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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

4,892 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 126
Gots: 382 | 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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a big white head. Aromas of corriander and spice, and wheaty notes. In the taste, mellow yet spicy and a small presenceof a grapefruity hop end. It has sweet texture and a dry aftertaste. Refreshing and a nice light flavor. A good beer for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 18:58:17 | More by OWSLEY069
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cjgator3

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 19:41:34 | More by cjgator3
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rborthwick

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an apricot color with modest head retention. A good bit of spent yeast in the bottle. Citrusy nose with a hint of grapefruit. This beer as not as sweet or orangy as a lot of other wheat beers. I actually think its taste is similar to Bass Ale of all things. This beer from Bells is not even in the same league as two hearted ale. I was disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 01:33:30 | More by rborthwick
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jasrbrd

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is reminiscent of another Bell's beer, the great Two Hearted Ale, but the Oberon is a wheat ale. It's also not as strong as the Two Hearted Ale but Oberon still packs a 5.8% punch, although it doesn't taste it. Nice color (although a beer's color has never really mattered to me - give me the taste!) with a pleasant fruit aroma which is also not that strong or overwhelming. Highly recommend you give this one a try especially if you like Summer ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 21:54:59 | More by jasrbrd
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apricot color with lots of suspended white particles even when pouring carefully. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor ... pretty darn citrusy with some wheat malt character as it warms up a bit. Light-medium bodied with a snappy citric finish.

I remain unimpressed ... not sure what the hype is about this one.

Per Bell's website: Saaz hops.
OG: 1.057
ABV: 5.8%

Batch #: 7832 ('7020' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 14:36:24 | More by RBorsato
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Grass and citrus nose.

Grass and citrus taste with mild hop bite.

Fairly crisp and pleasant mouthfeel.

Having tried this previously on tap, I'm still not too enthusiastic about this beer. Smells good and feels good, I'll leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 15:32:07 | More by techdiver
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ttu94

Texas

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

Seems to be very popular beer in the Midwest. Pours a hazy golden orange color with of head. Has a nice wheat smell with a citrus scent to it. Taste is ok. Has a defenite orange flavor to it along with the wheat malt. Not a bad mouthfeel either. All in all a nice wheat beer that could be had all day long in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 03:31:30 | More by ttu94
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 22:13:12 | More by russpowell
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quikfish13

Ohio

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

A: Cloudy orange in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Laced pretty god though and carbonation sticks for a while.

S: Quite fruity and citrus like with some lemon and orange notes standing out. Almost a floral like aroma as well.

T: The taste of apples comes to the forefront with a nice berry (raspberry?) sweetness to it. Almost a cider like quality as well.

M: A little watery but goes down quite smooth.

D: Excellent a very nice summer brew to have with friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 08:48:19 | More by quikfish13
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jdoncbus

Ohio

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a bubbly, dull yellow. Small head with a little lacing.

Pretty mild aroma, nose is of faint lemon and orange. A metallic and grainy smell is also made out..

A very crisp beer that begins with a watery carbonated taste that is quickly followed by wheat and apple-pear hoppiness. The mouth is left with a satisfied quenching, a modest dryness exists on the back of the tongue.

An extremely drinkable beer for the summer (as advertised). It's a very mild beer that goes down way too easy and nice to mix in with some Imperial IPAs. I was never a huge fan, preferring Bell's other offerings, but I have found it to be a solid beer to bring to BMC lover summertime gatherings and to enjoy as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 02:31:55 | More by jdoncbus
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ski271

Pennsylvania

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

On Tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: very cloudy peach-ish amber with a small, white, tight head with good retention. Excellent lacing.
S: Fruity, citrus and berry, light wheaty and earthy spice
T: More citrus than berry here, then some nice yeast and grain with a pleasant light bready flavor toward the finish.
M: Medium body, juicy texture, moderate carbonation.
D: SUPER-easy-drinking and refreshing while still remaining interesting. Very nice!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 19:40:07 | More by ski271
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katan

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy gold color - light amount of head from the standard pour. Lots of floating particulates.

S - A very light smell - nothing too strong. I'd say its a light hop scent if anything. It is appealing.

T - It starts with a wheat malt tone, and finishes with somewhat a citrus hit. Sort of matches w/ the orange bottle. A decent bite for a wheat.

M - Pretty smooth mouthfeel - maybe a little watery.

D - I could drink a few of these at a time. This one has lots of flavor for the style, which is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 04:26:52 | More by katan
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bboven

Texas

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

This is one of the best summer seasonals I have ever tasted, and growing up and going to college in Michigan, I have had many, many samples of this brew. So glad it's in North Carolina now. This is one of the few beers that a slice of orange actually accentuates, instead of hiding beer flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 00:28:30 | More by bboven
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oberon is so smooth you can easily drink a sixer in a session but at 5.8 ABV you will feel it. it is a superb summer wheat with a saaz hops bite that lingers with floral/ citrus overtones i love this beer from april till october every year. i am fortunate to have bells beers available and reccommend it if your in the midwest to try any or all of the beers from this great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 23:24:12 | More by gatornation
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

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

this was a glowing hazy straw in color that settled out to almost clear with some tiny floaties by the end of the glass. sweet label as well. spicy, sweet, doughy nose with notes of banana present. taste is of sweet bready malts balanced by the bit of spice and carbonation. finishes clean. hops are playing a supporting role in this one. chewy mouthfeel and medium in body. this is a dangerously drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 21:40:21 | More by MrMcGibblets
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice little summer beer here. Good malty backbone, with a spike of wheat and light hops. It's a great beer to cool off with during the hot summer months. It's not filling by any means, but it satisfies a strong thirst quite easily. Good cloudy appearance with a big frothy head in the beginning. It later dies out to a thin covering.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 00:12:39 | More by JISurfer
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flowerysong

Michigan

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

Appearance: Coarse foamy white head with minimal retention. Pours a cloudy light amber.

