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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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1,675 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 6,285
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,303 | FT: 6
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: 1,675 | Hads: 6,285
Photo of cnally
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

wow. I don't love wheats by any stretch. but this is a grand looking beer, with even displacement of the sediment. nice bright orange yellow color and a frisky white head that remains for lacing.

orangey, cirtusy scent right up front. yeasts come through after that.

slightly yeasty and citrus flavors initially. the hop flavor is balanced and smooth n the posttaste. mild bitterness at the end.

very light feel, with a needless sense of macro lager type carbonation.

easy to drink, really delicious for the style an expressive of the summer beer that fills your mouth with an easy time.

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Photo of GlennSt
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gleaming, slightly cloudy orange color. In the past, I've had some more cloudy than others but the color stays consistent, regardless of whether it's on tap or not, The aroma has a definite orange flavor along with an unexpectedly sharp bite; the flavor still has less of a bite but the fruitiness follows though and predominates. This is definitely an ale and it's definitely a summer ale. You could drink this all day and night. Well, I could. I bought a case today and we'll see how long it lasts.

Locally, they offer it on tap along with an orange slice in it;, if you're an orange-slice-in-your-beer-drinker, you'll be in Heaven. If you're a man, don't let anyone see you but it's good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 10/26/09

A - hazy tangerine orange with fluffy white head that laced well and retained a thin cap. Multitude of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. 4.5

S - Very wheaty, touch of tanginess, bubble gum, banana, and clove. 4.0

T - Light biscuity maltiness, followed by lots of bubble gum and a touch of butterscotch and banana. Cloves are more apparent in the aftertaste. 4.0

M - light in body, well carbonated and smooth. Very velvety for a light beer. 4.5

D - Please and thank you. 4.5

Notes - Light and refreshing body, HUGE flavor.

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Photo of bigdan908
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour into a pint glass. It pours a nice golden orange color. What little head I got from the pour dissipated rather quickly. There is thin lacing that lasts the whole glass.

S - It smells of yeast and orange. A little Saaz hops also come through.

T - Phenomenal. The initial taste of the yeast then as it progresses to the mid palette the citrus kicks in. I get oranges on the roof of my mouth and a nice, though very slight, bitterness due to the hops.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The wheat definitely adds body to the beer and it makes it feel substantial. No wateriness.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. Although it is technically at the outerlimit to be a session beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a beer that can be drank in mass during the hotter times of the year. IMO, it is a session beer.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy, light orange color, similar to that of orange juice. Has a thin white, clean looking head.

Smell - Strong hints of citrus, spices, and wheat.

Taste - Has a citrusy wheat taste with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels kind of light with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer. Taste is a little strong but I can handle it.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a bleach white head. Loads of carbonation filling up all sides of the glass. Smells of orange peels, among other fruits, and relatively spicey. A great sniffer indeed. Tastes very malty at first, with a well balanced middle when the hops start showing, and finishes very hoppy with a nice spciy bite. Well done. A great brew, the first I've had from Bell's, and based on this it won't be the last. Recommended, indeed.

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Photo of punky796
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden-yellow, cloudy honey color. About two fingers of cream-white head that leaves healthy lacing. Can actually see particles in suspension.

S - Citrus, wheat, a bit more alcohol than you might expect from this type, and just a hint of coriander, but maybe I'm imagining that. Hops, too. It's all there.

T - Wheat, honey, orange, lemon, coriander (again, maybe), banana (a nice touch in wheats and their brethren), hops, and alcohol (but not too much). A blast of awesomeness that shouldn't be able to be this well-balanced, but it is.

M - A little more carbonation than you might expect, but it works for this beer. Leaves you with a fuzzy feeling and that neat oily, filmy feeling on your teeth & tongue.

O - Oberon has always been one of my favorites. I'm proud to say I killed a mini-keg of this stuff once on a summer tubing trip in college - so it's sessionable, but not THAT sessionable. It's like drinking a bottle of sunshine and I look forward to its release every season.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with two finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice wheat aroma with some slight funk that comes into some bitterness before coming back into a nice sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit and bitter hops mixed with citrus flavors. There is some rose pedal flavor that comes up into the flavor and turns things around. There is a bit of a juicy-fruit flavor that comes and goes before retreating into the background.

