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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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1,670 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,248
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,261 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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.
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Reviews: 1,670 | Hads: 6,248
Photo of esv
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Orangey straw. 1/4 inch head that quickly flattens but continues to cover the beer. Light grain and spiciness.

S) Spice and gentle malt-sweetness

T) Spicey, reminds me of a witbier. Soft grain. A hint of bitterness. A slightly cloying sweetness.

M) Light-Medium

O) While I wasn't crazy about it, I'm not really sure how it stacks up against the style. I'm not very familiar with the style.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy Orange-gold with decent white head that doesn't hold all that well or lace.

The smell is bready with subtle saaz spiciness.

The taste is similar, with more saaz coming through as the beer warms.

Medium light body with effervescent carbonation.

Overall, decent, nice saaz presence but could be more.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love almost all of Bell's beers, however Oberon tends to be a bit overrated. I get an artificial orange taste from it. I know during production no orange is added to the beer, however I can't get the off taste to go away. Nonetheless, this is a nice summer beer for the beer. They have cans now too!

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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 RoyalT
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very hazy and inviting yellow with a strong, white head that rose up nicely and left little pools of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – Well, it smells like an American grain-based Pale Ale with a hint of wheat and a light, almost-soury lemon note.

Taste – The wheat is second to the grain, but there’s just enough of it to smooth things out. Again, there’s a light hint of lemon, not enough even to turn things sour, but just enough to be noticed. The grain is a higher-than-normal grade, making the all-around taste relatively good.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, almost creamy, with a light carbonation that avoids the usual fizziness of American efforts.

Drinkability – This is not my style of choice, but for what it is trying to do I think it’s a solid effort by Bell’s.

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Photo of bashiba
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark yellow with a nice thick and creamy head, good sticky lacing.

Has a light corny smell with a hint of light grassy hops.

The flavor is has a light sweet wheaty flavor with a light bit of noble spicy hops in the finish. Simple and balanced.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, might be the high point of this beer.

A pretty good american wheat overall.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Dogfish Head standard pint. Pours hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wheat, fruit, malt, and skunk. The flavor is of skunk, subtle malt, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but wasn't really that great either. If the skunky aspect was not present it and there was more of a fruit aroma this could be nice. I would still drink this again, but just not anytime soon.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade, and it includes the thin chunks of levitating lemon flesh. It has a slight orange tint to it. Now I understand why the carrier suggests decanting: whole hunks of sediment settle to the bottom after being worked from the bottle. That's the first time I've ever seen that in a beer. Two fingers of billowy white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy cap and ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus and coriander. It's much more of a witbier in that sense. There's just a hint of pepper spice.

Taste: Zesty lemon citrus, coriander, and Orange Crush. There is a very surprising and appreciated spicy hop bite, which leaves a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the scent and taste of a sunny afternoon? Ha! It's tasty, smooth, and easy drinking, but I'm a little turned off by the Orange Crush. It does not stand out on its own -- it reminds me too much of Blue Moon -- but the hop bite at the end does provide uniqueness.

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Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to IBUnit63.

Pours a clear, lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, few spots of lace stick, looks pretty good. Smell is neat, malty, some wheat, kind of vegetal, citrusy, some light floral, lightly fruity, some biscuit malt, light honey/caramel sweetness. Taste is biscuity, malty and sweet, some honey, wheat, light floral, lightly yeasty, light bit of veggie, bit of citrus, otherwise unexciting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, refreshing and drinkable if not doing a whole lot for me. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a pale straw yellow to gold color that is fairly hazy. A white finger of head sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. As it fades, it leaves some spots and strings of lace on the glass.

The smell includes some wheat grain coupled with hints of sulfur, cheese and modest herbal hops. Overall not a bad smelling brew but not the finest either.

The taste is surprisingly sweet almost like orange zest. It is faintly reminescent of an orange tick tack candy that lost much of its flavor. As it warms up, across the back is a solid inclusion of sulfur.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is light in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but I could do without the sulfur aspects. For a summer brew it isnt bad but it also isnt something I would seek out again.

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Photo of danmouer
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bells oberon is a classic example of an American wheat ale. ..And a classic example of what is wrong with the style.
First The beer pours a very handsome hazy gold. Just what a summer beer should be.

The nose is nonexistent. Where is the malt? The grain? A little hint of grassy hops?

The flavor is moderately light and refreshing. ..As it should be. But where is the fruit yeast? Where the sweet hint of malt?

It's all neutral, clean, and largely without character, except for a.bitter hop spine that puckers rather than cleanses.
Give me a hefeweizen or a wit fo my summer beer. At least those have character.

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Photo of rangerred
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge billowy head. Awesome head retention and plenty of sediment.

Aroma is somewhat muted but has notes of orange and coriander. A little yeasty too.

