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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3.83
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24.28%
 
 
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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at some random pizza joint in Milwaukee.

Appearance is orange-ish with a couple fingers of head. This looks nice, been waiting for this one. Its` nose has wheat, grain, a little citrus. Taking a sip of this, I taste bread, citrus hops and more of the wheat. Mouthfeel is easy going, this one drinks easily, although it is near 6 %. A couple of these would be great while doing some yard work or other outdoor activity. It was on a long weekend out of town that I finally got to try this...glad I did.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Hazy straw with an orange tinge. About a half inch of white head forms upon pouring.

S- Very nice wheaty aroma accented by citrus zest and some spices. I can't quite identify the spices, but they add an interesting and appetizing twist.

T- Actually a bit sweet upfront, but it quickly dries out to produce a nice wheat flavor. A small but noticeable dose of hops gives it a nice herbal kick, along with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. A lush, wheaty taste lingers in the mouth for a few seconds after the beer goes down.

M- Light, but not too light, with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Outstanding. Some might say it's bit too high in ABV to be a true session beer, but that wouldn't keep me from knocking these back all day.

This is a great American wheat beer, and a fantastic summer beer. I could down these by the sixer on a hot summer day. It's really nothing out-of-this-world in terms of flavor and complexity, but who cares? The world needs good, solid beers like this that you can just sit back and enjoy. Recommended.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dull orange hue. off-white fluffy head with a very minor residual head. definitely hazy.

S: a spicy fruitiness. orange slices. honey. crisp aroma.

T: wheat flavor is good. not cloying or sticky, but more refreshing. citrus flavor could be coming from the yeast or the hops. or both. either way a light floral fruitiness is definitely detectable. slightly sweet, fruity finish.

M: medium body with some medium/high carbonation. not effervescent, but still very refreshing.

D: great summer beer. light easy drinker, but great flavor as well.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap last night and couldn't pass it up.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon color, with a nice white cap formed by super-tiny bubbles. good amount of lace is left behind.

Smell is orange zest and wheat, wonderfully fresh hops.

Taste is where this Oberon comes to life. An orange-tinted undertone to back up the taste of freshly cut wheat. Mix in a blast of bright hops, and we have a winner.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. This beer surprised me more than any other at how fast I drank it without noticing. The 5.8% ABV is masked well beneath the sweet blissful flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and that makes it just that much easier.

I didn't care much for this category before, but as I try more and more APWA, I just realize I hadn't been drinking the good stuff before.

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Photo of oss68
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Orangeburg NY Holiday Inn ( Chris is bringing in some nice beers ). This beer has nice balance with both malt and hops coming through. Very drinkable , a really good summer beer. Herby, biscuity hops and good carbonation.
Wheats are not my first choice but I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fabian's in Columbus, Ohio in a straight-sloped pint glass.
A: Crisp golden honey, amber. Very clear. Poured with a cream, dense head that slowly died to a film.
S: Slightly musty, citrus (orange), and peach with bright, slightly piney hops. The beer in general comes off as fresh and crisp.
T: Bread with fresh orange juice, peach, and citrusy, piney hops. It leaves a crisp orange zest to linger.
M: Creamy and frothy, slightly syrupy, but crisp.
D: Awesome, even for the style.
For me, this almost defines the hefeweizen, pale wheat style.

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Photo of Augusta3
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon is a great beer to enjoy in the warm summer months!
Appearance: very cloudy with a golden yellow color. Around a one inch head and came with an orange slice
Aroma: citrus wheat
Taste: great citrus flavor with a great subtle hop that balances the strong wheat flavor
Overall: Oberon is very refreshing and easy to drink. Definitely recommend it on a hot summer day!

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a glowing hazy straw in color that settled out to almost clear with some tiny floaties by the end of the glass. sweet label as well. spicy, sweet, doughy nose with notes of banana present. taste is of sweet bready malts balanced by the bit of spice and carbonation. finishes clean. hops are playing a supporting role in this one. chewy mouthfeel and medium in body. this is a dangerously drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of cnally
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

wow. I don't love wheats by any stretch. but this is a grand looking beer, with even displacement of the sediment. nice bright orange yellow color and a frisky white head that remains for lacing.

orangey, cirtusy scent right up front. yeasts come through after that.

slightly yeasty and citrus flavors initially. the hop flavor is balanced and smooth n the posttaste. mild bitterness at the end.

very light feel, with a needless sense of macro lager type carbonation.

easy to drink, really delicious for the style an expressive of the summer beer that fills your mouth with an easy time.

