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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 | website

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
Reviews:
1,739
Ratings:
6,583
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 6,583
Photo of mwagner1018
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, slightly cloudy wheat present, poured with about 1 finger of very white light head, clears quite quickly.

S- Fantastic sweet, fresh, light and airy, with a nice lemon zest aroma, slight note of spice.

T- Very simple and clean in a good way, just enough hops to balance the flavor.

M- Crisp, nice texture and residual sweetness, with just a slight bitterness, clean and very fresh. Good light carbonation.

D- Yes, this beer completely fulfills my spring desire to have a nice refreshing balanced beer. I have always liked Oberon when I'm in the mood for a solid American Wheat...this one is top notch.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white bleachex head.
Smells high of spice notes and wheaty bread.
Taste is well noted in light yeast and lemon zest.
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Finish is zesty with notes of yeast on the end.
Drinks great for the summer and is highly refreshing.

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Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden, with white hues. White head is a dense pad with some wet lacing around the glass.

S- Wheaty citrus and a floral and grassy character. Smells fresh, like early summer.

T- Citrus and some great toasty and sweet malt notes. A little bit of a grassy flavor.

M- Wet and smooth. Clean and easy to drink. Refreshing for summer.

O- This is a classic, and one I hold close to my heart. One of the first crafts I had, and one I will always remember. So fresh, clean, and easy to drink. Great wheat traits, with out the yeasty, banana and cloves aroma and taste, like that of the Weizen style.

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at HopJacks in Pensacola. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful light orange. Had some debris in it. Was served with no head other than a thin wispy ring that did what it could with the lacing. I will chalk that up to a less than stellar pour. Still a good looking brew.

S: This is where it was lacking in my opinion, but still not bad. Smelled only of wheat and citrus.

T: Great. Lots of wheat up front with some nice hoppy notes, citrus (nice heavy orange), and malt. A great balance to this beer.

M: This beer is a bit on the light side but it works for the beer. Still has good coating and leaves a nice citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.

D: I really liked this beer. It has the refreshing nature of a wheat but still has some hop backbone. Very nice.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

twelve ounce bottle serving

Appearance: a nice golden hue, very cloudy, yeast sediment is present, a nice head on this one

Smell: smells of yeast, and wheat, there is some fruitiness in there too

Taste: bread, and and fruit, a slight hoppy aftertaste. This is a great one for the summer, I can picture myself drinking quite a few of these around the grill

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Photo of Bang34
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer and one of the better wheat beers I have had.

Amber-yellow in color with a white head that sticks around for a little while.

The smell isn't overpowering, pretty subtle with the wheat malts coming through, hint of lemon.

The taste is smooth, clean and surprisingly crisp for how thick the beer is. very refreshing and slightly bitter. Not overly challenging to the inexperienced palate.

Goes down easy, but the alcohol content is a little higher than most wheat beers, so session drinkers should be wary.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with an inch of moderately solid foam and patchy lacing.

S - Wheaty and earthy, with some citrus and sweetness. Some floral notes

T - Slight tartness up front, with a wheaty-sweet middle. Twang is somewhat muted, and there's some fruitiness in here instead. Citrus and some buttery notes finish this off.

M - Slick feel, carbonation not too strong.

D - Very drinkable. Solid summer beer with flavour.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, wonderfully hazy yellowgold with a big white head and good lacing.

Smells like natural sunshine oranges (not synthetic) and big sunny wheat malt. No, I don't quite know what "sunny" means, in relation to the smells of a beer. It's just a feeling that this gives off.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big, sweet citrus complexities giving way to a creamy, lightly spicy wheatmalt and a nice sweet finish.

A solid and quaffable summer brew. I would expect nothing less from Bell's.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at a Meijer store; packaged on May 30 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a muddy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger's worth of bubbly, soapy white head that soon fades into a loose collar and filmy cap. Modest amount of lace. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with notes of lemony citrus, sweet wheat malts, mango and apricot. A little subdued, but I definitely like what I am sensing.

