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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

5,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,213
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 133
Gots: 523 | 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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

A: Very pale golden-yellow body with a big and foamy white head. A bit hazy with rather weak retention and some splotchy lacing. It looks good for the style.

S: Somewhat muted overall. Light citrus (orange, lemon) come through, along with a certain grassy quality that seems very fresh and spring-like. No hops here.

T: A solid wheat-based foundation is immediately evident, followed up with some (and I use this very loosely) faintly tart citrus - orange and lemon zest, again. Some spice comes through in the linger, but no as much as a Belgian Wit would bring. Very refreshing and extremely easy drinking.

M: Light-bodied, not watery, bubbly and crisp. Finished a bit drier than I would have liked for the style, though.

04-21-2011 12:14:28 | More by ShanePB
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

On-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: It is a clouded pale yellow color with a thick two fingers of white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of wheat, lemon, pear, and a touch of spice.

T: Grassy flavors, some lemon, and pear.

M: The body is light and highly carbonated with a clean finish.

O: This is refreshing and quite quaffable.

04-18-2011 03:17:01 | More by bucklemyshoe
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FRivard

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Served on tap from Mr. B's in Rochester

Appearance is a pale golden color lots of carbonation and a whisp of pale white head

Smells of orange citrus abound citrus hops all over the nose

Tastes of orange lemon zest and biscuits

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice clean finish

Overall I finally got around to a formal review after thousands of servings over the past ten years my spring time staple extremely drinkable a go to around the BBQ pit and just about any other activity outside in the spring/early summer.

04-17-2011 16:23:21 | More by FRivard
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harrymel

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -16%

A: Pours a yellow golden ale with haziness. A less than single finger, fine and loose white head falls nearly immediately to a sheet of the same with a central dissipating cap. No lacing.

S: Nice and floral. Candied wheat. Slightest of lemon citrus nose. This is a light and airy nose which is not really complex, but nonetheless engaging. Nice.

T: Citrusy. Overly acidic on the initial. The alcohol is evident, which I did not expect, given the level of it. Floral as well here. The yeast is also a key player, simple yeast flavor. The taste is overall, meh.

M: Medium to light with higher carb than anticipated. Finish is off dry.

O: Well, I'm not impressed, but I'm also not disappointed.

04-17-2011 15:09:33 | More by harrymel
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Golden, yellow hue; bubbly and a bit hazy from the sediment floating around; decent head that loses its retention fairly quickly but manages to keep a quarter finger thickness; big circular lacing

S: Lots of grassy, grainy nodes; there is a bit of orange and lemon zest; a touch of yeasty quality too but really this just has a nice grassy base

T: A pleasant subtle hop bitterness with lots of grassy wheat grains and a touch of pepper spiciness; also some orange and lemon rind toward the finish

F: Light to medium body; beer sticks nicely to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue

O: This is a great example of the style and a near perfect grilling/camping/lawn-mowing/summer beer; way easy to drink

04-17-2011 14:34:29 | More by dbossman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Served on tap at the Lake Bluff Brewing Co tap room in Lake Bluff, IL. This and the Bells Amber were the two guest beers on tap.

Light yellow pour, loads of foam that sticks around for some time.

Taste and nose - really wheaty. Light citrus in there too. Almost wants to become a hefe, but not quite there, and so retains that APW profile. But the dominating force here is the wheat.

Overall - a good to very good beer. Good for warmer weather I am sure. But well short of the Bells Amber!

04-17-2011 13:50:49 | More by KTCamm
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bfields4

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Yellow straw golden haze. Frothy white head settles slowly to a nicely retained ring.

Very wheaty aroma. Lemony with just a bit of spice.

Sweet wheat is accompanied nicely by a lemon hop bitterness and just a touch of a Belgian-ish spice at the end. Very subtle spice, but nice little finishing touch.

Great summer beer. Nice an light very refreshing. Not a show-stopper but a great substitute for that easy drinking lager in the warm months.

