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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 tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrus, caramel, and malt

Taste: wheat, citrus, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable a brew that appeals more in warmer times. I could have four. Slightly complex for the style. Solid, but I like other Bells brews better.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking this beer at a pool party on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Poured into a solo cup(no glass allowed near pool).

Appearance: orangey and deep gold bodied beer with a nice creamy white head. This is what summer would look like if it was a beer!

Smell: light malt and wheat profile that is just oozing the smell of citrus!

Taste: The beer is very nice! That smooth wheat beer flavor comes in to play immediately, but is very mellow. The citrus is integrated right into the wheat. A lot of fresh oranges and a little bit of lemon zest. No bitter notes from hops.

Mouthfeel: Its light bodied, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Low to moderate carbonation that is spot on!

Overall: I just can't call it summer until i have had this awesome beer by bells! Both sessionable and flavorful...its an elegant and classic brew on a hot day!

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

Apricot color with lots of suspended white particles even when pouring carefully. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor ... pretty darn citrusy with some wheat malt character as it warms up a bit. Light-medium bodied with a snappy citric finish.

I remain unimpressed ... not sure what the hype is about this one.

Per Bell's website: Saaz hops.
OG: 1.057
ABV: 5.8%

Batch #: 7832 ('7020' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a nice spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of wheat and grainy maltiness. A slight sourness from the wheat as well. The hops are nice and citrusy and slightly earthy as well. I really like this so far.
The tastes are really different than i have experienced in a beer before. I love the grainy wheat flavors mixed with the citrus hops flavors. I though I hated wheat beers but I really just hate Hefeweizen yeast. The slight sourness is also very pleasant. Such. Clean distinct flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish in nice a crisp and clean but still full of flavor from the unique grain bill and hop combo.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. So different from anything I havehad recently. I wish I had this locally so I could session this all summer. I will definitely be picking up a 6 pack (or a case) next time I see this during the warmer months. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This pour a cloudy gold with a white head. It smells citrus and hops.

It taste orangey, hoppy in the bottle, light coriander and a tad bitter at the end. This is summer sessional, but a decent one at that.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Medium copper gold colored pour with a thick white lacing ring.

S - Citrus and grainy wheat.

T - Wheat, lemons, and nicely balanced finished between the two.

M - Medium body with nice sprightly carbonation.

O - This has always been an enjoyable beer, especially in the summer months.

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

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass with an orange wedge.

Smelled wiezeny and citrucy, and tasted like a classic hefe-wiezen. Maybe not as malty or heavy as Schnieder's, but pretty good anyway. I'll probably try it in a bottle next, since I can buy it close to home.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at some random pizza joint in Milwaukee.

Appearance is orange-ish with a couple fingers of head. This looks nice, been waiting for this one. Its` nose has wheat, grain, a little citrus. Taking a sip of this, I taste bread, citrus hops and more of the wheat. Mouthfeel is easy going, this one drinks easily, although it is near 6 %. A couple of these would be great while doing some yard work or other outdoor activity. It was on a long weekend out of town that I finally got to try this...glad I did.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of mandarin oranges. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears, mandarin oranges, and hints of apple all start things off - toeing the line of being too sweet. Near the end of the sip very light spicy notes enter into the equation before a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very good wheat beer, my only qualm being that it's very close to being overly sweet. Still, worth a shot on a hot day.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8355 printed on the bottle. Served in my Oberon wiezen glass (also purchased at the store). Poured a hazy, pale gold color. Luscious, white head occupied a quarter of the glass. Head dissipated slowly leaving behind webs of sticky lacing. Scent of wheat and light fruiy esters. Taste similar to nose. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish. Of the six brews I tried while I was in Kalamazoo, this by far was my favorite. Very refreshing, quite sessionable and even better on draft.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour, a magnificently chill hazed golden yellow color, the head is mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, and as it erodes, the lace left behind is a fine cover upon the glass. The aroma of yeast, orange peels, sweet malt, quite a treat for this old nose. Sweet with lots of malt, the top middling in feel to the palate, finish has a moderate acidity, the hops spicy in their persistent bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, quite a nice beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes after a minute to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange peal and lemons are up front and center. A slightly sweet aroma. Husky wheat, grass, and some spices linger on.
T: Full of citrus flavors that follow the nose. The fruity flavors are fairly tart. Lightly sweet and husky grain. Lots of spices as well.
M/D: A little thin, but good carbonation. Really easy to drink. The alcohol is a little high for a summer session beer, but not hard at all to put a few away.

A very nice summer beer. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #9822.

A- Into a weizen glass a very chunky yellow-orange. A giant foamy white head builds and retains well. Tons of spotty lace dispersed on the glass.

S- Light grainy malt and a ton of citrus juice hints. Good overall strength.

T- Wheat and caramel malt provides a backdrop for a fairly zesty citrus profile. Earthy and floral hops round out the flavor. The orange flavor really comes out when it warms.

MF- Very creamy light body with high carbonation. Light bitterness from hops. This one goes down very smooth.

