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:
1,747
Ratings:
6,613
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Photo of tbryan5
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light "Blue Moon"-ish wheat ale that is very drinkable and crazy crushable especially on game days. Has some orange and wheat flavors and aromas that remind you of summer evenings. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Riff
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Color is a pale, straw yellow with a very small head, less than a quarter finger, that is white. Some carbonation drifting to the top of the glass. Smells heavily of wheat with a little bit of citrus. Taste is much the same, like a wheat cracker with a hint of citrus, maybe oranges? Taste does not linger at all, body is very light with virtually no carbonation. Kind of goes down as easily as a glass of tea. I could see this for sitting out on a porch or in a boat on a very hot day, but would fear that any of the flavor in it could not stand up to any sort of BBQ food, etc.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 3/3/16. Almost clear golden pour with suspended matter. Add the bottom of the bottle and it becomes quite full of suspended matter. Very good head volume, average retention and outstanding lacing.

Good nose of light lemon and wheat cracker.

Light body that is smooth. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. A light effervescence at the beginning that gains strength and closes with a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks a bit of complexity. Intensity and balance are outstanding. Light lemon and wheat cracker arrive initially. Mid palate delivers a subtle bitterness and an equally subtle biscuit sweetness. Clove becomes the main component from the middle on riding over the wheat. The finish is somewhat crisp and light clove lingers.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours straw golden, tall fizzy white head fades quickly, soapy lace. Aroma of wheat, mild banana and spice. Light but flavorful taste, wheat cracker, banana, mild pepper, grassy hops. Finishes dry and crisp. Nice brew for the style, refreshing.

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

Oberon pours to a thin, pebbly white head that immediately begins to decay to a thin ring, perched atop a borderline hazy/cloudy, effervescent pale gold body. Lacing is scant, just fast-retreating spots and blobs. The aroma is super-light, consisting of hints of citrus, cracker and indeterminate spice. The flavor is more assertive, being moderate in intensity: a somewhat murky wheat malt flavor with hints of estery spice and a slight yeast presence, all hedged in by a moderate brightish earthy/spicy hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, being just a bit of wheaty caramel, followed by a modest earthy rebound bitterness that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is slightly big for the light body, and is a bit astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and prickly from the assertive carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 41 days after pkg)

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty white oak color, unfiltered. Off white head.

Smell is nice, clean, wheaty, citrus.

Taste is ok. Lager-y.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, moderate weight, nice carbonation.

Finish is of a type with the flavor. Light. Sessiony. Not my bag, baby.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon has a medium, off-white head, an initially clear, yellow appearance, some streaming bubbles, and stringy lacing left behind. The beer clouds up, after the "swish & pour". Aroma is of spices (alligator pepper?), sweet, white bread, and maybe sourdough. Taste is of slight banana, alligator pepper, white pepper, coriander, a shade of banana, white wheat bread, possible bubble gum, and practically no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Oberon finishes drinkable and semi-dry.

RJT

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

Three things signify the beginning of Michigan's summer: the end of hockey playoffs, 80 degree weather and the release of Bells Oberon. I know people that go crazy for it but I'm not one of them. I think it was perhaps the first craft beer to really emerge on the Michigan beer scene 10+ years ago and therefore has a historical significance to Michigan beer drinkers. It told us that it was ok to put the Bud Light down and try something new.

With respect for what it is and to its success, it's not my favorite but it's decent. You get a blend of citrus notes and some rich wheat malt on its own but gets a boost when the bartender adds a slice of fruit to it.

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

I may have a bias for this beer due to the fact I'm from Kalamazoo MI (Bell's headquarters) but Oberon is one of my absolute favorites. There's only a few other beers out there that I enjoy as much as an ice cold Oberon with a fresh orange wedge.

