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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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4,963 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 416 | FT: 5
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-05-2014 21:53:15 | More by srgj88
Photo of Skye1024


3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2011 19:21:45 | More by Skye1024
Photo of mweso2000


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-21-2012 23:03:15 | More by mweso2000
Photo of Lawl3ss


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Served well chilled in an Imperial shaker. I appreciated that the bartender asked if I wanted lemon or not before adding it. I declined.

Look- Hazy butterscotch, served with a half-finger of loose suds that falls quickly. Nice lacing. Poor retention for a wheat ale.

Smell- Bready, vague citrus rind, lemon pepper.

Taste- Floury, grainy, subdued spice, light citrus. Fades to pizza dough and soft pine. Aggressive finish. Simcoe/Summit perhaps? A little rough for a wheat ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carb. Slick on the swallow. Finishes tart, slightly astringent.

Overall- Not really my cup of tea, but ok. I felt no need to finish the 20 oz.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 03:35:25 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of burnstar


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light murky gold with a large head. Very light wheat aroma. Tangy wheat taste with a bit of underlying malt and sweetness. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of grassy hops. Well balanced. Pretty decent for an American wheat beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:44:10 | More by burnstar


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Golden Straw. Decent sized bubbly white cap. Decent retention. Some nice light bubbly lacing. Some yeast sediment that settles to the bottle of the glass.

Grassy and Floral, Lemon zest and citrus. Wheat and sunshine. Spicy, peppery, yeasty. Nice hop aroma for style.

Crisp wheat. grassy lemon and floral hop flavor. Pleasant mild hoppy bitterness. Spicy yeast esters.

Light bodied. Crisp, high carbonation, refreshing. Slight stickiness. Good mouthfeel for style.

Very sessionable. Bubbly and refreshing and hoppy. Great summer/warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:01:18 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-30-2013 04:13:33 | More by jmccullough108
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-26-2013 01:07:40 | More by ethanmc12
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-04-2014 00:25:27 | More by Furley80
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-29-2013 17:58:10 | More by atoulouk
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-13-2014 15:28:40 | More by montrealbcr89
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4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super hazy golden with a nice fluffy head that sinks just a little too quickly. Some large yeasties are suspended in this brew. Smell is of floral, slightly spicy hops and some lemony citrus. Sharp lemony/orangey citrus flavor on tongue as well as some nice spicy hoppiness. Some light, bready yeastiness is detectable as well. Crisp and refreshing, this is one of the best summer brews I have had. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. My only regret is that this beer isn't in circulation down here in VA. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 09:20:52 | More by Murph
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, cloudy pale yellow with a medium head. Aroma of sweet cream butter and caramel.

Taste is the same as the aroma: Fluffy, buttery, light biscuity taste with caramel, vanilla and honey. Light wheaty flavors but, surprisingly, no yeast. Also surprising is how not-cloying this beer is, as it could very easily have fallen over the sweetness edge.

Velvety smooth, silky texture -- it's like a carnival in my mouth! Very drinkable, could stay with this one all night. Classified as a weizen but impresses me more as a hybrid cream ale. Best of the Bell's products I've tried, and that's pretty impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 21:52:53 | More by assurbanipaul
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a two and half finger head. Shows great retention and spectacular rings of lace. Wheat malt and mild grassy/floral hop aromas. Sweet upfront, pale malt and soft wheat tones; followed by a light melon fruit note and gentle clove spice. Aftertaste is very tame, with a timid hop bitterness and floral hop flavor that blends very well with the spice and achives a near perfect balance. This appears to be a American Pale wheat ale that has not been stripped of it's German ancestral roots. Moderate carbonation and medium body derive some texture from unfiltered wheat and suspended yeast to form a nice creamy mouthfeel accented with yeast complexity. Finishes mostly clean with only a hint of residual wheat and a mention of spice. Highly quaffable for sure and a testament to how satisfying this style can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 06:29:56 | More by PBRstreetgang
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates slowly down to a creamy cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a light, lemon/orange citirc smell with a bit of dry wheatiness.

Taste: Has a mild bitterness up front backed by a significant citrus flavor. Finishes wheaty and bitter with a hint of sweetness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Exactly to style.

Overall: An above average wheat beer but nothing exceedingly memorable. A good summer seasonal but perhaps a tad over-priced.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:42:19 | More by wahhmaster
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 02:18:06 | More by washburnkid
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-19-2013 01:58:38 | More by dailyminefield
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-26-2012 13:13:47 | More by Tracker83
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1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

04-13-2013 21:37:23 | More by DbbC
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 08:37:36 | More by ej285701
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1.95/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Batch 10264 from the bottle Bell's Oberon, poured into a Brooklyn Tulip.

This beer is off. I'm not sure if this what it is intended to taste like, but it smells and tastes like soybean milk. It has a weird cereal, bean-y smell and taste. I could not finish it and poured it out. It didn't taste very much like wheat or citrus, but mostly like old tofu. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 05:02:26 | More by Soonami
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:47:49 | More by Mojo
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous tangerine color riddled with rising suds and yeasty currents. Produced a nice frothy head and laces quite well. Once again Bell's presentation is very nice.

S - Reminiscent of fresh oranges with some grain and other citrus notes. Just barely can the alcohol be detected near the end, and were it not for that I wouldn't think this was a beer. It is pleasant none-the-less.

T - The profile is far fuller than it's appearance leads to believe. More wheat and less pale if you know what I mean. There are citrus flavors mixed in as well, possibly apricot.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, it leaves a residue in the mouth, but has great carbonation.

D - Pretty good I'd say, I could definitely put a few back. A balanced and surprisingly flavorful brew. Bell's has yet to fail to impress!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 21:56:55 | More by PhageLab
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-24-2012 21:08:15 | More by zachary80
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-24-2013 19:51:44 | More by jerefreakinmiah
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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