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 Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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.


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Photo of Foxxypants
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of Matty1918
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deepsouth for this sample.

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal white head.

A nice sweet, clean aroma with hints of grain.

That first sip took me for suprise. There is a nice mild spice up front with some mild citrus mixed in. Then towards the end there was a nice mild nutty grain finish with a slight hoopy bitterness. Almost like a mild banana bread. Very well balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel was good a little carbonation but nice.

A nice summer brew and I wish I could get these around my neck of the woods.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

This brew pours a hazy, golden colored brew with a white frothy, two fingered thick meringue-like head that leaves ample lace clinging to the sides.

Smells of wheat, bready yeast and sweet tangy malts.

Tastes of wheat, sweet toasty malt, spicey notes - maybe a hint of citrus and a mildly bitter finish.

Light, crisp and refreshing - a nice summer quencher...

Another well-crafted brew from Bell's. Well balanced and highly sessionable - here comes the sun...

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Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, lemon yellow pour greeted me minutes ago, topped by a smallish white head, although not unbecoming. The sour mash wheat and citrus was noticeable and stimulating. But the quaff, another Bell hit outa the park. Very distinct – lemony upon the wheat malt backbone.

Veeery drinkable, smooth with a crisp lemon tart finish. Sharp in the mouth, a biting carbonation that lets you know you have something going on here. Bell’s – another superb American brewery, glad this one’s a mid-west guy.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy yellow brew is a looker with a big white head that sticks around. Wheat germ and lemon pepper dominate the aroma while the taste is smooth like a hefe weizen, refreshing and clean with a nice peppery bite. A great beer I can't get here in S.C., but I may now have to make a few more trips to N.C.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an enjoyable wheat beer although it lacks the strong banana and cloves smell and taste I love in Hefe's...The nose on this is yeasty with a strong whiff of sweet pinneaples..body is light...low carbonation...Nice sweetness...Extremely thirst quenching...a great, easy drinking summer beer with a nice taste but lacking in special qualities I like in my Hefe's..seems ot be a mix of a Whit and an American Wheat and a great hybrid at that...If you want a traditional Bavarian Hefe this isn't it...if you want a tasty easy drinking summer wheat beer then this is for you

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, slightly cloudy wheat present, poured with about 1 finger of very white light head, clears quite quickly.

S- Fantastic sweet, fresh, light and airy, with a nice lemon zest aroma, slight note of spice.

T- Very simple and clean in a good way, just enough hops to balance the flavor.

M- Crisp, nice texture and residual sweetness, with just a slight bitterness, clean and very fresh. Good light carbonation.

D- Yes, this beer completely fulfills my spring desire to have a nice refreshing balanced beer. I have always liked Oberon when I'm in the mood for a solid American Wheat...this one is top notch.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white bleachex head.
Smells high of spice notes and wheaty bread.
Taste is well noted in light yeast and lemon zest.
Finish is zesty with notes of yeast on the end.
Drinks great for the summer and is highly refreshing.

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Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden, with white hues. White head is a dense pad with some wet lacing around the glass.

S- Wheaty citrus and a floral and grassy character. Smells fresh, like early summer.

T- Citrus and some great toasty and sweet malt notes. A little bit of a grassy flavor.

M- Wet and smooth. Clean and easy to drink. Refreshing for summer.

O- This is a classic, and one I hold close to my heart. One of the first crafts I had, and one I will always remember. So fresh, clean, and easy to drink. Great wheat traits, with out the yeasty, banana and cloves aroma and taste, like that of the Weizen style.

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at HopJacks in Pensacola. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful light orange. Had some debris in it. Was served with no head other than a thin wispy ring that did what it could with the lacing. I will chalk that up to a less than stellar pour. Still a good looking brew.

S: This is where it was lacking in my opinion, but still not bad. Smelled only of wheat and citrus.

T: Great. Lots of wheat up front with some nice hoppy notes, citrus (nice heavy orange), and malt. A great balance to this beer.

M: This beer is a bit on the light side but it works for the beer. Still has good coating and leaves a nice citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.