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Photo of GlennSt
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gleaming, slightly cloudy orange color. In the past, I've had some more cloudy than others but the color stays consistent, regardless of whether it's on tap or not, The aroma has a definite orange flavor along with an unexpectedly sharp bite; the flavor still has less of a bite but the fruitiness follows though and predominates. This is definitely an ale and it's definitely a summer ale. You could drink this all day and night. Well, I could. I bought a case today and we'll see how long it lasts.

Locally, they offer it on tap along with an orange slice in it;, if you're an orange-slice-in-your-beer-drinker, you'll be in Heaven. If you're a man, don't let anyone see you but it's good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 10/26/09

A - hazy tangerine orange with fluffy white head that laced well and retained a thin cap. Multitude of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. 4.5

S - Very wheaty, touch of tanginess, bubble gum, banana, and clove. 4.0

T - Light biscuity maltiness, followed by lots of bubble gum and a touch of butterscotch and banana. Cloves are more apparent in the aftertaste. 4.0

M - light in body, well carbonated and smooth. Very velvety for a light beer. 4.5

D - Please and thank you. 4.5

Notes - Light and refreshing body, HUGE flavor.

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Photo of bigdan908
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour into a pint glass. It pours a nice golden orange color. What little head I got from the pour dissipated rather quickly. There is thin lacing that lasts the whole glass.

S - It smells of yeast and orange. A little Saaz hops also come through.

T - Phenomenal. The initial taste of the yeast then as it progresses to the mid palette the citrus kicks in. I get oranges on the roof of my mouth and a nice, though very slight, bitterness due to the hops.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The wheat definitely adds body to the beer and it makes it feel substantial. No wateriness.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. Although it is technically at the outerlimit to be a session beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a beer that can be drank in mass during the hotter times of the year. IMO, it is a session beer.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy, light orange color, similar to that of orange juice. Has a thin white, clean looking head.

Smell - Strong hints of citrus, spices, and wheat.

Taste - Has a citrusy wheat taste with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels kind of light with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer. Taste is a little strong but I can handle it.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a bleach white head. Loads of carbonation filling up all sides of the glass. Smells of orange peels, among other fruits, and relatively spicey. A great sniffer indeed. Tastes very malty at first, with a well balanced middle when the hops start showing, and finishes very hoppy with a nice spciy bite. Well done. A great brew, the first I've had from Bell's, and based on this it won't be the last. Recommended, indeed.

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Photo of punky796
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden-yellow, cloudy honey color. About two fingers of cream-white head that leaves healthy lacing. Can actually see particles in suspension.

S - Citrus, wheat, a bit more alcohol than you might expect from this type, and just a hint of coriander, but maybe I'm imagining that. Hops, too. It's all there.

T - Wheat, honey, orange, lemon, coriander (again, maybe), banana (a nice touch in wheats and their brethren), hops, and alcohol (but not too much). A blast of awesomeness that shouldn't be able to be this well-balanced, but it is.

M - A little more carbonation than you might expect, but it works for this beer. Leaves you with a fuzzy feeling and that neat oily, filmy feeling on your teeth & tongue.

O - Oberon has always been one of my favorites. I'm proud to say I killed a mini-keg of this stuff once on a summer tubing trip in college - so it's sessionable, but not THAT sessionable. It's like drinking a bottle of sunshine and I look forward to its release every season.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with two finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice wheat aroma with some slight funk that comes into some bitterness before coming back into a nice sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit and bitter hops mixed with citrus flavors. There is some rose pedal flavor that comes up into the flavor and turns things around. There is a bit of a juicy-fruit flavor that comes and goes before retreating into the background.

The feel of this beer is a good drinking beer with some interesting flavor notes and a body that is full of surprises. This beer is smooth and still sweet with some things tied in the back end with malts.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review. Batch#10313 or bottled on 3/31/11.