04-17-2011 00:37:34 | More by bfields4
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%

pours with relatively little head and the head is short-lived.

S - quite fruity: aromas of apricot and citrus.

T - fruity but a little more sour than sweet. Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one's not bad. Still, not a great finish.

M - thin; near watery

O - pleasant; has, in my experience, a unique character.

04-16-2011 23:12:10 | More by chinchill
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dcloeren

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Thanks to prototypic for this bonus

A: poured a pale straw yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. The head didn't stick around very long but left a thin cover throughout the beer

S: the smell is pretty lacking... Getting faint hints or oranges and spice

T: follows the nose... Nothing that is standing out in particular. Faint citrus and spice but very refreshing

M: light medium body with great carbonation complementing it throughout the whole beer.

O: overall I thought this was a very refreshing beer that I would want to have pool side. Not the best wheat beer ivehad, but I would definitely pick up a sixer if it was available here

04-16-2011 18:02:20 | More by dcloeren
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings.

04-15-2011 21:44:33 | More by lurpy1
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Attractive golden in appearance, with a rich white head. Big loopy lace.

Nose is a brisk citrus wheat, with some yeastiness. Feels like Summer!

Malty flavor, with definite citrus accents and a little sharpness at the finish. This is a well-balanced and highly drinkable warm weather session ale. Tasty!

04-15-2011 03:08:59 | More by secondtooth
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MowryJC

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - A nice hazy light honey color topped with a four finger rocky head that leaves moderate curtains of lace down the glass. The nicest part of the experience.

S - Wheaty, grassy notes with a distinct lager smell, a whiff of slight citrus and spice.

T - Bready malt with my less favorable aspects of wheat beers, a slightly unpleasant grassiness. Tiny bit of lemon. Spicy floral hops at the end to break it off with very little lingering taste.

M - Nice and spritzy, the carbonation really scrubs your tongue, leaving a pretty clean aftermath.

Overall, a very drinkable mouthfeel and texture, but ranks in the average wheat beer to me. For the style, though, this is a pretty good beer. Definitely for the summer months.

04-15-2011 01:26:52 | More by MowryJC
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joefeidt

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Tasting a summer beer on a cold windy spring day is not ideal but at least it's fresh. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one I really like. It pours a lovely golden color leaving a two finger head that quickly dissipates. The smell is surprisingly intense and reminds me of lagers my dad drank.

The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. The taste is a lively spritzer of apples and cherries. The carbonation is intense and really assaults the back and sides of the tongue.

How I wish this were a hot summer day because this would be one helluva thirst quencher after a long hot round of disc golf.

Oberon, King of the Fairies and Wheat Beers, thine beer is most quaffable and thine humble bottle cap most colorful.

04-14-2011 22:40:23 | More by joefeidt
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

A- The pour resembles a Heffeweisen, golden cloudy pour with a generally decent sized fizzy head. slight retention.

S- pears, orange peel, slightly boozy. A lot of wheat in this one. This almost smells like a Belgian white. The yeast makes a subtle appearance in the background.

T- Yeasty, with a lot of weatness as well. Citrusy with a slight orange peel taste. biscuty... the aftertaste is a little sour and takes away from the sweet notes at the beginning.

M- well balanced with the carbonation. The yeast lingers on the palate, which is okay, but the alcohol in this one was surly present. Coming in at 5.8% you really wouldn't expect to taste it as much as you would think.

D\O- Oberon is a medium bodied Wheat ale, that drinks like a Belgian white/ Being that the yeast and fruity notes in this one calls for a heavy drinker. Well done, another generally good beer from Bell's.

04-13-2011 21:11:12 | More by IIKaRuII
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plfahey

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium yellow with decent clarity and a tall wite crop of thick foam which has moderately good retention.

Aroma-Bready wheat aroma is in the forefront with some light floral hops to back it up. Some spritzy, spicy character from the wheat. Light orange and lemon aromatics emerge as the beer warms. Clean and elegant, but not a whole lot going on here.

