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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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Ratings: 6,879 |  Reviews: 1,815
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bubseymour
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - extremely bright orange color like tang. Lots of floaties and yeast in there which never sits well with me. minimal head.

s - some faint malt but I really don't smell much else

t - not overly impressed. Tasted metallic and crisp with not much else going on. Tastes like a mediocre American Pale Ale but the wheat taste is missing.

M - acceptable

O - I thought this was a very average pale ale. Ok if offerred but is really very run of the mill.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 5/22/2012; thx ChicagoJohn) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ a 2-finger sudsy head that leaves copious lace. Wisps of sediment settle in stratified layers inside the glass.

Aroma has a musty, minerally quality. There's some floral hoppy notes but mostly I'm getting this weird old wet basement smell that I just also got from a bottle of Gumballhead. And no, it's not the glass. Maybe the water really is different in other parts of the country, and so they condition it differently too...? no idea, but I don't like this smell.

Taste follows nose. Pale wheat malt and some floral hops, but there's also this metallic taste that I attribute to the water. The bitter hops and sweet malt cancel each other out nicely, there's a nice mellow softness that I attribute to the wheat malt. A hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced, drinkable.

Overall, a tasty but not especially interesting summer wheat beer. Not sure what that dank musty basement aroma/taste is from the water, but it doesn't make this beer any better.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually had this from the mini keg to a pint glass. Pour was very nice with amber, golden, wheat tone and an awesome 2+ finger pillow head. Nose was a touch weak with cloves, citrus, grapefruit and some florals. Taste was right on for a 100+ degree summer day. A nice blend of wheat, hops and fruit to make me come back for more. Not too complex, but not simple either. I think Bell's got this just right. A little tart on the front end that gives way to a subtle bitter ending. Feel is a good bit of carbonation, perhaps a bit skinny, but lively on the tongue. Overall- Very solid effort. It's not an over the top wheat, but yet a nice blend of the characteristics. Grapefruit/citrus notes are nice edition. Well balanced and will be finding another mini keg to tap soon.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow two finger head that sticks around. Light citrus aroma of orange peel and lemon. Taste like a wheat beer with less sweetness and more floral grass notes and slight citrus rind bitterness. Medium body lots of carbonation. Overall I think this is just well made brew but lacks in keeping my attention.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudly golden pour, this bottle has a bit of sediment. Wonderful scents of orange, coconut, cream, and grapefruit. Taste is great, very much a pleasing beer. Sessionable. Taste of light tangerine, wheat, almond, very balanced. Would get again, a solid summer brew.

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy yellow coliur with a foamy white head.

The smell is is wheat with a little bit of lemon.

The taste is much the same as the smell with a small amount of hops.

The mouth fell is light to medium and fairly well carbonated.

Overall a very light summer beer, not really my thing but probably one a non craft beer drinker would enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Bell's snifter.

Pour: Pours a mostly hazy, bright orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright wheat up front, and bready yeast. A touch of orange and lemon rind. More doughy sweetness closes out the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose exceptionally, but with a greater doughiness. Lots of bright yeast, doughy sweetness, and then some smooth light lemon and oranges. Finishes with a prolonged breadyness.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly drinkable. Really is a classic spring/summer refresher. Doughiness hangs on the palate, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: One of my favorite easy drinking summer beers. I'll always enjoy this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,879 ratings
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