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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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86
very good

4,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,921
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 127
Gots: 390 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler in pint glass

A: lite gold color, crystal clear, poured a thick white head that disappeared quickly and left a little lace.
S: Hints of yeast fruitiness, no hop presence.
T&M: Very crisp but not in a watery sense. The growler seems to have stolen some of the carbonation that I remember from drinking straight from the tap. The hint of yeast fruitiness (maybe a hint of the classic wheat banana flavor) is the most apparent taste, with a hint of hops in the background.
D: One of the perfect summer beers and a great gateway beer. I will have no problem finishing the growler tonight.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2008 20:14:58 | More by wspscott
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is a bright and hazy orange color typical of the style with a very tall slightly off-white head. Some golden hues shine through.

Smell: Heavy citrus aroma, orange obviously but also some lemon. A grassy and pretty clean note finishes out the aroma.

Taste: Immediate sensation of assertive citrus flavor, followed by a wheaty, almost grassy note. Sweet, but not too much so. Very consistent all the way through.

Overall, this was a good refreshing drink perfectfor relaxing with on a hot day. This would be great to just take a 6-pack to the beach and just hang out for a few hours with. Subtle, but still nice and flavorful, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 04:45:26 | More by BucBasil
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Goliath

Illinois

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

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A slight citrus quality and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is alright, but nothing too great. Some citrus quality, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. I would have been happier if it were a little thinner with more carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. With low alcohol it is certainly sessionable, but flavors are unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:06:39 | More by Goliath
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SpecialK088

Missouri

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Very cloudy goldne yellow with little head maybe 1 finger and no real laceing to speak of.
S-Very citrus scent hints of grapfruit and orange as well as the hops come through.
T-Citrusy very light and crisp also has the light hops flavor that makes the finish nice and clean.
M-it is a little overly carbonated but not to bad it goes down just like the rest of the beer very clean with almost no taste left in your mouth.
D-This would be a great summer beer to just keep around the house easy to drink and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 04:22:54 | More by SpecialK088
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jkrich

Indiana

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

12 oz bottle with code 8343 on back label. The ale poured a very clear, golden and light orange color with a sustained white head with plenty of lacing. When I poured the last amount from the bottle a tremendous amount of yeast sediment immediately clouded the ale. which is not typical of "american" wheat ale.

There was a very faint aroma of hops with a largely spicy, malty and yeasty aroma.

The flavor reminded me of a wit style ale with the faint tangy,orange flavor, however, without the complexity of flavor normally found with that style. I recall drinking this a couple of years ago and finding it more flavorful and satisfying then.

This one is fairly light bodied with a lack of carbonation normally found in wheat style beers.

I was a little disappointed in this one. It is not my favorite style but I remember this one having more flavor a couple of years ago. It is
a sessionable ale even at 5.8 percent ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 00:29:36 | More by jkrich
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

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

I had this on draft while waiting for my pizza.

A. Sparkling yellowish/orange with nice carbonation and a little fluffy head.Leaves a bit of lace behind as well.
S. Smells of citrus and orange.You can detect some wheat and hops.
T. This is a very refreshing beer.Tastes like it smells. Nice citrus taste with a nice clean,crisp finish.No aftertaste as you take your next sip.
M/D. A bit thin but easy to drink.Very tasty summer beer.I bought a six pack to go along with my pizza and for the remainder of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2008 16:08:16 | More by oneeye
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Finn

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: cloudy light orange with a nice frothy white head

Aroma:smells of oranges, sweet, spicy malt, yeast

Taste: melllow, smooth, hints of citrus with a light caramel touch

mouthfeel: Medium/strong carbonation with a smooth medium body

Drinkability: Very high

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:22:14 | More by Finn
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sleazo

New York

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

A-Pours a pale and very cloudy straw yellow. Smallish head settles nicely ino a wispy cap.

S_Lightly toasted cereal grains with a good portion of acrid wheat. There is also a spicy yeast character as well.

T_Much like the smell with a lingering wheat twang. The aftertaste though does leave a bit of a grassy hop bite almost like a pilsener. This does manage to keep thigs from veering into too much into the realm of wheat dominance. A nice blend of sweet, bitter and acidic flavours. The yeast also makes its' presence known in the finish and has a bit of black pepper like spice though I would not call this a too yeasty of a beer.

M_Light and crisp yet not completely lacking body. The healthy carbonation makes this a a very refreshing summer brew.

D_A nice summer ale, one I would drink if I could get my hands on it in NYC.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 20:57:42 | More by sleazo
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akogrady

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. A cloudy light golden color with about 2 fingers of dense white foam. Head slowly faded, but left plenty of lacing.

S - Could smell the hops through the wheat, although the overall smell of the beer was generally weak, making undertones harder to pick out.

T - Taste was very well balanced. The hops, while providing a substantial backing to the wheat flavor, stayed well in their place. Some nice undertones, maybe citrus. Very nice.

M - Good body, a little heavy on the carbonation. Has a bit of a carbonation bite at the end.

