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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Reviews:
1,751
Ratings:
6,627
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,751 | Ratings: 6,627
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Hazy cantaloupe orange colored body with a white head that recedes to nothing but a collar with light random jagged lines of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet wet cereal grains, faint white pepper spiciness, subtle orange zest.

Taste: A nice combination of subtle spicy hops and orange and lemon zest. A good malt body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little creaminess.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable, what I would call a summer ale for sure.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pale orange/amber with tons of sediment with a thin one finger head, minimal lacing.
Smell: Smells tart like a sour ale, slightly sweet malt, and strong yeast.
Taste: Tastes only slightly sour and very light. Strong yeast notes and middle bodied malt, very drinkable but flavorful. Wheat in the malt is prominent.
Feel: Very light and drinkable, moderately heavy carbonation.
Overall: This beer is perfect for summer. Tart but not sour, light but flavorful, wheaty but drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, even chunky straw color with a white head that fades fast.
The aroma is lemon, grain, grass and a slight vegetal note.
Taste is lemon and grass, a bit of cracker and a slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium, soft, round and smooth.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon pours delicious with the density of orange juice and a blush of a peach martini. Towering head of 3 fingers, leaving spotty lace amongst a couple broken webs.

Aroma is weak in volume but the characteristics are there - honey-tinged wheat, salted pretzel, peeled orange.

Flavor is rich and wheaty, touches of orange peel, with wheat thins and pretzel. It's incredibly refreshing, undoubtedly creamy, and has a great semi-dryness on the finish.

Bell's Oberon is a great adventure. I imagine I'll be picking more up this summer when we cross the border to camp in Iowa. Nice work again, so glad I could try this.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours from a bottle a deep golden color, with little head. Smells like a mass produced adjunct beer, and like fertilizer. Taste is nice, slightly spicy in the hops, but not at all overpowering. Smooth as you'd expect from a wheat beer, but not much in terms of gravity. Drinks much thinner than it should.

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Photo of bwood06
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a Helles glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 1/2 finger head in height and the head is bright white in color with a light frothy appearance. The head dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is hazy with the yeast visible and moderate to high carbonation visible in the form of small bubbles racing toward the surface of the beer. 4.25/5

S - There is a very distinct yeast aroma to the beer with an earthy, musty character as well as a bit of light caramel and rye bread. The aroma is not as sweet and much more earthy than expected. A bit of orange peel and peppery spice comes through as well with hints of herbal hops. 3.5/5

T - Light caramel and multi-grain Cheerios come out right away along with a bit of an earthy yeast note than gradually increases in intensity. Orange peel as well as a hint of orange flesh, peppery spice, and musty hay come out in the middle of the flavor profile which is then finished off by a bit of grass and herbal hops. Not much in the way of bitterness with no real lingering bitterness either. 3.75/5

M - Moderate carbonation burn up front which gradually diminishes over the course of the sip. Slight drying on the back end with an ever so slight lingering dryness. Light to medium bodied in stature. 3.75/5

O - I had high expectations for this beer and unfortunately it just didn't live up to those expectations. The yeast profile of this beer really throws me off for a wheat ale. It's much more of a Belgian than American wheat to me. Light drinking and fairly sessionable, this beer is well balanced between sweet and bitter. 3.75/5

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample while checking out the expo at HomeBrewCon.
Slightly hazy light yellow with a decent white head. spicy earthy sweet bready with a cereal quality to it. Easy to drink, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Pale yellow, hazy, with a thin off-white head. Yeast, bread dough and some white bread, bananas and pears and a mild citrus component. Bitter-sweet, hearty, with a medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: darkish golden color, with a small white head.
T: orange peel, bitter citrus hops
T: just like the nose, big orange peel and bitter citrus.
F: fizzy carbonation
O: I don't care for this orange citrus beer. Many other out there that are better

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Photo of tbryan5
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light "Blue Moon"-ish wheat ale that is very drinkable and crazy crushable especially on game days. Has some orange and wheat flavors and aromas that remind you of summer evenings. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Riff
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Color is a pale, straw yellow with a very small head, less than a quarter finger, that is white. Some carbonation drifting to the top of the glass. Smells heavily of wheat with a little bit of citrus. Taste is much the same, like a wheat cracker with a hint of citrus, maybe oranges? Taste does not linger at all, body is very light with virtually no carbonation. Kind of goes down as easily as a glass of tea. I could see this for sitting out on a porch or in a boat on a very hot day, but would fear that any of the flavor in it could not stand up to any sort of BBQ food, etc.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 3/3/16. Almost clear golden pour with suspended matter. Add the bottom of the bottle and it becomes quite full of suspended matter. Very good head volume, average retention and outstanding lacing.

