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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 4152
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


Brewed by:
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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elmocoso

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like this could be a good session beer.

I poured into tow glasses and the first was crystal clear, the second one poured with a plump of sediment. Ahhh, brewers yeast!

There seems to be more nose on the yeasty glass. It is a sharp fruitiness in the nose and mouth, Esters from the yeast, i suppose.

The taste is bread and malt and a has a little of a wine/champaign puff to it. It definitely grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:49:51 | More by elmocoso
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with some white haze and a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak wheat with some discernable hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of wheat back with some sensible Saaz hops, which provide character without shadowing all the malt. Body is above average and about right for the style. Very enjoyable beer overall and would make a great session beer for hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 19:54:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice orange amber color with white head that goes away quickly.

S - Sweet fruity scents.

T - Just like the smell, it's sweet and has some citrusy fruity taste. Very little wheat or hops, suprising!

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not the best but good overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:23:19 | More by jeffmonarch
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup from a bottle at a Tigers spring training game in Lakeland, Florida. Pours a very cloudy orange. Aroma is very citrus. Tastes mostly like lemon and orange peel. I couldn't drink many of these, as the citrus is a little too overwhelming. As is, its a decent to good white ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 20:04:39 | More by bigfnjoe
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suretolose

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - mostly like a typical wheat beer. Hazy golden brown color. Fairly cloudy with a good 2 finger foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Strong light beer type of smell. Heavy hop, early type of smell. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Taste - slight hopiness, but good balance. Definitely seems to be a citrus taste in there somewhere. Earthy, like the smell.

Mouthfeel - medium thickness, a little creamy.

Drinkability - This would be a good summer beer. Light, not too filling, not too high on abv, but high enough. No lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:51:27 | More by Nerudamann
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish yellow and cloudy with a nice soapy white thick head. Leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Looks decent enough.

Smell - Nice notes of orange citrus. Even detecting some floral hops. Picking up the wheat in the background. Nicely balanced.

Taste - Getting some grapefruit and some orange in the taste. Only a small amount of bitterness coming in at the back of the throat. Just getting a slight bit of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin, refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Maybe only the slightest bit watery.

Drinkability - Very nice summer brew. Easily drinkable. Perfect after a hot, hard days work. This beer is better than most summer wheat beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 19:41:28 | More by Shrews629
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UpNorthLager

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes ales are a little too sweet and caramelly for me, so at times, I'm hesitant to choose an ale. This was a good one. A full-bodied flavor, the malt wasn't too sweet - but there was that hint. A little hint of hops balanced nicely. I might have had another had the tenderloin not just come off the grill then. I guess this beer reopened an avenue of beers for me that had been under construction.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 18:43:10 | More by UpNorthLager
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz single picked up at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Stella glass.

AP: Bright gold colour with a 1" white head that fizzles down to a 1/4", decent lacing. There's both carbonation bubbles and sediment floating suspended in the liquid which reminds me of looking at a clear bottle of Aloe Vera or a lava lamp. Funky.
AR: Straw, hay, cracker, orange, funky yeast, a bit of lemon sourness.
T: Biscuit and cracker malt base with some wheat notes, soft note of lemon tartness and a touch of orange rind. Finish has a bit of a sour and bitter bite with a touch of pine and pink grapefruit and yeasty funk.
M: Too carbonated for my tastes, so much so it takes away from actually fully tasting the flavours of this beer. Finish has a kind of oily moist coating on the tongue and then starts to turn slightly dry.
OV: It's a decent Pale Wheat Ale, but I doubt I'd buy this again when I can get Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin. I know, different takes on a PWA, apples to oranges, but this is somewhat mundane to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:17:41 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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aluskungs

Massachusetts

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

Hazy orange beer.

This beer pours cloudy with a big head. Weird orange color, not bad but odd. No real smell (maybe my nose is going).

Tastes somewhere between a hefeweizen and a kolsh. Big strong floral orange flavor, like it was brewed with oranges, don't know if it was, label doesn't give a clue to it's style. Citrus flavors roll all over my mouth like a bubbly washing machine. Goes down smooth and refreshing clean aftertaste.

A sudzy quafable brew, full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:08:09 | More by aluskungs
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, straw toned yellow with a fluffy, 3 finger cap that slowly fades out into a clumpy head. Lots of lacing beads around the glass.
Smell is of light citrus featuring lemon zest, fresh grain, and a touch of American yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but toned down a notch in a somewhat bland flavor. Not bad but nothing jumping out either that makes me want to continue with this one.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light up front, citrusy, and easy drinking. I probably should've had this before the Expedition, which is a hard act to follow.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 20:14:15 | More by weeare138
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GreenCard

Oregon

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

Appearance: pale straw, slight haze, medium layer of white froth, OK head retention

Aroma: spicy pumpernickel bread and hints of orange

Flavor: medium sweet malt balance up front that only slightly dries out from a light wheat acidity; hints of caramel, herbally hops, and a biscuity note; finishes semisweet with a honeyish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, soft & chewy texture

Other comments: Not as good as when I tried it on tap about 4 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:15:10 | More by GreenCard
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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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xare

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as an orangish-amber with a thin white head that didn't lace. Average appearance, but a tad darker than most wheat ales.

