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 FloridaDrinker
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly. The smell of oranges was very pronounced with a touch of lemon as well.

Taste was orange/citrus with a hint of banana and spice. The hop bitterness came through at the middle and continued to fade into the finish. Carbonation was moderate. Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. Oberon is a great summer beer.

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Photo of jp32
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass with an orange wedge. A cloudy pale gold color with a decent white head that leaves nice lacings around the glass. It smells citrusy, a lot like oranges. Also smells of strong of hops, and some wood-like notes. This beer tastes of mildly bitter hops at first, followed by a lemony-orange flavor that is finished with a warm bread taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. This one makes a wonderful summer beer. Definitly worth a try!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with large bubbles of carbonation throughout and over a finger's width of creamy bright white head that yielded lots of thick, foamy lacing.

S - Light citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and pale wheat malts. Pretty simple, subtle aroma.

T - Sweet malty flavor with a light citrusy character. A touch of floral hops emerge in the backend. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains and a subtle bready character.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Texture is perhaps slightly syrupy overall. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the back of the tongue.

D - Oberon is a great summer beer, no doubt about it. Simple and easy to drink, especially during the warm weather months.

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Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6913.

Pale, somewhat hazy, golden yellow. Head is fizzy but lasts surprisingly well. Aroma is orange peel & light malted wheat. Very clean and smooth taste of lemons, oranges, and maybe a hint of spices as well..goes well with the unfiltered yeast texture. Light body with a nice 6% alcohol kick to it.

This beer, in some ways, surprised me. I wasn't expecting too much from a summer wheat such as this, but it was a nice treat. Unfortunately, I only had one of these..I really wanted to grab another as soon as it was gone. A six-pack would definitely be worth a buy to enjoy in the summer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, cloudy, honey-like. Yeast sediment permeates Bell's Oberon Ale. It almost seems like carbonation just slowly floats suspended in the beer, as if it weren't even moving. I have never seen something like this in a beer. Wonderful foam and good lacing.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hops. Some yeast and malt as well. Overall very good. Nothing exciting, but it's well balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially I taste a lot of excellent spicy hops. The hops pervade throughout the entire beer. A bit of bready malt in the background. Also I taste something sort of buttery and sweet that adds to a good, creamy mouthfeel here as well. Great overall.

Drinkability: Very little to complain about. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for some people.

Overall: Only the smell leaves something to be desired. One of the easiest wheat beers to drink in my opinion.

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Photo of drcarver
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy organe with no head just some white film particles float about within.

S - Sweet, wheat toast aroma with a bit of root vegetable earthiness mixed in.

T - Very sweet with a hint of orange. There is some earthiness as well.

M - Smooth and dry with a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Goes down easy

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Photo of BierFan
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 8923 tells me that it was bottled on January 8th, 2009.

Real big fluffy white head sitting on top of a cloudy orange body. No carbonation that I can see. I should have busted out a weizen glass for this beauty. Light grassy and flowery aroma. Flowery hops and spicy yeast taste.

Amazing wheat beer. Do yourself a favor and track down a fresh sixer of this.

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Photo of Epetrena
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nastley3
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when poured into glass had a nice frothy white head, and was very cloudy. Laced the glass fairly well. This beer does not have a very strong smell, I could not pick up on any hops just from smell, it reminded me of most wheat beers. This beer has a very nice, calm taste. It is balanced and smooth, leading to a high score on the mouthfeel and is all around a very drinkable beer. Certainly a beer worth trying.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite summer wheat beers. Not too sweet, a little bit of spice. Pleasant easy drinking enjoyable summer afternoon beer. One of Bell's classic s

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this new seasonal across the border in the better beer state, MO.
Pours a super hazy, yeast laden straw color. Copious amounts of head are well maintained. Aroma is almost candy like, I pick up some freshly made lemon hard candies, along with the usual suspects of wheat, a little biscuity, and lots of malt. What is missing are some spices and hops, not much of that in the nose. Wow, flavor is really where this shines. A huge mouthful of wheat, some licorice, followed by an almost cloying sweetness. This is an interesting take on the style (I'm used to the trad'l Heffes), much bigger body, complexity in flavor differing from those coming from the yeast and hops. This is not as quaffable as the afformentioned style, but quite enjoyable as a single. I will certainly miss the days when this beer is gone. I look forward to trying some other seasonals from this amazing brewery.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of walaguh
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sydney10
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Pours a cloudy straw color.
Smell: A very powerful fruity smell of lemons and oranges. Smell of wheat.
Taste: Strong taste of oranges. Light spicy notes such as black pepper.
Overall: A good summer beer. Slightly overrated for all the attention it receives.

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color, large white fluffy cap.

