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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, beer is a hazy peachy color with yeast particles. The smell is only slight and is of oranges, wheat and hops. The taste also has a sort of orangish tang, with a fairly hoppy finish. Complimented well with an orange slice. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, creamy and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and I would definitely recommend trying it if you have not already.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar with a modest head that leaves a couple of lacing waves

Smell: Tangy sour orange aroma

Taste: Starts with a wheaty and orange fruit flavor; mid-palate, a burst of brown sugar appears and hangs around ; the finish develops a pithy tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body (surprisingly thick for the style) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Unusual flavor profile for the style, but rather enjoyable

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice yellow with an orange hue. Head was moderate in size, yet went quickly to low ring around the top.

Aroma of graininess, sweet malt, and spice are accentuated by hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of spice, fruit (lemon, orange), wheat

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall it is well balanced, nice and smooth. With lots of character. Enjoy

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Photo of AltBock
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a label that's a bright orange with blue trim. The main picture of the label is this somewhat crude drawing of a sun with a blue background and this sun has this expression on it's face that I can't explain what it means. The best way I can explain it is that this sun is looking to his left and he has this snooty look on his face like he looked over and saw something and thought to himself I'm better than that. On the back label is the Govt. warning and a little blurb about the beer. On the back they put a batch ID number, which mine is 7294. They have a batch ID code identification on their website and mine was packaged on March 14, 2006. This makes it almost 8 months old. Hopefully this beer won't show it.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass, the beer looked a bright orange, but when held into the light it was actually bright hazy lemon yellow with a hint of orange hue to it. It had a nice one to two finger head of white foam to it, but it dissipated away too fast leaving only a small number of white rings and no white lace around the glass. It's too bad it didn't bother to stick around because it looked really nice.

Smell: It had a nice crisp aroma of sweet malts, citrus hops, juicy fruits, and a few spices like pepper (sometimes) in the background. There might have some wheat in this, but there maybe was only just a hint of it. The little blurb on the back label said it was supposed to smell like a summer afternoon. I guess that would be the case if, when outside on a summer afternoon I was eating some fruit and I splashed on some pepper.

Taste: The taste was a lot like the aroma. It had plenty of crisp sweet malts, hint of citrus hops, juicy fruits, and spices. The only thing that was different was that there was a taste of malted wheat and some yeast in the background. I don't usually like APWA, but this one was different, it had plenty of good flavor to it much like Gumballhead has.

Mouthfeel: I thought it was nice, light, smooth and crisp, but there was very little aftertaste to it. All of those flavors in the taste just seemed to disappear without a trace.

Drinkability: I think this was the first APWA I actually liked. When summer rolls around again, pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. If it tastes this well in the fall, then it would taste even better fresh in the summer.

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Photo of mattgert
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with nice white/orange head. Lots of floaties in this beer like every other Bell's product I have had. Lacing is present to the last drop. Much to my surprise there is not much smell to lure you in. Others note a nice hop citrus smell. I smell malt and maybe a touch of citrus but not enough to speak of. I think this is just me though, I just like a hop aroma as opposed to malt. Has a nice citrus/hop entry with a smooth feel in the mouth followed with a gentle hop/malt finish. Interesting carbonation (it is highly carbonated). This is a good summertime beer and I was pleased enough with it. Very refreshing citrus/hop/malt balance. Well done in the flavor/mouthfeel department. Too bad that there was nothing that jumped out at me with this one; this makes going back to it for 9 bucks a six pack a little more than I can bear. It is just way too expensive for what it is. I guess Gumballhead spoiled me...there is no contest between this and the 3F product for this variety.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was courtesy of Faro. Thanks again!

Poured out in a hefe glass, thick + sparkling foam atop a cloudy orange body, light to dark from bottom to top. Carbonation rush, head starts thick, but fades fast.

Sweet malts, fragrant, very soapy, and lightly spicy. Some fruits, but nothing too discernable and overall weak aroma. Lacking complexity.

Crisp, fruity taste - oranges, lemons, and apricots with light hop presence, creamy and smooth, with more spice than bitterness. Slight warming alcohol presence, grapefruit with an oily hop profile. Bitterness is very controlled.

