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

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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,261 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 1,670 | Hads: 6,249
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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!

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Photo of MowryJC
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Large two finger head when poured from the bottle to glass with a pale yellow color. Smell and taste are overly fruity and leaves a sweet after taste. Needs refinement to better balance hops and wheat / fruity flavors

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Photo of beerman207
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apricot color with lots of suspended white particles even when pouring carefully. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor ... pretty darn citrusy with some wheat malt character as it warms up a bit. Light-medium bodied with a snappy citric finish.

I remain unimpressed ... not sure what the hype is about this one.

Per Bell's website: Saaz hops.
OG: 1.057
ABV: 5.8%

Batch #: 7832 ('7020' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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".

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Photo of praufs01
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of FMSmith
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My son and his friends think this is the greatest summer beer in the bottle. I'll drink it but not all that crazy about it. It's good, don't get me wrong but I don't think it is great.

Maybe it's because wheat beers do nothing for me at any time but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered. Could be some Michigan pride now that I am a New Yorker but...

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle at a friend’s party. Couldn’t judge appearance. Minimal insight into aroma. Crisp taste with cereal/wheat malt, citrus rind, hop spice. Medium body, creamy texture, above average carbonation, clean finish.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a yellow golden ale with haziness. A less than single finger, fine and loose white head falls nearly immediately to a sheet of the same with a central dissipating cap. No lacing.

S: Nice and floral. Candied wheat. Slightest of lemon citrus nose. This is a light and airy nose which is not really complex, but nonetheless engaging. Nice.

T: Citrusy. Overly acidic on the initial. The alcohol is evident, which I did not expect, given the level of it. Floral as well here. The yeast is also a key player, simple yeast flavor. The taste is overall, meh.

M: Medium to light with higher carb than anticipated. Finish is off dry.

O: Well, I'm not impressed, but I'm also not disappointed.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head and some debris floating around. Smell is of lemons, some wheat. Taste is wheat, lemons, tangy up front but then a bit mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an average beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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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 keithmurray
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of klewis
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7416

A: Pours a light starw color with lots of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Yeasty esters, grain, and a bit of citrus

T: Quite phenolic with bready yeast flavors and a crisp citrus taste

M: Light bodied, chalky, and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation.

D: I remember liking this more a few years ago. This is only a decent beer, but it is nice for hot days on the porch.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of TheDM
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very large invigorated head of finely sized white bubbles and a cloudy orange unfiltered yeasty body. It had a decent hop aroma and was slightly fizzy in its initial mouthfeel while coming to a smooth finish with its mild hop flavor.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at my local watering hole, The Village Inn, on my last visit.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber-orange with a thin sheet of white head sitting across the top. Dies back to nothing in short order. No real lacing or active beading.

Smell- I don't find a whole lot interesting to be going on here. Smells mildly of wheat, with a cereal graininess as well. Can't say I really pick up on much else. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't really capture my attention.

Taste- Wheat and cereal up front, not a whole lot else. Flavors are mild and not particularly strong, decent but unimpressive. Finishes fairly watery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is alright apart from the finish as mentioned in the flavor profile, which comes across to me as fairly water. In terms of drinkability, it wouldn't be too hard to put back a couple of these, but I find the flavor profile to not be terribly impressive, especially for Bell's. I would reach for most of their other standard offerings to session before Oberon.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with Oberon. I've had it a number of times and can't say it has ever really stuck with me. There are many other examples in this and other similar style categories that I'd choose first.

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Photo of Marty30
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy golden body with a 2 finger fluffy white head.Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S. Smells of lemon and wheat with a bit of pine.A touch of clove.

T. Taste is of lemon hopbite and a smooth earthy finish.

M. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall not a bad brew don't know if I would seek this out again but I wouldnt turn it away either.

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Photo of klkatz
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

given to us by a neighbor from michigan (thank Lori and Mike)... they suggested drinking with an orange... though in some bars it's a lemon... tried orange... i can see it's good for summer, but no for me.

smells tangy, citrusy - 3

appearance - dark orange, hazy, nice thick head for a wheat... - 4

good mouthfeel - hard to distinguish the nuances of taste

bubbly and refreshing...

overall 3.5

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