Flavor-Bready and wheaty up front before fading to show some floral and spicy hops along with a hint of lemon citrus. Lightly sweet in the foreground, this beer relatively dry with moderately low hop bitterness. There's a little bit of earthy yeast in the finish as well. Once again, clean but not too interesting.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and moderately high carbonation-nearly effervescent, though it develops some creaminess across the palate.

Not very interesting, but then again I don't think its supposed to be. This beer accomplishes what it's supposed to-it is a light, refreshing, quaffable summer ale.

04-13-2011 06:27:21 | More by plfahey
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

A: a dull orange hue. off-white fluffy head with a very minor residual head. definitely hazy.

S: a spicy fruitiness. orange slices. honey. crisp aroma.

T: wheat flavor is good. not cloying or sticky, but more refreshing. citrus flavor could be coming from the yeast or the hops. or both. either way a light floral fruitiness is definitely detectable. slightly sweet, fruity finish.

M: medium body with some medium/high carbonation. not effervescent, but still very refreshing.

D: great summer beer. light easy drinker, but great flavor as well.

04-13-2011 00:06:40 | More by Jimmys
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brewdenver

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO.

04-12-2011 11:59:33 | More by brewdenver
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Oberon seems to be a lot of people's introduction to craft beer in Michigan. I too cut my teeth on Oberon many summers ago. This bottle was from batch 10278 (bottled 3/18/11). I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass, swirling the last bit in the bottle to ensure maximum haziness in the glass. Most bars and restaurants serve this with an orange garnish but I'll pass.

The pour yields three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is moderate. There is a nice amount of lacing touching the glass. The beer is robustly golden in color with a lot of haziness from the suspended yeast. It's a beauty.

Amid the wheat beer range, Oberon's aroma is more akin to a Belgian white than a German Hefeweizen. Citrus essence (orange and lemon in particular) comprise a large portion of the scent. Yeastiness is certainly present on the nose. Overall the aroma is fairly dry.

The flavor is pretty unique. I remember that when I first became aware of Oberon I had a difficult time distinguishing it from Blue Moon, the other non-lager that everyone around here drank in the summer. It's actually a pretty night and day difference. There is a strong wheat bite here that is way up front on the tongue. The citrus does come through in the form of orange, but not in a sweet way. The whole experience runs pretty tart. There is a much bigger hop presence than one would find in traditional wheat beer styles, and it contributes a significant bitterness to the brew. The finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness. As a noob it just tasted like my first good beer; as a lover of wits and hefes it defies expectations.

Oberon is medium bodied. The carbonation level is medium. It's tart and dry so it feels lighter than it actually is. It goes down like palate cleansing refreshment. This beer is pretty much a Michigan institution as it appeals to craft and non-craft drinkers alike. To a Michigan beer drinker, the first availability of Oberon is an indicator of Spring's firm arrival and the eminent hope of Summer's warmth and beauty. It is a reliable brew that is available nearly everywhere that you can buy a beer. At 5.8% ABV it is hardly a true session beer, but it sure feels like it. Price-wise Oberon is mid-ranged, but it seems to find a permanent presence in the seasonal rotations of many a Michigan beer drinker.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Oberon.

04-11-2011 22:57:01 | More by weizenbob
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PreacherBrewer

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is ok.

S - Smells clean and bright. A hint of lemon and wildflower is present. Fresh cut wheat is able to be picked up as well.

T - Tastes slightly citrusy with a subtle lemon-like sourness. A little orange maybe? Backbone is wheat flavor and an even malt profile which is somewhat biscuity. Maltiness is present but flavor is subdued to a faint afterthought.

M - Feels almost moderate in body. Not as light as I like my APWA's. Carbonation is a little less than desirable for my liking, but acceptable.

