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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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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1,751
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6,627
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,751 | Ratings: 6,627
Photo of xgrigorix
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no freshness / bottling date.

Pours cloudy yellow / orange with a fluffy white head that won't quite. Loads of sticky lace left behind.

Nose is clean and fresh, with citrusy lemon notes.

Has substantial body, smooth & creamy. Is this really a wheat beer?

Sweet & raw grain flavors up front, goes slightly spicy in the middle. Finishes lemony, tart, tangy, & dry.

This one just begs for a piece of cheese to enjoy with it!

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty hazy orange, fizzy head lingers for a minute or two.

Orange, bread, subtle.

Zesty orange peel zing, fresh herbs, bread, a pang of sweetness and bitter hops in the finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel, guessing ABV at 4.5%.

Nice summery beer.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first beers by Bell's Brewery. Poured a cloudy orangish shade. I have heard this beer is sometimes cloudy and sometimes clear. It's a decent beer with with light citrus notes. Im normally not a big fan of wheat in beer but this beer has is very well balanced and I must admit, I like it. Very foamy head and it stays around for a while. Even though it's not one of my favorites, i will be trying more from Bell's.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, tart, twang, and slight sweet wheat. A little fruitiness and spice in there too.

Taste: Same as above. Tiny bit of bitterness too

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Not a bad pale wheat. Could have used more hops and/or spice, but still a decent one.

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small sampling glass. The label is simple, typical style of Bell's with a sun front and center. Batch indicates this was made near the end of summer.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/4 inch off white heady. This settles qucikly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itslef is perfectly clear and a nice hefeweizen orange/amber color. After pouring the last bit from the bottle, it couds up a little, as there is some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat tang with strong aromas of lemon and orange zest.

Taste: Smooth and creamy flavor with sweet orange flavors. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability: On a warm summer day, this would be infinitely drinkable. I have to admit, having just come back from a run in the 10 air temperature and snow, I should have grabbed something a little more substantial. But, perfect as the beer they sell it to be.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 OldManMetal
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oberon pours to a thin, pebbly white head that immediately begins to decay to a thin ring, perched atop a borderline hazy/cloudy, effervescent pale gold body. Lacing is scant, just fast-retreating spots and blobs. The aroma is super-light, consisting of hints of citrus, cracker and indeterminate spice. The flavor is more assertive, being moderate in intensity: a somewhat murky wheat malt flavor with hints of estery spice and a slight yeast presence, all hedged in by a moderate brightish earthy/spicy hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, being just a bit of wheaty caramel, followed by a modest earthy rebound bitterness that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is slightly big for the light body, and is a bit astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and prickly from the assertive carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg)

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon pours very hazy orange/amber hue with one fingers worth of thick white head that dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing. The nose is loaded with spicy wheat and orange citrus zest scents are very apparent upfront with a little bit of lemon lagging behind. The taste isn't as bold as the nose would indicate, but the flavor profile is an equal combination of fresh citrus fruit (mostly orange) with the soft wheat malt apparent as well. There is also maybe a touch of clove hiding in there as well and accented with the spicy saaz hops. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp and slightly effervescent. I will certainly be drinking more of these this summer, and they are 8.49 a sixer at Trader Joe's.

I think the 2008 batch isn't nearly as sweet at the 2007 batch. All in all a very tasty summer brew.

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Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft yellow brew, the color of scrambled eggs. Pleasant with a unique, almost lemony nose: few things edible or otherwise come to mind: it's not woody or bready, not particularly fruity or citrusy. The palate IS obvious: very smooth, creamy, dry, quenching. not malty, not hoppy, yet medium bodied: it must be all about yeast. But that aftertaste...typical of all Bells...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

S- Herbal, citrus

A- 1 finger head, pale amber color, low carbonation, cloudy, looks dull/flat. Good lacing.

T- Slightly citrusy, wheaty with hints of yeast

M- Medium, smooth carbonation, tastes..juicy

O- Complex, can't taste alcohol

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Really great summery looking bottle, carefully poured into a hefeweizen glass to keep out as much sediment as possible.

A: Careful pour, but still a slight hazy nice golden color. Nothing too stand-out for the style though.

