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

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Ratings: 5,694
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 809 | 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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Ratings: 5,694 | Reviews: 1,617
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsner (still don't have a Weizen glass...)
Served: 14 July 2013

RE-REVIEW: First reviewed 14 July 2013, score 3.89 overall

Appearance: A pale, hazy yellow with a nice frothy head. The head collapsed relatively quick but left magnificent lacing.

Smell: Not much in the nose- it's very clean and 'beery', but with a distinct spicy edge.

Taste: Is there a better pale wheat? This is not a complex beer, but I like the muted banana notes with the edgy spice. Beer finishes semi-sweet, a bit drier than I was expecting, but if anything this just makes me want to enjoy more and more.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and highly carbonated, to style. Very refreshing.

Overall: A great summer beer- this one is a refreshing crowd pleaser that would be a surefire success with large crowds of both craft and non-craft drinkers at summer BBQs. This is one beer I can categorically say I would seek out for long drinking sessions on my porch, reading a book or having a fire in the patio fire pit. A great pale wheat ale, and my gold standard for the style.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden color. Slight head and slightly cloudy. Smells light, wheaty, and citrusy. Definitely can smell slight orange notes. Can taste that as well. Very enjoyable taste-- tastes like summer! Crisp, clean finish. Definitely one of my go to beers.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oberon is a seasonal beer and I had this for the first time. It tastes so good and is on my top list of my favorite beers. I added an orange to the beer after I poured it into a glass. It was delicious! I recommend this beer to anyone who likes a lighter beer and a beer that is not super dark. I am a fan of lighter beer.

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4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I initially thought this beer was supposed to be of a very strong orange flavor because of the picture and how people always put oranges in it, but now I know it is a very nice wheat ale with a citrus yeast to add that flavor. Also, Larry Bell's intentions were to never have orange slices in this beer. Very light beer with good flavor for a nice summer day.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 5.8% abv.

Appearance- Very cloudy; Dull honey yellow in color. Thick fluffy white head with good retention.

Smell- A blend of wheat, doughy bread, and hints of lemon.

Taste- A good hit of wheat up front but not so much that it is overpowering. A sweet fruit flavor as well closer to apricots than the more citrusy like smell would suggest. Faint hops give some dryness on the back end that mixes well with the sweet flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium with creaminess in the body. Just right in terms of carbonation.

Overall- A great Summer offering. I had this on draft and in bottle and the quality was near back to back. Easy drinking on a warm day. This is one of the crafts beers I'd recommend on a 90 degree day where an IPA would not be quenching enough. Not as wheaty as some others of this style which is good. I'd be a repeat buyer for sure.

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A: Extremely foggy pale straw, a small amount of sediment. Creamy white head, no carbonation, semi-sticky lacing.

S: Orange peel with strong herbaciousness, almost like freshly cut grass.

T: Same as above, even with a bitter finish. A little bit of wheat is thrown in now, too. Super refreshing without overly using cheap tricks: citrus, hops, or sweetness.

M: Very creamy, surprisingly, but works really well.

O: Definitely embodies summer, in a creative way. Doesn't go for one-dimensional citrus fruits or hops, but rather incorporates a bit of citrus with organic summer notes. Really enjoyed it, I'll probably be drinking it through the season.

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