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 magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents itself as a pale, light golden amber color complete with a frothy head that lasts a long while. Lacing abounds all over the glass in a delightfully sticky presentation. Carbonation is modest, with very little bubbles gliding to the top. Appears to be slightly thicker than I imagined with each swirl (probably due to the yeasty, wheat backbone on this), but overall is a pleasant, inoffensive American pale what ale.

At the nose there are lots of citrusy and floral bittered notes that meld with a honey sweetness and yeasty, fruity flavor combined with cracked golden grains. The aroma gets very soapy as this warms up, but that doesn't stop it from being good enough. There's racked golden grains, slight touch of sugar cane, and citrus notes ranging more towards the lemon side. A little bit of an alcohol sting creeps in, but it's subtle. Nothing's too complex here, although it is mellow.

The flavor continues more of the same, with the emphasis growing on the flowery, nectar flavor as well as the soapy hops melded with the wheat and grain. The wheat luckily makes this a slightly thicker drinking experience, and while I wasn't used to the floral flavor at first, I eventually learned to enjoy it as it combined with the grainy sweetness and crispness. There's a tinge of banana, maybe pears at the tongue, but it seems the emphasis is on the grains and the floral hoppy notes. Gets a little too soapy at the finish, although there's a sweetened aftertaste that makes this refreshing. The beer is definitely chewy enough, although it does lack some character in loosing carbonation way too fast. Gets a little watery towards the finish. Somewhat pedestrian, although not necessarily mediocre.

Like all the beers I had at this place, this one by Bell's works very well in the warm weather, especially sitting outdoors and pairing with a nice sandwich. Nothing offensive here, although definitely didn't enjoy too much of the soapy flavors. I really found the floral notes pretty flavorful, and it was good to see that twist in this otherwise way too overdone style. This is one by Bell's that I wouldn't mind grabbing again when I'm in the area again, although there's many more I'd like to try from them!

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Photo of Kelly88
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint.

A- pale yellow. Pretty hazy. Bright white head that settles to a hybrid of a cap and a solid ring. Really not as murky as most wheat beers.

S- the first time I've actually smelled wheat in a wheat beer. Small amounts of lemon and a few traces of clove. Nice smelling beer.

T- kind of a more low key version of the nose. The wheat is combining with a sweetness that I can't put a finger on. With out this mystery sweetness this would be a pretty bland beer. A slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M- very light and very Nice. Smooth and light on the sip and a nicely timed carbonation bite on the swallow. This is the best aspect of this beer.

Overall an easy drinker that is only about 5 steps above bmc in my opinion. Smell and flavors leave alot to be desired but the drinkability and feel are great for a hot summer day or when the reds have a come from behind victory on opening day.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid wheat beer, to me it's not one of the top beers in the style, but it's for sure a very solid one i wouldn't hesitate to buy a 6er of to take to a friends house to grill or hang out with.

Hazy golden sun color, white thin band around edge, citrusy with a very slight yeasty character, but the orange is forefront and standout. mouth feel has medium carbination and a slightly viscious consistancy, very drinkable during the summer months but not appealing to me during the other 6, and this is one of the few beers id rather drink chilled then room temperature.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 4/10/12

L: Pours a very hazy straw color. Really cloudy, with a really nice looking billowy head that shows no sign of receding, enabled by the substantial amount of wheat in the mash and lack of filtration.

S: Very yeasty. The wheat is pretty noticeable, with a hint of lemon zest (wish there was more). Very musky, like an attic, and not entirely pleasant.

T: Dry and drinkable upfront, with some substantial hop bitterness and a tad of sweetness. Taste is wheaty, earthy and very light. Following aroma, a hint of lemon. Very dry finish.

F: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable wheat ale for the summer. Not great, not too complex, but it serves its seasonal purpose. Not surprisingly for an unfiltered wheat beer, it has excellent head retention. Not a huge fan of the aroma; it reminds me too much of pure yeast.

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Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a conventional glass (not wheat beer style) pale amber colour, and cloudy as expected of an unfiltered wheat beer.From the aroma, I would not have guessed it as a wheat beer (certainly not in the German style) as it was more sweetness malty and hints of citrus rather than the cloves and bananas you expect. Taste leaned more on the malty side of fruitiness, and as others suggested, grassy and fairly sweet, though not unpleasant to my taste. Little or no bitter hop characteristics at all. I enjoyed this fairly well, and would have it again, though it has little in common with wheat beers as in the German tradition. Maybe a shade too sweet for my taste, would not class it as an outstanding beer, but pleasant enough on a hot summers day and easy to drink.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL) May 2007
B'ham UK

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light yellow with slight greenish tint, like a Japanese green tea, small white head, no lacing.

