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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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Reviews: 1,751 | Ratings: 6,634
Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 03/26/08 at Hopjacks in Pensacola, Florida.

Medium unfiltered yellow beer. Modest head.

Aroma of wheat. No cloves, bananas, etc... present.

Unremarkable mouthfeel up front. Flavor is typical American wheat ale: a little sweet, a little metallic and almost all wheat. Some subtle lemon notes appear and are welcome. It might be my imagination, but I thought I caught a hint of a clove flavor in there. Some parching as beer sits in the mouth a moment.

Not a favorite style of mine, but a very drinkable example.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 8333

A: Murky light golden under a medium sized, foamy white head. A little lace, decent retention.

S: Malt character is a little thin in the nose. Mostly some grassy hops. A bit of citrus. Not bad, but could be a little better.

T: A little yeasty, wheat stands out here, sweet, bit of hops mixed in. Pretty good.

M/D: Medium body, good carbonation. Drinkability is really good on this one. Could easily drink this all day long during a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured with good head and produced good lasting lacing throughout. There were numerous obvious particles in my beer and it poured a cloudy orange. The smell was Malt, Malt, Malt. Nothing too complex which at first worried me about the upcoming taste.

However the taste was a pleasant surprise, again nothing complex but very refreshing. For a wheat beer it was very drinkable and I could put back a few, a great summer beer.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice hazy orange! Its a beautiful beer

Not much to note on the smell but the beautiful beer makes up for it.

The taste is refreshing and crisp. Not to in the way of taste or complexity.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer and a great way to start spring!

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Photo of bassmantin
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright golden color with nice white clingy head. This is a very attractive beer. It glows in the glass.

Smell is a bit bland, not a whole lot sticks out. Not a whole lot to the taste either. It's just a nice refreshing beer. You're not going to be overwhelming or challenged by anything here, but this would be a good beer for a warm summer day. Not a lawnmower beer but a good BBQ beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good little summer beer here. Its very light and crisp and a little citrusy. I'm not a huge wheat fan so this didn't overwhelm me but it was one of the better ones that I've had. It wold be rather tasty on a hot ass summer day. It went well with the cheese and cracker I was eating.

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Photo of travloh
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into standard pub glass, 50F.

cloudy yellow, straw color with 1 inch head that is gone in a hurry. Suspended particles throughout. Moderate carbonation.

This stuff is pretty good. Crisp and refreshing, like a summer brew should be. Semi sweet, fruity aftertaste that does not linger long. I also taste the faintest of orange flavor.

the lightness and crispness makes this beer perfect for those summertime activities where you want something refreshing that will not slow you down by being too heavy.

Drinkability is good, too. I can see enjoying several of these as I work the grill on a warm night in July.

I think this would be a beer that I would give to someone who has never had a craft beer before. It's leagues better than a BMC product, but because of its lightness it won't send em running back to mama.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass, this one's a hazed orange color with no sediment in the pour, though quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thin pale cap fades quickly yet leaves spotty, clingy lace along the sides of the glass all the way down. Not much on the nose, just a whiff of bready wheat and yeast. Tastes of sweet malt and mild citrusy hops, with a hint of orange juice. Mild all around. Mouth is of middle-low viscosity, smooth, with moderate carbonation keeping things crisp but not overly lively. Drinkability is good; it's definitely a refreshing spring/summer quencher.

Overall: A solid American wheat beer with enough citrus character that "no orange slice is required." Worth a try.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale straw, slight haze, medium layer of white froth, OK head retention

Aroma: spicy pumpernickel bread and hints of orange

Flavor: medium sweet malt balance up front that only slightly dries out from a light wheat acidity; hints of caramel, herbally hops, and a biscuity note; finishes semisweet with a honeyish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, soft & chewy texture

Other comments: Not as good as when I tried it on tap about 4 years ago.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh bottle from the year's new batch. Everything about it was great except it didn't smell as strongly as I remember it.

Poured a medium, hazy copper color. Medium body with a strong flavor, but not overly so. Definitely a very drinkable beer. Spring has arrived!

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Photo of toolbrew
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had the 2008 release at Brannigan Brothers in Lansing. They tapped it at midnight. Tasted slightly different than last year.

It poured with a thick white head, good retention, and lots of lacing. It was a cloudy pale orange color. I am happy to see that it is cloudy this year. I've seen it clear and it doesn't taste as good

There was a slight citrus aroma in the smell. Not as strong as in prior years.

Great taste, although a little watery. Also less citrusy than before. There is a noticeable hop finish this year too - it's crisp. Don't quite know why that is.

Good mouthfeel. You feel the hoppy finish in the back of your mouth and in your throat.

Excellent drinkability. I would've stayed to have more but I only brought a $5 with me - got me two pints for opening night.

A great beer! Maybe it's just an early batch that needs to mature a little but the hop flavor is new and I haven't decided if I like it yet. I love my hops, but with Oberon it's different.

You can't go wrong, with an Oberon.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled coded 7949 and per Bell's Website it was bottled last May, making this about 10 months old.

Pours a cloudy light apple juice color, white head froths up and then fades pretty quickly. The smell is only faintly wheat with a lot of banana nut that comes out with vigorous swirling to release the aroma. The taste was really light and refreshing, even for something that's probably a little past it's prime. The taste had some hops still but only very light. Overall I can't wait to get a real fresh bottle b/c I am hoping there is potential here.

