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 AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale, hazed amber pour with 2 fingers of loose white froth that retains pretty well, and leaves the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is a very nice cross of crisp wheat, hints of fruit and lemon. There's a nicely pronounced hop character than in the way of grassy and floral notes.

Flavor is delicious with some of the soft, fruity wheat notes of apple, apricot, and light citrus with a tingly hop bite of floral and spicey hops. Perfect bitterness alows the crisp wheaty goodness to shine through.

Body is nice and light, with a great slick mouthfeel and velvet texture that is supremely easy to quaff. Another winner from a great brewer. It's nice to see a brewery pay as much attention to it's lower ABV items as it does to it's Imperial Stouts and high gravity offerings.

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

Pint was served with a little head, and this lasted fairly well. The beer is a golden/pale yellow color and pretty clear. Smell is interesting, kind of toasty malt without much of a wheaty character. Taste is a nice, balanced light malt flavor with just a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick and not too thin. Overall, nicely drinkable but not outstanding.

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

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange colored beer without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity to the nose. Sweet wheat malt and bread aromas make up the bulk of the scent here. The fruity aroma here is mostly the understated scent of apricot and muskmelon with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet and bready at the start of the glass. Slightly spicy in flavor this tastes much like a Belgian witbier. The taste of coriander is in this one and a honeysuckle and orange flavor. Very low bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable summer beer here. I could have asked for more head formation but that is no biggie. The sweetness here probably will turn off some people but other than that I can recommend this.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given a sample taste at Crown Liquors 116th and Brookschool Road in Fishers, IN.

Poured an orange-hued cloudy orange from a 12oz. bottle, poured a fluffy one finger head that slowly fell to light lacing. Aroma is richly characterized by wheat and citrus, slightly spicy notes present as well. Taste is sweet and grainy, slight crisp lemon flavors present nicely complement the soft wheat body of this brew. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation level is low, and makes for a very smooth sipping beer. Finishes clean on the tongue, just about as drinkable as they come.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is the King of the Faries. Hehehe.

It isn't a bad beer, just not the inspired fare I expect from Bell's. There is a ong wheat presence which is countered by a nice batch of citrusy hops up front. The finish is sweet and mildly sticky. Which is strange, since it isn't a terribly full-bodied beer.

It's a no-brain summer drinker. Like most American Wheat beers, I'd rather a good Weizen, but that doesn't mean this beer isn't a prime example of what it is. Taking it for what it is, it's pretty tastey. I think it tries to hard to be a crossover beer rather than just a good beer that might cause people to crossover.

If you live in the Midwest, you've already drank it, and it's part of your summer ritual. If you don't, well, you aren't missing too much.

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

Thanks to my parents for this bottle since they were visiting family back in Michigan last week and brought me some Bell's stuff.

Appearence - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice half inch frothy head.

Smell - Smell didnt really do it for me, although I am not the biggest fan of lighter beers. Smelled some spice and wheat, not too much else I could pick out.

Taste - Was pretty good in my opinion, wheat malt taste really came out for me as well as some spice.

Mouthfeel - Was fairly smooth, had a pleasent aftertaste which stuck around a few seconds and was gone which I prefer for lighter beers.

Drinkability - Really hit the spot, was out all afternoon running around checking out apartments and when I got back all I really wanted was a refreshing beer and this nailed it for me. On a hot summer day after some yardwork this beer is perfect.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with some nice sediment at the bottom - ya gotta love that.

Smell is spicy and wheaty, with a slight lemony/orange zest.

Taste: This is a damn good beer. Slightly hoppy, with a delicate sweetness taking center stage. Spicy notes make an appearance but dont overpower in any way, with a nice, lazy crispness. Carbonation is near perfect, giving it a smooth, silky mouthfeel without being heavy at all. This is just a great, refreshing summer beer, perfect for the beach, by the pool, or after mowing the lawn.

Another winner from Bell's. This is what summer beer should be.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll try to be fair because wheat is not my favorite ingredient in beer.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy orange, almost glows in the glass with a nice white head that quickly leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell- Citrus and spice. The wheat comes through well.

Taste- Very good for a wheat ale. The citrus is mild and carbonation is mild as well. There is a spicy note in the aftertaste that is hard to describe. The wheat does not dominate as it does in so many other wheat ales.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, the mild carbonation lets it flow well.

Drinkability- Very nice for it's style. I like it much better than any other I've tried. Just not my mug of beer.

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Photo of Realale
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful full gold, with an almost orange glow contained within. Bright white head is there, and then gone, leaving just a few whisps.

Nose is hot wheat, with a good doughy maltiness to back it up. A hint of the pulpy innards of an orange seems to come and go. Mildest of spiciness is there as well. Familiar and nice.

