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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
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

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1,753
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6,637
Avg:
3.83
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12.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,753 | Ratings: 6,637
Photo of franksnbeans
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and hazy gold with a fair amount of creamy head that laces nicely. Smells of citrus rind, orange, lemon and yeast. Tastes as it smells with spice and a little hops and finishes with a dryness. Feels light in the mouth and quenches ones thirst very well. A session beer no doubt and on a summer day this is an oasis.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's last night.

Came to me a cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a big, rocky white head. The head stuck around for a while and left some good lacing.

Aroma was of oranges, yeast, wheat, and some lemon zest. The citrus zing at the end is quite nice.

The flavor is of citrus fruit, wheat, a touch of yeast, and a bit of spice at the finish. Tasty.

Spritzy, crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing brew that would be perfect for a warm day. I have had it in bottles before, but it's even better on-tap.

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Photo of mhaugan
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional English mug, typically reserved for a cream ale at my favorite pub in downtown Minneapolis, Lyon's Pub.

Comes to me with a light head. A yellow color heading towards orange. Very little haze.

After removing the orange slice that I didn't think to ask without, the taste is of wheaty malt and orange rind. This beer goes down quite easy. A great summer drink and heads and shoulders above Blue Moon. Not being from the Midwest, it isn't available to me or it would become my new summer session beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 giblet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a newer review on this beer. i am wondering if in August when i tried it last it had been sitting for a while. i picked up some yesterday and i know that it is fresh.

it is quite tasty and much better than the last sample!

this is a good beer. i was looking forward to trying a number of options that Bells offer. this poured nicely into my glass with the usual nice carbonation, head and lace. it smelled pleasant with a hint of citris. taste was light..maybe a bit light for my tastes but it was good. a bit stronger and this would be a regular for me.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon Ale pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a mild fruity aroma coming from the glass. The flavor is a bit fruity with a strong wheat backbone. This one goes down easy on a hot summer day. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. Seem's perfect for a mid-August day.

A: The ale is indeed pale, looking like a hefe weizen with a slightly lessened turbidity. Light shone through the glass reveals a deep yellow color, burnt cornbread-like. The head has laced a few patches in the glass.

S: Light and airy, the beer has a low level of sweet tartness that makes the mouth water in anticipation. The tartness has some citrus (fruit, not hop) notes floating around too.

T: A spectrum of flavors strike the palate on first sip. Orange peel and lemon sweetness highlight the first. They are followed by a solid wheat and malt body, thick but restrained enough to allow the fruits to shine through. As I sip this, it conjures up memories of the St. Bernardus witbier, refreshing with a slight tartness and some pepper.

M: The mouthfeel is light but full of flavors, citrusy with a peppery bite. Solid beer, I'd love to try it out of one of those 5L kegs.

D: Easy to drink, this is a great summer ale. The light flavor will not overwhelm the palate and its tartness makes you go back for more.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a cloudy golden color with a sizeable nearly white head that lasts for a while and leaves a decent lace over much of the glass.

Nose is lighter than desired, but pleasant. Wheat and sweet, plus a mild citrus aroma.

Some pleasant tartness that I hadn't expected after the aroma is the first thing I noticed. Still pretty sweet though. otherwise the taste is quite good, with light but pleasant wheat and fruit flavors that last into the slightly drying finish.

Carbonation is on the low side, body is medium and smooth and while most of the flavors are delicate this is far from thin. Nice beer, and extremely thirst quenching. Well done!

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is so highly acclaimed in the Midwest with a very loyal following. I have had it before and was not a huge fan. Decided today to grab another one while at the bar on an extra hot Florida summer day to see if I was missing something before.

A: Hazy golden yellow as you would expect from a wheat beer. There is a nice head upon the pour made up of millions of tiny bubbles which quickly die down.

S: There is a nice yeasty malty character to this brew. Very tiny amounts of orange and lemon can be detected.

T: Not a lot of flavor here. There is a malty flavor with a hint of orange. Nothing to write home about.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: It goes down easy.... Too bad it don't taste better.

Overall: I am the first to get on this site and sing praises when it comes to Bell's. I'm sorry to the loyal following but I just don't get this beer. There is some wheat and some orange, but nothing else. It's really pretty blah. Short of being cold on a hot day it doesn’t have a lot going for it. This is a definite deviation from Bell's other wonderful beers. If you love it hey, more of it for you. I will stick to their other tried and true gems.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, w/o freshness or brewing date info....pours cloudy orangy amber, under a moderate eggshell white head/tiny bubble film, with minor lacing...fruity, floral, powdered sugar nose...refreshing, quality summer brew....notes of more fruit, wheat malts and a smooth quite drying leafy hop finish. Nice offering from Bells, if I could get it locally, this would be one of my summer staples

