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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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Poured out of a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear Golden Color – little lacing and head

Aroma: Citrus, subtle herbal/spicy scents

Taste: Strong wheat malt flavors to start, with subtle bitter orange throughout. Light hints of coriander to finish. Bit of a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but smooth.

Overall: Decent summer wheat beer. Not a very complicated brew, with the base flavors coming from the wheat profile (sweet malt) with more of a bitter orange taste than sweet. This combination makes for a balanced taste and light hints of spice (coriander). Not a bad choice, but not my first choice either. However, the lingering after taste is actually pretty awesome and makes you want more!

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12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (bottled on 6/6/13)

A: Pours a big 3 finger head.

S: Nice wheaty head that smells almost like a saison.

T: Refreshing. Very wheaty. Just tastes like a wheaty pale ale, which I guess it is from the style, but this is my first one in the style. A bit like a stronger saison. Quite a bit of farmhouse in here.

M: Nice and smooth, with only a bit of crispness.

O: Not bad, but it isn't really my style, but it is much better than regular APAs. I didn't finish it but I could see me finishing it if someone brought it some place. I made beer pancakes with the rest of it and they were delicious.

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On tap at Grand Trunk pub in downtown Detroit, just prior to the Tigers game. First beer after a long drive on a humid afternoon.

Poured into an unlabeled nonic, served with an orange, which I removed. Honey golden in colour, a bit hazy, though still a nice bright brew. About a half inch of head that survived as a steady layer of foam.

Orange peel, lemon, mild wheat ale notes, spices. Refreshing and summery, and about on par for the style. Certainly a bolder nose than others of the type.

Malt sweetness, big citrus in the form of orange and lemon, mild drying spiciness. Very refreshing, this beer disappeared in a matter of minutes. Not particularly complex, but on a hot summer day such as this, it absolutely hit the spot.

It's not usually my style, and I probably won't make a special point of seeking it out, but if I see it on tap again this summer I will certainly order another. Refreshing summer ale - an above-average pale wheat ale.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,885 ratings
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