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

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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

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Reviews:
1,778
Ratings:
6,732
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow-orange color, thin quickly dissipating head.
S: Sweet wheat, stone fruit and tangerine.
T: As others have said: wheat, citrus, honey, spice. But oh so refreshing!
M: Medium-bodied, rounded yet crisp.
O: This is a summertime staple in my fridge. Extremely refreshing, sessionable, and nice to drink any time the temperature rises.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a imp pint glass. Hazy light orange with suspended particles and a white head. Smells like faint smooth orange, not hoppy citrus, just orangey. Light taste of orange on top of light malt. Beautiful balance. This is what macro brews should use as a standard when they reference "easy drinking". The perfect balance and light wheat, orange, and malt flavors make a delightful beer. This beer will turn people from macro to micro.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American Wheat ale. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are fairly floral. Well balanced. Very nice wheat beer. Light and refreshing. Flavorful wheat beer. Very nice. Mild tasting yet, so well constructed wheat beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never had a beer to my memory that gave off the smell of tangy peanut butter. The very hazy straw color sits bellow a foamy cloud of a head. The clean crisp flavor has a very unique yeast character with a noticeable tanginess and a light malt with a spicy twang of hop bite. This is a very complex and tasty beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into a Bell's pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with many yeast chunks floating about. There is only 1 small finger of head, and almost no lacing. The smell is full of fruit, some citrus aroma, maybe orange. The taste has some citrus and peach flavor. It is a little yeasty, but quite refreshing. The body is fairly heavy for a wheat. This fine summer ale also has a great drinkability.

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy, bubbly medium orange color. Big 'ol puffy head. Ok retention, nice lace chunks.

S: I'll be damned if it doesn't have the "scent of a summer afternoon"! Fruity, wheaty, yeasty.

T: Follows smell. Citrusy/corrander Wit-ish taste. Some bitterness on the back. very pleasing.

M: Some sourness covers mouth. Refreshing as hell.

D: Will pick more up to quaff this summer. Strangly reminds me of a Wit, but heavier, tastier.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed some of this while making the Hopslam run. Kind of cool that it's fresh for the AZ market.

Appearance- A cloudy golden color. Two inches of soapy, stark-white head dissipate and lace nicely. Some particulate matter floating around which, while not uncommon, is not the single most appealing factor.

Smell- Lots of lemon rind. Some nice wheat, and plenty of yeast. A touch of spice, but only a touch. A little bit of wet hay left in the barn.

Taste- The lemon really comes up front. There is also a grassy herbal note in there. Then it sweetens out on the biscuit malt, and finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, not too thick. Nice.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. The lemon citrus is a little prominent, but I could have several before tiring.

This is yet another nice Bell's offering. I really enjoy it and wish it was more available. Would be great on a hot summers day.

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Photo of mhatters
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Badger pint glass

Pours a golden amber color with a moderate haze and a medium white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Fruit and bread in the nose, attractive bouquet

The wheat is quite powerful, then a nice jolt of zesty cirtrus
A crisp and enjoyable beer

Very well balanced, great for the warm weather. I can drink one after another - the carbonation is just right and the finish is sharp and clean.

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Photo of PorterLover83
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw. Almost like a light apple cider. Head stayed for a little while. Citrus tones in the nose with a slight hop presence. Orange, coriander mix well. Taste has a spicy citrus start with wheat malt and then gives way to a hoppy bitterness. On the lighter side of medium for the mouth feel. Very good drinkability, hits the spot after a grass cutting session.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at home into a standard pint glass. This is one beer that signals the start of warm weather....yeah!

A: A cloudy dark golden color with a perfect one finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Citrus fruits with hints of orange, lemon, banana coupled with some slight yeasty wheat smells. Slight bready sweetness is there too.

T: Very light and citrusy up front. Flavors of orange, lemon and banana coupled with a slight yeasty flavor that is almost clove like. Yeast and citrus is much more prevalent from tap. There is some sweeter bready malts in the middle. The finish turns bitter with a nice earthy floral hop bite that ends in some bitterness and crispness. Very nice drinkable beer that is very enjoyable.

M: Creamy up front, smooth, crisp bitter ending and no alcohol presence at all.

D: Very high, these are very enjoyable, especially when the weather turns warmer.

Overall a great drinking lighter style beer that is very enjoyable and very drinkable. Like I said, a sure sign of summer. There is a reason this is my wifes favorite beer, it's just so damn easy to drink. Another winner by Bells.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass with an orange wedge.

Smelled wiezeny and citrucy, and tasted like a classic hefe-wiezen. Maybe not as malty or heavy as Schnieder's, but pretty good anyway. I'll probably try it in a bottle next, since I can buy it close to home.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful, spritzy summertime ale. It took a while to grown on me, but I am now a fan.

Pours a sparkly cornsilk yellow with a vigorous, fluffy head, Don't be surprised by a dose of sediment suspended in the beer, though.

The aroma is pleasantly sour, with a healthy dose of pale malt and some wheaty bitterness to it. The flavor is wheaty, slightly sour, and grassy, with only a slight hop bitterness building on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

A remarkably drinkable summertime treat.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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%
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 sleazo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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%
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%
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 Cresant
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into an oversized weizen glass. Body was bright and clear. Large three fingers of white head.

Smelled clean. Fresh grain. Pleasant.

Tasted mildly sweet and faintly hoppy. Crisp pleasant tartness. A nice representation of an American weizen.

Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. Refreshing and very easy to drink. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Tromba
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a nonic to a nice inch of head. It was a cloudy yellow-orange. It has nice citrus smell with a bit of sweetness. It is a very nice beer. It is a beer to drink after mowing the lawn or while mowing the lawn. It's a good summer beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. Off white head with thick lacing.
smell: crisp citrus, slight sweetness.
taste: juicy orange. some sweetness at the start with dry, crisp finish.
overall: nice tasty concoction. Early Spring refreshing brew here. Better than expected.

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Photo of rteis
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great summer beer when you're thirsty... you've got to pour it into a glass if coming from a bottle... on draft is the best way, but a good pour from a bottle is a close substitute. seems that is has changed over the past few years and not for the better. not sure if they are messing with the recipe or if they are making so much of it now that quality is suffering... also can have a good one on some days and not so good at a different place... quality is very sporatic

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Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head. Fizzy. VERY cloudy. Looks almost solid. Apricot/Peach/yellowish color. Nice, strong wheat aroma, some cloves. Strong presence on the tongue. Oddly bitter aftertaste. Not as crisp and refreshing as most wheats. Very earthy. I could have a few in a sitting, though. Nice beer.

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