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

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86
very good

5,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 151
Gots: 715 | FT: 5
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Any reason why the bottle in the picture has an upside-down label?

The best American Wheat I've had to date. Really highlighted for me, finally, what is really lacking in my old Summer standby, Sam's Summer.

Which isn't to say I'm going overboard for this brew, but it does highlight everything you'd want from a summer brew. It's got a fine, cloudy appearance, a straw/gold hue with decent head that falls off quickly. It's got a light but zesty aroma of yeast and lemon, nothing worth getting worked up over, but enticing none-the-less.

The taste is easy and light without being watery and thin. Just enough hop to imperceptively cleanse the palate in the back half, just enough lemon acid to have you reaching for more, enough phenol and yeast to add depth, with some pale malt body. This doesn't begin to approach the depth of flavor of hefeweizens, and it doesn't have the fun spice notes of a witte, but it does have a discernable character, which is about all you can ask from an american wheat.

Now, if only we carried this in Boston. Or in LA.

Ah well, for every visit I make to the midwest in summer...

Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wcudwight was kind enough to share.

This beer got straight threes. That is a compliment from me considering the style. The beer was very cloudy and had the appearance of pineapple juice. There was a good head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The taste is good for the style and there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is mostly smooth. The drinkability is fair. This beer is average in my book but that is good for me, again considering the style.

Photo of zhanson88
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zbodnar1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a somewhat clear mix of orange and yellow with a small head. There's just a line or two of lace.

The smell is a very nice mix of wheat, spice, and citrus. The taste is also very nice. It starts with wheat and is quickly joined by a many different spices and citrus flavors. Hops are minimal in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good.

This is unique and tasty.

Photo of gmfessen
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, beer is a hazy peachy color with yeast particles. The smell is only slight and is of oranges, wheat and hops. The taste also has a sort of orangish tang, with a fairly hoppy finish. Complimented well with an orange slice. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, creamy and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and I would definitely recommend trying it if you have not already.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw-yellow with a full white head.

S: Not much her at all. A bit of citrus and zest, but not to much coming through.

T: A bit of hops, wheat tang, and citrus.

D: Great drinkability here. I downed most of the sixer and could have finished it off.

Overall: A great summer beer with a lot of refreshment properties. This is the kind of lawnmower beer that summer is all about. That being said, this APWA doesn't hold a candle to Gumballhead.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Bfarr
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange the thin white head. Light citrus aroma. Light wheat and crystal malt with light hop balance and lightly dry and sweet finish. Smooth, lightly tacky linger.

Aside from the tackiness it has a nice flavor combination with good hop presence. Certainly an easy drinking beer suitable for anyone.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Zraly
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. Generous two-finger head. Smells a touch grassy and floral.

Wheat cracker malt flavor with a slightly spicy and grassy hop finish. A bit of residual sweetness toward the finish but it ends on a dry note. The dryness evolves to a citrus note. Body is medium-light. Easy to drink, has a thirst quenching quality to it.

A decent session ale for warmer weather. Great for drinking while you are outside grilling up some love. Love the 4 pack, 16 ounce cans for $6.99 -- definitely a bargain.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agree with other top reviewers - this is one of best US Wheat Beers.
Try Carton's Wit Whale for a brand new offering to compare.

A: Rich firm head, that overcaps the glass and descends very slowing to into a "man on the moon" crater face and canyons of lace.

S: Too mild. Low maltiness, but apricot style fruit. Low yeast. The taste is much greater than the aroma.

Taste: Wheat Malt with apricot/lemony fruit is checked by the bitter, mild hops - nicely balanced. Astringent citrus rind with a creamy body. (apricot/orange creamsicle?)

MF: A round, full body. Slightly spicy, peppery in the follow through. Very appetizing, great summer beer, great food beer, and like Carton Wit Whale built for summer seafood, esp shell fish. Ends crisp, refreshing.

Great summertime, must try. I wish this came in cans. Good boat beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,608 ratings.