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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

5,207 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,207
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 132
Gots: 524 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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aepb1

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

A- Golden nearly opaque with a small white head

S- Light wheat and a little citrus. Not a whole lot of fragrance going on here

T- Nice balance between the hops and malt. This is surprisingly sweet and great for a nice summer beer, or a year round beer down here in Florida ;-)

M- Nice mouthfeel, the sweetness is present throughout so I think it's part of that mouthfeel as well. Not sickening, just certainly present

D- Love it and I drink it quite often!

05-27-2010 00:46:54 | More by aepb1
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a cloudy yellow, verging on orange colour with a nice white head. The smell of orange and wheat is quite nice. The taste had orange with some faint lemon with the bready wheat beer flavour. A little bit of hops in the taste too. Very smoothly carbonated and an awesome beer for sitting outside with on a nice day.

05-26-2010 17:28:56 | More by kwjd
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hyzershot

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

like it say's on the bottle Oberon our summer ale. an American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon. This is a delicious beer that is unfiltered and full of flavor, Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a nice rich mouthfeel. Perfect for relaxing on the porch on a summers day.

05-26-2010 01:48:13 | More by hyzershot
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -16%

Had this on tap at my local watering hole, The Village Inn, on my last visit.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber-orange with a thin sheet of white head sitting across the top. Dies back to nothing in short order. No real lacing or active beading.

Smell- I don't find a whole lot interesting to be going on here. Smells mildly of wheat, with a cereal graininess as well. Can't say I really pick up on much else. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't really capture my attention.

Taste- Wheat and cereal up front, not a whole lot else. Flavors are mild and not particularly strong, decent but unimpressive. Finishes fairly watery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is alright apart from the finish as mentioned in the flavor profile, which comes across to me as fairly water. In terms of drinkability, it wouldn't be too hard to put back a couple of these, but I find the flavor profile to not be terribly impressive, especially for Bell's. I would reach for most of their other standard offerings to session before Oberon.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with Oberon. I've had it a number of times and can't say it has ever really stuck with me. There are many other examples in this and other similar style categories that I'd choose first.

05-26-2010 00:28:38 | More by boatshoes
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Single bottle (batch 9672 - no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass

Appearance: Hazy gold yellow color - if you look close you can see the suspended yeast floating and not moving. The yeast even slows down the bubbles moving up through the glass. The off-white head died down really fast and left a very thin foam around the edge. No lacing at all.

Smell: Hints of pineapple mixed in with citrus and a sweet smell. Quite appealing.

Taste: Everything perfectly blended into one drink - mild bitter finish, citrus at the start, malt in the middle. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue (just a hint spicy) - coats the whole throat nicely as it goes down. Indeed a great summer ale.

Drinkability: I could easily have another one. Other than the lack of lacing it's a very drinkable summer ale - perfect for hot days and it goes well with meals and by itself.

05-25-2010 22:11:42 | More by damndirtyape
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S-Citrus notes on the nose, mostly orange, and some malts as well as a touch of hops.

T-The sweetness of this beer blew me away. Besides an overwhelming sweet flavor there was once again some citrus, mostly oranges and just a hint of lemon. Its more malty than hoppy, but pretty balanced.

M-Leans to the syrupy side than carbonated.

D-The sweetness of this beer made it a one and done for me. I had this in a bottle last year and I don't remember it being so sweet.

Overall, I was disappointed. The bottle I had last year seemed much better. I had thought about purchasing as six pack of this, but now I don't think I will. I know this beer is loved by many, but its not my favorite.

05-24-2010 19:37:17 | More by thegodfather2701
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle, looked up batch number, brewed on 3/23/10.

This was a difficult review for me. I liked it, but it was complex and had many different characteristics for me to pinpoint.

Firstly, use caution when pouring this beer! A bit too quick, and you will end up with chunky floaters of protein throughout. It's a lot prettier when its orange and clear with a nice white head that sticks in rings. Smell is light-but-sweet spiced bread with an alcohol flare. Taste was a combo of grapefruit and orange zest, and wheaty, with a certain 'greenness' to it. Body was carbonated well, and the beer finished with some of that particular candy sweetness that I detect from Bells offerings. In the end, crisp and refreshing and quite easy to drink a few.

05-24-2010 04:38:21 | More by sixerofelixir
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jhp40219

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg into a standard pint glass.

A - Depends on how you look at it. In a lighted area, it appears an amberish orange. Hold it directly up to the light and it is a murky yellow. So it is quite a bit more appetizing if you don't hold it directly up to any light source. A hard pour produces a nice thick two finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the glass that leaves a slight lace.

