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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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1,670 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,262 | FT: 7
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: 1,670 | Hads: 6,249
Photo of EmGM
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: golden hazy color
smell: sourdough bread, lemon citrus
taste: smooth, crisp and refreshing
aftertaste: doesn't linger, nice dissipating taste
overall: one of my favorites

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Photo of justintcoons
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Super cloudy yellow with 1 finger of white head. Yeast sediment litters the glass.

Tangy wheat, lemon, and sourdough.

Fresh baked white bread along with some sourdough. Tangy wheat, lemon, and pear. Finishes with some grassy bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and semi-dry with a moderate bitterness for the style.

Wheaty and bready yet very boring...

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Photo of generallee
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body has a light haze and a nice yellow color. It’s head is bright white, tall and long lasting. It also make some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I get light notes of sour dough bread, light grain and light grassy hops with a slight citrusy lemon.

Taste/Palate: Up front it’s bready with mild citrusy notes moving in. As it finishes more grassy hop bitterness comes out. Overall it’s refreshing and we’ll carbonated.

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Photo of Maiora13
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful well rounded Ale. Perfect for summer evenings. The Citrus aroma rounds the full body a wheat ale can often have making it uniquely light for a wheat ale.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am going to be a stereotypical Michigander right now but this is my absolute favorite beer for the summer. I love the light citrus notes and the smell of hops when you open it. Bell's does a great job with this beer and there is no question to as why it does well. Even when you first pour it looks phenomenal with it's light amber color!

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Photo of RABaxter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced, plenty of hop character mixed with the more unique summery flavors, carbonation nice and mild, overall very drinkable and refreshing. Great way to start the summer months.

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Photo of partains
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale golden yellow/orange
Smell: strong citrus and fruity
Taste: orange and mild spice and hop
Overall: I enjoyed how refreshing and crisp the beer is and my pallet liked the fruit/citrus flavors

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank both from the bottle and poured into a glass.
Pours a foamy yellow, almost orange color.
Fair carbonation and smells of citrus.
Has a mild citrus taste that reminds me of oranges, and summer sunshine.

Smells and looks good.
Strong bitter ale aftertaste.

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Photo of lucasra1
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild fruit and spice notes on the nose and palate, has a full bodied mouth feel but lacks the accompanying flavor. Overall it is not as exciting as it has become known to be, but at the same time it is an easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Sydney10
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Pours a cloudy straw color.
Smell: A very powerful fruity smell of lemons and oranges. Smell of wheat.
Taste: Strong taste of oranges. Light spicy notes such as black pepper.
Overall: A good summer beer. Slightly overrated for all the attention it receives.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oberon has a spicy hop in it. It is not brewed with orange as people may think. It is just water, malt, yeast and hops. On tap at the brewery they have Mango Habenero Oberon and they put those ingredients in the kettle.

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Photo of Joseph01
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Color - Yellowish, Cloudy

Aroma - Fruity, orange characteristics

Palate - Smooth, orange notes, bitter aftertaste

Overall - Tastes great, would make a wonderful Summer afternoon beer!

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Photo of do_ob
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a modified pilsner. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with about 2 fingers of sticky white foam on top. Traditional wheat ale aroma (yeast, malt, spice, and subtle notes of fruit). Light weight with an initial burst of spice. This is followed by mellowed notes of malt, lemon, and grapefruit. Goes down very easily and has a clean, crisp finish. Lemon zest and lingering spice on the aftertaste.