A- Pours a straw yellow/orange. Slight haze in the body, creamy looking head.

S- On the nose I get a nice sweetness from the malt. Fresh citrus in the background.

T- Refreshing beer, sweet malt, light floral and citric notes. Bready finish.

M- Creamy with good carbination.

Overall, this beer is great. Bell's has another winner with this one. Everything I want in a wheat ale, and I am not that big of a fan of them. Perfect summer beer to kick back with.

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Photo of SBXLII
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice white-yellow hue, very reminiscent of a quality Belgian hefe. Although you could tag the usual banana, clove and citrus labels, this establishes something more enjoyable. Unfortunately seasonal, this could last through the fall. Relaxed palette, not overwhelmingly wheat or feminine, pleasantly subtle, would definitely pair well with certain foods. Larry Bell should really get his stuff to the east coast more consistently. I'd surely stock this in the fridge.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, it's difficult to review this beer. It's a solid American Wheat - pretty color, smells lovely, and I've just sucked down most of the bottle effortlessly - but perhaps it's a bit cloying? Could be a bit crisper?

I don't know. All I can think about is May, in college, on the porch, enjoying the sunshine, and I'm having a hard time not slipping an orange slice into my glass.

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Photo of jmich24
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:Cloudy yellow in color with an orange hue. Half inch creamy white head. Many yeasties floating round. Solid lacing.
S: Spicy, citrus (more orange than lemon)
T: Wheat, orange, some spiciness. Subtle hoppiness.
M: Nice carbonation feel, crisp finish.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink 6 of these on a warm afternoon.

Summertime mainstay in my fridge. Look forward to the release of Oberon every spring.

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Photo of tykees88
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at dicky's wild hare in fort wayne.

A- comes out with a little bit of off white head. A cloudy orange color that lets you know this baby has some yeast.

S- It smells of orange and a little bit of hops. The orange really stood out to me though and was about all I could smell.

T- The taste was great. The orange flavor was a gentle but strong upfront on the palate hit. I could taste some malt in the beer and the bitters on the end were very minimal.

M- The mouthfeel here was a creamy dreamsicle type feel. It was one of the creamiest feeling beers I have ever had.

D- I could rate this higher but am not going to because I think that after 3 or 4 of these I would want something else. I could drink this all through the summer and like it every time, however, I can't see myself drinking more than a few. I was surprised on the abv on this one.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking this beer at a pool party on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Poured into a solo cup(no glass allowed near pool).

Appearance: orangey and deep gold bodied beer with a nice creamy white head. This is what summer would look like if it was a beer!

Smell: light malt and wheat profile that is just oozing the smell of citrus!

Taste: The beer is very nice! That smooth wheat beer flavor comes in to play immediately, but is very mellow. The citrus is integrated right into the wheat. A lot of fresh oranges and a little bit of lemon zest. No bitter notes from hops.

Mouthfeel: Its light bodied, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Low to moderate carbonation that is spot on!

Overall: I just can't call it summer until i have had this awesome beer by bells! Both sessionable and flavorful...its an elegant and classic brew on a hot day!

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Photo of Smithj86
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon poured from the bottle a cloudy, golden orangey color with a rapidly fading white head. Nicely carbonated, with little bubbles dancing about and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with nice hops presence that is flavorful but not overpowering. Exceedingly tasty. And dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Franch
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oberon means summertime in michigan. a clean, crisp, slightly sweet wheat beer, sitting outside at a garden bar or at the pool...

how can you go wrong? it's the best of the american wheat ale style, and for those of you in michigan, you know what i mean - drinking an oberon may as well make the sun come out.

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Photo of righlander
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice hazy yellow from a 12 oz bottle. thin lacey head. smells of malty honey with some citrus and some nice hops peeking their heads out in there. taste is very fresh and well balanced hop vs malt value. feels medium bodied on the tongue, nice carbonation, tiny bubbles. a very drinkable refreshing beer! Bell's can't go wrong in my book so far. their amber ale is simply amazing for the style too! wish i woulda bought a six pack of these! these would be second to none on a hot florida day. I love it.

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