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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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3.83
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Photo of Trystero
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really isn't summer until Oberon shines in your glass, so now that the summer is more than half over, I can find time to review it. For me, it's the pinnacle of summer beers to which I compare all other to. Enjoyed it on draft, from the bottle, room temp and ice cold. It works on all occasions.

Appearance: Warm, golden, sun-faded wheat. The color of radiant beems filtered through a curtain on a summer afternoon. Pours thick, sediment swirling, frothy 2 finger cream head riddled with fizz and carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of fresh squeezed citrus mixed with light airy floral notes, carried by smooth grains, cereal and summer wheat.

Taste: Initial sip is full of warming acidity, like fresh squeezed citrus. Lemon zest, orange peal. Then comes the smooth, mellow wheat and grains. Refreshing and juicy. As it warms the citrus notes become more apparent and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation appropriate for the style. Refreshing in only a way Oberon can be.

Overall: The paragon of summer wheat ales.

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Photo of nota
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have not had a beer that I so look forward to drinking it again in a long time. It poured maze with lots haze in color. Very cloudy with floaters, but thats ok with me. citrus/orange taste. I smell a little wheat. Goes down easy. One of the best summer drinks in my book!

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Bell's, but have to say that American wheat is probably my least favorite style, so here goes..

Had this on tap at the County Cork Irish Pub (previously the Yards Club) in old Hilliard

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a rather small head for the style

S: Imparts a strong yeast character with citrusy notes as well.

T: No doubt this is a wheat beer, as this flavor dominates. As the beer warms, more yeast flavors are noticible, and not necessary in a good way.

M: Pleasent biting mouthfell with a smooth and slightly creamy texture

D: A good one for the warmth of summer

As I said, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but Oberon is one of the better American wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in Milwaukee on draft at Bar Louie (80 taps, 40 beers on tap) kinda wierd - but better turnover when pouring 40 vs 80.

Light copper color - clear. Mild malt carmel aroma, did not notice wheat's slightly sour character. Perhaps this keg has some age on it? Flavor, very well made beer, good attenuation and malt flavor, but still a bit too malty for me. Finishes slightly cloying.

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Photo of danmouer
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bells oberon is a classic example of an American wheat ale. ..And a classic example of what is wrong with the style.
First The beer pours a very handsome hazy gold. Just what a summer beer should be.

The nose is nonexistent. Where is the malt? The grain? A little hint of grassy hops?

The flavor is moderately light and refreshing. ..As it should be. But where is the fruit yeast? Where the sweet hint of malt?

It's all neutral, clean, and largely without character, except for a.bitter hop spine that puckers rather than cleanses.
Give me a hefeweizen or a wit fo my summer beer. At least those have character.

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

A- Hazy straw in appearance with pure white head. Decent head retention but not much lacing.

S- Wheaty! Fresh cut grass smell mixed with a bit of lemon.

T- Oh so refreshing! Very nicely crisp, almost reminiscent of a classic German pilsner in its malt profile. Lemony citrus flavors carry through into the taste as well, rounded out with some really great grassy hop flavors.

M- Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. It seems as though they have attained the PERFECT balance of bitters and malts.

I’m glad I finally got my hands on this beer before summer is over. I will actively seek this one out once summer rolls around again next year.

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Photo of pavandal
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This fella poured a straw gold color with no head. Looks like a nice refreshing summer ale!

Smell was deep and malty. You could really notice the malt scent, which gave it a sweet, caramel like smell. There was a faint hop smell, but nothing discernible or worth writing home about.

This is a summer sipper, alright! It's very light on the mouth, but it's got a soft hop bite riding on top of a soft, fizzy wave. I tasted notes of the aforementioned caramel, but this guy is so light the taste leaves your pallet as quickly as it came. Judging on taste, I wouldn't rate this all that high, but I would bump it up because if it is drank in context (summertime!), it's a perfect sipper.

Super drinkable, I'd order it on a deck somewhere, waiting on a some bbq!

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Photo of Baraka
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of blackenmn
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell- Poured a nice bright orange with a nice thick head which dissipated completely after a bit and left just a hint of lacing. Smell was very inviting, heavy citrus specifically orange. Definitely a thick herby yeast scent which complimented the abundance of orange nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was of toasty citrus. Definitely alot to this thing. The hops definitely come through and linger with the dry finish. Definitely a bit of carbonation, liked how the juicy citrus was in unison with the herby toasty like taste in this.

Drinkability-Pretty light feel to this thing and multi-dimensional enough to stay interesting. This thing definitely drinks with ease.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.

Cheers!

