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

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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
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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:
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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg into a lager glass by my buddy Drake. He poured a bit of a monster head, With tons of lacing. The beer is a murky gold color. The smell is of wheat and lots of it, With some very light malt and perhaps of lemon grass?. The taste follows the smell largely. With some squeezed orange coming through and some slight grape in the mix. The mouthfeel adds some tartness, though a bit too tart for what it is. Overall, A good wheat ale, Would I buy it? Sure, I I needed something that was easy to drink for a medium price that is a nice change from the usual.

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Photo of xare
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

Bottle code 10283 which means it was bottled on 3.23.11.

A- Light, cloudy orange with a almost-white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S - Citrus, barley, corn.

T - Sweet corn and wheat.

D - A touch bitter, sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating evident, has a bottle code of 8488.

Appearance: slightly hazy but mostly clear medium golden, very light orange highlights. Head is dense, off-white, limited, and dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Limited. Some lightly bready wheat notes, and a little spiciness. Really needs to warm to room temp to smell much of anything.

Taste: apricot, some orange spice, a little hint of maybe bergamon spice, some very limited clove hints. Kind of a mish-mash of spice flavors, but none really dominate, or shine. Minimal to no hops evident.

Mouth: Slightly slick, medium full, with a notable tingly carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable as lawnmower beer, but deeply unexceptional from a brewery capable of much, much, much more.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled on 4/18/12, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color– nearly opaque but pretty bright and vibrant. There's a half-finger or so of fine, white head, and a decent quantity of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass.

S: Light bready, wheaty smell, accentuated by freshly cut grass, orange and lemon peels.

T: Quite a punch to follow up the relatively light aroma– bread and fresh grass show up initially, with citrus flavors backing them up. Taste intensifies on the finish, then lingering yeast and bitter grass/citrus flavors remain for a while. The yeast overpowers the other flavors a bit, but is not unwelcome. I might just be imagining it, but the beer seemed to taste a bit better after I poured the sediment at the bottom of the bottle into my glass.

M: Light, smooth, and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Just a bit of a tingling resulting from the beer's bitterness.

O: Despite my limited experience in the American Pale Wheat style coupled with the dramatic variance of beers within it, this one's strong flavors make it better than average. I definitely see the appeal in drinking a few of these on a hot summer day, and wouldn't mind revisiting Oberon in the future.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear bright orange body with a white head.

Nose is really quite mellow with only some fresh malt and mild wheat smells peaking through.

Taste is medium bodied and very. Definitely a wheat beer backbone but with a slightly more American pale ale sort of mix to it. Yeast, wheat, and some mild spice notes. Has a pale ale sort of cracker taste to it as well. Hops are actually pretty big in this and almost overpower the subtle wheat flavors. Lots of citrus and an chalky earth flavor. There's a flowery flavor that starts to come out as it warms. Hop bitterness is also pretty big in this beer and shines above the malt slightly.

An interesting beer. Very drinkable and nice. Hops are big in this beer and really give it a strong potpouri type flavor alongside an earthy summer wheat beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with code 8343 on back label. The ale poured a very clear, golden and light orange color with a sustained white head with plenty of lacing. When I poured the last amount from the bottle a tremendous amount of yeast sediment immediately clouded the ale. which is not typical of "american" wheat ale.

There was a very faint aroma of hops with a largely spicy, malty and yeasty aroma.

The flavor reminded me of a wit style ale with the faint tangy,orange flavor, however, without the complexity of flavor normally found with that style. I recall drinking this a couple of years ago and finding it more flavorful and satisfying then.

This one is fairly light bodied with a lack of carbonation normally found in wheat style beers.

I was a little disappointed in this one. It is not my favorite style but I remember this one having more flavor a couple of years ago. It is
a sessionable ale even at 5.8 percent ABV.

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Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright - if you're drinking this beer indoors, stop immediately and proceed to the nearest patio / deck / beach / etc. For this ale, indoors = blah... outdoors = yes! (a la Marv Albert).

The appearance of this ale is nice: it pours a bright, honey gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates yet maintains a presence throughout consumption; lots of tiny carbo bubbles. The beer has a slightly earthy aroma, with some sweet malty notes and is a touch bready - aroma is kind of typical of a bottle conditioned ale. The taste starts off sweet, but has a nice, light bitter finish - hints of spice throughout; definitely not something that'll sweep you off your feet. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, nice carbonation for a summer brew. This stuff is quite drinkable - kind of surprised that the abv is 5.8% (seems like it should be lower) - very refreshing!