DB- A good fruit flavor in this beer, it tastes pretty fresh and the citrus is not overly zesty. Pretty well balanced and definitely refreshing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a one half finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over about a 5 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is quite heavy of an orange citrus mixed with lots of grainy wheat. Along with these smells is a yeasty nature as well as a little bit of cardamom and clove spice. Rounding these smells out are some grassy and more herbal hop aromas giving a rather nice mellow smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a wheaty and orange citrus flavor. As the flavor advances, the yeasty flavors come along and bring with them flavors of a light corriander spice and some banana. A grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste and gets slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the grassy flavor, the wheaty flavor grows in strength and becomes more grainy with more yeasty flavors coming to the tongue as well. With the mix of flavors that reside at the end, a rather grainy wheat and yeasty citrus flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side for a brew of 5.8% abv with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly above average. The creamier body is very nice for the wheaty and grainy flavors of the brew while the citrus is nicely accentuated by the moderate to slightly higher carbonation.

Overall – A nice drinking American Pale ale with a good blend of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy flavors. Rather tasty.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus,

taste: wheat, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very crisp and clean summer beer. Cant wait to enjoy more of these outside on the deck.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of maximum12
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at The Apple Valley Tap House.

Pour is classic wheat: clouded yellow. Smell is the same: clouded yellow.

Oberon has a cult following, but I keep trying, & for the life of me can't figure out why. One sip & there's the nice wheat, but also a ton or orange & grain that bash each over the head & can't agree on anything. This beer always seems disjointed to me. The tastes that come together in other brews don't play nice here.

Walked away from about 11 ounces. I've tried several times, & now I give up. It's a Bell's beer I simply don't like.

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

12oz single, Steve's - University

Batch 7287...oberon signifies the changing of the seasons, its 70 degrees and gorgeous out in Wisco

appearance: dusted off a hefe glass that had been getting lonely all winter, oberon pours a bright golden orange, a little on the cloudy side, pour leaves a huge fluffy white head with oustanding retention

smell: fresh yeast aromas, a nice clean wheat aroma, lemon peel, orange citrus, quite bready...the smell of summer

taste: very smooth, grassy wheat presence, zesty lemon peel, fresh orange, lightly toasted malt, pulpy, light fruity hops...plenty of citrus. a very clean and refreshing summer seasonal

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, rereshing...light-medium body

drinkability: can be consumed in mass quantities

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #11046 PKGD 04/04/12 A

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in, the beer is a totally hazy, even complete with floaties, dirty goldenrod color. A tall light ivory foam forms and recedes slowly caking the pint in thick fingers of lace.

S - Pale malts and soft wheat overlaps the funky wet straw aroma that gives it a real earthy nose. Grassy floral hints add to this too, stemming from hops I'm sure. Clover honey and sweet orange peel fill out the background for a refreshing, summer aroma.

T - Almost cream ale-like with a cream entry through to the finish. Hints of vanilla appear, adding to the cream ale aspect. Sweeter pilsner with pale malts, a hint of soft wheat, and a straw finish all add to full flavor and body as this wheat beer finishes out with a touch of floral notes and sweet orange peel citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet but balanced with a hint of dry bitterness on the finish, Oberon is incredibly creamy feeling with a highly carbonated, tight bubble spritz. This is crisp and refreshing for a summer day!

O - While I find Oberon a bit high in alcohol for a true session summer beer it's still fantastic regardless. The flavor and body meld almost flawlessly to provide a creamy, full-flavored wheat ale treat that's loaded with great nuances to explore while maintaining that overall ease of drinkability. Oberon is a great summer brew to kick back with!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Some stark-white head. Cloudy yellow.

S: Very little. Sweetish. Wheat? Cloves?

T: Sweet, spicy, and light. Clove and/or cinnamon. Vaguely sharp. The aftertaste is delicate and clean. My main complaint is that the spice lends a vaguely artificial vibe to the beer.

M: Slightly above average. Again, light.

O: Maybe least favourite Bell's, though I wasn't partial to Oarsman either. I don't like the spice profile. The beer was actually pretty okay, but I wouldn't have another. Not recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Oberon is a hazy pale yellow with a large, dense white head with long last leaving decent lace.

Smell is wheaty, with a touch sweet cereals.

Taste is similar, but not as bland as I find most APWAs to be. One of my least favorite styles, but this is probably the best example I've had of it. Something about it tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp actually, especially on the finish, with a lingering prickle on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I still don't like the style, and would always rather have something with more flavor. And that sharp mouthfeel doesn't work for me at all.

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

On tap at The World of Beer. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lacing. It had a grassy/outdoors aroma, with a little citrus. Lemony citrus taste, some malt. The beer was medium-bodied, very refreshing. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an enjoyable wheat beer although it lacks the strong banana and cloves smell and taste I love in Hefe's...The nose on this is yeasty with a strong whiff of sweet pinneaples..body is light...low carbonation...Nice sweetness...Extremely thirst quenching...a great, easy drinking summer beer with a nice taste but lacking in special qualities I like in my Hefe's..seems ot be a mix of a Whit and an American Wheat and a great hybrid at that...If you want a traditional Bavarian Hefe this isn't it...if you want a tasty easy drinking summer wheat beer then this is for you

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

on tap at new wave in philly

Pours a completely clouded orange color with some golden hues. Fluffy white head with splotchy lacing and faint filmy retention.

Strong scents of fruit with orange and grapefruit. Bready malt, citrus juice and faint pith.

Some bitter hoppiness right up front with orange and grapefruit. Plenty of juicy flavor, but tempered by bready malts and wheat. Some slight caramel with wheat and faint sweetness. Finishes with citrus and hops, light dryness.

Medium body, drinks nicely, easy on the tongue, crazily easy to drink from top to bottom.

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