crisp a bit sharp but very tasty and very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall it's very good.

07-02-2011 00:57:14 | More by kingcrowing
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance is a cloudy light gold color under a modest pale white head. The smell is quite pleasant, with pear notes being most noticeable. The taste is good too, with hints of green apple, clove, and grass, and even a bit of piney hops in the finish. Hops are more noticeable in this beer than is typical for wheat beers. I'd describe the taste as something of a cross between a wheat beer and a pilsener. Pretty unique, and quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

07-01-2011 04:24:27 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a cloudy medium yellow with small yeast particles hovering throughout. The head was white, frothy and average in size with some really nice lacing and great retention. The aroma was strong with the scent of wheat, a mild grain malt and a flowery hop. It also had notes of orange, honey and a hint of spices. It tasted mildly sweet and a tad acidic with notes of orange and wheat in the beginning then matured to be a bit more on the spicy side with a nice hoppy finish and left the flavor sticking around for a short while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a unique tasting brew with all the flavors of summer.

06-30-2011 20:39:28 | More by KajII
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured into a frozen pint glass and served with an orange
Deep golden hazy color with an excellent head. Nicefruit bouquet. Hits the mouth with a crisp and welcome depth. Not a light unassuming beer but more of a spicy complex flavorful beer
This has lunch written all over it.
Added the orange halfway through. Don't recommend. Dulled the flavor and lessened the impact.

ithis would be a fantastic beer if you were buying a keg for both casual and more interested beer drinkers to enjoy.

06-30-2011 16:48:56 | More by centbeerfest
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates slowly down to a creamy cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a light, lemon/orange citirc smell with a bit of dry wheatiness.

Taste: Has a mild bitterness up front backed by a significant citrus flavor. Finishes wheaty and bitter with a hint of sweetness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Exactly to style.

Overall: An above average wheat beer but nothing exceedingly memorable. A good summer seasonal but perhaps a tad over-priced.

06-28-2011 00:42:19 | More by wahhmaster
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Review is from notes taken on 6/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow,bright golden-like color and it starts with a big, billowy two-finger head that looks a bit like merengue; body is just a touch hazy, but you can still through it and plentitude of carbonation that is present; head eventually fades to a thin and uneven, yet full cap; a few patches and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not very big, but I can't say I'm surprised as this isn't the most robust of styles; there is a light, bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; dry, cracked grainy wheatiness; smells light and refreshing overall.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- definite bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; toasty, dry wheatiness; touch of a saccharine sweet malt to it that adds just a touch of balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a touch over light in terms of weight; carbonation is crisp, and comes across bright and lively; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left all over the palate; the lively carbonation and slight acidity to the drink leave the belly feeling just a little warm; just a "good" feeling beer.

Overall: I kind of fell away from this one last summer and haven't gone back to it in a while, but I'm glad I did. Definitely solid and well worthwhile, especially on a warm summer day/night as it comes across as crisp and refreshing, and could easily be drank all day long as the ABV is moderately low.

06-26-2011 01:32:49 | More by bamadog
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

An outstanding beer. Fresh, clean taste with citrus notes. May be enjoyed with slice of orange, if desired. Very drinkable and an outstanding entre for those who are used to macros. One of my favorite beers and looked forward too each Spring. Very glad Bell's is available here in PA.

06-25-2011 23:30:31 | More by 96Bravo
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Nice golden color with a white head, bubly not much lacing, smells kind of mold/moist and bread, it has a bitter taste, mostly malt, I could not get much hops. On the mouth it was crispy, medium light body, good carbonation. Overall a cool beet, refreshing.

06-22-2011 17:02:01 | More by r3o
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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