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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,780
Ratings:
6,736
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,780 | Ratings: 6,736
Photo of Azzrian
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice light Ale with a mildly cloudy appearance and decent lacing. Not much head to speak of. I was able to detect very little aromas on the sniff other than slight acidity and some mild citrus.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied for a lighter flavored beer.
A great introductory ale most light beer drinkers should enjoy. Will try this out on my husband who has only recently graduated from Bud Light to Blue Moon I think he would like it a lot.
Flavors range from citrus to baked goods - bready and yeasty.
Yeast being a predominant flavor even in after taste.
Carbonation is sparkly.
Overall a mild flavored brew with some hints at spice but not overly so whatsoever - more of a spicy tingle on the tongue than flavor.
Not necessarily my cup of tea - I mean beer - but I can absolutely see this being a gate way beer to better beers than your typical Bud by far!
Hoppiness present but no where near that of an IPA obviously but they are detectable.
After taste is somewhat hoppy and slightly bitter but not so strong your lager drinkers would be repulsed.
Solid for what it is marketed for and one of my more loved Wheat Ales to date.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber color, half finger white had, nice lacing, good carbonation.

S: Wheat, bread, biscuit.

T: Bready, malty.

F: Nice mouthfeel, refreshing.

O: Nice wheat beer.

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid hazy orange pour with a small white head and noticeable yeast particles at the bottom after settling. Smells lightly sweet and sticky, but no particular notes to pick out (I have a terrible sense of smell). The taste is of light clove spice and a nice sweet and tangy-refreshing wheat character. Noticeable hops at the end that linger slightly giving a mild astringency. Medium-high carbonation, medium-dry, with a thicker than normal mouthfeel for an American wheat. Overall, an excellent wheat rendition, equally thirst quenting and flavorful.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I finally got to try Oberon, a beer that has a lot of hype in my neck of the woods. The beer left a head that lasted in the glass forever. The beer itself has a nice golden cloudy color. It did leave a bit of lacing in the mug as I drank it. Overall, it's a nice looking beer. It smells like a pilsner/lager with lots of wheat, oats, and barley. Wheat seems to be the main ingredient, I could defiantly taste it from the start. It reminds me of a lager upfront. The back end of the beer was kind of bitter with an overlap of citrus, with a light spice and a small amount of hops. Overall, a very light and smooth taste with wheat standing out as the main ingredient. I agree with the people who say that this could be considered a wheat ale. Overall, this beer reminded me of a high class lager. It's not terrible, but I don't think it necessarily lived up to the hype that people give it. I would drink it again. I enjoyed the summer feeling that the beer gave off, and that's what it's marketed for. So give it a try if you can find it. (Especially if you like lagers like me.) Summer is almost over and it will be gone, so go get a 6-pack.

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Photo of DadsDrunkAgain
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oberon or Obi Jun as I call it is truly a Jedi class brew. Tastes like Blue Moon for men. It has that subtle coriander taste but doesn't have that waxy wheat beer feel. If you had to duplicate it mix 3 parts MGD with one part Shock Top Orange. Hell yah!

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

Fantastic 3 1/2 finger, dimpled, creamy head that hung around forever. The glass had thick lacing the whole time. Nice cloudy golden color.

As for everything else I tend to agree with the reviewer that said this may have technically been a wheat brew, but in tast was a pretty respectable pilsner.

Would make a great summer afternoon/evening session beer, which is just what it is marketed as on the can.

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Photo of BigGold
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 03/30/2016," into nonic pint. A fruitier pale wheat ale, this moves into second on my list for this style.

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Photo of emount91
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

this was a pure surprise, in the opposite direction. does not taste like a wheat ale, tastes like a lager. very little nose or flavor, decent carb, sad i was lead astray by people hyping this beer up. still better than most lagers though, ill give it that.

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

Bell's Oberon, 5.8% ABV, 10 IBU, american pale wheat ale. Pours medium thickness, hazy golden, not much head, nose is fresh, a bit lemony. Taste is wheat/yeast with some banana in the background. Decent mouthfeel. Overall I rather enjoyed it, wish I'd gotten a 22oz.

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Photo of Texter
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good example of a wheat beer, had on draft at Al's Tavern in Harbor Beach MI, they served it like Blue Moon with an orange slice. I also had the bottled version in Mackinaw City without the Orange.

It was better with the Orange slice, I liked it quite a bit as a summer beer.

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Photo of Xamonline
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased in MI
poured in weizen glass

L:
big somewhat dense head but not super thick; golden yellow in color to orange where glass is wider; lots of tiny yeast particulates
medium dissipation with minimal lacing

S:
maybe a little wheat and spices

T:
slightly bitter; hints of the back end of citrus without the brightness you would typically get from the front end; wheat and a tiny bit of hops; aftertaste carries the same with just a hint of the bitterness

M:
smooth with light carbonation; medium chewyness

O:
not the most exciting but a good standby when the options are few

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a one finger white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is wheat, yeast, and some slightly overripe banana. Taste follows with yeast, wheat, unbaked bread dough, overripe banana, and hints of spicy hops and floral tones. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and carbonated but a bit oily. Overall, a pretty good American wheat ale, although a metallic profile comes through.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught at a restaurant. It poured a pale, straw yellow color with a fluffy, snow-white head and lacing. It smells of wheat, orange peel, and spice. The taste follows the nose with a subtle orange-wheat flavor. There is also a hint of spice and hops at the finish. This ale is light and slightly creamy. At 5.8% it is very easy to drink. It nicely complimented the Cuban sandwich with which I drank it. Overall, it is a well-crafted and enjoyable American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: A pale golden yellow. Poured with a finger of bubbly white head. Dissipated rather quickly to a slight ring around the glass.