S = Fresh uncooked pizza dough, some cloves.

T = Light fresh tastes of light wheat bread, cloves, white pepper.

M = Light body, light mouthcoating, low carbonation.

D = This is a pleasant beer that would make a good bbq beer.

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Photo of srv33
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. head is bright-white and quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the top. Nice carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A little tart. Some pale malt and the sharp tang of wheat. Grass and some apple. It's simple, but spot on.

Taste: Wheat and lots of it. Some lemon zest and grass. A touch earthy as well. Faint spiciness lingers in the back. Nothing too crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but easy to drink. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Delightfully middle of the road. Just enough flavor to keep things interesting. I can see where this could dominate a summer market. It's clean and refreshing.

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Photo of spoons
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A slightly cloudy yellow with a nice top of white head.

Smells great. Definitely some citrus by way of orange and lemon peel and spice.

Tastes like a slightly acidic candy. The lemon and orange come through again. Plenty of carbonation. Nice and creamy for an american wheat. Seems to clean the tongue with each sip.

A nice beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clouded orangey-gold in the glass.

Sufficient but not large white cap one expects on an unfilterd wheat...fair lacing on glass....soft carbonation.

Aroma is demure; biscuit,honey and citrus peel.

Thin body light character, gritty mouth feel.

Tastes like a liquid version of wheat biscuit with honey-lemon filling...turns dry in the finish, light lemon snap at the end.

Decent enough new wold wheat ale.

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Photo of jTmakkiCx
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Has a nice hazy yellowish-golden color. Left an interesting settlement in the bottle. Had about 1 finger of white head with nice lacing. Not a strong smell, hints of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a detectable honey-ness, and pleasant lingering bitterness. Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Overall, an enjoyable beer but not particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Very cloudy and mostly pale yellow. Very little head. Looks pretty decent.

N: Lots of peppercorns, some banana and light grapefruit. The malt shines through with an appreciable biscuit. Follows up with spruce and earth.

T: Very peppery with a decent level of bitter bite. There’s a lot of bread running through this which makes for a substantial meal. Slight lemon sourness.

M: Round mouthfeel with a light body. Ends dry. Very, very well carbonated.

O: A great summer drinker. Nothing to amaze, but it’s well built and is a good step up for those who haven’t had anything more intense.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A popular summer beer by Bell's Brewery, Oberon is commonly found in most package stores that carry a craft beer selection in the Atlanta area. The recent appearance of summer kegs of this beer remind me that this is a bottle that I should do a review of.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Bell's Tulip. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a slightly off-white color. Retention is about average, and the head thickens as it settles down to a thin creamy surface blanket. Lacing is lacking as well. Body color is a golden yellow, very hazy with tons of pulpy yeast sediment to be found through the entire beer. An interesting appearance and very "summery", although the head quality is a bit shallow and the plentiful sediment is going to either make or break fans of the beer. 3

(Smell) Aroma is mostly a mild wheat base with subtle hints of citrus and mild bittering hops of a low Alpha Acid variety, as the overall beer smells neither hoppy nor fruity by comparison. A slight crackery yeast accelerates the light aromas of the beer and also contributes a mild peppery smell, neither a frontrunner of the aroma. In this regard, the beer is very mild and approachable to many, although the potential for it to expand in any direction has never been higher. Potency is a bit low and this makes many of the subtle aromatics difficult to pick up, although a less subtle banana and clove come in as it warms a bit. For a simple aroma, it's pleasant and still manages to pack some charisma and diversity into the smell. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors include a yeasty wheat cracker malt profile with a bit of bitter orange and lemon peel to pair. Finishes very dry. The dominant flavor is certainly the wheat, and like in the aroma, most of the remaining flavors that could be are very mild and hard to pick up, so they come through in small doses. Overall, this is a light flavored beer so it's highly drinkable save for the slightly too-tart and dry finish which detracts from the drinkability a notch. It's enjoyable for those who are mostly interested in wheat with little extra on the side. 4

(Mouthfeel) Semi-crisp body texture is a decent pair for the brunt of the wheat malt. Mild bitter citrus fruit on the finish along with a heavy cracker and resiny yeast profile seems to finish this beer very dry, a bit too much so to do it good. Alcohol presence is low to none. Body is light. Decent pair for the taste. 3

