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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

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Refreshing, particularly in Indian Summer day. Pleasant malty aroma on a medium yellow body with a lot of white creamy head, that leaves droplets of lace. Creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking above average mouthfeel. Pleasant beverage throughout, wheat well integrated, mild bitterness that finishes a tad sweet from wheat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger white head on a hazy pale golden yellow body. Some lacing. Mild aroma dominated by pale malts with mild wheat and fruity notes. Lots of refreshing wheat flavor with melon citrus and peppery notes. Light body and medium carbonation. Overall highly drinkable with nice flavors which follow the aroma well.

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

My first beer in Puerto Rico! Weird right? But apparently the deman for mainland craft stuff is on the rise here, and this was super fresh, bottled just over one month ago. Hazy with some mild sedimentation but still bright to look at, with over an inch of slowly expanding white foam. More hops that expected for a wheat beer in the nose, spicy, grassy, zippy, and distinctly European in nature on that front. Not much going on with the yeast in nose or taste, which I suppose allows the fresh cereal grain element to take center stage. It's fluffy and fuller bodied, extremely smooth. Crackers and biscuits come yo mi d, but it's pleasantly dry in the end, and while the hips are more mellow in flavor than aroma, they provide enough nuance to keep it interesting and unique on the back end. This refreshing summery brew is best when slugged down ice cold. It cuts the humidity of Puerto Rico beautifully, and I am already looking forward to finishing off the six pack in the fridge today. Bells dies some of their best work in their most basic styles, one mark of an expert brewer...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really great beer for the spring and summer. The beer is an orange golden color with a nice head on it. The aroma screams citrus more specifically orange. The taste is citrusy just like the aroma. The aftertaste is juicey and refreshing with a little tingle in the back of the tongue. The wheat gives the beer a light mouthfeel which in turn makes this brew quite good.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has a very slight amount of sourness along with flavors of wheat, notes of orange peel and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for the style and is also quite drinkable. It is a good summer beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undoubtedly among the most popular summer beer on the market, Bell's Brewery has carved out a niche in the hot weather market with a fruity-sweet but balanced taste that truly captures the essence of the season.

Its hazy straw color highlights its racy carbonation; fueling a tall column of froth that pops to whet the taste with its strong and playful perfume. Orange, mango and apricot are illuminated by the bready sweetness of angel food cake and damp cereal grain. Its spicy waft is delicately of pepper, mint and herb.

Over the middle, its whimsical creaminess is slowly replaced with playful acidity, reminding the palate of fruit juice and white wine- mimosa perhaps. A glimmer of lemon, banana and bubblegum reads notions of hefeweizen before the signature grain and leaf medley of American wheat beer sets in.

Its closing taste is smooth, creamy-dry and with an herbal bitterness, similar to sassafras and soft white pepper. Sweetness continues to dissolve and exposes the elements of grain, leaf, mint, clove and even vanilla.

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

Appearance: Wheat colored, cloudy and yeasty with a solid frothy white head that leaves behind a few wisps of lace.

Smell: I struggled to get any aroma out of this... Faint grainy sweetness, hints of citrus and earth. Nothing off about it, just remarkably mild.

Taste & mouthfeel: Much more flavorful than the aroma would have you believe. Bready, grainy sweetness is supported by a medium body with moderate carbonation. While gentle on the taste buds, this stuff is pretty thick and flavorful. Bitterness is nearly non-existent, which is fine by me; I enjoy a break from the hops from time to time. The finish is clean and faintly sweet, leaving just a hint of husky grain bitterness on the tongue.

Got this one from Dyan. Thanks!

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar with a modest head that leaves a couple of lacing waves

Smell: Tangy sour orange aroma

Taste: Starts with a wheaty and orange fruit flavor; mid-palate, a burst of brown sugar appears and hangs around ; the finish develops a pithy tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body (surprisingly thick for the style) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Unusual flavor profile for the style, but rather enjoyable

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with some white haze and a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak wheat with some discernable hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of wheat back with some sensible Saaz hops, which provide character without shadowing all the malt. Body is above average and about right for the style. Very enjoyable beer overall and would make a great session beer for hot summer days.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Yankee pint at Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit.

This beer appears a cloudy pale golden hue, with one finger of creamy foamy white head, which leaves a low wall of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of soft spicy, sweet wheat, mild citrus, and faint yeast. The taste is sweet, almost sugary wheat malt, mild coriander, citrus, and an echo of yeast. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and rather smooth. It finishes with a drying citrus, sharp wheat edge.

A very refreshing wheat beer, well-balanced and enjoyable, especially after the soul-sucking delay of the lost-luggage experience with Delta.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into, of course, a Bell's Oberon pint glass.

A: Pale golden-orangish-yellow (enough colors?) with a naze haze.

S: The pale wheat is definitely there, and somewhat obscured by a citrus spiciness.

T: Citrus and spice along with the wheat backbone.

M: Quite light and crisp; good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer beer and one that is quite sessionable indeed. My gateway beer to the craft world.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head. There is some lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet with a strong grain presence. Spice from the yeast with citrus fruit notes and some mild banana.