D - Very drinkable. A good conversation beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 20:08:27 | More by akogrady
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Natural510

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color from 12oz bottle, with minimal head which quickly dissipates. Still, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of wheat and faintly of barley & hops.
Smacks of wheat flavor with a subtle hop edge. Malted barley is there, though not outspoken. Subtle lemon & grassy aftertaste.
Hops & carbonation leave a somewhat noticable feel in the mouth.
Overall, this does go down smooth, but not a particularly outstanding or notable summer wheat ale. It's missing spices and anything else to differentiate itself from the pack. Definitely one of the lesser Bell's brews I've experienced.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 10:26:53 | More by Natural510
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righlander

Florida

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

poured a nice hazy yellow from a 12 oz bottle. thin lacey head. smells of malty honey with some citrus and some nice hops peeking their heads out in there. taste is very fresh and well balanced hop vs malt value. feels medium bodied on the tongue, nice carbonation, tiny bubbles. a very drinkable refreshing beer! Bell's can't go wrong in my book so far. their amber ale is simply amazing for the style too! wish i woulda bought a six pack of these! these would be second to none on a hot florida day. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:27:38 | More by righlander
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very special thanks goes out to my buddy, and TKS partner in crime, Jess, for picking up this, and Bell's Pale Ale during her weekend in Detroit. Poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass a gold, slightly murky color, with a good looking white head, and lots of air bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Nose left something to be desired somewhat; certainly floral, with a bit of spice, but not exactly bursting with aroma. Taste reveals lots of pleasant tastes such as orange peel, wheat, chamomile, cream, spice, and a light grassy hop presence. Body is just a bit above being considered light for my taste, and is balanced in every sense of the word. Everything molds together in a lovely sort of way that I have not experienced in a while. A six pack would be very easy to polish off tonight, but I think I will hold back, and enjoy the six pack over the course of a few nights. A very good session brew from Bell's. I drank a Sam Adams Summer Ale before cracking this one open, and have to say that it did not even compare. This is one Summer wheat beer that I would frequent if it were available in my area. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 03:26:08 | More by jamie2dope
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NDZonie

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 6-pack of Oberon from my local Michigan beer store in May. This is Batch #8397.

The appearance is excellent with a wonderful golden hazy color.

The smell is wonderfully clean with a Witbier profile. It's taste is fantastically clean with a corriander mouthfeel.

Being 5.8% alcohol by volume it's definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 22:25:55 | More by NDZonie
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hooligan

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack bottles bought from the Fresh Market, Clearwater/Safety Harbor Florida

Beer pours a chunky gold with a thin head that dissipates quickly with no lacing or sticking to the side of the glass. By "chunky" I mean there is actual wheat and yeast particulate throughout the beer suspended as if in jello... instead of settling to the bottom - kinda neat.

Beer smells clean, faint whiff of noble hops, citrus, wet straw, spent grain, and honey.

This beer is very clean on the palate, the party is started by a mild dose of hops, pairing up with a chewy, spent-grain (oatmeal?) malt character - without the resident syrup-sweetness usually present in wheat beer. This maltiness is accompanied by a strawlike earthy yeast character that's cleaned up at the end by another refreshing bite from the hops.

Mildly thick beer with a very light fizz. I can imagine myself drinking copious amounts of this beer - and I'm not really even a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 23:51:06 | More by hooligan
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance was a slightly cloudy orange color. The bartender left little to no head, but what remained was white and the carbonation showed itself.

Smell was faint but of what I could tell there were hints of citrus that made it slightly sweet.

The taste was light and sweet. The fruit and sweetness came out but did not overpower the wheat and hops. The carbonation was not as pronounced as I thought when I first looked at it.

Overall, this is a solid beer and a good summer beer. One of the better wheat beers that I have had lately. Highly drinkable and one that I will definitely order again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 15:07:22 | More by PhillyStyle
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chiapete

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy , hazy orange color with nice white fluffy head that left fairly quickly and left spot lace down glass.

aroma was faint but what was there seemed very sweet and fruity. light wheat , a little citrus almost seemed like a little peach aroma.

taste was a good wheat beer : light sweet a good mix between the hops and the malt . a little sweet but not over done. a little nut taste in the back.

No after taste , easy drinking pretty refreshing. a slight bitterness but nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 14:26:01 | More by chiapete
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light murky gold with a large head. Very light wheat aroma. Tangy wheat taste with a bit of underlying malt and sweetness. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of grassy hops. Well balanced. Pretty decent for an American wheat beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:44:10 | More by burnstar
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botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a light amber orangish color with a single finger of off white head that dissiaptes within a few seconds.

aroma is of light wheat malt and a bit of aromatic hops. not much else, as the aroma is quite faint to begin with.

taste is more of the same, with a nice balance between pale malt, wheat malt, and floral hops, with a touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is light bodied with an ultra crisp and clean finish. a smooth texture with soft CO2 make this one pleasant on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and refreshing brew with a solid profile. one of the better pale wheat ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:51:34 | More by botham
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Sampled this beer in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, light color with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of ripe citrus and fresh florals... very heavy suggestion of what on the nose, as well...
Taste was super-thick and creamy, with a strong orange, sorbet flavor that was immense and dominating on the tongue... Flavors of ripe florals, fresh citrus, nectarines, oranges, and tangerines were very noticeable and assertive...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and a very full-flavored, and big depiction of the style...
Great stuff with an equally good level of drinkability...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:33:38 | More by dsa7783
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy (from the yeast) pale golden amaber with a creamy tightly packed one inch bone white head. The particulates that are floating in hear create a nice looking cloudy plumage that, to me at least, compliments both the color of the beer itself as well as the head, which does not last as long or leave as much lacing as I would have liked.

