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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

4,875 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,875
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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farrago

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, bone white head, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates swiftly, equally light lacing. Light cloudy yellow color, opaque in spite of lightness, does have that gauzy summertime look to it. The nose at once anchors itself solidly in your nostrils and spaces out the scents to avoid the kind of density which makes it seem blockish, soft spoken lemon peel, wheat germ, white bread, pinch of sweetish baking spices, more so offers an unassuming earthiness. Medium-bodied, holds onto its weight throughout, from the first sip balance and restraint are clearly among its hallmarks. The wheat, oat, bread dimension round and without greenness, some residual sweetness in the orange, lemon citrus, surely doesn't require an actual wedge. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander spice unobtrusively present. Perhaps some apricot or peach fruit notes. Even the carbonation is demure, if there's any real complaint it may actually be tactful to a fault. Cleans up well through the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:42:25 | More by farrago
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 8992, packaged on February 26, 2009.

A: Hazy light orange with a nice two-finger head.

S: Hops, citrus, and sugar.

T: Like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat beer. Spicy hops, sweet bready malt, and lemony tartness. Quite unlike any other wheat beer I've ever had.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: Unique and refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:39:39 | More by BarrelO
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KI9A

Illinois

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

A: Hazy, cloudy, bubbly medium orange color. Big 'ol puffy head. Ok retention, nice lace chunks.

S: I'll be damned if it doesn't have the "scent of a summer afternoon"! Fruity, wheaty, yeasty.

T: Follows smell. Citrusy/corrander Wit-ish taste. Some bitterness on the back. very pleasing.

M: Some sourness covers mouth. Refreshing as hell.

D: Will pick more up to quaff this summer. Strangly reminds me of a Wit, but heavier, tastier.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:27:12 | More by KI9A
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craftaddict

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden amber with lots of bubbles rising to the top into a short-living white head that dissipates to a swirl and ring quickly leaving traces of lacing. Aroma is sweet with bready wheat balance with the citrus hops with lemons and oranges. Taste follows the aroma with the big wheat backbone up front and a slight hop bitterness in the finish with mainly citrus. A hint of spices show up in the taste that I didn't get in the smell. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation, good summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:17:13 | More by craftaddict
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flexinwext

Ohio

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

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 17:59:00 | More by flexinwext
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Time to try one of the Bell's lighter offerings.

A fluffy light head forms atop the pale gold colored beer. Head fades rather quickly.. A touch cloudy, but not too much. Certainly more towards the end when the sediment comes into the glass.

Very light aroma. A little yeast a little bread. Slightly sweet

I try never to write this, but sometimes you just have to... "The flavor follows the aroma." There, I said it.. Nice flavor and it's a touch sweet, nice bread flavor and a nice touch of yeast.. The slightest hit of spice, but very subtle.

Mouth feel is bright and the body is very light. Very drinkable and a wonderful session beer. Not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 11:45:09 | More by Reagan1984
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Frosty80

Michigan

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

Color: pours a light yellow. sits cloudy gold with just a hint of orange

Smell: very light and crisp with some orange and other mild citrus fruits. some yeast

Taste: very light, fruity flavors. mostly a yeasty presence, with very light malt sweetness. no bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body. moderate carbonation

Notes: a great, light, fruity hefeweizen for warm summer days

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 05:43:30 | More by Frosty80
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Aaron58

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Oberon ever for me. Bought at Friar Tucks in Crestwood, MO. 7.99/6pk!

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Beautiful light orange. Truly looks like summer in a glass as they describe it.

S- Actually oddly sweet on the nose. Some orange, maybe some kind of spice.

T-Really pleasing. The spice is there, great backbone of malt and sweetness. Just kills any wheat beers I have had.

D-Fantastic. I cant wait until the weather heats up a bit so I can cool down with this. I feel like I could drink this from the bottle too and still enjoy it if I am at a park or something. Lived up to the hype for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 20:18:22 | More by Aaron58
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MisterSub

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 6-pk brought to our daughter's party.

Drank them out of the bottles, but poured one after people left. Decent head.

Smell was easy on the nose but you knew it was there.

Mouthfeel was great.

Taste was also great and these went down very easily.

It came highly recommended and I can see why.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 12:19:47 | More by MisterSub
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rwdkosak

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Oberon of the year for me...I was a bit late but not too bad for the first week of April.

Poured lightly chilled into pint glass producing a nice light head over copper-gold color with quite a lot of carbonation rising to the top.