Smell: Wheat and citrus with some yeast notes.

Taste: Fruity wheat with a background of medium spicy hops and overtones of lemon. Sweet with lots of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy drinking, with a flavour profile that allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 04:13:02 | More by flowerysong
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slight haze on a straw yellow brew. Medium head, mild lacing.

S - A bit of cloves, wheat and a touch of grapefruit.

T - A bit of a dry hop flavor (slightly woodsy) with a bit fo grapefruit. A bitterness with a citrus and a bit of an earthy bitterness. Not great, but not too bad either,

M - A tad harsh, thin, a little refreshing.

D - Okay, not as palatable as I would have hoped. Might have again . . . if in Rome (i.e. Michigan).

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 00:04:24 | More by mrasskicktastic
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A- Translucent straw yellow body with thin white head that quickly fades leaving a nice collar. Plenty of lacing.

S- Nice light smell of citrus and wheat.

T- Citrus upfront, followed by wheat and some spiciness. Light wheat lingers. Nice light flavor.

M- light carbonation and light body. Smooth.

D- This is a great drinkable summer beer. I would have this again. Its light and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 19:44:21 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Hazy, straw yellow. Good bit of sediment/yeast floating around in it. Medium size, rocky, white head.

Aroma is of yeast and bread dough. Lemon. Earthy.

Taste is citrus up front, with sweet coming in second. A bit like apple. Nice balance between citrus and sweet.

Light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Excellent summer beer. I can understand it's popularity. Easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 19:01:51 | More by
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. After swirling the last half an inch in the bottle, appears a very cloudy golden pale yellow color with about a finger of white foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Smells of spicy wheat, citrus, mainly orange, and a mild bready aroma. Tastes of citrus, wheat, bready yeast and mild hops. Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. A notch below medium in body with medium carbonation. Always a refreshing beer to have around in the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 03:09:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour/swirl/pour produces a hazy yellow color similar to a pear/peach juice mixture. Head is big and billowy, taking a while to settle and leaving plenty of lace in its wake. Some floaters here, due to the intentional agitation, and that only makes me even thirstier. I'm salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs...

Aroma has light essences of peach, pear, wheat, and even fainter elements of sweet spices. Would've liked the aroma to burst out a little more, because everything here is nice, just too mellow.

Flavor is amazing, making it clear that Bell's can do lighter, less extreme beers just as well as the bigger bastards they're known for. Big, big juiciness; tropical and citrus fruits come together with a wheat touch bringing up the bottom end. Bitterness of freshly mown grass in the finish (not that I've ever tasted fresh lawn cuttings). Yeast comes through just a tad, offering an earthy, almost mineral element. Tastes better than any other U.S. pale wheat I've had yet. There's almost no comparison.

Mouthfeel offers succulent creaminess, moderate carbonation (ie. just right), and ample thickness.

This is great. A pleasure. Bell's is clearly a cut above the rest. Don't freak out because it's a Bell's brew under 8%. Highly recommended. Thanks to mnwags for this. Please send more Nick!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 21:26:10 | More by Metalmonk
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FloridaDrinker

Florida

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly. The smell of oranges was very pronounced with a touch of lemon as well.

Taste was orange/citrus with a hint of banana and spice. The hop bitterness came through at the middle and continued to fade into the finish. Carbonation was moderate. Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. Oberon is a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 00:25:46 | More by FloridaDrinker
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GRPunk

Michigan

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

Poured in a Pilsner glass at the Eccentric Cafe.

A- Poured a hazy wheaty orange with a solid 1" head. It left behind loads of lacing.

S- Strong orange scent with a touch of spices and a hint of hops.

T- Lots of citrus and some spice with a light hop taste. It tasted very fresh.

M- Really gentle mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- I've always had a special place for Oberon, as it was my introduction to craft beer many moons ago (I think it had just made the switch from being named Solsun at the time). However, my relationship with the beer has been hot and cool over the years. Friends have said it is even better on tap at the Pub. Not wanting to believe them and having the desire to sample the tap only options every time I've been to Bell's in the past, this is my first time actually having Oberon on tap at the Eccentric. I have to say it was the freshest beer I've had in a long time and totally worth it. It's a great summer beer made for relaxing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2007 00:47:39 | More by GRPunk
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IntriqKen

California

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

Pours a cloudy aprocote orange with a full finger white head that melts to only slightly sticky lacing.

Aroma is oranges and bread...lots of grain from the wheat in the aroma.

Taste is dry grains producing a bready taste and then a bit of sweet oranges from the malt and hop bill.

Very refreshing summer wheat without a lot of clove or banana complicating things.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 20:18:33 | More by IntriqKen
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.