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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
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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1,756
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3.83
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24.28%
 
 
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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden straw yellow. Respectable lacing throughout the session.
S: Typical wheat beer, I'm not finding the words to describe it. Nothing spectacular
T: Citrusy and slightly hoppy. I can definitely taste the wheat aspect, as well as the pale aspect.
M: fine carbonation, very refreshing.
D: Quite drinkable, although not much in the flavor department. Admittedly I'm not a wheat guy, but for what this beer is, it's enjoyable. After I finish this 6-pack, I probably won't purchase another.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Appears a hazy golden orange color with an aggressive pour leaving a small foamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with alot of citrus, some malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is orange, bread, and a small amount of hops at the finish. Also, just a bit of pine. This beer tastes awsome and is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of carbonation. The alcohol content is a bit higher than most regular wheat beers, but it is still quite refreshing and easy to drink. This is one of the better American wheats that I have tried. Another great beer from Bell’s!

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Photo of shroompod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 liter mini keg, I'll call it a giant can.2007.

Pours a golden cloudy color, good head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly muted, faint grassiness. This could be my allergies.

Taste is minimally hoppy. Slight lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry. Good Carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is high. A good lawnmower, summer session drinker.

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

This one pours a hazy golden brew, with some floating particles and an average, white head with very little retention.
Aroma is wheat-like, yeasty, cloves perhaps and some citric fruits, most noticeably oranges, but the smell also fades away quickly.
Light to medium in body, it is midly hoppy, perhaps more than I like for a wheat ale (I know, this is a pale wheat ale), but also has some cardboard taste in there suggesting oxidation.
Average, and I believe there are many better wheat ales out there, imports and americans.

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Photo of mjc410
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this, and I'm almost halfway in now, so I think it's high time for a review.

The pour into my Penn Weizen glass raises a very short head that's quite literally gone with the wind (I find that if I don't pour very lightly, the beer loses what little carbonation that it has, and tastes dead). The lacing is very spotty and slick. Below, the body is a bright golden yellow that lets color but not images pass through.

The nose is very light and bready, with a tiny bit of acidity and yeast. Otherwise, that's it. Really lacking here.

Taste:it's light and refreshing, with just a bit of wheat flavor and light banana undertones. It's a bit tangy at the end, and sweet.

The mouth is fairly light, with carbonation that seems only tenuously involved with the liquid. There's just enough as long you pour lightly.

If anything, buying a case of this due to its reputation will hopefully, finally teach me to not make whole case purchases without sampling first. It's not a bad beer, and it certainly is refreshing, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a bottle with an interesting label with a swirly sun which immediately invites summertime feelings. The beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is dark yellow/golden and cloudy. The smell is relatively mild with some hints of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is also very mild with a little hop on the finish, but not much. Not as much wheat flavor as I was expecting, either.

This beer really shines in its drinkability. Its flavor is mild, but still interesting and it would make an excellent session beer for any number of summer events.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.

Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a large Hefeweizein glass. A pale straw colored beverage emerges and is topped by a rocky, thick, tough white head. Tons of lacing down the glass and the head show no sign of leaving. Cloudy with lots of little bubbles racing skyward.

Aroma is crisp and clean. Wheat grains and slight orange peel aromas. Little hop aroma, if any. What hops there are seem to be quite light and earthy, maybe Saaz? Certainly no banana or cloves here. Not an overly aromatic beer but certainly not faulty in the aroma. Would have liked to get a little more but this will certainly do.

Tongue is greeted by te wheat first and foremost, and then followed by a slight hop bite that does not linger for more than a half second or so. There is some small clove in the flavor of the beer but is certainly nowhere near the classic hefe flavor.

A very nice beer. I used to drink this quite often about five years ago but have not revisited this beer since then. I m glad it is finally available in NC as I could see this one being in the fridge most of the summer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers again to limesmut for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 7832.

