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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

4,878 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,878
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 125
Gots: 377 | FT: 4
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #9601 bottled on 3/8/2010 tasted on 4/17/2010

Aroma - Wheat spice with a slight hint of lemon citrus

Appearance - Clear yellow with a big white head. Following the pour just a trickle of residual carbonation left in the glass. Decent lacing.

Taste - A lot of flavor working here. Citrus fruit with a sharp fruit bitterness with a touch of hop bitterness present too. Not really what I would call sweet with lemon citrus flavors.

Notes - Good mouthfeel that is medium to slightly thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 12:45:08 | More by jwhawkins81
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pointyskull

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about Oberon I thought I'd try when my local bar offered it on tap.

Modest head that dissipated quickly, which gave way to a wonderful citrus/orange aroma.

Mouthfeel didn't wow me as much as the smell, but that doesn't diminish its high drinkability. Plus, the above bar ABV is well-hidden.

I could see this an easy drinking summer beer while hanging out outdoors, but in a bar setting with more robust offerings I was hardpressed to find anything to make me want to go back to it.

All in all, somewhat underwhelmed given the truly exceptional Bell's product I've had before.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 13:29:03 | More by pointyskull
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Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep rich, hazy gold. Almost no lacing. Not a lot of head, but what is there dissipates quickly.

N- a citrus wheat, some clove, and crisp freshness.

T- Sweat wheat and hint of lemon. Crisp sparkling of hops, but not over powering at all.

M- Lots of carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D- Goes down very easy. Could (and will) drink this all night....

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:11:04 | More by Tinfoilrcr
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pasdachuri

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden straw with a white head about one finger tall.

Wheat, lemon, and clove aromas.

Begins with a crisp, wheat grain taste with light pear and banana undertones.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation but somewhat of a thin feel.

Average drinkability. Definitley worth trying, especially on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 20:58:23 | More by pasdachuri
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robwestcott

Indiana

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

poured from a bottle to a dogfish head signature glass - a rich summer golden color with a nice foamy white full finger head that lasts but a minute or two before fully dissipating.

entirely enjoyable, albeit predictable summer wheat. best when ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:35:32 | More by robwestcott
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johnwarne

Florida

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

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:00:33 | More by johnwarne
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ksimons

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden ale with a light covering of lace on top and visible sediment in the glass

S-a sweet wheat smell, citrus, very clean and crisp smelling

T-bitter hops is the dominant taste with some sweet wheat taste to balance it out

M-crisp, light body, medium carbonation

D-very drinkable for the summer though not my favorite as I prefer sweeter beers, but glad I tried it

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:32:13 | More by ksimons
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magnj

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 finger white fluffy head from average pour into pint glass. Pale yellow body would have been clear but there was more yeast sediment than I expected so it has some slight particulate floating around. Carbonation appears moderate with a scattering of medium-large bubbles.

S - Light bready aroma and mildly spicy hops. Slightly fruity as it warms but overall pretty clean. Inviting for the connoisseur but still mild enough not to scare off a casual drinker.

T - Again really clean with a slight fruity note. Tastes kind of like a Blonde Ale with a little bit of wheat. Pretty nice hop flavor, not bitter but the malt profile is so low that it comes through.

M/D - Thin light body is somewhat deceptive given it's ABV. Ends dry and clean. Easy to drink, wish I could get it here easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:16:05 | More by magnj
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chefkevlar

South Carolina

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

A: Hazy gold, with a hint of orange. Very little head

S: Lot of tropical fruit on the nose (Pineapple, mango) which I'm not used to in beer.

T: A hint of the fruit comes through with some citrus, though the taste is mostly of the wheat and yeast

M: Medium carbonation, starts heavy but ends very crisp

D: I don't know why it took me so long to try Oberon, but I can see this having a home in my fridge for the duration of summer

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 03:43:40 | More by chefkevlar
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is wheat, pepper-like spices and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the wheat, black pepper and orange. Reminds me of orange sherbet. Very low bitterness. Low carbonation and a medium, creamy soft mouthfeel. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:35:26 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:51:55 | More by mdfb79
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap last night and couldn't pass it up.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon color, with a nice white cap formed by super-tiny bubbles. good amount of lace is left behind.

Smell is orange zest and wheat, wonderfully fresh hops.

Taste is where this Oberon comes to life. An orange-tinted undertone to back up the taste of freshly cut wheat. Mix in a blast of bright hops, and we have a winner.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. This beer surprised me more than any other at how fast I drank it without noticing. The 5.8% ABV is masked well beneath the sweet blissful flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and that makes it just that much easier.

I didn't care much for this category before, but as I try more and more APWA, I just realize I hadn't been drinking the good stuff before.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 14:43:00 | More by AmberMan22
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 19:41:25 | More by billab914
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Espenoza

Brazil

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden in color, very hazy, you can literally see the particles suspended. I almost want to swirl the glass to make it act like a snow globe.

S - Not a very strong smell, but decent. Definitely wheat and slight citrus notes.

T - Strong Wheat, grainy hops, citrus on the back end

M - Very light, and just the right amount of crispness.

I could drink these all day, not a beer I would order at a restaurant but definitely something I would have handy in the fridge for a lazy day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 18:44:09 | More by Espenoza
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey color; a moderate head upon pouring, but it quickly fades. A few bubbles struggle up from the bottom, sustaining a thin film and ring around the glass.

Smell: Summer smell of orange, lemon, banana, with some light spiciness in the mix. Wheat and yeast provide the backbone to the smell.

