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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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy golden, yellow, with almost two fingers of pure white head, that leaves nice, thick lace.

A: Buscuity and sweet malts, lemon, some citrus and grainy hops, wheat. This is just what a summer brew should smell like.

T: Again bready, with lemon and other citrus. The sweet malts and grainy hops are balanced very nicely.

M&D: Light body. The moderate carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel. At 5.8% ABV the drinkability is way up there. This is a great summer selection. Just another example of why Bell's is my favorite brewery. Skal.

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Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, bone white head, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates swiftly, equally light lacing. Light cloudy yellow color, opaque in spite of lightness, does have that gauzy summertime look to it. The nose at once anchors itself solidly in your nostrils and spaces out the scents to avoid the kind of density which makes it seem blockish, soft spoken lemon peel, wheat germ, white bread, pinch of sweetish baking spices, more so offers an unassuming earthiness. Medium-bodied, holds onto its weight throughout, from the first sip balance and restraint are clearly among its hallmarks. The wheat, oat, bread dimension round and without greenness, some residual sweetness in the orange, lemon citrus, surely doesn't require an actual wedge. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander spice unobtrusively present. Perhaps some apricot or peach fruit notes. Even the carbonation is demure, if there's any real complaint it may actually be tactful to a fault. Cleans up well through the finish.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – hazy and glowing yellow color.

Smell – little citrusy smell, but can smell the wheat complexities.

Taste – little lemon and more of a wheat flavor. very good to have a couple of these outside in the brutal sun.

Mouthfeel – little carbonation, easy on the mouth.

Drinkability – liked it a lot. much better on draught than in a bottle!

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Photo of Maiora13
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful well rounded Ale. Perfect for summer evenings. The Citrus aroma rounds the full body a wheat ale can often have making it uniquely light for a wheat ale.

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Photo of haywire77
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 mini keg into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is very cloudy copper/light orange color with a bit of suspended wheat "funk" in the glass. 2 finger bone white head reduced to almost nothing in about 5 minutes. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell is very subtle citrus, lemony orange and a bunch of wheat. Maybe some fresh baked bread in there as well. Nothing too overwhelming.

Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot 90+ degree summer day (or any day for that matter). Light citrus and a touch of golden honey round out the wheat bready flavor. Not too sweet as so many other summer seasonal beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and light at the same time, but only at first. After you take a drink and swallow, when you breathe in, it's gone.

Overall this is a fine example of a pale wheat. At first I thought that I could session this beer but after consuming a couple bottles with a light lunch, way too filling! Maybe it's all the wheat bread?!? I would drink this all year round if it were available.

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Photo of alabencki
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Michigan beer!

Poured from bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that never really goes away at all, even after sitting for a half-hour.

Smells of coriander and citrus with some pale malts and white wheat in the background of the scent. Subtle grassy hops aroma, with just a tiny bit of something that smells like honey (I am unsure as to whether or not honey is used to flavor the beer).

Taste is pretty much exactly what you smell... Coriander and citrus, honey flavor, subtle grassy hops and white wheat.

Overall a very well balance, very well done beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours gold with a solid head, looks pretty good.

smell is sweet with a slight spice. some mild candy yeast to this as well.

this tastes pretty damn good. a nice mild sweet yet slight spice to this. finishes sweet with a slight acidic burn to me.

overall this is pretty good, one of the most full flavors wheat ales i've had.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The rains-a-comin' down outside, no fireworks, so let's try the Oberon...

Light, cloudy, tangerine color. Sparse bits of sediment settle to the bottom. No head, just a crown of bubbles on the outside.

Light floral aroma, very unassuming, but pleasing.

Light and fruity taste up front, oranges and lemons, a light hop bite, very delicious! Aftertaste is just slightly bitter, wonderfully balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth with adequate carbonation, clean enough for a summer ale.

Drinkability - Wow. A nice summer brew with great flavor and balance, just enough taste to lure you into more. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of Brackh
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice foamy white head. Sweet, fruity and wheat smell. Taste is delicious. Has just enough of a spice to it. Very well balanced wheat taste too. Great beer. Don't drink just one of them.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange color w/ a white two finger head that lingers. Wonderful carbonation and lacing on this beer. Can't see through the beer at all, even w/ the light color. Fantastic.