Medium full in the mouth, with the malt and wheat weaving a lovely tapestry for my tongue. There's not a lot more to it than that. A tiny touch of clove seems to appear at the death.

Carbonation is very well controlled on this edition, and it leaves a lush quality to the malt that is endlessly more pleasing than the prickly-high carbonation that one sometimes finds in this beer. As it is, it's a beautiful summer sipper, though a degree less alcohol would up it's hot weather quaffability for me. Enough to hold the interest and keep you reaching for another, but not so much that you're distracted from the joys of summer, whatever yours might be.

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The folks at Bell's have taken some liberties with the American Pale Wheat style here -- with very nice results.

It pours a little darker than I expected, with good head and nice lacing as it subsided.

Smell is pure pleasure: light spices mixing with citrus, and a hoppy-grassy scent in the background.

The taste starts sweet, with orange and lemongrass, and finishes a bit tart. It's a little unusual for the style, but wow, it works well.

I wanted the mouthfeel to be a bit richer, but this isn't much to complain about. Maybe that's part of the plan by Bell's to make an unorthodox but remarkable wheat ale. One of the best of the summer.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew-July 2006, Summer Seasonal Beers

A:Unfiltered hazy yellow with a nice sized white head. As the head receedes, a substantial laceing is left behind on the glass.

S:The smell of yeast, malt, hops, and nutmeg(?) dominate.

T:Great taste. There is more hop flavor and less citrus flavor than many other wheat beers.

M:Very good on the pallette.

D: A great all-around summer beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very cloudy yellow with a thin, but well-retained white lace.
The smell was citrusy - especially lemon and wheat.
The taste was just that - wheat and citrus fruits - mostly lemon, some orange.
The taste was creamy and thick for a summer brew. It had a touch of a tang from the wheat. Very refreshing.
A friend of mine recently went on a trip to Michigan. I asked her to bring back some Michigan beer for me and she returned with this. When I saw I thanked and and thought: "Another boring summer brew?..." But, I was pleasantly surprised. I wish that they sold this around here. It's a good summer brew!

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Photo of nyjets1248
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah....It's Summer and the Oberon is back! In my opinion a great Wheat Ale. The Beer pours hazy orange with a one to two finger head that dissolves quickly. The aroma is a slight citrus, not overpowering. The taste is where this Beer makes it's stand. Smooth and citrusy with a hint of Hops to clean things up and knock the edge off of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. Drinkability is good and really hits the spot on a hot Summer day. It makes one happy to reside in Bell's backyard.

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Photo of errantnight
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Any reason why the bottle in the picture has an upside-down label?

The best American Wheat I've had to date. Really highlighted for me, finally, what is really lacking in my old Summer standby, Sam's Summer.

Which isn't to say I'm going overboard for this brew, but it does highlight everything you'd want from a summer brew. It's got a fine, cloudy appearance, a straw/gold hue with decent head that falls off quickly. It's got a light but zesty aroma of yeast and lemon, nothing worth getting worked up over, but enticing none-the-less.

The taste is easy and light without being watery and thin. Just enough hop to imperceptively cleanse the palate in the back half, just enough lemon acid to have you reaching for more, enough phenol and yeast to add depth, with some pale malt body. This doesn't begin to approach the depth of flavor of hefeweizens, and it doesn't have the fun spice notes of a witte, but it does have a discernable character, which is about all you can ask from an american wheat.

Now, if only we carried this in Boston. Or in LA.

Ah well, for every visit I make to the midwest in summer...

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Photo of znarf
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not your typical wheat. Even if you have tried other wheat beers this is the one is different. You will find more citrus influence with Bell's Oberon Ale than others of this type. Oberon is great with BBQ or sea food. It pours more golden than other wheat beers.

The pale ale influences defiantly show through with a good hop finish. I will drink this seasonal brew again soon and often as soon as they make more!

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Photo of tsmthrs
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Delivered to the table an orange color with an opaque cloudy haze below the inch of head.
Smells of lemons and oranges.
Taste is of citrus, similar to a thick summer ade with maybe a hint of bananas and spice.
In the past I have not enjoyed wheat beers, but the lightness of this is really agreeing with me. I could definately drink this through out the summer.
Drinkability- I picked up a sixer on the way home and enjoyed it the next few evenings.

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Photo of klewis
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7416

A: Pours a light starw color with lots of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Yeasty esters, grain, and a bit of citrus

T: Quite phenolic with bready yeast flavors and a crisp citrus taste

M: Light bodied, chalky, and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation.

D: I remember liking this more a few years ago. This is only a decent beer, but it is nice for hot days on the porch.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden yellow color with light carbonation and minimum haze.
Smells heavily of spices, citrus and malt.