(Overall) This is a highly drinkable and enjoyable summer beer. There's nothing too complex about the flavor but the subtleties compliment the brew well. I find this as a beer that could go anywhere; it's not too far from being a Hefeweizen, yet it carries some subtle Wit qualities with it as well. For a Pale Wheat ale, this is a pretty nice candidate for a session beer, although the resiny dry finish clashes a bit with the rest of the beer and drags down drinkability a bit. There's not much that makes this beer highly original amongst the rest of the bunch, but it is likely to be a good choice for those who are looking for a simple, yet enjoyable mild wheat ale to pass the hot summer months. 3.5

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

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- A nice pour with a dense head but only one finger thick. A nice sticky lacing as well. A gold color with yeast suspended in the beer.

S- a light citrus aroma but more of a wheat smell. Smell is that of a lager with some hints of citrus.

T- a strong tart citrus flavor in the taste. It is like a orange/lemon wheat combination.

M- smooth and thin. Citrusy with dry wheat complements.

D- easy to throw back. Overall not a bad beer. It was good to relax with after mowing the grass.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Yellow/Orange with a 1 1/2 inch finger bubbly off white head. Very little bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell-Not too much really going on. I can get the wheat and some citrus as expected.

Taste-I definitely get the wheat/yeasty/biscuity taste. Some citrus and some banana as well.

Mouthfeel-Light carbonation and not too much body. Still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Oberon-If I can access this beer in Tx I would buy this beer for a beach trip, or a warm summer day, or after a hard days work. However it's not easy to get here, so I will not seek this out. I can live with it or without it, but If you can access this beer, very refreshing beer for all occasions.

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Photo of jifigz
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is of very light wheat and some sweetness.

T: This beer is extremely light on the palate. There isn't much flavor at all other than a mild wheat flavor. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness towards the end of the swallow. There may also be some notes of light citrus and some spice.

M: This beer has the creamy wheat like MF that I have come to expect from American wheat ales.

O: This isn't a bad beer, and the longer I took to drink my glass and the warmer the beer got the more I appreciated the flavor. The warmth also started to bring out some more complexity that I didn't notice at colder temperatures. A pretty good summer ale and I like the allusion to the Fairy King and Shakespeare.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice gold with a 2 inch head in a wheat beer glass. Nice lacing. As inviting as it appeared, I was somewhat underwhelmed with the taste. It was a nice, lightly sweet, lightly spiced flavor. Very mild hops on the front. The smell was almost nonexistent for me. I probably wouldn't go this way again. It was, however, certainly refreshing with a zest that could squelch the summer heat.

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Photo of r3o
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a white head, bubly not much lacing, smells kind of mold/moist and bread, it has a bitter taste, mostly malt, I could not get much hops. On the mouth it was crispy, medium light body, good carbonation. Overall a cool beet, refreshing.

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Photo of TH28
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Packaged 6/30/15. Appearance: Light golden and mostly clear with a slight haze. Thick white foam cap with nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, bready, wheat aromas. Slight orange peel. Taste: Light malt sweetness, grainy, with some tart peel flavor and a sharp, spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body either some creaminess. High carbonation. Finish: Dry with a spicy lingering bitterness. Overall: Well made, very refreshing American wheat with spicy bitterness and slight fruitiness

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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 silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with yeast floaters all around. The finger of white head dissipates slowly but steadily. The nose is yeasty. The flavor profile follows the nose and, of course, has plenty of wheat upfront.

This offering is slightly tastier than the average wheat beer but it is certainly nothing special.

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

The appearance was of a super cloudy, copper toned, glass full of sludge. A fresh keg spewed forth this less than ready to be served offering. It had a tannish wheat style head and produced no glass garnish. It just was not looking like a proper way to start the Oberon season.

The nose had orange peel scents and yeasty accents. Smells light and wheaty.

The taste was just unimpressive. I hope this glass was just a premature serve, because this was not the stuff I once knew. There was an unpleasant bitterness that didn't fit the picture quite right. It is hard to characterise. Watery and off bittered with no help of a sweet backbone. WTF? Disappointment to be sure.
I remember this particular beer being a heck of alot mo' betta around the turn of the century ( maybe 98, 99, 00 ). I used to look forward to its arrival during those days. Yeah, it was about the only micro I had ever dipped into in those dark ages. Malt liquor and other macros were my bread and butter and Oberon was my only trump card. Still, I think it has depreciated in character and taste since then based on the last few sixers I've drained. Now I had a crummy glass off tap too. I am shocked and hurt. I want my Solsun back! I have hope.

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