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

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1,780
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6,736
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This had a nice orange appearance with sediment very visible and some carbonation making its way up, and smelled like sour wheat malt with some apricot notes and something almost like cotton candy.

It tastes sweet from the start, maybe starting citrusy and moving towards the wheat/yeast character, but finishes like a good tart/peppery wine. I don't love the sweetness, and for that reason am marking it down, but it's still a very good beer, and the mouthfeel is thick and prickly. Wouldn't seek out but would drink again.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into a weizen glass. bottled on 7/27/11.

a - pours a hazy golden yellow with plenty of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger of foamy, pale yellow head that calmed to a film pretty quickly. leaves a bit of lacing in the glass as well.

s - clove, orange zest, toasted bread.

t - fresh baked bread with some spice. notes of lemon and orange are present as is a fairly mild hop bitterness. pretty well balanced.

m - medium bodied, slightly sticky, a little on the fizzy side.

o - a good beer for sure, i just don't understand why everyone raves so much about this one. worthy of the occasional purchase in my book.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- packaged 3/27/13. consumed 7/10/13.

A: A raging, swirling effervesce storms within a tangerin-orange body with a dense nature with some macro-floaties whirling about. A sea-shell white head is creamy of 1 inch high and has good retention with a good lace stickage.

S: Soft lemon pulp, grapefruit but very weak from my standpoint. Consumed 4 months after packaging may have had some effect.

T: Flavor is tangerine-orange, bright citrusy nature, Orange and grapefruit juices, hops seem fresh and bright, no dry hopping here, some bready character with a pulpy grapefruit finish.Wheat body adds a creaminess and soft mellow feel.

M: Creamy, bready medium full body with a strong sense of carbonation.

O: Overall the hops are juicy, pulpy, with a refreshing tart lemonade quality perfect for sipping poolside on a hot summer day. Refreshing tart, not overly bitter, easy consuming nature, good. Not to compare apples to oranges, but after hearing alot about this, is not on the same level as thier two hearted, but then again not many beers are.

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Photo of fx20736
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, not much lacing.

S: faint whiff of sour atop bready malt
T: no banana, very faint tartness, thick chewy wheat bread
F: quality, solid
O: Not bad, but no real reason to seek it out either

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Photo of longjohnsilver
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh dry hay taste with a good bitterness. Has sour notes of a dark cherry. Overall well balanced without being overly complex. Very drinkable white. Not for the sweet tooth.

Minimal head as it was poured.

Smell was too subtle to rate in this environment.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly above average beer. Pours a hazy golden yellow with decent head that fades quickly. Smell is of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Pretty good but nothing stands out. Taste is much of the same. Not bad by any means but lacking in character. True to the style, though. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is present here. Drinkability is the only 4 given. Again, the beer is slightly above average to me and even with the 5.8% this Pale Wheat Ale contains, it is quite easy to enjoy on a hot day like today was. Bell's is definitely one of my favorite breweries, and if this is the worst they can offer, there isn't too much wrong that can be done. Ahhh, thirst quencher.

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Photo of boralyl
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours one finger woth of white head. The retention isn't very good, and leaves minor lacing. It is a hazy golden color with lots of tiny sediment floating throughout.

S - Has a lemon/citrus smell, as well as a wheat aroma.

M - A lighter bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Has a slightly smooth feel that ends crisp and refreshing.

T - The wheat taste hits up front, followed by the citrus flavor and a pepper spice rounding up the end. Has a pretty good mixture of flavors.

A very refreshing beer, that is easily drinkable. It's a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a nonic.

A-A short-lived off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades. The beer is murky and straw in color with only a stray bubble or two of carbonation visible.

S-The aroma is musty with wet wheat grain dominating my palate. There is a touch of lemony bite in there, as well as some vague hop aromas, but also some metallic grain and a bit of skunkiness. Maybe my can isn't fresh?

T-The taste follows the smell mostly with slightly sweet, doughy wheat flavors, a touch of lemon, some vague grassy hop flavors, and a bit of skunkiness. It is quenchable, but not terribly interesting.

M-The heft is light to medium with a semi-crisp carbonation that attack my palate softly rather than aggressively and pairs well with the flavors and style.

O-Perhaps my can was old, but I was a bit let down by this beer. I was hoping for something quenchable but with a bit more substance than a typical wheat beer. Oberon, however, just felt watered down and hastily assembled. It isn't terrible, but I don't need to drink it again.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: darkish golden color, with a small white head.
T: orange peel, bitter citrus hops
T: just like the nose, big orange peel and bitter citrus.
F: fizzy carbonation
O: I don't care for this orange citrus beer. Many other out there that are better

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Photo of Raymond69
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 liter mini keg, I'll call it a giant can.2007.

Pours a golden cloudy color, good head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly muted, faint grassiness. This could be my allergies.

Taste is minimally hoppy. Slight lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry. Good Carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is high. A good lawnmower, summer session drinker.

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Photo of pweis909
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to orangey, with a creamy head that exhibited decent retention. Hoppiness is not prominent in aroma or flavor but in balance with taste. As would be expected in an American wheat, there are no prominent esters more commonly associated with Bavarian wheats. Tasted slightly sweet, caramelly and appealing, with a dry finish. Surprisingly, does not have a prominent grainy wheat flavor but seems more like a mildly hopped American pale ale. While not a complex beer, it is a decent summertime quencher.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no freshness / bottling date.

Pours cloudy yellow / orange with a fluffy white head that won't quite. Loads of sticky lace left behind.

