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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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5,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,174
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 132
Gots: 513 | 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:
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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
Photo of bamadog


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
Photo of 96Bravo


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
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4.65/5  rDev +22%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Pale Wheat Ale poured a hazy lemon color and it produced a very nice white head that has great retention. The lace is average. The aroma is full of soft wheat and pear. The taste of this wheat ale is very nice. It is very drinkable, and it is light in body. The flavor consists of wheat, green apple and pears. There is also a nice hint of floral hops thrown in. Overall it is nice and sweet at the start and finishes crisp and somewhat sour on the backend. This is an awesome summer beer. This might be one of my favorite wheat beers that I have ever tried. I will be stocking up the fridge with this summer treat!

06-21-2011 23:26:06 | More by GossageBrewery
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a clear yellowish orange color with a small white head that gathers around the edges. Wheat and spicy notes in the aroma; a touch of lemon. The palate is light and refreshing, smooth on the tongue and lightly carbonated; not a bad finish. Good balance between sweetness in the malt and some dry spice and floral flavors. A little citrus in the flavor as well. Overall, refreshing and satisfying. Attention-grabbing for an American Wheat beer.

06-20-2011 23:42:26 | More by EJ6759
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North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -36.5%

Poured into a Naragansett pint glass. (Hey neighbor, have a Gansett!)

a - visibly effervescent, 2 inches of sticky white head that collapses very slowly leaving light lacing, orangey gold color, very hazy but still slightly translucent

s - subtle notes of orange and wheat, but not much aroma overall

T - some wheat cracker flavors to start, slightly sweet in the middle, with mild bitterness finishing out that lingers

M - bubbly and light, somewhat cleansing, but dissipating almost immediately

D - I found this a forgettable example of a summer wheat. Not quite refreshingly clean enough to be a lawnmower beer, but also without the depth of flavor and complexity that makes great wheat beers. First thing I haven't liked from Bells.

06-20-2011 16:45:01 | More by CoalPorter
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

oberon means summertime in michigan. a clean, crisp, slightly sweet wheat beer, sitting outside at a garden bar or at the pool...

how can you go wrong? it's the best of the american wheat ale style, and for those of you in michigan, you know what i mean - drinking an oberon may as well make the sun come out.

06-18-2011 19:46:45 | More by Franch
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer is one that got me into craft beer. It has a golden color with some haziness. There is a 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of wheat, clove, and a little peppercorn. The taste pretty much follows the nose with wheat, clove, orange, lemon. The mouthfeel is crisp and light with a nice ammont of carbonation. While this was one of my favorites a few years ago, now it seems somewhat run of the mill for a wheat beer as I've had much better recently. Still, I would never turn this down at a bar or a friend's house.

06-16-2011 21:10:03 | More by Spartan517
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch #10384. Packaged on 04/27/11. Love the new packaging dates! Enjoyed on 06/16/11 while watching the Tiger-less U.S. Open.

A - Very hazy straw yellow color with noticeable sediment. Two finger white head recedes to a thin layer very quickly. Leaves decent splotchy lacing. Good looking wheat beer.

S - Spicy hops, bananas, clove, that characteristic wheat sweetness. Maybe a little alcohol presence too actually, which is surprising. Overall, I like it though.

T - Similar to the nose. Wheat sweetness balanced by some spicy light hops and some clove, peppery flavors. Finish is nice and dry leaves a very balanced flavor on the palate for just a few moments.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty light as you would expect with good, prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is close to a perfect summer beer. A must-have to get through a summer in Alabama.

06-16-2011 20:14:40 | More by Janderson91
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Draft in a pint glass

A: Hazy, straw yellow color with a spongy white head.

S: Subtle aroma that’s kind of bitter with pine or floral hints. I was having trouble picking up the aroma from a draft beer poured into a pint glass, very much used to catching it from an empty bottle.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some citrus, floral hops, very crisp and refreshing, it’s very smooth and almost has a creamy texture.

I know it’s a wheat but it tastes more like a pale. It’s a great beer, I just wish I had stuck with it for the entire evening.

06-16-2011 00:51:49 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A cloudy, hazy, grainy wheat beer the color of straw with a creamy white head that has nice retention and pretty lace. The smell is typical of its style with wheat, apricot, and bright citrus notes. A hint of spice. The taste follows the nose with wheat, citrus, apricot and pepper. The balance is good, the body is thin and grainy with a creaminess like your typical wheat ale. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

06-15-2011 20:30:53 | More by JayS2629
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4/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle from batch # 10317 poured into pint glass on 05/20/2011. This was one of my first beers that helped me discover craft many years ago- this is my first time reviewing it.
Hazy orange body with lighter edges topped with a creamy, white head. Good retention and good lace. The nose is simple but nice- citrus and honey. This ale tastes as it smells but add some wheat notes. Very well balanced. Light to medium body with crisp medium carbonation. Overall Oberon is a decent summer drinker. I find it pairs well with salads. Not Bells best but a flagship none the less.

06-15-2011 01:54:57 | More by gnemesis
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Welcome to Oberon season! This is the time of year when half the bottle shops in my area stock half the store with a wide variety of craft brews, and the other half... Bell's Oberon!

I now have a full supply of this in the fridge, thanks to a weekend party we hosted for my wife's work. I thought I was doing the good BA thing by buying a small amount of this to hopefully convert some of the Bud/Corona drinkers to craft beer. Little did I know, some of them knew a craft beer or two, knew it tasted better than macro-muck, and they ALL brought six packs of... you guessed it!

