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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 127
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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durwood64

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12-30-2011 02:30:16 | More by durwood64
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bullywee

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-21-2012 06:29:33 | More by bullywee
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy golden color very cloudy with all the suspended yeast particles floating around. Tall white creamy head dissapated on the quick side,leaves a coat of lace down the glass.

The aroma were clean on the faint side,grassy,fruity with some light hints of carmell. Smells reminisent of apricot nectar a combination of the fruityness and the yeast character, no real wheat aromas were present. A slight perfumyness also noted.

Bitter dried fruit tastes,tart an apricot/peach type fruityness,odd taste for a wheat,finishes with an unripen fruit taste and hints of citrus.

Grainy texture, some roughness on the palate,not like that of a typicla wheat. Odd tasting beer,not one of my favorites from Bell's. Might need to get used to the taste of this one. Wouldn't really want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 01:39:41 | More by jcdiflorio
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's Oberon 12 oz Bottle at 40 F in a Pint Glass

A: golden straw colored beer with foamy white head with above average retention. The beer is very effervescent and is only slightly hazy.

S: the aroma is grainy with a strong wheat flavor that dominates the nose. Low hops aroma almost undetectable. No banana or clover esters from the yeast. No citrus or spiciness from the hops.

T: strong wheat taste which lasts throughout the sampling. Little residual sweetness and finishes dry and crisp. No spiciness from the hops, wheat, or yeast. No citrus or floral qualities from the hops. Wheat taste is grainy, not sharp or tart.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

D: Sessionable, but that is about it. Take it to a BBQ or the beach because this certainly won't offend anyone (nor will it leave them with a lasting impression of how good a Bell's beer can be).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 19:07:36 | More by BWH3
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nicksta

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer confuses me. The look was a solid, dark yellow beer with a thick foam head. The smell was wheat and citrus. I'm thinking of a breakfast bed. The beer was thick and the foam was velvety. The drinkitbility was okay for its thickness. However, the taste was terrible. A quick slam of semi-sweet citrus that is too heavy on the lemon. The beer ends with an unbalanced bitterness for more than half of the drink. Maybe I got a bad mini-keg.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 23:09:56 | More by nicksta
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jhu1995

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly cloudy, straw color with a fluffy white head that lingers. Some very faint spicy aroma but not much else. Taste was bland with not much going on. Some pepper notes and some mild bitterness. Light-bodied. A somewhat uninteresting and non-descript beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:48:44 | More by jhu1995
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at The Apple Valley Tap House.

Pour is classic wheat: clouded yellow. Smell is the same: clouded yellow.

Oberon has a cult following, but I keep trying, & for the life of me can't figure out why. One sip & there's the nice wheat, but also a ton or orange & grain that bash each over the head & can't agree on anything. This beer always seems disjointed to me. The tastes that come together in other brews don't play nice here.

Walked away from about 11 ounces. I've tried several times, & now I give up. It's a Bell's beer I simply don't like.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:50:40 | More by maximum12
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samie85

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/02/10.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger white head. Suspended yeast floaties.

S-Very mild citrus- lemon and lime. A bit of wheat as well.

T-Lemon and lime bitterness upfront with not a whole lot else going on. A little bit of perceivable wheat to balance things a bit.

M-Light bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-I'm not a big fan of the lemon/lime hop profile or of Pale Wheat's it seems. If this beer funds Bell's to continue to make great beers like Two Hearted, and Hopslam though, then so be it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:34:34 | More by samie85
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shippos

New York

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

courtesy of ninjaworm via bif 13

poured a hazy yellow with a large frothy white head. freash grain aroma with a doughy raw bread quality. sweet body at first and a fairly balanced mass-appealing taste to follow. probably pretty good during the summer, but note any other time for my tastes. I do get a citrusy note in the end followed by some alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 04:32:05 | More by shippos
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow witha thin ivory head. Smells of crisp wheat malt.

Tastes of grainy wheat. Hints of lemon and farina (!?!). A bit bland really. Mouth is crisp. Pretty drinkable I guess. A half step up from most boring American wheats but that is faint praise indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 02:10:32 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Miketwolf21

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember last year liking this beer much more. I remember a full and nearly creamy wheat palate with herbal and slightly citrusy hops that made it a perfect beer for summer. This year it tastes much more flat. I bought this the week it came out so it was fresh and as I moved through the six pack the beer did not show any colors. Boring taste that does not have any inspiration in it.
Well here is a review of this years first batch:
Served at various temperatures, I found that having it cold actually kept the beer tasting crisp, which is better than just boring. A moderate amount of carbonation revealed spicy hops and cracked wheat flavors, but the scent was mixed with more cardboardy and metallic flavors. Still it was a muted nose.
The flavor was refreshing for the first drink but as I continued through the beer, I found nothing intriguing. Which is not all bad if the flavors are clean and vivid. But the flavors just don't come alive. The hops are too muted for such a bland wheat profile. No creaminess either. The carbonation is pretty good, but this just seems watery and minerally.
Too bad, I used to love the price and availability of this summer beer. This could use some lovin'. I taste no inspiration in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 18:59:10 | More by Miketwolf21
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PatYoda

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible I suppose. Hazy Orange with no head. Where is the carbonation? I've had it from several places with the same problem. Aroma is too subdued for my tastes. Some nice things there though, with citrus and a wheaty grain taste dominating. Not much spice or banana. Taste doesn't have as much of a zing to it, tastes a little muddled to me. About the same flavors as detected in the smell. A little bit of bitterness on the finish is nice. Body is a bit heavy without the carbonation to hold it up in the mouth though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2005 22:03:37 | More by PatYoda
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psyphin

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, two finger head with little lacing.

S - A very unpleasant yeast phenolic is popping out at me mixed with some mellow wheat undertones.

T - Its definitely a yeast derived aroma and flavor I dont care for in this beer. The underneath malt is mild and theres no hop flavor.

M - Right to style. Medium light body mated to a good amount of carbonation

D - I had a difficult time getting through this one. Obviously its a popular beer but something in the yeast is really killing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 19:23:09 | More by psyphin
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-23-2012 18:53:51 | More by xdefeatsy
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klinger

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-15-2013 20:00:43 | More by klinger
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

06-18-2012 23:05:04 | More by chim52chim
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tjsmith910

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

01-06-2013 12:45:00 | More by tjsmith910
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jmccullough108

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-30-2013 04:13:33 | More by jmccullough108
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Addrock


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-27-2012 19:24:23 | More by Addrock
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C-Dog


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-27-2012 06:49:32 | More by C-Dog
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kniles38

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

05-23-2014 17:31:36 | More by kniles38
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safaricook

Netherlands

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

07-12-2014 18:46:21 | More by safaricook
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MallyOMight

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-26-2013 22:14:19 | More by MallyOMight
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-06-2013 14:50:42 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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MMBrew

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

07-14-2013 23:39:30 | More by MMBrew
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,913 ratings.