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:
6,777
Reviews:
1,794
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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1,709
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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of j_dombrowski
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Sister went to Michigan and brought back a sixer of this for me, since Bell's is a brewery I've always wanted to try, but can't get it anywhere around here. How nice!

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow, very "rich" looking. Dense, cotton-like white head on top, leaving behind lacing and dissipates very slowly.

S: Smells fairly neutral, but some pleasant floral notes, orange peel, and sweet wheat.

T: Sweet, grassy malts combine with a citrus hop punch. Not all that bitter (beer is about a month old), but has a pleasant hop flavor. Nice dose of lemon zest going on, and an odd, though pleasant, candy wax flavor.

M: Light to medium body, great carbonation, very pleasing all the way around.

O/D: Why can't we get Bell's around here? If they make a style of beer like this taste good, I can only imagine how their others are. It's a "summer" kind of beer that should be enjoyed year-round. Definitely give this a try.

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

Photo of dankslurpee
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jmiah22
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy in appearance on the pour. Color is a dark amber-orange. Sparse head (despite the aggressive pour) faded quickly to an "edge-only" ring. Scant lacing of the glass. Aromas have notes of orange peel, fresh bread dough, and some spicy notes as well. Flavor continues the aromatic trends. Suprisingly low levels of wheat flavor noted. However, this plays well with the spicy/zippy/zingy flavors of citrus. Hops are present in the background, showing up with more pronounced flavor near the end. Aftertaste is sweet and doughy. Very balanced. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Excellent summer beer. Another winner from Bell's.

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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy copper color with some yeast visible. A thick white head dissipates pretty quickly to a foam but leaves some rings of patchy lacing.
The smell is mostly wheat with some gentle citrus and banana, along with a light spice. A light malt blends with an earthy, herbal hops in the aroma as well.
The wheat is in the taste as expected, accompanied by a tanginess. The other elements found in the aroma are a little lighter in the taste. A little bit of orange is in here that wasn't as detectable as in the aroma. There's a sweet malt up front as well, though hops are more of an underlying character that comes out with a little bitterness in the finish.
This one is smooth and fairly creamy with a crisp bite. It's a lighter-bodied brew with gentle but adequate carbonation.
This one's very sessionable and a good brew all around.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of greasyrunner
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarBEERian
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon just looks like a summer delicacy, filling the glass in a warm-colored combination between a dark and unfiltered lemonade color and an orange juice pumped up with steroids. The thickness seems almost overpowering (almost smoothie-like), with a nose that speaks of spiciness and floral and citrusy-orange pulses. The foamy and off-white head is the only thing that would make you think this isn't a beast of a wheat beer, but the taste is what convinces you.

With the first sips you can already tell this isn't a dangerous beer, but it's also no slouch with some smooth and creamy touches of citrus fruit sliding over the tongue like slippery river water. The orange is clearly the most pronounced flavor, but it's certainly mellow. I've had the beer before at the bar with an orange slice served on the top, and it definitely has a very different flavor profile without the added fruit. But I stand by the assumption that if a brewer wanted it to have more orange flavor, they would have brewed it in.You don't add extra cucumber to a California roll. Even so, the smooth orange flavor gets patted down by the nice wheat and lemon end notes. Where some wheat beers go for the kill, Oberon hangs back and chooses smoothness over chunkiness. If you've ever had a thick and intense wheat beer, then you'll understand what I'm saying.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (batch 9672 - no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass

Appearance: Hazy gold yellow color - if you look close you can see the suspended yeast floating and not moving. The yeast even slows down the bubbles moving up through the glass. The off-white head died down really fast and left a very thin foam around the edge. No lacing at all.

Smell: Hints of pineapple mixed in with citrus and a sweet smell. Quite appealing.

Taste: Everything perfectly blended into one drink - mild bitter finish, citrus at the start, malt in the middle. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue (just a hint spicy) - coats the whole throat nicely as it goes down. Indeed a great summer ale.

Drinkability: I could easily have another one. Other than the lack of lacing it's a very drinkable summer ale - perfect for hot days and it goes well with meals and by itself.

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Photo of yorlummass
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a perfect summer beer. It has the fullness of a heavier beer with a lighter hint of fruit in it. Perhaps not the most appealing winter taste but is best for summer evenings in the sun. Has a similar feel to a Magic Hat #9 but is considerably more seasonal and less versatile.

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Photo of MissOrch
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured one of these for me, and one for a friend. Hers was a lovely, smooth, cloudy caramel color, and mine poured lots of yeasty, chunky sediment. The head on both was thin and fine, with delicate lacing down the sides.

The beer smelled strongly of apricots and slightly yeasty. The fruity smell was more tart than sweet, and reminded me of Magic Hat's #9. There was no sweetness or tartness to the taste. It was very crisp and clean, a little yeasty, and a very light mouthfeel. This is decent summer ale, light, no heavy tastes, although the flavor is slightly lacking. It's extremely drinkable, however. I had two, and that's a lot for me in one setting (short attention span).

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy light orange color, little head but white lace retains well. Enormous chunks of yeast sediment floating throughout the glass, some of the biggest I have seen. Grassy aroma in the nose, as well as orange and yeast.

This wheat ale is very well balanced in my opinion. Begins on the fruiter, wheat side. Finishes slightly dry and mildly hoppy. Mouthfeel is such that it takes nothing to sip this brew, and one could easily have many on a warm summer evening. Slight carbonation to start with, and finishes smooth and dry. A nice interpretation of an American wheat, and a great summer brew at that.

