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
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,760
Ratings:
6,674
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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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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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy pale orange with a thick fluffy white head. Head reduces to thin film with good lacing.

S-Wheaty citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine. The wheat malt supports this fruit bowl nicely.

T-Nice balance between the citrus flavors and the light wheat malt. Nothing in this beer screams out...it all simply melds together nicely. Hop presence is subtle.

M-Medium-light body. Very smooth with a pleasant tart crispness.

D-A great warm-season drinker. This is one of the quintessential summertime brews for me. Nothing about it screams out but it all seems to go together so well. I always enjoy having my first Oberon of the season...and many more to follow! A sure sign of spring to me! From April to August this is my "Bud".

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Photo of ndekke39
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer from a bottle marked with an April 24, 2006 bottling date.

A: Poured slightly cloudy, inviting orange-gold color. Very little head on the pour.

S: Initial notes of sweet grains, notably sweet corn. Some hints of citrus in there, too.

T: Very interesting flavors that travel and grow. Begins with initial notes of the sweet grain, rounds out with the tang of citrus, and ends with light hoppy notes. Excellent progression.

M: Low carbonation, which helps by not getting in the way of the flavors. Light creaminess to the texture.

D: Very drinkable. Overall, a fairly light beer, with excellent flavors that make each sip easy and enjoyable.

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

Well this is a strange wheat beer indeed. Tastes more like a trippel to me, but a little on the weaker side. I got some very heavy fruit notes in the nose, but more reminiscent of a belgian than a wheat beer, heavy ester notes that seem lighter in a wheat beer. Very sweet heavy fruity taste, not very good for the style, but I don't care, I think this is more of a wheat tripppel or something like that than a wheat beer proper. I drank four of them in a row after a couple Optimators on draft, so I'm fairly drunk, but I would say this is a drinkable beer that I will return to. Again, not very good for the style, too sweet and not 'wheaty' enough, but very interesting beer.

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

A-bottle into snifter, cloudy straw with thin white head

S-sweet citrus, a little bit of lemon

T-wheat and citrus. Nothing overpowering.

M-very light and smooth, although a fair amount of carbonation.

O-like the label says, a perfect beer for summer. Refreshing and flavorful without being heavy.

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

I got a sixer of this beer in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head that left a good deal of lacing.
Bitter Euro-hops and malted wheat in the aroma.
The taste is kind of earthy upfront before the sweetness kicks in, soon followed by a dry bitter finish and then a sticky sweet after taste. Very Nice!
Light/medium body with mild carbonation, good and drinkable.

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

An excellent American wheat beer. This pours a nice peach-y colour with an ample, creamy head. The aromas are of wheat, yeast, and spice. The taste? A combination of the afforementioned three things. The mouthfeel, not too thick and never too thin. The drinkability? Endless. One of the best American wheat beers.

Cheers to KennyD for the sample!
-F

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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 cyguyjg
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a hazy pale yellow color as you would expect from a wheat brew. Not much of a head (from a bottle) but at least there is one. The feel is very smooth. The taste is full without being in your face. Nice hops finish. Very drinkable. This will be one of my GO TO pale ales.

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