S - Orange rinds, biscuits, fresh hops, malts, and a hint of lemon.

T - The orange taste is immediate. Give it a couple seconds and the hops and malts come through, followed by that hint of lemon.

M - A little thin with a bit too much carbonation for a pale ale. Overall, not too bad, but certainly not remarkable.

D - Very nice! Good ABV, not too strong but not weak by any means. Definitely refreshing and a great summer beer!

05-24-2010 02:12:24 | More by jhp40219
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL.

A: glowing, hazy yellow, one finger of white foam, spotted lacing on the pint glass.
S & T: zesty, resinous orange peel, tangerine and clementine, some lemon juice, citrus, doughy wheat and pale malts, elegant spiciness throughout.
M: delicate, silky body with a crisp and sharp finish.
D: awesome summer quencher from Bell's. Not as flavourful or complex as Three Floyd's Gumballhead, but still a great take on the style.

05-23-2010 16:58:41 | More by cratez
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Pale Straw yellow with slight orange tint. Not very cloudy with slight, white head.

Smell: Smells slightly of yeast and has hints of orange

Taste: Good flavor. Orange is present but not overpowering. Not overly yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive. It's light and normally has good carbonation. Can be a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Is both light and flavorful.

This is one of my favorite summer seasonals. It is very drinkable both on tap and out of a bottle. Finishing off a six pack should be no problem. Is a great session beer and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan a Pale Wheat Ales.

05-22-2010 13:53:10 | More by aasher
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a light golden with a slight white head and plenty of particles floating around. The aroma smells strongly of wheat, biscuity malt, grassy hops and a hint of zesty orange. The flavor follows up with a very nice wheat malt profile that is softly accentuated by grassy herbal hops, and some citrus notes. I also detect some light spice notes, perhaps some coriander, but nothing to the extent that you would find in a Belgian wit. The body is light with fairly spiky carbonation and a nice dry finish that makes this very refreshing. Very drinkable and still one of my favorite summer beers.

Story time: When I turned 21 I was mostly just interested in drinking what was on sale. I thought that ordering a Killian's meant I was going for the quality stuff. Then someone at a party asked if I had ever tried Oberon. I fell in love with it right away, and it lead to Bell's Amber, then that lead to Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout and then on to other great brewers and beer. I raise my glass you Larry bell, and... drunk guy at party. You changed my life for the better!

05-22-2010 01:25:03 | More by zoso1967
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suretolose

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured this selection from a bottle into a pint glass. It a light golden color with some residue floating in it. It starts with a nice head that fades fast.

The aroma is faint. Orange with wheat and a little yeast.

The taste is light citrus and somewhat dry, a little bread flavor as well.

An ok beer, but not really my favorite. A little to dry for me

05-19-2010 22:44:05 | More by suretolose
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Nice summer seasonal, with quality to be a year round light wheat brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat festive/naive label motive with a hand-drawn like sun emblem over an orange label. Back label offers a small note higlighing its character as that of a summer wheat ale. Shows batch number (9696: April 20, 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%). Serve in a weissbier glass.

A - Hazy deep gold-orange pour with some particles. Fair head, with medium to low retention, shy surface memory and some lacing

S - Lightly wheaty nose, yeast woven with a sweet fruity sense, orange peal and a touch of spice.

T - Sweet wheat sense, with a gentle spicy touch, a bit fruity.

M - Light-medium body with generous but not overwhelming carbonation, and semi-dry finish after the lingering fruitiness.

D - Nice summer seasonal, works well rather informally and without much pretense.

Notes: Nice one, nothing to rave about, but very reliable and pleasing, or maybe those are actually reasons enough to rave about even it is not that memorable...

05-19-2010 16:54:55 | More by Daniellobo
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Spica66

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

A: Pale orange color. Murky (cloudy). Fluffy head. Good retention.

S: Aromas of wheat and citrus, mixed with nice hops.

T: Very light tasting. Wheaty, complex. I love this beer.

MF: Middle of the road creaminess. Medium Carbonation level.

D: I have had many opportunities to not stop drinking this beer on a given day, and I have always made that choice!

Every year, this beer means Spring will soon be Summer!

05-17-2010 16:17:45 | More by Spica66
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OtisinAZ

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

S- The smell was of light citrus and floral hops.

T- Taste was very light and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Small fruity, and wheat malt notes.