A: Fairly murky, apricot-orange color, with a slight 1/2 finger or so froth that dwindled down to a diluted Alka-Seltzer formation. Nice retention.

S: Puts the capital "W" in Wheat! Fruit of the citrus variety along with sour dough bread and massive bails of wheat.

T: Crisp, satisfying, fruity, and with a fruit juice quality that makes for a great summer brew. It finishes every bit as smooth as it starts.

M: No booze detected, no sugar high created in my body, and the palate came out about as clean as the glass.

O: A lot of people bag on this brew, and to be honest, I used to be one of them. In previous year's batches, I got a distict vomit aftertaste on this one. Perhaps my tastes have changed? Dunno. However, the brew I just drank was very well done...

06-13-2011 16:03:40 | More by Chaney
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

A--light, golden orange color--no head remained once the beer settled into the glass

S--unfortunately, no orange or lemon aroma

T--hints of lemon and orange

M--did not go down as expected--a rough texture on the back-end

O--Oberon is a good summer brew, but I would recommend Bell's Two Hearted Ale (IPA) over this particular American wheat ale, regardless of the season.

06-13-2011 01:11:36 | More by RoadPhish
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2.78/5  rDev -27%

Poured a light murky yellow with little to no head.

The smell was very light and rather boring with just a little hint of biscuit.

The taste was pretty straight forward. Not really any bitterness that could be picked up with a little malt on the back.

It is a summer beer for sure but it is just too boring for me with many other better options out there.

06-12-2011 22:12:33 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Oberon... the taste of summer here in Michigan!

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times, pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Tastes like a citrusy wheat beer, perfectly refreshing. My favorite beer in the wheat category. Often served with an orange however I prefer a lemon to swipe around the rim prior to each sip to provide a little sour with the citrusy sweet wheat. Delicious!

06-12-2011 03:24:56 | More by zbuc919
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A: cloudy straw color with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Lots of wheat aroma with a touch of citrus.

T: Very Sweet malt and wheat with a citrusy finish.

M: Smooth and light.

O: I am not a fan of american wheat ales....but as wheat ales go, this would be one of the better that I've had.

06-11-2011 19:57:13 | More by Kromes
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3.2/5  rDev -16%

A - Golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute.

S - Almost no aroma to speak of, unfortunately. If I really strain to pick something out, I get a generic bready wheat and floral hop aroma.

T - Mildly sweet up front with moderate hop bitterness that follows through the finish. Some spiced estery banana flavor plays around in the background.

M - Thin body with bright, tingly carbonation. Sweet, sticky finish.

06-11-2011 00:24:38 | More by rundocrun
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz bottle batch number 10265 poured into hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 6/9/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Pale malts, herbal hops, some wheat and yeast as well.

T: Like the aroma, pale malts, wheat, some honey notes as well as herbal hops and yeast.

M: Crisp, light-medium body with moderate carbonation that finishes dry.

O: Light, refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

06-10-2011 03:16:15 | More by Azurescens
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a beautiful Golden wheat color, hazy with carbonation present. 2 fingers of a frothy off white head. Slowly fades into a wispy white-top. Good lacing. Nice looking brew!

S - light citrus (orange & lemon), yeast, malts. Not a very strong nose though, very subtle.

T - Like the nose, but more forceful. Citrus hops, with a good mix of malty backbone. Lingering light bitterness.

M - About what I would expect, fairly light-bodied. Carbonated and pretty smooth. Very drinkable on this warm evening.

O - I think its a solid wheat. This isn't my favorite style but for the summer months, I could see myself enjoying this one. I like it and glad I'm trying it. I usually shy away from the wheats.

06-08-2011 05:40:43 | More by mooselvlt
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Served on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Served in a pint glass, a light ambery color, one finger of white head, some lacing

Smell: Wheaty, a little hoppy, some barley malt, not too strong of an aroma

Taste: More wheat flavor, decent hop bitterness, but none of the classic Hefeweizen flavors (which is why it is an American Pale Wheat Ale)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, kinda creamy feel

Overall: Good, but not as good as I was hoping for. This was the only Bell's brew they had at the Taphouse, so that is why I picked it. I don't intend to buy this again, but I will still try other Bell's brews.

06-08-2011 01:08:02 | More by MadCat
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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a golden yellow with a small, wispy head.

Hard to ascertain a smell. Doesn't smell bad but the minimal smell of honey and clover is hard to get but pleasant.

Taste is of a light honey wheat-beer but nothing outlandish going on. I was expecting something more complex than this.

Overall not a summer beer I'll try again though I wouldn't say it's below average either.

06-07-2011 22:47:33 | More by danronian
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Bells oberon is a classic example of an American wheat ale. ..And a classic example of what is wrong with the style.
First The beer pours a very handsome hazy gold. Just what a summer beer should be.

The nose is nonexistent. Where is the malt? The grain? A little hint of grassy hops?

The flavor is moderately light and refreshing. ..As it should be. But where is the fruit yeast? Where the sweet hint of malt?

It's all neutral, clean, and largely without character, except for a.bitter hop spine that puckers rather than cleanses.
Give me a hefeweizen or a wit fo my summer beer. At least those have character.

06-07-2011 21:41:42 | More by danmouer
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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