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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Hazy orange with about a half inch of white head that stuck around for a bit and formed a nice little white cap. The lacing was good. I don't mind sediment in my brew, but this was a bit like a medium pulp OJ.

S) Wheat, orange, mild hops and some spice.

T) Wheat and grain, definite citrus, mild hops.

M) A pretty light body, with light carbonation IMO. I will say I was picking up the feel of the sediment in my mouth. I've, had this one before in the bottle and on tap, just don't recall it being this chunky.

O) This is a pretty good tasting, and pretty easy drinking summer brew. I'd go for it again to be sure. I am thinking, this particular bottle had more sediment in it than most.

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Photo of oso
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents itself as a pale, light golden amber color complete with a frothy head that lasts a long while. Lacing abounds all over the glass in a delightfully sticky presentation. Carbonation is modest, with very little bubbles gliding to the top. Appears to be slightly thicker than I imagined with each swirl (probably due to the yeasty, wheat backbone on this), but overall is a pleasant, inoffensive American pale what ale.

At the nose there are lots of citrusy and floral bittered notes that meld with a honey sweetness and yeasty, fruity flavor combined with cracked golden grains. The aroma gets very soapy as this warms up, but that doesn't stop it from being good enough. There's racked golden grains, slight touch of sugar cane, and citrus notes ranging more towards the lemon side. A little bit of an alcohol sting creeps in, but it's subtle. Nothing's too complex here, although it is mellow.

The flavor continues more of the same, with the emphasis growing on the flowery, nectar flavor as well as the soapy hops melded with the wheat and grain. The wheat luckily makes this a slightly thicker drinking experience, and while I wasn't used to the floral flavor at first, I eventually learned to enjoy it as it combined with the grainy sweetness and crispness. There's a tinge of banana, maybe pears at the tongue, but it seems the emphasis is on the grains and the floral hoppy notes. Gets a little too soapy at the finish, although there's a sweetened aftertaste that makes this refreshing. The beer is definitely chewy enough, although it does lack some character in loosing carbonation way too fast. Gets a little watery towards the finish. Somewhat pedestrian, although not necessarily mediocre.

Like all the beers I had at this place, this one by Bell's works very well in the warm weather, especially sitting outdoors and pairing with a nice sandwich. Nothing offensive here, although definitely didn't enjoy too much of the soapy flavors. I really found the floral notes pretty flavorful, and it was good to see that twist in this otherwise way too overdone style. This is one by Bell's that I wouldn't mind grabbing again when I'm in the area again, although there's many more I'd like to try from them!

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Photo of mattsucks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers again to limesmut for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 7832.

Oberon has a nice cloudy burnt straw color with a two finger bright white bubble filled head that dies down to a thin layer. Lacing is pretty sticky to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is quite pleasing, hints of spiced orange and wheat. Flavor starts off with a nice malty/wheat taste and finished with a crisp citrus hop bite. Orange pops up again on the tounge, but very mild. Very clean light bodied mouthfeel. Good solid beer from Bell's. Could definitely share a few of these with friends around the grill on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RMelyon
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nodder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of alostplot
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattGrimley
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/29/10

A) Pours with a two finger white head. Hazy. Visible sediment. Upward carbonation. Lacing is big bubbled, semi sticky. Yellow orange in color.
S) Grainy. Citrus notes. Subtle hints of caramel.
T) Sweet caramel and nutty flavors up front mixed with some floral notes. Then moves to a summer-ish wheat flavors. Finishes with a light earthiness and subtle hops.
M) "Chewy". Light to medium body. Mellow fizz. Fairly smooth.
D) A nice drink for the summer time... I shouldn't have horded it so long - January is cold!

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Photo of harryhops
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of WunderLlama
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Sam Adams glass

White foam cap settles into a solid white foam layer with good lacings. Hazy golden yellow.

Aroma of straw, grass, lemon.

Malt , Yeast, then lemon on the front of the tongue. Crisp aftertaste.

Smooth, gentle carbonation. Light to light medium mouthfeel.

Nice, summer time brew

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Photo of bigleague
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BigAl18
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adam42381
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head which dissipates very quickly. Lots of sediment floating around. No lacing.

Smell: Orange and coriander are dominant with hints of wheat and yeast.

Taste: Orange is the first thing you notice up front along with just a hint of spice. Mildly bitter hops in the middle followed by a bittersweet malt flavor at the finish. Aftertaste is a little bread-like with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of carbonation which gives it a bit of a bite. Goes down quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down very smooth on a hot summer day.

Overall: This is a very good summer wheat beer. It may be a bit to fruity for some tastes, but I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,778 ratings.
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