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully refreshing scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts along with a light citrus zest. It has a light breadlike character that adds a bit of depth to the malt bill. The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth malt flavor that boasts of pale, Munich, and wheat malts. It goes down easy and finishes slightly breadlike with a mild fruity zest and wheat malt crispness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great summertime treat. It's fuller bodied than most, but it has tremendous flavor.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a big white head. Aromas of corriander and spice, and wheaty notes. In the taste, mellow yet spicy and a small presenceof a grapefruity hop end. It has sweet texture and a dry aftertaste. Refreshing and a nice light flavor. A good beer for summer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

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Photo of rborthwick
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an apricot color with modest head retention. A good bit of spent yeast in the bottle. Citrusy nose with a hint of grapefruit. This beer as not as sweet or orangy as a lot of other wheat beers. I actually think its taste is similar to Bass Ale of all things. This beer from Bells is not even in the same league as two hearted ale. I was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of jasrbrd
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is reminiscent of another Bell's beer, the great Two Hearted Ale, but the Oberon is a wheat ale. It's also not as strong as the Two Hearted Ale but Oberon still packs a 5.8% punch, although it doesn't taste it. Nice color (although a beer's color has never really mattered to me - give me the taste!) with a pleasant fruit aroma which is also not that strong or overwhelming. Highly recommend you give this one a try especially if you like Summer ales.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apricot color with lots of suspended white particles even when pouring carefully. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor ... pretty darn citrusy with some wheat malt character as it warms up a bit. Light-medium bodied with a snappy citric finish.

I remain unimpressed ... not sure what the hype is about this one.

Per Bell's website: Saaz hops.
OG: 1.057
ABV: 5.8%

Batch #: 7832 ('7020' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of techdiver
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Grass and citrus nose.

Grass and citrus taste with mild hop bite.

Fairly crisp and pleasant mouthfeel.

Having tried this previously on tap, I'm still not too enthusiastic about this beer. Smells good and feels good, I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of ttu94
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems to be very popular beer in the Midwest. Pours a hazy golden orange color with of head. Has a nice wheat smell with a citrus scent to it. Taste is ok. Has a defenite orange flavor to it along with the wheat malt. Not a bad mouthfeel either. All in all a nice wheat beer that could be had all day long in the summer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

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Photo of quikfish13
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Laced pretty god though and carbonation sticks for a while.

S: Quite fruity and citrus like with some lemon and orange notes standing out. Almost a floral like aroma as well.

T: The taste of apples comes to the forefront with a nice berry (raspberry?) sweetness to it. Almost a cider like quality as well.

M: A little watery but goes down quite smooth.

D: Excellent a very nice summer brew to have with friends.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a bubbly, dull yellow. Small head with a little lacing.

Pretty mild aroma, nose is of faint lemon and orange. A metallic and grainy smell is also made out..

A very crisp beer that begins with a watery carbonated taste that is quickly followed by wheat and apple-pear hoppiness. The mouth is left with a satisfied quenching, a modest dryness exists on the back of the tongue.

An extremely drinkable beer for the summer (as advertised). It's a very mild beer that goes down way too easy and nice to mix in with some Imperial IPAs. I was never a huge fan, preferring Bell's other offerings, but I have found it to be a solid beer to bring to BMC lover summertime gatherings and to enjoy as well.

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Photo of ski271
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: very cloudy peach-ish amber with a small, white, tight head with good retention. Excellent lacing.
S: Fruity, citrus and berry, light wheaty and earthy spice
T: More citrus than berry here, then some nice yeast and grain with a pleasant light bready flavor toward the finish.
M: Medium body, juicy texture, moderate carbonation.
D: SUPER-easy-drinking and refreshing while still remaining interesting. Very nice!

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Photo of katan
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy gold color - light amount of head from the standard pour. Lots of floating particulates.

S - A very light smell - nothing too strong. I'd say its a light hop scent if anything. It is appealing.

T - It starts with a wheat malt tone, and finishes with somewhat a citrus hit. Sort of matches w/ the orange bottle. A decent bite for a wheat.

M - Pretty smooth mouthfeel - maybe a little watery.

D - I could drink a few of these at a time. This one has lots of flavor for the style, which is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best summer seasonals I have ever tasted, and growing up and going to college in Michigan, I have had many, many samples of this brew. So glad it's in North Carolina now. This is one of the few beers that a slice of orange actually accentuates, instead of hiding beer flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oberon is so smooth you can easily drink a sixer in a session but at 5.8 ABV you will feel it. it is a superb summer wheat with a saaz hops bite that lingers with floral/ citrus overtones i love this beer from april till october every year. i am fortunate to have bells beers available and reccommend it if your in the midwest to try any or all of the beers from this great brewer.

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