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

Poured a bright golden color with lots of haziness from the wheat, carbonation bubbles visible. Some head, little lacing. Smells of citrus peel, lots of it. Tastes even more of citrus, lemon dominates. A very good feel, some heaviness that sets on your tongue. Definitely a summer brew, it's so citrusy it almost loses you for a moment on that it's a beer. A very good example of this style

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to DrBayern - Pours a gorgeous cloudy sunset orange in a weizen glass, with a nice white holding head. Smell is nice and citrusy, with predominantly orange scents, along with light yeasty and hearty wheatiness. Taste is nice, rich and quite full bodied for a wheat. Wheaty thick mouthfeel, but still nice and bubbly and refreshing. Very nice and flavorful for the style.

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Photo of pb9613
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best summer beer brewed in Michigan.

The light golden oarnge color looks like a sunset over Lake Michigan.

The smell has a slight citrus undertone which matches well with a slice of orange. This is the way it is normally served in West Michigan.

The taste is sightly hoppy with a slight citrus undertone.

The beer has a nice thick feel on the palate.

There is just the right amount of flavor so that you can drink several on a summer night and not have beer overload.

A must try summer beer.

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Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the wrong time of year to review this one, but I will take it when I can get it.

Hazy golden hay color with a nicely sized fuzzy white lid.

The aroma is gentle citrus, earthly grainy wheat, and lightly spicy yeast.

Orangey-lemon citrus fruits introduce the taste with a subtle allure. Bready, earthly wheat and yeast mellowly take over, while fruity pears round the edges of the tongue. Mildly bitter finish of earthly hops and spice. A nice and easy medium body with just the right amount of refreshing carbonation.

Really good, incredibly balanced, flat out tasty, and damn refreshing. For sure one of the best pale wheat's I have ever laid lips on. A must attain summer beer that is even great in the winter.

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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled the glass with a cloudy orange appearance. The fluffy white head crackeled away and left foam clinging to the glass. Smelled of lemon, orange, and slight pepper. Mouthfeel was light to medium. It tasted crisp with an intial spicy bitterness. This gives way to a pleasant orange flavor. It finished with a subtle sweet toasty aftertaste.

This beer is a great example of a what a summer beer should be. I will definitely be seeking this out once the warmer months come back.

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

During the summer months, this beer is as popular as the macros. Well, not quite, but there's a definite buzz when the season rolls around.

Looks like a cloudy sunset in Northern Michigan, but enough bad poetry. It's orange/yellow and, well, cloudy. So I guess my metaphor wasn't too bad.

Smell and taste are both loaded with citrus flavors. The taste also has a grainy, almost bread-like thing going on. You'll like it if you put oranges on your sandwiches. I personally don't, but it's still not bad (the flavor, that is. Not putting oranges on a sandwich. That's kind of wierd).

It felt a bit like a full wheat. Almost chewy at times.

The one great thing about this beer is that it's very very easy to drink. It didn't blow me away, but I never got sick of it either. That and a crisp aftertaste make it a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of medic3616
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very pleasant beer with a full body and crisp clean finish with a slightly sweet and nutty aftertaste. It pairs well with beef of any type and although some will put an orange wedge or a splash of oj in it, it stands well on its own.

Even though it is a full bodied beer it does not have a heavy feeling when you drink it.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice orange amber color with white head that goes away quickly.

S - Sweet fruity scents.

T - Just like the smell, it's sweet and has some citrusy fruity taste. Very little wheat or hops, suprising!

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not the best but good overall.

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Photo of malcontent
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, bubble-riddled body. A fizzy head is short-lived.

The yeast pushes forward a bready aroma that quickly gives way to apricots and honey. Mild orange scent creeps up on the finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Oberon but I don't remember that wheat malt coming through this much. There's not nearly as much citrus on the finish as I recall and towards the finish the beer becomes almost doughy. There's almost a hefeweizen quality about the brew.

Thicker body with only a somewhat crisp finish. All-in-all, I'm not overwhelmed by this. I'm not sure what the deal is because back when Bell's was available in Illinois this used to be a go-to beer. Three possible explanations; 1)It's December and I'm drinking a summer beer that just may not be fresh (not Bell's fault) 2)my palate has changed dramatically in the last few years (nobody's fault) or 3)this bottle could be the result of Bell's somewhat spotty quality control (most definitely their fault). I look forward to next summer when Bell's should (hopefully) be back in Chicago; I'll find out once and for all what's going on.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade

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Photo of mogul37
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one on tap at several bars and restaurants, always served in a pint glass and usually with an orange slice (though I usually separate it from the beer). Sweet smell and taste that goes down very smooth. My favorite beer in this style, since it has more flavor than comparable beers.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours an amazing yellowish red with some amazing suspension going on I truly love when you see some nice unfiltered wheat in the beer. Smell is crisp and ripe earty tones of grass, lemon and tweed. Taste is very good, I can taste some biscuits some roasted grains a bit of malt and a touch of hops to balance this amazing beverage. This is an amazing beer and goes down very smooth, I can't really find another one in my book that goes down this smooth, great job.

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

This beer is a very hazy, copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is dominated by a sweet, bready malt smell, combined with sweet flowery smell like a freesia.

The taste is mostly saltines and white bread initially followed by a fairly smooth, orangey bitterness. There is also some peppery spice present. This tastes like it was made with a Belgian yeast.

The moutfeel is medium with some high carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. I can see why so many people enjoy it.

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