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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 4179
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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general_staal

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had a couple of different Bell's beers and this one was not my favorite. It was good by most beer standards but by Bell's standards I don't think it is their best.

It had a very nice appearance. It poured a nice golden honey color with a very nice head around 3/4 to 1" and some nice lacing on the glass.

It didn't have a very distinctive smell for me. I will admit my nose was a little stuffed, but I still didn't get any special smell. It had a bit of a wheaty smell.

Taste was good but not great. It was wheaty and a little malty but not much else was going on. It did have a good beer flavor, but nothing too distinctive.

Mouthfeel was what made this beer. It had a very nice carbonation and a refreshing feel on the tongue. It was enjoyable to drink based on this.

Overall it was a pretty good beer, but it wasn't my favorite Bell's product.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:25:15 | More by general_staal
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Hermanater

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

AP: like cloudy honey but not so thick. Robust, white head after the bottle swirl to get the sediments mixed in.

AR: citrus-y, almost sour. Rising dough smell is faint at first but seems to come alive more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: light and not near as effervescent as one might expect from a bottle conditioned beer.

TA: much hoppier than your standard wheat beer. Has a typical wheat sweetness with a hoppy bitterness than remains after the swallow. Seems like many Wheats are bittered with spice and rind. This certainly seems to possess a greater hop load than the normal wheat beer.

I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:23:55 | More by Hermanater
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark straw color with gold and orange hues. Beer shows some chill haze.

Citrus, lime zest, saltine cracker, cat pee, meyer lemon.

Lemon zest, yellow apple, hop bitterness and crisp acidity.

Medium bodied with firm carbonation and a dry finish.

Did not care for the ammonia in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:46:49 | More by Libationguy
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- packaged 3/27/13. consumed 7/10/13.

A: A raging, swirling effervesce storms within a tangerin-orange body with a dense nature with some macro-floaties whirling about. A sea-shell white head is creamy of 1 inch high and has good retention with a good lace stickage.

S: Soft lemon pulp, grapefruit but very weak from my standpoint. Consumed 4 months after packaging may have had some effect.

T: Flavor is tangerine-orange, bright citrusy nature, Orange and grapefruit juices, hops seem fresh and bright, no dry hopping here, some bready character with a pulpy grapefruit finish.Wheat body adds a creaminess and soft mellow feel.

M: Creamy, bready medium full body with a strong sense of carbonation.

O: Overall the hops are juicy, pulpy, with a refreshing tart lemonade quality perfect for sipping poolside on a hot summer day. Refreshing tart, not overly bitter, easy consuming nature, good. Not to compare apples to oranges, but after hearing alot about this, is not on the same level as thier two hearted, but then again not many beers are.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:54:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Bills453

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance - a yellow orange straw color of summer!

Smell - straw, yeast, grass, wheat.

Taste - very similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, cool and refreshing.

Overall - one of my favorite summer beers. I feel like this offering from Bells often gets too much flack from the craft beer community.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:18:28 | More by Bills453
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Snebbu

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear Golden Color – little lacing and head

Aroma: Citrus, subtle herbal/spicy scents

Taste: Strong wheat malt flavors to start, with subtle bitter orange throughout. Light hints of coriander to finish. Bit of a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but smooth.

Overall: Decent summer wheat beer. Not a very complicated brew, with the base flavors coming from the wheat profile (sweet malt) with more of a bitter orange taste than sweet. This combination makes for a balanced taste and light hints of spice (coriander). Not a bad choice, but not my first choice either. However, the lingering after taste is actually pretty awesome and makes you want more!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:47:48 | More by Snebbu
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Beric

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: A nice, full bodied hazy golden color with a foamy white one-and-a-half finger head. The head didn't stick around for too long, collapsing in on itself but leaving some nice initial lacing on the sides of the glass. Got lacing down about one half of the 12oz glass. Love the bottle colors and art- looks like pure bottled Summer.

Smell: Smells very crisp- nice and clean with just a hint of spiciness and citrus. Other than that the beer has a very minimal smell profile, but the absence of any off smells makes it good in my book.

Taste: This is a pale wheat, so of course it's not going to be overly complicated. I was pleased by the subtle hints of spicy funk that I got every now and then (probably from the yeast), and the refreshing citrus tastes that seem to be right up front. On the back of the palate, there's a lot of malt sweetness (probably made sweeter by the wheat). The beer finishes semi-dry, surprisingly.

Mouthfeel: This one felt a little overly carbonated for my tastes. The bubbles just felt a bit too big on my tongue. With the unfiltered beer, I would have loved to see a little less carbonation and a little more emphasis on the smoothness that the suspended yeast can provide, similar to a German-style Hefeweizen.

Overall: This is a great summer beer and I can see why it is beloved by many in Michigan. It is an unimposing beer with great flavor at a good price point. I would definitely buy this again, and certainly bring it to summer BBQs, as it's sure to be an easy-drinking crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:21:09 | More by Beric
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (bottled on 6/6/13)

A: Pours a big 3 finger head.

S: Nice wheaty head that smells almost like a saison.