Oberon has a nice cloudy burnt straw color with a two finger bright white bubble filled head that dies down to a thin layer. Lacing is pretty sticky to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is quite pleasing, hints of spiced orange and wheat. Flavor starts off with a nice malty/wheat taste and finished with a crisp citrus hop bite. Orange pops up again on the tounge, but very mild. Very clean light bodied mouthfeel. Good solid beer from Bell's. Could definitely share a few of these with friends around the grill on a hot summer day.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new mug. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy medium golden color with an orangish hue. Head is a good finger thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice surface layer with a good, thick ring lining the inside of the glass. leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of wheat, malt and citrus or lemon are present. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Wheat and malt upfront followed by hints of citrus and grapefruit. The fruity aftertaste lingers. Has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be! A real winner from The fine folks at Bell's. I will drink this again for sure.

Eric

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Photo of genog
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Gallo's Tap Room (submitted a beerfly review, but it does not appear yet)

Pours a very nice pale orangeish colour that tapers from bottom of the glass up.

A very nice smell of fresh subtle wheat.

Fresh taste that is complimented by (as previous reviews have said) grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.

Carbonation lingers resulting in a fresh feeling that makes me take another sip.

Had this on a warm summer afternoon, and I could have had 2 more, time permitting. I am going to pickup a 6 pack very soon, but will probably come back to Gallo's to get it on tap.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, glowing pale orange and gold hue, topped by just over two fingers of fairly dense head that slowly dissipated.

S: Pale malt and wheat grain scent up front, a little sweet fruit and citrus in there as well.

T: The introduction is a fantastic wave of wheaty malt goodness straight to the palate, with a crispness that maintains a light fruit flavor leading into the middle, followed by the carbonation and flavor bubbling over the back of the tongue into a slightly dry and refreshing finish. Lingering hints of wheat and hops cling to the palate, making for one hell of a beer.

M: Near perfection on this, with a solid amount of carbonation, but enough to complement the flavor characteristics and make for an absolutely delightful finish. Very well done in this category.

D: Whether it's a day for an outside BBQ or late night summer party, this beer hits the mark for refreshing taste and composition. A great take on the wheat ale tip.

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

Pours out a straw coloured golden sun shine. Not much head. Nose- strange flavour coming across- I don't know what that is?? taste- light citrus, some alcohol flavour, and an almost macro creamed corn type taste. Hard to figure out. Its a difficult to describe beer, but is decently tasty at the same time. I can see why this is Bell's big seller for the summer time. Its refreshing, full of flavour, but non offensive at the same time. I wouldn't look long and hard for this again, but was worth picking up a six pack.

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

Oberon is a staple in Michigan, particularly in the Kalamazoo area, it is one of the few craft brews that normal people around here drink, and it's widely available, often on tap in places that only have the big 3 available otherwise.

Oberon pours orange with a nice head, the nose on it is lightly malty with a hint of citrusy hops in the background.

The flavour is a straight malty beer with some spice and bananas on the very back end. This is an easy drinking summer quaffer with a bit of character, but it's not spectacular by any means.

Mouth and drinkability, both decent for the style, nothing remarkable.

Bottom line: Oberon is a beer that I tend to drink during the summer due to the aforementioned availability. It's not a bad beer, but I personally feel there are better alternatives, particularly Arcadia's Whitsun, which is also fairly easy to run into here in Michigan. Oberon isn't bad though, and I respect the fact that it has opened a lot of people up to craft beer locally.

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Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a conventional glass (not wheat beer style) pale amber colour, and cloudy as expected of an unfiltered wheat beer.From the aroma, I would not have guessed it as a wheat beer (certainly not in the German style) as it was more sweetness malty and hints of citrus rather than the cloves and bananas you expect. Taste leaned more on the malty side of fruitiness, and as others suggested, grassy and fairly sweet, though not unpleasant to my taste. Little or no bitter hop characteristics at all. I enjoyed this fairly well, and would have it again, though it has little in common with wheat beers as in the German tradition. Maybe a shade too sweet for my taste, would not class it as an outstanding beer, but pleasant enough on a hot summers day and easy to drink.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL) May 2007
B'ham UK

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy golden color very cloudy with all the suspended yeast particles floating around. Tall white creamy head dissapated on the quick side,leaves a coat of lace down the glass.

