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
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
Ratings:
6,778
Reviews:
1,794
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
1,709
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,778 |  Reviews: 1,794
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.

A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.

N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.

T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.

A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

With summer comes Oberon... glowing, golden, and hazy like the sun through southern California smog! The bright white head holds well, buoyed by rising bubbles from beneath, but the lacing is a bit limited given the wheat content.

In the nose, wheat malt dominates with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness.

The flavor, however, offers a little more with the addition of some more citrus fruitiness that includes a touch of lemon and a light dusting of non-descript spice (clove?). It's maltiness is lightly bready and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness and citrusy acidity, and it finishes chalky dry with a lingering note of dried fruit (apricot, tangerine, citrus rind).

A decent enough summer beer to be sure, and one with just the right amount of character to fit in at any number of events (back yard BBQ, fishing, sporting event, relaxing at sunset, etc.).

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours with relatively little head and the head is short-lived.

S - quite fruity: aromas of apricot and citrus.

T - fruity but a little more sour than sweet. Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one's not bad. Still, not a great finish.

M - thin; near watery

O - pleasant; has, in my experience, a unique character.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Frozensoul327, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & lemon) along with a a little wheat and decent burst of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity with flavors of lemon and orange along with a mild wheat background. There’s a mild flavor of hops bitterness that comes in next and gets stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is mild. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style even if it’s close to being an IPA with less hops. This is an excellent beer that I could drink for long, long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine dark sediment near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with some lighter notes of citrus/orange rind and pepper spiciness.

T: Light to moderate amounts of orange rind and some peppery spiciness. Nice light wheat flavor in the background, behind the citrus and spiciness. Light amounts of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable, would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Nice and light, I'm glad I got this one to review (since after my move it is no longer distributed to where I live).

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

Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.

T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.

M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange body with a full, foamy head that evaporated rather quickly.

Smell: An aroma that's discreetly wheaty, with only a very, very minor amount of clove and banana.

Taste: A brief malt sweetness with hints of orange juice and lemon before a burst of yeasty sourdough kicks in. The taste of freshly grated nutmeg synches up with the light, spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. High carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lively, smooth, and refreshing. Oh, and I really do appreciate the restrained wheatiness, Bells!

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon: King of the Fairies in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's a little past midsummer night I'm afraid, but an early July day will have to do.

Significantly hazy lemon-amber with a large, bone white head that falls sloooowly and settles at a thick disk for nearly the life of the beer. A decent amount of lace in scattered scraps finds its way to the glass. The nose is of wheat and spice with a hint of pear-like fruitiness.

I'm enjoying the taste and the mouthfeel very much. Oberon is more flavorful than the vast majority of wheat beers and is both light/easy drinking and substantial at the same time. The flavor profile is equal parts untoasted wheat malt and softly bitter, spicy-herbal hops. Again, there are subtle, but unmistakable, pear and green apple notes.

The beer favors sweet right out of the chute and on the backstretch, while favoring dry and crisp at the wire. It's also blessed with a quality body/mouthfeel that matches the flavor perfectly and is just right for a summer seasonal; not overly thin like many.

This just might be my favorite wheat beer to date. Bell's has done a wonderful job with Oberon and I now wish that I had picked up an entire six-pack.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger head with decent retention. Wisps of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by wheat and some citrus/zest. A little bit of hops as well.

T: The flavors from the aroma cake through on the flavor. Very wheat with lots of zest. Nice little hop kick, has a slightly sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall I really like this beer. It is not very complex, but is very well made. Very refreshing, I can see it being a great summer beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.

Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t ask me how I had one of these left in my fridge all this time, but I found it last night and decided to give it a try. Poured a nice golden amber, with a nice yellow hue. A nice medium sized head of white fizzy foam started on top and then faded gently down into just a thin film across the top. Some decent side glass lace. Smell was light, lots of grain with a somewhat muted hoppiness in the back, kind of pilsner like. A light bread like base made up most of it. The taste was pretty straightforward. Light bodied summer ale, lots of wheat with a hint of orange peel in for good measure. There was the slightest touch of a bitter pine finish at the end. Overall this was a nice summer brew. It came off a little bit bigger then your average light ale and had a decent bright flavor profile. I would say this would fit nicely on a warm day and it was a quality session ale. I really can not fault it, it is what it is, and it was decent.

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

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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