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

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3.82/5
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6,885 Ratings
Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
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:
#12,808
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
6,885
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
1,788
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,885 |  Reviews: 1,816
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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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy,copper color with a nice head and lace.
The aroma of hops,wheat and malts.

The taste starts off sweet with wheat and malt notes. Hops are followed by mild citrus hints.

The feel was light body and medium carbonation with a smooth yet dry finish.

Notes: A very memorable beer with a memorable taste. Great for warm weather or even the fall season. I had it while in Philly and I wish I could find it in NYC.

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Photo of Grodd87
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

12 ounce bottle with yeast at the bottom, swirled and poured into a weizen glass, yields a hazy golden-orange body topped with a finger of rocky white head that retains at a foamy sheet and leaves fluffy rings of lacing.

Smells rich and wheaty; slightly nutty with a touch of citrus.

Taste is sweet and orangey, rich and nutty with a slight peppery note, a little tinge of apple and banana and the barest essence of tangy hops.

Smooth, medium-bodied, and lip-smacking good. Superb drinkability.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 9730) received in trade with mothman. Thanks Ben. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Poured a glowing, translucent pale orangey gold with a one finger cap with white foam. Foam dies rather quickly down to a thick and uneven collar and a few islands on the surface.

S - Very wheat dominated aroma - grainy, cereal-like, light tanginess, light herbal/floral hops. Some citrusy oranges and lemon.

T - Flavors are light and refreshing. Very wheaty and cereal grainy with some touches of spicy cloves, floral hops, lemon and orange. A medium level hop bitterness gives a nice crispness and a small bite to the flavor too.

M - Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very prickly and fizzy on the tongue. Flavors are subtle overall but very crisp, making this a great thirst quencher.

D - This beer could disappear so quickly...a great refresher on a warm day. Nicely spicy and wheaty. Goes down like water. Really great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bolognasuave
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RonGale
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Logan48
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours gold with a finger of quickly fading foam sitting on top. The nose is wheat and citrus, with the taste backing that up. It's cris and refreshing. More than anything, though, the balance is striking. It's got a tinge of sweetness and fruitiness, but just enough to bring out and highlight the wheat without overpowering it. You'd never call it hoppy, but it doesn't err on the other side either.

People list this as one of the great American summer beers, but I'd be pleased to drink such a well-balanced ale any time of year.

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

One of the best wheat beers out there.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,885 ratings
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