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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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1,753
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6,637
Avg:
3.83
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12.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,753 | Ratings: 6,637
Photo of sweemzander
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale straw yellow color that produced a good but quickly dissipating pure white head. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- Primarily a very straw-like dryness with hints of a grainy subtle lemon rind.

(T)- The wheat definitely shines in the flavor profile with subtle citrus and a yeasty grain-like aftertaste.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a smooth and crisp balance fitting well into its style. Ever so subtle bitterness amidst a refreshing mouthfeel overall.

(O)- Have had this many many times over the course of the years yet never got around until now to finally review it. Definitely one of those "gateway" beers for me that got me into all of this. Still solid and still great to have on a warm day.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Cloudy orange with a frothy one-finger head. Seems like it wants to be a hefeweizen.

Aroma: Wheat upfront with a hint of orange and sweetness. Seems straightforward.

Taste: Sweet and bready with mild hop bitterness. Not much else to detect here.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and breadiness dominate the palate here. Some dryness/sweetness as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a hot day. Smooth. Not very complex nor over-simplistic. Just right and just enough to garner it a taste.

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to IBUnit63.

Pours a clear, lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, few spots of lace stick, looks pretty good. Smell is neat, malty, some wheat, kind of vegetal, citrusy, some light floral, lightly fruity, some biscuit malt, light honey/caramel sweetness. Taste is biscuity, malty and sweet, some honey, wheat, light floral, lightly yeasty, light bit of veggie, bit of citrus, otherwise unexciting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, refreshing and drinkable if not doing a whole lot for me. Thanks Larry!

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

This cloudy golden brew throws out a nice frothy white head with some retention. Nice vanilla and clove on the nose. Taste is very refreshing. Tangy aspect apparent. Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Wheat is there, but not overbearing. There's not that huge phenolic character typical of a lot of hefe-weizens. This is a good brew though. Great by the pool.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

Bottle code 10283 which means it was bottled on 3.23.11.

A- Light, cloudy orange with a almost-white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S - Citrus, barley, corn.

T - Sweet corn and wheat.

D - A touch bitter, sticky in the mouth.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of this in Milwaukee. It was kind of the Midwest wheat beer, although Blue Moon had been making inroads.

Not really my style, although Bell's is one of my fave breweries. Well made, good wheat flavor. An orange probably goes better with it than a lemon, if you're into that kind of thing. I think there's plenty of citrus flavor already in it, and an appreciable degree of wheat, soft body, easy enough to drink. One of the best representations of a wheat beer, and certainly the best east of Sierra Nevada that I can think of.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8355 printed on the bottle. Served in my Oberon wiezen glass (also purchased at the store). Poured a hazy, pale gold color. Luscious, white head occupied a quarter of the glass. Head dissipated slowly leaving behind webs of sticky lacing. Scent of wheat and light fruiy esters. Taste similar to nose. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp clean finish. Of the six brews I tried while I was in Kalamazoo, this by far was my favorite. Very refreshing, quite sessionable and even better on draft.

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

Batch #9822.

A- Into a weizen glass a very chunky yellow-orange. A giant foamy white head builds and retains well. Tons of spotty lace dispersed on the glass.

S- Light grainy malt and a ton of citrus juice hints. Good overall strength.

T- Wheat and caramel malt provides a backdrop for a fairly zesty citrus profile. Earthy and floral hops round out the flavor. The orange flavor really comes out when it warms.

MF- Very creamy light body with high carbonation. Light bitterness from hops. This one goes down very smooth.

DB- A good fruit flavor in this beer, it tastes pretty fresh and the citrus is not overly zesty. Pretty well balanced and definitely refreshing.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This pour a cloudy gold with a white head. It smells citrus and hops.

It taste orangey, hoppy in the bottle, light coriander and a tad bitter at the end. This is summer sessional, but a decent one at that.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

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

Appearance - A nice orange color with a smallish fluffy white head that some nice lacing.

Smell - Oranges, ginger and honey are present. There are other citrus flavors as well. Maybe some peper?

Taste - The citrus runs the show here but it is balanced nicely by some spice and a dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light that finishes semi-dry. The carbonation is never overpowering.

Drinkability - A summer beer of choice.

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a nice spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of wheat and grainy maltiness. A slight sourness from the wheat as well. The hops are nice and citrusy and slightly earthy as well. I really like this so far.
The tastes are really different than i have experienced in a beer before. I love the grainy wheat flavors mixed with the citrus hops flavors. I though I hated wheat beers but I really just hate Hefeweizen yeast. The slight sourness is also very pleasant. Such. Clean distinct flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish in nice a crisp and clean but still full of flavor from the unique grain bill and hop combo.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. So different from anything I havehad recently. I wish I had this locally so I could session this all summer. I will definitely be picking up a 6 pack (or a case) next time I see this during the warmer months. Highly recommended.

