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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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5,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,241
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 136
Gots: 534 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +5%

07-08-2014 22:36:01 | More by pat_usher
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-19-2013 01:58:38 | More by dailyminefield
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-01-2014 01:26:59 | More by Mikexw
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-13-2012 22:29:40 | More by C2H5
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-19-2013 21:59:10 | More by Rons35
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

The infamous Oberon. Heard lots, finally got to try it.

A: Light orange, little head, particulate flowing over the carbs but staying afloat. Lively.

S: Citrus smell , almost a creamsicle. That was all. Malt maybe?

M: Thick, chewy, creamy, orange peel aftertaste, slightly bitter wash. Nice.

T: Can't say where I've tasted this before, but I have. Slightly acidic, with a stong wheat and citrus profile with the alcohol coming in at the end This is a decent drinker, but not overly great.

D: Yes, very. Price however, 8 for a 6, I can find plenty of other tastes for less.

11-05-2006 04:27:13 | More by Ricochet
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Had a friend drive this down with him from Michigan. Pours an outrageously murky dirty straw color with a one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass. Beware when you swirl and pour the yeast out of this one... it doesn't have a yeast layer on the bottom, it has a veritable yeast slurry. Never seen that much yeast in a bottle conditioned beer. There are also some floating chunks in the beer as well. Not exactly a pretty beer.

Aroma is light and refreshing. Slight banana hints, with strong notes of wheat. Slightly sweet and nutty, this is an enjoyable nose.

The flavor is also nice and light. Mostly wheat flavors, especially unmalted wheat. Tastes almost raw and cereal like. No hops can be detected, and the malt flavors are integrated with the wheat nicely. Light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall, I really enjoy this, and it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer. I tend to prefer my wheat beers to be German (I just love their yeast strains), but this stands out among the American style wheat beers. After hearing so much about it, I'm not disappointed at all. Everything that I've had from Bell's has been great, and I can't wait to try some others.

11-07-2006 00:09:20 | More by phisig137
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pours a very light amber, almost golden with a tint of red. Smells wheaty with a little hop nose. Mostly lighter malts hit the nose. Tastes like banana wheat with a touch of clove. A tad bit of citrus is apparent. Maybe a little chalk. A little honey sweetness is also noticeable. Slightly bitter with good carbonation. Refreshing as it's rather light tasting. Good summertime beer; a thirst quencher.

06-24-2010 21:15:54 | More by jwhancher
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-22-2013 00:01:48 | More by RMelyon


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured 12oz bottle into Wisconsin Beer Fest mug.

A: A Thin white head, leaves slight lacing. A hazy body of orange.

S: Hints of clove and banana, a bold aroma.

T: A pleasant cream to the body of this beer. A nice and medium body for a wheat. The balance of malts and hops are well done.

M: Nice, warming mouthfeel. Very nice to find a creamy wheat beer.

D: This I find to be a very drinkable beer, in regards to style and overall impression the beer gives off. Many more sips are needed to find the subtle hidden flavors.

Notes: This is a great beer for the style, a goto for a lighter beer that has a nice warming body to it.

07-12-2010 19:18:05 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2011 10:17:03 | More by HopsMatt
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-30-2013 00:11:50 | More by Moses_Malone
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4.9/5  rDev +28.6%

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden with a finger and a half fluffy white head that left lots of lacing. Scents of yeast, bread dough, and a bit of a citrus and orange. Flavor is crisp and refreshing with flavors of orange peel, doughy wheat bread, floral hop notes and some earthy flavors on the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation, a bit thicker than a normal wheat beer but with less carbonation than usual. An amazing wheat ale, the best I've tasted. The best part is that you can get it easily year round in Arizona.

05-04-2013 08:54:47 | More by Auraan
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4/5  rDev +5%

09-05-2012 12:37:04 | More by bradfordjohnson
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-06-2014 22:40:25 | More by 1Sundown2C
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-12-2012 23:00:39 | More by GaryMarkle84
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-31-2014 13:47:32 | More by Evarigan
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-03-2014 19:22:47 | More by Vogt52
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2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

Presented as part of a Bell's Oberon "kick-off" at a local bar. Basically, the promotion sucked me in on promises of "free tastings" and "give aways!"

I was hoping that this might be a Bell's sponsored event, but it in fact was the local beer retailer yes-man get together. I felt completely out of place with the utter creepiness of suits drinking Oberon out of the bottle, wolfing them down like they're going out of style.

So the sample ended up being a shotglass full of Oberon and a Bell's keychain bottle opener. Whoop de freckin' doo.

Focus. Back to the beer. Oberon, fresh 2004 sample, 12 oz. bottle.

Pours out the "Oberon Orange Juice" much like other weiss-beers with a few yeasty chunks and some scary black floaties. When I was just handed the bottle, I asked for a glass and the douche-bag took it upon himself to pour it into a glass for me. That *wasn't* what I was asking for. Worst. Pour. Ever. The beer managed a decent lacing, nevertheless. The Mrs. pour revealed only a slight head, a no-no for the style.

The nose was all banana-clove yeastiness, with a larger than normal dallop of hops and a strangely bubblegummy aroma.

There's a strange amount of bitterness here. It almost seems sour, a hint of brettonmyances. Overall there was a nappy foot-funk underlying all flavors in both samples. There is also a strange amount of raggedness to the beer that had no place in the style. I don't think this would really be that refreshing of a summer drink except for the mouthfeel. The puckery hop consistency and the slightly thin mouthfeel all make this quite easy to shwill (for people that like that) but not really drinkable, in my book.

Not one of my favorites from Bell's, and I fear I might not like it at all if offered in a blind hefe-weiss taste off.

04-02-2004 01:16:52 | More by GreenWBush
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

Sippin on this sizzurp with mah boi areich6

A- Pours a hazy light yellow with a whispy 1 inch white head

S- Can obviously pick up the wheat in the nose with a few hints of pale malts. Not a lot of hops but a trace I would say

T- Very light taste. Just some wheat and citrus notes that are too orangy for my liking.

M- Thicker than I would expct for a PWA

O- Not on the same level of gumball head or sumpin sumpin, not even close. Not awful though

04-19-2012 03:14:17 | More by pschul4
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

04-14-2013 15:59:47 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-06-2014 03:13:50 | More by Beestin
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Pours a nice hazy, but bright apricot color with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Typical wheat and grain smell, with faint ripe banana and other fruits.

T: Nice earthy hop presence backed by a somewhat sweet tasting malt base.

M: A bit cloying at first, but it seems to thin out as you drink. Good carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a great summertime beer!

04-25-2011 04:53:57 | More by tlazaroff
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-04-2014 00:25:27 | More by Furley80
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4/5  rDev +5%

this is a newer review on this beer. i am wondering if in August when i tried it last it had been sitting for a while. i picked up some yesterday and i know that it is fresh.

it is quite tasty and much better than the last sample!

this is a good beer. i was looking forward to trying a number of options that Bells offer. this poured nicely into my glass with the usual nice carbonation, head and lace. it smelled pleasant with a hint of citris. taste was light..maybe a bit light for my tastes but it was good. a bit stronger and this would be a regular for me.

suckem up and movem out!


08-15-2007 12:02:27 | More by giblet
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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