Smell was truly exceptional. Smelled just like an excellent pale ale with just a faint hint of wheat - truly nice for a wheat pale ale. Didn't give off wheaty aromas as so many do.

Taste was somewhat strange. Tasted a little like an alcoholic bread flavor. Didn't really distinguish itself from being alcohol with a touch of wheat (which is nice at times, but doesn't endear me to drinking more of it).

Mouthfeel was decent, went down smooth. Nothing else of note though. Did begin to warm up (and become more like alcohol the more it warmed up).

Drinkability wasn't great. I finished the beer but I wouldn't search this beer out again. Might have it if it was free, but I don't think that Oberon was worth searching out, especially when I can drink anything else Bell's makes.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:57:08 | More by xare
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ph2001

Oregon

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

12oz bottle in pint glass

it pours a hazy golden peach color with no head. it smells thick and sweet. it actually is very light and crisp, a bit dry. the wheatiness is mild and there is a light sweetness of honey. drinkable and refreshing. a good summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:51:54 | More by ph2001
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Big frothy white head with good retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Aroma is just chock full of wheat and mainly just wheat. No spiciness of any sorts and just a touch of herbal hops.

3.0 T: Overall, this is pretty bland. Neutral wheat flavor. Not really any hops. I'll admit that the subtleties come through after the second or third beer, but that's not good enough for me.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Not bad.

3.5 D: This is incredibly smooth and not bad, but it is a little boring. Still, I wouldn't mind having a few every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:27:51 | More by DavoleBomb
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a nice cloudy (and chunky!) golden yellow. Head disapates to a thin fizzy one. Not much going on in the nose. Wheat and yeast with a little citrus. Taste is nice. Citrus with sweet malt and hops in the background... almost subdues. This beer seems to be a very basic example of the style. Though it does have a little spice in the background... it is a bland beer. Nothing really interesting enough to make me excited to drink this. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 23:12:42 | More by Buggies
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle mit hefe into a weizen glass, with last inch of beer in the bottle swirled to pick up all the yeast.

A: Dark golden, slightly orange in color. Poured a full two finger head that stuck around quite awhile. Lots of effervescent carbonation visible. Obviously it was cloudy due to the swirling of the yeast into the glass.

S: Strong wheaty aroma along with the smell of yeast. Pleasant but mild

T: Taste is similar to the smell though I taste a good amount of rich barley to balance of the wheat flavor. Very mild hops, a hint of citrus in the first of the taste and a slight lingering bit of bitterness -- not much, just enough to notice. The yeast adds a bit of complexity to the beer, too.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel to this beer with a playful carbonation. This beer feels good going down

D: Easy to drink, pleasant but not all that enticing to make me want another. It's nice enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 23:32:49 | More by mklinger
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jrish

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Right off the bat one can tell this beer is light in the ass. Goldish color fills the glass with minimal head. Decent citrus - orange aroma is present at first sniff Very light malty bitters, on this wheaty ale. Nice carbonation resulting in a very drinkable, spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:32:31 | More by jrish
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mdfb79

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:51:55 | More by mdfb79
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pasdachuri

Illinois

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

Pours a hazy golden straw with a white head about one finger tall.

Wheat, lemon, and clove aromas.

Begins with a crisp, wheat grain taste with light pear and banana undertones.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation but somewhat of a thin feel.

Average drinkability. Definitley worth trying, especially on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 20:58:23 | More by pasdachuri
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tvv375ia

Iowa

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

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured cloudy with a lot of suspended particles and light bronze in color

S-sweet fruits, oranges, pears, apples along with some wheat bread

T- taste doesn't come through as strong as the smell fairly light taste of the fruit salad of the nose followed up by some spice like white pepper

M-nice carbonation light bodied summer ale

O-I would have like more of the smell to carry into the taste but overall it is a really good easy drinking summer beer

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:14:01 | More by tvv375ia
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puckinright

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a one finger fresh white head. The head fades quickly and the lacing is minimal. Smells of wheat and citrus, but very little, if any hop aroma. Tastes of wheat up front, w/ a dry cereal component. Finishes crisp with light citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit too highly carbonated for my liking.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer that I would have again but would not necessarily seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:45:20 | More by puckinright
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 finger head

Appearance : hazy, light golden color

Smell : Wheaty and crisp.

Taste : Light for a wheat ale, sweet, wheat malt, hints of citrus and lemon salt spice.

Mouth feel : Smooth but light for a wheat ale.

Overall Truly a summer ale reflecting the Sun on the label. Light and refreshing. A good deck beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:13:15 | More by otterbearfla
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The typical pale wheat color... a light goldenrod that's a bit hazy... but oh my, the head is awesome. Solid three fingers of fluffy white head, that leaves a spiderweb of lace all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S- Some orange and spice, a hint of wheat, a good bit of yeast, and even a touch of alcohol in the back, but everything is subdued...

T- Malty character infused with a light sweet citrus, some white bread and yeast, light hops (saaz?), but a strange flavor in the aftertaste, and one that isn't so pleasant... metal? Just drink again, so you don't have to deal with that aftertaste...

M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp, with a bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

D- Pretty good, but there are better ones out there. A disappointment from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:19:46 | More by khiasmus
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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