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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

4,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 4181
Reviews: 1519
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


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:
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trancefishy

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out pretty hazy yellow-hay colour, with thin head and some lacing.
nose is faint, but smells slightly of yeast and some citrus.
taste is a nice sweet malt, balanced out with a small amount of hops. the hops seem to have an orange/lemon/citrus aspect to them. the sweetness of the malt is definately the main thing i pick up on with this beer, though.
mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. incredibly drinkable with it's relatively low ABV.
this beer is on tap everywhere here in marquette, and so i often get it. i find on tap it's a bit lackluster compared to the bottle, which i'm drinking now.
marketed as a summer beer, it seems to come out a bit different from year to year. a good summer staple, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 01:06:24 | More by trancefishy
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livin4jc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Wine Country Illinois, Homer Glen, Illinois
Apparence:
A orange-amber cloudy color. You can see the wheat and hops in the beer. Unfortunately, first glance I could only think of a drug-test specimen!
Aroma:
A wheaty fruit filled-frangrance made this beer quite appealing to me.
Taste:
Medium bodied and refreshing. You could taste the Saaz hops and a distinct but not overpowering citrus flavor. A quality well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel:
Smooth, creamy, and not very carbonated. Great for the summer evening grill-outs.
Drinkability:
Very refreshing. A good wheat beer and not overpowering. This is the best wheat beer I have had! However, I'd have to leave it in the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 05:00:06 | More by livin4jc
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garthwaite

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. This one pours a cloudy gold with a small beaded head. Very mild aroma of wheaty sweetness with some spicy hops, & a hint of clove. Very light in the mouth with spicy hops & high fruitiness. Understated flavors of banana, lemon, tart green apple are evident. Finish is clean with some gentle peppery bitterness. Well balanced, easy-drinking, but somewhat uneventful brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 19:00:48 | More by garthwaite
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profzoom

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat beer pours a hazy golden color. Its smell is crisp and very indicative of its wheat nature. Its taste is tart and sweet, and again it is quite apparent that this is a wheat beer. It is slightly more carbonated than most beers I drink, so the mouth is greeted with a pleasant tingly sensation with each sip. A fine beer from a very fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 03:52:34 | More by profzoom
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy in appearance on the pour. Color is a dark amber-orange. Sparse head (despite the aggressive pour) faded quickly to an "edge-only" ring. Scant lacing of the glass. Aromas have notes of orange peel, fresh bread dough, and some spicy notes as well. Flavor continues the aromatic trends. Suprisingly low levels of wheat flavor noted. However, this plays well with the spicy/zippy/zingy flavors of citrus. Hops are present in the background, showing up with more pronounced flavor near the end. Aftertaste is sweet and doughy. Very balanced. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Excellent summer beer. Another winner from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 18:02:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above very cloudy light amber brew. Head doesn't last too long, but then most wheats don't, and laces average or a bit below, also not unexpected for the style. Aroma is kind of an earthy, wheaty aroma, and not a strong as I would expect. Taste is subtly citrusy, combined with a nice wheat malt body. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinability is very good. A nice summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 22:41:08 | More by ppoitras
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very hazy and inviting yellow with a strong, white head that rose up nicely and left little pools of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – Well, it smells like an American grain-based Pale Ale with a hint of wheat and a light, almost-soury lemon note.

Taste – The wheat is second to the grain, but there’s just enough of it to smooth things out. Again, there’s a light hint of lemon, not enough even to turn things sour, but just enough to be noticed. The grain is a higher-than-normal grade, making the all-around taste relatively good.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, almost creamy, with a light carbonation that avoids the usual fizziness of American efforts.

Drinkability – This is not my style of choice, but for what it is trying to do I think it’s a solid effort by Bell’s.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 00:17:53 | More by RoyalT
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2004 02:31:56 | More by alexgash
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw in color,. Nice creamy head, which slowly settles, but does not disappear.

Aroma: Citrus yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat flavor is very strong, with a hint of citrus’s in the finish.

Very well balanced overall. Thick and yet smooth at the same time. Almost a buttery finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 19:37:37 | More by BobLuvBeer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon: King of the Fairies in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's a little past midsummer night I'm afraid, but an early July day will have to do.

Significantly hazy lemon-amber with a large, bone white head that falls sloooowly and settles at a thick disk for nearly the life of the beer. A decent amount of lace in scattered scraps finds its way to the glass. The nose is of wheat and spice with a hint of pear-like fruitiness.

I'm enjoying the taste and the mouthfeel very much. Oberon is more flavorful than the vast majority of wheat beers and is both light/easy drinking and substantial at the same time. The flavor profile is equal parts untoasted wheat malt and softly bitter, spicy-herbal hops. Again, there are subtle, but unmistakable, pear and green apple notes.

The beer favors sweet right out of the chute and on the backstretch, while favoring dry and crisp at the wire. It's also blessed with a quality body/mouthfeel that matches the flavor perfectly and is just right for a summer seasonal; not overly thin like many.

This just might be my favorite wheat beer to date. Bell's has done a wonderful job with Oberon and I now wish that I had picked up an entire six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 18:30:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Shaw

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend's girlfriend brought a sampler of Bell's brews down to Florida from her home in Indiana. Thanks Anna and Adam for sharing. I haven't seen Bell's in Florida.

I have to confess that I like the name for this beer. Why not name your summer ale after a Shakespeare character? Good choice. The beer doesn't quite live up to the great name, though.

Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of German wheat beers. American wheats seem bland to me. But since I just had Samuel Adams' Hefeweizen, I think Bell's Oberon Ale is just a tad too light. I would hope for a bit more substance. But this beer is still quite drinkable. It is a decent summer choice for drinking on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 06:48:21 | More by Shaw
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euskera

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Cincy last weekend.

