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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,943 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 402 | FT: 5
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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:
No notes at this time.

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ryanonline

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 21:42:54 | More by ryanonline
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Halcyondays

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:21:30 | More by Halcyondays
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:51:43 | More by silentjay
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washburnkid

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 02:18:06 | More by washburnkid
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade, and it includes the thin chunks of levitating lemon flesh. It has a slight orange tint to it. Now I understand why the carrier suggests decanting: whole hunks of sediment settle to the bottom after being worked from the bottle. That's the first time I've ever seen that in a beer. Two fingers of billowy white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy cap and ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus and coriander. It's much more of a witbier in that sense. There's just a hint of pepper spice.

Taste: Zesty lemon citrus, coriander, and Orange Crush. There is a very surprising and appreciated spicy hop bite, which leaves a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the scent and taste of a sunny afternoon? Ha! It's tasty, smooth, and easy drinking, but I'm a little turned off by the Orange Crush. It does not stand out on its own -- it reminds me too much of Blue Moon -- but the hop bite at the end does provide uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:11:25 | More by TheQuietMan22
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alabencki

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Michigan beer!

Poured from bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that never really goes away at all, even after sitting for a half-hour.

Smells of coriander and citrus with some pale malts and white wheat in the background of the scent. Subtle grassy hops aroma, with just a tiny bit of something that smells like honey (I am unsure as to whether or not honey is used to flavor the beer).

Taste is pretty much exactly what you smell... Coriander and citrus, honey flavor, subtle grassy hops and white wheat.

Overall a very well balance, very well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 16:19:02 | More by alabencki
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Dogfish Head standard pint. Pours hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wheat, fruit, malt, and skunk. The flavor is of skunk, subtle malt, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but wasn't really that great either. If the skunky aspect was not present it and there was more of a fruit aroma this could be nice. I would still drink this again, but just not anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 14:46:23 | More by thagr81us
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bundy462

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, very bright. Thin frothy white head. Clearly unfiltered.

S: Orange and lemon, slight flowery hop.

T: Wheat with a nice orange twist. A nice hop balance to go along with it. A very nice brew.

M: Very smooth but just enough of a hop bite to keep the wheat profile in check.

O: Great Summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 23:26:51 | More by bundy462
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Amalak

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on a swing through Chicago.
A- Nice gold color and mostly opaque. It has a great white head that leaves a good amount of lace. Very bubbly, as well.
S- Nice vegetable rye scent.
T- The rye does come through and malt sour is there as well. There's a wheatyness to it. Carbonated. Refreshing, yet nothing truly jumps out. But very good effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 21:43:56 | More by Amalak
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a relatively cloudy pale yellow. It is clearly unfiltered (or at the most only partially filtered). Almost no head; the white foam had already dissipated by the time the glass got to me. Not much lacing to speak of. This looks like your average American Pale Wheat.

Prominent aromas include wheat, of course, though less tangy than it usually is, and a sweet honeysuckle sort of floral component. There is also a certain non-wheat graininess. A light spritz of lemon and some sugar - like a small smear of cake icing. Sweeter than most APWAs I've had, but good.

The taste follows the nose big time. Lots of dried wheat flavor and a floral yeast flavor. That other-grain smell comes across as breakfast cereal on the tongue, like regular Cheerios and table sugar. A gentle kiss of hops on the back ends of the tongue and a malt-sweet finish round out this beer.

Mouthfeel at first feels a little bit thicker than I like an APWA but I come to see that the higher non-wheat sweetness of this beer calls for a slightly thicker mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice; the beer is easygoing despite it being something of a sweetness bomb.

This is among the best American Pale Wheat Ales that I've had. It is different than, say, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat or Goose Island 312, but that difference is helpful. A good session choice in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 06:17:05 | More by Reaper16
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dball

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This summer beer is impressive. It's a summer seasonal with a full flavor and a fine blend of hops. As a wheat beer the wheat is suttle and pleasant and not too overbearing at all. The smell brings a floral sweetness that is modest and attractive. It also drinks well with good food and compliments fresh fish.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:45:24 | More by dball
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a pint glass. the body is clear, bright and bubbly yet has some floaties in it.
s - smells slightly malty with floral hops.
t - crisp and dry. hints of breadiness with some slight floral hoppiness and sweet malt.
m - medium thickness and crisp.
d - excellent summer session.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:23:52 | More by GPHarris
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale coppery/golden, with a decent head that subsides quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and a good amount of lacing. Nice floral aroma, with piney hop notes detectable in the background. Taste features more maltiness than I expected, and some woody vanilla notes in the aftertaste. Okay, mouthfeel, but could have benefitted from a bit more combination I think. Though not my favorite style, this is a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 03:24:49 | More by bristol2120
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jhenderson88

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden murky color.

Smell: Citrusy and summer sweet smell

Taste: great taste of citrusy fruits, sweet with a light carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, clinging to the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: A great beer, easy to drink.

I found a mini keg and will buy it next time I see it, it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 07:22:18 | More by jhenderson88
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at PNC Park while watching a very rare Pirates victory!

The woman behind the counter poured a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup. A nice 1 ½ fingers of eggshell head sat upon a clear (I am pretty sure) golden-orange body. The head held itself pretty well and actually managed to stick (somewhat) to the sides of the cup.

The nose is dominated by a grainy wheat character. You can detect some hops in the background, but they are masked by the cereal-like aroma.

The taste is pretty much right what the nose indicates. The wheat is present from start to finish. Starts off with a citrus flavor that fades quickly to a spiced (cloves) finish.