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Photo of mannagills
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the moment this is my favorite beer. Cloudy appearance with minimal head and light lacing. It has a slightly fruity aroma that reminds me of spring. The best part though is the flavor. Slightly spicy so it makes my mouth tingle . . . and smile! This is a great spring and summer beer.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oberon pours a hazy orange hue with a small head and a decent lacing. The aroma has hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor starts out initially with hints of wheat and finishes with hints of citrus. The finish does have a surprising bitterness that I was not expecting but didn't detract from the beer too much. Overall this is a great beer and perfect for the Spring and Summer months.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Refreshingly light overall, the sort that's perfect on a hot Summer day with a crisp wheatyness. There's a malty core taste with a bit of citrus flavor (but not specifically orange, grapefruit, lime, etc.)

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour! Hazy, murky pineapple juice. Nice fruity aroma mixes well with the ale and slightly spicy body. Orange, lemon, peach and strawberry with a bit of pepper. Hoppy, fruity, spicy, crisp and light. Finishes like a champ.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mildly fruity and hoppy. Has some wheat and citrus peel flavors. Not as bold as would be expected with the aroma. It smells sweet, citrusy and summery. It has a bitter finish but is overall crisp and with a good carbonated feel.

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Photo of Angela1956
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/gold color, slightly cloudy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet and smells of orange peels. If you could pinpoint a "summer smell" it would be the aroma of Oberon. Tastes very much like wheat and citrus peel. Slightly bitter notes. To me this beer kind of tastes dirty, not sure what it is about it. If I had to choose an orange-flavored beer, I would actually go with Blue Moon over Oberon. It's a great beer for the summer, something for my palate is just a bit off.

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Photo of hennin55
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: nice head, light amber in color
Aroma: yeasty and fruity
Palate: smooth and relaxed in the mouth
Flavor: acidic and sweet
Overall: not overpowering at all!

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Photo of KatieSmith
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very easy going wheat ale. Not a lot of complexity, but a great drink to have on a patio in the spring/summer time. This beer has some spicy hop characters to it as well as mild fruity aromas. This is a smooth drink, and is very enjoyable, just don't expect anything extremely bold and exciting.

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Photo of stinewils24
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is light gold, with a hint of orange. It smells of citrus, has some spice and lemon as well. The taste is of citrus, lemon, and wheat. The texture is carbonated with a spicy kick. Overall it was very flavorful, but not for me.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know there is a lot of hype about Oberon and how great it is, but I disagree with it just a little. I am not saying I do not enjoy Oberon or love it, but I would prefer something else when choosing.
Aroma has light hops and a nice blend of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges .
Flavor is very light and refreshing. I really enjoy the citrus and orange flavors that are balanced well with the bitterness of the hops and wheat.

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Photo of HensonJ3
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer out there. Its light body makes it easy to drink more of. Hoppy and fruity aromas contribute to the amazing taste of this summer beer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of klmerreot
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful Summer beer. Nothing quite like drinking a cool oberon on a nice hot day. The citrus notes are refreshing and the "spiciness" at the end gives it a wonderful mouth feel.

I love this beer and the brewery that produces it!

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Photo of defilli2
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love that the release poster changes each year. The beer has a dark, orange look that seems thick. Perfect amount of citrus but a smooth tasting beer. Refreshing and perfect for the summer. One of my favorite beers of all times.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A clear light yellow/gold with a foamy one finger head that lasted. Thick lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus-y fruits (lemons, oranges) and light piney hops.

T: Light, summery, featuring wheat and light fruits. A bit of spiciness on the finish to give it just a bit of zing. Refreshing.

M: Low to medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: I've been hearing so much about this one. Glad it made it Mississippi. A great back porch beer. Sessionable.

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

This beer is one of my all time favorites. It's golden colored and delicious. It is fruity and goes down super smooth and it's not too heavy! Great to enjoy in warm weather it makes for a super refreshing drink!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wheat beer provides yellow color with lots of granules floating throughout. This is what you want in a wheat beer ya? Aroma definitely kicks down the wheat. Mild lemon citrus notes in the taste.

Light mouthfeel, wheat is soft here, bitterness is tamed. Hot weather beer with flavor. Balanced and dry, this one should please many different types of beer drinkers.

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