Nice strawberry-blonde color. Holds its head well.

A liitle soapy at first taste, flowery after that will just a hint of tartness with the citrus overtones.

A nice change of pace from what I usually imbibe. Recommended for a nice summer Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 16:58:34 | More by euskera
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, cloudy pale yellow with a medium head. Aroma of sweet cream butter and caramel.

Taste is the same as the aroma: Fluffy, buttery, light biscuity taste with caramel, vanilla and honey. Light wheaty flavors but, surprisingly, no yeast. Also surprising is how not-cloying this beer is, as it could very easily have fallen over the sweetness edge.

Velvety smooth, silky texture -- it's like a carnival in my mouth! Very drinkable, could stay with this one all night. Classified as a weizen but impresses me more as a hybrid cream ale. Best of the Bell's products I've tried, and that's pretty impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 21:52:53 | More by assurbanipaul
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DPMomutant

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy gold body. A fairly thick, creamy/fizzy head with some stickiness as it goes down.

The smell is of wheat and touch of spices. Fairly good.

This has warmed a bit before my taste of this. The taste is wheaty and spice like the smell. A bit sweet to my taste as well. Doesn't hurt it any but a bit unexpected.

The carbonation is moderate and the consistency is good just leaning a bit toward watery (only as opposed to oily). Feels refreshing going down.

This is a quality session beer for the warmer weather. Good enough to have a few on a warm day. I might get another 6er or two before the summer ends, hopefully supplies last that long.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 05:02:58 | More by DPMomutant
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a hint of orange. No real head when poured but when roused forms a thinish white head. Aromas of yeast, fresh bread, wheat, and a bit of lemony acidity. The taste is spritzy, lemony, with a hint of yeast imparted complexity (perhaps a hint of banana and a bit of clove). This is a nice easy drinking hot weather beer. I like the bit of lemon-acidity, whithout which this beer would be a dud. As this beer warms up the fruitiness picks up a bit. There is a nice bit of spiciness, which seems to be from a hop contribution. Certainly recommended if you are in need of Summer time refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 00:41:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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Soybomb

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice cloudy gold with a foamy head that drops down to just some lacing.

Smell: Some citrus and flowery hop aromas come out, but nothing overpowering.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tastes good, some citrus flavors, nice carbonation gives it a refreshing crisp taste initially and on the finish. Light bodied excellent summer beer.

Notes: I think I'd rather have two hearted ale, but its another solid beer from bell's.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 04:35:33 | More by Soybomb
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap pours a hazy golden color liquid with a white foamy head. The head did not stay very long, and there was minimal lace on the glass. Smell was a wonderful combination of oranges and spices. Tastes grainy, slightly sour with some zestyness to it. Seems like corriander or another spice is in this, almost like a Belgian Wit, but not quite. The finish was very yeasty, and seemed a bit off to me. It almost seemed sandy at the end. Light body, and probably could have used more carbonation. Overall, this is not bad, but something about the finish just didn't seem right to me. Could be refreshing, I may try this one again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 13:34:00 | More by Bierguy5
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Kelly's in a pint glass. The color was golden, with a wispy white head. The smell was a very slight wheat and yeast. The taste was a nice citrus, with a slight clove taste, and a strong yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel seemed a bit undercarbonated for a wheat beer. As for drinkability, this would be a very nice session beer and could have quite a few of these.

A fine beer for this upcoming summer. A nice, refreshing treat that I probably will have quite a few of. Thank you Larry Bell!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2004 01:05:07 | More by beergeek279
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow in color with a somewhat thin, sticky head.
S: Slightly yeasty~wheaty at first. Hop aromas are a fairly pronounced floral smell.
T: Lemon zest over the whole palate, which I'm thinking it tied in with getting a big noseful of the hoppy aromas. Hops are crisp and sharp, with a sweet, malty finish.
M: Medium in body with a nice dry finish. No real lingering aftertaste noted.
D&N: Just a flat out awesome summer beer. Refreshing as hell, with really nice aromas and flavors. Well done, Larry!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 13:10:32 | More by JackTheRipper
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murphyl

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:14:36 | More by murphyl
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2004 06:42:32 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellow-orange in color, slightlt coudy with a thin white head. Aroma is lemony with a floral hop note. Flavor is light and fruity with a strong malty base. Sweetness is balanced almost a hint of a sweet tart. Flavor is moderately dry with a very slight sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel fairly light without being watery. Drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 07:05:01 | More by Sixpack595
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Redrover

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the twisted spoke in Chicago. The beer was a nice hazy rusty yellow. Nice nose with some spicy notes and a clear malt/grain aroma.

Very good summer beer. I liked the subtle hopping and the fresh taste of malts/wheat. Beer did not have much of the banana/clove taste, but did have a hint of lemon in the background.

Very easy drinking beer with a fresh bracing mouthfeel. I’m glad this beer is becoming more available as it is always a welcome sight.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2004 15:38:51 | More by Redrover
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and not very grainy on-tap with a distinct noble hop character that makes this the ultimate summer beer. Somewhat floral, but moreso soothing than anything else. While the bottles have varied from ambrosia to wet bread, the draught has been consistent. Oberon is somewhat spritzy, but has enough malt character to prevent this from washing out. While Three Floyd's Gumballhead challenges, defies, and excels beyond the style of a pale American wheat, Bell's Oberon is the benchmark and few can rival its subtle craft.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 19:58:25 | More by ngandhi
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koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THe beer pours a nice very light yellow. It has some nice wheaty overtones without all of the clove and phenolic tastes usually found in wheat beers. All in all a decent beer that is rather drinkable on a hot summers day.

As far as drinkability goes I am sure I could easily plow through a sixer of this stuff and still not tire of it. Alltogether nothing remarkable but still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:34:19 | More by koolkat
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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