S: Honestly, the smell is very light, and not too much of a "wow" factor, but if you close your eyes and let the smells really get into your nose this beer seriously smells just like summer, maybe the beach without that odd seaweed/fish smell that you encounter at some beaches. This summer-like smell is unmatched by any other summer beer so I gave it mega points here for uniqueness and ability to create such a nice summer feel.

T: Dominated by yeast. Very light fruity flavors that just come through in the background. Dry finish. A little bit of that same summeriness comes through in the taste as well.

M: Kind of chalky, even on a careful pour. I tried it with the sediment poured in, and it just intensified this "chalkiness." Has a nice level of carbonation but the chalkiness was kind of a turn-off.

D: If it wasn't for the odd mouthfeel, definitely more points here. This is a nice beer to try at least once during the summer. Just KEEP THE YEAST OUT!

I feel like my review of this beer might be a little higher if I was drinking it out on the deck of a beachhouse, or on a nice sandy beach. Too bad no glass containers on NC beaches. Oberon minikeg anyone? But, really, Oberon is an experience.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2L mini-keg poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with almost no lacing. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a bit malty.

Taste is smooth and crisp a bit sharp but very tasty and very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall it's very good.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not finding the complexity here I thought I might. Bottled 8 March 2016, so fresh enough. Color a subdued gold, head white or nearly so. Ample carbonation. Nose refined and balanced, a bit grassy, and some mild malts. Taste similar: mild malts, wheaty, with balanced hops. Guess I was just waiting on something else that never showed up. Mouthfeel nice, with a mild creaminess that fades cleanly.

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Photo of daythree16
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange-amber color with a one finger head. Pretty good retention and some lace as it fades.

Smell is spicy, citrus, and there is something that smells like peach in there. The taste is very light and a bit fruity with some grapefruit coming through.

Very light and not very heavily carbonated. Drinkability is pretty high.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow color with a massive 2 finger frothy snow white head that faded slowly and left good lacing and rings sticking to the sides.

Smells of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit and yeast; pretty grainy for a summer beer and lacking the typical lemon and fruity essence.

Tastes of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit, light caramel, tea leaf, yeast, herbs and spices like coriander; it's grainy for the most part, and while the taste is decent, it is just not refreshing for a summer ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium body, average carbonation and a malty finish.

Bland and average come to mind thinking about this beer overall. It was not bad tasting, but not very good tasting either and lacked any real summer beer excitement for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into, of course, a Bell's Oberon pint glass.

A: Pale golden-orangish-yellow (enough colors?) with a naze haze.

S: The pale wheat is definitely there, and somewhat obscured by a citrus spiciness.

T: Citrus and spice along with the wheat backbone.

M: Quite light and crisp; good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer beer and one that is quite sessionable indeed. My gateway beer to the craft world.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

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Photo of Alkey
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 marburg
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks good.

Too bad that's kind of where it ends.

Oberon is, in my opinion, one of Michigan's most over-rated beers. It's by no means a bad beer, but I just don't think it deserves the attention it receives.

Pours more or less like any other wheat beer -- a little cloudiness in its orange-gold color with a big white head. Mild citrus aromas but fairly undistinguished and simple. Taste is smooth, malty, fruity, and a little buttery up front; but it moves to a crisp hop bitterness at the back. To me, the flavors just don't match up. It's jarring more than balanced. It's OK, but it's certainly not great.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

People go nuts over this in A2. Solid summer wheat ale that pours hazy orange with large white head. Smells of orange peel, light sweet malts, and somewhat floral. Taste follows as floral and sweet, some like orange rind, a bit of Belgian influence and yeast, but does not finish as cleanly as I'd have hoped which is a characteristic of these wheat beers that I always get. Easy drinking overall, high carbonation, light to light medium mouthfeel. Good summer ale, but not anything to lose your mind over.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is yellow and hazy with a small white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some random lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is of slightly sweet malt, subtle spices and/or herbs, and a light floral presence. The flavor is decent, with some nice citrus character. Oberon has a creamy mouthfeel and is medium in body. The beer is malt forward, though the finish brings just a hint of hops. Overall, a decent summer brew.

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Photo of dBmV
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap from the Angry Pepper Waterside Maderia beach FL!
Great copper inviting color. Nice hit of hops and of coarse that orange burst! Refreshing when its 87 degress at 11pm! Not much of a head and not too much carbonation. A little filling, although you could drink a good 4 pints with light food.

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