The aroma were clean on the faint side,grassy,fruity with some light hints of carmell. Smells reminisent of apricot nectar a combination of the fruityness and the yeast character, no real wheat aromas were present. A slight perfumyness also noted.

Bitter dried fruit tastes,tart an apricot/peach type fruityness,odd taste for a wheat,finishes with an unripen fruit taste and hints of citrus.

Grainy texture, some roughness on the palate,not like that of a typicla wheat. Odd tasting beer,not one of my favorites from Bell's. Might need to get used to the taste of this one. Wouldn't really want to have another.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a pale and cloudy amber and is topped by a frothy white head that is about 1 finger high.The aroma is fruity and a slight bit citrusy. I detect a faint bit of banana in there as well. The taste is mildly fruity, apples, oranges and bananas. There is a very faint hoppiness in the taste too. The mouthfeel is tangy and zesty and very refreshing. It goes down easy.

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Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, dull orange. One finger head that fades to some moderate lacing.

S – A very nice grapefruits smell.

T - Very good. Starts off as your typical wheat beer, but then fades to a very nice ripe grapefruit taste that lingers in the aftertaste. Not too complex, but very simple and very good. The flavor doesn't feel added like some, but compliments the rest of the beer very well.

M - Great, not acidic or too sweet, very crisp.

D - High. No alcohol taste to speak of, I could drink these all day.

A great summer brew. Every year I cant weight until the first kegs hit my distributors so I can get one. This is my favorite summer brew and everyone who has tried it loves it. It’s a great hit at summer cook outs.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, if you think you'll enjoy a summer seasonal based on a wheat beer, without any fruitty flavors such as cherry or rasperry or apricot, then this may be your beer. Very drinkable and therefore loved by those looking for the lighter refreshing side of craft brews. This is one of those you would enjoy on a hot summers day watching the ballgame. Not a fan of the wheat beer but I could drink more of these.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a snow white head that quickly drops to leave nice lacing.

Smells citrusy. A hint of lemon and a wheatiness on the nose.

Taste is very wheaty. Light citrus initially. Slightly grainy, with some orange and lemon zest.

Light and fluffy in the mouth.

I'm hard pressed to find a better summer brew. Nicely made and very refreshing.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

A - Hazy, dull orange, almost a light brown, looks good though. One finger head that fades to some moderate lacing.

S - No real nose to speak of, which I guess is better than smelling bad. Maybe a hint of mellon, but I could be imagining that because that's what I expect to smell from the taste.

T - Very good. Starts off as your typical wheat beer, but then fades to a very nice ripe cantalope taste that lingers in the aftertaste. Not too complex, but very simple and very good. The flavor doesn't feel added like some, but compliments the rest of the beer very well.

M - Good, not acidic or too sweet. Decent carbonation.

D - High. No alcohol taste to speak of, I could drink these all day.

A great summer brew. Maybe too sweet for some, but nothing crazy. Not too complex, but what it does, it does well. A very refreshing and balanced, if simple, beer. Definitely one to pick up for some hot summer days.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 4-29-07
Batch 7842
Bottled on 2-28-07

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head, good lacing. Lots of little floaters in the glass though.

Smell is slightly sweet, little bit of malt and a little bit of citrus hops. Very light and easy.

Taste is good, pretty sweet with some a good summer spiciness. Bitterness is subdued and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation adds to the spicy flavors.

Drinkability is very good, you could polish off a sixpack of these no problem. A welcome summer beer and a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun golden body filled with small floaters. Low carbonation and an off-white creamy head with good retention and lace.
Fresh grass and lemon scent. Abit of grain and floral notes and a creamy feel to the scent.
The first impression of the taste is a fresh and invigorating sensation. There's a touch of orange mingled in with the overall sweet malts. There is good balance with a much hoppier aftertaste than I'd have expected.
Medium body and good coating.
Great summer brew. Highly drinkable but in the higher abv end of the session beers.

-Oelergud

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