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

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass with an orange wedge.

Smelled wiezeny and citrucy, and tasted like a classic hefe-wiezen. Maybe not as malty or heavy as Schnieder's, but pretty good anyway. I'll probably try it in a bottle next, since I can buy it close to home.

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Photo of maximum12
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at The Apple Valley Tap House.

Pour is classic wheat: clouded yellow. Smell is the same: clouded yellow.

Oberon has a cult following, but I keep trying, & for the life of me can't figure out why. One sip & there's the nice wheat, but also a ton or orange & grain that bash each over the head & can't agree on anything. This beer always seems disjointed to me. The tastes that come together in other brews don't play nice here.

Walked away from about 11 ounces. I've tried several times, & now I give up. It's a Bell's beer I simply don't like.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very cloudy orange, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Wheat, orange, lemon, some spice (clove) notes. With a tad bit of citrus hops.

T-Oranges, wheat, lemon, some grass, good balance, slight bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, but slightly watery.

O-A wonderful summer beer, balanced sweet and easy drinking.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a one half finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over about a 5 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is quite heavy of an orange citrus mixed with lots of grainy wheat. Along with these smells is a yeasty nature as well as a little bit of cardamom and clove spice. Rounding these smells out are some grassy and more herbal hop aromas giving a rather nice mellow smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a wheaty and orange citrus flavor. As the flavor advances, the yeasty flavors come along and bring with them flavors of a light corriander spice and some banana. A grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste and gets slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the grassy flavor, the wheaty flavor grows in strength and becomes more grainy with more yeasty flavors coming to the tongue as well. With the mix of flavors that reside at the end, a rather grainy wheat and yeasty citrus flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side for a brew of 5.8% abv with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly above average. The creamier body is very nice for the wheaty and grainy flavors of the brew while the citrus is nicely accentuated by the moderate to slightly higher carbonation.

Overall – A nice drinking American Pale ale with a good blend of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy flavors. Rather tasty.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of mandarin oranges. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears, mandarin oranges, and hints of apple all start things off - toeing the line of being too sweet. Near the end of the sip very light spicy notes enter into the equation before a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very good wheat beer, my only qualm being that it's very close to being overly sweet. Still, worth a shot on a hot day.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes after a minute to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange peal and lemons are up front and center. A slightly sweet aroma. Husky wheat, grass, and some spices linger on.
T: Full of citrus flavors that follow the nose. The fruity flavors are fairly tart. Lightly sweet and husky grain. Lots of spices as well.
M/D: A little thin, but good carbonation. Really easy to drink. The alcohol is a little high for a summer session beer, but not hard at all to put a few away.

A very nice summer beer. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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

On the pour, a magnificently chill hazed golden yellow color, the head is mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, and as it erodes, the lace left behind is a fine cover upon the glass. The aroma of yeast, orange peels, sweet malt, quite a treat for this old nose. Sweet with lots of malt, the top middling in feel to the palate, finish has a moderate acidity, the hops spicy in their persistent bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, quite a nice beer.

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

On tap at The World of Beer. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lacing. It had a grassy/outdoors aroma, with a little citrus. Lemony citrus taste, some malt. The beer was medium-bodied, very refreshing. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murkey, hazy, dark yellow color with a puffy head. The smell is of wheat, with a bit of twang, and grassiness. Some grain. The taste is slanted sweet, with a suitable bitterness for balance. Fuller in mouthfeel than I expected, with a lot of fizziness. I expected more from this beer.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor, thanks! The color is a very light but cloudy orange. It smells more liek a pale ale than a wheat beer as described on the label. The taste definitely reveals the wheat and makes for a nice ale. This is very drinkable and a perfect summer offering that I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Some stark-white head. Cloudy yellow.

S: Very little. Sweetish. Wheat? Cloves?

T: Sweet, spicy, and light. Clove and/or cinnamon. Vaguely sharp. The aftertaste is delicate and clean. My main complaint is that the spice lends a vaguely artificial vibe to the beer.

M: Slightly above average. Again, light.

O: Maybe least favourite Bell's, though I wasn't partial to Oarsman either. I don't like the spice profile. The beer was actually pretty okay, but I wouldn't have another. Not recommended.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus,

taste: wheat, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very crisp and clean summer beer. Cant wait to enjoy more of these outside on the deck.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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