The nose is sweet and quite pleasing, as is the taste and a fantastic example of the style. Nothing extremely complex but certainly very drinkable, a perfect addition to a nice warm day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:55:52 | More by rwdkosak
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of six packs just the other day her in Minneapolis.
Poured a nice yellow gold into a pint glass. Head was good but faded fairly quickly.
Smell was quite mild, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel was also good.
Slight bitter ending that reminded me of a fruit rind.
This is a beer I could drink all day!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 13:57:55 | More by kbutler1
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite go-to beers along with FFF Gumball Head. Orange tint, white head, not much carbonation. Very clean on the palate, great finish. Orange flavors are predominant on this beer. A very easy-to-drink beer that I will be enjoying all summer long!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:13:22 | More by Sean9689
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BierFan

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 8923 tells me that it was bottled on January 8th, 2009.

Real big fluffy white head sitting on top of a cloudy orange body. No carbonation that I can see. I should have busted out a weizen glass for this beauty. Light grassy and flowery aroma. Flowery hops and spicy yeast taste.

Amazing wheat beer. Do yourself a favor and track down a fresh sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 04:14:56 | More by BierFan
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a bright cheerful yellow color that's hazy and a small head rises from it leaving just a soapy ring around the glass.
S= Great wheat and orange smell. Maybe some lemon in there as well. Summer in a bottle?
T= Very flavorful. Smooth wheat taste and of course some orange flavor finishing with a little lemon. I really enjoy this taste
M= Light and smooth beyond belief
D= Amazing! I'll be drinking a lot of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:44:41 | More by jjanega08
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 12, reviewed April 2. Pretty fresh!

A--Murky, dark gold color with a bunch of near microscopic floaties swimming throughout. About a finger of head with a moderately soft pour. Recedes down after a minute leaving a small bit of lace

S--Faint banana, orange peel, pears, citrusy hops

T--Wow what an easy drinking beer. No singular flavor stands out, it pretty much exactly like the nose with everything meshing together. Do not go into this beer expecting some mind blowing rush of flavor. That is not what this style is about. It is not like a typical wheat beer nor a typical pale ale. Don't expect either, just enjoy what you have which is a solid representation of the style that makes for perfect summer drinking

M--Very oily but smooth as butter. Coats your whole mouth and drips from the roof of the mouth even after you are done swallowing

D--Perfect session beer. Not something to go to if you are looking to give your taste buds a workout, but just a flat out great easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:32:51 | More by alcstradamus
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hess truck glass. Batch 9006... 12 oz.

There's a thin, bluish-white wispy head that tops a lemon-pulp and slightly pineapple colored body. As with many in this genre, looks a little too much like something you'd leave at the doctor's office. A bit on the cloudy side with sparse carbonation. For style, doesn't look too terribly bad.

Wow - there's a whole lot of dough in this - lots of yeastiness. Slight sour tinge - the very light wheat is prevalent and there's a smidge of hop pine. This is the lawnmower beer I've been waiting for...

Dammmn...it's got the lightness of a lawnmower beer but the body has such strength in the wheat and very light malts. Hop pininess and even a little floral note shows up. Very very very slight lemon zest character. Not as doughy as on nose but just enough. Carbonation adds a little welcome saltiness. For the style this is incredible. Drink it while it's cold though, 'cause with a little warmth there does come about a slight silage aftertaste. But not much...wow. Well-played.

Mouthfeel is robust yet quite refreshing. The fair quotient of wheat malts blended with the light sourdough feel balance this out to keep it very clean yet with a bit of complexity. Hop pininess and slight sourness blend in well. Carbonation lightens it up. Lots of Beautiful Chemistry in here.

If this gets into a canning line this is absolutely, positively the best beach beer ever. So smooth yet not empty...this is a finely-crafted borderline sessionable ale to enjoy on warm days. I must stock up on this while in Virginia and truck as much as I can back to Boston to share with friends and family. I prefer much heavier styles but I surely appreciate just how fucking good this stuff is. Damn!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 17:42:29 | More by IBUnit63
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dankbrew21

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/2009

I bought this at The Wine And Cheese place the other day, they sent an update through e-mail saying they had just received them in and they were bottled on 3/11/2009!! Super fresh. So I had to go get some while they had them.

12oz bottle with a squigly drawing of a sun with a face. No freshness date.

A- Poured it into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Pours a light copper color, looks slightly unfiltered and I see no sediment. Many tiny bubbles make their way to the top of the glass at a quick pace. Fluffy, even white head, with some lacing on the sides. Looks good to me!

