Bell's Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 1,706 | Ratings: 6,443
Photo of fx20736
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, not much lacing.

S: faint whiff of sour atop bready malt
T: no banana, very faint tartness, thick chewy wheat bread
F: quality, solid
O: Not bad, but no real reason to seek it out either

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Photo of archerjoe03
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very good beer. I feel the yeast overpowers the other flavors however. The yeast does not add to the flavor the way I prefer. I will still buy it again, which means it passed.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite summer wheat beers. Not too sweet, a little bit of spice. Pleasant easy drinking enjoyable summer afternoon beer. One of Bell's classic s

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-gold and cloudy appearance. Nice citrusy smell. Quaffable. Hint of orange peel bitterness in finish. A good summer beer. I don't have a lot of experience to be able to compare Oberon to similar styles yet but I found this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Nyg
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Similar to Sam Adams cold snap imo. Light and refreshing not too fruity. When ever this is in tap I will definitely order one. A good summer drinker. Crisp and light nice floral mix of flavor and smell

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not meant as a slight to Bell's, but Oberon hit me about like Two-Hearted IPA did....good but not as great as most of the reviews suggest. This is of course blasphemy to my Michigan friends who think everything Bell's pumps out is superior to microbrews everywhere else. But as I said, it's good but there's better to be found.

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Photo of Budlum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeast and wheat malt on the nose. An easy-drinking summer choice at a great price point from a fantastic brewer. The option for cans make this a welcome partner for outdoor adventures.

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Photo of uvachief
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Fresh. Pint glass. Looks like light golden yellow. Cloudy. Full finger of head dissipated quickly. Doesn't have a lot of smell other than slight malts and maybe a hint of citrus. Taste is a little sweat but tastes like a traditional wheat ale to me. Nothing really odd or unique about it. Easy to drink. You'd down a 6 pack in a heart beat on a hot sunny day. 5.8% abv. No signs of bitterness at all so reviews below made no sense to me. Good wheat beer with ale yeast. More wheat beer than ale. Wouldn't turn it down at a backyard BBQ.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and wheat... fresh hay and grains. Mild hops.

T/F: To me the taste was biscuits and grains... not as complex as most wheat beers (lacking the yeasty notes) and a bit more hops than usual for the style. Carbonated and a bit zesty.

O: Not a bad beer... easy drinking, but nothing terribly special. Certainly doesn't taste like a wheat beer... more like an ale crossed with a very mild IPA. A good session beer and coming from Bell's you know it's well made.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Seriously hazy orange-gold (think orange juice) with some white lacing. Smell: Wheat beer smells with some citrus and kind of a syrupy sweetness
Taste: Sharp citrus and fruity wheat and hops (well blended) with some non-hop related bitterness towards the finish. Doesn't taste overly sweet but the nose gives it a syrupy sweetness
Feel: Medium body (not light), not sure if its psychological but seemed thick, syrupy in a way

Overall: Stylistically it's hard to identify anything that's "wrong" with this one. it's got a nice balance and blend of flavors but i just couldn't get into it. Part of it was the syrupy quality which is most prevalent in the nose. The bitterness, which seems more grain related than hop related, was also a bit off-putting. Kind of a disappointment.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NOT FRESH:
OK wheat beer. Great mouthful and look to it but is lacking in smell and tatse. Not very fresh though so I have to imagine that's why this beer didn't hit home for me.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. PKGD 06/08/2015.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange body with 1 finger coarse, white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Fresh and fruity wheat aromas. Orange, peach, some banana. Coriander. Floral hops. Light cracker, grass.

T: Lightly spicy, bitter and citrusy burst up front. Development of some rounder wheat notes. Underlying hops carry throughout to a fairly dry finish for a wheat ale. Bright and slightly juicy with lemon, orange notes. Lingering orange blossom and floral notes in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Enough bite to keep things crisp and clean without harshing the smooth, wheat character.

O: Very nice American wheat. More complex than the typical US wheat offering. Nice blending of German hefe and state-side style hopping.

Prost!

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Photo of Pickkleman
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! One of the more delicious wheat beers out there. Some say it is overrated, but I say HOGWASH! This beer is frikkin delicious! Just try this beer....you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015.