The feel of this beer is a good drinking beer with some interesting flavor notes and a body that is full of surprises. This beer is smooth and still sweet with some things tied in the back end with malts.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review. Batch#10313 or bottled on 3/31/11.

A- Pours a straw yellow/orange. Slight haze in the body, creamy looking head.

S- On the nose I get a nice sweetness from the malt. Fresh citrus in the background.

T- Refreshing beer, sweet malt, light floral and citric notes. Bready finish.

M- Creamy with good carbination.

Overall, this beer is great. Bell's has another winner with this one. Everything I want in a wheat ale, and I am not that big of a fan of them. Perfect summer beer to kick back with.

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

A nice white-yellow hue, very reminiscent of a quality Belgian hefe. Although you could tag the usual banana, clove and citrus labels, this establishes something more enjoyable. Unfortunately seasonal, this could last through the fall. Relaxed palette, not overwhelmingly wheat or feminine, pleasantly subtle, would definitely pair well with certain foods. Larry Bell should really get his stuff to the east coast more consistently. I'd surely stock this in the fridge.

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

To me, it's difficult to review this beer. It's a solid American Wheat - pretty color, smells lovely, and I've just sucked down most of the bottle effortlessly - but perhaps it's a bit cloying? Could be a bit crisper?

I don't know. All I can think about is May, in college, on the porch, enjoying the sunshine, and I'm having a hard time not slipping an orange slice into my glass.

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Photo of jmich24
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:Cloudy yellow in color with an orange hue. Half inch creamy white head. Many yeasties floating round. Solid lacing.
S: Spicy, citrus (more orange than lemon)
T: Wheat, orange, some spiciness. Subtle hoppiness.
M: Nice carbonation feel, crisp finish.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink 6 of these on a warm afternoon.

Summertime mainstay in my fridge. Look forward to the release of Oberon every spring.

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Photo of tykees88
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at dicky's wild hare in fort wayne.

A- comes out with a little bit of off white head. A cloudy orange color that lets you know this baby has some yeast.

S- It smells of orange and a little bit of hops. The orange really stood out to me though and was about all I could smell.

T- The taste was great. The orange flavor was a gentle but strong upfront on the palate hit. I could taste some malt in the beer and the bitters on the end were very minimal.

M- The mouthfeel here was a creamy dreamsicle type feel. It was one of the creamiest feeling beers I have ever had.

D- I could rate this higher but am not going to because I think that after 3 or 4 of these I would want something else. I could drink this all through the summer and like it every time, however, I can't see myself drinking more than a few. I was surprised on the abv on this one.

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

drinking this beer at a pool party on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Poured into a solo cup(no glass allowed near pool).

Appearance: orangey and deep gold bodied beer with a nice creamy white head. This is what summer would look like if it was a beer!

Smell: light malt and wheat profile that is just oozing the smell of citrus!

Taste: The beer is very nice! That smooth wheat beer flavor comes in to play immediately, but is very mellow. The citrus is integrated right into the wheat. A lot of fresh oranges and a little bit of lemon zest. No bitter notes from hops.

Mouthfeel: Its light bodied, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Low to moderate carbonation that is spot on!

Overall: I just can't call it summer until i have had this awesome beer by bells! Both sessionable and flavorful...its an elegant and classic brew on a hot day!

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Photo of Smithj86
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon poured from the bottle a cloudy, golden orangey color with a rapidly fading white head. Nicely carbonated, with little bubbles dancing about and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with nice hops presence that is flavorful but not overpowering. Exceedingly tasty. And dangerously drinkable.

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

oberon means summertime in michigan. a clean, crisp, slightly sweet wheat beer, sitting outside at a garden bar or at the pool...

how can you go wrong? it's the best of the american wheat ale style, and for those of you in michigan, you know what i mean - drinking an oberon may as well make the sun come out.

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

poured a nice hazy yellow from a 12 oz bottle. thin lacey head. smells of malty honey with some citrus and some nice hops peeking their heads out in there. taste is very fresh and well balanced hop vs malt value. feels medium bodied on the tongue, nice carbonation, tiny bubbles. a very drinkable refreshing beer! Bell's can't go wrong in my book so far. their amber ale is simply amazing for the style too! wish i woulda bought a six pack of these! these would be second to none on a hot florida day. I love it.