S- Smells of many light (orange) citrus fruits, sweet like clementine or tangerine. Very light hop presence.

T- Sweet, perfect amount of carbonation, again all of the light citrus fruits are coming through. Orange, tangerine, and clementine. Leaves a pleasant after taste!This is a very tasty wheat beer!

D- Very. I could drink these all day at a good speed.

Notes: Great for any outdoor summer or spring lounging or activity! Unfortunately today is a very rainy, glum day; the weather channel is even saying we are supposed to get a couple inches of snow! But despite the cold and ugly weather, this is a beautiful beer good for any occasion. Thank you, Bell's for another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:44:59 | More by dankbrew21
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overrated but of course Im also not a big wheat beer fan.

appearance: cloudy golden, with orangish tint, liek a witbier

smell: hint of hops, and a tad of citrus smell

taste: rich and slight nutty, slight hops

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty, slightly thick

drinkability: good quality, not my favorite, but a great crossover beer from macros. Suprised about the alchol content. it was very easy to drink. Serve with a lemon and i think the bud drinkers can handle this. Especially if they like Blue Moon.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 14:43:42 | More by CampusCrew
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Beejay

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice yellow amber, soft white head with some sediment in the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity, almost like syrup. Some citrus notes as well.

T: Sweet and fruity with a slight hop kick at the end. Fairly well balanced, and delicious!

M: Not refreshing. Lots of carbonation, and a little slick at the end.

D: Heck yeah! There a place locally that had this for the beer of the month last summer. Gotta love good prices on good beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:34:39 | More by Beejay
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Thanby

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey color, not much head or lacing. Smells of mild honey, orange and lemon, and a wheat malt to support it all. Taste is smooth and a little dry, yeasty, the citrus flavors are present all the way through, mild hopping in the background, and a wheat malt. Relatively clean finish, a good all-round wheat beer that's easy to drink and goes well with the proper cuisine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 00:45:41 | More by Thanby
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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

pours a cloudy orange candy hue, with a nice light-caramel pillowy one-finger head that has impressive retention. Fair lacing down the glass. The color is really inviting.

aroma is mild, but definite wheat malt and citrus. candied grapefruit, orange, a hint of lemon. maybe a hint of yeast - bread dough... with more citrus.

wheat, fruit, caramel. reminds me of candied grapefruit. and those candy citrus slices. Deliciously flavorful, with a nice soft wheat backdrop and bright citrusy accents.

Mouthfeel is solid. fairly full-bodied and creamy from the wheat, with a nice slightly hoppy crispness. Reminds me of summer, in a nice, thick, popsicle sort of way.

I would drink this one all day long in the summer if i could. It reminds me of summer and california citrus. Deliciously pleasant. Not incredibly unique, but the wheat notes are beautiful and the citrus fruit accents are almost heavenly. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:05:56 | More by djeucalyptus
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a hazy light amber color. This is a nice sessionable summer wheat ale. Plenty of lemon zest and wheat in the flavor. Nothing too impressive in the nose, but very easy drinking and refreshing. This is an out-door beer made for patio drinking in the sun. This beer was made for the summertime outdoors. No wonder he moves so much of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 18:03:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't go wrong selecting a nitro-can of Oberon for a party. This beer pours a nice two fingered head of tight white foam which leaves lacing on your glass marking each stop you've made throughout your tasting.

The color is an attractive golden yellow that is cloudy as one would expect of a wheat beer. The aroma is mildly hoppy with notes of citrus and grain. The flavor is rich with hops, orange, grass and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is rich and full and makes hyou feel as if you're crewing on your beer. There is no disappointment here with this brew, at least until you've finished the can, so you'd better get two.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-09-2009 21:38:36 | More by ABOWMan
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Azumel

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I do love this beer, part of it comes from spending way too much time in Bell's in my youth, enough so that I still want to call this beer Solsun (the original name, long story). Anyways...a great, refreshing beer, very cloudy when poured in a glass, while I generally avoid mixing my fruit and beer, an orange slice does add a nice touch to this. Great beer year around and very happy to have it now in Florida.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:00:28 | More by Azumel
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/29/2006 (12oz Tap @ Bells Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MI):

Pours a very cloudy yellow-orange colored body, with almost no head, white, and lasting. Has an effervescent, hoppy aroma. A clean wheat taste, fresh nutty aftertaste. Effervescent, and somewhat spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 05:50:04 | More by jujubeast6000
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,875 ratings.