The color is pale yellow with an olive hue under the low light of the restaurant. A little wheat haze and a modest white head.

The aroma is wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy, fruity notes but particularly orange peel.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a wonderful spicy and toasted wheat start with a modest fruity and bitter finish.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange with a small white head that laces great down the glass. Citrus, sweet malt, and light pepper in the aroma. Taste follows leading with a sweetness from the wheat, citrus underneath and slight peppery/floral hop finish. Medium body, good carbonation, slight creamy feel, slightly drying finish. Just a solid beer, easy drinking and great summer beer flavors.

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Photo of Chaz
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque orange-gold in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Very good lacing, and a nice visual presentation altogether.

The nose is zesty and fruity; The combination of wheat malt and juicy, citrusy hops is very enticing.

On the palate it's a sweeter, maltier beer than many other wheat ales, but also well balanced by a blend of aroma and bittering hops. There's a good deal of malt sweetness her, but the bitterness keeps it in check while the aromatic hops complement the wheat malt, providing a character of lemon zest and orange zest.

The body is fairly full for a wheat beer, and certainly much heavier than either a Bavarian hefeweizen or Belgian wit.

Very good mouthfeel altogether -- very full-bodied and satisfying for what it is, while also going down easily.

On the other hand, it is a stronger and more full-bodied beer to begin with, so it is not too easy to drink. It's satisfying and refreshing /easy-drinking (although not quite brisk) while also being satisfying enough that one or two pours might just fill you up! This makes it a well-balance beer on another level. As far as "lighter, summer beers" go, Oberon is practically a barleywine. Okay, I won't go that far, but it's definitely a sipper.

When it comes to an unfiltered pale wheat ale, Oberon is pretty much the gold standard insofar as the upper midwest's Craft Beer scene is concerned.

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Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murkey, hazy, dark yellow color with a puffy head. The smell is of wheat, with a bit of twang, and grassiness. Some grain. The taste is slanted sweet, with a suitable bitterness for balance. Fuller in mouthfeel than I expected, with a lot of fizziness. I expected more from this beer.

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Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oberon Ale is definitely a good choice when you're looking for a sweet flavor without going for the extremely sweet taste. It's refreshing and still tastes like an ale with the Orange aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild yeasty notes, thick malt and wheat, light citrus, and bright earthy, peppery, and piney hop notes. Very cloudy orange-yellow brew. Thin head.

Flavor follows. Very refreshing; clearly a wheat ale, but with a nice hoppy bite mid palate. Milky and chewy wheat finish.

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Photo of Cmitch9
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice but light citrus flavor and a good bite. Light golden in color, slightly cloudy, everything you would expect from a Pale American Wheat without going too far. Slight citrus smell, inviting, not overbearing. Very refreshing and easy to drink. One of the preeminent Summer Ales in my opinion. Not too fruity or sweet like many others in the genre.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy hop aroma.
Very drinkable.
Nice carbonation bite.
Light citrus profile.

What can I say? This is a very formidable pale wheat that doesn't overdo it on the citrus. The spicyness from the hops and the ever so slightly bitter finish make this beer great.

Will actively seek out this brew again when I want a break from the usual IPA.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- cloudy yellow-gold beer, with a light head that dissipates quickly
Smell- wheaty and a hint of flowers
Taste- Wheaty, good hoppy notes, light citrus (perhaps orange)
Feel- Crisp, good light finish
Overall:: very good deal beer, from TJ's, light and perfect light ale for the summer

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Photo of Leo-Dean
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Heard so highly of it so maybe got my hopes up. Pours very nicely. Good head. But something about the taste is off to me. A little too hoppy for a wheat for me.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell of coriander and orange peel - the orange perhaps by suggestion of the label color.
Light enough to be refreshing on a hot day, with a decent bite from carbonation and enough character to be interesting. A little bitter at the finish to even it out.

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Photo of jancona
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer brew - has a light peach taste combined with some grassiness and lemon zest. It also has a touch of hop to dry it slightly. This is not a groundbreaking wheat beer, but certainly enjoyable and tasty.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.