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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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Photo of Bounty628
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oberon Ale is an interesting take on a summer beer crafted in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. While many summer ales tend to focus on the over use of fruitiness in the offering, the Oberon Ale blends a noticeable fruit taste together with just the right amount of spice in the ale. There is not an overpowering sensation of one or the other at work in this ale.

Oberon Ale has an ABV of 5.8% and the offering that was tasted came in a twelve ounce brown bottle.

The Oberon was poured into a regular pint glass and poured a hazy yellow to orange complete with a thick white head. There was a moderate amount of lacing throughout the offering, something that does not seem to be a common trend to summer ales. Immediately upon being poured it became evident that there was indeed a fresh summer smell to the beer but interestingly there was a nice hoppy smell to the nose, as well.

The taste of the Oberon is probably what separates this summer ale from some of the lesser competition. Oberon Ale is a nice and refreshing beer that certainly has the citrus flavors of lemon and orange shine through but the pairing to a nice hoppy and almost spicy characteristic is well done. If you are worried that the beer might be a bit too "fruity" for you, this is not the case. The citrus is nicely accented but also muted in a way by the hoppy taste present in this beer.

For a summer ale, one of the concerns usually heard is that a summer ale often turns into nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Fortunately for us, Oberon Ale is not that kind of beer. Though the beer is indeed smooth to taste, there is a nice complex body to the offering that leaves the taster satisfied with the quality here. This is not a beer that should be used to simply wet the whistle since there is a nice complexity to the beer. That being said, this beer is certainly very drinkable and maintains a smooth and crisp quality to it.

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

I must say that I like this beer much more on tap than in bottle--and I'm not generally one to make a huge deal out of the serving. With that said, out of the tap comes a lightly hazy golden lemonade body with a wispy white head. Smells of snappy wheat malt, with refreshing citrus hoppiness and yeasty character throughout. Taste is solid, crisp, wheaty malt up front with a light biscuit element. Mones into a refreshing, almost sour citric hoppiness. Some yeasty taste. Finish is citrus bitter tang. Medium bodied, yet thirst-quenching and a great summer beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a lighter gold color with only a touch of haziness. Carbonation is lively and head remains for a few moments prior to receding.

Smell: Citrus notes overpowers any wheat presence. Aroma is both floral and citrusy.

Taste: Spicy elements not perceived in the aroma are the first tastes to jump out. Milder citrus flavors accompany the spices. The wheat base then builds upon the second half of the tasting. There is also a hoppy bite that is more noticeable than other pale wheat ales.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style- medium-bodied with a little sting from the hops and spices.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable. ABV is a little higher than other pale wheats, though this should not affect overall drinkability.

Overall, an interesting and unique take on pale wheat ales. Refreshing yet tasty.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This opaque, orange amber beer pours with a solid two-finger head that shows excellent retention. It slowly fades to a rcoky layer of foam and produces a delicate lace. There is a yeast component to the aroma, but wheat and hops are the dominate notes. Also a hint of clove and coriander in there as well. Impressive. The taste is very crisp, with the wheat snap right up front. Coriander/cilantro notes are evident, with a slight sweetness creeping in. A bit of hop bitterness is coupled with some light alcohol notes. The yeast contributes to the flavor but is not evident as "yeast" as in many wheat beers. There is no breadiness to the flavor. The finish has a crisp, wheat tartness that is very refreshing. Decent bitterness lingers on the aftertatse. The mouthfeel is solid, but not remarkable in any way. Perfect for enjoying any time of the year. The drinkability is darn near exceptional. This beer refreshes, satisfies, quenches, and then gets out of the way. I hope to get a few of these for the summer. I remember when this beer was on the Top 50 list, and I thought to myself "I will probably never get to try that beer." Well, thanks to cretemixer for sending me a couple of these great brews that only months ago I believed to be inacessible.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I really do like this beer. Nice wheat beer that's not a Hefe. Huge head that settled slowly, fairly lacey too. Different but adequate aroma of graininess, but not necessarily wheat in quality. No hop presence. Yellow-gold, slightly cloudy. Nice ale smoothness, medium feel, a little low on the carbonation. Mostly malty flavor, hops for balance only, hardly dectable. Little sweetness that is in the front and momentary but carries a tartness/citrus/fruitiness (pear?) to it too. Malty dry finish that is satisfying. Very good summer ale.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, orangish-yellow, much like the background color on the label.

S: Nothing too spectacular, some citrus, very little to no hop presence.

T: I really like this beer. I am usually very skeptical of any wheat beer, but this does not have the overpowering yeastiness of some other wheat beers in the same/similar style have had. There are subtle but very noticeable hints of citrus (tangerine?), honey, and very slight spiciness that I can't nail down. Not overpowering, and not too bland: this is a very well balanced beer.

M: Very nice with appropriate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. I could drink these all day, especially in hot weather out on the patio.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. As mentioned earlier, I am usually somewhat reluctant about wheat beers, but this is inspiring me to expand my horizons. Another excellent beer from Bell's.

