Oberon Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Oberon AleOberon Ale
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #40
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,432
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
1,901
Ratings:
7,236
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Oberon AleOberon Ale
Notes: 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. Made with only 4 ingredients, and without the use of any spices or fruit, Oberon is the color and scent of sunny afternoon.
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

As far as the style goes this is a home run. Pouring an unfiltered golden orange with large carbonation and head from this 12 fl oz bottle condition into a hefewieß glass. A larger than 2 finger head slowly dissolves into a small white creamy like lacing. The smell is of citrus, wheat (naturally), and carbon displacement.

Front notes are smooth clean 2-row wheat, ale yeast gives this a more earthy taste, and a bit of citrus from the hops. I do also get a bit of the same mysterious backend flavor I find from drinking Magic Hat #9 sans the fruit undertones. This is both refreshing and delightful. Thankfully there are no oats used in the making of this beer, providing a cleaner malt taste than some of the beers within the style (looking at you blue moon).

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a dry finish, which is delightful as sometimes wheat tends to be a little overwhelming on the palate.

May 25, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber appearance with an average size white head and light lacing. Soft fruit and wheat in the aroma. Fruity, flowery taste complimented by spices and some mild hoppiness. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated with a finish that is slightly bitter.

May 23, 2020
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Kok17 from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste of a Michigan summer. Smooth enough to drink one after another on a lazy afternoon. I do get that banana flavor that seems to be characteristic of wheat ales, but overall it's very pleasant.

May 22, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely drinkable with a ton of flavor. Heard so much about this from Michigan friends, I had to give it a try. Nice balance between the sweetness of the wheat and malt and spicey hops.

May 17, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: cloudy yellowish color with moderate head and lace
S: wonderful fruit upfront with a floral mild hop backend
T: follows smell but with just a touch of mild wheat to finish it off
F:mild coating that is not too heavy not too light goes down smoothly
O: a wonderful refreshing wharf ale that invites another

May 11, 2020
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RedbirdRona

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Summer is near when you can find yourself an Oberon. One of the great summer beers imo. Incredibly well balanced and flavorful for its simplicity. Taste is orange and spicy hops. I could drink this all day all summer long. Cheers!

Apr 25, 2020
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beer9973 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So balanced all around. Can drink all day every day. Pours more amber than golden with chunks. Light to medium head. Smells crispy and yeasty (pretty average for a American Wheat/Hefeweizen). Taste like a mild malt with sweet wheatiness. One of the finest American hefeweizen in production.

Apr 24, 2020
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BaseballNBeer from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 3/4/20. Opaque golden straw color. Decent 1 inch head. Smell is slightly funky. The wheat comes through in the taste. It has a crisp mouthfeel with strong carbonation, which is nice. As I drink it, the lacing is visible. Solid beer overall with a consistent experience from past years.

Mar 26, 2020
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BrucehQ0983 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced wheat ales of our time. Larry Bell has hops by the balls.
Nice crisp mouthfeel, citrus and wheat, dark straw hue, overall the most fantastic wheat ale I can recommend ! Not to mention, Bell's has the most balanced beers available, with short shelf life, to make sure the beer drinker enjoys it at the peak of its flavor:)

Jan 26, 2020
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Ipreferwhiskey

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I mean what’s not to like about this beer? Perfect for any season. Has a nice orange peel flavor to it. It’s a little hoppy and loaded with flavor.

Dec 17, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

L: Lively, thick, creamy head. Colored darker than I expected (toasted wheat?), and it's kristalweizen clear.

S: This beer was bottled 110 days ago, and I'm picking up offnotes. Letting it rest for 20 minutes disappated them.

T: A bit woody, like Helles lager (or cardboard). Sweet malt, faint grassy hops, and pale malt.

F: Light bodied. The head was all flash and no fury, but it's trying, I have a steady stream of carbonation 10 minutes later. Remarkably smooth. Clean finish.

O: It was okay. I've seen cooler things done with wheat. Have you ever had a Hitachino Nest?

Oct 14, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy amber with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Bright wheaty orange aroma. Taste follows the nose with a slight hop bitterness that is well balanced. Smooth with moderate light body and carbonation. Very nice drinkable brew. I wish I had another one in the fridge!

Sep 25, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a pint can yields a fat finger of off-white creamy froth with long retention that slowly becomes rocky. A rich soapy ring forms as the head settles leaving large arches of lacing. Dark-ish golden-straw, hazy and translucent with lighter colored highlights.

Bold smell of toasted bready wheat, pale and sweet malts greet the nose with some funky grass, distant fruit cocktail and herbal hops.

Parallel to the smell yet lighter, the taste features wheat malt, toasted Wheat Thins and cracker. Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter the fruit is now orange and apple, hops are more citrus flavored with some spice. The finish is fast and clean, almost crisp. A mildly bitter/spice aftertaste lingers briefly.

Medium light body and overly carbonated, it's still a smooth easy drinker. Alcohol is in disguise. Some of the bitterness comes from toasted wheat.

Sep 02, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can; 25518 PKGD 060519 001556; purchased single off shelf... poured into over-sized wheat beer glass)

L: yellow-amber liquid, slight haze; two-finger tall blanket of pearly-white foam... head breaks down, leaving spitty cap

S: fresh orange rind (light grapefruit kiss), fruit-clustered whole-grain muffin; fantastic potency with a perfumy (lip-balm) overtone; ready-made, no citrus slice required...

