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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,739
Ratings:
6,583
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 6,583
Photo of khiasmus
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The typical pale wheat color... a light goldenrod that's a bit hazy... but oh my, the head is awesome. Solid three fingers of fluffy white head, that leaves a spiderweb of lace all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S- Some orange and spice, a hint of wheat, a good bit of yeast, and even a touch of alcohol in the back, but everything is subdued...

T- Malty character infused with a light sweet citrus, some white bread and yeast, light hops (saaz?), but a strange flavor in the aftertaste, and one that isn't so pleasant... metal? Just drink again, so you don't have to deal with that aftertaste...

M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp, with a bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

D- Pretty good, but there are better ones out there. A disappointment from Bell's.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weiss glass. It has a cloudy golden color with a fantastic head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly wheat malt with hints of orange and subtle hops. The flavor is mostly rich malted wheat. The finish is quite nice - accents of orange and a trace of hops. It has a medium body that is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my favorite American wheat beers - a great summer refresher. It has a uniqueness that is unmatched in my experience to other beers in itss class. However, it is much better closer to the source (at the Eccentric Cafe) from the cask!

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Photo of potownbill
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JR for the bottles direct from Michigan
Appearance:Cloudy Yellow/Orange with a nice 3 finger head with good lacing

Smell: Sweet Bready Aroma with a touch of citrus. Something slightly off with the smell, but it did not ruin the experience.

Taste: Sweet with Mild Yeast overtones. Well Balanced. Touch of Citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Not overly carbonated

Drinkability: Polished off 2 with no problem, and wanted more, but alas, the fridge is bare. This will be my session wheat beer

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint013 left this over at my place before the Spring EOQ party. Thanks!

Appearance: gold-orange color with a 3/4" inch head in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass; nice haziness; looks excellent
Smell: oranges and something else...maybe the yeast
Taste: wow; really good; i don't remember this beer being this good typically; citrus flavor mixed with some wheat flavor; great blend
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

Note: This type of beer is much better without any fruit added to it. It a bar gives you an orange slice with it, eat the slice and then leave it on the counter. The orange takes away from the great wheat flavor in the beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly above average beer. Pours a hazy golden yellow with decent head that fades quickly. Smell is of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Pretty good but nothing stands out. Taste is much of the same. Not bad by any means but lacking in character. True to the style, though. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is present here. Drinkability is the only 4 given. Again, the beer is slightly above average to me and even with the 5.8% this Pale Wheat Ale contains, it is quite easy to enjoy on a hot day like today was. Bell's is definitely one of my favorite breweries, and if this is the worst they can offer, there isn't too much wrong that can be done. Ahhh, thirst quencher.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Frozensoul327, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & lemon) along with a a little wheat and decent burst of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity with flavors of lemon and orange along with a mild wheat background. There’s a mild flavor of hops bitterness that comes in next and gets stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is mild. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style even if it’s close to being an IPA with less hops. This is an excellent beer that I could drink for long, long time.

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Photo of Reed415
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Very hazy yellow color, Minimal head, Unfiltered

S - Orange peel and yeast in the nose

T - Orange sweetness, Small amount of hops, dry wheat ending.

M - Medium body, minimal carbonation

D - An enjoyable beer but nothing special. I would prefer a Hop Sun

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Photo of bozebus17
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a huge white foamy head. Gobs of lacing stick all the way down.

Smell is grainy with lots of wheat. There is also some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

Taste is great. There isn't much bitterness to speak of. There is obviously a distinct wheat flavor. A nice lemon-like zestiness backs it up for a nice refreshing finish. There is also a bit of sweetness that I can't quite put into words.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy yet light enough to be refreshing. The finish is crisp and clean.

