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

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3.82/5
Very Good
6,885 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#12,750
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
6,885
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
1,786
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,885 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of breadwinner
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treebs
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A: Poured a nice cloudy orange with some nice straw colored tints around the edges when sun passed through. Quickly disappearing thin white head that leaves a little film on the top with no real lace to speak of.

S: I pick up some citrus and some wheat with the little malted barley as well. Nothing really jumps out as special to me.

T: The taste pretty much followed the nose. A nice citrus with a little bitter hops. Nice wheat flavor that carried on through out each drink. Again nothing really stood out or popped.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and smooth. Nice mouthfeel but leaves a little dry.

O: Pretty standard pale ale for me. Had some nice flavors but nothing that specifically brought me back for more.

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Photo of hermit990
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy amber orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, sweet wheat malts, hints of citrus and a bit of yeasty aromas at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet wheat, nice hints of citrus (orange, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon) and yeast flavors to finish it off. It's a nice take on the Pale Wheat genre.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall this is a very sessionable beer with a nice mix of flavors that aren't too overpowering, and a nice feel to it.

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Photo of Miami66
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Shandycan
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty good, very refreshing. To sum it up in short, it's a 'craft' brewery version of Blue Moon and Shock Top. That is not a bad thing though, I happen to love Blue Moon and Shock Top (my starter beers), and this one follows in that same direction but with a few differences. There is more of a hop presence on the back end and the flavor profile of the orange tastes a little bit more natural and smooth. Otherwise, much the same as the other two.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -1.8%

Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Deep hazy orange-yellow. Nice carbonation that steadily feeds the creamy head. Nice lacings on the glass. Light citrusy, orange aromas and flavors. Light hoppy beginning that seems to magnify at the finish. Not as much character as I expected after such a nice pour. Good refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Will make a nice summer picnic ale.

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Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,885 ratings
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