Taste: Not very sweet, lots of wheat and spice. Mildly fruity with a crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is always a good one. Well balanced and crisp. I'm a big fan of the spice and fruit notes.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is very much a Michigan summertime staple,although my friends stock up to drink it year a round.Good cloudygold'orange color,taste of orange in the palate along with a little buttery tinge.The butteriness comes through for me on tap,have drank way to many of these I think,and boy I do miss it so!

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden body, topped with a small head of white foam. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A slightly floral aroma of orange and coriander with a nice base of bready malt.

T - Tangy wheat and a bit of vanilla up front. Some fruity spices and light herbal hop flavor in the middle. Finishes with bready malt and more yeast character with some more coriander.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a very nice body and good wheat character. The spices get just a bit phenolic in the middle and this characteristic is emphasized by the herbal hops. This is not a bad beer, though it isn't something that really does it for me and I would not seek it out again.

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

Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.

A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.

N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.

T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.

A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon: King of the Fairies in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's a little past midsummer night I'm afraid, but an early July day will have to do.

Significantly hazy lemon-amber with a large, bone white head that falls sloooowly and settles at a thick disk for nearly the life of the beer. A decent amount of lace in scattered scraps finds its way to the glass. The nose is of wheat and spice with a hint of pear-like fruitiness.

I'm enjoying the taste and the mouthfeel very much. Oberon is more flavorful than the vast majority of wheat beers and is both light/easy drinking and substantial at the same time. The flavor profile is equal parts untoasted wheat malt and softly bitter, spicy-herbal hops. Again, there are subtle, but unmistakable, pear and green apple notes.

The beer favors sweet right out of the chute and on the backstretch, while favoring dry and crisp at the wire. It's also blessed with a quality body/mouthfeel that matches the flavor perfectly and is just right for a summer seasonal; not overly thin like many.

This just might be my favorite wheat beer to date. Bell's has done a wonderful job with Oberon and I now wish that I had picked up an entire six-pack.

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

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange body with a full, foamy head that evaporated rather quickly.

Smell: An aroma that's discreetly wheaty, with only a very, very minor amount of clove and banana.

Taste: A brief malt sweetness with hints of orange juice and lemon before a burst of yeasty sourdough kicks in. The taste of freshly grated nutmeg synches up with the light, spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. High carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lively, smooth, and refreshing. Oh, and I really do appreciate the restrained wheatiness, Bells!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With summer comes Oberon... glowing, golden, and hazy like the sun through southern California smog! The bright white head holds well, buoyed by rising bubbles from beneath, but the lacing is a bit limited given the wheat content.

In the nose, wheat malt dominates with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness.

The flavor, however, offers a little more with the addition of some more citrus fruitiness that includes a touch of lemon and a light dusting of non-descript spice (clove?). It's maltiness is lightly bready and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness and citrusy acidity, and it finishes chalky dry with a lingering note of dried fruit (apricot, tangerine, citrus rind).

A decent enough summer beer to be sure, and one with just the right amount of character to fit in at any number of events (back yard BBQ, fishing, sporting event, relaxing at sunset, etc.).

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

Don’t ask me how I had one of these left in my fridge all this time, but I found it last night and decided to give it a try. Poured a nice golden amber, with a nice yellow hue. A nice medium sized head of white fizzy foam started on top and then faded gently down into just a thin film across the top. Some decent side glass lace. Smell was light, lots of grain with a somewhat muted hoppiness in the back, kind of pilsner like. A light bread like base made up most of it. The taste was pretty straightforward. Light bodied summer ale, lots of wheat with a hint of orange peel in for good measure. There was the slightest touch of a bitter pine finish at the end. Overall this was a nice summer brew. It came off a little bit bigger then your average light ale and had a decent bright flavor profile. I would say this would fit nicely on a warm day and it was a quality session ale. I really can not fault it, it is what it is, and it was decent.

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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 chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours with relatively little head and the head is short-lived.

S - quite fruity: aromas of apricot and citrus.

T - fruity but a little more sour than sweet. Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one's not bad. Still, not a great finish.

M - thin; near watery

O - pleasant; has, in my experience, a unique character.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, lemon zest, wheat, biscuit, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange, pear, lemon zest, biscuit, wheat, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, biscuit, wheat, pepper, clove, light banana, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wheat ale. All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Thanks to Gabriel for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very vibrant straw color with a pronounced cloudiness and a bit white head.

S: Quite a bit of the wheat comes though on the nose to provide a definite sweet, cereal aroma. There is a hint of tartness as well, but overall a very light nose.

T: A similar story when it comes to the flavor. Light on the palate with some lemon and wheat flavors, almost berliner weiss like. Still, some sweetness comes through at times.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a crisp carbonation that would definitely make this one refreshing on a hot day.

D: I do not understand why this beer does not get slammed like others of a similar style do. This is really no different than most of the beers being advertised by brewpubs as "hefeweizens".

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