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
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,834
Reviews:
1,810
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,834 |  Reviews: 1,810
Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into sa DFH curved pint glass.

A- Oberon pours out a bright golden color with sediment seen in the liquid, oh well. A nice foamy white head reaches an inch before vanishing into nothing, no lace.

S- The smell is great for a wheat ale. I get some wheat but moreso im getting oranges, honey and sweet malts. I really like the smell.

T- More of the same with a fair balance between wheat, orasnge and sweet malts. The yeast that came from the bottle is probably enhancing the taste, Im glad I included it.

M- Smooth and somewhere in between light and medium bodied. Cafrbonation is low making for a smooth sipper. No bitterness at all in this fresh bottle tells me that the hops used were not major.

D- Easy as pie. I usually don't go for APWA all that much because I find them boring, but this has a bit more going for it in terms of flavor. The alcohol is low which keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers. It is extremely light in appearance and gives off a distinctly tangy and citrusy smell. Hops and orange peel definitely jump out. The mouthfeel can be a bit thin but the taste is unmatched if you prefer pale wheat beers.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful, pale, pale orange. It would be a very nice-looking beer if there was any TRACE of head. But alas... The nose is fairly complex--there is a hint of orange in the delicate hops. Those are some awesome hops to taste, by the way! Medium-bodied with a syrupy aftertexture. A delicious beer!!!

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Photo of Yancey82
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dublife1
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Porter's Pub in easton, Pa. Nice 1 finger head with smells of wheat and grass. Taste is very good and slightly creamy, yet crisp. This is a beer that could be sessioned on a hot summer day with ease. Mouthfeel is very good and lets you know you are drinking something better than most. This beer does exactly what Bell's wanted it to. Another top quality offering by Bell's.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy hop aroma.
Very drinkable.
Nice carbonation bite.
Light citrus profile.

What can I say? This is a very formidable pale wheat that doesn't overdo it on the citrus. The spicyness from the hops and the ever so slightly bitter finish make this beer great.

Will actively seek out this brew again when I want a break from the usual IPA.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Roth Brewing pint glass.
This has always been what summer looks like to me, going back all the way to when it was Solsun. It's a golden yellow, cloudy, rich-looking cup of sunshine. The head is fluffy, white, and leaves a sticky lacing that won't wash away.
Smells, as others have noted, of wheat, orange zest, and just slightly of malts.
Taste is unmistakably Oberon: Plenty of wheat to tweak your tastebuds, but lots of smooth citrus notes as well, none that bite though. It's the magic of this beer to leave all the bite to the wheat, none to the citrus notes or hops. Speaking of hops, they're in here but only in the background, and even then you have to look for them. There is also a mild presence of esters but nothing that seems on par with anything European. The beer finishes cleanly with more orange zest and an almost dusty aftertaste. It may sound odd but it's good.
The mouthfeel is rich and wide. This beer quickly coats the palate and begs for barbecue to compliment it. Carbonation is dead-on this year. It has been in the glass for over 10 minutes now and I can get lost watching the cascade effect as the bubbles go up and the particle floaties come down.
Overall, as a native Michigander I may be biased but this beer is just about perfect for summer.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Barney's Market in New Buffalo, MI in early August and have enjoyed the first five before tonite... This was bottled on July 27th, so it's still plenty fresh.

Always wondered about this Bell's seasonal, but with Three Floyds Gumballhead handy, I never felt the need. But again, seeing it so fresh, I just couldn't pass on the opportunity.

Poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass and the frothy goodness is incredible. The smell doesn't compare to Gumballhead's mango/ citrusy goodness, but it picks up the pace in taste and mouthfeel.

This is one special american pale wheat ale.. Glad I had the chance to try it. Will buy again if fresh. Thanks Bell's for date stamping your beer.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow into a tulip glass. A slight white head develops and quickly dissolves.

Smell is a bit of citrus and kind of an herbal/grassy kind of note. Pleasant, but for this style it could stand to be a little more quaffable.

Taste is great, makes one think of a pleasant spring day. Obvious wheat, but the citrus and tropical fruits present work so well with it. Just a great taste profile for this style of beer. No obvious bitterness or hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is just right.... not over carbonated like a lot of beers in this category end up being. Finishes smooth but retains a sense of crispness.

Overall this is a very good beer for the style and a great, easy drinking warm weather beer. Also would make for a great transition beer for someone coming over from the macro world. A lot of flavor without feeling too "big". Another fine performance by bells.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold, with a hint of orange. Very little head

S: Lot of tropical fruit on the nose (Pineapple, mango) which I'm not used to in beer.

T: A hint of the fruit comes through with some citrus, though the taste is mostly of the wheat and yeast

M: Medium carbonation, starts heavy but ends very crisp

D: I don't know why it took me so long to try Oberon, but I can see this having a home in my fridge for the duration of summer

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Photo of Airedoggie
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy orange-amber with sediment bits floating in suspension. Nice frothy head with moderate retention and decent lacing

S: Clean citrus, spices, and sweet wheat, almost yeasty.

