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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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1,675 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 6,287
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,303 | FT: 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:
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 dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Steve's - University

Batch 7287...oberon signifies the changing of the seasons, its 70 degrees and gorgeous out in Wisco

appearance: dusted off a hefe glass that had been getting lonely all winter, oberon pours a bright golden orange, a little on the cloudy side, pour leaves a huge fluffy white head with oustanding retention

smell: fresh yeast aromas, a nice clean wheat aroma, lemon peel, orange citrus, quite bready...the smell of summer

taste: very smooth, grassy wheat presence, zesty lemon peel, fresh orange, lightly toasted malt, pulpy, light fruity hops...plenty of citrus. a very clean and refreshing summer seasonal

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, rereshing...light-medium body

drinkability: can be consumed in mass quantities

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch#8333 poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy amber with a thin white head

S: Not much right away but swirling it a bit reveals some lemon and orange along with some wheat

T: Definite orange presence right off the bat along with the wheat. Fairly light with not too much going on here. The finish is dry with a metallic tinge coming through briefly. Good for the style

M: Very pleasant and the drying finish makes me take another sip.

D: I could drink a ton of this over summer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Oberon is a hazy pale yellow with a large, dense white head with long last leaving decent lace.

Smell is wheaty, with a touch sweet cereals.

Taste is similar, but not as bland as I find most APWAs to be. One of my least favorite styles, but this is probably the best example I've had of it. Something about it tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp actually, especially on the finish, with a lingering prickle on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I still don't like the style, and would always rather have something with more flavor. And that sharp mouthfeel doesn't work for me at all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #11046 PKGD 04/04/12 A

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in, the beer is a totally hazy, even complete with floaties, dirty goldenrod color. A tall light ivory foam forms and recedes slowly caking the pint in thick fingers of lace.

S - Pale malts and soft wheat overlaps the funky wet straw aroma that gives it a real earthy nose. Grassy floral hints add to this too, stemming from hops I'm sure. Clover honey and sweet orange peel fill out the background for a refreshing, summer aroma.

T - Almost cream ale-like with a cream entry through to the finish. Hints of vanilla appear, adding to the cream ale aspect. Sweeter pilsner with pale malts, a hint of soft wheat, and a straw finish all add to full flavor and body as this wheat beer finishes out with a touch of floral notes and sweet orange peel citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet but balanced with a hint of dry bitterness on the finish, Oberon is incredibly creamy feeling with a highly carbonated, tight bubble spritz. This is crisp and refreshing for a summer day!

O - While I find Oberon a bit high in alcohol for a true session summer beer it's still fantastic regardless. The flavor and body meld almost flawlessly to provide a creamy, full-flavored wheat ale treat that's loaded with great nuances to explore while maintaining that overall ease of drinkability. Oberon is a great summer brew to kick back with!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at new wave in philly

Pours a completely clouded orange color with some golden hues. Fluffy white head with splotchy lacing and faint filmy retention.

Strong scents of fruit with orange and grapefruit. Bready malt, citrus juice and faint pith.

Some bitter hoppiness right up front with orange and grapefruit. Plenty of juicy flavor, but tempered by bready malts and wheat. Some slight caramel with wheat and faint sweetness. Finishes with citrus and hops, light dryness.

Medium body, drinks nicely, easy on the tongue, crazily easy to drink from top to bottom.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8355 printed on the bottle. Served in my Oberon wiezen glass (also purchased at the store). Poured a hazy, pale gold color. Luscious, white head occupied a quarter of the glass. Head dissipated slowly leaving behind webs of sticky lacing. Scent of wheat and light fruiy esters. Taste similar to nose. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish. Of the six brews I tried while I was in Kalamazoo, this by far was my favorite. Very refreshing, quite sessionable and even better on draft.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange with huge plume of white, frothy head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Smell is of lemon, pepper, yeast, fresh dried grain, light sweetness. Taste is big on sweet citrus, cut down slightly with the spice and finnishing with the tastes of fresh grain and bread. Medium bodied for the style, actively carbonated. A nice, refreshing beer maybe a touch on the sweet side.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, malty, yeasty, very inviting. It pours a clear straw-yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is nice and thick and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fairly strong and refreshing, if not complex - malty with a wheaty undertone and a touch of fruit. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had both in bottle and on tap. Oberon pours a cloudy, pale golden-orange color. Slight amounts of sediment in the beer actually look inviting rather than scary (like pulp in your orange juice). Thin, wispy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It's hard to get a powerful nose from this stuff, but what you do get is full of orange zest, mild clove, mild cooking spices, a tad of grain, and a bit of wheat. The taste is very closely tied to the smell - nice and robust for a wheat-style beer, backed with a citrusy-orange peel flavor and a nice kick of spice that hits about halfway through and lasts til the end. Hops are present, but faint and come out near the latter half of the taste. Some graininess is also present, but not overpowering or notably predominant. A hint of clove can also be detected from nearly start to finish. Medium-thin bodied with a soft amount of carbonation make this beer easy to drink.

Oberon is a great summer time wheat beer with a somewhat unique flavor profile for this style. A solid choice all around.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light but cloudy straw color with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is light wheat and maybe a hint of lemon, not real pronounced. The taste is more definitive with lemony floral hops and biscuit wheat. Crisp and well carbonated, very drinkable. There's a touch of grape and plenty of bitter clove. Easy drinking. Solid as a light and refreshing brew. Some bite to keep you honest. Bell's does it again!

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Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a vibrant light orange color.

The aroma has slight wheat, grain, a hint of orange peel, some herbal and grassy qualities.

The flavor follows with that bright grain flavor in the front, a slight grass in the middle, with a lack of any flavor other than metallic on the finish.