Again, probably enjoyed best outdoors on a nice sunny day -

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Photo of lynchmob9
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just submitted review for what I thought was this beer & turned out to be Breckenridge Agave Wheat...what a travesty. This is a major upgrade already. On tap.
A - cloudy golden orange. Small wispy head.
S - orange, fresh dough...touch of lemon.
T - good mouthfeel, definite orange, Mellon, citrus. Pepper finish.
O - overall enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a very hazy orange and yellow with a creamy 1 finger white head.

It smells of wheat, grains, slight spices and citrus.

The taste is heavily wheat/grain with a tasty citrus/orange character followed with a slight spicyness.

Very easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. For a summer beer, you can't beat this flavor.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not the best-looking wheat beer I've ever seen. Cloudiness seems to have been supplanted by chunky, pulpy-looking yeast, but the deep orange is quite pleasant. The smell is shockingly citrusy, even cold straight out of the fridge. However, the taste is decidedly less fruity and sweet. In fact, I detect substantially more hops than wheat. This would perhaps explain the pale nature of this beer's designation, but loses points with me. The mouthfeel is substantial, though the hoppy aftermath after swallowing is not something I love, either. All in all, probably not something I'd reach for on a summer day or otherwise.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code of 11/21/13 clearly visible on the label into a pint glass and get 1/4 finger of head.

A: Pours a clear, golden amber color with 1/4 finger of head that dissipates fast and leaves almost a complete covering on the top of my glass. Pretty good lacing present.

S: Smell of wheat and citrus is present.

T: Taste of dried apricots, citrus and wheat. Tastes juicy and finishes a little dry.

M: Goes down good enough. Medium- bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry.

O: I guess that I'm not a fan of this style so I will be objective because I can't get too excited about this beer. I like the aroma of banana and clove and a chewy wheat beer. This is not that kind of beer. It is not a beer that I could drink too much of and I will not buy it again.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.70 for a 12oz single bottle at Total Wine

I poured this into a pint glass and a surprisingly thin white head emerged that quickly receded to a thin blanket and ring.

It was very golden in color - like 18kt. Not too pale like 10kt and not as dark as 24kt.

It threw off scents of wheat and citrus - I thought I caught some fleeting grapefruit in there, too.

It's taste was wheat forward and some hops biting on the side of the tongue. Strong carbonation helps provide a clean finish.

Overall, a good value and a good summer brew. I had this after coming back from the pool with some pizza. A good middle of the pack summer ale.

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Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good head on this one, though i suppose special props don't go out to wheat beers with decent foamage. gold in color

sweet wheaty aroma, with a suggestion of hop. a touch of spice, perhaps

definitely wheaty flavored, too. more spice here (certainly than i would expect of a US wheat). sweeter than i remember this guy being. functional bitterness. i think the wheat itself is what is making it spicy. a little lemon

as APWAs go, this one is quite good (gumballhead might be its only competitor). but i still regularly order other things

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Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Oberon Ale is a boring wheat ale.

A: Yellow colour and a 5 mm head that dies pretty quick. 3.5

S: Smells very grainy. Almost like oats. 3.5

T: Wheaty base with and some slight bitterness. Not much else happening. 3.25

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.25

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and sweetness. There is some hint of wheat and herbal spice.

T: Taste is a bit too sweet with some citrus and herbs. No real bitterness and sticky sweet finish that lingers.

F: Medium body and smooth.

O: Decent beer, but not one that I really enjoyed due to the sticky sweetness.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy like you'd expect a wheat beer to be, though pale, with a white slightly fizzy-ish head.

S - sweetish and something that I'm not sure I can identify. I don't know if it's related to hops or wheat (if I had to guess though, I'd say hops, or even yeast).

T - light and refreshing, though less depth of flavor than I'd been expecting. My favorite flavors come at the end and seem to be quite wheaty or grassy and last for a while.

M - light and crisp.

D - I could see making an afternoon out of this beer easily, but I'd prefer a classic hefe to this.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a pale and cloudy amber and is topped by a frothy white head that is about 1 finger high.The aroma is fruity and a slight bit citrusy. I detect a faint bit of banana in there as well. The taste is mildly fruity, apples, oranges and bananas. There is a very faint hoppiness in the taste too. The mouthfeel is tangy and zesty and very refreshing. It goes down easy.

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Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, dirty light orange look to it with some head but it settles down quickly. Aroma is malty and yeasty with a touch of fruit. A refreshing citrus fruity flavor with some spices and hops. Not complex but enough there to make a good wheat and excellent for the summertime.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather.

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Photo of Absolut
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a muddled orange with a ton of sediment floating. Not an attractive beer.

Smells of yeast, malt, orange and wheat

Taste is more spice ( coriander?) orange and a little funk. Wheat comes through too.

Although it doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation, it does upon sipping.

Not my favorite offering from bells.

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