S: Buttery mellow orange and the lightest bit of banana sweetness. A good balance stuck between acid and sweetness with the fluffy sweetness of clove, banana and wheat all mellow but wheat dominating.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy lemon and orange juicy opening that is tamed by the wheat. Good to see an american pale wheat that is not afraid to show of the yeast and wheaty funk, not nearly as strong as a traditional hefeweizen but not too far removed. To be fair though there is a dectetable acidy citrus aspect to this beer that sort of puckers the back of the throat on the finish, which to me keeps things on the lighter side that, when coupled with the prickly carbonation, really makes the beer snap and taste refreshing. The finish has a really nice orange smoothness to it and makes you want to come back for more.

D: I don't care what people say about what can and cannot constitute a "lawnmower beer". This beer, its relative light body, its taste and refreshing quality makes this a fantastic choice for after yardwork on a hot day or for any day for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 03:18:44 | More by bluemoonswoon
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semihobo

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8371, purchased at a gas station on the way home from East Lansing. $8.99 suddenly became $11+ after tax and deposit, yikes.

Massively hazy with particles in suspension, when I shake the glass they wiggle in a jelly sort of way. Toasted marshmallow orange. Head is surprisingly bright white, fairly small but covers all the sensitive areas. Poor retention but good sheeting on the glass.

Smell is potent, orange and wheat. A touch of some peppery herb, maybe coriander.

Taste is also big. Fairly dry, mostly wheat with moderate bittering hops and minor citrus. Pepper is still there. All aspects of the taste profile are strong -- definitely not watered down.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with playful carbonation. Finish is a pleasant wheat note.

This is drinkable to the point where I want to burn all of the papers I should be grading and go fishing with the rest of the six pack. Too often "summer" beers are watered down with low ABVs -- this is a "big" APWA in the taste department.

Pricey, but worth every penny. Oberon signals that summer is here.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:41:30 | More by semihobo
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8355 printed on the bottle. Served in my Oberon wiezen glass (also purchased at the store). Poured a hazy, pale gold color. Luscious, white head occupied a quarter of the glass. Head dissipated slowly leaving behind webs of sticky lacing. Scent of wheat and light fruiy esters. Taste similar to nose. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish. Of the six brews I tried while I was in Kalamazoo, this by far was my favorite. Very refreshing, quite sessionable and even better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:44:47 | More by Jwale73
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

It's got a light, golden color with some haze. The head is pretty impressive on this one. It's got good size, nice retention (lasts for the whole glass) and great lacing. The aroma is fruity with a hint of apricot. The taste is fruity as well. It's also got a slight bitterness and some nice flavors coming out of the wheat. The carbonation is just right and it feels very smooth in the mouth.

This isn't my style of beer but it's very easy to drink and would be perfect for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 20:47:13 | More by GJ40
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had first at Eulogy in Philly and enjoyed another bottle to try again- both equally tasty.
Poured this bottle into a blue moon chalice.

A: Hazy orange with a pillow big frothy head. Lacing sticks around.

S: Predominantly belgian wheat. Fruity aroma without being too sweet.

T: Pleasant sweetness and a touch of hops with the complete wheat taste. Spicy orange, in this version as well as I was unhappy they tossed an orange in it at Eulogy.

M: Unique, a full body and chewiness for a wheat of the style. The dense beer is still incredibly refreshing. Really shined here.

D: Oh so drinkable. Tasty and one of the most refreshing on the market.

Highly recommended, have to grab a case next time Im in PA- great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:16:42 | More by marcpal
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Golden and cloudy, with a nice patch of yeast in the bottle. Decent two finger head that settles to thin white cap, decent lacing.

S - Coriander hits first followed by sour wheat malt. Faint metallic hop aroma as well.

T - The taste is dominated by the somewhat sour wheat malt, but before becoming overbearing the slight coriander kicks in, followed by a relatively hoppy finish considering the style. Not as yeasty as I'd hoped, but well balanced anyway.

M - Prickly and somewhat thin; high carbonation probably accentuates the spicy and sour aspects of the beer, while restraining any potential effects of the large amount of yeast sediment present.

D - I could knock quite a few of these back. Not the best I've had, but definitely one of the most unique. I don't generally like overly sour or bitter brews, but Bell's has found an intriuging balance.

This beer surprised me to say the least. It certainly beats some of it's counterparts in terms of complexity, and the noticable addition of hops really works with the wheat malt, something I haven't tasted until now. The coriander aspect is somehow a little "off" and I would really like to see the qualities of the yeast shine through, but then again all that may throw it off balance. A very, very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:03:51 | More by PatrickJR
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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