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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon pours a hazy yellow/orange, with about an inch off-white head. There's lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't strong at all, but it smells like wheat and citrusy hops. Wheat is the main taste, but I can also taste orange peel and citrusy hops and it finishes with some spicyness and sweetness. There isn't much aftertaste. It's light bodied, but has a good smooth mouthfeel and is very refreshing. A perfect beer for a hot summer day, it's another winner from Bell's!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is nice and fruity with white grape dominating. There is a big white head that becomes a layer and leaves alot of fractured, tacky lacing. The beer is a hazy gold color and very evervescent.

Wheat tang, orange rhind, and bold, fresh hop taste battle for attention in the forground while soft sugar and spice hide. Very Nice. I was thinking of this as a wit. It is listed as a APWA. I think fans of either will be pleased. Light and fuzzy mouthfeel. Yummy.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – hazy and glowing yellow color.

Smell – little citrusy smell, but can smell the wheat complexities.

Taste – little lemon and more of a wheat flavor. very good to have a couple of these outside in the brutal sun.

Mouthfeel – little carbonation, easy on the mouth.

Drinkability – liked it a lot. much better on draught than in a bottle!

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Bell's, but have to say that American wheat is probably my least favorite style, so here goes..

Had this on tap at the County Cork Irish Pub (previously the Yards Club) in old Hilliard

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a rather small head for the style

S: Imparts a strong yeast character with citrusy notes as well.

T: No doubt this is a wheat beer, as this flavor dominates. As the beer warms, more yeast flavors are noticible, and not necessary in a good way.

M: Pleasent biting mouthfell with a smooth and slightly creamy texture

D: A good one for the warmth of summer

As I said, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but Oberon is one of the better American wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having all of Bell's Wheat Love brews earlier in the year I wanted to give their usual pale wheat a try.

Kind of a dull yellow color with a bit of haze to it. Clearer than expected. Initially this had a quarter inch head on the pour but reduced down to a single bubble layer.

Aroma is wheat and yeast with some corriander. Some bubblegum sweetness is in there too and possibly some apple juice aromas. I think I detect a bit of alcohol as well. Taste is well balanced, enough wheat and malt work to give this a good balance. A bit of grainy wheat is evident to start and then some more typical bready malts come in. Finish has a touch of bitterness with some straw hops.

Good medium mouthfeel. Coats the cheeks well and the carbonation makes this pretty crisp. Nice and refreshing overall, decent flavor compared to most pale wheats. Nicely done, IMO.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice American Wheat Ale. Pours a cloudy orange - or very light copper. Copious amounts of yeast mix very well with the moderate amount of carbonation. The foamy head is long lasting and thick. Surprisingly subdued aroma. Could faintly detect tart citrus and floral hints. The front end is mellow with a very smooth body. Only medium amounts of tartness with sweet grainy malt in the middle. Citrusy and dry finish. Very appealling. Wheat Ales are usually not my thing, but this is a very nice summer thirst quencher.

Low alcoholic strength makes this a good summer session ale.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer from a bottle marked with an April 24, 2006 bottling date.

A: Poured slightly cloudy, inviting orange-gold color. Very little head on the pour.

S: Initial notes of sweet grains, notably sweet corn. Some hints of citrus in there, too.

T: Very interesting flavors that travel and grow. Begins with initial notes of the sweet grain, rounds out with the tang of citrus, and ends with light hoppy notes. Excellent progression.

M: Low carbonation, which helps by not getting in the way of the flavors. Light creaminess to the texture.

D: Very drinkable. Overall, a fairly light beer, with excellent flavors that make each sip easy and enjoyable.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale, hazed amber pour with 2 fingers of loose white froth that retains pretty well, and leaves the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is a very nice cross of crisp wheat, hints of fruit and lemon. There's a nicely pronounced hop character than in the way of grassy and floral notes.

Flavor is delicious with some of the soft, fruity wheat notes of apple, apricot, and light citrus with a tingly hop bite of floral and spicey hops. Perfect bitterness alows the crisp wheaty goodness to shine through.