T: Refreshing. Very wheaty. Just tastes like a wheaty pale ale, which I guess it is from the style, but this is my first one in the style. A bit like a stronger saison. Quite a bit of farmhouse in here.

M: Nice and smooth, with only a bit of crispness.

O: Not bad, but it isn't really my style, but it is much better than regular APAs. I didn't finish it but I could see me finishing it if someone brought it some place. I made beer pancakes with the rest of it and they were delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:05:52 | More by gillagorilla
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Grand Trunk pub in downtown Detroit, just prior to the Tigers game. First beer after a long drive on a humid afternoon.

Poured into an unlabeled nonic, served with an orange, which I removed. Honey golden in colour, a bit hazy, though still a nice bright brew. About a half inch of head that survived as a steady layer of foam.

Orange peel, lemon, mild wheat ale notes, spices. Refreshing and summery, and about on par for the style. Certainly a bolder nose than others of the type.

Malt sweetness, big citrus in the form of orange and lemon, mild drying spiciness. Very refreshing, this beer disappeared in a matter of minutes. Not particularly complex, but on a hot summer day such as this, it absolutely hit the spot.

It's not usually my style, and I probably won't make a special point of seeking it out, but if I see it on tap again this summer I will certainly order another. Refreshing summer ale - an above-average pale wheat ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 07:05:31 | More by JohnnyBarman
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked "12076 pkgd 6/06/13 A" in to a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear beautiful golden. The one-finger head was composed of fine/medium bubbles. There was some flaky sediment.

Aroma: Slight malty sweetness. The hops aroma was floral in its character.

Taste: This beer has a good but not a notable profile. The malty sweetness has a slight roasty character, and the hoppy component is not too strong. The hops linger as a grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and drinkable. This is a dependable beer and is, of course, readily available in my area (Michigan). The only disappointment is that the flavor profile isn't too interesting but this is probably due mainly to the style of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:50:41 | More by breakingbland
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hopsputin

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

a: hazy golden orange color. lighter at the bottom of the glass. 1 finger white head that fades quickly

s: wheat, lemongrass, lemon and orange zest, light pepper spice maybe some coriander

t: taste is watery and light. sweet malt, decent amount of spice. maybe some sweet lemon and very faint bitterness on backend. cardboard?

m: medium

o: not my favorite style. its definitely drinkable and refreshing, but i'd like a little more wheat flavor. i'd go for a straight hefe or Belgian pale ale instead. not horrible, but there are better out there

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 20:21:43 | More by hopsputin
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a nice refreshing taste. But unfortunately, it's not particularly complex. The head was a little lacking, but that may be because the beer sat a bit while our lovely waitress got her act together. Could use more carbonation and classic wheat flavors. A little thin and not as cloudy as I'd like. Not my favorite from Bell's, and yet it's not bad. Just not real memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 15:00:16 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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yeastlovehoppiness_jess

Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy flaxen color. Pretty thin with bubbles clinging to the glass, but not much head.

S - It smelled a little fruity: mango, apricot, grapefruit.

T - Its taste was a little sour, but fruity and yeasty.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and pleasantly tangy.

O - It was interesting and definitely not bad for a wheat beer. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:47:48 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Very cloudy and mostly pale yellow. Very little head. Looks pretty decent.

N: Lots of peppercorns, some banana and light grapefruit. The malt shines through with an appreciable biscuit. Follows up with spruce and earth.

T: Very peppery with a decent level of bitter bite. There’s a lot of bread running through this which makes for a substantial meal. Slight lemon sourness.

M: Round mouthfeel with a light body. Ends dry. Very, very well carbonated.

O: A great summer drinker. Nothing to amaze, but it’s well built and is a good step up for those who haven’t had anything more intense.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:16:39 | More by writerLJBerg
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oberon mini keg. Served in a pint glass

A- Glowing orange/yellow. On the first day, without disturbing the sediment, it poured a hazy yellow. Henceforth I shook it a little and it had lots of suspended white floaties and was closer to orange. Cinnamon-colored deposits sat at the bottom of the glass. When first opening this keg, it has lots of carbonation, and pours a creamy white head. Small, tight bubbles.

S- Spice, wheat, barley. Very Pleasant

T- peppery, wheaty, malted barley. Moderate but evident bitterness. Not hoppy, but still spicy

M- smooth, thick, pleasing

O- different from the bottle compared to the mini keg. This is closer to a draft taste. I have suspicions that bottled it is bottle-conditioned and the mini keg is force carbonated. It's basically less earthy and tastes lighter. The second day drinking this there was little carbonation left, even with closing the tap and the vent, so I would recommend pouring all of it as quickly as possible. I would also recommend shaking the keg gently before opening to disturb the sediment. Overall, I just love the idea of a mini keg, and I had a lot of fun drinking this- with a little help from my friends.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 03:27:31 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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horshamguy

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--hazy, golden with an orange tint. Nice head at first, fading into a light coating of foam, with very good lacing.
S--wheat & citrusy, with bready overtones.
T--Full of malty goodness. orange/citrus and some hoppiness balance out the maltiness.
M--Very nice, coating mouthfeel. Creamy & satisfying.
O--Quite a nice summer ale. Served very cold, this is exactly what I want for hanging out on the deck on a warm summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:32:38 | More by horshamguy
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Back label says PKGD 04/11/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon leaves and becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a wispy sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Somewhat spicy aroma with a moderate amount of wheat and bread-like maltiness.