What a great beer! I never thought I liked wheat beers, probably because of the strong banana flavor that is in so many of them. Oberon doesn't have that and I think that's why I like it. This beer is super refreshing and delicious. I may need a couple of cases to get through the summer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden straw yellow. Respectable lacing throughout the session.
S: Typical wheat beer, I'm not finding the words to describe it. Nothing spectacular
T: Citrusy and slightly hoppy. I can definitely taste the wheat aspect, as well as the pale aspect.
M: fine carbonation, very refreshing.
D: Quite drinkable, although not much in the flavor department. Admittedly I'm not a wheat guy, but for what this beer is, it's enjoyable. After I finish this 6-pack, I probably won't purchase another.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Appears a hazy golden orange color with an aggressive pour leaving a small foamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with alot of citrus, some malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is orange, bread, and a small amount of hops at the finish. Also, just a bit of pine. This beer tastes awsome and is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of carbonation. The alcohol content is a bit higher than most regular wheat beers, but it is still quite refreshing and easy to drink. This is one of the better American wheats that I have tried. Another great beer from Bell’s!

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Photo of shroompod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 liter mini keg, I'll call it a giant can.2007.

Pours a golden cloudy color, good head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly muted, faint grassiness. This could be my allergies.

Taste is minimally hoppy. Slight lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry. Good Carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is high. A good lawnmower, summer session drinker.

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a hazy golden brew, with some floating particles and an average, white head with very little retention.
Aroma is wheat-like, yeasty, cloves perhaps and some citric fruits, most noticeably oranges, but the smell also fades away quickly.
Light to medium in body, it is midly hoppy, perhaps more than I like for a wheat ale (I know, this is a pale wheat ale), but also has some cardboard taste in there suggesting oxidation.
Average, and I believe there are many better wheat ales out there, imports and americans.

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Photo of mjc410
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this, and I'm almost halfway in now, so I think it's high time for a review.

The pour into my Penn Weizen glass raises a very short head that's quite literally gone with the wind (I find that if I don't pour very lightly, the beer loses what little carbonation that it has, and tastes dead). The lacing is very spotty and slick. Below, the body is a bright golden yellow that lets color but not images pass through.

The nose is very light and bready, with a tiny bit of acidity and yeast. Otherwise, that's it. Really lacking here.

Taste:it's light and refreshing, with just a bit of wheat flavor and light banana undertones. It's a bit tangy at the end, and sweet.

The mouth is fairly light, with carbonation that seems only tenuously involved with the liquid. There's just enough as long you pour lightly.

If anything, buying a case of this due to its reputation will hopefully, finally teach me to not make whole case purchases without sampling first. It's not a bad beer, and it certainly is refreshing, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a bottle with an interesting label with a swirly sun which immediately invites summertime feelings. The beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is dark yellow/golden and cloudy. The smell is relatively mild with some hints of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is also very mild with a little hop on the finish, but not much. Not as much wheat flavor as I was expecting, either.

This beer really shines in its drinkability. Its flavor is mild, but still interesting and it would make an excellent session beer for any number of summer events.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.

Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a large Hefeweizein glass. A pale straw colored beverage emerges and is topped by a rocky, thick, tough white head. Tons of lacing down the glass and the head show no sign of leaving. Cloudy with lots of little bubbles racing skyward.

Aroma is crisp and clean. Wheat grains and slight orange peel aromas. Little hop aroma, if any. What hops there are seem to be quite light and earthy, maybe Saaz? Certainly no banana or cloves here. Not an overly aromatic beer but certainly not faulty in the aroma. Would have liked to get a little more but this will certainly do.

Tongue is greeted by te wheat first and foremost, and then followed by a slight hop bite that does not linger for more than a half second or so. There is some small clove in the flavor of the beer but is certainly nowhere near the classic hefe flavor.

A very nice beer. I used to drink this quite often about five years ago but have not revisited this beer since then. I m glad it is finally available in NC as I could see this one being in the fridge most of the summer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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

Cheers again to limesmut for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 7832.

Oberon has a nice cloudy burnt straw color with a two finger bright white bubble filled head that dies down to a thin layer. Lacing is pretty sticky to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is quite pleasing, hints of spiced orange and wheat. Flavor starts off with a nice malty/wheat taste and finished with a crisp citrus hop bite. Orange pops up again on the tounge, but very mild. Very clean light bodied mouthfeel. Good solid beer from Bell's. Could definitely share a few of these with friends around the grill on a hot summer day.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new mug. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy medium golden color with an orangish hue. Head is a good finger thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice surface layer with a good, thick ring lining the inside of the glass. leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of wheat, malt and citrus or lemon are present. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Wheat and malt upfront followed by hints of citrus and grapefruit. The fruity aftertaste lingers. Has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be! A real winner from The fine folks at Bell's. I will drink this again for sure.

