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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BA SCORE
67.3%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 6,863 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:
#11,732
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
6,863
Liked:
4,622
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,767
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,863 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mini-keg into a 25cl Duvel tulip, enjoyed as a palate cleanser (of sorts) at Knifestyle's birthday tasting. Thanks, Chris!

A: Hazy pale gold body with a thin, fine white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Nice.

S: Delicate, pure wheat graininess. A little spicy a little citrus. Really soft and nice.

T: A bit fuller than the nose, with solid malt sweetness, mildly tart wheat, and a crisp, clean, mildly bitter finish. Tasty.

M: Light, lively, creamy. Perfect.

O: Very good APWA. Refreshing, tasty, and simple.

Cheers!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle. Left a two finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body was a hazy orangish gold. Looks good.

Smell - toasty malt, and toasty wheat. Grassy, herbally, and spicy hops. Hint of bananas and cloves.

Taste - toasty and cracker-like malt and wheat. Slight wheaty creaminess. Some lemon. Some grassy, herbally hops. The taste here is slightly laid back, somewhat subtle, but very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, slight hop oil slickness, slightly creamy.

Drinkability - very good, goes down easy, and is very sessionable.

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

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

A-Pours a pale and very cloudy straw yellow. Smallish head settles nicely ino a wispy cap.

S_Lightly toasted cereal grains with a good portion of acrid wheat. There is also a spicy yeast character as well.

T_Much like the smell with a lingering wheat twang. The aftertaste though does leave a bit of a grassy hop bite almost like a pilsener. This does manage to keep thigs from veering into too much into the realm of wheat dominance. A nice blend of sweet, bitter and acidic flavours. The yeast also makes its' presence known in the finish and has a bit of black pepper like spice though I would not call this a too yeasty of a beer.

M_Light and crisp yet not completely lacking body. The healthy carbonation makes this a a very refreshing summer brew.

D_A nice summer ale, one I would drink if I could get my hands on it in NYC.

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

One of my favorite beers! Finally getting around to review.

Poured into tulip. Nice one finger fluffy white head. Yellow-orange in color and cloudy as with wheat beers. Some sediment as expected. Leaves some light lacing along the sides of of glass.

Very pleasant aroma with muted notes of citrus fruit and bananas. Light bread/malt aromas come through as well.

Smooth taste of citrus and wheat. Only a slight measure of hops, but enough to achieve a nice balance of flavors.

Perfect level of carbonation which makes this beer very quaffable. This has become my "go to" summer beer. If you like wheat beers or pale ales, this is a winner in my book.

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

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a pint glass. the body is clear, bright and bubbly yet has some floaties in it.
s - smells slightly malty with floral hops.
t - crisp and dry. hints of breadiness with some slight floral hoppiness and sweet malt.
m - medium thickness and crisp.
d - excellent summer session.

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 50StateBeerTour
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of off-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight straw with grassy & lemon notes

T: Lemon & orange hops up front. Honey malt with white pepper & lemon with just trace of estery yeast in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a nice, if expensive (purchased in Charlotte, NC) summer quaffer

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Photo of splittheaces
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gvhockey
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MKrauss
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleWatcher
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hoegaarden glass.

A hazy golden straw color. Small white head, minimal lacing. This probably wouldn't win any beauty contests, but it certainly isn't unappealling.

Smells of lemons and other citrus fruits. Also smells floral and grassy. And a bit like fresh spices. Even a tad peppery.

Tastes like summer, like the bottle says. Fresh, clean, and crisp. I pick up lemon grass and coriander, as well as some nice sweetness from the wheat.

This isn't the most complex beer, but the light mouthfeel is actually very welcomed and refreshing. The flavor is very pleasant and easy to drink. I've been doing yardwork all day, and I just took a little Oberon break. Now back to work... And another Oberon in a little while.

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Photo of raninator84
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this given to me by a distributor at work. I had bought one a week before the new release so I know it was about a year old, it tasted horrible, the beer had definitely gone bad. I figured I would give the fresh one a shot, glad I did.

A - Exactly what I like to see, cloudy golden and bottle conditioned goodness.
S - The smell isn't exactly pleasing at first then the orange peel, and wheat flavors build up. Definitely a summer brew.
T - Carbonation and wheat flavors hit the palate first, followed by a refreshing taste of orange peel and citrus that is well balanced.
M - Lots of carbonation a bit of hops, but a generally refreshing feel, I could see me drinking this one on a 90˚ day this summer.
D - I feel that this is one of the better seasonal summer brews, and would recommend everyone to try.

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Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kazahkstan
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pale orange/amber with tons of sediment with a thin one finger head, minimal lacing.
Smell: Smells tart like a sour ale, slightly sweet malt, and strong yeast.
Taste: Tastes only slightly sour and very light. Strong yeast notes and middle bodied malt, very drinkable but flavorful. Wheat in the malt is prominent.
Feel: Very light and drinkable, moderately heavy carbonation.
Overall: This beer is perfect for summer. Tart but not sour, light but flavorful, wheaty but drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nathan-McFadden
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oberon Ale is definitely a good choice when you're looking for a sweet flavor without going for the extremely sweet taste. It's refreshing and still tastes like an ale with the Orange aroma and flavor.

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Photo of mizzourah
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin off-white head. It left slight lacing that didn't stick around. Not sure if this is normal, but it had more sediment than I've experienced with other wheat beers.

S- The bottle says that it smells like a summer afternoon...and I wholeheartedly agree. It's full or oranges and other citrus notes. Very refreshing.

T- The citrus hits you up front, dominated by the oranges. I picked up traces of grapefruit and other citruses too. As it finishes, I noticed a nice, bitter hopiness. It's very subtle but settles well on the palate.

M- It was mildly carbonated, less that other wheat ales I've had. Danced around nicely in my mouth.

D- This is a delicious summer beer, highly refreshing and crisp. I didn't notice the 5.8% ABV either. I can definitely see myself picking this up over the summer for hanging out by the pool and grilling.

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Photo of John-Robertson
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy light gold color under a modest pale white head. The smell is quite pleasant, with pear notes being most noticeable. The taste is good too, with hints of green apple, clove, and grass, and even a bit of piney hops in the finish. Hops are more noticeable in this beer than is typical for wheat beers. I'd describe the taste as something of a cross between a wheat beer and a pilsener. Pretty unique, and quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brutalist
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WMEugene
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellowish gold color with a nice, bubbly head and great lacing

S - Wheat, yeast and citrus, not very strong at all.

T - Great bubbly flavor of citrus and wheat. Sweet, very pale malts. For a wheat ale, this is really good.

M - On the lighter side, it is crisp and pretty refreshing. Just a little bit of spicy bitterness in the finish.

O - Bells Oberon is the classic summer ale. It's not overly complex, but it does exactly what you want it to and what it sets out to do. Highly recommended for those who want a refreshing summer ale.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 67.3% out of 100 with 6,863 ratings
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