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:
6,847
Reviews:
1,812
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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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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Photo of 1fastz28
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice cloudy yellow color, but a deeper hue of yellow than most wheat ales, i guess thats where the pale comes from, a little more malt can go a long way i suppose.

smell is good, has a nice spicy yeast aroma to it, not much malt or hops though.

taste is good, after a long day i'm tempting to make it a perfect but i know that would be doing an injustice, but its a good tasting beer.

mouthfeel is good, crisp and refreshing

drinkability is very high, wheat beers are my favorite session beers.

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

Photo of Mavigo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this plenty of times before, summers over so I'd figure I'd have one more, poured into a pint glass.

A: a hazy orange-gold, with a short off white head which evaporates quickly and leaving some lacing.

S: Smells like wheat, citrus peels, orange, lemon, yeast, hops

T: very mellow flavor, tastes like wheat, yeast, hops, has light citrus tones to it

M: On the more carbonated side but doesn't have any negative effects on the beer, makes it more refreshing, airy, light, crisp, easy going. A definite summer beer.

O: Great beer from the homeland and from one of my favorite breweries, this is a must have beer for any form of summer relaxation, captures the the essence of summer. Try one.

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Photo of hrhopkins12
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow color, orange and citrus fruits, a little bit of hops and bitterness

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

Photo of Phigg1102
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange in color, with about one finger cap and moderate lacing. Yeast stands out in the aroma, it is fairly damp smelling. There are some slight citrus notes passing through, but the aroma mainly takes on a bready characteristic. There is a bit more hop presence in the taste and it balances with the malt quite well. Orange and heavy floral notes dominate in the hop department with a bit of funk that cuts through nicely. Fairly rich mouthfeel that I feel leaves the flavors on your tongue for just the right amount of time.

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Photo of LuckyLemans
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little too bitter for my tastes, the after taste kept it in the running. Served super cold which helped as well.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a nonic to a nice inch of head. It was a cloudy yellow-orange. It has nice citrus smell with a bit of sweetness. It is a very nice beer. It is a beer to drink after mowing the lawn or while mowing the lawn. It's a good summer beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. Off white head with thick lacing.
smell: crisp citrus, slight sweetness.
taste: juicy orange. some sweetness at the start with dry, crisp finish.
overall: nice tasty concoction. Early Spring refreshing brew here. Better than expected.

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Photo of BMW_CHNC
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rteis
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great summer beer when you're thirsty... you've got to pour it into a glass if coming from a bottle... on draft is the best way, but a good pour from a bottle is a close substitute. seems that is has changed over the past few years and not for the better. not sure if they are messing with the recipe or if they are making so much of it now that quality is suffering... also can have a good one on some days and not so good at a different place... quality is very sporatic

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Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head. Fizzy. VERY cloudy. Looks almost solid. Apricot/Peach/yellowish color. Nice, strong wheat aroma, some cloves. Strong presence on the tongue. Oddly bitter aftertaste. Not as crisp and refreshing as most wheats. Very earthy. I could have a few in a sitting, though. Nice beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Very hazy goldenrod. One finger of frothy off-white head is very sticky and soft looking. It leaves thick, furry walls of lace and a thick top layer.

Fruity, refreshing aroma. A little orange juice, fruity wheat, soft pineapple sweetness.

Muted flavor. More wheat, nicely fruity and sweet. Some dry crackers, apricot, a touch of apple. Hop flavor is soft, but bitterness is a bit bigger. Balanced and very drinkable.

Just a shade under medium in body, with very high painful pinching carbonation. Dry, crisp finish.

Oberon’s the classic summer pale wheat ale. Crisp, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw in color,. Nice creamy head, which slowly settles, but does not disappear.

Aroma: Citrus yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat flavor is very strong, with a hint of citrus’s in the finish.

Very well balanced overall. Thick and yet smooth at the same time. Almost a buttery finish.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served into a budweiser golden wheat pint glass, heh.

A- this one pours out a clear golden orange colored body with a tiny white head. the head vanishes quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

S- bready malts with a little bit of orange. not much in common with the typical wheat beer. slightly hoppy.

T- bready malts. the orange comes through a little stronger in the taste than the smell. a small citric hop finish.

M- light bodied. ample carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- oberon is on the shelves. summer is almost here. i drink this one often.

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Photo of ajjje37
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy yellow with bits of yeast floating. Thin head dissipated with very little stuck to glass. Smelled very wheaty in bottle, but is less prominent in glass. This has a citrus aroma of orange and lemon.

Wheat is noticeable right off, very earthy and grainy. Orange, coriander, and bitter lemon rind, but not overpowering spice and citrus like so many summer ales. This has nice subtle notes of these popular additives, but it's dominant characteristic is the wheat. Malts are not non-existent.

Mouth tingles with fizz and citrus. Heavier than usual in this style. This is a very good summer ale.

Very drinkable and sessionable.

I like it best when very cold. Oddly enough, I like this beer best from the bottle. I know this will be unpopular with most BA's but try it from both vessels before cursing me.

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Photo of serpear1981
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/31/2011...probably shouldve reviewed this sooner.

A - Yellow body, loads of floaties. Fine look, but theres a lot going on in the beer. Small white head on top.

S - light tangy citrus, light malts.

T - A nice light taste profile, mildly sweet citrus notes and malty/vanilla flavors. A bit dry. A good taste, for sure. Perhaps it is crisper when fresher.

M - Really quite nice. A medium-thin body, smooth. Just about right, it seems.

O (D) - I like this beer. Good summertime beer, for sure. I do think it's a bit expensive, so it may not be my go-to for the summer months, but Its a good beer.

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Photo of akkrocka
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,847 ratings.
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