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 | website

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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1,744
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3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Photo of ngandhi
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and not very grainy on-tap with a distinct noble hop character that makes this the ultimate summer beer. Somewhat floral, but moreso soothing than anything else. While the bottles have varied from ambrosia to wet bread, the draught has been consistent. Oberon is somewhat spritzy, but has enough malt character to prevent this from washing out. While Three Floyd's Gumballhead challenges, defies, and excels beyond the style of a pale American wheat, Bell's Oberon is the benchmark and few can rival its subtle craft.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of vandeg
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the more different tasting ales I've tried, has wonderful color and aroma with great taste. Mouthfeel of it is something that leaves something to be desired of, little on the thick side for such a medium bodied beer.

The taste on the other hand is a little more complex then most beers, its main feature is the fruity notes. Though this isn't a beer I'd buy often it is a beer everybody should try. Its a good beer by itself and would be something that would go good with food, especially being that its particularly sweet.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice cloudy yellow color, but a deeper hue of yellow than most wheat ales, i guess thats where the pale comes from, a little more malt can go a long way i suppose.

smell is good, has a nice spicy yeast aroma to it, not much malt or hops though.

taste is good, after a long day i'm tempting to make it a perfect but i know that would be doing an injustice, but its a good tasting beer.

mouthfeel is good, crisp and refreshing

drinkability is very high, wheat beers are my favorite session beers.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this plenty of times before, summers over so I'd figure I'd have one more, poured into a pint glass.

A: a hazy orange-gold, with a short off white head which evaporates quickly and leaving some lacing.

S: Smells like wheat, citrus peels, orange, lemon, yeast, hops

T: very mellow flavor, tastes like wheat, yeast, hops, has light citrus tones to it

M: On the more carbonated side but doesn't have any negative effects on the beer, makes it more refreshing, airy, light, crisp, easy going. A definite summer beer.

O: Great beer from the homeland and from one of my favorite breweries, this is a must have beer for any form of summer relaxation, captures the the essence of summer. Try one.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange in color, with about one finger cap and moderate lacing. Yeast stands out in the aroma, it is fairly damp smelling. There are some slight citrus notes passing through, but the aroma mainly takes on a bready characteristic. There is a bit more hop presence in the taste and it balances with the malt quite well. Orange and heavy floral notes dominate in the hop department with a bit of funk that cuts through nicely. Fairly rich mouthfeel that I feel leaves the flavors on your tongue for just the right amount of time.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle

Bells Oberon Ale filled my glass mug with a cloudy pale golden hue producing an ample off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose is dominated by citrus, i.e., lemon and orange, a little wheat and a touch of hops. The taste matches the nose being dominated by fruit (lemon and orange) with light wheat in the background. Hops are light, however, they do build a little as the ale is consumed. The mouth feel is smooth, crisp, light-medium body, and a clean finish.

Oberon is tasty, easy drinking, thirst quenching. The fruitiness makes this ale a good summer drink.

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Photo of Thaddeus
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden orange, with about a finger of a frothy white head.

Aroma & Taste: Not an overpowering nose, has orange notes with some grain. The beer is medium bodied with orange and citrus. There is also a slight bitter, earthy aftertaste. Great summer beer, especially when garnished with an orange.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into sa DFH curved pint glass.

A- Oberon pours out a bright golden color with sediment seen in the liquid, oh well. A nice foamy white head reaches an inch before vanishing into nothing, no lace.

S- The smell is great for a wheat ale. I get some wheat but moreso im getting oranges, honey and sweet malts. I really like the smell.

T- More of the same with a fair balance between wheat, orasnge and sweet malts. The yeast that came from the bottle is probably enhancing the taste, Im glad I included it.

M- Smooth and somewhere in between light and medium bodied. Cafrbonation is low making for a smooth sipper. No bitterness at all in this fresh bottle tells me that the hops used were not major.

D- Easy as pie. I usually don't go for APWA all that much because I find them boring, but this has a bit more going for it in terms of flavor. The alcohol is low which keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers. It is extremely light in appearance and gives off a distinctly tangy and citrusy smell. Hops and orange peel definitely jump out. The mouthfeel can be a bit thin but the taste is unmatched if you prefer pale wheat beers.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful, pale, pale orange. It would be a very nice-looking beer if there was any TRACE of head. But alas... The nose is fairly complex--there is a hint of orange in the delicate hops. Those are some awesome hops to taste, by the way! Medium-bodied with a syrupy aftertexture. A delicious beer!!!

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Photo of dublife1
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Porter's Pub in easton, Pa. Nice 1 finger head with smells of wheat and grass. Taste is very good and slightly creamy, yet crisp. This is a beer that could be sessioned on a hot summer day with ease. Mouthfeel is very good and lets you know you are drinking something better than most. This beer does exactly what Bell's wanted it to. Another top quality offering by Bell's.

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

Appearance: poured a slighty hazed , deep golden color , with a with a small foamy white head and steady rising carbonation.

Smell: Fresh fruity and floral scents mix with citrus and rich wheaty maltiness , hay, strawberry , some yeast in there to , salt?.

