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

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86
very good

5,689 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,689
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 800 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 5,689 | Reviews: 1,616
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

A- Pale yellow, cloudy with lots of floating yeast.
S- Very faint wheat ale aroma. Barely there.
T- The more I drank the better I liked it. Wheat flavor with a fruit hint maybe apricot.
MD-This is a fantastic summer beer. It is one of the best American unfiltered wheat beers I have had.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange color w/ a white two finger head that lingers. Wonderful carbonation and lacing on this beer. Can't see through the beer at all, even w/ the light color. Fantastic.

S- Nose is wheat, fruit, hops, some malt. Very mild smelling, but balanced and very pleasant. Pear and apple as well.

T- Same profile as the nose. Super tasty, especially for the style- I could drink these all day and never tire of the taste. It's not over the top, just really tasty. Nice finish. Can't get over how tasty this brew is (and I'm usually a Tripel/Quad guy).

M- Very thin, but the hop character coats your mouth and lingers into the aftertaste along w/ the malt. Nice...

O- I'd never really had this beer, but Bell's has a winner here. This is a fantastic brew taste wise, and for the style- it's great. I will not hesitate to pick this up again- especially in the warm months. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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...

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

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