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get much of a head on the pour; couldn't detect a smell either in the glass. But the taste charms: refreshingly lacks the overkill on banana and clove. I taste wheat and yeast for the first half, and subdued hops finish out the second. Mouthfeel is wonderful--it's a "light" summer beer in taste profile but the body is weighty enough to hold its own. A pretty beer, as most weiss are - cloudy and lemonade-yellow.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

A - Hazy, dull orange, almost a light brown, looks good though. One finger head that fades to some moderate lacing.

S - No real nose to speak of, which I guess is better than smelling bad. Maybe a hint of mellon, but I could be imagining that because that's what I expect to smell from the taste.

T - Very good. Starts off as your typical wheat beer, but then fades to a very nice ripe cantalope taste that lingers in the aftertaste. Not too complex, but very simple and very good. The flavor doesn't feel added like some, but compliments the rest of the beer very well.

M - Good, not acidic or too sweet. Decent carbonation.

D - High. No alcohol taste to speak of, I could drink these all day.

A great summer brew. Maybe too sweet for some, but nothing crazy. Not too complex, but what it does, it does well. A very refreshing and balanced, if simple, beer. Definitely one to pick up for some hot summer days.

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Photo of rings
2.26/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Oberon is now huge and is Bell's top selling beer, with annual release parties at local taverns and beer stores each spring. You know a beer is ubiquitous when I can purchase a six pack at Walmart, accompanied by the stupid smiley face logo promoting a price drop to $7.54 per six pack (don't ask me why I was at a Walmart, but it wasn't intentional).

Having long consumed it, I was obviously familiar with the beer. I never drink it with friggin' fruit, but that's just me. Oberon pours pale orange or dark straw in color and the head dissipates quickly. The body is thin and there is a soft citrus aroma on the nose. The first sip strikes the upper palate with a shock of bitterness and the taste rolls back on the tongue with all the grace of a used gym sock. It lingers on with a mix of bitterness, acidity and dirty laundry. While much of the distastefulness can be covered up or balanced with the slice of orange, the same can also be said of a Corona or Sol with a lime. This really isn't an honestly pleasant quaff.

While I don't mean to be overly harsh, because the beer is palatable, it's certainly not even close to being worth all the fuss it generates. In fact, it's below average, particularly for what is supposed to be a "refreshing" summer wheat beer ... instead, it's stringent and way too bitter. There are many, many better tasting and more consistent choices out there, in my opinion.

While I love Bell's Brewery and the vast majority of their offerings--and I adore wheat beers--this just simply isn't one of them. Even though I'm obviously in the minority in that opinion judging by Oberon's sales.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange beer.

This beer pours cloudy with a big head. Weird orange color, not bad but odd. No real smell (maybe my nose is going).

Tastes somewhere between a hefeweizen and a kolsh. Big strong floral orange flavor, like it was brewed with oranges, don't know if it was, label doesn't give a clue to it's style. Citrus flavors roll all over my mouth like a bubbly washing machine. Goes down smooth and refreshing clean aftertaste.

A sudzy quafable brew, full of flavor.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coarse foamy white head with minimal retention. Pours a cloudy light amber.

Smell: Wheat and citrus with some yeast notes.

Taste: Fruity wheat with a background of medium spicy hops and overtones of lemon. Sweet with lots of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy drinking, with a flavour profile that allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of Jinholic
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my wheat beer glass.

Appearance - 1 finger of pure cloudy head body isn't all that hazy(lots of yeast chunks in there but no haze), golden in color got some okay lacing on this though.

Smell - Get that yeast up front with fruits in the back very pleasant to smell.

Taste - Good blend of the yeast and fruit get lots of lemon in all the way through. The lemon is very over powering in the taste I don't get much else on the back end either.

Mouthfeel - A bit rough up front with the carbonation though it does smooth out I couldn't call this a clean finish. A bit dry for a summer beer and for a wheat beer at that.

Overall - I was hoping for more on this one as I love a good wheat beer but this didn't seem to be 100% unfiltered and as with most American pale wheats the lemon was way overboard here the more I drank the less bready it got while just slamming the lemon down. That said if your a fan of pale wheat go grab it and see for yourself.

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

A: Cloudy orange color with a head that does not last long when poured into the glass.

S: Hint of citrusy hops but mostly wheat.

T: Citrusy hops, kinda lemony, sweetness from the wheat with a crisp finish. Good balance between the grains and everything else.

M: Definitely light bodied. Smooth drinking.

O: This is one of my goto summer beers on a hot day. Always refreshing. Another good beer from Bells.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew-July 2006, Summer Seasonal Beers

A:Unfiltered hazy yellow with a nice sized white head. As the head receedes, a substantial laceing is left behind on the glass.

S:The smell of yeast, malt, hops, and nutmeg(?) dominate.

T:Great taste. There is more hop flavor and less citrus flavor than many other wheat beers.

M:Very good on the pallette.

D: A great all-around summer beer.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Big foam at first that dissipates surprisingly quick for a wheat, with very little lacing. Yeast visible in bottom of glass.