Body is nice and light, with a great slick mouthfeel and velvet texture that is supremely easy to quaff. Another winner from a great brewer. It's nice to see a brewery pay as much attention to it's lower ABV items as it does to it's Imperial Stouts and high gravity offerings.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint was served with a little head, and this lasted fairly well. The beer is a golden/pale yellow color and pretty clear. Smell is interesting, kind of toasty malt without much of a wheaty character. Taste is a nice, balanced light malt flavor with just a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick and not too thin. Overall, nicely drinkable but not outstanding.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange colored beer without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity to the nose. Sweet wheat malt and bread aromas make up the bulk of the scent here. The fruity aroma here is mostly the understated scent of apricot and muskmelon with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet and bready at the start of the glass. Slightly spicy in flavor this tastes much like a Belgian witbier. The taste of coriander is in this one and a honeysuckle and orange flavor. Very low bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable summer beer here. I could have asked for more head formation but that is no biggie. The sweetness here probably will turn off some people but other than that I can recommend this.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given a sample taste at Crown Liquors 116th and Brookschool Road in Fishers, IN.

Poured an orange-hued cloudy orange from a 12oz. bottle, poured a fluffy one finger head that slowly fell to light lacing. Aroma is richly characterized by wheat and citrus, slightly spicy notes present as well. Taste is sweet and grainy, slight crisp lemon flavors present nicely complement the soft wheat body of this brew. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation level is low, and makes for a very smooth sipping beer. Finishes clean on the tongue, just about as drinkable as they come.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is the King of the Faries. Hehehe.

It isn't a bad beer, just not the inspired fare I expect from Bell's. There is a ong wheat presence which is countered by a nice batch of citrusy hops up front. The finish is sweet and mildly sticky. Which is strange, since it isn't a terribly full-bodied beer.

It's a no-brain summer drinker. Like most American Wheat beers, I'd rather a good Weizen, but that doesn't mean this beer isn't a prime example of what it is. Taking it for what it is, it's pretty tastey. I think it tries to hard to be a crossover beer rather than just a good beer that might cause people to crossover.

If you live in the Midwest, you've already drank it, and it's part of your summer ritual. If you don't, well, you aren't missing too much.

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Photo of Iguana
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my parents for this bottle since they were visiting family back in Michigan last week and brought me some Bell's stuff.

Appearence - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice half inch frothy head.

Smell - Smell didnt really do it for me, although I am not the biggest fan of lighter beers. Smelled some spice and wheat, not too much else I could pick out.

Taste - Was pretty good in my opinion, wheat malt taste really came out for me as well as some spice.

Mouthfeel - Was fairly smooth, had a pleasent aftertaste which stuck around a few seconds and was gone which I prefer for lighter beers.

Drinkability - Really hit the spot, was out all afternoon running around checking out apartments and when I got back all I really wanted was a refreshing beer and this nailed it for me. On a hot summer day after some yardwork this beer is perfect.

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Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with some nice sediment at the bottom - ya gotta love that.

Smell is spicy and wheaty, with a slight lemony/orange zest.

Taste: This is a damn good beer. Slightly hoppy, with a delicate sweetness taking center stage. Spicy notes make an appearance but dont overpower in any way, with a nice, lazy crispness. Carbonation is near perfect, giving it a smooth, silky mouthfeel without being heavy at all. This is just a great, refreshing summer beer, perfect for the beach, by the pool, or after mowing the lawn.

Another winner from Bell's. This is what summer beer should be.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll try to be fair because wheat is not my favorite ingredient in beer.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy orange, almost glows in the glass with a nice white head that quickly leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell- Citrus and spice. The wheat comes through well.

Taste- Very good for a wheat ale. The citrus is mild and carbonation is mild as well. There is a spicy note in the aftertaste that is hard to describe. The wheat does not dominate as it does in so many other wheat ales.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, the mild carbonation lets it flow well.

Drinkability- Very nice for it's style. I like it much better than any other I've tried. Just not my mug of beer.

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Photo of Realale
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful full gold, with an almost orange glow contained within. Bright white head is there, and then gone, leaving just a few whisps.

Nose is hot wheat, with a good doughy maltiness to back it up. A hint of the pulpy innards of an orange seems to come and go. Mildest of spiciness is there as well. Familiar and nice.