A delicious pale wheat ale. Lots of wheat malt sweetness, although the banana-and-bubblegum notes common in German-style offerings are kept to a minimum in this one. Instead, their bready goodness is complemented with hints of orange, lime, apricot, and wet grass. Mildly spicy finish, with a slightly earthy bitterness that doesn't linger on the palate all that long. On the heftier side of light-bodied, with zippy carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, satisfying feel on the palate. Very drinkable; tastes considerably lighter than it actually weighs in at.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Bell's Oberon Ale is one of the finest American-style wheat beers I've ever had, combining the hearty wheat malt backbone of a quality German hefe, the citrusy hop notes of an American IPA, and the light, crisp, refreshing nature one should expect from this (frequently mundane) style. A great beer that comes highly recommended - I'd be buying this regularly if it were available on this side of the border.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber hue with a adequate head. Vibrant citrus and floral aromas jump out with sweet candy, and a grainy wheat aspect. One can definitely taste various fruit esters up front as well as a subtle spice alongside the wheat beer foundation. I find the mouthfeel to be smooth as promised, with a bit of a pleasant crispness. Overall, this is a staple for summer fun, and a standout beer in the Bell's lineup.

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Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. The thing that jumps out is the swirling sediment, which I find very attactive. The particle are all tiny specks the smae size and dance in the carbonation. It's very hazy but the color is a bright golden orange. The head from my pour is about a finger high, a pretty bright white color. It fades to a thin lacing on the surface.

S- The smell is not very strong. I have to get my nose right down in the glass to get the full effect. It is very wheaty/yeasty. A bit of orange and other spices. Nice, but could stand out more.

T- The yeast and wheat are predominant, making the taste a bit biscuity. Not very sweet. A slight hint of spices, coriander.

M- Nice medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Finishes clean. Quite enjoyable.

D- Oberon is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The clean finish is very refreshing, wonderful for summer. I could easily drink these all night.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5/14/14. I just got back from visiting Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI and saw the 10 gallon system where Oberon was 1st created

A - Cloudy yellow with no clarity. TONS of sediment showing off its unfiltered nature. 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass. Lots of yeast settles down at the bottom of the brew, showing off the bottle fermentation

S - Spicy hops and floral notes. Wheat

T - Orange and tangerine's, wheat, slightly spiced hops. Tasty as hell. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slight spice on the tongue.

O - An awesome summer brew I look forward to every summer. This beer is the taste of summer to me! An all-time great brew.

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Photo of craftaddict
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden amber with lots of bubbles rising to the top into a short-living white head that dissipates to a swirl and ring quickly leaving traces of lacing. Aroma is sweet with bready wheat balance with the citrus hops with lemons and oranges. Taste follows the aroma with the big wheat backbone up front and a slight hop bitterness in the finish with mainly citrus. A hint of spices show up in the taste that I didn't get in the smell. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation, good summer drinking.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Wisconsin Beer Fest mug.

A: A Thin white head, leaves slight lacing. A hazy body of orange.

S: Hints of clove and banana, a bold aroma.

T: A pleasant cream to the body of this beer. A nice and medium body for a wheat. The balance of malts and hops are well done.

M: Nice, warming mouthfeel. Very nice to find a creamy wheat beer.

D: This I find to be a very drinkable beer, in regards to style and overall impression the beer gives off. Many more sips are needed to find the subtle hidden flavors.

Notes: This is a great beer for the style, a goto for a lighter beer that has a nice warming body to it.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a nice white head and a good amount of sediment floating lazily about the glass.

The smell is light with hints of banana, peaches, and some flowers.

Taste follows with more lemon up front, fruit in the middle, and a good lemon and hop finish. Great refreshing taste.

The feel is light and creamy. Nice and unobtrusive.