Overall, pretty good. Wheat ales seem to be hit-or-miss for me, and this one was decent. It's balanced very well, and the yeast doesn't dominate the taste like some other wheat beers. I'd consider this a definite lawnmower beer; tasty and refreshing, and still light enough to enjoy several while doing some yard work or tinkering in the garage. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is a slight fruit smell and is not that overpowering. Tasting this beer it is fruity with a little tang to it and it goes down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of capilial
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the definition of summer. Refreshing, smooth, crisp, and citrusy. I do believe it needs to come from on tap, cans/bottles don't provide the same enjoyment.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a unique looking orange/yellow straw color that is murky and features some sediment that eventually settles at the bottom. Moderate creamy head and slight lace. Earthy aroma with a bit of barnyard. Citrus fruits and wheat feature as well. Wheat malt figures prominently in the taste as well as orange. A light to medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
A good war weather drink that has more flavor than your average light summer beer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For this review, it was bottle to wheat glass, but this is no where near my first Oberon.
Golden bright orange, actively carbonated, clean, white head. Smells of orange rind, spice, and wheat. Easily slides over the tongue; smooth, refreshing, with a taste as bright as the color.
Had it on tap, in a can, form the bottle, and the mini kegs. Anyway you slice it, Oberon is summer.

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Photo of Ski2UDie
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good option on a hot day vs. the usual light, wheat beers. Spicy orange smell and hint of taste, fuller than the typically light hefeweissens, but light enough to be refreshing not just full and filling.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recognizable beer for it's unique spice, Oberon is a classic Bell's brew.

An opaque golden body sits underneath an almost pure white head. Common with most Bell's brews, yeast suspension is very noticeable. Smells of clean soap and crispy hops–nothing but a bright summer day. First sip is loaded with peppery, bitter spices and hops. Eventually grapefruit and orange citrus comes through, and finally the wheat malts make an impression. Surprisingly for such a low ABV, the alcohol taste is at the forefront of each sip, which for me, is more of a Con than a Pro. A soapy, smooth mouthfeel partners with a carbonated aftertaste (a distinct Bells' characteristic).

Overall, I've had better wheat ales, but none as spicy as Oberon. In my opinion, the alcohol/boozy taste was off-putting, as it took away from the bitter hops and wheat malt balance that makes this beer shine. Definitely recommend for anyone who's never had Bell's before!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can into a tulip glass

Looks nice; orange, hazy and fresh with a thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells OK, lots of spice with a dash of citrus. Underlying bread from the malt. Tastes like a good solid summer ale, with lots of wheat, and floral notes from the hops. Just like the smell, a dash of citrus, just enough to be there but not overwhelming. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, a really solid, if not overwhelmingly great summer drink; packaged in probably my favorite summer vessel and with a beautiful label. I'd buy again for sure.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love almost all of Bell's beers, however Oberon tends to be a bit overrated. I get an artificial orange taste from it. I know during production no orange is added to the beer, however I can't get the off taste to go away. Nonetheless, this is a nice summer beer for the beer. They have cans now too!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn near perfect summer/spring beer, crisp clean refreshing and delicious. Tart but not too much so, fading quickly into a wheaty beer without the unpleasant flowery taste of a european wheat beer. Smells kinda fishy though, scent is somewhat unpleasant but not so bad as to ruin or really even significantly harm the beer. a small bit of lemon comes through as well

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Photo of Brackh
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice foamy white head. Sweet, fruity and wheat smell. Taste is delicious. Has just enough of a spice to it. Very well balanced wheat taste too. Great beer. Don't drink just one of them.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot of zest. Bit of something resembling funky/farm qual. Lot from the yeast. Good amt of hops. Slight candy/fruit sweetness. A very flavorful, intense bite, ale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly. The head is a white and foamy color. The beer itself is a cloudy pale straw that looks pretty good. The appearance strongly resembles a Hefeweizen.

The beer smell has some very strong fruity notes. The beer smell has strong clover and banana notes that are pretty good. The beer also has a slightly sweet and damp wheat smell surrounding the banana and clove.

That taste shares the same notes as the smell. The taste has a light banana and clove taste that is accompanied by a stronger and earthy wheat taste with a lightly citrus hop taste to balance things out,.

The beer feels fairly medium bodied and thick. The beer certainly has body and is a bit thick in the feel with texture to it.

Overall, a fairly good beer and worth getting each year. Highly recommend.

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