Taste: Blended citrus flavors up front. Crisp feel gives it a nice kick. Sweet malt and yeast come through in the middle of the sip. The finish turns citrus again, with a hoppy floral twist. It finishes the way it starts - crisp and fresh. A very slight bitterness remains afterward. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel, although it is almost creamy up front. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As it says on the bottle, "An American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon." For me, this is a great brew to casually drink on a hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Crisp, refreshing taste, low-medium alcohol content, and there is something brewed in there that just reminds me of summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:51:00 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jrish

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Right off the bat one can tell this beer is light in the ass. Goldish color fills the glass with minimal head. Decent citrus - orange aroma is present at first sniff Very light malty bitters, on this wheaty ale. Nice carbonation resulting in a very drinkable, spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:32:31 | More by jrish
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nastley3

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when poured into glass had a nice frothy white head, and was very cloudy. Laced the glass fairly well. This beer does not have a very strong smell, I could not pick up on any hops just from smell, it reminded me of most wheat beers. This beer has a very nice, calm taste. It is balanced and smooth, leading to a high score on the mouthfeel and is all around a very drinkable beer. Certainly a beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 04:32:28 | More by nastley3
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jonasfjt51

Missouri

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

Remarkably I'd like to see/taste what this would be like with freshly squeezed lime.
Flying SaucerKC
Draft
As with most Bell's it doesn't disappoint
Agreed I could enjoy more....
Like opening day Bells new Oberon signals "summer" is here.
Change the furnace filter, it will be hot before you know it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 22:47:35 | More by jonasfjt51
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from tap at home into a standard pint glass. This is one beer that signals the start of warm weather....yeah!

A: A cloudy dark golden color with a perfect one finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Citrus fruits with hints of orange, lemon, banana coupled with some slight yeasty wheat smells. Slight bready sweetness is there too.

T: Very light and citrusy up front. Flavors of orange, lemon and banana coupled with a slight yeasty flavor that is almost clove like. Yeast and citrus is much more prevalent from tap. There is some sweeter bready malts in the middle. The finish turns bitter with a nice earthy floral hop bite that ends in some bitterness and crispness. Very nice drinkable beer that is very enjoyable.

M: Creamy up front, smooth, crisp bitter ending and no alcohol presence at all.

D: Very high, these are very enjoyable, especially when the weather turns warmer.

Overall a great drinking lighter style beer that is very enjoyable and very drinkable. Like I said, a sure sign of summer. There is a reason this is my wifes favorite beer, it's just so damn easy to drink. Another winner by Bells.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 13:36:00 | More by Kadonny
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served into a budweiser golden wheat pint glass, heh.

A- this one pours out a clear golden orange colored body with a tiny white head. the head vanishes quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

S- bready malts with a little bit of orange. not much in common with the typical wheat beer. slightly hoppy.

T- bready malts. the orange comes through a little stronger in the taste than the smell. a small citric hop finish.

M- light bodied. ample carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- oberon is on the shelves. summer is almost here. i drink this one often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 04:41:28 | More by jwinship83
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jmich24

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:Cloudy yellow in color with an orange hue. Half inch creamy white head. Many yeasties floating round. Solid lacing.
S: Spicy, citrus (more orange than lemon)
T: Wheat, orange, some spiciness. Subtle hoppiness.
M: Nice carbonation feel, crisp finish.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink 6 of these on a warm afternoon.

Summertime mainstay in my fridge. Look forward to the release of Oberon every spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 20:26:50 | More by jmich24
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep hazy orange-yellow. Nice carbonation that steadily feeds the creamy head. Nice lacings on the glass. Light citrusy, orange aromas and flavors. Light hoppy beginning that seems to magnify at the finish. Not as much character as I expected after such a nice pour. Good refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Will make a nice summer picnic ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 12:49:15 | More by IronLover
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Almost solid gold with a number of tiny grayish-black floaties near the bottom. Quality lacing & refreshingly appealing head.

Smell: Faint oranges on top of toasted wheat bread.

Taste: A nice balance of wheat grains, slightly oily hops, & citrus chords. Grainy-hop presence is a bit astringent. Finishes with a lingering quality that fades out just in time.

Mouthfeel: Bitter up front with a silky lathering on the roof & tongue.

Drinkability: Medium body with a lighter taste. I definitely could enjoy more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:58:24 | More by DerekP
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fabian's in Columbus, Ohio in a straight-sloped pint glass.
A: Crisp golden honey, amber. Very clear. Poured with a cream, dense head that slowly died to a film.
S: Slightly musty, citrus (orange), and peach with bright, slightly piney hops. The beer in general comes off as fresh and crisp.
T: Bread with fresh orange juice, peach, and citrusy, piney hops. It leaves a crisp orange zest to linger.
M: Creamy and frothy, slightly syrupy, but crisp.
D: Awesome, even for the style.
For me, this almost defines the hefeweizen, pale wheat style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 00:53:01 | More by ne0m00re
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 10/26/09

A - hazy tangerine orange with fluffy white head that laced well and retained a thin cap. Multitude of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. 4.5

S - Very wheaty, touch of tanginess, bubble gum, banana, and clove. 4.0

T - Light biscuity maltiness, followed by lots of bubble gum and a touch of butterscotch and banana. Cloves are more apparent in the aftertaste. 4.0

M - light in body, well carbonated and smooth. Very velvety for a light beer. 4.5

D - Please and thank you. 4.5

Notes - Light and refreshing body, HUGE flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 14:13:10 | More by DmanGTR
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,878 ratings.