S- Nose is wheat, fruit, hops, some malt. Very mild smelling, but balanced and very pleasant. Pear and apple as well.

T- Same profile as the nose. Super tasty, especially for the style- I could drink these all day and never tire of the taste. It's not over the top, just really tasty. Nice finish. Can't get over how tasty this brew is (and I'm usually a Tripel/Quad guy).

M- Very thin, but the hop character coats your mouth and lingers into the aftertaste along w/ the malt. Nice...

O- I'd never really had this beer, but Bell's has a winner here. This is a fantastic brew taste wise, and for the style- it's great. I will not hesitate to pick this up again- especially in the warm months. Cheers.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually had this from the mini keg to a pint glass. Pour was very nice with amber, golden, wheat tone and an awesome 2+ finger pillow head. Nose was a touch weak with cloves, citrus, grapefruit and some florals. Taste was right on for a 100+ degree summer day. A nice blend of wheat, hops and fruit to make me come back for more. Not too complex, but not simple either. I think Bell's got this just right. A little tart on the front end that gives way to a subtle bitter ending. Feel is a good bit of carbonation, perhaps a bit skinny, but lively on the tongue. Overall- Very solid effort. It's not an over the top wheat, but yet a nice blend of the characteristics. Grapefruit/citrus notes are nice edition. Well balanced and will be finding another mini keg to tap soon.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always forgetting that I like this beer. I'm not sure why, maybe just because I love Two Hearted Ale so much I forget about this one.

It's definitely a superior brew and probably was a bit of a trend setter in the genre. This genre might have once included much less energetic beers like Anchor, but this one opened the door for even more robust beers like Lagunitas Little Sumpin. Comparing this to Little Sumpin, this is more civilized. A bit Michigan Republican to Little Sumpin's commie.

I intend to pick up a cask of this - I've seen them around several stores. Unlike Two Hearted, I don't think this should be aged. Just drink it now!

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Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, this is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever encountered!

beer pours a beautiful hazy light orange with a huge head.

aroma is of wheat and orange zest, quite nice.

taste is a nice clean wheat ale taste with a subtle hint of orange followed by a touch of hop bitterness that rounds out the finish quite well.

mouthfeel is on the thin side but still very enjoyable.

this beer is certainly not the most flavorful or complex, but for what it is, a refreshing summer session beer, it is superb. something to look forward to when the weather turns nice.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh bottle from the year's new batch. Everything about it was great except it didn't smell as strongly as I remember it.

Poured a medium, hazy copper color. Medium body with a strong flavor, but not overly so. Definitely a very drinkable beer. Spring has arrived!

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't go wrong selecting a nitro-can of Oberon for a party. This beer pours a nice two fingered head of tight white foam which leaves lacing on your glass marking each stop you've made throughout your tasting.

The color is an attractive golden yellow that is cloudy as one would expect of a wheat beer. The aroma is mildly hoppy with notes of citrus and grain. The flavor is rich with hops, orange, grass and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is rich and full and makes hyou feel as if you're crewing on your beer. There is no disappointment here with this brew, at least until you've finished the can, so you'd better get two.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer session beer. Got a slight head with carbonation and nice lacing in my glass. Can smell the yeast along with the coriander and the taste demonstrates some hops and slight malts balanced well. Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth finish. A good example of what a wheat beer can be.

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Photo of Trystero
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really isn't summer until Oberon shines in your glass, so now that the summer is more than half over, I can find time to review it. For me, it's the pinnacle of summer beers to which I compare all other to. Enjoyed it on draft, from the bottle, room temp and ice cold. It works on all occasions.

Appearance: Warm, golden, sun-faded wheat. The color of radiant beems filtered through a curtain on a summer afternoon. Pours thick, sediment swirling, frothy 2 finger cream head riddled with fizz and carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of fresh squeezed citrus mixed with light airy floral notes, carried by smooth grains, cereal and summer wheat.