This one is surprisingly complex, interesting, and even enjoyable. I'm just not sure how this one fares as summertime brew. Refreshing enough, but somewhat dry finish, mouthfeel, and body threw me for a loop. Try it. Cheers!

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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of EveL
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow. Head seems to linger to the last drop and just a touch of lacing.

Smell - A strong nose of wheat and the faintest hints of alcohol and citrus.

Taste - A slightly sweet wheat taste transitions into a dry grapefruity citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - A medium body that is initially creamy. Maybe a little too bubbly straight out of the bottle; it does a lot of good to let it be for a minute or so once out of the bottle.

Overall - A good way to end a hot summer's day. Has that hold on you like any other thing that is made locally.

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Photo of onsite416
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3rd year in a row as my favorite spring-summer brew. I've sampled it every which way you can.
Orange gold. When poured in to an oversized pint glass look for a nice haze of yeast. 2 - 3"'s of beautiful creamy head that takes a little while to subside (usually can’t wait). The nose is not particularly fruity or citrusy, a touch of spice & flowers without the perfume. Very, very smooth, creamy, dry & quenching. Extremely easy to drink (too easy @ 6% ABV) the yeast is perfect with just a smidgeon of sediment left at the bottom of the glass, perfect for the next pour.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a somewhat clear mix of orange and yellow with a small head. There's just a line or two of lace.

The smell is a very nice mix of wheat, spice, and citrus. The taste is also very nice. It starts with wheat and is quickly joined by a many different spices and citrus flavors. Hops are minimal in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good.

This is unique and tasty.

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Photo of Cresant
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into an oversized weizen glass. Body was bright and clear. Large three fingers of white head.

Smelled clean. Fresh grain. Pleasant.

Tasted mildly sweet and faintly hoppy. Crisp pleasant tartness. A nice representation of an American weizen.

Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. Refreshing and very easy to drink. A great summer beer.

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Photo of beckje01
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow-gold with 1/8 of an inch of head, slightly cloudy

S- Slight wheat with some hints of alcohol

T- Wheaty and crisp overall light and a slight hop in there

M- Very little activity

D- Goes down easy not much to this beer really. I won't seek this out but not so bad as to not have one if offered.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle. Left a two finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body was a hazy orangish gold. Looks good.

Smell - toasty malt, and toasty wheat. Grassy, herbally, and spicy hops. Hint of bananas and cloves.

Taste - toasty and cracker-like malt and wheat. Slight wheaty creaminess. Some lemon. Some grassy, herbally hops. The taste here is slightly laid back, somewhat subtle, but very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, slight hop oil slickness, slightly creamy.

Drinkability - very good, goes down easy, and is very sessionable.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wcudwight was kind enough to share.

This beer got straight threes. That is a compliment from me considering the style. The beer was very cloudy and had the appearance of pineapple juice. There was a good head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The taste is good for the style and there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is mostly smooth. The drinkability is fair. This beer is average in my book but that is good for me, again considering the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled while watching football during Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Hazy, cloudy yellow. Decent head that easily falls to a thin crown on top.
Smell's pretty typical for a wheat beer. Lemon, citrus, and somewhat floral
The taste is lemon, with some ginger. Zesty.
The mouthfeel of a lot of these wheat beers, is too carbonated for me. I feel like I'm drinking a seltzer.
Over all a decent beer and about par for the style.
Thanks to beckje01 for the sample.

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Photo of Illinick
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I am a big fan of Bell's well done labels and this is no different. Deep orange in color with a smallish, fluffy white head that sticks to the glass throughout. Retains a thin layer throughout.
S: Fruity, light, and sweet. There is some spice and believe it or not the bottle says the "scent of a summer afternoon" and it does have that scent. It smells like a mix of fresh laundry and summer air. Weird, but it does.
T: Like the nose (minus the fresh laundry), fruity and sweet with orange and sweet citrus flavors. Some off-setting tartness and some spice (pepperish) and crisp, dry hops in there towards the end of the sip. Nice, refreshing flavor profile.
MF: Medium light that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: A nice, refreshing brew perfect for the warm summer months. A brew I look forward to picking up every summer. Quite refreshing!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's- Oberon Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- light golden orange with very little head.
Smell- Sweet and fruity. Citrus ( Lemon and Orange rind)
Taste- Light Wheat with a dominating taste of orange/ peach coming through.
Mouthfeel- Big bold flavor that is consistant. No aftertaste, just a craving to gulp down more.

