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
Reviews:
1,761
Ratings:
6,681
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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221
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1,663
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Reviews: 1,761 | Ratings: 6,681
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 gotweid
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Bath City Bistro in Mt. Clemens, MI. When it was served in a pint glass the head was still alomst 3/4" high and I could see the somewhat cloudy, golden, amber orange color while on the waiters tray. Smelled a little sweet from the fruity citrus, but not too strong. Also faint aroma of wheat. Taste matched smell perfectly. Notes of wheat and sweet citrus but not overpowering. Actually a medium to light bodied beer. Decent carbonation. A little creamy. Mouth felt a little dry when done. This is a very pleasant brew and goes down rather quickly. Very enjoyable and refreshing. I'd order this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery and accompanied by some of the best brewery food I've had (specifically the lobster bisque) this American pale wheat pours a golden yellow/orange amber with a pearl white head that leaves some good spotty lace.

Light and fruity with not a lot of wheat to the nose. A bit of honey sweetness is present as well. Much of what I expected from a summer wheat beer.

Mellow fruit and sweet citrus and honey greet me initially with a noticeable lack of grain. A hint of starchiness but not much in the way of wheat. Light and clean with a bit of malt. The absence of a pronounced wheat flavor makes way for the citrus to lighten up this refreshing summer ale.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. A great suggestion with my lunch from the bartender. Another great beer experience from Bell's.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous tangerine color riddled with rising suds and yeasty currents. Produced a nice frothy head and laces quite well. Once again Bell's presentation is very nice.

S - Reminiscent of fresh oranges with some grain and other citrus notes. Just barely can the alcohol be detected near the end, and were it not for that I wouldn't think this was a beer. It is pleasant none-the-less.

T - The profile is far fuller than it's appearance leads to believe. More wheat and less pale if you know what I mean. There are citrus flavors mixed in as well, possibly apricot.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, it leaves a residue in the mouth, but has great carbonation.

D - Pretty good I'd say, I could definitely put a few back. A balanced and surprisingly flavorful brew. Bell's has yet to fail to impress!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a while ago at Barley's in Asheville, NC. Just getting around to reviewing it now from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a great head and decent lacing. The smell is lightly grainy and extremely creamy. A little unusual for the style, but very appealing. Taste is similar. Fruity, fresh wheat up front and then a nice taste of fresh cream on the finish without the mouthcoating feel of the cream. In fact the mouthfeel is quite light but still a little grainy. Delicious summer beer. This would be a go-to summer wheat if it were available. Better than Goose Island 312, not as good as Gumballhead.

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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 Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy kinda wheat colored/yellow with a white head. The beer was nice and crispy like it had a lot of carbonation. The head quickly decayed and left fair lacing. There was an initial sweet hit upon first hitting the mouth but not overpowering. Good clean beer would buy again.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head that settles to a cap that leaves quit a bit of sticky lacing. It is an unfiltered beer so there is some sediment floating about the beer.

The smell is of wheat malt. A little yeast also sneaks in.

The flavor is of wheat malt with a slight citrus hint. It is a refreshing beer with a clean finish and abundant carbonation. Good for a warm day. A bit late in the season for this one but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Cleb
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Two finger head with a beautiful opaque golden color. Moderate carbonation.

Nose: Smells of light toast and i detect citrus as well.

Mouth: Gota love the flavors of unfiltered beer. A bit sweet and a bit dark for a summer beer. which i like.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated like i said earlier, with a nice refreshing creamy feel.

Drinkability: Good stuff, so drink up its a summer beer.

Drinkability: I like the fact that

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bboven for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly spicy, slight caramel. The taste is malty, yeasty on the most part, some slight spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of tapman
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque orange with sediment floating around and setteling on the bottom, whch is attractive to me since that means unfiltered. Also there is quite a bit of it so that should mean lots of ingredients. Head is slightly off white and about 1 1/2 fingers.

Hints of citrus, apricot and light toast make up the nose.A slightPart of the bread i think comes from the hops, though I'm not sure if they are of English origin, are and English/something else hybrid, or not at all English. Could use a little more hoppiness.

A little sweet and moderately bitter, once again the hops are bready yet bitter; the hops stand out a little more, but the fruity esters are almost lost. I'm gonna wait a bit for it to warm up...wait for it...almost...ok. Nice, the apricot returns and the bread becomes a light compliment to it, like toast and preserves. Since this is a summer beer i am a little concerned that it gets so much better when warmer.

Nice and chewy with a crisp carbonation that is only slightly biting. Could be a little lighter for a summer brew, but I really apreciate that the texture is as interesting as it is.

Enthusiastically drinkable. I know I said it was pretty thick and bready for a summer beer, but its delicious and still pretty refreshing. This beer could easily be enjoyed year round and i could see it complimenting many food dishes such as pork and deserts. Well done!

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Photo of cameraman
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color with a half inch head, that dissolves away quickly, leaving a slight film on top. There is also visibility of carbonation in the glass. The light aroma of citrus hits the nose and is rounded out at the end by the soft scent of wheat. Light, airy bread like flavors hit the palate, with touches of oranges and lemon. Slight amount of bitterness at the end, not overbearing, very mild. A light, watery feel, but notto thin. The carbonation is very prevalent, but it takes nothing away, it cleans the palate. The dominant words for this beer are light and flavorful. Plus, with a low ABV, makes it a excellent beer. An extra bonus, with the wheat and citrus flavors, it goes really well with fish, particularly grilled salmon.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

..more from the up north tour... This brew has an earthy, fruity smell. Pours to a cloudy golden beige. Nice head clings to my trusty leinie's tankard. Taste is basic malty with very subdued hopping. This is a robust beer that is neither bitter or sweet. One of the most balanced beers I have had. The drinkability is high. This beer is a sessioner without a doubt.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown single from Party Source poured into a weizen glass at 40-45. No dating.

A: Pours a very hazy golden apple. 1/2 fnger head that's gone quick. zero lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed orange juice some cloves. and cinnamon?

T/M: Orangy twang and grapefruit notes. Getting some of that "soap" taste on the back half. I can't think of a better way to describe it. lightly tart, wheat base. Body is light and carbonation's not too extremely high. Finishes crisp and slightly dry.

D: Very easy to drink. Too bad it's not hot anymore. Who am I kidding? This is Cincy, I'll wait til tomorrow.

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Photo of waltonc
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oberon is a summer time favorite of mine from the days in Ann Arbor. Brings back fond memories of drinking on the porch after an afternoon of canoing, jumping off the railroad bridge into the Huron River, or doing nothing. Clearly, my review of this beer is biased by associations, but whatever.

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