T: grassy-herbal hop pop up front, with a big fruity back-flow; aftertaste is (again) like a fruity muffin, more fragrant (orange) fruit than cakey malt; rather bready grain flavors linger... each sip full of flavor; mellow spicy buzz

F: despite the head falling out, don't be fooled - healthy infusion of gas in this one... the body has a subtle doughy chew to it, no doubt greased by hop resins... do love a domestic wheat with substance and sudsy sizzle

O: before this moment, had Oberon maybe once over the past decade, but several times when I'd first encountered it... not sure exactly how old this can is - quick search of batch finder on Bell's site didn't return any results... at any rate, one of the better (widely-available) American wheat beers; could easily have several in succession (1443)

Aug 20, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, packaged on 4/15/19.

Pours hazy, medium amber with a decent sized white head that fizzles out fairly quickly. Huge orange citrus notes in the aroma. Pretty impressive that they get that level of orange aroma without using orange peel or actual fruit. Some wheat, coriander, and floral hops gently make their presence known. The wheat is stronger in the flavor but it is also very fruity tasting. Medium-light bodied and refreshing.

An easy drinking beer that is best suited for warm weather. Made a nice pairing for some leftover ribeye steak and salmon that we put into tacos.

Aug 18, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is a hazy and deep summer orange. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Lots of visible yeast and protein.

Wheat, citrus peel, and coriander are upfront on the palette. Cloves and Belgian spices are present too. Floral and herbal.

Taste follows the aroma quite well, along with bread malt too. Also tasting some slight caramel in the back. Spices are present in the aftertaste. Medium-light bodied.

Aug 05, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with green leanings and an off white head.

smells of bright citrus notes and wheat and spice backed by a floral bouquet.

Bright clean and refreshing. A nice balance of bitter citrus sweet whole grain wheat and floral spice.

Aug 03, 2019
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don’t see the big craze here really. A bit overrated. For a big citrus orange type brew I would really prefer a blue moon over this any day. Maybe I had a bad batch that was super bitter, probably not though. It did have a really good look and feel though, even if the taste wasn’t there for me personally.

Jul 29, 2019
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dnmyrick from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could go into all the details like I often do, but this is really simple for me. HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE SUMMER BEER! It pairs well with any kind of food, but exceptionally well with a big old bratwurst with real kraut and the works on it at a summer ballgame with lots of friends!

Jul 21, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not much to add that hasn't already been said to describe this excellent beer so I'll just give you a comparison.

Oberon has fewer herbs, spices, and citrus than a typical wit, is “deeper” and more developed than a weissen, and has a richer flavor & darker color than either one.

Jun 29, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near-murky orange with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is solid. Aroma is wheat, straw, pale, bready, earthy malts with a hint of citrus and earthy hops. Balance leans towards malty with the hops subtly perking up the back end. Flavor profile is citrus and wheat, striking a wonderful balance. Orange slice meets wheat, earthy, bready malts at the start before breaking way into a more malty, sweet finish. A touch of lemon zest adds just a bit of complexity and nuance. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a soft, pulpy texture that adds a little to the experience without becoming heavy. Overall, solid wheat ale with some citrus for balance and sweetness. Nothing bold or outlandish, just a well-controlled, modest beer with a twinge of sweetness.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Jun 24, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft in a 22 oz (650 ml) tall conical at Carson's American Bistro in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A: Poured a hazy, sunny golden orange with emphasis on the latter, a 2 finger, foamy, downright fluffy, white head, with extraordinary retention, and rings and rings of sticky, complex lacing.
S: Aromas relatively light but I picked up caramel, citrus, and cream.
T: Semisweet (lightly so). Flavors follow the caramel and citrus. Very mellow melon (somewhere between cantaloupe and honeydew). Light bitterness (barley perceived it).
M: Medium bodied with strong and persistent carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and rich.
O: This beer is gorgeous. I did not have it in the bottle, so my view could differ from that. I could not believe how smooth and satisfying it was on tap. It helps when Bell's is literally less than 100 miles away.

Jun 22, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden pour with a nice head.
Nose picks up orange and some hop.
Tastes of orange sweetness and some spicy also. Medium bodied mouth feel with good coating. Aftertaste is balanced between sweet and bitter. Just short of outstanding.

Jun 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/18/16; drank 3/31/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque bright orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; nice frothy lace.

Orange peel & soft wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange peel flavor up front; honeyed wheat notes on the finish.

A simple, enjoyable session ale; a golf course beer if there ever was one. I'd have another.

Jun 10, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy orange-brown with a small white head.
Smell: Musty orange, light peach and banana. Earthy hops, a bit of mint/herb aroma.
Taste: Orange fruitiness up front. Some banana-bread, caramel sweetness. Spicy herbal hop aftertaste. Definitely on the sweet side.
Feel: Medium-bodied, creamy. Light, tingly/prickly carbonation.
Overall: A really nice beer. It's kind of amazing to me that this only has four ingredients, as it has plenty of complexity. Would love to pick this up again.

Jun 01, 2019
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