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

A-Cloudy pale orange with a thick fluffy white head. Head reduces to thin film with good lacing.

S-Wheaty citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine. The wheat malt supports this fruit bowl nicely.

T-Nice balance between the citrus flavors and the light wheat malt. Nothing in this beer screams out...it all simply melds together nicely. Hop presence is subtle.

M-Medium-light body. Very smooth with a pleasant tart crispness.

D-A great warm-season drinker. This is one of the quintessential summertime brews for me. Nothing about it screams out but it all seems to go together so well. I always enjoy having my first Oberon of the season...and many more to follow! A sure sign of spring to me! From April to August this is my "Bud".

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

Well this is a strange wheat beer indeed. Tastes more like a trippel to me, but a little on the weaker side. I got some very heavy fruit notes in the nose, but more reminiscent of a belgian than a wheat beer, heavy ester notes that seem lighter in a wheat beer. Very sweet heavy fruity taste, not very good for the style, but I don't care, I think this is more of a wheat tripppel or something like that than a wheat beer proper. I drank four of them in a row after a couple Optimators on draft, so I'm fairly drunk, but I would say this is a drinkable beer that I will return to. Again, not very good for the style, too sweet and not 'wheaty' enough, but very interesting beer.

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

A-bottle into snifter, cloudy straw with thin white head

S-sweet citrus, a little bit of lemon

T-wheat and citrus. Nothing overpowering.

M-very light and smooth, although a fair amount of carbonation.

O-like the label says, a perfect beer for summer. Refreshing and flavorful without being heavy.

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

I got a sixer of this beer in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head that left a good deal of lacing.
Bitter Euro-hops and malted wheat in the aroma.
The taste is kind of earthy upfront before the sweetness kicks in, soon followed by a dry bitter finish and then a sticky sweet after taste. Very Nice!
Light/medium body with mild carbonation, good and drinkable.

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

An excellent American wheat beer. This pours a nice peach-y colour with an ample, creamy head. The aromas are of wheat, yeast, and spice. The taste? A combination of the afforementioned three things. The mouthfeel, not too thick and never too thin. The drinkability? Endless. One of the best American wheat beers.

Cheers to KennyD for the sample!

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Photo of Bounty628
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oberon Ale is an interesting take on a summer beer crafted in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. While many summer ales tend to focus on the over use of fruitiness in the offering, the Oberon Ale blends a noticeable fruit taste together with just the right amount of spice in the ale. There is not an overpowering sensation of one or the other at work in this ale.

Oberon Ale has an ABV of 5.8% and the offering that was tasted came in a twelve ounce brown bottle.

The Oberon was poured into a regular pint glass and poured a hazy yellow to orange complete with a thick white head. There was a moderate amount of lacing throughout the offering, something that does not seem to be a common trend to summer ales. Immediately upon being poured it became evident that there was indeed a fresh summer smell to the beer but interestingly there was a nice hoppy smell to the nose, as well.

The taste of the Oberon is probably what separates this summer ale from some of the lesser competition. Oberon Ale is a nice and refreshing beer that certainly has the citrus flavors of lemon and orange shine through but the pairing to a nice hoppy and almost spicy characteristic is well done. If you are worried that the beer might be a bit too "fruity" for you, this is not the case. The citrus is nicely accented but also muted in a way by the hoppy taste present in this beer.

For a summer ale, one of the concerns usually heard is that a summer ale often turns into nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Fortunately for us, Oberon Ale is not that kind of beer. Though the beer is indeed smooth to taste, there is a nice complex body to the offering that leaves the taster satisfied with the quality here. This is not a beer that should be used to simply wet the whistle since there is a nice complexity to the beer. That being said, this beer is certainly very drinkable and maintains a smooth and crisp quality to it.

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

I must say that I like this beer much more on tap than in bottle--and I'm not generally one to make a huge deal out of the serving. With that said, out of the tap comes a lightly hazy golden lemonade body with a wispy white head. Smells of snappy wheat malt, with refreshing citrus hoppiness and yeasty character throughout. Taste is solid, crisp, wheaty malt up front with a light biscuit element. Mones into a refreshing, almost sour citric hoppiness. Some yeasty taste. Finish is citrus bitter tang. Medium bodied, yet thirst-quenching and a great summer beer.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.