S - Light, tart fruits (apricot? peach?) That's about it.

T - Taste is very crisp and cleaned with the tartness of the aforementioned light fruits. Very subtle hint of hops in taste and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - This would be nice to drink for a day out in the sun. Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of Reed415
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Very hazy yellow color, Minimal head, Unfiltered

S - Orange peel and yeast in the nose

T - Orange sweetness, Small amount of hops, dry wheat ending.

M - Medium body, minimal carbonation

D - An enjoyable beer but nothing special. I would prefer a Hop Sun

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

poured a nice hazy yellow from a 12 oz bottle. thin lacey head. smells of malty honey with some citrus and some nice hops peeking their heads out in there. taste is very fresh and well balanced hop vs malt value. feels medium bodied on the tongue, nice carbonation, tiny bubbles. a very drinkable refreshing beer! Bell's can't go wrong in my book so far. their amber ale is simply amazing for the style too! wish i woulda bought a six pack of these! these would be second to none on a hot florida day. I love it.

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Photo of punky796
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden-yellow, cloudy honey color. About two fingers of cream-white head that leaves healthy lacing. Can actually see particles in suspension.

S - Citrus, wheat, a bit more alcohol than you might expect from this type, and just a hint of coriander, but maybe I'm imagining that. Hops, too. It's all there.

T - Wheat, honey, orange, lemon, coriander (again, maybe), banana (a nice touch in wheats and their brethren), hops, and alcohol (but not too much). A blast of awesomeness that shouldn't be able to be this well-balanced, but it is.

M - A little more carbonation than you might expect, but it works for this beer. Leaves you with a fuzzy feeling and that neat oily, filmy feeling on your teeth & tongue.

O - Oberon has always been one of my favorites. I'm proud to say I killed a mini-keg of this stuff once on a summer tubing trip in college - so it's sessionable, but not THAT sessionable. It's like drinking a bottle of sunshine and I look forward to its release every season.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recognizable beer for it's unique spice, Oberon is a classic Bell's brew.

An opaque golden body sits underneath an almost pure white head. Common with most Bell's brews, yeast suspension is very noticeable. Smells of clean soap and crispy hops–nothing but a bright summer day. First sip is loaded with peppery, bitter spices and hops. Eventually grapefruit and orange citrus comes through, and finally the wheat malts make an impression. Surprisingly for such a low ABV, the alcohol taste is at the forefront of each sip, which for me, is more of a Con than a Pro. A soapy, smooth mouthfeel partners with a carbonated aftertaste (a distinct Bells' characteristic).

Overall, I've had better wheat ales, but none as spicy as Oberon. In my opinion, the alcohol/boozy taste was off-putting, as it took away from the bitter hops and wheat malt balance that makes this beer shine. Definitely recommend for anyone who's never had Bell's before!

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Photo of Bounty628
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oberon Ale is an interesting take on a summer beer crafted in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. While many summer ales tend to focus on the over use of fruitiness in the offering, the Oberon Ale blends a noticeable fruit taste together with just the right amount of spice in the ale. There is not an overpowering sensation of one or the other at work in this ale.

Oberon Ale has an ABV of 5.8% and the offering that was tasted came in a twelve ounce brown bottle.

The Oberon was poured into a regular pint glass and poured a hazy yellow to orange complete with a thick white head. There was a moderate amount of lacing throughout the offering, something that does not seem to be a common trend to summer ales. Immediately upon being poured it became evident that there was indeed a fresh summer smell to the beer but interestingly there was a nice hoppy smell to the nose, as well.

The taste of the Oberon is probably what separates this summer ale from some of the lesser competition. Oberon Ale is a nice and refreshing beer that certainly has the citrus flavors of lemon and orange shine through but the pairing to a nice hoppy and almost spicy characteristic is well done. If you are worried that the beer might be a bit too "fruity" for you, this is not the case. The citrus is nicely accented but also muted in a way by the hoppy taste present in this beer.

For a summer ale, one of the concerns usually heard is that a summer ale often turns into nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Fortunately for us, Oberon Ale is not that kind of beer. Though the beer is indeed smooth to taste, there is a nice complex body to the offering that leaves the taster satisfied with the quality here. This is not a beer that should be used to simply wet the whistle since there is a nice complexity to the beer. That being said, this beer is certainly very drinkable and maintains a smooth and crisp quality to it.

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Photo of ejl4
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) A pale straw color, with hints of yellow in the light. Slightly hazy as expected with a wheat beer.

S) Malty, sweet, with no truly discernible hop character on the nose. Light citrus character.

T) Very sweet up front with a slow mild bitterness. A light wort flavor.

M) Smooth, but light with moderate carbonation.

O) A great wheat beer with a nice citrus flavor. A great beer to drink in the heat of summer.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,737 ratings.
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