Medium full in the mouth, with the malt and wheat weaving a lovely tapestry for my tongue. There's not a lot more to it than that. A tiny touch of clove seems to appear at the death.

Carbonation is very well controlled on this edition, and it leaves a lush quality to the malt that is endlessly more pleasing than the prickly-high carbonation that one sometimes finds in this beer. As it is, it's a beautiful summer sipper, though a degree less alcohol would up it's hot weather quaffability for me. Enough to hold the interest and keep you reaching for another, but not so much that you're distracted from the joys of summer, whatever yours might be.

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The folks at Bell's have taken some liberties with the American Pale Wheat style here -- with very nice results.

It pours a little darker than I expected, with good head and nice lacing as it subsided.

Smell is pure pleasure: light spices mixing with citrus, and a hoppy-grassy scent in the background.

The taste starts sweet, with orange and lemongrass, and finishes a bit tart. It's a little unusual for the style, but wow, it works well.

I wanted the mouthfeel to be a bit richer, but this isn't much to complain about. Maybe that's part of the plan by Bell's to make an unorthodox but remarkable wheat ale. One of the best of the summer.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew-July 2006, Summer Seasonal Beers

A:Unfiltered hazy yellow with a nice sized white head. As the head receedes, a substantial laceing is left behind on the glass.

S:The smell of yeast, malt, hops, and nutmeg(?) dominate.

T:Great taste. There is more hop flavor and less citrus flavor than many other wheat beers.

M:Very good on the pallette.

D: A great all-around summer beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very cloudy yellow with a thin, but well-retained white lace.
The smell was citrusy - especially lemon and wheat.
The taste was just that - wheat and citrus fruits - mostly lemon, some orange.
The taste was creamy and thick for a summer brew. It had a touch of a tang from the wheat. Very refreshing.
A friend of mine recently went on a trip to Michigan. I asked her to bring back some Michigan beer for me and she returned with this. When I saw I thanked and and thought: "Another boring summer brew?..." But, I was pleasantly surprised. I wish that they sold this around here. It's a good summer brew!

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Photo of nyjets1248
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah....It's Summer and the Oberon is back! In my opinion a great Wheat Ale. The Beer pours hazy orange with a one to two finger head that dissolves quickly. The aroma is a slight citrus, not overpowering. The taste is where this Beer makes it's stand. Smooth and citrusy with a hint of Hops to clean things up and knock the edge off of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. Drinkability is good and really hits the spot on a hot Summer day. It makes one happy to reside in Bell's backyard.

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Photo of errantnight
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Any reason why the bottle in the picture has an upside-down label?

The best American Wheat I've had to date. Really highlighted for me, finally, what is really lacking in my old Summer standby, Sam's Summer.

Which isn't to say I'm going overboard for this brew, but it does highlight everything you'd want from a summer brew. It's got a fine, cloudy appearance, a straw/gold hue with decent head that falls off quickly. It's got a light but zesty aroma of yeast and lemon, nothing worth getting worked up over, but enticing none-the-less.

The taste is easy and light without being watery and thin. Just enough hop to imperceptively cleanse the palate in the back half, just enough lemon acid to have you reaching for more, enough phenol and yeast to add depth, with some pale malt body. This doesn't begin to approach the depth of flavor of hefeweizens, and it doesn't have the fun spice notes of a witte, but it does have a discernable character, which is about all you can ask from an american wheat.

Now, if only we carried this in Boston. Or in LA.

Ah well, for every visit I make to the midwest in summer...

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Photo of znarf
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not your typical wheat. Even if you have tried other wheat beers this is the one is different. You will find more citrus influence with Bell's Oberon Ale than others of this type. Oberon is great with BBQ or sea food. It pours more golden than other wheat beers.

The pale ale influences defiantly show through with a good hop finish. I will drink this seasonal brew again soon and often as soon as they make more!

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Photo of tsmthrs
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Delivered to the table an orange color with an opaque cloudy haze below the inch of head.
Smells of lemons and oranges.
Taste is of citrus, similar to a thick summer ade with maybe a hint of bananas and spice.
In the past I have not enjoyed wheat beers, but the lightness of this is really agreeing with me. I could definately drink this through out the summer.
Drinkability- I picked up a sixer on the way home and enjoyed it the next few evenings.

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