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

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6,878 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,526
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
6,878
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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232
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Ratings: 6,878 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of Nctide
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tromba
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cold pint glass.

A: I've had this beer many times on tap and in bottles. Sometimes it's slightly cloudly other times it is clear. Today it's clear. Color is a bright gold/yellow with a little bit of sediment in suspension. Head is white and dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge - no lacing.

S: Not much. A slight hint of sweet wheat malts.

T: A light wheat malty sweetness up front followed by a bit of orangey citrus character and ending with a pleasant, subtle bitterness. Note: this beer is often served with an orange wedge to intensfy that citrus character - this review was done with no orange wedge.

M: Medium-light body and crisp. Great for a hot day. Finishes clean.

D: Easy drinking. Starts to get a bit heavy after a few though. Maybe not quite a session beer, but it may be for some. This beer has a great reputation in the midwest and deservedly so. Even those who are not attracted to craft beer will probably like this one.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint013 left this over at my place before the Spring EOQ party. Thanks!

Appearance: gold-orange color with a 3/4" inch head in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass; nice haziness; looks excellent
Smell: oranges and something else...maybe the yeast
Taste: wow; really good; i don't remember this beer being this good typically; citrus flavor mixed with some wheat flavor; great blend
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

Note: This type of beer is much better without any fruit added to it. It a bar gives you an orange slice with it, eat the slice and then leave it on the counter. The orange takes away from the great wheat flavor in the beer.

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Photo of belgaridub
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a white head. Moderate amount of carbonation, good head retention and lacing as well. It looks great, I can't wait to taste this thing.

I have to get my nose really close to the beer to get the smells to come out and play, but with a little agitation and close sniffing I get mostly wheat, with some citrus scent as well.

The taste is also wheaty with a slight citrus accent. I can feel the hops just a bit at the end. This strikes me as a very balanced beer, with nothing jumping out or dominating over everything else. It has some sweetness at the outset and finishes with a nice little bit of bitterness.

Very nice smooth mouthfeel, light and jumpy with the carbonation, but not so light that it feels like nothing.

Overall, a very drinkable and well-balanced beer. Very enjoyable, and makes me feel like summertime, as it is supposed to.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is very much a Michigan summertime staple,although my friends stock up to drink it year a round.Good cloudygold'orange color,taste of orange in the palate along with a little buttery tinge.The butteriness comes through for me on tap,have drank way to many of these I think,and boy I do miss it so!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy Orange, likely caused by the Polyphenoles in the Saaz Hops used to brew this fine summer beer. Nice off white head. Loaded with yeast.

Smell: Fruit, Sweet oranges, lemon grass, coriander, a regular potpourri of dried flowers

Taste: hard candies and sweet breads, hazelnuts soaked in orange juice and laced with edible flowers, Christmas dried oranges, maybe cloves too.

Almost no wheat in either the smell or taste. This beer is all fruit and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation to make your tongue tingle without having a bite.

Drinkability: High, very high. Easy on the stomach, mind, and palate.

Notes: Oberon is significantly more creamy and more aromatic on tap than in the bottle. Also, it is better in the spring/early summer than in the fall/late summer. In spring it is crisper and the aromas are more flowery whereas the beer begins to smell more of rotten oranges by September and loses something in its body. The mouthfeel, smell, and drinkability all suffer.

OrÂ… I just get sick of it by fall.

---Update---

It's now October 12th and last night I had what will be my last pint of Oberon for the season. It tasted, looked, and felt like Miller Lite with a few drops of Blue Moon in it. This is definitely not a beer that ages well. Drink it young and early!

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Photo of KatieSmith
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very easy going wheat ale. Not a lot of complexity, but a great drink to have on a patio in the spring/summer time. This beer has some spicy hop characters to it as well as mild fruity aromas. This is a smooth drink, and is very enjoyable, just don't expect anything extremely bold and exciting.

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, if you think you'll enjoy a summer seasonal based on a wheat beer, without any fruitty flavors such as cherry or rasperry or apricot, then this may be your beer. Very drinkable and therefore loved by those looking for the lighter refreshing side of craft brews. This is one of those you would enjoy on a hot summers day watching the ballgame. Not a fan of the wheat beer but I could drink more of these.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times, mainly acquired at Martin's in South Bend. It pours out a dark orange-brown color, without too much of a head. The smell is mainly of ginger spices and citrus. Taste is mainly of citrus and hops, but not overwhelming by any means and very drinkable and refreshing. It's my summer relaxing beer of choice. Many good times drinking Oberon sitting around a campfire or at a barbeque.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Decent 1 finger of white head, golden color. Smells of tart citrus and a light yeasty bready scent. Tastes like tart citrus flavors, especially lemon. Some other typical wheat beer flavor. Refreshing, and a little more hop prevalent than other wheats. Could drink a couple more if these if need be. Bell's does not disappoint.

