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:
6,843
Reviews:
1,811
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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232
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1,749
For Trade:
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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 mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a half pint glass: color is straw, a light haziness, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles; head lingers very well with good solid top and lacing on glass sides.

Smell is pleasant blend of light citrus, with a lean towards orange zest, and biscuit/wheat malt.

Taste is very good with a great wheat/biscuit flavor, solid hop spice and delicious orange/citrus zestiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, starts with a fuller presence then has a lingering dry/spiciness on the tongue.

Overall: a very good wheat beer with pronounced citrus and wheat flavors, light hop spice and dryer mouthfeel.

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

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (packaged 5/31/11) into an Echter Weizen glass. Received in a trade with my buddy Todd.

A: Mostly clear pale golden color. Mildly aggressive head leads to 2 fingers of frothy white head that takes some time to fade leaving sticky lacing in it's wake. Slow stream of steady bubbles rise to the top.

S: Some honey, citrus, and lemon along with a subdued smell of typical wheat. Very refreshing nose.

T: Man, this is where this beer really shines, and don't you want your beer to shine in flavor? Slightly bitter, mostly citrus. Very lightly toasted multi-grain bread flavor with a smooth subtle sweet balancing the bitter. Man, this is a tasty brew.

M: Light bodied, ample carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Little lingering after taste, nothing to write home about.

O: Perfect. Summer. Beer. Not along the same line as say Weihenstephaner but one of the best summer wheats I've had. Delicous, refreshing and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Box4Rocks
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is and always will be my go to summer ale. It is always great to experience the change in the flavor as thier stash matures from the beginning of summer to the end of summer. I always try to pick up a late summer batch before the season ends.

The color of the ale is reminicent of a summer evening as the sun starts to set. A fiery orange color with the creamy white head acting like the last of the cumulus clouds in the summer sky. The aroma is floral with fuity notes and allows the hops to present themselves but not overpowering. The taste is citrusy and sweet perhaps the hop flavor gets lost a little in the malt but I won't argue. Perfect to drink when it is not too cold, but still above room temperature just to take the heat of the summer day away.

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

This beer was a slightly cloudy, light yellow or light gold color with a smallish white head foam that lasted for quite a while and laced well. The nose was quite nice and included malt, some breadiness, and a bit of a fruit sense. There was a strong sense of tartness and a bit of fruit and grain in the taste with just a hint of floral hops. The overall sense of this beer is of a relatively full body and a pleasant lingering taste that finishes a bit sweet and sour. Complex.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Fluffy, thick 1' white head develops at the top of the pour. Effervescent carbonation present throughout the glass maintaining an 1/8' head throughout. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bready malt dominates the nose accompanied by some faint lemon notes.

T: The Bready malts and some sweetness meet the tongue at the onset. Lemon and orange citrus flavors join in the middle. Smooth crispness and slight bitterness present in the finish of the sip.

M: Light body and ample carbonation give this beer a refreshing summery mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good beer. Malts dominate, but the added citrus and bitterness of this unfiltered beer give it the complexity of a quality summer ale.

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Photo of stof0048
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 5L keg
A: Hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Not a very potent smell... hints of lemon or other citrus, very light smell.

T: Wheat, citrus, faint malts, almost non-existent hops... overall a very light citrus taste that would be great for a hot summer day.

M: Very light body, quickly glides over the tongue, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, this is a great beer. Would definitely be a nice one to have around during the summer months.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a very light and crisp beer. Very clean taste but still delivers. Subtle reminder of Gose, good stuff. Will definitely have to try more of Bell's.

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Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured orange with yeast suspended all over the place and a tiny head that immediately disappeared. The aroma was not much, my nose has let me down again. The taste? I liked this and I generally shy away from beers that have the word wheat anywhere in their description. Lightly sweet, lightly lemon with no bitterness, no aftertaste. Mild, pleasant. Medium bodied, with all the yeast, a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. Especially in the summertime.

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

A: I mistakenly poured some of the yeast in the bottle into my Bell's tulip. It should be alright, though. The yellow color almost glows through the glass, and a nice full head rose up. The retention is really great and some lacing is noted as well.

S: Wheaty, banana-like aroma, not unlike a hefeweizen. Very light, like a Pale Ale / Hefe mix.

T: The taste is really very nice. Clean, crisp, full of wheat and a little bit of yeast (probably from my bad pour). Really the best way to describe it is refreshing.

MF: Bit of a twinge of carbonation, medium body with a musty finish. Really a very drinkable beer.

O: Nothing special about this, but I could certainly put away a lot of them. Little Sumpin/ Sumpin' was better.

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Photo of PSG63
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A- dark, hazy orange with a white head that fades quickly. On my first beer i poured gently and there was not much of any head, but on the second i made an aggrisive pour and recieved a nice fluffy white head.

S- the smell is similar to other wheat beers, with sweet apricot dominating the overall scent.

T- sweet fruits, mild hop presence with hints of spices.

M- not to thick but definitely not thin. extremely smooth.

D- because this is so easy to drink, especially at 6%, i would get myself into trouble with these.

overall this was a very clean and refreshing beer. i would have to agree with the majority of reviews when i say this is problably the perfect summer beer. definitely worth a try!

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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

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,843 ratings.
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