Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
A - A hazy, golden body, topped with a small head of white foam. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S - A slightly floral aroma of orange and coriander with a nice base of bready malt.
T - Tangy wheat and a bit of vanilla up front. Some fruity spices and light herbal hop flavor in the middle. Finishes with bready malt and more yeast character with some more coriander.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Quite drinkable with a very nice body and good wheat character. The spices get just a bit phenolic in the middle and this characteristic is emphasized by the herbal hops. This is not a bad beer, though it isn't something that really does it for me and I would not seek it out again.
08-11-2010 03:17:21 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: Hazy golden with a tint of orange here white vibrant frothy head, lacing is scattered but full in spots. Aroma: Contains some citrus notes bready yeast notes and sharp malt sweetness along with a light flowery hop aroma. Taste: Refreshing as all hell, not every crazy about American wheats but this one is so damn crisp and balanced right amount of breadiness, sharp malted wheat tones, what makes it is the citric bit of coriander kick in the finish very nice ale nicely constructed one of the best Summer brews I have tasted out there. Mouthfeel: Medium to light perfect carbonation some residual oily sensations on the palate nice brew. Drinkability: Wow, pick up a case and enjoy simply best lawnmower beer out there with flavor.
10-17-2003 19:41:04 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes
T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance
Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer
07-26-2007 22:13:12 | More by russpowell
4.65/5 rDev +22%
Brewed and kegged one week ago (3-25). keg tapped 5 minutes ago.
It's a hotly anticipated sign of spring in the Midwest, the arrival of the Bell's Oberon, and I'm ready for my first, fresh sip of the season.
Color: a thick, opaque yellow/orange body. Tap Oberon is thick and cloudy at the top and the bottom of the keg, but it pours clear after a few a few pints are pulled. Head is nice and white, thick and lasting.
Aroma is delicate, but brimming with zesty citrusy notes, spices, sea-foam. In a nutshell, the tingly orange flavor dominates Oberon's taste profile. Carbonation is low, yeasty component of this unfiltered brew is tasty, tasty, tasty and adds significantly to the supremely delicious and downable mouthfeel.
As with many other Bell's products, the style is not presented clearly in the name or on the label. This used to be called Solsun, until a Mexican Brewery took umbrage. I believe they steal the name from Shakespeare's Fairy King in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It is described as "an American wheat ale with European ingedients", which still doesn't answer all the questions. Czech saaz hops are used, and imported (from where?)wheat malt, but no curacao zest or coriander are mentioned. That aside, it tastes more like a Belgian witbier than anything else, but, like many Kalamazoo offerings, it belongs in a class by itself.
This beer plays very lightly on the palate, delivering zingy, spicy, and very fruity hops, with an utterly delicate, and thirst-quenching texture. Wheat isn't tasted as strongly as in other wheat beers, goes down very smooth, but still adds considerably to the texture. This is a beer that makes itself at home in the mouth, and makes one quite comfortable during it's stay. Long, delicious finish. Light body. So easy to drink! Everlasting finish!
There are many tasty, thirst-quenching wheats out there, but only one Oberon. The fruitiness really pushes it forward! Supreme acheivement, and a beer I'll be enjoying all summer long!
04-01-2003 17:22:58 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +5%
Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a head of small white bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.
Aroma is slightly sweet and has a little but not much fruit aroma to it.
Medium body, nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sweetness, finishes wet. Some grainy bitterness in back. Its a good summertime light ale for drinking after a hot day.
05-08-2010 01:18:21 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.
A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles
S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes
M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish
T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes
D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.
08-04-2009 11:28:06 | More by Slatetank
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.
A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.
N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.
T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.
M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.
F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.
A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.
06-05-2010 02:42:25 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully refreshing scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts along with a light citrus zest. It has a light breadlike character that adds a bit of depth to the malt bill. The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth malt flavor that boasts of pale, Munich, and wheat malts. It goes down easy and finishes slightly breadlike with a mild fruity zest and wheat malt crispness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great summertime treat. It's fuller bodied than most, but it has tremendous flavor.
08-07-2007 19:15:26 | More by WesWes
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
First had: ?
A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.
S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.
T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.
M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.
D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.
12-11-2010 18:52:43 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
I had this on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head. There is some lacing.
Smell: Mildly sweet with a strong grain presence. Spice from the yeast with citrus fruit notes and some mild banana.
Taste: Not very sweet, lots of wheat and spice. Mildly fruity with a crisp and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is always a good one. Well balanced and crisp. I'm a big fan of the spice and fruit notes.
09-10-2011 21:53:47 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +5%
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is wheat, pepper-like spices and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the wheat, black pepper and orange. Reminds me of orange sherbet. Very low bitterness. Low carbonation and a medium, creamy soft mouthfeel. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.
04-19-2010 04:35:26 | More by Mora2000
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.
a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.
s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.
t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.
m - Medium body and high carbonation.
d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.
04-18-2010 22:51:55 | More by mdfb79
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured very cloudy yellow with a thin, but well-retained white lace.
The smell was citrusy - especially lemon and wheat.
The taste was just that - wheat and citrus fruits - mostly lemon, some orange.
The taste was creamy and thick for a summer brew. It had a touch of a tang from the wheat. Very refreshing.
A friend of mine recently went on a trip to Michigan. I asked her to bring back some Michigan beer for me and she returned with this. When I saw I thanked and and thought: "Another boring summer brew?..." But, I was pleasantly surprised. I wish that they sold this around here. It's a good summer brew!
06-30-2006 18:13:20 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a hazy straw color with a hint of orange. No real head when poured but when roused forms a thinish white head. Aromas of yeast, fresh bread, wheat, and a bit of lemony acidity. The taste is spritzy, lemony, with a hint of yeast imparted complexity (perhaps a hint of banana and a bit of clove). This is a nice easy drinking hot weather beer. I like the bit of lemon-acidity, whithout which this beer would be a dud. As this beer warms up the fruitiness picks up a bit. There is a nice bit of spiciness, which seems to be from a hop contribution. Certainly recommended if you are in need of Summer time refreshment.
06-02-2004 00:41:26 | More by Gueuzedude
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.
Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.
05-18-2007 21:15:24 | More by smcolw
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
12 oz. bottle, batch 9772,
A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a moderate white head, some lace.
S: A mild nose, some notes of lemon Pledge and wheat, some orange, but I'm not too excited at this point.
T: Orange heavy right off the bat, with some notes of white spice mid-palate. Hops are relatively high for the style leaving a bitter pine finish, this is nowhere near pale ale bitterness, but it is there.
M: Biting carbonation, crisp, lemony aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and easy going on the palate.
D: I finally get to try the Midwest summer classic, Bell's Oberon. For the style it's above average, better than Blue Moon, but it does remind me a lot of that beer, the bitter spice component is similar in both beers.
08-04-2010 03:21:30 | More by Halcyondays
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured a cloudy yellowish orange color with a 1" head. The aroma was of strong citrus and yeast. The flavor was decent as the wheat gave a grainy texture to the brew, while citrus and yeast tones were strong. Possibly a touch of honey flavor in there too. Kind of sweet for wheat brew.
The mouthfeel was dry and smooth at the start. The finish was dry with a light graininess. Enjoyable, and an overall nice brew.
09-23-2004 23:50:30 | More by Gavage
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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