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
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
Ratings:
6,842
Reviews:
1,811
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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1,749
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A crisp summer wheat ale in the vein of Sunshine or 312.
Pours a nice golden color. I swirled the bottle a little to get the yeast sediment out and discovered quite a bit that made it a little more cloudy. Lots of yeast was down there, so treat this much the way you would a German weiss.
Smells wheaty, but there's a hop presence in there, too. Citrus is there, but not shoved down your throat as a cheap cover-up. It smells like real, fresh orange zest.
Tastes pretty run of the mill at first (grain-based, citrus, bitter finish) but as it warms even slightly, there's a nice biscuity flavor that comes out. I like it.
Goes down easy on a really hot day (90-plus) and it has a good amount of flavor for a pale wheat. Definitely one of the best of it's kind for sure. Way to go Bells. For a style that can be boring, this stands out.

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Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very light ginger-aley straw colored appearance with light orange highlights. clear. very bubbly like champagne with little to no head. mild aroma of wheat and some sweet orange along with simple syrup. taste is refreshing, buttery wheat with a crisp lightly bitter finish. grassy. lacks any real flavor depth. slightly corny. goes down mad easy. good summer quencher but in this category there are many better beers. ok for what it is. more taste as it warms, but who really wants this at room temp?

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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

It pours a cloudy, carbonated, golden lemon yellow. Two fingers of puffy, fluffy white head retain in a healthy way. Splats of lacing lie Pollacked on the inside of the glass.

The aroma drafts a gust of grain, mildly sweet and tangy with wheat. Yeasty esters drive home clove, banana, lemon, and pepper. Berry and mint drift lazily.

Upon tasting, there's a zippy trip of semi-sweet and earthy tart wheat, with a backdrop of lightly toasted malt, caramel, and medium fruit in tow. A lash of clove and Jolly Rancher lemon peeks through. Further grain notation is softly biscuit, residually sweet, and fairly fruity. A tangy nip and crisp peppery bitterness clean the way through a lasting, lingering finish. It's not chock full, but it's bright and tasty enough.

Light bodied, zesty carbonation, a wheaty breath, and a gentle spicy nibble ingratiate the palate.

It's not a knock-down extravaganza, but it is a tasty, spirited wheaten quaff. Nothing stands out, as it mixes and meshes and melds, in this case an especially nice trait. It's very refreshing and refreshingly clean as well. I may not think of this first, but if I have it around, I won't forget it's there.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Greasy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a unique looking orange/yellow straw color that is murky and features some sediment that eventually settles at the bottom. Moderate creamy head and slight lace. Earthy aroma with a bit of barnyard. Citrus fruits and wheat feature as well. Wheat malt figures prominently in the taste as well as orange. A light to medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
A good war weather drink that has more flavor than your average light summer beer.

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Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Spider889
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For what it is Oberon is a great brew. It's light in body and very easily drinkable. The color is a wonderful golden orange with a nice foamy white head. It smells of orange peel, lemon, and other interesting spices.

It's semi-sweet and you get a nice dose of wheat flavor, again followed by orange. Not my favorite beer but it's an excellent choice for the summer and I could easily drink this all day.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gambyt20
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. the batch number has washed off, but i believe the trader i received this from (forgot who it was - sorry!) assured me it was fresh. tasted in early june 2009.

very golden yellow w/ straw tones. hazy, almost cloudy. 1-finger head, fades to thin wispy layer. splotchy initial rings of lace, but they almost all just slide back down.

aroma: freshly squeezed orange and lemon, w/ hint of pineapple. notes of yeast and bread. whiffs of american and euro hops. very "fresh" overall in the aroma - quite fragrant despite not being a weissbier.

taste: more fruity citrus, light bready malt, touch of yeast. moderately hopped with mixed american and euro characteristics, giving a zesty, mild to moderate bitterness, both citrusy and grassy. mild acidity underneath that is both bright and fruity. a bit of resinous bitterness peeks through in the finish, which detracts ever so slightly.

light to medium body, as acidity and resins bring a crispness along with the moderate to almost fizzy carbonation. fluffy in the middle before finishing resinous again.

if more american wheat ales were like this, i'd be happier about the existence of this generally unremarkable "style".

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of phishbone23
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,842 ratings.
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