Good nose of light lemon and wheat cracker.

Light body that is smooth. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. A light effervescence at the beginning that gains strength and closes with a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks a bit of complexity. Intensity and balance are outstanding. Light lemon and wheat cracker arrive initially. Mid palate delivers a subtle bitterness and an equally subtle biscuit sweetness. Clove becomes the main component from the middle on riding over the wheat. The finish is somewhat crisp and light clove lingers.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours straw golden, tall fizzy white head fades quickly, soapy lace. Aroma of wheat, mild banana and spice. Light but flavorful taste, wheat cracker, banana, mild pepper, grassy hops. Finishes dry and crisp. Nice brew for the style, refreshing.

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

Oberon pours to a thin, pebbly white head that immediately begins to decay to a thin ring, perched atop a borderline hazy/cloudy, effervescent pale gold body. Lacing is scant, just fast-retreating spots and blobs. The aroma is super-light, consisting of hints of citrus, cracker and indeterminate spice. The flavor is more assertive, being moderate in intensity: a somewhat murky wheat malt flavor with hints of estery spice and a slight yeast presence, all hedged in by a moderate brightish earthy/spicy hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, being just a bit of wheaty caramel, followed by a modest earthy rebound bitterness that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is slightly big for the light body, and is a bit astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and prickly from the assertive carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg)

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty white oak color, unfiltered. Off white head.

Smell is nice, clean, wheaty, citrus.

Taste is ok. Lager-y.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, moderate weight, nice carbonation.

Finish is of a type with the flavor. Light. Sessiony. Not my bag, baby.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon has a medium, off-white head, an initially clear, yellow appearance, some streaming bubbles, and stringy lacing left behind. The beer clouds up, after the "swish & pour". Aroma is of spices (alligator pepper?), sweet, white bread, and maybe sourdough. Taste is of slight banana, alligator pepper, white pepper, coriander, a shade of banana, white wheat bread, possible bubble gum, and practically no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Oberon finishes drinkable and semi-dry.

RJT

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

Three things signify the beginning of Michigan's summer: the end of hockey playoffs, 80 degree weather and the release of Bells Oberon. I know people that go crazy for it but I'm not one of them. I think it was perhaps the first craft beer to really emerge on the Michigan beer scene 10+ years ago and therefore has a historical significance to Michigan beer drinkers. It told us that it was ok to put the Bud Light down and try something new.

With respect for what it is and to its success, it's not my favorite but it's decent. You get a blend of citrus notes and some rich wheat malt on its own but gets a boost when the bartender adds a slice of fruit to it.

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Photo of TinyRicks
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may have a bias for this beer due to the fact I'm from Kalamazoo MI (Bell's headquarters) but Oberon is one of my absolute favorites. There's only a few other beers out there that I enjoy as much as an ice cold Oberon with a fresh orange wedge.

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Photo of mannagills
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the moment this is my favorite beer. Cloudy appearance with minimal head and light lacing. It has a slightly fruity aroma that reminds me of spring. The best part though is the flavor. Slightly spicy so it makes my mouth tingle . . . and smile! This is a great spring and summer beer.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oberon pours a hazy orange hue with a small head and a decent lacing. The aroma has hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor starts out initially with hints of wheat and finishes with hints of citrus. The finish does have a surprising bitterness that I was not expecting but didn't detract from the beer too much. Overall this is a great beer and perfect for the Spring and Summer months.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Refreshingly light overall, the sort that's perfect on a hot Summer day with a crisp wheatyness. There's a malty core taste with a bit of citrus flavor (but not specifically orange, grapefruit, lime, etc.)

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour! Hazy, murky pineapple juice. Nice fruity aroma mixes well with the ale and slightly spicy body. Orange, lemon, peach and strawberry with a bit of pepper. Hoppy, fruity, spicy, crisp and light. Finishes like a champ.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mildly fruity and hoppy. Has some wheat and citrus peel flavors. Not as bold as would be expected with the aroma. It smells sweet, citrusy and summery. It has a bitter finish but is overall crisp and with a good carbonated feel.

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Photo of Angela1956
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/gold color, slightly cloudy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet and smells of orange peels. If you could pinpoint a "summer smell" it would be the aroma of Oberon. Tastes very much like wheat and citrus peel. Slightly bitter notes. To me this beer kind of tastes dirty, not sure what it is about it. If I had to choose an orange-flavored beer, I would actually go with Blue Moon over Oberon. It's a great beer for the summer, something for my palate is just a bit off.

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Photo of hennin55
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: nice head, light amber in color
Aroma: yeasty and fruity
Palate: smooth and relaxed in the mouth
Flavor: acidic and sweet
Overall: not overpowering at all!

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