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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 1,711 | Ratings: 6,482
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
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn near perfect summer/spring beer, crisp clean refreshing and delicious. A good lemon pinch in the nose. Very grainy, smells specifically like brew day. 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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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
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.