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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 jnezda
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with cloudy orange hint witha great head that stuck around for the duration. Being served in a stemmed bulb glass the hints of citrus and wheat came across nicely. The taste was a great depicition of an American wheat and the mouthfeel was that of a great summer beer light and crisp with good favors and low carbonation.

Overall a beer I would recommend.

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

One of my favorite summertime brews, and with the 100+ temps we've had lately, this has been a staple. Pours a light, hazy orange with a finger of quickly dissipating off-white head. Has a pleasant aroma of oranges, tangerines, and wheat. The taste closely follows the nose, with a light, zesty sweet orange flavor coating the tongue, with just a hint of hop spiciness. This beer is well-carbonated, as it tickles the tongue and goes down really smooth, although there's that same hop spiciness on the finish. This is just a really solid summertime brew, and is really tasty alongside a fruit salad.

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Photo of curly31989
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in bottle, mini keg, and on tap.

This beer is a cloudy orange yellow. Depending on the freshness, the level of floating wheat/yeast will vary. This beer is best fresh, even a few months changes the taste on this one. For me, it has been best at the end of May.

The smell has a bit of orange, spice, and lemon. Overall, there isn't a ton of going on in my opinion.

This tastes great on a saturday afternoon by the grill. There is some bright citrus upfront followed by orange and finished with a good level of carbonation. I can usually drink a few of these in the afternoon, however if it is hot outside, I find myself resorting to something that sits lighter in my stomach.

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Photo of m_hall
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Hazy gold in color, with quite a bit of sediment, and topped by a two-finger tall white head.

Aroma is bright, citrus, bread-y yeast notes, and a bit of a graininess, almost like dry grass.

Taste is a balanced mix of sweet malts and citrus right up front. Neither of these is totally dominant- they seem to compliment each other instead.. Some spice (coriander, pepper) and biscuit-y notes support this in the background, leading to a rather short finish dominated by a distinct yeast bite.

Mouth-feel is a medium, a bit more substantial than many wheat beers, but still very easy-drinking. Moderate carbonation only accentuates this.

Oberon isn't a terribly complex beer- it's pretty much a prototypical Hefe- style beer with no surprises- but it is very well done. While it perhaps could benefit from just a bit more depth in the malts, everything that is here is just where it should be. The crisp refreshing nature of this make it a natural beer for summertime, or anytime a light, clean flavored ale would suit one's fancy. It should be a nice beer to have in the rotation as a slight change of pace from lagers, wits, and the like.

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

This summer beer is impressive. It's a summer seasonal with a full flavor and a fine blend of hops. As a wheat beer the wheat is suttle and pleasant and not too overbearing at all. The smell brings a floral sweetness that is modest and attractive. It also drinks well with good food and compliments fresh fish.

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Photo of jporf911
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's Summer, and this is a great brew with which to spend it.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy, medium yellow-gold with ample head that gives way to good lacing.

Smell- Aromatic hints of citrus, sweet malt, wheat, and hops.

Taste- The citrus from the smell returns but isn't overpowering. Bread-based malts mix with mildly spicy hops, then a dry citrus returns after swallowing.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body that is pleasantly crisp and finishes dry.

Drinkability- If it's warm outside and the sun is shining, this is a great brew with which to relax and enjoy the Summer days.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body with bright white head. The head isn't that thick and doesn't last that long but the body color and head color is fantastic.

S - Not much here. Pretty faint malt smell.

T - Nice light wheat and fruit tastes. Slightly orange tasting, but again kind of light and not that pronounced.

M - Medium-light body with a nice carbonation level. No alcohol burn.

O - Good session beer, very drinkable, unfortunately just lacking in intensity.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite summer wheat beers. Not too sweet, a little bit of spice. Pleasant easy drinking enjoyable summer afternoon beer. One of Bell's classic s

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

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice layer of foam with an active carbonation and golden yellow color.

Smell: Simple smells of heavy wheat, hops and clean water.

Taste: Spicy hops mix well with a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Everything balances out nicely in the mouthfeel with the spicy meets the sweetness and melds very good.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, perfect for warmer days of summer and one you can drink slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of hossua34
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A murky orange-gold. Unfiltered, with visible particulate suspended in the glass. A medium head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Literally smells "bright"; it's not entirely describable. Wheat, orange and yeast. Smell is full and balanced.

T - Robust wheat beer flavor. Hints of orange and spice - just perfect. What wheat beers like Shock Top and Blue Moon wish they could taste like.

M - Thicker than your average summer beer. However, not heavy in the least.

D - On a hot summer day, one of these could easily turn into six in no time.

Among my friends, Oberon has become almost synonymous with summer. Minikegs of Oberon, which are only available in the summertime, are essential for any barbeque, camping trip or casual get together. I have yet to try a better summer wheat beer.

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

Bells oberon is a classic example of an American wheat ale. ..And a classic example of what is wrong with the style.
First The beer pours a very handsome hazy gold. Just what a summer beer should be.

The nose is nonexistent. Where is the malt? The grain? A little hint of grassy hops?

The flavor is moderately light and refreshing. ..As it should be. But where is the fruit yeast? Where the sweet hint of malt?

It's all neutral, clean, and largely without character, except for a.bitter hop spine that puckers rather than cleanses.
Give me a hefeweizen or a wit fo my summer beer. At least those have character.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, it's difficult to review this beer. It's a solid American Wheat - pretty color, smells lovely, and I've just sucked down most of the bottle effortlessly - but perhaps it's a bit cloying? Could be a bit crisper?

