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.

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Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy darker gold with a nice little cap of white sitting on top. Nose is citrus and grass. Taste continues with the citrus/orange motif, with a spicy hit. Mouthfeel is creamy, like wheat meets wit. Although I love Hefe, I am not a big fan of the American Wheat, however, this might be my favorite of this style thus far. Bottle courtesy of Kramer17801.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow/orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good, tall white head w/o a lot of staying power. Nose is slightly spicy, with mild wheat notes. Also has a subtle sweetness. Palate is sweet up-front, with solid wheat characteristics behind. Decent hop balance makes it taste drier the longer it's in the mouth. Some spicy flavors linger about ... Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering wheat and spice flavors. I like this beer pretty well. I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but it's good none the less. I'd have it again.

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Photo of CJStout
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a very ordinary pour - pretty good head, nice lace, not as cloudy as I would expect but had interestingly large ""floaties". They were about the size of a grain of sand (not conditioning from bottom either) and did not seem to clump or combine.

Nose was pleasent. Mouthfeel was appropriately full. Moderately carbonated. Taste had a little too much alcoholic twang to it. IMHO detracts from the flavor of the style.

Pretty good, but would not purchase again.

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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 becktone
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For starters this beer has a great head, fairly good lacing and somewhat notable head retention. I was expecting more in the way of "the head" with this beer, however it could be my glass. The color of this beer is lemon yellow. It reminds me of the lemon squares that my grandmother used to always make. What really surprises me about this beer's appearance is the clarity of it. I was expecting something much cloudier due to the high wheat content and bottle conditioning of this beer. I was expecting something cloudy, and more opaque, this beer is better described as hazy.

edit: now that the entire bottle is in my glass the appearance is much more appropriate for a wheat beer. Cloudy and Opaque.

Wheat malt is apparant in the nose of this beer. Floral and citrus tones are also apparent in the aroma of this beer. Smells much like one would expect from an American Pale Ale, with the exception of the wheat influence. Hops could be a bit more pronounced in my opinion.

This is a great brew. The distict wheat character is the first and foremost flavor tasted on the palate. After that a floral/citrus hop influence is easily recognized. This beer really hits the spot on a hot summer day. (Kinda going off memmory here, I'm sitting drinking on right now, but I think my tongue got burnt the other day. I remember the taste being very reminiscent of an APA, that was a few days ago when I cracked my first bottle open.)

Medium bodied on the palate, medium carbonation. What else can I say, I don't think that there is anything that could be possibly better on a hot summer day, too bad today isn't a scorcher. This beer is easy to drink, one that I will definitely get more of. Said it enough already, but I can't help but stress how good this beer is on a hot day.

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

Appearance: Gold, plenty of yeast particles in suspension.

Smell: Wheat, slight citrus.

Taste: Starts with a little wheat, then moves to orange and spice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy but not too light.

Drinkability: Excellent, these can go one after another on a summer day.

One of my favorites for the summer season, light enough to have several but with enough interesting flavors to keep me coming back. Highly recommended!

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

a - light orange color, slightly hazy with a little sediment visible, about a half-inch head that stuck around for awhile, decent lacing

s - about right for a wheat beer, bananas and slight tropical fruit, wheat evident

t - like the aroma, bananas and spice up front with a nice wheat taste making an appearance, slight bitterness on the finish, very "clean" tasting

m - pretty light feeling in the mouth, adequate carbonation

d - on a hot summer day like this one, a few of these would be nice

Good solid American wheat beer perfect for a summer day. If I could get this regularly in my area, it's price would probably make it a regular summer purchase.

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Photo of HellsBELLS24
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice citrusy wheat for the summer. Tastes very smooth and has nice undertoes of citrus and floral. Had in bottles as well as on tap. The tap is much better than the bottle. I would still buy this ale for those long summer boat trips.

The mini-keg can (5l) size is also as good as the tap. I recommend no garnishes with orange or lime because I feel that the acidity of the fruits change the flavor some.

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark yellow/light orange color, with medium head and cloudy visibility. Oberon's smell is certainly fruity and betokens a sense of refreshment. The wheat flavor is very prevelent, however many of the complex spices of Belgian wheat are lacking (which since it is an American Pale Wheat, shouldn't hurt it too much) but it is still not as refreshing or full as many of its American conterparts. The mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery. It is very drinkable, as it is.