D: I really liked this beer. It has the refreshing nature of a wheat but still has some hop backbone. Very nice.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

twelve ounce bottle serving

Appearance: a nice golden hue, very cloudy, yeast sediment is present, a nice head on this one

Smell: smells of yeast, and wheat, there is some fruitiness in there too

Taste: bread, and and fruit, a slight hoppy aftertaste. This is a great one for the summer, I can picture myself drinking quite a few of these around the grill

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Photo of Bang34
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer and one of the better wheat beers I have had.

Amber-yellow in color with a white head that sticks around for a little while.

The smell isn't overpowering, pretty subtle with the wheat malts coming through, hint of lemon.

The taste is smooth, clean and surprisingly crisp for how thick the beer is. very refreshing and slightly bitter. Not overly challenging to the inexperienced palate.

Goes down easy, but the alcohol content is a little higher than most wheat beers, so session drinkers should be wary.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with an inch of moderately solid foam and patchy lacing.

S - Wheaty and earthy, with some citrus and sweetness. Some floral notes

T - Slight tartness up front, with a wheaty-sweet middle. Twang is somewhat muted, and there's some fruitiness in here instead. Citrus and some buttery notes finish this off.

M - Slick feel, carbonation not too strong.

D - Very drinkable. Solid summer beer with flavour.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, wonderfully hazy yellowgold with a big white head and good lacing.

Smells like natural sunshine oranges (not synthetic) and big sunny wheat malt. No, I don't quite know what "sunny" means, in relation to the smells of a beer. It's just a feeling that this gives off.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big, sweet citrus complexities giving way to a creamy, lightly spicy wheatmalt and a nice sweet finish.

A solid and quaffable summer brew. I would expect nothing less from Bell's.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at a Meijer store; packaged on May 30 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a muddy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger's worth of bubbly, soapy white head that soon fades into a loose collar and filmy cap. Modest amount of lace. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with notes of lemony citrus, sweet wheat malts, mango and apricot. A little subdued, but I definitely like what I am sensing.

A delicious pale wheat ale. Lots of wheat malt sweetness, although the banana-and-bubblegum notes common in German-style offerings are kept to a minimum in this one. Instead, their bready goodness is complemented with hints of orange, lime, apricot, and wet grass. Mildly spicy finish, with a slightly earthy bitterness that doesn't linger on the palate all that long. On the heftier side of light-bodied, with zippy carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, satisfying feel on the palate. Very drinkable; tastes considerably lighter than it actually weighs in at.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Bell's Oberon Ale is one of the finest American-style wheat beers I've ever had, combining the hearty wheat malt backbone of a quality German hefe, the citrusy hop notes of an American IPA, and the light, crisp, refreshing nature one should expect from this (frequently mundane) style. A great beer that comes highly recommended - I'd be buying this regularly if it were available on this side of the border.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber hue with a adequate head. Vibrant citrus and floral aromas jump out with sweet candy, and a grainy wheat aspect. One can definitely taste various fruit esters up front as well as a subtle spice alongside the wheat beer foundation. I find the mouthfeel to be smooth as promised, with a bit of a pleasant crispness. Overall, this is a staple for summer fun, and a standout beer in the Bell's lineup.

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Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. The thing that jumps out is the swirling sediment, which I find very attactive. The particle are all tiny specks the smae size and dance in the carbonation. It's very hazy but the color is a bright golden orange. The head from my pour is about a finger high, a pretty bright white color. It fades to a thin lacing on the surface.

S- The smell is not very strong. I have to get my nose right down in the glass to get the full effect. It is very wheaty/yeasty. A bit of orange and other spices. Nice, but could stand out more.

T- The yeast and wheat are predominant, making the taste a bit biscuity. Not very sweet. A slight hint of spices, coriander.

M- Nice medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Finishes clean. Quite enjoyable.

D- Oberon is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The clean finish is very refreshing, wonderful for summer. I could easily drink these all night.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5/14/14. I just got back from visiting Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI and saw the 10 gallon system where Oberon was 1st created

A - Cloudy yellow with no clarity. TONS of sediment showing off its unfiltered nature. 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass. Lots of yeast settles down at the bottom of the brew, showing off the bottle fermentation

S - Spicy hops and floral notes. Wheat

T - Orange and tangerine's, wheat, slightly spiced hops. Tasty as hell. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slight spice on the tongue.

O - An awesome summer brew I look forward to every summer. This beer is the taste of summer to me! An all-time great brew.

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