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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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24.28%
 
 
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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 m_hall
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Hazy gold in color, with quite a bit of sediment, and topped by a two-finger tall white head.

Aroma is bright, citrus, bread-y yeast notes, and a bit of a graininess, almost like dry grass.

Taste is a balanced mix of sweet malts and citrus right up front. Neither of these is totally dominant- they seem to compliment each other instead.. Some spice (coriander, pepper) and biscuit-y notes support this in the background, leading to a rather short finish dominated by a distinct yeast bite.

Mouth-feel is a medium, a bit more substantial than many wheat beers, but still very easy-drinking. Moderate carbonation only accentuates this.

Oberon isn't a terribly complex beer- it's pretty much a prototypical Hefe- style beer with no surprises- but it is very well done. While it perhaps could benefit from just a bit more depth in the malts, everything that is here is just where it should be. The crisp refreshing nature of this make it a natural beer for summertime, or anytime a light, clean flavored ale would suit one's fancy. It should be a nice beer to have in the rotation as a slight change of pace from lagers, wits, and the like.

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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 dtreindl
4.87/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best summer beer out there. Very refreshing citrusy beer without getting too sweet or sour. I've had it in bottle and on-tap and tap is certainly better, but it is still an excellent bottled beer. I have noticed, unfortunately, that it is only available in certain geographic areas of the US - not available in the Northeast, but it is available in DC and the midwest.

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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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Photo of Fabric8r
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy yellow typical of a heffe. Bell's Pale Ale was more hazy than this though. Anyway this was a delightful beer, refreshing with a hint of the wheat flavor. Do they use honey at all? I am not sure if I could taste the residuals of honey, but the flavor made me think of it. Good beer, refreshing, wished I had more than the one bottle from tavernjef.

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark yellow/light orange color, with medium head and cloudy visibility. Oberon's smell is certainly fruity and betokens a sense of refreshment. The wheat flavor is very prevelent, however many of the complex spices of Belgian wheat are lacking (which since it is an American Pale Wheat, shouldn't hurt it too much) but it is still not as refreshing or full as many of its American conterparts. The mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery. It is very drinkable, as it is.

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

A: Hazy gold, with a hint of orange. Very little head

S: Lot of tropical fruit on the nose (Pineapple, mango) which I'm not used to in beer.

T: A hint of the fruit comes through with some citrus, though the taste is mostly of the wheat and yeast

M: Medium carbonation, starts heavy but ends very crisp

D: I don't know why it took me so long to try Oberon, but I can see this having a home in my fridge for the duration of summer

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Photo of VoodooBear
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz. can, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a white, two finger head. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of grains and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste: It has a grainy, citrus taste. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and easy easy to drink, your typical summer beer. Average carbonation.

Overall: Nothing to write home about. It doesn't stand out in any way, but I guess that's fine for some beers. It's still nice and refreshing like all the other craft offerings that flood
the market during the summer months.

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Photo of rwdkosak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Oberon of the year for me...I was a bit late but not too bad for the first week of April.

Poured lightly chilled into pint glass producing a nice light head over copper-gold color with quite a lot of carbonation rising to the top.

The nose is sweet and quite pleasing, as is the taste and a fantastic example of the style. Nothing extremely complex but certainly very drinkable, a perfect addition to a nice warm day in the sun.

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

I have enjoyed many of these once called Solsun bers. Sometimes with lemon or an orange, but tonight I had it plain.

Appearance is hazy and golden. A medium thick head that dissipated too quick. A nice lace was left.

It smells of yeast, honey, and mild hops.
A nice yeasty, sweet taste followed by a slight tart aftertaste.

Good carbonation, with a lingering coating on the palette

Very drinkable. With or without fruit.

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Photo of mrseano
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy orange/straw color with very visible sediment. White head recedes in size quickly but stays present for remainder of drink.

S: Citrusy wheat. Bit of funky orange peel.

T: Slight orange, medium body (fuller taste than expected), slight hop presence but not as much as many Bell's.

M: Get a creamy texture, may be from all that sediment floating around in the beer. Carbonation is obvious in this beer which adds to pronounced mouthfeel.

O: Good beer. It would be a quality beer to have sitting out on a patio with friends, and a better alternative to Blue Moon if you like a slight orange hint in your beer. Smell could use a bit of improvement, however.

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

Edit: Tried this beer again recently and enjoyed it more this time. My ratings have been slightly upped, from my original 3.85

The original review is below:

First time trying Oberon and fairly underwhelmed.

To be fair American Wheats are far from my favorite beers, I adore The Hefeweizen, but feel The American Wheats lack in comparison.

So perhaps my opinion was clouded before the first taste.

From an apperance standpoint, I would rate this beer pretty highly. It's cloudy... has a nice thick head when poured into my Paulaner Hefe glass and in general is how one would expect a beer of this type to look.


From a smell standpoint, to be honest I can't really smell much. There is a bit of a spicy sort of smell. Can't put my finger on what it is excatly though. I do think it smells good though whatever it may be. Wheaty for lack of a better term, not as experienced in terms in terms of reviews of some of you, so please excuse my lack of a proper term.


The taste is solid and has the traditonal citrus taste again that you would expect from an ale of this type, but much like most American Wheat beers, lacks the complexity of The Germans and thus loses some points in my book.


That being said for what it is, it's solid enough, if not great.


This beer is dangerous, because it's easy to drink alot of and to drink quickly, due to it's easy going nature.

Expected more from this brewery though and while I would rate most of their brews in the excellent range, this one is mearly good.

Not something I'm likely to buy too often, but could see myself buying it two or three times a year, when in the mood for something different.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a bottle with an interesting label with a swirly sun which immediately invites summertime feelings. The beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is dark yellow/golden and cloudy. The smell is relatively mild with some hints of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is also very mild with a little hop on the finish, but not much. Not as much wheat flavor as I was expecting, either.

This beer really shines in its drinkability. Its flavor is mild, but still interesting and it would make an excellent session beer for any number of summer events.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy color with a orange hue. Nice long lasting head.

S- Yeast, wheat, the bottle does not lie it does smell like a summer afternoon. Hint of carmel.

T- Spice, wheat, soft fruit and yeast.

M- Soft medium body, with little carbonation.

D- Great Drinkability.

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

An amber beer that smells of malts and hops and has a white head that leaves behind some lacing. This smells pretty wheaty and citrusy also. It is crisp and tastes like a slightly heavier than normal wheat beer with more flavor and more hops than I would expect. I would drink bottles of this and glad I can find it at a lot of bars.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish color with a small ring of head and a little lacing. Smell is wheat, hops, citrus. Taste is not very "wheaty" but nice citrus flavor, kind of sweet. Medium mouthfeel with high drinkability. I would love to give this another try.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not likely for a wheat beer to knock you down with goodness... it just seems a simple style to me for some reason. Bell's does a great job with this one though. Something much better than the rest in my opinion (outside of german wheats, of course). In a world full of people that think Blue Moon hung the moon, this one could be very popular if it had more availability. Pours a very light orange, with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is grainy and wheaty, with some yeast notes. The chunky yeast floaters isn't my favorite thing to see, but I tried not to rouse the yeast in this one. Easy to drink, due to the light flavor and subdued herb/spice notes. This one gets it's spiciness more from the yeast and fermentation, rather than additives.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger head with a nice amber/yellow color. For an american wheat there are many mild complexities to the flavor of this beer that keep it interesting to return to. Mild hop bitterness leaving the citrus, malty, wheat flavors to come through. Finishes very clean and dry. Refreshing and crisp, the perfect summer beer to quench your thirst.

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