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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
6,871 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had both in bottle and on tap. Oberon pours a cloudy, pale golden-orange color. Slight amounts of sediment in the beer actually look inviting rather than scary (like pulp in your orange juice). Thin, wispy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It's hard to get a powerful nose from this stuff, but what you do get is full of orange zest, mild clove, mild cooking spices, a tad of grain, and a bit of wheat. The taste is very closely tied to the smell - nice and robust for a wheat-style beer, backed with a citrusy-orange peel flavor and a nice kick of spice that hits about halfway through and lasts til the end. Hops are present, but faint and come out near the latter half of the taste. Some graininess is also present, but not overpowering or notably predominant. A hint of clove can also be detected from nearly start to finish. Medium-thin bodied with a soft amount of carbonation make this beer easy to drink.

Oberon is a great summer time wheat beer with a somewhat unique flavor profile for this style. A solid choice all around.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has a very slight amount of sourness along with flavors of wheat, notes of orange peel and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for the style and is also quite drinkable. It is a good summer beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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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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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two of them, both served from a bottle, poured into a cup at the baseball park in Chicago. Tigers 8-6 over the White Sox. Not the ideal container, but it will do at the ballpark!

Kind of orangey and hazy, great head and lace, great looking beer.

Very malty and fruity, bready notes, sweet citrus, wheat. Slightly spicy and hoppier than most wheat beers. Very nice, one of my new favs from bell's.

Body is light and easy to drink, yet thick and chewy like a wheat beer should be.

Definitely try this one if you like wheat beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,871 ratings
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