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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

6,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,063
Reviews: 1,723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,121 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of fourstringer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. PKGD 06/08/2015.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange body with 1 finger coarse, white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Fresh and fruity wheat aromas. Orange, peach, some banana. Coriander. Floral hops. Light cracker, grass.

T: Lightly spicy, bitter and citrusy burst up front. Development of some rounder wheat notes. Underlying hops carry throughout to a fairly dry finish for a wheat ale. Bright and slightly juicy with lemon, orange notes. Lingering orange blossom and floral notes in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Enough bite to keep things crisp and clean without harshing the smooth, wheat character.

O: Very nice American wheat. More complex than the typical US wheat offering. Nice blending of German hefe and state-side style hopping.

Prost!

Photo of Covocali
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really smooth ale perfect on summer day

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hyped, tired of it selling at my bar, let the hefeweizens shine!

Photo of Pickkleman
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! One of the more delicious wheat beers out there. Some say it is overrated, but I say HOGWASH! This beer is frikkin delicious! Just try this beer....you will not be disappointed!

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015.

The color is pale yellow with an olive hue under the low light of the restaurant. A little wheat haze and a modest white head.

The aroma is wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy, fruity notes but particularly orange peel.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a wonderful spicy and toasted wheat start with a modest fruity and bitter finish.

Photo of Mostel
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just about my favorite summer beer

Photo of HopBomb515
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange with a small white head that laces great down the glass. Citrus, sweet malt, and light pepper in the aroma. Taste follows leading with a sweetness from the wheat, citrus underneath and slight peppery/floral hop finish. Medium body, good carbonation, slight creamy feel, slightly drying finish. Just a solid beer, easy drinking and great summer beer flavors.

Photo of Korbynlehr
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good clean basic beer nice

Photo of Chaz
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque orange-gold in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Very good lacing, and a nice visual presentation altogether.

The nose is zesty and fruity; The combination of wheat malt and juicy, citrusy hops is very enticing.

On the palate it's a sweeter, maltier beer than many other wheat ales, but also well balanced by a blend of aroma and bittering hops. There's a good deal of malt sweetness her, but the bitterness keeps it in check while the aromatic hops complement the wheat malt, providing a character of lemon zest and orange zest.

The body is fairly full for a wheat beer, and certainly much heavier than either a Bavarian hefeweizen or Belgian wit.

Very good mouthfeel altogether -- very full-bodied and satisfying for what it is, while also going down easily.

On the other hand, it is a stronger and more full-bodied beer to begin with, so it is not too easy to drink. It's satisfying and refreshing /easy-drinking (although not quite brisk) while also being satisfying enough that one or two pours might just fill you up! This makes it a well-balance beer on another level. As far as "lighter, summer beers" go, Oberon is practically a barleywine. Okay, I won't go that far, but it's definitely a sipper.

When it comes to an unfiltered pale wheat ale, Oberon is pretty much the gold standard insofar as the upper midwest's Craft Beer scene is concerned.

Photo of andeostoplace
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious citrus hop smell with an even better taste

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
1.73/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This is so fucking awful I damn near vomited choking down a mere sip!

I hear its better with a slice of orange?

Photo of 1ale_man
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Wish I could get more. Good drinker.

Photo of bluehende
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best wheat beers out there.

Photo of msromberg
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Jaywalker, Michiana. Light and refreshing, a good (but it great) pale ale

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinkable! Yes! Very refreshing! Can drink many of these in one sitting.

Photo of Knilas
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Love wheat beer. This one fell short for me. Tasted more like flat beer than wheat beer.

Photo of NICEHOUSE
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

good beer, great vibes. Drink it!

Photo of 50marathons
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice summer beer. I haven't had anything from Bell's that I haven't loved.

Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murkey, hazy, dark yellow color with a puffy head. The smell is of wheat, with a bit of twang, and grassiness. Some grain. The taste is slanted sweet, with a suitable bitterness for balance. Fuller in mouthfeel than I expected, with a lot of fizziness. I expected more from this beer.

Photo of Nathan-McFadden
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oberon Ale is definitely a good choice when you're looking for a sweet flavor without going for the extremely sweet taste. It's refreshing and still tastes like an ale with the Orange aroma and flavor.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've ever had

Photo of Adamanton
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brew for sitting on the porch and enjoying the summertime.

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild yeasty notes, thick malt and wheat, light citrus, and bright earthy, peppery, and piney hop notes. Very cloudy orange-yellow brew. Thin head.

Flavor follows. Very refreshing; clearly a wheat ale, but with a nice hoppy bite mid palate. Milky and chewy wheat finish.

Photo of FMJ921
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of Hernard
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly nice, a bit like shandy but proper beer. Nice hoppiness for a summer ale.

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