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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass
(3/6/2017 born-on date printed on label)

L: clear yellow-gold topped by fluffy head of white foam about 1 1/2-inch tall that is super sticky at the top; some sediment floating throughout the glass despite a careful pour, but even with the sediment the beer is almost crystal clear; doesn't lace much but it keeps a thick white collar and full skin of foam

S: orange peel, earthy something else (agave?), grain, sour grain, something lightly sweet ... just a pinch of malt sweetness that comes off as a very low-calorie orange sherbert

T: yeast, orange peel, grain ... has a minor pinch of citrus tartness but it's arguably more earthy (orange peel) than tart, and it's not even on the same planet as anything lemon (peel or otherwise); slightly sweet at times with a bread-malt note in the aftertaste, almost like a film that gets laid down over your taste buds that you can't taste until all the liquid is swallowed down the throat ... is wheat bread-malt a thing? kinda tastes like it; earthy agave/cactus/avocado ... just a pinch

F: light- to light-middleweight with plenty of carbonation to fill it out; drinking through the constant collar/skin softens it quite a bit, but it'd be hard to call this ale slick ... more like soft on the outside, crispy on the inside

O: lovely beer and I can see why so many Bell's fans get excited each year for its release; at times there's enough orange flavor to wonder if they didn't just add orange to it, and the yeast is quite interesting — I've had almost a full 12-pack of this stuff over the past two months, and the flavor has evolved over time to the point that right now it's more earthy and somehow yeasty, which doesn't make sense ... it seemed a bit grainier (and possibly tarter) about a month and a half ago ... my guess is these changes are different for each drinker; a great edition of the style and one I'll sign up for each year ... and one I'm VERY curious to see how its evolution continues through its six-month shelf life (as printed on the label)

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Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshautry
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, bright orange, foamy head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is light citrus and herbs, floral and bread like qualities as well. The flavor is mango, orange, herbal notes. Very juicy and refreshing, the perfect beer for a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can

Pours just over a finger of white head into my willi glass. I can hear it fizzing a little bit. The body is a very cloudy, dark orange. Carbonation looks quite high. Head retention is about average so far, maybe a tad below average. So far it looks ok.

The aroma on this is very nice. Has a full nose to it, it’s got girth. Pretty sweet, smells almost like there is lactose in here, but according to the can, there is not. You definitely pick up a significant amount of wheat, as well as some citrus. A little zesty, there are some nice yeast characteristic hiding in here as well. It just has this very creamy, flowery aura to it. Almost reminds me of a cremesicle, but not in a gross way. It does a nice job of not being too sweet. On some sniffs it has more of a dryness to it – for being a somewhat light aroma, it has a decent amount going on. Really a great smelling beer.

Hmm, flavor is definitely a little different. It doesn’t have quite the same creamy flavor as the nose gave off, or flowery flavor. It’s definitely drier than I anticipated. The malts are not very sweet, rather dry as well, and in your face – I get a lot of malt. Malt is relatively bland, not a much of a wheat flavor. Maybe a little citrusy, but not much at all really. Not a huge yeast characteristic either. This is what I expect a pretty standard American Wheat to taste like, and for that reason, I’m not terribly impressed. The nose had me very excited, but this is very one dimensional, and not too exciting. There aren’t any off flavors, and I know this is a light style, but still, very underwhelming. Overall, it’s ok.

The mouthfeel has some body to it, it’s a relatively thick wheat beer, which is nice. The carbonation is medium-low. It’s a nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very high. It’s not incredibly tasty, but it’s light and it certainly doesn’t taste bad.

The appearance turned out pretty good. The head quickly dissipated quite a bit. However, it settled down to a substantial film, that lasted quite some time down the glass. The lacing was pretty decent from top to bottom. Body was never a problem. Overall, pretty good looking beer.

Overall this is a bit of a letdown, I haven’t cheated and looked at reviews before reviewing it myself, but I gather this is a pretty highly regarded wheat beer. I’m probably giving it a rough grade on flavor because it smelled so good, and the difference is really noticeable. Still, any way you cut it, there just isn’t a lot going on here. Overall, ok.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a cloudy yellow when decanted - leaving quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. The head was an off white color, about a half inch, and it lingered nicely.

The smell seems subdued. It is bready and yeasty initially, with lemony citrus coming out after a few sniffs. There is some spicy character and floral floating over the top.

The taste is rather on the sweet side and bready. More lemon emerges as the beer sits and warms, and the spicy notes hang in the background. It all ends up being fruity and floral with just a little clove-like spice in the background.

The feel is slick and smooth, lively enough carbonation to keep it from being coating and annoying.

Overall, a very nice wheat beer that I would recommend when you want something on the lighter side of things.

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Photo of natgrimmer
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Bell's in general is one of my favorite breweries, and oberon is one of my favorite beers. It has notes of fruit and spices and is very easy to drink. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of themegamancave
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atg1095
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- pours a very hazy golden orange with a thin head. Good lacing.
S- Bready wheat.
T- Spucy breadiness.
F- Creamy goodness.
O- Good summer beer.

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Photo of Austin_Madagame
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Nice citrus notes, goes great with an orange slice. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of slerche
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one of my personal favorites. It is fruity but a little bit spicy. This complex flavor allows many people to find qualities they enjoy in it.

I enjoy the citrus accents, especially orange and lemon notes that come though.

Easy to find, and easy to drink. What more can you ask for.

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Photo of CCutch
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harleyfriesen
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am a fan of any type of wheat ales so I decided to try this one. Bell's is very unique. First smell I was hit with orange and citrus aromas. Next came in the light hops and the overall smell of the beer. The taste was more fruit forward than I was hoping for but the beer was a good beer overall.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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