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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 1,711 | Ratings: 6,482
Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015.

The color is pale yellow with an olive hue under the low light of the restaurant. A little wheat haze and a modest white head.

The aroma is wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy, fruity notes but particularly orange peel.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a wonderful spicy and toasted wheat start with a modest fruity and bitter finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a sixer from a friend after his band, http://www.chuckanutdrive.net/ , did a midwest tour recently. Thanks, Steve!

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy yellow straw color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, just a whiff of wheat, without any outstanding characteristics. The taste had a more pronounced wheat flavor, with a refreshing tangy flavor on the finish I couldn't quite name.

The body was good, solid but light. Drinkability was very good, I could see draining a sixer on a summer afternoon with no trouble. Overall, a very good beer and if it were regularly available to me, it would be in my regular rotation.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above very cloudy light amber brew. Head doesn't last too long, but then most wheats don't, and laces average or a bit below, also not unexpected for the style. Aroma is kind of an earthy, wheaty aroma, and not a strong as I would expect. Taste is subtly citrusy, combined with a nice wheat malt body. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinability is very good. A nice summertime brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange that left a one-finger head that left lacings. A spicy smell mixed of cloves and pepper with some orange peel slipped in. Crisp as it hits the tip of the tongue but a smooth, medium-bodied beer, the spices are prevelant but the orange and lemon citric notes are in there as well and tasty. A slightly dry finish, this is a good summer beer and one that anyone can enjoy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one inch head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells like wheat, cloves, and herbal hops.

Pretty similar tastes. A hoppier wheat than typical- the hops are of the herbal/grassy variety, with some wheat bitterness, cloves, and pear.

Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Been waiting to try this one for a while, glad I was able to.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw-yellow color; some residual yeast. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Wheat malt and light-colored fruits. Some muted, mild spices.

T: Wheat malt, light-colored fruits and citrus. Crisp and refrewhing. Subtle bitter hops for good balance.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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Photo of spinrsx
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes. There are also some particles floating around in it.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some malts and grains. There is also some light hops and some lemons. It ends with a malty/grainy aftertaste with a light fruitiness.

Overall - Quite drinkable, but also quite boring. Not a whole lot of flavour going on. A good beer to session I suppose but not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a vibrant light orange color.

The aroma has slight wheat, grain, a hint of orange peel, some herbal and grassy qualities.

The flavor follows with that bright grain flavor in the front, a slight grass in the middle, with a lack of any flavor other than metallic on the finish.

The beer drinks with a medium to light body with high drinkability, but a huge lack of flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness Bell's is back in IL. I had to FINALLY review this beer.

Not much of a head for this touted wheat beer, o bubbling for tha matter. But the right hazey amber color with some suspended sediment does qualify. The aroma is of green bananas, which I think is from the American hops mingling with the wheat to give a ripe banana aroma. The taste is ripely sweet banana ad muted coe with some sugary touches of bubblegum. Plus lots of softly sweet toasted wheat malts. Nice spongey palate mingling with all those soft fruit flavors. Great summer session beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon pours a hazy yellow/orange, with about an inch off-white head. There's lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't strong at all, but it smells like wheat and citrusy hops. Wheat is the main taste, but I can also taste orange peel and citrusy hops and it finishes with some spicyness and sweetness. There isn't much aftertaste. It's light bodied, but has a good smooth mouthfeel and is very refreshing. A perfect beer for a hot summer day, it's another winner from Bell's!

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy ivory head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Wheat, grain, orange, and lemon form the aroma. Fairly balanced.

Flavor is fairly malty throughout, finishing toasted lightly. Underlying lemon complements the soft wheat well. There's a touch of peppery spice and bitterness that surfaces late.

Body is moderate to a bit full, but is countered by carbonation on the high side.

Fairly nondescript, really. Almost seems to leave a watery impression. Surprised there's not more hop character.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at my local Beer Nutz

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with an inch of foamy white head.
S - Smells mostly of bread malts and yeast. Has a touch to wheat and grain as well.
T - Again bready and yeasty with a touch of citrus. Kinda like a high ABV hefeweizen without the banana flavor.
M - Pretty light to medium body. Smooth.
Overall I could see another in my future but I really like the porter the best. Still when I can't find the porter and this one is readily available I would have another. Great beer from bells!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale straw yellow color that produced a good but quickly dissipating pure white head. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- Primarily a very straw-like dryness with hints of a grainy subtle lemon rind.