This was pretty damn good. I've been putting this one off for some time and I'm glad I finally went for it. Good go-to for the style.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 91/100

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Photo of cameraman
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color with a half inch head, that dissolves away quickly, leaving a slight film on top. There is also visibility of carbonation in the glass. The light aroma of citrus hits the nose and is rounded out at the end by the soft scent of wheat. Light, airy bread like flavors hit the palate, with touches of oranges and lemon. Slight amount of bitterness at the end, not overbearing, very mild. A light, watery feel, but notto thin. The carbonation is very prevalent, but it takes nothing away, it cleans the palate. The dominant words for this beer are light and flavorful. Plus, with a low ABV, makes it a excellent beer. An extra bonus, with the wheat and citrus flavors, it goes really well with fish, particularly grilled salmon.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance starts out well enough with a hazey golden color and a nice white head, but the head quickly went away and died leaving no trace at all. which is a little of style wise.
the smell is of malt wheat yeast and smells good over all. almost a little fruit sweetness as well

the taste seems spot on style wise. it is a little dry with some sweet fruit flavorful cut with yeast and malt very low hops and seems relatively high in carbonation which leads into mouthfeel
its nice and medium bodied, with a somewhat high carbonation which is typical for this style,
very drinakable especially in the warmer months, a more bodied beer that pairs great in summer time

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at some random pizza joint in Milwaukee.

Appearance is orange-ish with a couple fingers of head. This looks nice, been waiting for this one. Its` nose has wheat, grain, a little citrus. Taking a sip of this, I taste bread, citrus hops and more of the wheat. Mouthfeel is easy going, this one drinks easily, although it is near 6 %. A couple of these would be great while doing some yard work or other outdoor activity. It was on a long weekend out of town that I finally got to try this...glad I did.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Hazy straw with an orange tinge. About a half inch of white head forms upon pouring.

S- Very nice wheaty aroma accented by citrus zest and some spices. I can't quite identify the spices, but they add an interesting and appetizing twist.

T- Actually a bit sweet upfront, but it quickly dries out to produce a nice wheat flavor. A small but noticeable dose of hops gives it a nice herbal kick, along with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. A lush, wheaty taste lingers in the mouth for a few seconds after the beer goes down.

M- Light, but not too light, with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Outstanding. Some might say it's bit too high in ABV to be a true session beer, but that wouldn't keep me from knocking these back all day.

This is a great American wheat beer, and a fantastic summer beer. I could down these by the sixer on a hot summer day. It's really nothing out-of-this-world in terms of flavor and complexity, but who cares? The world needs good, solid beers like this that you can just sit back and enjoy. Recommended.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dull orange hue. off-white fluffy head with a very minor residual head. definitely hazy.

S: a spicy fruitiness. orange slices. honey. crisp aroma.

T: wheat flavor is good. not cloying or sticky, but more refreshing. citrus flavor could be coming from the yeast or the hops. or both. either way a light floral fruitiness is definitely detectable. slightly sweet, fruity finish.

M: medium body with some medium/high carbonation. not effervescent, but still very refreshing.

D: great summer beer. light easy drinker, but great flavor as well.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap last night and couldn't pass it up.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon color, with a nice white cap formed by super-tiny bubbles. good amount of lace is left behind.

Smell is orange zest and wheat, wonderfully fresh hops.

Taste is where this Oberon comes to life. An orange-tinted undertone to back up the taste of freshly cut wheat. Mix in a blast of bright hops, and we have a winner.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. This beer surprised me more than any other at how fast I drank it without noticing. The 5.8% ABV is masked well beneath the sweet blissful flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and that makes it just that much easier.

I didn't care much for this category before, but as I try more and more APWA, I just realize I hadn't been drinking the good stuff before.

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Photo of oss68
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Orangeburg NY Holiday Inn ( Chris is bringing in some nice beers ). This beer has nice balance with both malt and hops coming through. Very drinkable , a really good summer beer. Herby, biscuity hops and good carbonation.
Wheats are not my first choice but I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fabian's in Columbus, Ohio in a straight-sloped pint glass.
A: Crisp golden honey, amber. Very clear. Poured with a cream, dense head that slowly died to a film.
S: Slightly musty, citrus (orange), and peach with bright, slightly piney hops. The beer in general comes off as fresh and crisp.
T: Bread with fresh orange juice, peach, and citrusy, piney hops. It leaves a crisp orange zest to linger.
M: Creamy and frothy, slightly syrupy, but crisp.
D: Awesome, even for the style.
For me, this almost defines the hefeweizen, pale wheat style.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.
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