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Photo of armiakhe
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of this OBeron Ale from Bell's Brewery was a pale orange almost gold with a white foam edge. The smell a slight citrus with grainy in it. The taste was a little bit of grain with an orange character taste with a hop to it as well. The overall quality of the beer was very good and I'd recommend it.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive been very excited for this beer, as has everyone else in the Bell's distribution network. For us this mean the onset of summer.

Poured into my new Paulaner weizen glass. I did the classic wheat beer swirl to disturb the sediment.
A- A bright, light orange and yellow beer. Naturally its totally clouded. It looks like a summer sun. On top sits a frothy white head that can stand out over the top of the glass. It stays substantial and leaves all kinds of lacing.

S- Nice bright smell. Strangely Im getting lots of buttered popcorn. Behind that is orange coriander and other spices. There is plenty of that wheaty snap.

T- Very balanced. Plenty of floral hops and orange matched with a wheaty bite. It finishes almost candy sweet.

M- Light, crisp and fluffy. Fairly dry with a nice clean finish. It really makes you want more.

D- This is one of the quintessential summer ales from the midwest. To me this beer screams back porches, BBQs and lawmowers. I will be seeing lots of this in the months to come

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Photo of stace
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Poor Phil's.

So happy Bell's is back in Illinois! This is the beer that made me fall in love with Bell's. Okay, let's go...

Appearance: Not very cloudy, not much head. By the time I got my glass it was mostly lace.

Smell: To be honest, I'm not getting much of anything off this. Nothing bad, though.

Taste: Ahh, this is why we drink it, isn't it? Lovely. Wheat beer taste, a little sweet but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light. Great summer beer.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. Hot day, glass of Oberon? Yes yes yes. Seriously, though, it's quite drinkable, almost sessionable.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Very cloudy goldne yellow with little head maybe 1 finger and no real laceing to speak of.
S-Very citrus scent hints of grapfruit and orange as well as the hops come through.
T-Citrusy very light and crisp also has the light hops flavor that makes the finish nice and clean.
M-it is a little overly carbonated but not to bad it goes down just like the rest of the beer very clean with almost no taste left in your mouth.
D-This would be a great summer beer to just keep around the house easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: The one finger head gives way to a nice ring of white foam. The color is honey gold. There was a nice looking vortex of carbonation that formed immediately after the pour.

S: Clover, orange, a bit of lemon, sweetness, faint honey aroma.

T: The orange and sweetness are nicely balanced by grassy hops in the intro, honey, lemon and more hops in the middle, and a lingering lemony, grassy hop finish.

M: Light, silky, refreshes the palette.

D: I could drink this beer all summer long.

Go Hawks!

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light orange with a dominate white head which disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Mild aroma with initial scent of wheat and yeast, followed by a strong orange fruit aroma.

Taste: Heavy wheat flavors followed by intense citrus oranges. Lacks much carbonation, but otherwise is quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Average dryness. Reminds you of the summer months of sunshine and relaxation. Doesn't quite leave you wanting another sip, but makes you crave summer-like food.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer this afternoon after a rough week at work. I've had it many times out of the bottle, but this was my first draft experience.

A nice summer orange color, topped with a thin head. There is a citrus aroma that is obvious upon poor (sorta like Blue moon). However, the taste is more refined with hints of orange and other citrus. The beer itself has a nice feel in the mouth and goes with a variety of dishes. I like this beer out of the bottle very much, so it it did not disappoint me on draft.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely beautiful hazy orange color with 1.5 fingers of a fluffy white head.

Aroma is of bright citrus and wheat. I also get an oatmeal-like aroma as well.

Taste is rather simple. It is what the nose describes: citrus and wheat. The citrus is rather non-descript but it's presence is noted. The wheat is the predominate flavor of this beer, which climaxes in flavor near the end of the sip. It is super refreshing and goes down very easy. No bitterness at all to this one. Medium body with a great amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a easy drinking beer. I will buy it again for sure. Super sessionable, but I almost desire a bit of bitterness to cut through the rather monotonous notes of wheat and citrus. I see this pairing well with just about anything. A nice farro and orange salad with citrus grilled shrimp would be nice! It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy golden, yellow, with almost two fingers of pure white head, that leaves nice, thick lace.

A: Buscuity and sweet malts, lemon, some citrus and grainy hops, wheat. This is just what a summer brew should smell like.

T: Again bready, with lemon and other citrus. The sweet malts and grainy hops are balanced very nicely.

M&D: Light body. The moderate carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel. At 5.8% ABV the drinkability is way up there. This is a great summer selection. Just another example of why Bell's is my favorite brewery. Skal.