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Photo of xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is straw/light orange cloudy with a small white head.

First smell was blood orange and never smelled or tasted that again, then other citrus, light banana, spices and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes American, German and Belgian. You can taste the clean simple American wheat flavor right along side the light banana & clove tastes of a German wheat, then the more complex spices that are usually only found in the Belgian wheat beers. Banana and clove is not very prominent and gives way to more of a light peppery flavor.

Light to medium/light bodied and very refreshing.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Fruity Esters, Slightly Sweet with a Pleasantly Clean Hop Aroma.
Appearance: Cloudy, Golden Appearance with a Dense White Head.
Flavor: Malty up front with Huge Fruity Esters Balanced with a Fruity/spicey Hop Bitterness, Probably Saaz Hops. Hint of Biscuit or Bready Flavor From the Wheat Malt. Slight Alcohol Warmth. A lot Fruitier if you Swirl the Yeast at the Bottom of the Bottle and add it to your Glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full Bodied Ale
Overall Impression: Oberon is the First Sign of Michigan Summertime-Thick Humid Air and Mosquitoes. Bell's Launches their Summer American Wheat Beer. Perfect beer for those "Up North" Michigan Nights. This is the Beer that turned me onto Homebrewing. This is probably one of the Best Beers I Have Ever Had.

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Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that fades quickly. Smells like a mix of citrus, wheat, and spice, not an over powering smell. Tastes a hint of citrus mostly spice with a bitter taste with a little kick. Has mostly wheat characteristics, not very carbonated, has a decent balance for a good overall mouthfeel. Has a good, almost orange, aftertaste that lingers for a bit. A good summer beer, could enjoy many of these on a hot day. They seem a bit pricey as with most of Bell's selections but worth a try especially if you are into lighter wheat beers with big flavor. Enjoy!

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

"The color and scent of a summer afternoon." -Label

A: Goldenrod haze topped with almost no head. Some sediment floating throughout even with a careful pour. Does look like summer in a glass (a Bell's pint glass to be exact).

S: Slightly citrusy wheat scent. Summery and happy spices.

T/M: Spicy and citrusy wheat flavor. Light on the tongue and enjoyable. Clean finish with hints of pepper and spices. Can't taste the hops, but can tell they are there. Clean and refreshing.

D: Perfect summer beer. Worth the anticipation. Would love to drink a case or two with my friends on the patio in June. Easy to drink and refreshing. Mmm.

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Photo of propstm
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening Notes: This is a brew my roomates raved about and had been hesitant to try. Usually a fan of darker stouts, I was a bit "skurred" by the potential of another lighter colored beer.

Smell: Citrus and Yeast are the first two scents, a subtle welcoming aroma, I began to think this is a beer i should try rather than fear.

Pour: The bottled poured a brew into a pint glass with a hazy golden-orange color. The result was a slight head with a small amount of lacing.

Taste: Gotta admit, this is one I will drink again. citrus and wheat, those are the most evident flavors. the first brew went down well, but with the second, the flavor seemed to become harsh.

I concede, this is a good brew i will drink again, it's got a good mouthfeel, not too heavy, however distinct. this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, lemon yellow pour greeted me minutes ago, topped by a smallish white head, although not unbecoming. The sour mash wheat and citrus was noticeable and stimulating. But the quaff, another Bell hit outa the park. Very distinct – lemony upon the wheat malt backbone.

Veeery drinkable, smooth with a crisp lemon tart finish. Sharp in the mouth, a biting carbonation that lets you know you have something going on here. Bell’s – another superb American brewery, glad this one’s a mid-west guy.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish creamy head (with some yeast floating on top?) over a nice very cloudy orange-golden body. Pretty. Some lacing. Yeast swirls all through it.

Smell is yeasty, apple spicy, fruity, with a back note of cracker.

Taste is initially sweet apple-bread yeasty, then it rounds out with some mild hop bitterness. Nice balance. Usual Bell's completeness.

Rounder mouthfeel than one might expect from the looks. Mmmmm.

Imminently drinkable.

