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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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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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

Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best before early July. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a two finger sticky white head that leaves behind some solid lace.

Smell is biscuit, coriander, mango, and lemon peel.

Taste follows nicely biscuit, clove, coriander, mango, and a little lemon.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, enough carbonation, not dry at all, and it was difficult to drink it in less than 5 minutes very crushable.

Overall not a style I normally go for, but this is a very nice beer. Thanks @jzeilinger for this.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Cloudy brew coming off an orange color with medium heavy bubbles on the body. Off-white head rising just about one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Citrus skin but a bit bland.

Taste: Sweet orange ski and grapefruit, has smooth breadth feel which makes you think it was fused with orange zest.

Mouth: Medium body but sticky. Smooth finish.

Overall: Best beer so far of the day, went great while watching the Met game in this crazy heat. Always in a glass. Salud.

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Photo of BJB13
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Draft pour into a can glass.

Nice wheat beer! Nose is wheat forward with some underlying hop aromas. Taste is the same. Good carbonation and very crisp with a mostly clean finish. I think it is a good representative of the style.

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Photo of Brucebeernut
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tohibii
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Brewer101
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy appearance like many wheat ales. My beer had large pieces of something (my guess is yeast) floating in the beer. Mild aroma.

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

Photo of Mateo2699
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Inviting, hazy medium orange hue. Nice lacing. Orange peel aroma, slight citrus, wheat, a little bubblegum and subtle Brett. Citrusy, earthy and wheat taste. A little tartness hides somewhere, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Calabash
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass
(3/6/2017 born-on date printed on label)

L: clear yellow-gold topped by fluffy head of white foam about 1 1/2-inch tall that is super sticky at the top; some sediment floating throughout the glass despite a careful pour, but even with the sediment the beer is almost crystal clear; doesn't lace much but it keeps a thick white collar and full skin of foam

S: orange peel, earthy something else (agave?), grain, sour grain, something lightly sweet ... just a pinch of malt sweetness that comes off as a very low-calorie orange sherbert

T: yeast, orange peel, grain ... has a minor pinch of citrus tartness but it's arguably more earthy (orange peel) than tart, and it's not even on the same planet as anything lemon (peel or otherwise); slightly sweet at times with a bread-malt note in the aftertaste, almost like a film that gets laid down over your taste buds that you can't taste until all the liquid is swallowed down the throat ... is wheat bread-malt a thing? kinda tastes like it; earthy agave/cactus/avocado ... just a pinch

F: light- to light-middleweight with plenty of carbonation to fill it out; drinking through the constant collar/skin softens it quite a bit, but it'd be hard to call this ale slick ... more like soft on the outside, crispy on the inside

O: lovely beer and I can see why so many Bell's fans get excited each year for its release; at times there's enough orange flavor to wonder if they didn't just add orange to it, and the yeast is quite interesting — I've had almost a full 12-pack of this stuff over the past two months, and the flavor has evolved over time to the point that right now it's more earthy and somehow yeasty, which doesn't make sense ... it seemed a bit grainier (and possibly tarter) about a month and a half ago ... my guess is these changes are different for each drinker; a great edition of the style and one I'll sign up for each year ... and one I'm VERY curious to see how its evolution continues through its six-month shelf life (as printed on the label)

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshautry
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, bright orange, foamy head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is light citrus and herbs, floral and bread like qualities as well. The flavor is mango, orange, herbal notes. Very juicy and refreshing, the perfect beer for a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can

Pours just over a finger of white head into my willi glass. I can hear it fizzing a little bit. The body is a very cloudy, dark orange. Carbonation looks quite high. Head retention is about average so far, maybe a tad below average. So far it looks ok.

The aroma on this is very nice. Has a full nose to it, it’s got girth. Pretty sweet, smells almost like there is lactose in here, but according to the can, there is not. You definitely pick up a significant amount of wheat, as well as some citrus. A little zesty, there are some nice yeast characteristic hiding in here as well. It just has this very creamy, flowery aura to it. Almost reminds me of a cremesicle, but not in a gross way. It does a nice job of not being too sweet. On some sniffs it has more of a dryness to it – for being a somewhat light aroma, it has a decent amount going on. Really a great smelling beer.

Hmm, flavor is definitely a little different. It doesn’t have quite the same creamy flavor as the nose gave off, or flowery flavor. It’s definitely drier than I anticipated. The malts are not very sweet, rather dry as well, and in your face – I get a lot of malt. Malt is relatively bland, not a much of a wheat flavor. Maybe a little citrusy, but not much at all really. Not a huge yeast characteristic either. This is what I expect a pretty standard American Wheat to taste like, and for that reason, I’m not terribly impressed. The nose had me very excited, but this is very one dimensional, and not too exciting. There aren’t any off flavors, and I know this is a light style, but still, very underwhelming. Overall, it’s ok.

The mouthfeel has some body to it, it’s a relatively thick wheat beer, which is nice. The carbonation is medium-low. It’s a nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very high. It’s not incredibly tasty, but it’s light and it certainly doesn’t taste bad.

The appearance turned out pretty good. The head quickly dissipated quite a bit. However, it settled down to a substantial film, that lasted quite some time down the glass. The lacing was pretty decent from top to bottom. Body was never a problem. Overall, pretty good looking beer.

Overall this is a bit of a letdown, I haven’t cheated and looked at reviews before reviewing it myself, but I gather this is a pretty highly regarded wheat beer. I’m probably giving it a rough grade on flavor because it smelled so good, and the difference is really noticeable. Still, any way you cut it, there just isn’t a lot going on here. Overall, ok.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,802 ratings.
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