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

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86
very good

5,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 152
Gots: 718 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of Dank26
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ackeeper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nineworldseries
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, dry, transparent straw color, quick head. Smells of the yeast, and an unleavened bread feeling takes over. The taste is very pleasing, much like the bread. Somewhat dry feel with a nice bitter taste and a fresh citrus quench. One of the best Wheat's I've had.

Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden/orange, loaded with sediment, which remain suspended as a well mixed solution, but eventually collect on the bottom of the glass. ~1 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete cap. No lacing noted.

S- A wheaty/citrusy mix. Not overwhelmingly strong.

T- Wheat flavors and subdued the citrus bite. Minimal orange peel bitterness on the finish.

M- Crisp, yet creamy.

D- Pretty good. Would be a nice change of pace on a hot summer day.

Future outlook: Pretty good. I can see grabbing these for a night of pounding beers when the weather heats up.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of nyyfanatic213
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft yellow brew, the color of scrambled eggs. Pleasant with a unique, almost lemony nose: few things edible or otherwise come to mind: it's not woody or bready, not particularly fruity or citrusy. The palate IS obvious: very smooth, creamy, dry, quenching. not malty, not hoppy, yet medium bodied: it must be all about yeast. But that aftertaste...typical of all Bells...

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy,copper color with a nice head and lace.
The aroma of hops,wheat and malts.

The taste starts off sweet with wheat and malt notes. Hops are followed by mild citrus hints.

The feel was light body and medium carbonation with a smooth yet dry finish.

Notes: A very memorable beer with a memorable taste. Great for warm weather or even the fall season. I had it while in Philly and I wish I could find it in NYC.

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at PNC Park while watching a very rare Pirates victory!

The woman behind the counter poured a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup. A nice 1 ½ fingers of eggshell head sat upon a clear (I am pretty sure) golden-orange body. The head held itself pretty well and actually managed to stick (somewhat) to the sides of the cup.

The nose is dominated by a grainy wheat character. You can detect some hops in the background, but they are masked by the cereal-like aroma.

The taste is pretty much right what the nose indicates. The wheat is present from start to finish. Starts off with a citrus flavor that fades quickly to a spiced (cloves) finish.

The mouth feel is medium semi-slick, with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer...especially while sitting outside at the ballgame!

Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of griffeyb
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Pale Wheat Ale poured a hazy lemon color and it produced a very nice white head that has great retention. The lace is average. The aroma is full of soft wheat and pear. The taste of this wheat ale is very nice. It is very drinkable, and it is light in body. The flavor consists of wheat, green apple and pears. There is also a nice hint of floral hops thrown in. Overall it is nice and sweet at the start and finishes crisp and somewhat sour on the backend. This is an awesome summer beer. This might be one of my favorite wheat beers that I have ever tried. I will be stocking up the fridge with this summer treat!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not bad, a nice straw gold color with a small to moderate head.

S- Somewhat weak. Citrusy, slightly sour.

T- Pretty good. Decent amount of citrus and bittering hops paired with a slight wheaty backbone. Hint of pine/grass/earth in the finish.

M- Medium to light bodied. Well carbonated. Nothing special, but nothing bad.

D- Good session beer.

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intriguing. I am generally not a Weissbier type, but this one just drew me in. The color, foggy and clouded, was yellow as yellow could be. There was a head...for a little while...but then it was gone. Often with brews of this style, one tends to be overwhelmed by the earthiness or complexity and depth, but I was not in this case. It goes down smooth and is quite refreshing and palate clensing. This could go well with a myriad of foods. Seek and ye shall find.

Zum wohl!

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.