Another hit by Bell's. Does this brewery make a mediocre beer? This is the fourth Bell's variety I've had, and they've all been good or better, or even incredible.

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Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this to sample, 12 oz bottle batch 7297, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours burnt orange, cloudy with particles of something suspended in the liquid, very little head, but moderate lacing

S—mmmm, what it that? It reminds me of something from the past. Crunch Berries. That’s it. Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries.

T—hey! It tastes like Crunch Berries, which I loved as a kid. My six year old daughter won’t touch them. Ah, this is a good memory

M—medium bodied, lightly carbonated, very smooth

D—a fruity beer, I would enjoy another if I had it. It really does taste like Crunch Berries.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99 a six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden yellowish orange coloration. The head is a thick fluffy white coloration. The head has descent retention. The lacing on the side of the glass slides down my glass.

Smell: The beer has a pleasing yeasty breadyness. The beer has a very good peppery citrus combo.

Taste: The beer has a intial sharp yeasty flavor. This sharpness gives way to a nice sweet bready wheat flavor. The beer has a complement of the peppery citrus promised in the smell.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a very refreshing medium bodied beer. This is a very drinkable and pleasing beer. This may be my absolute favorite summer brew.

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Photo of germaniac
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy dark lemon gold, and smells like summer- a little bit of wheat graininess, and a healthy dose of sweet lemon/citric aroma.

Dry tasting, lots of wheat with a touch of yeasty spice. More citrus flavor fades out into a mellow, smooth finish.

Seems like a great summer seasonal type of beer. Not too complex, just well made and tasty. Courtesy of jpm30.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This American wheat beer pours a bright yellow amber with a creamy white head that sticks around throughout. The nose is quite light, with wheat, clove and a touch of coriander -- in some ways, this smells more like a Belgian witbier than a German-style wheat beer. Maybe the only thing missing is orange peel? The taste is quite pleasing, with plenty of citrus notes up front, followed by some doughy yeast, nice acidity, and a hop-based tingle at the end. Very well balanced. Perfect body, nicely acidic, flavorful. This one's a winner, and it gets bonus points for being a wheat beer from America and not sucking.

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Photo of belgaridub
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a white head. Moderate amount of carbonation, good head retention and lacing as well. It looks great, I can't wait to taste this thing.

I have to get my nose really close to the beer to get the smells to come out and play, but with a little agitation and close sniffing I get mostly wheat, with some citrus scent as well.

The taste is also wheaty with a slight citrus accent. I can feel the hops just a bit at the end. This strikes me as a very balanced beer, with nothing jumping out or dominating over everything else. It has some sweetness at the outset and finishes with a nice little bit of bitterness.

Very nice smooth mouthfeel, light and jumpy with the carbonation, but not so light that it feels like nothing.

Overall, a very drinkable and well-balanced beer. Very enjoyable, and makes me feel like summertime, as it is supposed to.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden, cloudy straw color with a decent semi-sticky white head that dissipates quickly but some sticks around throughout. Some sediment suspended in the brew.

Smell: Big wheat aromas with a mild grassy hop background.

Taste: Huge amounts of wheat flavor with some hefe-like banana/clove flavors in the background. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The carbonation is a little much, but still light-bodied and easy-drinking.

This is a great summer beer that I'll have to break out for a cookout sometime this summer. I love beers like this that have great taste and are also very drinkable and refreshing.

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

From notes of 05/01/2006 visit to BoneDry

Poured a dark hazy golden color, thick, dense white head. Lace was impressively thick and sticky.

On tap was served a bit too cold. I allow it to warm.
Smell devoloped into a mixture of citrusy, spiced, yeasty dough and wheat.

Taste is what you would expect for the style. Nothing overtly out of character. Nice, crisp and clean finish.

Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Though it may be cliche, I found it to be quite refreshing. A definite session beer. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a honey straw color with a light fog to it and a thin creamy film of head.

Smelled of an underlying sour wheat, some dry powdery gumballs and a light grassy hop.

Tasted of light powdery wheat and baking flour with a light sticky melon and powdered sugar. I’m also getting an odd bit of lime popsicle.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth but tragically heavy for the style with a light tingly carbonation.

Not too bad. The color’s nice, but the heaviness combined with the sweetness made this one a little much.

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