The mouth feel is medium semi-slick, with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer...especially while sitting outside at the ballgame!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 20:51:12 | More by mgbickel
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:21:10 | More by StlHopHead77
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HosP

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found in the fridge left over from a pick 6 a couple weeks ago!

A - Light orange with some haze to it. Nice white head to it.

S - Get a mix of orange with wheat scents. Not a big hop smell.

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Sweet honey taste mellows out the drink. Has a nice finish of orange.

M - Good carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very smooth beer.

D - I could easily fill a pick 6 of these. Very drinkable summer beer, especially after a long day!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:37:14 | More by HosP
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Pinocchio's into a standard pint glass
Poured a hazy lemon gold with a modest white head. Lacing was ample and lasting. and lemon Nose was citrus upfront, especially orange, with some wheat and breay malt obvious as well. Taste started with sweet citrus moderated by malts and finishing with a crisp and pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel was average for this style, lighter than medium with good carbonation. This was, like everything from Bell's seems to be, a solid offering I will try again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 02:23:46 | More by regspeir
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head is massive, fluffy, and white, top is nice and creamy, you see the fairly large bubbles on the side, beer is crystal clear (some floaties because its BC), bright gold, not pale or straw, full colored

S: Good clean aroma, crisp and grassy hops, backed by some wheat and malt sweetness, mild but very nice

T: Very sweet, that grassy hop note is still there, but most of the flavor is dominated by sweet honey, that hop note provides some balance so that it doesn't kill you with sweetness, but it is still too much

M: An aggressive pour knocked some of the carbonation out, but judging by this beer and the other 5 in the pack, its not overly carbonated, decent, not ultra light, slightly less than medium to medium

D: Nothing "wrong" with it, just not my thing, too sweet

Notes: This beer shows all the signs of a well made beer, which I've come to expect from Bell's. However being good is far short of being great. The flavor just doesn't work for me, it is much too sweet. A wheat ale should be crisp and bright, but this feels heavy and sugary.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:06:15 | More by dpodratsky3
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Wisconsin Beer Fest mug.

A: A Thin white head, leaves slight lacing. A hazy body of orange.

S: Hints of clove and banana, a bold aroma.

T: A pleasant cream to the body of this beer. A nice and medium body for a wheat. The balance of malts and hops are well done.

M: Nice, warming mouthfeel. Very nice to find a creamy wheat beer.

D: This I find to be a very drinkable beer, in regards to style and overall impression the beer gives off. Many more sips are needed to find the subtle hidden flavors.

Notes: This is a great beer for the style, a goto for a lighter beer that has a nice warming body to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 19:18:05 | More by GDBEERMAN
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a 4 Amber with a dense head that persists well as a cap and leaves abundant lacing. A bit darker and more serious looking than expected for a summer wheat beer with a sun logo.

s 3.5 somewhat muted but spicy nose. the wheat is present as well. hard to tell how much the spice is amplified by partially masked alcohol.

t 3.5-4 it's apparently 5.8% abv, but seemsa little more potent than that. wheat and a vague spiciness are shot through with warming alcohol.

m 4 the body is much fuller than i expected, the carbonaton ample and pretty creamy. this one is a texture-forward beer, particularly for an American wheat.

d 4 i'm having a hard time thinking of this as a summer beer. it may be brewed for mass consumption, but in an Oktoberfest rather than lawnmower-beer sort of way. the heft, mouthfeel and strength support that impression (it does not, of course taste anything like a fest beer). this beer is well-balanced and encourages moderately paced quaffing, but beware of its punch (particuarly if you're drawing from a 5L minikeg).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:08:05 | More by brewmudgeon
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white bleachex head.
Smells high of spice notes and wheaty bread.
Taste is well noted in light yeast and lemon zest.
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Finish is zesty with notes of yeast on the end.
Drinks great for the summer and is highly refreshing.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 00:16:59 | More by ThaBobfather
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Decent 1 finger of white head, golden color. Smells of tart citrus and a light yeasty bready scent. Tastes like tart citrus flavors, especially lemon. Some other typical wheat beer flavor. Refreshing, and a little more hop prevalent than other wheats. Could drink a couple more if these if need be. Bell's does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 04:22:45 | More by WestValleyIPA
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color; cloudy, thin head that dissipates quickly
S: sweet, white-bread smell
T: flavorful, but not intense; I detect hints of tea, lemon; it is light, a good summer beer; sweet, not bitter
M: pleasant feel on the tongue, despite the lack of head
D: very easy to turn to get another

Recommended for a hot summer day where you don't want to compromise the breadth of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 22:36:17 | More by Arithmeticus
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 9730) received in trade with mothman. Thanks Ben. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Poured a glowing, translucent pale orangey gold with a one finger cap with white foam. Foam dies rather quickly down to a thick and uneven collar and a few islands on the surface.

S - Very wheat dominated aroma - grainy, cereal-like, light tanginess, light herbal/floral hops. Some citrusy oranges and lemon.

T - Flavors are light and refreshing. Very wheaty and cereal grainy with some touches of spicy cloves, floral hops, lemon and orange. A medium level hop bitterness gives a nice crispness and a small bite to the flavor too.

M - Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very prickly and fizzy on the tongue. Flavors are subtle overall but very crisp, making this a great thirst quencher.

D - This beer could disappear so quickly...a great refresher on a warm day. Nicely spicy and wheaty. Goes down like water. Really great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:12:50 | More by portia99
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.