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Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the twisted spoke in Chicago. The beer was a nice hazy rusty yellow. Nice nose with some spicy notes and a clear malt/grain aroma.

Very good summer beer. I liked the subtle hopping and the fresh taste of malts/wheat. Beer did not have much of the banana/clove taste, but did have a hint of lemon in the background.

Very easy drinking beer with a fresh bracing mouthfeel. I’m glad this beer is becoming more available as it is always a welcome sight.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9080

Poured into my SN pint glass. A rough pour produced a gorgeous five finger voluptious creamy head. Some sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A medium yellow to orange body that was a bit cloudy. Floater alert! Floater alert! Floater alert!

The aroma was not as powerful as I had expected. There is a faint whiff of Florida oranges and a dash of coriandor.

You get a strong hit of coriandor up front, with a slightly bitter finish. Loads of wheat coming through...not a whole lot of complexities.

The mouthfeel did seem a bit thin, and low on carbonation.

With almost no alcohol presence, this is something I could drink days on end and never get upset.

I had had this brew on tap many times before and loved it! Maybe this bottle wasn't the best, but this is a damn fine beer. I go against the grain on this one, and recommend it to be drank as cold as possible. Despite this bottle, I know that this is a solid summer offering from Bell's...and one that is hard to beat!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark yellow or golden color, with a large thick head. Minimal lacing leftover.

S: Lots of distinct wheat scent, a tad of spicy yeast scent.

T: Nice balanced mix of wheat and citrus. Not much spice, but there a spicy after taste, which is great.

M: Very light and really crisp beer.

D: An excellent summer beer, smooth and drinkable for all day.

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Photo of phisig137
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a friend drive this down with him from Michigan. Pours an outrageously murky dirty straw color with a one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass. Beware when you swirl and pour the yeast out of this one... it doesn't have a yeast layer on the bottom, it has a veritable yeast slurry. Never seen that much yeast in a bottle conditioned beer. There are also some floating chunks in the beer as well. Not exactly a pretty beer.

Aroma is light and refreshing. Slight banana hints, with strong notes of wheat. Slightly sweet and nutty, this is an enjoyable nose.

The flavor is also nice and light. Mostly wheat flavors, especially unmalted wheat. Tastes almost raw and cereal like. No hops can be detected, and the malt flavors are integrated with the wheat nicely. Light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall, I really enjoy this, and it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer. I tend to prefer my wheat beers to be German (I just love their yeast strains), but this stands out among the American style wheat beers. After hearing so much about it, I'm not disappointed at all. Everything that I've had from Bell's has been great, and I can't wait to try some others.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, bright orange, foamy head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is light citrus and herbs, floral and bread like qualities as well. The flavor is mango, orange, herbal notes. Very juicy and refreshing, the perfect beer for a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is great, a light yellow-orange color with lots of carbonation and a finger-width of foamy white head. Smell is dominated by citrus flavors, but with some spices (coriander?) as well. Taste is very similar, with the sharpness of the coriander blending nicely with the citrus and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is very light bodied and clean - quite a bit of carbonation as well. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Oberon into a Sam Adams Tumbler.
A - Pours a cloudy bright yellow with yeast particles turning around in the glass.
S - The aroma is of yeast, hops, light citrus.
T - Taste follows the aroma. Light citrus and yeast with light hops.
M - Medium.
O - Nice wheat beer for lawn mower season. Cheers!

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Photo of deapokid
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to give those cool looking mini-kegs another try, although they have caused me some trouble in the past (i.e. lack of carbonation, aluminum flavor). Yet, if Bell's Oberon is available in this fridge-sized tub 'o beer, it can't be all that bad an idea.

I'm not completely sure I properly classified the serving type, but I doubt that's a huge issue.

Oberon poured a big foamy white head with limited retention and a thin, orange color. Look is summery and refreshing and I'm quite surprised that it maintained all of the personality it has in the traditional 1/2 keg.

Smell is sweet, wheaty and citrusy, but never heavy. Its lack of artificial aromas is actually quite welcoming and it's nice to find a summer ale that doesn't strain to be conventional.

Taste is light, floral and a little hoppy. There is also a nice tangerine bite with a mild spiciness at the close. Wheat character isn't masked, allowing some nice banana esthers to peak out in every sip.

Mouth is extremely light, refreshing and tasty. As the beer warms, a mild bitterness peaks out that nicely offsets the sweeter moments.

This is insanely drinkable and probably the best American Pale Wheat I've ever had. I often feel like APWs come off as a poor man's hefeweizen, but this brew is a cut above and has a taste that is all its own.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a ton of times, time to review it.

Tasting note: Drank immediately after mowing the lawn.

A: Yellow with yeast floaters. Very clumped together rather than cloudy. Soft white head sits atop. Strong carbonation.

S: Grassy, carapils malty, and floral are the first three things I notice. I get a hint of lemon zest as well. Smells a bit like a pilsner. Definitely getting the aromas of saaz hops.

T: Slightly tart and a hint of sweetness from the malts. The hops are definitely present with a definite "pilsner" character. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. I do get a hint of lemon throughout as well.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean and finishes dry. Nice carbonation.

D: This is really an exceptional American wheat. Maybe not the best, but definitely an icon. Tastes kind of like a pilsner/wheat hybrid with the saaz hops. I like my American wheats with a bit more citrus character, but this beer is great in other ways. It has elements that please the beer geek, but at the same time may lure over a non-craft beer drinker. I will continue to enjoy this summer after summer.

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