T: Lemon and orange citrus hops up front, with a lingering earthy and spicy aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with a nice balance of carbonation

O: A delightful wheat brew. Easily drinkable. My favorite summer beer.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours an amazing yellowish red with some amazing suspension going on I truly love when you see some nice unfiltered wheat in the beer. Smell is crisp and ripe earty tones of grass, lemon and tweed. Taste is very good, I can taste some biscuits some roasted grains a bit of malt and a touch of hops to balance this amazing beverage. This is an amazing beer and goes down very smooth, I can't really find another one in my book that goes down this smooth, great job.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a hazy orange to light amber color with a proper frothy white head on top. This head persists and gives great lace to the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Light roasted grains, wheat and some honey sweetness mix with fresh citrus and floral hops. Very clean crisp smell and pleasant all the way.

T: Sweet honey, banana, wheat and light roast of grains balanced by a citric and floral hop profile. Amazing balance as the sweet and bitter dance back and forth with each other. Touch of vanilla comes through as well as some pleasant esters from the yeast.

M: Light to medium body with a smooth carbonation that is perfect for style.

D: Hard to pass on a second one of these as the flavors and overall balance of this beer are so clean and easy to drink. It has a refreshing quality that stands on its own. Again Bell's has put together a great beer!

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Photo of gogreen99
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great summer beer. Tastes like summer - light and refreshing to drink when it's hot outside. Yeasty with citrus after notes. Cloudy yellow body with a mildly hoppy aroma. The beer maintains a crisp and refreshing taste. Frothy white head holds the body of the beer.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Kegatron for sending this to me in a trade. Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a light orange sunrise color with bright white and vivaciously bubbling head. Good spiderweb lacing and thin rim of head stays all the way through to the finish. Chill haze is present with some cloudyness.

Smells really nice with wheat and citrus highlights of orange. Nothing overpowers anything and it's just really pleasant.

The yeast is not overdone in the flavor, which is something I am critical of when it comes to german and belgian wheat beers. Usually the american wheat beers just don't do it right though, it's usually off balance or has some off flavors. Bell's has done a great job keeping everything in balance, we can be proud of this and Gumballhead. Orange peel, lemon zest, wheat stays present...

Good mouthfeel, light yet effervescent, pops in the mouth and remains fun to drink.

Great drinkability. Leaves you wanting more and is easy to quaff. A great summer session beer that I wish I could get my hands on more easily.

Finally a summer seasonal that is exciting to drink while remaining refreshing.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap yesterday at Jordan's Big Ten.

A: Golden and slightly hazy. I remember this being a cloudier beer before, but this year it seems kind of clear to me. About an inch of head on it that hangs around and clings to the glass as it fades. Great color for a summer seasonal.

S: Wheat, orange, some spice to it. A good smelling beer, pretty mild.

T: Mild orange and lemon, spice, some bitterness from the hops. Yeast.

M: Pretty solid body to it, it's really nice.

D: Very drinkable, very refreshing. A great summer beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon, 5.8% ABV, 10 IBU, american pale wheat ale. Pours medium thickness, hazy golden, not much head, nose is fresh, a bit lemony. Taste is wheat/yeast with some banana in the background. Decent mouthfeel. Overall I rather enjoyed it, wish I'd gotten a 22oz.

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Photo of Cotto45
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spindelphia
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8355 printed on the bottle. Served in my Oberon wiezen glass (also purchased at the store). Poured a hazy, pale gold color. Luscious, white head occupied a quarter of the glass. Head dissipated slowly leaving behind webs of sticky lacing. Scent of wheat and light fruiy esters. Taste similar to nose. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish. Of the six brews I tried while I was in Kalamazoo, this by far was my favorite. Very refreshing, quite sessionable and even better on draft.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and not very grainy on-tap with a distinct noble hop character that makes this the ultimate summer beer. Somewhat floral, but moreso soothing than anything else. While the bottles have varied from ambrosia to wet bread, the draught has been consistent. Oberon is somewhat spritzy, but has enough malt character to prevent this from washing out. While Three Floyd's Gumballhead challenges, defies, and excels beyond the style of a pale American wheat, Bell's Oberon is the benchmark and few can rival its subtle craft.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of vandeg
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the more different tasting ales I've tried, has wonderful color and aroma with great taste. Mouthfeel of it is something that leaves something to be desired of, little on the thick side for such a medium bodied beer.

The taste on the other hand is a little more complex then most beers, its main feature is the fruity notes. Though this isn't a beer I'd buy often it is a beer everybody should try. Its a good beer by itself and would be something that would go good with food, especially being that its particularly sweet.

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