(T)- The wheat definitely shines in the flavor profile with subtle citrus and a yeasty grain-like aftertaste.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a smooth and crisp balance fitting well into its style. Ever so subtle bitterness amidst a refreshing mouthfeel overall.

(O)- Have had this many many times over the course of the years yet never got around until now to finally review it. Definitely one of those "gateway" beers for me that got me into all of this. Still solid and still great to have on a warm day.

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Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to IBUnit63.

Pours a clear, lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, few spots of lace stick, looks pretty good. Smell is neat, malty, some wheat, kind of vegetal, citrusy, some light floral, lightly fruity, some biscuit malt, light honey/caramel sweetness. Taste is biscuity, malty and sweet, some honey, wheat, light floral, lightly yeasty, light bit of veggie, bit of citrus, otherwise unexciting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, refreshing and drinkable if not doing a whole lot for me. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy golden brew throws out a nice frothy white head with some retention. Nice vanilla and clove on the nose. Taste is very refreshing. Tangy aspect apparent. Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Wheat is there, but not overbearing. There's not that huge phenolic character typical of a lot of hefe-weizens. This is a good brew though. Great by the pool.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

Bottle code 10283 which means it was bottled on 3.23.11.

A- Light, cloudy orange with a almost-white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S - Citrus, barley, corn.

T - Sweet corn and wheat.

D - A touch bitter, sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Cloudy orange with a frothy one-finger head. Seems like it wants to be a hefeweizen.

Aroma: Wheat upfront with a hint of orange and sweetness. Seems straightforward.

Taste: Sweet and bready with mild hop bitterness. Not much else to detect here.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and breadiness dominate the palate here. Some dryness/sweetness as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a hot day. Smooth. Not very complex nor over-simplistic. Just right and just enough to garner it a taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of this in Milwaukee. It was kind of the Midwest wheat beer, although Blue Moon had been making inroads.

Not really my style, although Bell's is one of my fave breweries. Well made, good wheat flavor. An orange probably goes better with it than a lemon, if you're into that kind of thing. I think there's plenty of citrus flavor already in it, and an appreciable degree of wheat, soft body, easy enough to drink. One of the best representations of a wheat beer, and certainly the best east of Sierra Nevada that I can think of.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice citrusy, wheaty aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, yeast and various citrus elements. Not the most complex of tastes (this style rarely accomodates complexity), but not bad.

M: A nice amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, lightweight summer beer. Not to be confused with much more complex beers, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch#8333 poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy amber with a thin white head

S: Not much right away but swirling it a bit reveals some lemon and orange along with some wheat

T: Definite orange presence right off the bat along with the wheat. Fairly light with not too much going on here. The finish is dry with a metallic tinge coming through briefly. Good for the style

M: Very pleasant and the drying finish makes me take another sip.

D: I could drink a ton of this over summer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Back label says PKGD 04/11/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon leaves and becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a wispy sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Somewhat spicy aroma with a moderate amount of wheat and bread-like maltiness.

T- Taste is easygoing with some more wheat that's neither heavy or too light. Unlike the aroma, there's barely any spice. Alcohol is there but not overly apparent. Note of lemongrass.

M- Kind of thin but still enjoyable due to the decent amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty standard for a wheat ale. I still don't understand what all the fuss is about this beer. Apparently it used to be a lot better or is better at the source. Either way, every bottle I've had has been just OK.

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a nice spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of wheat and grainy maltiness. A slight sourness from the wheat as well. The hops are nice and citrusy and slightly earthy as well. I really like this so far.
The tastes are really different than i have experienced in a beer before. I love the grainy wheat flavors mixed with the citrus hops flavors. I though I hated wheat beers but I really just hate Hefeweizen yeast. The slight sourness is also very pleasant. Such. Clean distinct flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish in nice a crisp and clean but still full of flavor from the unique grain bill and hop combo.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. So different from anything I havehad recently. I wish I had this locally so I could session this all summer. I will definitely be picking up a 6 pack (or a case) next time I see this during the warmer months. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange with huge plume of white, frothy head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Smell is of lemon, pepper, yeast, fresh dried grain, light sweetness. Taste is big on sweet citrus, cut down slightly with the spice and finnishing with the tastes of fresh grain and bread. Medium bodied for the style, actively carbonated. A nice, refreshing beer maybe a touch on the sweet side.

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