The beer drinks with a medium to light body with high drinkability, but a huge lack of flavor.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle has a freshness code of 9138. Pours a very hazy golden color with a large sized cap of fluffy white foam. Retention is good and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The only eyesore with this beer is the fairly large chunks of yeasty brown sediment that settle near the bottom of the glass.

Smell mainly consists of ripened orange flesh and crisp, tangy wheat. There is some underlying bready yeast aroma and maybe even a touch of kaffir lime leaves and grassy hops.

Taste has some characteristics of a typical American wheat ale, but has a creamy, yeasty flavor that reminds me of a German hefe without the banana and cloves. There is a definite, but soft hop flavor and just enough bitterness to finish clean and easy. Leaves nary a hint of aftertaste. This is one amazing summer beer and one I would buy by the case if it were to be available in Texas. Deee-licious!

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes after a minute to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange peal and lemons are up front and center. A slightly sweet aroma. Husky wheat, grass, and some spices linger on.
T: Full of citrus flavors that follow the nose. The fruity flavors are fairly tart. Lightly sweet and husky grain. Lots of spices as well.
M/D: A little thin, but good carbonation. Really easy to drink. The alcohol is a little high for a summer session beer, but not hard at all to put a few away.

A very nice summer beer. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at some random pizza joint in Milwaukee.

Appearance is orange-ish with a couple fingers of head. This looks nice, been waiting for this one. Its` nose has wheat, grain, a little citrus. Taking a sip of this, I taste bread, citrus hops and more of the wheat. Mouthfeel is easy going, this one drinks easily, although it is near 6 %. A couple of these would be great while doing some yard work or other outdoor activity. It was on a long weekend out of town that I finally got to try this...glad I did.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an enjoyable wheat beer although it lacks the strong banana and cloves smell and taste I love in Hefe's...The nose on this is yeasty with a strong whiff of sweet pinneaples..body is light...low carbonation...Nice sweetness...Extremely thirst quenching...a great, easy drinking summer beer with a nice taste but lacking in special qualities I like in my Hefe's..seems ot be a mix of a Whit and an American Wheat and a great hybrid at that...If you want a traditional Bavarian Hefe this isn't it...if you want a tasty easy drinking summer wheat beer then this is for you

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Photo of Immortale25
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a one half finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over about a 5 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is quite heavy of an orange citrus mixed with lots of grainy wheat. Along with these smells is a yeasty nature as well as a little bit of cardamom and clove spice. Rounding these smells out are some grassy and more herbal hop aromas giving a rather nice mellow smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a wheaty and orange citrus flavor. As the flavor advances, the yeasty flavors come along and bring with them flavors of a light corriander spice and some banana. A grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste and gets slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the grassy flavor, the wheaty flavor grows in strength and becomes more grainy with more yeasty flavors coming to the tongue as well. With the mix of flavors that reside at the end, a rather grainy wheat and yeasty citrus flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side for a brew of 5.8% abv with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly above average. The creamier body is very nice for the wheaty and grainy flavors of the brew while the citrus is nicely accentuated by the moderate to slightly higher carbonation.

Overall – A nice drinking American Pale ale with a good blend of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy flavors. Rather tasty.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking this beer at a pool party on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Poured into a solo cup(no glass allowed near pool).

Appearance: orangey and deep gold bodied beer with a nice creamy white head. This is what summer would look like if it was a beer!

Smell: light malt and wheat profile that is just oozing the smell of citrus!

Taste: The beer is very nice! That smooth wheat beer flavor comes in to play immediately, but is very mellow. The citrus is integrated right into the wheat. A lot of fresh oranges and a little bit of lemon zest. No bitter notes from hops.

Mouthfeel: Its light bodied, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Low to moderate carbonation that is spot on!

Overall: I just can't call it summer until i have had this awesome beer by bells! Both sessionable and flavorful...its an elegant and classic brew on a hot day!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Some stark-white head. Cloudy yellow.

S: Very little. Sweetish. Wheat? Cloves?

T: Sweet, spicy, and light. Clove and/or cinnamon. Vaguely sharp. The aftertaste is delicate and clean. My main complaint is that the spice lends a vaguely artificial vibe to the beer.

M: Slightly above average. Again, light.

O: Maybe least favourite Bell's, though I wasn't partial to Oarsman either. I don't like the spice profile. The beer was actually pretty okay, but I wouldn't have another. Not recommended.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrus, caramel, and malt

Taste: wheat, citrus, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable a brew that appeals more in warmer times. I could have four. Slightly complex for the style. Solid, but I like other Bells brews better.

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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy copper color with some yeast visible. A thick white head dissipates pretty quickly to a foam but leaves some rings of patchy lacing.
The smell is mostly wheat with some gentle citrus and banana, along with a light spice. A light malt blends with an earthy, herbal hops in the aroma as well.
The wheat is in the taste as expected, accompanied by a tanginess. The other elements found in the aroma are a little lighter in the taste. A little bit of orange is in here that wasn't as detectable as in the aroma. There's a sweet malt up front as well, though hops are more of an underlying character that comes out with a little bitterness in the finish.
This one is smooth and fairly creamy with a crisp bite. It's a lighter-bodied brew with gentle but adequate carbonation.
This one's very sessionable and a good brew all around.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Dogfish Head standard pint. Pours hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wheat, fruit, malt, and skunk. The flavor is of skunk, subtle malt, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but wasn't really that great either. If the skunky aspect was not present it and there was more of a fruit aroma this could be nice. I would still drink this again, but just not anytime soon.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy darker yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast and light hops. Light bodied with flavors of hops and fruit but not in big doses. Finish is crisp and progressively bitter throughout the glass. I found this to be a little mundane but it was not too bad.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.