S: Bready malts, maybe a little lemon.

T: Bready sweet malts, a little honey and some spiciness.

F: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Very easy to go down.

O: A great summer beer.

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Photo of atr2605
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a nice yellow straw color with some hazy and sediment, white head with decent retention
S-sweet malt, wheat, slight herbal spiciness
T-honey and wheat, spicy herbal flavor throughout, slight dry biscuit in the finish
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, crisp
O-very refreshing beer, great summer session beer

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Photo of The_Atom
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a slightly hazy orange with a great looking head and lacing. Tastes immediately of wheat with a malt undertone. Hints of fruit/citrus near the after taste. Great flavor, moderate body, and perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly hazy copper gold color with a small white head that dissipated pretty quickly. One or two fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of toasted wheat and cereal grains some spicy hops and a little sweetness. Not the most complex aroma but still one that is inviting.

T: Lots of toasted wheat and cereal grains, with some nice spicy hops and a little bit of orange. Medium bitterness.

F: Pretty full body but still pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty hazy orange, fizzy head lingers for a minute or two.

Orange, bread, subtle.

Zesty orange peel zing, fresh herbs, bread, a pang of sweetness and bitter hops in the finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel, guessing ABV at 4.5%.

Nice summery beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Hazy cantaloupe orange colored body with a white head that recedes to nothing but a collar with light random jagged lines of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet wet cereal grains, faint white pepper spiciness, subtle orange zest.

Taste: A nice combination of subtle spicy hops and orange and lemon zest. A good malt body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little creaminess.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable, what I would call a summer ale for sure.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pale orange/amber with tons of sediment with a thin one finger head, minimal lacing.
Smell: Smells tart like a sour ale, slightly sweet malt, and strong yeast.
Taste: Tastes only slightly sour and very light. Strong yeast notes and middle bodied malt, very drinkable but flavorful. Wheat in the malt is prominent.
Feel: Very light and drinkable, moderately heavy carbonation.
Overall: This beer is perfect for summer. Tart but not sour, light but flavorful, wheaty but drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, even chunky straw color with a white head that fades fast.
The aroma is lemon, grain, grass and a slight vegetal note.
Taste is lemon and grass, a bit of cracker and a slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium, soft, round and smooth.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon pours delicious with the density of orange juice and a blush of a peach martini. Towering head of 3 fingers, leaving spotty lace amongst a couple broken webs.

Aroma is weak in volume but the characteristics are there - honey-tinged wheat, salted pretzel, peeled orange.

Flavor is rich and wheaty, touches of orange peel, with wheat thins and pretzel. It's incredibly refreshing, undoubtedly creamy, and has a great semi-dryness on the finish.

Bell's Oberon is a great adventure. I imagine I'll be picking more up this summer when we cross the border to camp in Iowa. Nice work again, so glad I could try this.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours from a bottle a deep golden color, with little head. Smells like a mass produced adjunct beer, and like fertilizer. Taste is nice, slightly spicy in the hops, but not at all overpowering. Smooth as you'd expect from a wheat beer, but not much in terms of gravity. Drinks much thinner than it should.

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Photo of bwood06
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a Helles glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 1/2 finger head in height and the head is bright white in color with a light frothy appearance. The head dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is hazy with the yeast visible and moderate to high carbonation visible in the form of small bubbles racing toward the surface of the beer. 4.25/5

S - There is a very distinct yeast aroma to the beer with an earthy, musty character as well as a bit of light caramel and rye bread. The aroma is not as sweet and much more earthy than expected. A bit of orange peel and peppery spice comes through as well with hints of herbal hops. 3.5/5

T - Light caramel and multi-grain Cheerios come out right away along with a bit of an earthy yeast note than gradually increases in intensity. Orange peel as well as a hint of orange flesh, peppery spice, and musty hay come out in the middle of the flavor profile which is then finished off by a bit of grass and herbal hops. Not much in the way of bitterness with no real lingering bitterness either. 3.75/5

M - Moderate carbonation burn up front which gradually diminishes over the course of the sip. Slight drying on the back end with an ever so slight lingering dryness. Light to medium bodied in stature. 3.75/5

O - I had high expectations for this beer and unfortunately it just didn't live up to those expectations. The yeast profile of this beer really throws me off for a wheat ale. It's much more of a Belgian than American wheat to me. Light drinking and fairly sessionable, this beer is well balanced between sweet and bitter. 3.75/5

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample while checking out the expo at HomeBrewCon.
Slightly hazy light yellow with a decent white head. spicy earthy sweet bready with a cereal quality to it. Easy to drink, glad to have tried it.

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