A- poured a light orange, hazey, with a small white head. lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

05-16-2010 00:31:59 | More by OtisinAZ
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Had this on tap at the new Whole Foods in Schaumburg. Nothing better than some beer while you are shopping!

A: pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, huge 2 finger fluffy head, nice retention with some sticky lacing

S: the aroma is mild but I do pick up lots of citrus, notes of orange and lemon, some noticeable wheat, and a touch of citric hops on the finish

T: starts grainy with notes of toast and cereal, followed by notes of orange, banana, and lemon, nice and refreshing, very light, good wheat flavor

MF: light and refreshing body, medium carbonation

D: nicely put together wheat beer, with lots of fruitiness and a pretty prominent malt presence.

05-15-2010 19:24:56 | More by homebrew311
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +15%

on tap poured into pint glass.

A = wonderful straw color, reminiscent of Hennepin, a personal fav so already biased. Great lacing which rings down the glass as you drink. Definitely cloudy, with noticable sediment.

S = light, citrus, some funk, nothing too strong.

T = wonderful balance of hops and light malt, more malt taste than expected from color.

M = fair carbonation, a slight bit of tannin on the front of the tongue and malt on the back. Very solid presence, not too light. A bit of creaminess, nice touch.

D = just a very solid beer, certainly drinkable, all night long.

05-15-2010 01:50:27 | More by DAllspaw
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Draught @ The Headkeeper: This one pours a hazy straw-yellow color. There was a bit of a frothy white head on it. It left some lacing. The nose is grassy, floral, and a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty similar. Grassy and floral notes, as well as corn, citrus and some faint wheat. Nice, and fairly refreshing. A good summer beer.

05-14-2010 17:05:40 | More by Boto
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Brettster

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Had this on tap at a local bar. Served a hazy orangeish yellow with a one finger head. Has a slight fruit smell, maybe some orange. Has a nice refreshing subtle citrus flavor. This is a smooth and refreshing summer beer. I will definitely hvae this again.

05-14-2010 14:09:00 | More by Brettster
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samie85

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -31%

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/02/10.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger white head. Suspended yeast floaties.

S-Very mild citrus- lemon and lime. A bit of wheat as well.

T-Lemon and lime bitterness upfront with not a whole lot else going on. A little bit of perceivable wheat to balance things a bit.

M-Light bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-I'm not a big fan of the lemon/lime hop profile or of Pale Wheat's it seems. If this beer funds Bell's to continue to make great beers like Two Hearted, and Hopslam though, then so be it.

05-13-2010 05:34:34 | More by samie85
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

A: Hazy straw-yellow color; some residual yeast. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Wheat malt and light-colored fruits. Some muted, mild spices.

T: Wheat malt, light-colored fruits and citrus. Crisp and refrewhing. Subtle bitter hops for good balance.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

05-13-2010 01:26:37 | More by Haybeerman
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy golden/yellow with a frothy one-finger head. Average head retention and lacing. Not much carbonation to speak of, although my view is slightly obstructed by suspended yeast bits.

Smell: Smell is pretty subdued, with a pretty even balance between citrus and bready yeast. The wheat is definitely a player as well, but the aroma really isn't that complex and doesn't bowl me away.

Taste: Very creamy texture and a refreshing blend of wheat and citrus fruits. There is a bit of bitterness, but nothing about this beer is overpowering; in fact, it almost seems a bit muted. I guess they're going for a summer thirst-quencher, but I'd like a little more zing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really pretty pleasant. Medium-bodied, creamy, and a tartness that excites the senses. Pleasant is the operative word here.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to toss back a couple of these. The fact that no one aspect of this beer sticks out makes it fairly unoffensive to the palate.

05-12-2010 23:32:04 | More by BuckyFresh
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zimm421

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather.

05-11-2010 00:36:46 | More by zimm421
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jakeyb

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours golden orange with a thin 1 inch head. Pleasant aroma. Hints of mint (?) and lemon zest. Medium body and carbonation, without any drastic hints of anything. While not incredibly complex, still a very refreshing beer, perfect for throwing back a few on a summer evening. All hail Oberon.

05-10-2010 13:36:58 | More by jakeyb
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jpittman80

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Big foam at first that dissipates surprisingly quick for a wheat, with very little lacing. Yeast visible in bottom of glass.

S - Light, tart fruits (apricot? peach?) That's about it.

T - Taste is very crisp and cleaned with the tartness of the aforementioned light fruits. Very subtle hint of hops in taste and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - This would be nice to drink for a day out in the sun. Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

05-08-2010 19:27:37 | More by jpittman80
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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