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Photo of jonasfjt51
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably I'd like to see/taste what this would be like with freshly squeezed lime.
Flying SaucerKC
Draft
As with most Bell's it doesn't disappoint
Agreed I could enjoy more....
Like opening day Bells new Oberon signals "summer" is here.
Change the furnace filter, it will be hot before you know it.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a creamy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of orange and lemon rinds, and cereal grains. Yeasty and wheaty.

Tastes so, so refreshing. The kiss of citrusy hops meshes very well with the slight biscuity malts and eventual cereal grain finish. Extremely crisp. Finishes dry, prompting for another sip.

Carbonation is moderate and adds to the refreshing character of this beer. Medium bodied, at best, this is an extremely drinkable brew. At an 5.8% ABV, I'd go ahead and session this on a hot summer day. A fantastic brew to grill out with, or just sit and enjoy good company.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, honeyed gold. No chance of seeing through it. Topped by just a film of white head.
Smlled of musty wheat. Extremely fruity - touches of orange, apricot and pear.
Fruity, juicy and highly spicy in taste. Its tanginess awakens the tongue and then rings out mildly bitter. It's even slightly drying. A unique wheat beer. Tasty and damn refreshing, despite its medium to full body.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is such a great summer beer,6.5%abv.and very smooth,almost to smooth.Nice and cloudy,and wheaty on the nose.Creamy going down,round and balanced.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into pint glass.

Pale yellow-orange hue with a white one and a half finger head, strong lacing. The aroma has bready grain, with some slight hints of the hops. Citrus, orange peel and lemon, is in the front on top of some light grain aromas. A slight creamy overtone is there. Lighter bodied.

This one came with a bit of hype, but I'm glad I tried it. It's very refreshing, and not like other beers of the same style which seem to over-do the citrus characteristics. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a light yellow. sits cloudy gold with just a hint of orange

Smell: very light and crisp with some orange and other mild citrus fruits. some yeast

Taste: very light, fruity flavors. mostly a yeasty presence, with very light malt sweetness. no bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body. moderate carbonation

Notes: a great, light, fruity hefeweizen for warm summer days

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Photo of cubedbee
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This pours a cloudy light orange with two and a half fingers of frothy white head, great retention, a small amount of lacing. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty, a slight orange and lemon citrus note, fairly strong. Taste is a nice bready wheat malt, strong notes of citrus, slight grassy hop finish. Medium bodied, smooth medium carbonation, fairly creamy smooth feel. Overall this is a really nice American wheat ale, nothing particularly special, but a very solid summer beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon has a medium, off-white head, an initially clear, yellow appearance, some streaming bubbles, and stringy lacing left behind. The beer clouds up, after the "swish & pour". Aroma is of spices (alligator pepper?), sweet, white bread, and maybe sourdough. Taste is of slight banana, alligator pepper, white pepper, coriander, a shade of banana, white wheat bread, possible bubble gum, and practically no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Oberon finishes drinkable and semi-dry.

RJT

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what I have here. Certainly a wheat, lightly tart and clean, but not at all a phenolic German, a fruity Belgian or an insipid American. Surpising caramel malt notes well balanced with the wheat flavors. Not like any wheat I've had before. Not spectacular, but interesting and ejoyable.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdwny23
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange topped by a dense, rocky and well retained head that leaves lace. Wheat tartness, cracker like malt, yeast must and a spicy Saaz hop nose comprise the aroma. There's more character aromawise for the insipid style. Sweetness and lightly citrusy esters are discernible upfront, then give way to bready malt and a mild fruitiness from both wheat tartness and citrusy hops. The mild hop bitterness offsets the light residual sweetness well, lending an overall balanced profile. Fuller in body than than the typical American wheat, yet light and clean enough to lend excellent drinkability. Finishes a touch sweet and lightly grainy. Oberon is a highly drinkable brew with more overall character than the average American wheat.

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Photo of znarf
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not your typical wheat. Even if you have tried other wheat beers this is the one is different. You will find more citrus influence with Bell's Oberon Ale than others of this type. Oberon is great with BBQ or sea food. It pours more golden than other wheat beers.

The pale ale influences defiantly show through with a good hop finish. I will drink this seasonal brew again soon and often as soon as they make more!

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,878 ratings
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