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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,325
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 569 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

beerme626, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of GreenWBush
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

GreenWBush, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of pschul4
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

pschul4, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +5%

JeffreyJDavis, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of EigenBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

EigenBeer, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of DbbC
1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

DbbC, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev +5%

little_star, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of tlazaroff
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

tlazaroff, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev +5%

Schmuckles, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

giblet

giblet, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

StlHopHead77, Jul 18, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jerefreakinmiah, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bells Oberon

Spring is almost over and the days are gettin' long

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy straw color

S: Wheat, citrus notes . . . Like a walk in an orange grove on a hot summer day

T: Definitely a wheat beer. Orange and lemon zest

M: Crisp and smooth

O: As far as summer brews go it doesn't get much better than this

GOBLIN, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best summer seasonals I have ever tasted, and growing up and going to college in Michigan, I have had many, many samples of this brew. So glad it's in North Carolina now. This is one of the few beers that a slice of orange actually accentuates, instead of hiding beer flavor.

bboven, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color from 12oz bottle, with minimal head which quickly dissipates. Still, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of wheat and faintly of barley & hops.
Smacks of wheat flavor with a subtle hop edge. Malted barley is there, though not outspoken. Subtle lemon & grassy aftertaste.
Hops & carbonation leave a somewhat noticable feel in the mouth.
Overall, this does go down smooth, but not a particularly outstanding or notable summer wheat ale. It's missing spices and anything else to differentiate itself from the pack. Definitely one of the lesser Bell's brews I've experienced.

Natural510, May 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%

bconsidine, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

pottergator, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

emwild12, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of santoslhalper
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a bleach white head. Loads of carbonation filling up all sides of the glass. Smells of orange peels, among other fruits, and relatively spicey. A great sniffer indeed. Tastes very malty at first, with a well balanced middle when the hops start showing, and finishes very hoppy with a nice spciy bite. Well done. A great brew, the first I've had from Bell's, and based on this it won't be the last. Recommended, indeed.

santoslhalper, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dusty gold and yellow color with decent lacing. It glows in the glass and is awfuly active, or I should say, bubbly.

Smell: sweet malt nose along with hops and wheat, most notably wheat. Nothing to exciting going on in my glass. Slight citrus and fresh oranges smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops push through a little more and help balance the malt and wheat. Hops provide a small amount of spice which is paired nicely with sweet oranges and a sort of lemony zest. Always is and has been very drinkable in the warm days of summer and compliments most grilled food wonderfully. Goes down smooth and is carbonated nicely.

Last years brew seemed a bit more sweet to me, this year has more of a unfiltered wheat type of taste.
What do you know another great beer from the people down in K-zoo! Oberon has been a staple beer in my favorite brews, so it is hard to say anything bad.

Magpie14, Apr 03, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jemarent, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

MrBoh, Nov 20, 2012
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,325 ratings.