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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

4,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 4172
Reviews: 1519
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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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
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MTNboy

Germany

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is bread like with some citric tones. As you drink more the aroma gets a little more grainy. It has very wheat like palate. It pours a very hazy orange color. There is a lot of sediment and bubbles to the body. There was not much head at all but what little it did have disappeared quickly. The lace is off white with an orange tint. The taste is wit like and not bad with balanced mix of grain, citrus, spice and hops. It has a crisp mouthfeel with sediment.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 14:59:04 | More by MTNboy
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VaTechHopHead


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark yellow/honey colored that was unfiltered and had floating sediments. White head dissipated quickly with not much lacing.

S - Not a very strong aroma but it had a semi-fruity and dry aroma with hints of wheat, lemon, orange, and ginger.

T - It had a very "monotone" flavor and it remained the same throughout the palate. No hops present and it started off kind of sweet from the fruits and finished kind of tart and semi-dry. It was lighter on flavor that I was expecting.

M/D - It had a medium body with little carbonation, semi-dry aftertaste kind of like a champagne but was overall refreshing on a hot summer day.

Not a bad choice from Bell's...not my favorite American Pale Wheat Ale but certainly a solid choice for the summer time!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 16:45:38 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange, a bit hazy. Aroma is nothing special, a little citrus and hops. Taste
is the same nothing really stands out. Again some citrus, a little hops. Something like a wheat beer but not quite. Not sure what this is going for. Its a little weak in flavor for a wheat beer. I guess its ok for a summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 22:54:27 | More by Liverpool08
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.

T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.

M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 18:52:43 | More by Rifugium
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WrathsU

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body with bright white head. The head isn't that thick and doesn't last that long but the body color and head color is fantastic.

S - Not much here. Pretty faint malt smell.

T - Nice light wheat and fruit tastes. Slightly orange tasting, but again kind of light and not that pronounced.

M - Medium-light body with a nice carbonation level. No alcohol burn.

O - Good session beer, very drinkable, unfortunately just lacking in intensity.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:11:42 | More by WrathsU
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Anker13

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Cloudy with chunks of yeast floaties that eventually settled to the bottom, pale orange, thin white head

Aroma - not a lot there, slight citrus and bread, grainy

Mouthfeel - moderate CO2, medium bodied (fuller than I imagined), slight coating

Taste - sweet bread, slight fruitiness, grain, little orange character

Residual - slightly off aftertaste, coating

Overall - Was expecting more. Over the last month I've seen an excessive amount of 20+ case displays of oberon so I figured it was worth checking out. Wasn't a terrible beer, but also wasn't a particularly good one... I certainly do not understand the hype. There are a lot of better wheat beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:08:54 | More by Anker13
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minterro

Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy golden look with a that when poured is thick and disappears into a pretty think but constend foam. Seems alive with many bubble of carbonation rises

Smell: the malt smells a bit smokey but sweet, clean and pure smell.

Taste: Very well balanced bitter taste. SOOO smooth going down.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for me, not too overcarbonated when u let it linger, I feel this is a flaw in many beers. Again very smooth with a midium body.

Drinkability: I would like to have another

Conclusion: Great beer overall, would definitely recommend this beer to anyone. Being in college it isn't a beer i would be able to buy year round, however it would be on my list for when I have some extra spending money and looking for a good relaxing beer. Bell's sure knows how to brew their beer TRY IT!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:47:07 | More by minterro
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GregoryVII

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark yellow/light orange color, with medium head and cloudy visibility. Oberon's smell is certainly fruity and betokens a sense of refreshment. The wheat flavor is very prevelent, however many of the complex spices of Belgian wheat are lacking (which since it is an American Pale Wheat, shouldn't hurt it too much) but it is still not as refreshing or full as many of its American conterparts. The mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery. It is very drinkable, as it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:14:51 | More by GregoryVII
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled while watching football during Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Hazy, cloudy yellow. Decent head that easily falls to a thin crown on top.
Smell's pretty typical for a wheat beer. Lemon, citrus, and somewhat floral
The taste is lemon, with some ginger. Zesty.
The mouthfeel of a lot of these wheat beers, is too carbonated for me. I feel like I'm drinking a seltzer.
Over all a decent beer and about par for the style.
Thanks to beckje01 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 00:56:37 | More by wcudwight
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen some reviews on here that indicate this is better on tap. I hope so because I had some pretty high hopes for this brew and was a bit let down.

A-It's orange in color with 1 finger of head that doesn't stick around long and a litle lacing left on the glass

S-The nose was weaker than expected with a faint orange smell as well as some bread after really searching for it.

T- It has a nice wheat flavor with a slight citrus flavor coming through from a mild hop presence. The bitterness from the hops is a bit underwhelming and I was left wanting more to come through even though it's probably not really keeping to the style. But for personal taste, I wanted some more flavor coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is quite good and is probably the best part of the beer.