Smells nicely beery, a bit floral, very lightly citrus, a rounded, gentle scent.

Taste is uncomplicated and clean. It's fuller and more nuanced than what we usually think of as a "light beer" being both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. The body has heft without weight and a nice nutty undertaste. Just a touch of hops in the finish and aftertaste, in fact the whole thing is light handed yet the parts come together beautifully. Nothing stands out, everything fits in, and you're left with the warm feeling of having made a new friend.

It takes skill to pull off a brew that looks so easy. Others do it as well but these lighter styles leave little room for mistakes and this one is nigh flawless, a good example of what craft beer is all about. This beer was made for refreshment and does it well. I can't think of any reason why I should pick this one over a selection of well made craft wheat ales, but then again I can't think of any reason why I shouldn't.

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Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Had a hazy gold color with very little head and no lace.

Smell - Very light smell, a little bit of orange.

Taste - Much better than the aroma. Could taste orange and lemon with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several of these.

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Photo of ougawha
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duster72
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange into a weizen glass. One finger head dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is oranges with a definite hint of lemon. Taste is primarily wheat that goes to a grass with a strong orange aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery for a wheat. Very light and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this beer!...and i don't usually say that about american wheat ales...

orange to yellow in color....with a nice white head....with lots of carbonation...

the smell is fresh almost citrus....

very full bodied, for an american wheat, in taste...nice small bitterness...citrus comes to the taste as well....

the feel is smooth almost creamy....

overall this is a great, if not the best, american lawnmower beer!

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Photo of hoffhin2
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Orangjsh golden yellow

Smell: Orange and wheat smell

Taste: Citrus taste given off by the orange, and has a very good balance. Fruity aftertaste.

Overall: Oberon is my second favorite bell's beer following behind their two hearted. Sorry Larry Bell, I prefer a nice slice of orange in my pint with it as well!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on draft.

Served with an orange in a shaker pint glass. No need for either.

Look is a hazy yellow with orange highlights little to no head.

Aroma is light and fruity. Getting a little citrus and some honey from the malt.

Taste is much maltier than a regular wheat. Some nice citrus and estery aromas at the end.

Overall a good summer drinker. Light and refreshing.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Golden Straw. Decent sized bubbly white cap. Decent retention. Some nice light bubbly lacing. Some yeast sediment that settles to the bottle of the glass.

Grassy and Floral, Lemon zest and citrus. Wheat and sunshine. Spicy, peppery, yeasty. Nice hop aroma for style.

Crisp wheat. grassy lemon and floral hop flavor. Pleasant mild hoppy bitterness. Spicy yeast esters.

Light bodied. Crisp, high carbonation, refreshing. Slight stickiness. Good mouthfeel for style.

Very sessionable. Bubbly and refreshing and hoppy. Great summer/warm weather brew.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very cloudy orange, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Wheat, orange, lemon, some spice (clove) notes. With a tad bit of citrus hops.

T-Oranges, wheat, lemon, some grass, good balance, slight bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, but slightly watery.

O-A wonderful summer beer, balanced sweet and easy drinking.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Pours out fairly hazy (unfiltered) gold with a thin head. Getting a nose with crisp notes of apple, wheat, and banana.

The beer is light-bodied with a nice firm mouthfeel and an oh-so-refreshing flavor profile. In the front of the mouth, I get a nice grainy biscuity taste and a hint of marmalade. At mid-palate a slight sour apple tartness comes in and balances out the sweetness. This beer just glides along your palate and down the back of your throat. The finish is slightly dry with just a hint of apple.

This is fast becoming a summertime classic throughout a large portion of the country. One bottle and you see why. It is one of the best, most refreshing American wheat beers out there. It's like summertime in a glass. Drinking it actually makes you WANT to go outside and mow the lawn (as an excuse to enjoy another one afterwards).

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Photo of psuKinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brand new 1/4 barrel, picked up 3 days ago, tapped two days, about as a fresh as possible for this year's release. Poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a very light shade of gold, but incredibly hazy, with a thick frothy bone white head on top, 2-fingers worth.

S: Bready yeast, lemon zest, and citrus peel all arrive at a healthy volume.

T: Taste follows the nose. A touch of bread, a healthy dose of lemon zest, and a nice touch of bright citrus and grapefruit on the back end, likely from the hops. The grapefruit bitterness seems to grow as I draw more from the glass.

M: Light and refreshing, with proper carbonation and a nce touch of hop bitterness left behind on the finish.

D/O: A fun summer brew. Wheat beer really isn't my thing, and I likely wouldn't want to have more than 2-3 of these, even on a hot summer day, but it has an interesting and surprisingly complex flavor for such a light and low-abv brew.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,843 ratings.
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