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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: 6,285
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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Reviews: 1,675 | Hads: 6,285
Photo of ratrod53
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a nice 1" head wich lingers for a bit then dies down to a light skin that floats on top. The only thing that hold this beer's loog back is it has a lot of yeast floating in it that might turn some people off. But not me.

S- At first it smells like it's going to be a vary hoppy beer but then I got a little wiff of fruit of some sorte and wheat and it smells like a real cool beer perfect for summer.

T- You get a good amount of hops right away but just a quick I got a lot of wheat and just a taste of some fruit.

M- Good carbonation right on the money. It real light great for them hot summer days after work. The hops gives it little kick also.

D- I've had this beer before twice from a bottle and one on tap at Bell's this is a really good beer of theirs they did a good job. Now that it's getting colder out I prolly wouldn't go seeking it out now, but it could easily fill out my six pac if I couldn't find a winter beer. But I would drink this all the time in the warm weather if I could.

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Photo of Hermanater
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of unit555
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A well crafted beer overall. The appearance was clear with a deep yellow color. The head had a light appearance but persisted the whole way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was nice with strong smells of citrus and wheat that carried into the taste. The beer was quite drinkable and would have been better outdoors on a nice day (instead of the continual crappy winter we are currently suffering in Pittsburgh).

The only downside to this beer was the mouthfeel. Too much bite on the tongue keeps me from following the first beer with a second.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent pale Wheat Ale.

Appearence: Pours an inviting somewhat bright orange color with a head that fades after a few minutes leaving a little lacing afterwards.

Smell: The bottle is right, it definetly reminds me of a sunny afternoon, smells of orange peel and spice.

Taste: Tastes of a lemon/orange citrus with a slight spicy aftertaste, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not too bubbly, won't hurt to savor it.

Drinkability: A light carbonation makes it easy going down, but a slightly bitter aftertaste contradicts it a bit. Good.

Bottom Line: A good summery beer, nothing amazing but definetly something worth trying. Ta ta.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a creamy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of orange and lemon rinds, and cereal grains. Yeasty and wheaty.

Tastes so, so refreshing. The kiss of citrusy hops meshes very well with the slight biscuity malts and eventual cereal grain finish. Extremely crisp. Finishes dry, prompting for another sip.

Carbonation is moderate and adds to the refreshing character of this beer. Medium bodied, at best, this is an extremely drinkable brew. At an 5.8% ABV, I'd go ahead and session this on a hot summer day. A fantastic brew to grill out with, or just sit and enjoy good company.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - A nice hazy light honey color topped with a four finger rocky head that leaves moderate curtains of lace down the glass. The nicest part of the experience.

S - Wheaty, grassy notes with a distinct lager smell, a whiff of slight citrus and spice.

T - Bready malt with my less favorable aspects of wheat beers, a slightly unpleasant grassiness. Tiny bit of lemon. Spicy floral hops at the end to break it off with very little lingering taste.

M - Nice and spritzy, the carbonation really scrubs your tongue, leaving a pretty clean aftermath.

Overall, a very drinkable mouthfeel and texture, but ranks in the average wheat beer to me. For the style, though, this is a pretty good beer. Definitely for the summer months.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorite seasonals. poured out of a mini keg into a snifter. It pours a hazy amber color and you immediately smell citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit. it is medium bodied and as I drink it right now I am being reminded of a creamsicle. has lots of orange and i get a little bit of a vanilla note.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-gold and cloudy appearance. Nice citrusy smell. Quaffable. Hint of orange peel bitterness in finish. A good summer beer. I don't have a lot of experience to be able to compare Oberon to similar styles yet but I found this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oberon Ale is my favorite summer brew plain & simple. I love weiss type beers in the summer because they are so refreshing. Oberon is unusual and simply damn tasty with a slice of lemon. The appearance is the usual cloudy weiss look but a bit more golden. The aroma is unique with citrus notes and nutty overtones. The taste is solid with a drinkability to last all summer long!! Sit on your deck and sip an Oberon as the sun sets on a weekend evening; almost heaven (IMHO). If you like summer weiss brews, this one will become one of your favorites quickly.

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

i have let this bottle sit probably for bit to long, so i am guessing it will have a bit of an outcome on my review.

it puored hazzy yellow. the head did not last all that long.

it smelled of light spices and citrus, some lemon maybe.
tasted very malty. the citrus and spice is still there, but the malt is in full effect in the taste. alcohol is not that storng to me.
mouthfeel is carbonated and very thin.
drinkablity is good. it very well could be a good session beer

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Photo of Nuke77
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass the beer presents straw- colored, light yellow and cloudy. If poured and served too cold there is a significant amount of yeast floating around. The smell is very subtle but does get more yeasty as the beer warms up a bit. The taste is light and refreshing with a very light and fizzy mouth feel. Overall this is a delightful little hot weather brew that I could drink all day.

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Photo of minnunderground
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

got a sixer of the obie ale. Not gonna lie, one of my favorite styles.

A- Nice light golden orange color lots of yeast floating about

S-Really didn't notice much smell maybe a bit o wheat

T- To me starts out wheat mid kinda neutral ends of fruit citrus floral and after maybe even a hint of hop?

M- Medium to light body with a medium carb

D- I would say med to high drink ability nice flavor

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Photo of strattor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange due to unfiltered bottle conditioning. Nice thick head with good retention.