Taste is medium bodied, malty, and bursting with citrus hop goodness.
Lemon flavors and malty finish make it a very refreshing and definitely a summer beer.

It seems many are champions of this beer; myself, I couldn't get past some of the sweeter flavors. I was surprised because I typically like wheat beers, so I won't rule out revisiting this one.

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

Bottle received courtesy of thefatkid13. Pours a medium golden hue with a fairly high amount of turbidity - lots of suspended sediment that never really settles out. Bright white creamy head starts out at about an inch and leaves some very pretty lacing as it subsides to a thin cap on the body.
Aroma is light malt and wheat, some citrus and light grass, and just a whiff of sulphurous skunkiness. Palate is nice, light, and crisp, yet still flavorful. Light wheat and a hint of crisp hops assert themselves up front, while some light fruity malt emerges towards the finish. Not a whole lot of aftertaste, just a crisp, ever-so-slightly sweet finish. Nicely drinkable, especially on the solstice. Unfortunately, I don't have a source for any more within 1000 miles.

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Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy darker gold with a nice little cap of white sitting on top. Nose is citrus and grass. Taste continues with the citrus/orange motif, with a spicy hit. Mouthfeel is creamy, like wheat meets wit. Although I love Hefe, I am not a big fan of the American Wheat, however, this might be my favorite of this style thus far. Bottle courtesy of Kramer17801.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow/orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good, tall white head w/o a lot of staying power. Nose is slightly spicy, with mild wheat notes. Also has a subtle sweetness. Palate is sweet up-front, with solid wheat characteristics behind. Decent hop balance makes it taste drier the longer it's in the mouth. Some spicy flavors linger about ... Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering wheat and spice flavors. I like this beer pretty well. I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but it's good none the less. I'd have it again.

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Photo of CJStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a very ordinary pour - pretty good head, nice lace, not as cloudy as I would expect but had interestingly large ""floaties". They were about the size of a grain of sand (not conditioning from bottom either) and did not seem to clump or combine.

Nose was pleasent. Mouthfeel was appropriately full. Moderately carbonated. Taste had a little too much alcoholic twang to it. IMHO detracts from the flavor of the style.

Pretty good, but would not purchase again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With summer comes Oberon... glowing, golden, and hazy like the sun through southern California smog! The bright white head holds well, buoyed by rising bubbles from beneath, but the lacing is a bit limited given the wheat content.

In the nose, wheat malt dominates with just a bit of yeasty/citrusy hop fruitiness.

The flavor, however, offers a little more with the addition of some more citrus fruitiness that includes a touch of lemon and a light dusting of non-descript spice (clove?). It's maltiness is lightly bready and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness and citrusy acidity, and it finishes chalky dry with a lingering note of dried fruit (apricot, tangerine, citrus rind).

A decent enough summer beer to be sure, and one with just the right amount of character to fit in at any number of events (back yard BBQ, fishing, sporting event, relaxing at sunset, etc.).

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Photo of becktone
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For starters this beer has a great head, fairly good lacing and somewhat notable head retention. I was expecting more in the way of "the head" with this beer, however it could be my glass. The color of this beer is lemon yellow. It reminds me of the lemon squares that my grandmother used to always make. What really surprises me about this beer's appearance is the clarity of it. I was expecting something much cloudier due to the high wheat content and bottle conditioning of this beer. I was expecting something cloudy, and more opaque, this beer is better described as hazy.

edit: now that the entire bottle is in my glass the appearance is much more appropriate for a wheat beer. Cloudy and Opaque.

Wheat malt is apparant in the nose of this beer. Floral and citrus tones are also apparent in the aroma of this beer. Smells much like one would expect from an American Pale Ale, with the exception of the wheat influence. Hops could be a bit more pronounced in my opinion.

This is a great brew. The distict wheat character is the first and foremost flavor tasted on the palate. After that a floral/citrus hop influence is easily recognized. This beer really hits the spot on a hot summer day. (Kinda going off memmory here, I'm sitting drinking on right now, but I think my tongue got burnt the other day. I remember the taste being very reminiscent of an APA, that was a few days ago when I cracked my first bottle open.)

Medium bodied on the palate, medium carbonation. What else can I say, I don't think that there is anything that could be possibly better on a hot summer day, too bad today isn't a scorcher. This beer is easy to drink, one that I will definitely get more of. Said it enough already, but I can't help but stress how good this beer is on a hot day.

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Photo of Mdog
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold, plenty of yeast particles in suspension.

Smell: Wheat, slight citrus.

Taste: Starts with a little wheat, then moves to orange and spice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy but not too light.

Drinkability: Excellent, these can go one after another on a summer day.

One of my favorites for the summer season, light enough to have several but with enough interesting flavors to keep me coming back. Highly recommended!

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