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
Ratings:
6,833
Reviews:
1,810
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,739
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Ratings: 6,833 |  Reviews: 1,810
Photo of FloridaCracker1984
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mwvman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a three finger creamy white rocky head that lasts. Some lacing. Very cloudy. Opaque. Pour carefully as to leave the last bit that contains quite a large amount of dead yeast. Smell is pure heaven. Sourdough. Tart with citrus hops. Drinks light and smooth with popping carbonation which unifies the flavor. Citrus. Maybe blood orange? Good balance provides a light crispy mouth feel. Clean refreshing. Very drinkable. Took three to write this review. Maybe it goes down way to easy? Earned a spot in my personal beer refrigerator.

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Photo of mjurney
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Deep gold, murky, lots of particles floating. Lots of carbation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Bright citrus, sherbert, bready.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bright yeasty, slight tartness, sherbert, ripe orange, spicy. Sweet bread, biscuit, hint of honey. Finish is semi-dry, very crisp. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, super drinkable.

Overall:
Outstanding American Wheat Ale!!

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Photo of MaddoJay
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npachl
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccapurso
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden color, hazy, lots of floaties some of which gradually sink and create a layer on the bottom of the glass. Tall head, creamy white, that recedes slowly leaving some lacing. Wheat odor, with perhaps a bit of orange or lemon. Lemon / orange taste, like the aroma. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced. A light-drinking summer beer, with a pleasant lemon flavor, but not my favorite summer beer.

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Photo of cmukid87
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brianz81
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is a fantastic summer beer. It's light feeling, but has a ton of flavor. If you like Coronas as a summer beer, try Oberon! I've been a fan for about 10 years. It's a beer that varies a bit from year to year, which is kind of nice. Lots of people add a slice of orange, but it's not required. It's quite fruity, but not overpowering, nor does it have a strong wheat beer flavor. It's also not too high in the ABV, so you won't get dehydrated as fast as some beers. Pick some up!

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Photo of R11415
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd88
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gartla10
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is mostly wheat (as expected), but has a coriander/hops finish to the beer, orange peel, and other spices too. Beer is highly carbonated, but is not dry in the finish-- very refreshing indeed. Beer is very sessionable, just like a good summer beer should be.

I do prefer this to the other wheat ale by Bell's, Winter Wheat Ale. A good quality wheat ale and an excellent choice for a summer beer.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Crackery and wheat malts; some mild banana character, orange, stone fruits, and subtle spice.

T: Big cracker and wheat malt flavors, doughy and chewy, bready--softly complimented by green and yellow banana subtle sweetness, orange and lemon peels, white peach, and on the finish, a dry and lightly spicy flavor; some clove, but leaning more towards basil or cilantro.

F: Medium-bodied, but leaning towards heavier with the pleasant silky-smooth, high protein wheat mouthfeel. A moderate carbonation pushes the beer across the palate smoothly and it becomes very drinkable, even with the creaminess.

O: An excellent American pale wheat ale. It's much more restrained than the typical banana-bubblegum-clove flavors of a German hefeweizen, but it still abounds with subtle flavors and is very pleasant to drink. This is deservedly a classic!

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Photo of BKotch
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnny_Love
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jmh21
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CMC73
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of heddar33
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,833 ratings.
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