Taste: Fruit and berries flash first and throughout , citrus, then a wheaty malt moves in with hardyness and tang , lightly spicy hop balances the slight sweetness very refreshingly , some grain/hay in there , finishes fairly dry with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: body feels quite sturdy at first , then lightens right up.

Drinkability: A great and very drinkable summer brew. I could definatly see myself reaching for this when i want a refreshing american wheat beer with a nice complexity. Not as "wheaty" as other wheat beers iv'e had , more fruity.

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

A - A golden color, slight haze with orange tone.

S - Light citrus with wheat and yeast.

T - Crisp with mild hops overtone. A little tangy.

M - Mild creaminess but with a tingle and bite on the after taste.

First time I had this beer was on tap into a pint glass. It had a creamy head that held to the bottom. I liked it enough to pick up a case of bottles. Bottles are a little more carbonated, but still provide a good pour and taste close to the draft.

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

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is a slight fruit smell and is not that overpowering. Tasting this beer it is fruity with a little tang to it and it goes down pretty smoothly.

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

A: A nice yellow amber, soft white head with some sediment in the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity, almost like syrup. Some citrus notes as well.

T: Sweet and fruity with a slight hop kick at the end. Fairly well balanced, and delicious!

M: Not refreshing. Lots of carbonation, and a little slick at the end.

D: Heck yeah! There a place locally that had this for the beer of the month last summer. Gotta love good prices on good beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at my local Beer Nutz

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with an inch of foamy white head.
S - Smells mostly of bread malts and yeast. Has a touch to wheat and grain as well.
T - Again bready and yeasty with a touch of citrus. Kinda like a high ABV hefeweizen without the banana flavor.
M - Pretty light to medium body. Smooth.
Overall I could see another in my future but I really like the porter the best. Still when I can't find the porter and this one is readily available I would have another. Great beer from bells!

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

A: A cloudy, hazy, particle-filled yellow-orange. The off-white head is tall, fluffy, and rocky, with good retention. Lacing is very attractive.

S: Wheaty and firmly spicy. Some sweet, fruity hints; applesauce and pears, mostly. A bit yeasty as well.

T: Robust wheat flavors, with some spicy/herbal hop flavors. Definitely fruity as well. Pears and soft apple flavors. Yeasty notes linger and fade in and out.

M: Medium bodied; perhaps on the full-side for a wheat ale. Carbonation is soft, lending a creamy feel.

D: It doesn't jump out at you, but then beers of this style probably aren't designed to. So, so drinkable. A lovely summer beer. One of the few Bell's beers that lives up to the considerable hype, in my mind.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and spices. Taste is much the same. Big time wheat malts, somewhat sweet, but not overpowering, hints of orange and coriander. This thing is very smooth and creamy, amazingly easy to drink and probably the best summer beer there is. I'm not one to go on about wheat beers, since they are from my favorites, but this one is great. Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with and orange-yellow color. One finger head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Somewhat strong orange smell (some of which I'm sure comes from the orange slice).

Taste: Pretty powerful citrus flavor and a light orange taste that's not nearly as powerful as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin, crisp, and doesn't linger too long.

Drinkability: Great, I could go to a bar and drink this beer all night. It's not too sweet and the citrus isn't too powerful. All around good beer.

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Photo of patelc75
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice wheat ale for the summer. Taste permates well but slightly overcarbonated but nice robust malt taste. Got it at Pelly's Liquors in Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago, IL, which also has a bunch of good beers including Great lakes burning ale

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

Pours easy, thick head to a thin white line; slight lacing. Great color; opaque yellow/orange

Coriander, pepper, orange peel hit the nose.

crisp cereal taste, It's the first thing that comes to mind, don't ask. lol.

Sets up well, easy to drink. You can 'drink' this beer; nice if your havin' 1 or several... /thumbs up

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

Sadly, as with most bells products, this beer can a very erratic pick, when it’s wrong it very wrong, but when its right....oooo baby! Look out. One of my all around favorites. I’ll be reviewing the beer in its optimal state, one that unfortunately is easily lost.

It pours an all cloudy yellow ocher, with a grand fluff or bright white. Viscous tracery throughout. Lightly lemony wheat nose, yummy orange spice. Buttery yeast & wheat, profile with just a touch of toasted….. something lingering in the back. Bright finish with a slight hop return. When it’s right, it’s got an amazing breadth of flavor going on, all at once, all in harmony. When it’s wrong….gah, it’s like watching your best friend get beat up.

Pairs amazingly well with swordfish.

Ave

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

A: Nothing special for a wheat ale. Yellow in color, head was quick to recede.

S: Again, nothing too special. Pleasant, with citrus and wheat.

T: Very smooth beer, very nice wheat flavor, with subtle flavors including citrus.

M: Light and carbonated, the way I generally like it.

D: Very good beer to relax and enjoy on a warm day. A good all-around easy drinking beer, and one of the best wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow with a half finger head.

S- Very crisp and clean but not much else.

T- Clean, crisp and refreshing with a nice subtle toasted malt backbone.

M- Light and smooth.

D- I feel kinda dumb for just buying the single.

This is one fantastic summertime brew. I finally realize what all the hype is about.

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