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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
6,869 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:
#12,072
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
6,869
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
1,777
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,869 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of Griphon
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zrab11
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of n2pux
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Shaw
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend's girlfriend brought a sampler of Bell's brews down to Florida from her home in Indiana. Thanks Anna and Adam for sharing. I haven't seen Bell's in Florida.

I have to confess that I like the name for this beer. Why not name your summer ale after a Shakespeare character? Good choice. The beer doesn't quite live up to the great name, though.

Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of German wheat beers. American wheats seem bland to me. But since I just had Samuel Adams' Hefeweizen, I think Bell's Oberon Ale is just a tad too light. I would hope for a bit more substance. But this beer is still quite drinkable. It is a decent summer choice for drinking on a hot day.

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

I had this on-tap in Chicago, and it sure is good to see Bell's back in Illinois after their righteous refusal to play ball with the state's larcenous distribution system. Three fingers of light white froth top a golden-orange body, moderate duration and lacing on the pint glass. Nice but very subtle aromas, certainly sweet but not without spice. More would be better, although the taste is a better representation of the flavors Oberon has to offer--fine malty citrus flavor, a bit of pepper, and a dash of ginger. Good stuff, and very smooth. This is impossible not to like and all-too easy to enjoy, spurring my need to grab another after less than 10 minutes.

It won't be long before I enjoy Oberon again, another fine testament to Bell's brilliance. One of the best APWA's around.

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Photo of clay23
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of smcel371
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bernie's Taproom in Waukesha, WI. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a slight white head. Slight citrus aroma. The texture is smooth, light and tasty. Perfect in every way and very easy to see why it is considered so good. Too bad they don't make this one year-round.

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Photo of snansel
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful, spritzy summertime ale. It took a while to grown on me, but I am now a fan.

Pours a sparkly cornsilk yellow with a vigorous, fluffy head, Don't be surprised by a dose of sediment suspended in the beer, though.

The aroma is pleasantly sour, with a healthy dose of pale malt and some wheaty bitterness to it. The flavor is wheaty, slightly sour, and grassy, with only a slight hop bitterness building on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

A remarkably drinkable summertime treat.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Foley67
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Grand Trunk pub in downtown Detroit, just prior to the Tigers game. First beer after a long drive on a humid afternoon.

Poured into an unlabeled nonic, served with an orange, which I removed. Honey golden in colour, a bit hazy, though still a nice bright brew. About a half inch of head that survived as a steady layer of foam.

Orange peel, lemon, mild wheat ale notes, spices. Refreshing and summery, and about on par for the style. Certainly a bolder nose than others of the type.

Malt sweetness, big citrus in the form of orange and lemon, mild drying spiciness. Very refreshing, this beer disappeared in a matter of minutes. Not particularly complex, but on a hot summer day such as this, it absolutely hit the spot.

It's not usually my style, and I probably won't make a special point of seeking it out, but if I see it on tap again this summer I will certainly order another. Refreshing summer ale - an above-average pale wheat ale.

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Photo of Jordy777
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bamadog
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 6/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow,bright golden-like color and it starts with a big, billowy two-finger head that looks a bit like merengue; body is just a touch hazy, but you can still through it and plentitude of carbonation that is present; head eventually fades to a thin and uneven, yet full cap; a few patches and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not very big, but I can't say I'm surprised as this isn't the most robust of styles; there is a light, bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; dry, cracked grainy wheatiness; smells light and refreshing overall.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- definite bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; toasty, dry wheatiness; touch of a saccharine sweet malt to it that adds just a touch of balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a touch over light in terms of weight; carbonation is crisp, and comes across bright and lively; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left all over the palate; the lively carbonation and slight acidity to the drink leave the belly feeling just a little warm; just a "good" feeling beer.

Overall: I kind of fell away from this one last summer and haven't gone back to it in a while, but I'm glad I did. Definitely solid and well worthwhile, especially on a warm summer day/night as it comes across as crisp and refreshing, and could easily be drank all day long as the ABV is moderately low.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled while watching football during Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Hazy, cloudy yellow. Decent head that easily falls to a thin crown on top.
Smell's pretty typical for a wheat beer. Lemon, citrus, and somewhat floral
The taste is lemon, with some ginger. Zesty.
The mouthfeel of a lot of these wheat beers, is too carbonated for me. I feel like I'm drinking a seltzer.
Over all a decent beer and about par for the style.
Thanks to beckje01 for the sample.

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Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Dewsby
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of csurowiec
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this out of a mini-keg on the fourth o' july.... so on-tap, right?

Pours a great looking unfiltered orange-gold. Smell is spice, wheat, pepper, with uted floral/grassy hops. Taste is much the same: wheat, spice, flowers, grass, pepper. Very easy to drink, moderately carbonated, with a light feel.

Pretty good session beer, especially in the summer time.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,869 ratings
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