Overall- This was a nice tasting beer and an easy 1 to gulp down. A 6er of this would'nt be sufficiant. Tasty and easy to drink!!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy mandarin orange in color. very little head but what there was that formed around the edges of the glass. Lots of stringy lace. Nos is very light and sweet. Hints of sugars and wheat. Flavor is quite nice. Very light wheat flavor. Yeast did a good job bringing out some slight citrus flavors that help lighten up this beer. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thinner than optimal. Still a very drinkable beer all things considered and I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazing orange-golden color with moderate white chunky head. Smell presenst strong wheat notes with some citur-lemon background. Taste is very refreshing, with a nice tartness to compliment the sweet fruitiness. I normally do not go along with fruit in beer, But a slice of orange really seemed to increase the enjoyment of this beer. Good job. nice and refreshing.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Golden2wenty1, who provided this as part of Wheat/Weiss night....

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber. Not much by way of heading or lacing. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Light metallic hops, with a ginger honey backbone.

Taste: Oranges, with some ever-so-slightly dry and sour wheat. Metallic hops finish, and a slightly chalky aftertaste. Mild honey developments.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy, and low-key. Low carbonation, with a good wheat finish.

Drinkability: It's easy to see why this is a summer favorite, and a standard in the APWA style. It's not a mindblower, but it's more than an easy enough drinker. Had this from a minikeg and was much more impressed - seemed to have a more accentuated, sweet flavor.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange beer.

This beer pours cloudy with a big head. Weird orange color, not bad but odd. No real smell (maybe my nose is going).

Tastes somewhere between a hefeweizen and a kolsh. Big strong floral orange flavor, like it was brewed with oranges, don't know if it was, label doesn't give a clue to it's style. Citrus flavors roll all over my mouth like a bubbly washing machine. Goes down smooth and refreshing clean aftertaste.

A sudzy quafable brew, full of flavor.

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Photo of beerdeity
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was transported in a "bubba" over a long distance, so I am not sure of the effect on the beer was. That said, it poured nicely offering a golden to lightly orange colour, with a slight creamy head. The nose was citrus, with a distinct orange undertone. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. The taste was a nice apricot-like taste, with a subtle hop finish. The beer balanced out nicely by mig-glass, offering a very drinkable second.

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Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bottle from our World Market "10 Best Summer Beers" Mixed case, brought back from the last US trip. This was what I was hoping for from all of the choices - a good, summer brewed, micro specialty.
Color is hazy and golden, with a bright white head. Lots of rising bubbles, thin but present lacing lines. Aroma of wheat malt blended with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness. The flavor is full, with more citrus fruitiness of lemon and clove spice. It is well balanced between the light maltiness citrus bitterness. A dry crispo mouthfeel quenches the summer thirst. A very nice summer beer.

Note to Self: Ranked the #7 American Pale Wheat Ale when I tried it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon pours a hazy yellow/orange, with about an inch off-white head. There's lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't strong at all, but it smells like wheat and citrusy hops. Wheat is the main taste, but I can also taste orange peel and citrusy hops and it finishes with some spicyness and sweetness. There isn't much aftertaste. It's light bodied, but has a good smooth mouthfeel and is very refreshing. A perfect beer for a hot summer day, it's another winner from Bell's!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is nice and fruity with white grape dominating. There is a big white head that becomes a layer and leaves alot of fractured, tacky lacing. The beer is a hazy gold color and very evervescent.

Wheat tang, orange rhind, and bold, fresh hop taste battle for attention in the forground while soft sugar and spice hide. Very Nice. I was thinking of this as a wit. It is listed as a APWA. I think fans of either will be pleased. Light and fuzzy mouthfeel. Yummy.

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