Eric

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Photo of genog
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Gallo's Tap Room (submitted a beerfly review, but it does not appear yet)

Pours a very nice pale orangeish colour that tapers from bottom of the glass up.

A very nice smell of fresh subtle wheat.

Fresh taste that is complimented by (as previous reviews have said) grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.

Carbonation lingers resulting in a fresh feeling that makes me take another sip.

Had this on a warm summer afternoon, and I could have had 2 more, time permitting. I am going to pickup a 6 pack very soon, but will probably come back to Gallo's to get it on tap.

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

A: Poured a hazy, glowing pale orange and gold hue, topped by just over two fingers of fairly dense head that slowly dissipated.

S: Pale malt and wheat grain scent up front, a little sweet fruit and citrus in there as well.

T: The introduction is a fantastic wave of wheaty malt goodness straight to the palate, with a crispness that maintains a light fruit flavor leading into the middle, followed by the carbonation and flavor bubbling over the back of the tongue into a slightly dry and refreshing finish. Lingering hints of wheat and hops cling to the palate, making for one hell of a beer.

M: Near perfection on this, with a solid amount of carbonation, but enough to complement the flavor characteristics and make for an absolutely delightful finish. Very well done in this category.

D: Whether it's a day for an outside BBQ or late night summer party, this beer hits the mark for refreshing taste and composition. A great take on the wheat ale tip.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a straw coloured golden sun shine. Not much head. Nose- strange flavour coming across- I don't know what that is?? taste- light citrus, some alcohol flavour, and an almost macro creamed corn type taste. Hard to figure out. Its a difficult to describe beer, but is decently tasty at the same time. I can see why this is Bell's big seller for the summer time. Its refreshing, full of flavour, but non offensive at the same time. I wouldn't look long and hard for this again, but was worth picking up a six pack.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oberon is a staple in Michigan, particularly in the Kalamazoo area, it is one of the few craft brews that normal people around here drink, and it's widely available, often on tap in places that only have the big 3 available otherwise.

Oberon pours orange with a nice head, the nose on it is lightly malty with a hint of citrusy hops in the background.

The flavour is a straight malty beer with some spice and bananas on the very back end. This is an easy drinking summer quaffer with a bit of character, but it's not spectacular by any means.

Mouth and drinkability, both decent for the style, nothing remarkable.

Bottom line: Oberon is a beer that I tend to drink during the summer due to the aforementioned availability. It's not a bad beer, but I personally feel there are better alternatives, particularly Arcadia's Whitsun, which is also fairly easy to run into here in Michigan. Oberon isn't bad though, and I respect the fact that it has opened a lot of people up to craft beer locally.

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Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a conventional glass (not wheat beer style) pale amber colour, and cloudy as expected of an unfiltered wheat beer.From the aroma, I would not have guessed it as a wheat beer (certainly not in the German style) as it was more sweetness malty and hints of citrus rather than the cloves and bananas you expect. Taste leaned more on the malty side of fruitiness, and as others suggested, grassy and fairly sweet, though not unpleasant to my taste. Little or no bitter hop characteristics at all. I enjoyed this fairly well, and would have it again, though it has little in common with wheat beers as in the German tradition. Maybe a shade too sweet for my taste, would not class it as an outstanding beer, but pleasant enough on a hot summers day and easy to drink.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL) May 2007
B'ham UK

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy golden color very cloudy with all the suspended yeast particles floating around. Tall white creamy head dissapated on the quick side,leaves a coat of lace down the glass.

The aroma were clean on the faint side,grassy,fruity with some light hints of carmell. Smells reminisent of apricot nectar a combination of the fruityness and the yeast character, no real wheat aromas were present. A slight perfumyness also noted.

Bitter dried fruit tastes,tart an apricot/peach type fruityness,odd taste for a wheat,finishes with an unripen fruit taste and hints of citrus.

Grainy texture, some roughness on the palate,not like that of a typicla wheat. Odd tasting beer,not one of my favorites from Bell's. Might need to get used to the taste of this one. Wouldn't really want to have another.

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