The taste is spicy with coriander and orange peel. There is a little bit of caramel as well. There is more hoppiness than I was expecting and a light to moderate bitterness becomes present about 2/3 of the way through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, this is a tasty brew but doesn't do a lot to set it apart from the crowd. It is a delicious summer brew, though, that I would like to have again.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a straw coloured golden sun shine. Not much head. Nose- strange flavour coming across- I don't know what that is?? taste- light citrus, some alcohol flavour, and an almost macro creamed corn type taste. Hard to figure out. Its a difficult to describe beer, but is decently tasty at the same time. I can see why this is Bell's big seller for the summer time. Its refreshing, full of flavour, but non offensive at the same time. I wouldn't look long and hard for this again, but was worth picking up a six pack.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy flaxen color. Pretty thin with bubbles clinging to the glass, but not much head.

S - It smelled a little fruity: mango, apricot, grapefruit.

T - Its taste was a little sour, but fruity and yeasty.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and pleasantly tangy.

O - It was interesting and definitely not bad for a wheat beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown amber, head settles in at 1/4-1/8 of an inch. Aroma is massive and full...nice nutty and sweet spice in smell. Pronounced banana bread flavor, but traces of too sour notes. Hop bite. Starts flavorful, finishes astringent and thinner. Refreshing as a cooler, I was looking for far less acidity and sourness, as implied by the smell. OK, not a favorite, though. Just too sour...

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Photo of mooseo
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

A - Cloudy golden hues with small bits of yeast sediment floating and clinging to the sides. Huge 3 finger head with decent retention.

S - Lemon citrus and floral scents are immediately evident, with bready yeast and wheat aromas coming through as well.

T - Sweet citrus (lemon and orange) flavors up front, followed by bready malts and spice (cinnamon?). The finish is spicy with a big lemon zest. Leaves a nice lingering bready aftertaste.

M - Light-medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

D - Decent American wheat ale. The drinkability is superb. I expected a bit more complexity, but the dominant citrus profile is very satisfying.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a light orange color and very cloudy with a solid white head, which didn't stick around long. The aroma was nice, orange peel, coriander, wheat, and a sort of grassy hop character. The taste wasn't bad but not near as deep as the smell. A slight bready flavor hits up front followed by a citrus-wheat flavor. At the back of the throat is when the slight hoppiness kicks in for a nice finish. A bit of yeast in the aftertaste. The carbonation is low so it goes down very smooth. A thin to medium mouthfeel. This beer would be very drinkable during those hot summer days.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice summer wheat on tap at the Farmhouse. Nice head. A bit yeasty for me. Balanced mouthfeel goes down pretty easy on warm summer day. I'd much prefer a hopslam or two hearted but not bad for the style. Bell's has yet to produce a beer that I have not liked.

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Photo of CJStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a very ordinary pour - pretty good head, nice lace, not as cloudy as I would expect but had interestingly large ""floaties". They were about the size of a grain of sand (not conditioning from bottom either) and did not seem to clump or combine.

Nose was pleasent. Mouthfeel was appropriately full. Moderately carbonated. Taste had a little too much alcoholic twang to it. IMHO detracts from the flavor of the style.

Pretty good, but would not purchase again.

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Photo of davesway10
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For an Excellent seasonal offering, this is the one. by any means, not the best beer one the market. but. If you just want a solid good beer to drink on a hot summer day this is it. nice taste, nice feel excellent drinkability what more could you ask for .

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overrated but of course Im also not a big wheat beer fan.

appearance: cloudy golden, with orangish tint, liek a witbier

smell: hint of hops, and a tad of citrus smell

taste: rich and slight nutty, slight hops

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty, slightly thick

drinkability: good quality, not my favorite, but a great crossover beer from macros. Suprised about the alchol content. it was very easy to drink. Serve with a lemon and i think the bud drinkers can handle this. Especially if they like Blue Moon.

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Photo of malloyca
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange gold with a medium, foamy head. Faint aromas of yeast, mild citrus and some spice. Pleasant and grainy on the palate, there is a lot of carbonation in this which lends nice mouthfeel but obscures the flavors a bit. For this style, though, that's ok. Very refreshing. I would not hesitate to throw six of these in an iced bucket in the back yard on a hot day.

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Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes. There are also some particles floating around in it.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some malts and grains. There is also some light hops and some lemons. It ends with a malty/grainy aftertaste with a light fruitiness.

Overall - Quite drinkable, but also quite boring. Not a whole lot of flavour going on. A good beer to session I suppose but not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Nick0424
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's -5 degrees here in lovely detroit metro area michigan and I'm drinking this mostly average but extremely satisfying summer ale. Very hoppy and the wheat is definitely in the aroma. Solid brew all together.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.