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
Ratings:
6,782
Reviews:
1,794
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
1,710
For Trade:
5
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey color; a moderate head upon pouring, but it quickly fades. A few bubbles struggle up from the bottom, sustaining a thin film and ring around the glass.

Smell: Summer smell of orange, lemon, banana, with some light spiciness in the mix. Wheat and yeast provide the backbone to the smell.

Taste: Blended citrus flavors up front. Crisp feel gives it a nice kick. Sweet malt and yeast come through in the middle of the sip. The finish turns citrus again, with a hoppy floral twist. It finishes the way it starts - crisp and fresh. A very slight bitterness remains afterward. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel, although it is almost creamy up front. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As it says on the bottle, "An American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon." For me, this is a great brew to casually drink on a hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Crisp, refreshing taste, low-medium alcohol content, and there is something brewed in there that just reminds me of summer.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Camjmorton
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and wheat... fresh hay and grains. Mild hops.

T/F: To me the taste was biscuits and grains... not as complex as most wheat beers (lacking the yeasty notes) and a bit more hops than usual for the style. Carbonated and a bit zesty.

O: Not a bad beer... easy drinking, but nothing terribly special. Certainly doesn't taste like a wheat beer... more like an ale crossed with a very mild IPA. A good session beer and coming from Bell's you know it's well made.

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Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thumperskibum
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a glowing hazy straw in color that settled out to almost clear with some tiny floaties by the end of the glass. sweet label as well. spicy, sweet, doughy nose with notes of banana present. taste is of sweet bready malts balanced by the bit of spice and carbonation. finishes clean. hops are playing a supporting role in this one. chewy mouthfeel and medium in body. this is a dangerously drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of Bonis
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, copper color with a good white head. There's a lot of nice looking lace forming above the 1/8" of retention. Smells like a wheat beer. Wheaty with crisp light citrus and floral hops. Taste is pleasant and refreshing. The slick smooth light body has a mild dryness and fine but tingly carbonation. Not bad. Very drinkable and good for the summer.

Good wheat beer and worth getting if that's what you're feeling like.

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Photo of zrab11
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of djgustafson
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Shaw
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend's girlfriend brought a sampler of Bell's brews down to Florida from her home in Indiana. Thanks Anna and Adam for sharing. I haven't seen Bell's in Florida.

I have to confess that I like the name for this beer. Why not name your summer ale after a Shakespeare character? Good choice. The beer doesn't quite live up to the great name, though.

Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of German wheat beers. American wheats seem bland to me. But since I just had Samuel Adams' Hefeweizen, I think Bell's Oberon Ale is just a tad too light. I would hope for a bit more substance. But this beer is still quite drinkable. It is a decent summer choice for drinking on a hot day.

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Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gehrig
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap in Chicago, and it sure is good to see Bell's back in Illinois after their righteous refusal to play ball with the state's larcenous distribution system. Three fingers of light white froth top a golden-orange body, moderate duration and lacing on the pint glass. Nice but very subtle aromas, certainly sweet but not without spice. More would be better, although the taste is a better representation of the flavors Oberon has to offer--fine malty citrus flavor, a bit of pepper, and a dash of ginger. Good stuff, and very smooth. This is impossible not to like and all-too easy to enjoy, spurring my need to grab another after less than 10 minutes.

It won't be long before I enjoy Oberon again, another fine testament to Bell's brilliance. One of the best APWA's around.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bernie's Taproom in Waukesha, WI. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a slight white head. Slight citrus aroma. The texture is smooth, light and tasty. Perfect in every way and very easy to see why it is considered so good. Too bad they don't make this one year-round.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful, spritzy summertime ale. It took a while to grown on me, but I am now a fan.

Pours a sparkly cornsilk yellow with a vigorous, fluffy head, Don't be surprised by a dose of sediment suspended in the beer, though.

The aroma is pleasantly sour, with a healthy dose of pale malt and some wheaty bitterness to it. The flavor is wheaty, slightly sour, and grassy, with only a slight hop bitterness building on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

A remarkably drinkable summertime treat.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 6,782 ratings.
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