O - This beer is interesting. It's got some extra flavor than most APWA's, but at the cost of higher ABV and a more moderate mouthfeel. I'd surely drink it again, but as it removes itself from my regular APWA summer rotation due to the higher ABV and increased mouthfeel. Sorry Bells, love ya, but others have got you beat in my book.

04-11-2011 17:15:44 | More by PreacherBrewer
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Served in a pint glass

I remember loving this last year so how could I turn this down once it came out?

This beer pours a very hazy extraordinarily pale straw body with a slender finger of foam on top. The smell is rather nonchalant, it has that sweet wheat aroma along with zest of orange. I think if the smell was more perfumed I might find it a little better than I do. There is nothing wrong with the taste at all. It's got that standard wheat flavor, with the citrus fruit finish. The hops are there, but they don't get in the way. There is a kind of acidic finish to this beer that, I eventually got used to but it was rather cloying on the tongue in a different sort of way. While it's not a wow, kind of beer there is something about all of the elements put together that just made this beer stand out from all the other summer styles of beer. If it's warm outside, this is what you'll find me drinking.

04-11-2011 15:27:58 | More by Vdubb86
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -10%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I remember liking this beer a lot better in the past. The only other times I've had it have been on tap, but I saw it this weekend in bottles and picked up a six pack.

A - Hazy, unfiltered yellowish-orange with a one finger cap that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Here's where I was dissapointed. Didn't really smell as well as I remember. Not much citrus in the nose as I remember. Lots of toasted malts and bready. No real hoppiness as well.

T & M - Was much better when really cold. When it warmed, it became really bready / biscuity. More toasted malts then the citrusy hop flavor I remember. Alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed, although it's still a low ABV.

Wasn't really impressed. Expected more from this one and wasn't as refreshing as a summer seasonal should be in my opinion.

04-11-2011 14:22:28 | More by StLThrash
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

04-11-2011 00:58:36 | More by smakawhat
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nova009

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Picked up a growler of this at South Park Tavern in Dayton. Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale hazy golden yellow, nice white fluffy one finger head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing sticks to the glass

S- citrus especially lemon, bready malt, a slight spiciness to it especially clove, decent nose

T- similar to the nose, less citrus than expected, the bready malt really takes over in the taste, slightly sweet with a little bit of spice added in, not an incredible taste but not bad either

M- light and smooth, carbonation is balance perfectly, crisp and refreshing

D- overall a decent spring/summer beer, light and refreshing, easy to take down, a staple session beer for warmer weather

04-10-2011 21:16:26 | More by nova009
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Miketwolf21

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%

I remember last year liking this beer much more. I remember a full and nearly creamy wheat palate with herbal and slightly citrusy hops that made it a perfect beer for summer. This year it tastes much more flat. I bought this the week it came out so it was fresh and as I moved through the six pack the beer did not show any colors. Boring taste that does not have any inspiration in it.
Well here is a review of this years first batch:
Served at various temperatures, I found that having it cold actually kept the beer tasting crisp, which is better than just boring. A moderate amount of carbonation revealed spicy hops and cracked wheat flavors, but the scent was mixed with more cardboardy and metallic flavors. Still it was a muted nose.
The flavor was refreshing for the first drink but as I continued through the beer, I found nothing intriguing. Which is not all bad if the flavors are clean and vivid. But the flavors just don't come alive. The hops are too muted for such a bland wheat profile. No creaminess either. The carbonation is pretty good, but this just seems watery and minerally.
Too bad, I used to love the price and availability of this summer beer. This could use some lovin'. I taste no inspiration in this beer.

04-09-2011 18:59:10 | More by Miketwolf21
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mryuk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%

pours an unfiltered golden yellow with a finger of head.

smell is earthy hops with a bit of orange and yeast.

taste is light, slightly bitter with a bit of sour. wheaty malts are definitely coming through.

mouth is light-medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall oberon is only ok. I used to enjoy this beer a lot more but at this point it is just very plain for e.

04-09-2011 16:36:17 | More by mryuk
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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