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:
6,779
Reviews:
1,794
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
1,709
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,779 |  Reviews: 1,794
Photo of 50StateBeerTour
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

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Photo of splittheaces
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gvhockey
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleWatcher
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hoegaarden glass.

A hazy golden straw color. Small white head, minimal lacing. This probably wouldn't win any beauty contests, but it certainly isn't unappealling.

Smells of lemons and other citrus fruits. Also smells floral and grassy. And a bit like fresh spices. Even a tad peppery.

Tastes like summer, like the bottle says. Fresh, clean, and crisp. I pick up lemon grass and coriander, as well as some nice sweetness from the wheat.

This isn't the most complex beer, but the light mouthfeel is actually very welcomed and refreshing. The flavor is very pleasant and easy to drink. I've been doing yardwork all day, and I just took a little Oberon break. Now back to work... And another Oberon in a little while.

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Photo of raninator84
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this given to me by a distributor at work. I had bought one a week before the new release so I know it was about a year old, it tasted horrible, the beer had definitely gone bad. I figured I would give the fresh one a shot, glad I did.

A - Exactly what I like to see, cloudy golden and bottle conditioned goodness.
S - The smell isn't exactly pleasing at first then the orange peel, and wheat flavors build up. Definitely a summer brew.
T - Carbonation and wheat flavors hit the palate first, followed by a refreshing taste of orange peel and citrus that is well balanced.
M - Lots of carbonation a bit of hops, but a generally refreshing feel, I could see me drinking this one on a 90˚ day this summer.
D - I feel that this is one of the better seasonal summer brews, and would recommend everyone to try.

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Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kazahkstan
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pale orange/amber with tons of sediment with a thin one finger head, minimal lacing.
Smell: Smells tart like a sour ale, slightly sweet malt, and strong yeast.
Taste: Tastes only slightly sour and very light. Strong yeast notes and middle bodied malt, very drinkable but flavorful. Wheat in the malt is prominent.
Feel: Very light and drinkable, moderately heavy carbonation.
Overall: This beer is perfect for summer. Tart but not sour, light but flavorful, wheaty but drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oberon Ale is definitely a good choice when you're looking for a sweet flavor without going for the extremely sweet taste. It's refreshing and still tastes like an ale with the Orange aroma and flavor.

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Photo of mizzourah
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin off-white head. It left slight lacing that didn't stick around. Not sure if this is normal, but it had more sediment than I've experienced with other wheat beers.

S- The bottle says that it smells like a summer afternoon...and I wholeheartedly agree. It's full or oranges and other citrus notes. Very refreshing.

T- The citrus hits you up front, dominated by the oranges. I picked up traces of grapefruit and other citruses too. As it finishes, I noticed a nice, bitter hopiness. It's very subtle but settles well on the palate.

M- It was mildly carbonated, less that other wheat ales I've had. Danced around nicely in my mouth.

D- This is a delicious summer beer, highly refreshing and crisp. I didn't notice the 5.8% ABV either. I can definitely see myself picking this up over the summer for hanging out by the pool and grilling.

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Photo of John-Robertson
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy light gold color under a modest pale white head. The smell is quite pleasant, with pear notes being most noticeable. The taste is good too, with hints of green apple, clove, and grass, and even a bit of piney hops in the finish. Hops are more noticeable in this beer than is typical for wheat beers. I'd describe the taste as something of a cross between a wheat beer and a pilsener. Pretty unique, and quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brutalist
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WMEugene
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellowish gold color with a nice, bubbly head and great lacing

S - Wheat, yeast and citrus, not very strong at all.

T - Great bubbly flavor of citrus and wheat. Sweet, very pale malts. For a wheat ale, this is really good.

M - On the lighter side, it is crisp and pretty refreshing. Just a little bit of spicy bitterness in the finish.

O - Bells Oberon is the classic summer ale. It's not overly complex, but it does exactly what you want it to and what it sets out to do. Highly recommended for those who want a refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of blues_fever
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep rich, hazy gold. Almost no lacing. Not a lot of head, but what is there dissipates quickly.

N- a citrus wheat, some clove, and crisp freshness.

T- Sweat wheat and hint of lemon. Crisp sparkling of hops, but not over powering at all.

M- Lots of carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D- Goes down very easy. Could (and will) drink this all night....

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Photo of edthehead
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I find this beer hard to compare to other Wheats. It seems more like an American Blonde. The malt profile is high, and it lack the annoying banana clove flavors; in its place are sweet fruits (apricot) and a bigger body than most wheats. Also I have had a few of these now and it does improve by letting it warm at least for a while. Here is the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy light peach juice color with a big fluffy head has great retention in me Weizen glass.

Smell: A bit of candied wheat malt aroma that is quite yeast driven with apricot and peach and a hint of wheat and vanilla as well.

Taste: Starts off sweet and the citric character seems to grow as I swirled the beer in my mouth. Juicy and yeasty with a hint of wheat and a very gentle hop presence in the fish makes this an extremely approachable beer. The aftertaste reveals a few spices in the back of the throat. It is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: more firm and juicy in the mouth than expected. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: This is an exceptional beer in a style I don't generally prefer. It is quaffable and refreshing. This is a beer built for drinking! Thanks for splitting the case SwillBilly. I sat out in my yard, in the recently completed fence and put back a few of these while the kids played in the grass and sun this Sunday afternoon. It was *perfect!*

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle was a gift from Ragingbull.

Drank at cellar temp in a snifter the beer pours slightly hazy amber with a small fizzy bleached white head taht fades quickly to an edge layer. Some sediment suspended in the beer.
Aroma is citrusy orange and wheat scents, overall fairly mild nose. First sip reveals a lite body with very fine tingly carbonation and easy drinking smooth texture.
Flavor is sweet malt with light caramel and a wheat twanginess mixing with lemon notes.
Some grain on the finish that I enjoy.
The beer is an easy drinker with lite body and mild overall.
A tasty summer treat!

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Photo of Llemon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of SpleefCity
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gordavidson
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer screams refreshing.

A- A little cloudy. Light orange/yellow liquid with a great fluffy white head. There is some great retention and lacing.

S- Some citrus- orange and lemon that is backed by a yeasty, bready aroma. Not very strong in the nose- but hitting on all cylinders for what it is. And hey, sometimes it's nice to not have your nose buried in a tulip glass.

T- Same as the smell, but much more powerful. The citrus comes out nicely. The yeast helps to improve this one.

M- Good amount of carbonation adds to the flavor. There is a perfect amount of dryness bringing you back for more.

D- I can not think of a beer that I would enjoy more on a hot and humid summer day out by the lake. I seem to be enjoying this a lot more than last year- maybe I just needed something simple again.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,779 ratings.
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