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

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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,263 | 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 tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Bells, but I don't care for this as much as I used to...I know it's very popular, and sought after, but it's not what I want in wheat style summer ale

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Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells of faint strawberries and lemon zest. Taste follows the nose, at the very end you get a bit of the wheat. Nice refreshing beer. 5.8% ABV

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Photo of streeter
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer means summer is here in MI. Very not certain slightly citrus flavor of paired with an orange wedge. Very refreshing. Cloudy appearance. Sediment in bottles. Excellent wheat.

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Photo of MSUpackman
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer and I always look forward to its release every summer. This is the perfect beer to drink while sitting around a campfire or after a long day of work while you bar b que some steaks or burgers.

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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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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 VoodooBear
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz. can, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a white, two finger head. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of grains and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste: It has a grainy, citrus taste. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and easy easy to drink, your typical summer beer. Average carbonation.

Overall: Nothing to write home about. It doesn't stand out in any way, but I guess that's fine for some beers. It's still nice and refreshing like all the other craft offerings that flood
the market during the summer months.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A delicious wheaty-easy-to-drink beer. I know people go crazy when this hits shelves again each summer, and I only had it a couple of times a couple of years ago, but I remember it being the quintessential summer beer: light in body, light in color, and kind of sweet.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a cloudy, brilliant sun orange with a off-color single finger head of foam.

Heavy on the citrus, orange and lemon accompanied by a crisp snap of wheat.

Tropical and citrus fruits, with a wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest offering from Bell's but a nice, humble brew.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 91/100

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange with little head. Smells of wheat and slight orange. Tastes of wheat with slight citrus, nice finish, with good, heavy carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden, with white hues. White head is a dense pad with some wet lacing around the glass.

S- Wheaty citrus and a floral and grassy character. Smells fresh, like early summer.

T- Citrus and some great toasty and sweet malt notes. A little bit of a grassy flavor.

M- Wet and smooth. Clean and easy to drink. Refreshing for summer.

O- This is a classic, and one I hold close to my heart. One of the first crafts I had, and one I will always remember. So fresh, clean, and easy to drink. Great wheat traits, with out the yeasty, banana and cloves aroma and taste, like that of the Weizen style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

DATE REVIEWED: August 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos shaker... OCCASION: Shark Week 2014 kicks off...with another mockumentary?!...APPEARANCE: hazy to the point of opaqueness; burnt yellow body; simple white head; little effervescence... AROMA: some pitchy yeast and bubblegum is planted in a malty base; gentle hops round out the profile ... PALATE: light body, slightly active; soft from tart to finish, barely suggesting an ale in the wheat; highly drinkable... TASTE: bright,slightly sou lemon and light malts; some pepper and clove arrive late;remarkably flavorful for a refresher...OVERALL: much better than Shark of Darkness, much to my disappointment of the latter; Oberon is crisp, remarkably balanced, and on par with Victory’s Whirlwind--a worthy case mate for Bell’s Two Hearted...

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange. Frothy head that quickly turns into a slim lace.
Smell: Lemon and orange.
Taste: Same as smell.

I think this is a very good offering. The fact that it didn't have decent head retention or barely any lacing was really surprising. Orange and lemon are the dominating factors, but nothing near exploding with those flavors. However, it's a nice, light, crisp brew that would really hit the spot served pretty cold during a hot day. I could see myself getting this again.

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Photo of beerlust
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ok, here's the wheat beer that I really enjoy. One of the few exceptions to the strict 'no-wheat' policy
that I have. I regularly purchase 3 cases or more each year. I'm into 'local' beers and Bell's makes some
of the best around. This is a great lighter beer alternative to my steady diet of IPAs and double IPAs
Don't stockpile this, get some fresh or on tap.
I have tried most of the other AWPA's listed on the right side of the page, and disliked them! I'm willing
to try wheaties, just don't like 'em. I'm a big fan of both Southern Tier and Boulevard, but their wheat
beers still suck.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Bright, cloudy yellow-orange. One inch head stay awhile with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Lemon and orange

T - Orange and lemon play off the wheat quite nicely. Faint malt.

O - Very tasty and refreshing! Hard to believe it's 5.8 ABV, so don't knock 'em down too quickly.

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Photo of Jethro6191
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Some lacing. The aroma is grainy with lemon and orange pith notes. Wheat, bread, lemon, lemon zest, and orange flavors. The mouthfeel is light and grainy. The finish is fairly dry and slightly grainy. Nice Summer beer. It is light, refreshing, and flavorful.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pale gold colored beer with a very hazy body, and a slight head of airy foam. Aroma consists of little more than faint wheat malt. Nice hoppiness, with high bitterness and a grassy, citrusy hop flavor. The yeast strain gives a well-rounded fruitiness. Otherwise, nothing much else here. It is well-carbonated and refreshing.

Nothing too special, but a pretty drinkable beer. It reminds me of the early days of micros when everyone made a generic American wheat.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with yeast floaters all around. The finger of white head dissipates slowly but steadily. The nose is yeasty. The flavor profile follows the nose and, of course, has plenty of wheat upfront.

This offering is slightly tastier than the average wheat beer but it is certainly nothing special.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle packaged on 5/29/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

S-Smell is of light fruits and citrus, hops, and wheat.

T-Tastes of light citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness.

M-Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

O-Overall a refreshing beer but no outstanding qualities about it.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -pours a cloudy straw color with bright whit one finger head, loose bubbles. Appears lively thoughout and left a little lacing.

S - very subdued aroma of balanced malt and hops. Little bit of citrusy pine hop but only faint, melds right into a nice fresh barley malt aroma. Little bit of a fruity yeast character towards the end.

T - very balanced taste to match the nose. There is ample Bittering hops but only slight flavor hop notes of grass and lemon, nice mellow malt character throughout. Ends bitter and dry. Fruity Esthery character in the nose did not come through in the taste.. The taste is similar to a pilsner but with a little more malt forward.

M - mouth feel is a little chewy from the wheat, ample carbonation though to set it off a little. Finishes nice and dry.

O - I was glad to get this on a trip to Virginia, wanted something not distributed to Maine but easy drinking and the wife might like. This was spot on, nice crisp pilsner esque flavor profile thats a little maltier with a meaty body from the wheat, departure from the bombardment of fruity wheat beers common in these parts in summer, not knocking my socks off by any means, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a cloudy and hazy darker yellow. Some chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the beer despite a careful pour. Head settles out to a thin collar.

Smells of wheat, citrus and a general yeastiness. Nothing sticks out too much.

The flavor begins with an initial smooth wheat flavor. No real fruitiness. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Bitterness is well short of a pale ale, but stronger than most American wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side do medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Straightforward American wheat ale with an enjoyable hop presence that leaves the yeasty wheat flavor intact. A good summer brew, but climbs up a bit in abv compared to many others in the same style. Not out of place though.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured from can into snifter

A- pours a cloudy and hazy golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, specs of lace

S- spicy character up front with some peppery notes, crisp wheat, a hint of berry sweetness, toasted malt

T- a subtle berry sweetness flavor follows the nose, followed by peppery wheat, lemon and some white wine qualities. Light herbal bitterness on a toasty finish

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish

O- super drinkable and a great fit for summer. Not something I'd buy regularly but hit the mark on a hot day

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