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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

5,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,241
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 136
Gots: 534 | 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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shbobdb

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Oberon is the King of the Faries. Hehehe.

It isn't a bad beer, just not the inspired fare I expect from Bell's. There is a ong wheat presence which is countered by a nice batch of citrusy hops up front. The finish is sweet and mildly sticky. Which is strange, since it isn't a terribly full-bodied beer.

It's a no-brain summer drinker. Like most American Wheat beers, I'd rather a good Weizen, but that doesn't mean this beer isn't a prime example of what it is. Taking it for what it is, it's pretty tastey. I think it tries to hard to be a crossover beer rather than just a good beer that might cause people to crossover.

If you live in the Midwest, you've already drank it, and it's part of your summer ritual. If you don't, well, you aren't missing too much.

07-14-2006 02:03:17 | More by shbobdb
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-16-2012 22:20:19 | More by shockrocker65
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

(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.

09-12-2012 03:35:25 | More by Lawl3ss
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-06-2014 22:44:56 | More by DrStiffington
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DbbC

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

04-13-2013 21:37:23 | More by DbbC
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-14-2014 18:43:55 | More by ahommell
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-04-2014 16:38:22 | More by kayrex
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allenson21

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-24-2014 18:19:14 | More by allenson21
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

05-12-2008 01:44:10 | More by burnstar
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-28-2013 16:42:18 | More by jp312
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harrylee773

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2011 01:33:30 | More by harrylee773
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-30-2013 18:52:46 | More by BeersAndBears
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jemarent

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-25-2013 03:51:07 | More by jemarent
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malcontent

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a hazy orange, bubble-riddled body. A fizzy head is short-lived.

The yeast pushes forward a bready aroma that quickly gives way to apricots and honey. Mild orange scent creeps up on the finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Oberon but I don't remember that wheat malt coming through this much. There's not nearly as much citrus on the finish as I recall and towards the finish the beer becomes almost doughy. There's almost a hefeweizen quality about the brew.

Thicker body with only a somewhat crisp finish. All-in-all, I'm not overwhelmed by this. I'm not sure what the deal is because back when Bell's was available in Illinois this used to be a go-to beer. Three possible explanations; 1)It's December and I'm drinking a summer beer that just may not be fresh (not Bell's fault) 2)my palate has changed dramatically in the last few years (nobody's fault) or 3)this bottle could be the result of Bell's somewhat spotty quality control (most definitely their fault). I look forward to next summer when Bell's should (hopefully) be back in Chicago; I'll find out once and for all what's going on.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade

12-13-2007 03:52:00 | More by malcontent
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thekanna

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +15%

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head and active carbonation.

S: Wheat malts and yeasts with some residual sweetness and spiciness.

T: Beautiful sweet wheat malt leads to notes of citrus, fresh cut flowers, coriander, pepper, and phenols. Ends with hops that are just bitter enough to add a nice refreshing bite.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Ends somewhat thin.

D: I used to kick back during undergrad summers in Michigan with a couple of these. This brings back memories of vibrant sunny days without a care in the world. Even now, drinking a few bottles (wherever I can find them) changes my outlook on life, no matter how down I feel at that moment. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's, and should be more widespread in distribution.

07-20-2009 04:04:48 | More by thekanna
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Served up on draft at Tom's Oyster Bar in Detroit, right near the tunnel. Two finger beige head sat atop a light gold body. Smell of orange, light citrus. Taste was slightly sweet, apricot, mandarin orange with bitterness most pronounced in mid-swallow. Finish is rather dry. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a delight, balanced just about right. Overall, rather good stuff and pretty interesting wheat beer, I can see why this has such a strong local following this time of year.

09-15-2009 03:56:22 | More by ThatWineGuy
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

04-01-2014 01:39:25 | More by little_star
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-24-2012 22:41:02 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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robertjskelton

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-26-2014 03:31:35 | More by robertjskelton
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

This cloudy yellow brew is a looker with a big white head that sticks around. Wheat germ and lemon pepper dominate the aroma while the taste is smooth like a hefe weizen, refreshing and clean with a nice peppery bite. A great beer I can't get here in S.C., but I may now have to make a few more trips to N.C.

08-15-2007 21:54:16 | More by saintwarrick
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Pete27lax

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-22-2013 16:21:58 | More by Pete27lax
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-25-2013 16:47:20 | More by NickyDee21
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marshmeli

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-15-2013 19:41:23 | More by marshmeli
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TechBrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-01-2014 22:41:41 | More by TechBrew
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +22%

2003 version served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden yellow with a modest white head. Only retains a small ring of bubbles after a minute or so. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Buttery, yeasty, and vanilla aromas, with faint orange and honeysuckle if you look for it. Wow!

Taste: A yeasty, bready taste with lemon and orange flavors in the background. Nummy.

Mouthfeel: Slightly buttery mouthfeel, but very light on body.

Drinkability: Oh great beergods, why doth thou taunt me so? Such heavenly ambrosia is only available to me via the kindness of other BA's. There's a certain Joni Mitchell song from the Blue album that pretty much says how much of this stuff I'd love to have.

Again, a hearty thanks to feloniousmonk for opportunity to try this.

09-30-2003 06:02:56 | More by ManekiNeko
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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