D- I'm going to have to give this a try on tap since I was definately a bit let down by the bottle. I am typically happy with Bell's brews but this one didn't really win me over.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:26:43 | More by beerman207
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear yellow with a light foamy white head and lots of little yeast particles floating around.

Aroma - Very faint sour yeast and orange citrus smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.

Taste - Light sour dough flavor up front. The middle is zesty with a hint of orange and white pepper. The finish is clean and warming as though the alcohol were higher than 5.8%..

Overall - Very clean refreshing brew. Although a little weak in flavor, it's definitely a beer that would appeal to a lot of people.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:08:04 | More by praufs01
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jonziefle

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a copper colored amber, ever so slightly cloudy. One finger white head that doesn’t stick around long but leaves a thin layer. Nice lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Sweet hops at first, mainly grapefruit, with an apple juice smell deeper down. Mild adjunct lager like malts hidden in as well. Above average sweetness.

Taste: Moderately sweet lager like malts, with hops mixed in (but their taste isn’t distinct, more general). Ever so slightly sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle. Moderately filling.

Drinkability: A decent offering, but not quite the summer wheat ale I was looking for. It’s a little too lagery and sour, with not enough mild malt sweetness. Also, none of the usual wheat spices. On a blind taste test, I could not even tell it was a wheat beer.

Buy Again? No, there are many better beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:14:47 | More by jonziefle
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kylehayworth

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Mild golden amber color, with a touch of orange hues, the head is clean white and fades quickly.

S: Gentle touch of hops, citrus and grapefruit/orange.

T: Sweet orangy taste to it, minimal hops here.

M/D: It has good carbonation, easy drinking.

This is a pretty good, but an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 13:48:54 | More by kylehayworth
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gabriel for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very vibrant straw color with a pronounced cloudiness and a bit white head.

S: Quite a bit of the wheat comes though on the nose to provide a definite sweet, cereal aroma. There is a hint of tartness as well, but overall a very light nose.

T: A similar story when it comes to the flavor. Light on the palate with some lemon and wheat flavors, almost berliner weiss like. Still, some sweetness comes through at times.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a crisp carbonation that would definitely make this one refreshing on a hot day.

D: I do not understand why this beer does not get slammed like others of a similar style do. This is really no different than most of the beers being advertised by brewpubs as "hefeweizens".

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:49:51 | More by womencantsail
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MowryJC

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - A nice hazy light honey color topped with a four finger rocky head that leaves moderate curtains of lace down the glass. The nicest part of the experience.

S - Wheaty, grassy notes with a distinct lager smell, a whiff of slight citrus and spice.

T - Bready malt with my less favorable aspects of wheat beers, a slightly unpleasant grassiness. Tiny bit of lemon. Spicy floral hops at the end to break it off with very little lingering taste.

M - Nice and spritzy, the carbonation really scrubs your tongue, leaving a pretty clean aftermath.

Overall, a very drinkable mouthfeel and texture, but ranks in the average wheat beer to me. For the style, though, this is a pretty good beer. Definitely for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:26:52 | More by MowryJC
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark straw color with gold and orange hues. Beer shows some chill haze.

Citrus, lime zest, saltine cracker, cat pee, meyer lemon.

Lemon zest, yellow apple, hop bitterness and crisp acidity.

Medium bodied with firm carbonation and a dry finish.

Did not care for the ammonia in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:46:49 | More by Libationguy
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keithmurray

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear tangerine color liquid with white head, some sediment is suspended in this one

Smell - orange peel, wheat

Taste - wheat, orange peel, tangerine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of sourness on the finish

Overall -
Not sure if this was a bad bottle or what, but this was a letdown. I'd be willing to give it another shot down the road

Price point - $1.89/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:24:06 | More by keithmurray
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jcalabre

California

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 2 October 2002. This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The flavor has a nice bite on the palate. It very much reminds me of a white beer. I think that this is a pretty good American wheat. Not one of Bell's best, but certainly very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 20:35:19 | More by jcalabre
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donnebaby

North Carolina

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

Served very cold. Cloudy light gold color with a milky thin froth. Nose was sweet pear.

Basic taste, with some light toastiness in the aftertaste.
Shallow carbonation. Smoothed out as it warmed.

Not too impressed with this beer, which seemed to be a basic wheat summer brew. Good looks and nose, but not even very drinkable. Would've liked a little more of a thick mouthfeel.

Will have to try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 18:36:08 | More by donnebaby
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

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

Poured a pale golden yellow color with light carbonation and minimum haze.
Smells heavily of spices, citrus and malt.

Taste is medium bodied, malty, and bursting with citrus hop goodness.
Lemon flavors and malty finish make it a very refreshing and definitely a summer beer.

It seems many are champions of this beer; myself, I couldn't get past some of the sweeter flavors. I was surprised because I typically like wheat beers, so I won't rule out revisiting this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2006 15:01:16 | More by MeLikeBeer
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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