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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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very good

5,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,425
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 607 | 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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Photo of waltonc
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oberon is a summer time favorite of mine from the days in Ann Arbor. Brings back fond memories of drinking on the porch after an afternoon of canoing, jumping off the railroad bridge into the Huron River, or doing nothing. Clearly, my review of this beer is biased by associations, but whatever.

waltonc, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange candy hue, with a nice light-caramel pillowy one-finger head that has impressive retention. Fair lacing down the glass. The color is really inviting.

aroma is mild, but definite wheat malt and citrus. candied grapefruit, orange, a hint of lemon. maybe a hint of yeast - bread dough... with more citrus.

wheat, fruit, caramel. reminds me of candied grapefruit. and those candy citrus slices. Deliciously flavorful, with a nice soft wheat backdrop and bright citrusy accents.

Mouthfeel is solid. fairly full-bodied and creamy from the wheat, with a nice slightly hoppy crispness. Reminds me of summer, in a nice, thick, popsicle sort of way.

I would drink this one all day long in the summer if i could. It reminds me of summer and california citrus. Deliciously pleasant. Not incredibly unique, but the wheat notes are beautiful and the citrus fruit accents are almost heavenly. Definitely a must try.

djeucalyptus, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: It is a clouded pale yellow color with a thick two fingers of white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of wheat, lemon, pear, and a touch of spice.

T: Grassy flavors, some lemon, and pear.

M: The body is light and highly carbonated with a clean finish.

O: This is refreshing and quite quaffable.

bucklemyshoe, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of MCain04
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jp312, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange color with lots of bubbles.

The aroma is citric with a thick wheat base.

The taste is thick and not too strong. It's very dominant wheat with hints of citrus and just a slight hop bite.

Very full bodied beer, thick and refreshing.

Another great summer beer!

theboozecruise, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev +5%

Mark5252, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +5%

Morakaton, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of steveh
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strange to see that I've never reviewed this beer; staunch supporter that I am. Difficult to review to the American Pale Wheat style, but I'll be objective.

Bottled on May 3, 2010 (not terribly old).

A -- Hazy, deep golden -- yeast suspension is ghostly. Thick, light tan head that settles to a foamy cap with very nice lacing.

S -- Spicy hops, light peach citrus esters, mild DMS. All very inviting.

T -- A mildly citrus character hits first, followed by a nice balance of wheat and bready malts -- nearly Weizen-like -- even Wit-like. Finishes with spicy hops and a nice blend of graininess and citrus.

M -- Light medium body with a soft mouthfeel that finishes dry and crisp.

D -- As the 5.0 defines, Exceptional.

Those who tend to compare this to macro swill confound me, there is so much character in this brew that can't be found in any B, M, or C -- I wonder if any new beer drinker is getting beyond extreme brews.

steveh, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The typical pale wheat color... a light goldenrod that's a bit hazy... but oh my, the head is awesome. Solid three fingers of fluffy white head, that leaves a spiderweb of lace all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S- Some orange and spice, a hint of wheat, a good bit of yeast, and even a touch of alcohol in the back, but everything is subdued...

T- Malty character infused with a light sweet citrus, some white bread and yeast, light hops (saaz?), but a strange flavor in the aftertaste, and one that isn't so pleasant... metal? Just drink again, so you don't have to deal with that aftertaste...

M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp, with a bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

D- Pretty good, but there are better ones out there. A disappointment from Bell's.

khiasmus, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of yeaprolly
4/5  rDev +5%

yeaprolly, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Rons35
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer to win over some macro lovers.
Appearance is good with a decent 1.5 finger head.
Smell is very faint, but some quality malt and citrus (maybe orange).
Taste is a bit more pronounce with some malt that is a touch sweet and lighter malt than the nose.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium to light on the tongue.
Drinkability is quite good, it is sessionable but also very light.

supercolter, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

tuckerlikesbeer, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

WesMantooth, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of beerme626
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

beerme626, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weiss glass. It has a cloudy golden color with a fantastic head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly wheat malt with hints of orange and subtle hops. The flavor is mostly rich malted wheat. The finish is quite nice - accents of orange and a trace of hops. It has a medium body that is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my favorite American wheat beers - a great summer refresher. It has a uniqueness that is unmatched in my experience to other beers in itss class. However, it is much better closer to the source (at the Eccentric Cafe) from the cask!

scoobybrew, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +5%

Elfastball7, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

steamboatbrewer, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hopswap1, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

cmwilliq, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had first at Eulogy in Philly and enjoyed another bottle to try again- both equally tasty.
Poured this bottle into a blue moon chalice.

A: Hazy orange with a pillow big frothy head. Lacing sticks around.

S: Predominantly belgian wheat. Fruity aroma without being too sweet.

T: Pleasant sweetness and a touch of hops with the complete wheat taste. Spicy orange, in this version as well as I was unhappy they tossed an orange in it at Eulogy.

M: Unique, a full body and chewiness for a wheat of the style. The dense beer is still incredibly refreshing. Really shined here.

D: Oh so drinkable. Tasty and one of the most refreshing on the market.

Highly recommended, have to grab a case next time Im in PA- great summer beer.

marcpal, May 02, 2008
Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Pete27lax, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of pat_usher
4/5  rDev +5%

pat_usher, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of cherche
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

cherche, Mar 23, 2014
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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