Nose is clean and fresh, with citrusy lemon notes.

Has substantial body, smooth & creamy. Is this really a wheat beer?

Sweet & raw grain flavors up front, goes slightly spicy in the middle. Finishes lemony, tart, tangy, & dry.

This one just begs for a piece of cheese to enjoy with it!

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty hazy orange, fizzy head lingers for a minute or two.

Orange, bread, subtle.

Zesty orange peel zing, fresh herbs, bread, a pang of sweetness and bitter hops in the finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel, guessing ABV at 4.5%.

Nice summery beer.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first beers by Bell's Brewery. Poured a cloudy orangish shade. I have heard this beer is sometimes cloudy and sometimes clear. It's a decent beer with with light citrus notes. Im normally not a big fan of wheat in beer but this beer has is very well balanced and I must admit, I like it. Very foamy head and it stays around for a while. Even though it's not one of my favorites, i will be trying more from Bell's.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, tart, twang, and slight sweet wheat. A little fruitiness and spice in there too.

Taste: Same as above. Tiny bit of bitterness too

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Not a bad pale wheat. Could have used more hops and/or spice, but still a decent one.

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small sampling glass. The label is simple, typical style of Bell's with a sun front and center. Batch indicates this was made near the end of summer.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/4 inch off white heady. This settles qucikly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itslef is perfectly clear and a nice hefeweizen orange/amber color. After pouring the last bit from the bottle, it couds up a little, as there is some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat tang with strong aromas of lemon and orange zest.

Taste: Smooth and creamy flavor with sweet orange flavors. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability: On a warm summer day, this would be infinitely drinkable. I have to admit, having just come back from a run in the 10 air temperature and snow, I should have grabbed something a little more substantial. But, perfect as the beer they sell it to be.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow/orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good, tall white head w/o a lot of staying power. Nose is slightly spicy, with mild wheat notes. Also has a subtle sweetness. Palate is sweet up-front, with solid wheat characteristics behind. Decent hop balance makes it taste drier the longer it's in the mouth. Some spicy flavors linger about ... Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering wheat and spice flavors. I like this beer pretty well. I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but it's good none the less. I'd have it again.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oberon pours to a thin, pebbly white head that immediately begins to decay to a thin ring, perched atop a borderline hazy/cloudy, effervescent pale gold body. Lacing is scant, just fast-retreating spots and blobs. The aroma is super-light, consisting of hints of citrus, cracker and indeterminate spice. The flavor is more assertive, being moderate in intensity: a somewhat murky wheat malt flavor with hints of estery spice and a slight yeast presence, all hedged in by a moderate brightish earthy/spicy hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, being just a bit of wheaty caramel, followed by a modest earthy rebound bitterness that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is slightly big for the light body, and is a bit astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and prickly from the assertive carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg)

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon pours very hazy orange/amber hue with one fingers worth of thick white head that dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing. The nose is loaded with spicy wheat and orange citrus zest scents are very apparent upfront with a little bit of lemon lagging behind. The taste isn't as bold as the nose would indicate, but the flavor profile is an equal combination of fresh citrus fruit (mostly orange) with the soft wheat malt apparent as well. There is also maybe a touch of clove hiding in there as well and accented with the spicy saaz hops. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp and slightly effervescent. I will certainly be drinking more of these this summer, and they are 8.49 a sixer at Trader Joe's.

I think the 2008 batch isn't nearly as sweet at the 2007 batch. All in all a very tasty summer brew.

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Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft yellow brew, the color of scrambled eggs. Pleasant with a unique, almost lemony nose: few things edible or otherwise come to mind: it's not woody or bready, not particularly fruity or citrusy. The palate IS obvious: very smooth, creamy, dry, quenching. not malty, not hoppy, yet medium bodied: it must be all about yeast. But that aftertaste...typical of all Bells...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

S- Herbal, citrus

A- 1 finger head, pale amber color, low carbonation, cloudy, looks dull/flat. Good lacing.

T- Slightly citrusy, wheaty with hints of yeast

M- Medium, smooth carbonation, tastes..juicy

O- Complex, can't taste alcohol

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Really great summery looking bottle, carefully poured into a hefeweizen glass to keep out as much sediment as possible.

A: Careful pour, but still a slight hazy nice golden color. Nothing too stand-out for the style though.

S: Honestly, the smell is very light, and not too much of a "wow" factor, but if you close your eyes and let the smells really get into your nose this beer seriously smells just like summer, maybe the beach without that odd seaweed/fish smell that you encounter at some beaches. This summer-like smell is unmatched by any other summer beer so I gave it mega points here for uniqueness and ability to create such a nice summer feel.

T: Dominated by yeast. Very light fruity flavors that just come through in the background. Dry finish. A little bit of that same summeriness comes through in the taste as well.

M: Kind of chalky, even on a careful pour. I tried it with the sediment poured in, and it just intensified this "chalkiness." Has a nice level of carbonation but the chalkiness was kind of a turn-off.

D: If it wasn't for the odd mouthfeel, definitely more points here. This is a nice beer to try at least once during the summer. Just KEEP THE YEAST OUT!

I feel like my review of this beer might be a little higher if I was drinking it out on the deck of a beachhouse, or on a nice sandy beach. Too bad no glass containers on NC beaches. Oberon minikeg anyone? But, really, Oberon is an experience.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2L mini-keg poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with almost no lacing. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a bit malty.

Taste is smooth and crisp a bit sharp but very tasty and very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall it's very good.

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