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Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, bone white head, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates swiftly, equally light lacing. Light cloudy yellow color, opaque in spite of lightness, does have that gauzy summertime look to it. The nose at once anchors itself solidly in your nostrils and spaces out the scents to avoid the kind of density which makes it seem blockish, soft spoken lemon peel, wheat germ, white bread, pinch of sweetish baking spices, more so offers an unassuming earthiness. Medium-bodied, holds onto its weight throughout, from the first sip balance and restraint are clearly among its hallmarks. The wheat, oat, bread dimension round and without greenness, some residual sweetness in the orange, lemon citrus, surely doesn't require an actual wedge. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander spice unobtrusively present. Perhaps some apricot or peach fruit notes. Even the carbonation is demure, if there's any real complaint it may actually be tactful to a fault. Cleans up well through the finish.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – hazy and glowing yellow color.

Smell – little citrusy smell, but can smell the wheat complexities.

Taste – little lemon and more of a wheat flavor. very good to have a couple of these outside in the brutal sun.

Mouthfeel – little carbonation, easy on the mouth.

Drinkability – liked it a lot. much better on draught than in a bottle!

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Photo of Maiora13
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful well rounded Ale. Perfect for summer evenings. The Citrus aroma rounds the full body a wheat ale can often have making it uniquely light for a wheat ale.

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Photo of haywire77
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 mini keg into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is very cloudy copper/light orange color with a bit of suspended wheat "funk" in the glass. 2 finger bone white head reduced to almost nothing in about 5 minutes. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell is very subtle citrus, lemony orange and a bunch of wheat. Maybe some fresh baked bread in there as well. Nothing too overwhelming.

Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot 90+ degree summer day (or any day for that matter). Light citrus and a touch of golden honey round out the wheat bready flavor. Not too sweet as so many other summer seasonal beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and light at the same time, but only at first. After you take a drink and swallow, when you breathe in, it's gone.

Overall this is a fine example of a pale wheat. At first I thought that I could session this beer but after consuming a couple bottles with a light lunch, way too filling! Maybe it's all the wheat bread?!? I would drink this all year round if it were available.

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Photo of alabencki
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Michigan beer!

Poured from bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that never really goes away at all, even after sitting for a half-hour.

Smells of coriander and citrus with some pale malts and white wheat in the background of the scent. Subtle grassy hops aroma, with just a tiny bit of something that smells like honey (I am unsure as to whether or not honey is used to flavor the beer).

Taste is pretty much exactly what you smell... Coriander and citrus, honey flavor, subtle grassy hops and white wheat.

Overall a very well balance, very well done beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours gold with a solid head, looks pretty good.

smell is sweet with a slight spice. some mild candy yeast to this as well.

this tastes pretty damn good. a nice mild sweet yet slight spice to this. finishes sweet with a slight acidic burn to me.

overall this is pretty good, one of the most full flavors wheat ales i've had.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The rains-a-comin' down outside, no fireworks, so let's try the Oberon...

Light, cloudy, tangerine color. Sparse bits of sediment settle to the bottom. No head, just a crown of bubbles on the outside.

Light floral aroma, very unassuming, but pleasing.

Light and fruity taste up front, oranges and lemons, a light hop bite, very delicious! Aftertaste is just slightly bitter, wonderfully balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth with adequate carbonation, clean enough for a summer ale.

Drinkability - Wow. A nice summer brew with great flavor and balance, just enough taste to lure you into more. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of Brackh
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice foamy white head. Sweet, fruity and wheat smell. Taste is delicious. Has just enough of a spice to it. Very well balanced wheat taste too. Great beer. Don't drink just one of them.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange color w/ a white two finger head that lingers. Wonderful carbonation and lacing on this beer. Can't see through the beer at all, even w/ the light color. Fantastic.

S- Nose is wheat, fruit, hops, some malt. Very mild smelling, but balanced and very pleasant. Pear and apple as well.

T- Same profile as the nose. Super tasty, especially for the style- I could drink these all day and never tire of the taste. It's not over the top, just really tasty. Nice finish. Can't get over how tasty this brew is (and I'm usually a Tripel/Quad guy).

M- Very thin, but the hop character coats your mouth and lingers into the aftertaste along w/ the malt. Nice...

O- I'd never really had this beer, but Bell's has a winner here. This is a fantastic brew taste wise, and for the style- it's great. I will not hesitate to pick this up again- especially in the warm months. Cheers.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually had this from the mini keg to a pint glass. Pour was very nice with amber, golden, wheat tone and an awesome 2+ finger pillow head. Nose was a touch weak with cloves, citrus, grapefruit and some florals. Taste was right on for a 100+ degree summer day. A nice blend of wheat, hops and fruit to make me come back for more. Not too complex, but not simple either. I think Bell's got this just right. A little tart on the front end that gives way to a subtle bitter ending. Feel is a good bit of carbonation, perhaps a bit skinny, but lively on the tongue. Overall- Very solid effort. It's not an over the top wheat, but yet a nice blend of the characteristics. Grapefruit/citrus notes are nice edition. Well balanced and will be finding another mini keg to tap soon.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.
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