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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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1,753
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6,637
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3.83
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12.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,753 | Ratings: 6,637
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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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Very hazy goldenrod. One finger of frothy off-white head is very sticky and soft looking. It leaves thick, furry walls of lace and a thick top layer.

Fruity, refreshing aroma. A little orange juice, fruity wheat, soft pineapple sweetness.

Muted flavor. More wheat, nicely fruity and sweet. Some dry crackers, apricot, a touch of apple. Hop flavor is soft, but bitterness is a bit bigger. Balanced and very drinkable.

Just a shade under medium in body, with very high painful pinching carbonation. Dry, crisp finish.

Oberon’s the classic summer pale wheat ale. Crisp, refreshing and tasty.

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

Appearance: Straw in color,. Nice creamy head, which slowly settles, but does not disappear.

Aroma: Citrus yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat flavor is very strong, with a hint of citrus’s in the finish.

Very well balanced overall. Thick and yet smooth at the same time. Almost a buttery finish.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served into a budweiser golden wheat pint glass, heh.

A- this one pours out a clear golden orange colored body with a tiny white head. the head vanishes quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

S- bready malts with a little bit of orange. not much in common with the typical wheat beer. slightly hoppy.

T- bready malts. the orange comes through a little stronger in the taste than the smell. a small citric hop finish.

M- light bodied. ample carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- oberon is on the shelves. summer is almost here. i drink this one often.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy yellow with bits of yeast floating. Thin head dissipated with very little stuck to glass. Smelled very wheaty in bottle, but is less prominent in glass. This has a citrus aroma of orange and lemon.

Wheat is noticeable right off, very earthy and grainy. Orange, coriander, and bitter lemon rind, but not overpowering spice and citrus like so many summer ales. This has nice subtle notes of these popular additives, but it's dominant characteristic is the wheat. Malts are not non-existent.

Mouth tingles with fizz and citrus. Heavier than usual in this style. This is a very good summer ale.

Very drinkable and sessionable.

I like it best when very cold. Oddly enough, I like this beer best from the bottle. I know this will be unpopular with most BA's but try it from both vessels before cursing me.

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

Bottled 3/31/2011...probably shouldve reviewed this sooner.

A - Yellow body, loads of floaties. Fine look, but theres a lot going on in the beer. Small white head on top.

S - light tangy citrus, light malts.

T - A nice light taste profile, mildly sweet citrus notes and malty/vanilla flavors. A bit dry. A good taste, for sure. Perhaps it is crisper when fresher.

M - Really quite nice. A medium-thin body, smooth. Just about right, it seems.

O (D) - I like this beer. Good summertime beer, for sure. I do think it's a bit expensive, so it may not be my go-to for the summer months, but Its a good beer.

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

Oberon pours a rich golden yellow with a small light head that sticks around a little. The aroma is of bright fruit and some toasty wheatiness. The taste a little grassy but nuanced by some fruit and citrus. The back end has a surprising amount of sour flavor that definitely lingers a while. This is a moderately light beer with a crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Oberon is packed with lots of great summer flavors that goes down pretty good. I can't tell if the punch of sourness/bitterness at the end is surprising or distracting, but I would still say this is an fine summer brew.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy hop aroma.
Very drinkable.
Nice carbonation bite.
Light citrus profile.

What can I say? This is a very formidable pale wheat that doesn't overdo it on the citrus. The spicyness from the hops and the ever so slightly bitter finish make this beer great.

Will actively seek out this brew again when I want a break from the usual IPA.

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Photo of DavyTheFatboy
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Roth Brewing pint glass.
This has always been what summer looks like to me, going back all the way to when it was Solsun. It's a golden yellow, cloudy, rich-looking cup of sunshine. The head is fluffy, white, and leaves a sticky lacing that won't wash away.
Smells, as others have noted, of wheat, orange zest, and just slightly of malts.
Taste is unmistakably Oberon: Plenty of wheat to tweak your tastebuds, but lots of smooth citrus notes as well, none that bite though. It's the magic of this beer to leave all the bite to the wheat, none to the citrus notes or hops. Speaking of hops, they're in here but only in the background, and even then you have to look for them. There is also a mild presence of esters but nothing that seems on par with anything European. The beer finishes cleanly with more orange zest and an almost dusty aftertaste. It may sound odd but it's good.
The mouthfeel is rich and wide. This beer quickly coats the palate and begs for barbecue to compliment it. Carbonation is dead-on this year. It has been in the glass for over 10 minutes now and I can get lost watching the cascade effect as the bubbles go up and the particle floaties come down.
Overall, as a native Michigander I may be biased but this beer is just about perfect for summer.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Barney's Market in New Buffalo, MI in early August and have enjoyed the first five before tonite... This was bottled on July 27th, so it's still plenty fresh.

Always wondered about this Bell's seasonal, but with Three Floyds Gumballhead handy, I never felt the need. But again, seeing it so fresh, I just couldn't pass on the opportunity.

Poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass and the frothy goodness is incredible. The smell doesn't compare to Gumballhead's mango/ citrusy goodness, but it picks up the pace in taste and mouthfeel.

This is one special american pale wheat ale.. Glad I had the chance to try it. Will buy again if fresh. Thanks Bell's for date stamping your beer.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow into a tulip glass. A slight white head develops and quickly dissolves.

Smell is a bit of citrus and kind of an herbal/grassy kind of note. Pleasant, but for this style it could stand to be a little more quaffable.

Taste is great, makes one think of a pleasant spring day. Obvious wheat, but the citrus and tropical fruits present work so well with it. Just a great taste profile for this style of beer. No obvious bitterness or hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is just right.... not over carbonated like a lot of beers in this category end up being. Finishes smooth but retains a sense of crispness.

Overall this is a very good beer for the style and a great, easy drinking warm weather beer. Also would make for a great transition beer for someone coming over from the macro world. A lot of flavor without feeling too "big". Another fine performance by bells.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold, with a hint of orange. Very little head

S: Lot of tropical fruit on the nose (Pineapple, mango) which I'm not used to in beer.

T: A hint of the fruit comes through with some citrus, though the taste is mostly of the wheat and yeast

M: Medium carbonation, starts heavy but ends very crisp

D: I don't know why it took me so long to try Oberon, but I can see this having a home in my fridge for the duration of summer

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Photo of Airedoggie
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy orange-amber with sediment bits floating in suspension. Nice frothy head with moderate retention and decent lacing

S: Clean citrus, spices, and sweet wheat, almost yeasty.

T: Lemon and orange citrus hops up front, with a lingering earthy and spicy aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with a nice balance of carbonation

O: A delightful wheat brew. Easily drinkable. My favorite summer beer.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours an amazing yellowish red with some amazing suspension going on I truly love when you see some nice unfiltered wheat in the beer. Smell is crisp and ripe earty tones of grass, lemon and tweed. Taste is very good, I can taste some biscuits some roasted grains a bit of malt and a touch of hops to balance this amazing beverage. This is an amazing beer and goes down very smooth, I can't really find another one in my book that goes down this smooth, great job.

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