T- Taste is easygoing with some more wheat that's neither heavy or too light. Unlike the aroma, there's barely any spice. Alcohol is there but not overly apparent. Note of lemongrass.

M- Kind of thin but still enjoyable due to the decent amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty standard for a wheat ale. I still don't understand what all the fuss is about this beer. Apparently it used to be a lot better or is better at the source. Either way, every bottle I've had has been just OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:22:23 | More by Immortale25
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Hazed pale gold, white head doesn't have much retention or lace.

S/T/M - Stays on the sweet side through the profile. Wheat aroma up front, then rolls into honey sweetness, then just feels and tastes like a load of wet wheat and grain in your mouth. Not crisp or clean on the finish with lasting sweetness. Not refreshing like a summer beer should be. Won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:06:36 | More by garuda
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Hanby

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oberon pours a cloudy orange- amber, with big white head foaming at two fingers, then settling to a thin lingering lace. I said cloudy, but that cloudiness is not there until you pour the last bit from the bottle.

Smell: There's a lot of wheat on the nose up front, with some orange peel and spice.
Taste: Orange rind and lemon zest jump out at first and invite you in. There's a light and crisp hop presence. All throughout, the wheat malt and yeast flavor stands out and holds it all together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp are how I'd describe mouthfeel here. Carbonation is good.

Overall: The good folks at Bell's have done the world a great service here. Oberon is a great, light, refreshing summer beer, perfect for a hot day under the sun, or a rainy day wishing the sun would show it's face. The balance of zesty citrus with the sweet and mellow wheat malt backbone combine to make a beautiful ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:34:48 | More by Hanby
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into pint at yardhouse in palm beach gardens Florida. Golden color with small amount of head. I actually expected more head and a hazier looking brew. Nice crisp clean bright citrus and slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is really nice subtle citrus hop and wheat malts. Really refreshing and easy to drink. Really a great summer brew...kind of reminds me of sumpin sumpins baby brother...

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 20:52:32 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into a small Pilsner style glass

A - Hazy orange sun color with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing. Noticed small particles suspended in the liquid.

S - Orange rind, soft spice notes, lemon zest, wheat and straw.

T - More wheat and straw with subtle sweetness and spices. Orange rind comes through nicely and has a bit of lemon and citrus zest mixed in.

M - Nice and light with a crisp and zesty finish that drinks well in the warmer months.

O - Great beer to have with a meal or at a picnic. Nothing that will blow you away, but a very nice refreshing beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:57:31 | More by Ri0
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RhinoDBJ

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having heard good things about this summer ale, I picked up a 6 pack.

It poured out with a slight haze with a fairly small one-finger head.

The smell was certainly not overehelmiing ... mostly wheat and the taste was, I thought, I little flat.

So be it ... I'll keep trying!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:50:42 | More by RhinoDBJ
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle dated 4/17/13. One of the good things about Bell's operation is the date and ABV are clearly printed on the label.

a. Hazy orange-gold with an inch-plus white head which shrinks slowly to a nice film with a foam ring around the sides of the glass and some lacing.

s: Faintly fruity. Anticipating a mild-IPA taste.

t.: Yup. Mild citrus flavor with some hop bite. More like a mild IPA than a wheat.

m: Light to moderate and quite smooth.

o. The sun on the bottle suggests a summer drink, and that's what this is. Definitely above average, the flavor does not dominate so much as refresh. Should prove a popular thirst quencher with the beach crowd.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 05:55:49 | More by scotorum
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Craiger1967

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is probably my most favorite "summer" beer. I love the sweet smell and over soft mouthfeel of this brew.

Lemony, Citrus on the light side but a bit more tart towards the end of the drink which is what I like in my Wheat style ales.

I convinced a friend of mine to give this a try and he said it was definitely on his "to buy" list next time he hits the liquor store, and this is coming from a very picky drinker.

Overall a very drinkable summer beer and it pair well with all the good summer fare to be had. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:32:05 | More by Craiger1967
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Mike18103

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this for the first time today after hearing much about it from my local distributor, Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Never got any bad advice from Shangy's. They turned me on to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale many years ago and I look forward to its annual release just before Thanksgiving. Back to Oberon. This is an outstanding summer brew perfect with spicy food or just to sit back and watch a ballgame. I usually spend a little less on lighter beers but went for the extra few bucks out of curiosity and the 5 star rating giving by Shangy's. Glad I did because this is a keeper and easily worth the extra few bucks to step up from my usual summer brews like Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn and Sam Adams. My glass is just about empty so it's time to end this review and go grab another to watch the Belmont Stakes. The horse I'm betting also begins with an "O". Hopefully it will be a winner like Oberon!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:36:35 | More by Mike18103
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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