Taste: Initial sip is full of warming acidity, like fresh squeezed citrus. Lemon zest, orange peal. Then comes the smooth, mellow wheat and grains. Refreshing and juicy. As it warms the citrus notes become more apparent and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation appropriate for the style. Refreshing in only a way Oberon can be.

Overall: The paragon of summer wheat ales.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy (from the yeast) pale golden amaber with a creamy tightly packed one inch bone white head. The particulates that are floating in hear create a nice looking cloudy plumage that, to me at least, compliments both the color of the beer itself as well as the head, which does not last as long or leave as much lacing as I would have liked.

S: Buttery mellow orange and the lightest bit of banana sweetness. A good balance stuck between acid and sweetness with the fluffy sweetness of clove, banana and wheat all mellow but wheat dominating.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy lemon and orange juicy opening that is tamed by the wheat. Good to see an american pale wheat that is not afraid to show of the yeast and wheaty funk, not nearly as strong as a traditional hefeweizen but not too far removed. To be fair though there is a dectetable acidy citrus aspect to this beer that sort of puckers the back of the throat on the finish, which to me keeps things on the lighter side that, when coupled with the prickly carbonation, really makes the beer snap and taste refreshing. The finish has a really nice orange smoothness to it and makes you want to come back for more.

D: I don't care what people say about what can and cannot constitute a "lawnmower beer". This beer, its relative light body, its taste and refreshing quality makes this a fantastic choice for after yardwork on a hot day or for any day for that matter.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, big thick white head, pale cloudy body.
Interesting nose, buttered popcorn, and orange zest. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the butteriness was from diacetyl, but i loved it.
No butter in the taste tho, sweet, mandarin orange , with some lemon peel, and a bit of yeasty esters.
Beat wheat beer i have had to date.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale gold, with tiny suspended particles of yeast. The head is less than inspirational, as are the retention and lacing.

Aroma is excellent: fruity yeast esters combine with a citrusy american hop character to form a distinctive nose. Very nice.

There is a lot going on in the flavor of this beer for an American wheat. The yeastiness and bready malt character has much more depth than most beers in this style, and the production of fruity, estery flavors is also well above average. There's a seductive sweetness to this brew as well, a la ripe peaches or apricots. Part of this comes from dry hopping (I think?) and juicy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is even better: creamy and full, with a delicate and soft effervescence. Aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter, though overall bitterness is low for this ale.

One of the best summer beers out there. Light, yet complex.

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Photo of blackearth
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, yellowish color, almost like grapefruit juice. Has a puffy white head that thins, but then lasts. Orange and citrus aroma with faint hop and yeast notes. Light bodied, crisp with citrusy flavors and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very refreshing. One of the best summer beers ever brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc., poured from the bottle into a mug, this beer has got medium-light, hazy yellow body. Phenomenal head and lacing on this puppy! Maybe because I did a proper spin'n'smack to fully release the sediments.

Smells like citrus and zest. Perhaps some lemongrass.

I taste sudsy, hazy greatness in the form of citrus zest, very slight malt sweetness, and an overall refreshing element. I can't get over how unavoidable the sign of TRUE refreshment, a satisfies "ahh" , is present with this brew!

Cloudy and creamy for maybe 5 seconds, then clean and crisp! I've never experienced with ANY wheat style.

Overall an elated 4.5 is presented to Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc. I think I've found the wheat brew meant for me. I will cry like a toddler after this goes away after this season.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--body of this beer has a nice sunset color with a light white head

S--smell is light and quite yeasty, bread-like

T--its like one big cereal bowl in here. corn nuts, wheaty

M--light and very quenching

D--great representation of the style. I had the beer with and without the yeast that comes to the bottom. I prefered the beer with the yeast from the bottom. For some reason the hop flavor was more pronounced.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, light color with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of ripe citrus and fresh florals... very heavy suggestion of what on the nose, as well...
Taste was super-thick and creamy, with a strong orange, sorbet flavor that was immense and dominating on the tongue... Flavors of ripe florals, fresh citrus, nectarines, oranges, and tangerines were very noticeable and assertive...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and a very full-flavored, and big depiction of the style...
Great stuff with an equally good level of drinkability...

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