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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,756
Ratings:
6,652
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 mothman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down quickly. Leaves some lace. Color is a dark straw yellow with a lot of yeast sediments in the glass.

Aroma: Orange peel, lemon zest, and wheat are the main flavors I am smelling. Not a lot, but it makes for a decent summer beer.

Taste: A lot of spices are here that aren't in the aroma. I get some orange peel, lemon zest, clove, and some other mixed spices. Also has the typical wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but a tad smooth as well. Fairly light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a fruity zest aftertaste, but somewhat dry.

Overall, I like this beer for what it is. It is very simple and refreshing for a hot summer day. I could drink more of this.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.

T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.

M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.

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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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine dark sediment near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with some lighter notes of citrus/orange rind and pepper spiciness.

T: Light to moderate amounts of orange rind and some peppery spiciness. Nice light wheat flavor in the background, behind the citrus and spiciness. Light amounts of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable, would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Nice and light, I'm glad I got this one to review (since after my move it is no longer distributed to where I live).

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

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

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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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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 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 TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

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

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger head with decent retention. Wisps of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by wheat and some citrus/zest. A little bit of hops as well.

T: The flavors from the aroma cake through on the flavor. Very wheat with lots of zest. Nice little hop kick, has a slightly sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall I really like this beer. It is not very complex, but is very well made. Very refreshing, I can see it being a great summer beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

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