I don't know. All I can think about is May, in college, on the porch, enjoying the sunshine, and I'm having a hard time not slipping an orange slice into my glass.

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Photo of Trystero
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really isn't summer until Oberon shines in your glass, so now that the summer is more than half over, I can find time to review it. For me, it's the pinnacle of summer beers to which I compare all other to. Enjoyed it on draft, from the bottle, room temp and ice cold. It works on all occasions.

Appearance: Warm, golden, sun-faded wheat. The color of radiant beems filtered through a curtain on a summer afternoon. Pours thick, sediment swirling, frothy 2 finger cream head riddled with fizz and carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of fresh squeezed citrus mixed with light airy floral notes, carried by smooth grains, cereal and summer wheat.

Taste: Initial sip is full of warming acidity, like fresh squeezed citrus. Lemon zest, orange peal. Then comes the smooth, mellow wheat and grains. Refreshing and juicy. As it warms the citrus notes become more apparent and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation appropriate for the style. Refreshing in only a way Oberon can be.

Overall: The paragon of summer wheat ales.

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

I have not had a beer that I so look forward to drinking it again in a long time. It poured maze with lots haze in color. Very cloudy with floaters, but thats ok with me. citrus/orange taste. I smell a little wheat. Goes down easy. One of the best summer drinks in my book!

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Bell's, but have to say that American wheat is probably my least favorite style, so here goes..

Had this on tap at the County Cork Irish Pub (previously the Yards Club) in old Hilliard

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a rather small head for the style

S: Imparts a strong yeast character with citrusy notes as well.

T: No doubt this is a wheat beer, as this flavor dominates. As the beer warms, more yeast flavors are noticible, and not necessary in a good way.

M: Pleasent biting mouthfell with a smooth and slightly creamy texture

D: A good one for the warmth of summer

As I said, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but Oberon is one of the better American wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in Milwaukee on draft at Bar Louie (80 taps, 40 beers on tap) kinda wierd - but better turnover when pouring 40 vs 80.

Light copper color - clear. Mild malt carmel aroma, did not notice wheat's slightly sour character. Perhaps this keg has some age on it? Flavor, very well made beer, good attenuation and malt flavor, but still a bit too malty for me. Finishes slightly cloying.

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

A- Hazy straw in appearance with pure white head. Decent head retention but not much lacing.

S- Wheaty! Fresh cut grass smell mixed with a bit of lemon.

T- Oh so refreshing! Very nicely crisp, almost reminiscent of a classic German pilsner in its malt profile. Lemony citrus flavors carry through into the taste as well, rounded out with some really great grassy hop flavors.

M- Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. It seems as though they have attained the PERFECT balance of bitters and malts.

I’m glad I finally got my hands on this beer before summer is over. I will actively seek this one out once summer rolls around again next year.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--hazy, golden with an orange tint. Nice head at first, fading into a light coating of foam, with very good lacing.
S--wheat & citrusy, with bready overtones.
T--Full of malty goodness. orange/citrus and some hoppiness balance out the maltiness.
M--Very nice, coating mouthfeel. Creamy & satisfying.
O--Quite a nice summer ale. Served very cold, this is exactly what I want for hanging out on the deck on a warm summer night.

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Photo of pavandal
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This fella poured a straw gold color with no head. Looks like a nice refreshing summer ale!

Smell was deep and malty. You could really notice the malt scent, which gave it a sweet, caramel like smell. There was a faint hop smell, but nothing discernible or worth writing home about.

This is a summer sipper, alright! It's very light on the mouth, but it's got a soft hop bite riding on top of a soft, fizzy wave. I tasted notes of the aforementioned caramel, but this guy is so light the taste leaves your pallet as quickly as it came. Judging on taste, I wouldn't rate this all that high, but I would bump it up because if it is drank in context (summertime!), it's a perfect sipper.

Super drinkable, I'd order it on a deck somewhere, waiting on a some bbq!

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Photo of Baraka
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of blackenmn
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell- Poured a nice bright orange with a nice thick head which dissipated completely after a bit and left just a hint of lacing. Smell was very inviting, heavy citrus specifically orange. Definitely a thick herby yeast scent which complimented the abundance of orange nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was of toasty citrus. Definitely alot to this thing. The hops definitely come through and linger with the dry finish. Definitely a bit of carbonation, liked how the juicy citrus was in unison with the herby toasty like taste in this.

Drinkability-Pretty light feel to this thing and multi-dimensional enough to stay interesting. This thing definitely drinks with ease.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.


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Photo of marcellaproust
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get much of a head on the pour; couldn't detect a smell either in the glass. But the taste charms: refreshingly lacks the overkill on banana and clove. I taste wheat and yeast for the first half, and subdued hops finish out the second. Mouthfeel is wonderful--it's a "light" summer beer in taste profile but the body is weighty enough to hold its own. A pretty beer, as most weiss are - cloudy and lemonade-yellow.

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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 dtreindl
4.87/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best summer beer out there. Very refreshing citrusy beer without getting too sweet or sour. I've had it in bottle and on-tap and tap is certainly better, but it is still an excellent bottled beer. I have noticed, unfortunately, that it is only available in certain geographic areas of the US - not available in the Northeast, but it is available in DC and the midwest.

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