Subtle aroma of citrus, some spice, and a little creaminess.

Flavor is bready, a little spicy, with subtle citrus flavors. I'd say the yeasty, bready flavors are most dominant, making this a beer with a somewhat subdued flavor.

Nice mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and creamy, but with adequate carbonation to keep things lively.

For whatever reason, I never found myself wanting two ina row of these. It seemed a little a heavier than some other wheat ales I've had.

A tasty beer, but a little let down after all the hype I heard. I'd go for another sixer, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up.

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Photo of smerkinb
1.64/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a dull light orange with almost a 1" head. Very minimal lacing. Smells a bit soapy, musty--I can't really detect any malt/bread/yeast or anything else for that matter.

Tastes like soap. Some faint malts struggling valiently to get to my taste buds, but they never quite make it. Mostly I feel like I took a big gulp of dirty dishwater.

I heard such great things about this beer, read so many positive reviews and was really looking forward to it. For those reasons I may try one more to be fair but this was pretty awful for me.

From notes.

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Photo of OMills
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden hazy color. White head about 1 finger. Head retention lasted about 45 seconds until forming a cap with great lacing. Looks great in a weizen glass.

S-Wheat and a little bit of orange/citrus.

T- Very wheaty taste with citrus playing a supporting role. Taste fresh and refreshing.

M- Medium carbonation with nice body.

O- A nice refreshing beer for those warm days. Nothing immaculate but i would definitely recommend.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a king among summer wheat beers. Take a while to stare down the artsy sun on the label, and it will put you in the mood for an Oberon. It's a Saturday afternoon type of beer - a great lead in to a long night. Fruity, lemonish and light. The perfect summer beer. If this beer were an artist it would be Van Gogh.

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Photo of bltzburgh
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a case of this for a party, went over well.

Pours dark yellow
small but lasting head, very little lacing
nice spicey aroma
taste malty with a little spice, not much hopps to it.

Good beer to have now and again but at the price it is their are a lot of better beer out their for far less money.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer this afternoon after a rough week at work. I've had it many times out of the bottle, but this was my first draft experience.

A nice summer orange color, topped with a thin head. There is a citrus aroma that is obvious upon poor (sorta like Blue moon). However, the taste is more refined with hints of orange and other citrus. The beer itself has a nice feel in the mouth and goes with a variety of dishes. I like this beer out of the bottle very much, so it it did not disappoint me on draft.

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

iv had this beer many many times, when i get dragged to a dive bar in the summer its always on tap, have had bottles but this review is on tap, served into a pint glass, now its time to write how i feel about the sun god

appearance - pours a golden orange, decent head and moderate carbonation. just how i remembered it

smell - a bit of malts up front with the smell of cold bread that was baked that morning, finishes with a slightly citrus note

taste - starts with a bit of hops that fades into a refreshing bread and lightly roasted malt notes, finishes with a slight citrus note, after taste has always been a bit of a turn off for me, i cant identify it but its a bit bitter and a bit tart, but not in a sour kind of tart, just enough to get me salivating

mouthfeel - a light smooth feeling over the tongue, almost like skim milk

drinkability - easy to drink, goes down smooth

overall - this beer will always represent summer to me and for that i must have one every year, generally not my first choice but always an option, its a tried and true beer for those hot summer nights

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Photo of haywire77
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 mini keg into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is very cloudy copper/light orange color with a bit of suspended wheat "funk" in the glass. 2 finger bone white head reduced to almost nothing in about 5 minutes. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell is very subtle citrus, lemony orange and a bunch of wheat. Maybe some fresh baked bread in there as well. Nothing too overwhelming.

Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot 90+ degree summer day (or any day for that matter). Light citrus and a touch of golden honey round out the wheat bready flavor. Not too sweet as so many other summer seasonal beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and light at the same time, but only at first. After you take a drink and swallow, when you breathe in, it's gone.

Overall this is a fine example of a pale wheat. At first I thought that I could session this beer but after consuming a couple bottles with a light lunch, way too filling! Maybe it's all the wheat bread?!? I would drink this all year round if it were available.

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Photo of Hanby
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of AEArider
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

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Photo of basscram
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass from bottle. pours nice and thick, color light orange, sediments. Head is about an inch thick and goes away in a couple minutes.

Smells of an almost ripe orange, but very light.

First taste is easy and I have to really sit and savor it see what I can taste. I taste a slight green pepperish taste. It does of course have some kind of citrusy taste to it, more along the lime flavor lines.

I take quite a few more swallows and sips and I really am enjoying this beer. You could make this a regular drinker for sure. I'd have it anytime. You could even chug it if you like I bet. Most of the flavor kicks the front sides of your tongue and the taste doesn't register on the middle of it.

lacing on glass, goes away pretty quickly. Sediments sink to bottom of glass by the way. Not sure if I should have stimulated the bottle before pouring. I really didn't know what to expect from this style of beer. a slight head stays around the outside edges of my glass too.

All in all. A fantastic beer! I recommend it highly.

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Photo of Timmush
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 words...let down.
Yuk. This beer had nothing appealing to it.
Color looks like a cloudy budweiser. No head, and had no aroma.
Now the taste. Boring, nothing there. it is as if I watered down a Witbier. I wanted more out of this beer.
If you had your pick between this and a hop-sun, I would go with the hop-sun.

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