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

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1,744
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3.83
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24.28%
 
 
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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is not a bad beer in any way, shape, or form, it has been deified locally, much like Fat Tire or other "flagship" brews from microbreweries. And like most of those beers, they are not the best offerings from their respective breweries.

Oberon is a very good beer, but not the great that a lot of locals believe it is. A good beer that you will never turn down, but you also might not ever seek out.

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Photo of kurtissellen
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Emptied into an oversized wine glass and looked a golden orange with small head that quickly faded. Got whiffs of doughy bread and oranges, as for the taste very refreshing and thirst quenching, I could have finished off many more on a hot day like today. Nothing is too overpowering in this brew and is extremely well balanced and other than the wheat it was hard to pick out anything else in this one. Excellent summer drinking beer I'll be picking more of this up.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle in pint glass.

a - golden color with white top and a little cloudy with some visible particles.

s - smells wheaty and spiced, maybe some apple going on there. No biggie.

t - funky. I'm not sure what it is but something is just not right with me. I'll try more this coming summer with the hope that last years was just not that good.

m - this is where this beer really makes a bust with me. It leaves something on the tongue - something not good. Maybe a spice that doesn't agree with me - like you need to go brush your tongue and rinse with some mouthwash.

d - the redeeming note is that it's pleasantly carbonated, and light enough to be sessionable. But this would not be my first choice for a summer beer.

Bell's Oberon and Dreamweaver are smash hits yet they are my two least favorite of their popular beers. They can make a killer IPA like Two-hearted (which I would gladly grab over Oberon in a summer swelt) to my beloved Kalamazoo stout which is just delightful. At Troegs in 2010, we attended their saturday tasting and got the trays and filled every growler we could find. When the waitress came and grabbed our trays, none of us had finished the dreamweaver or the oberon. The waitress was surprised enough to say, "Wow, didn't like the dreamweaver or the oberon?!" None of us did. Oh well. The rest were great! And even the scratch beat the Oberon. Hands down.

edit: And NO! I'm not throwing an orange slice in the bottle! If it needs an orange or a lemon, package it with one.

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

This beer is such a great summer beer,6.5%abv.and very smooth,almost to smooth.Nice and cloudy,and wheaty on the nose.Creamy going down,round and balanced.

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Photo of chiapete
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy , hazy orange color with nice white fluffy head that left fairly quickly and left spot lace down glass.

aroma was faint but what was there seemed very sweet and fruity. light wheat , a little citrus almost seemed like a little peach aroma.

taste was a good wheat beer : light sweet a good mix between the hops and the malt . a little sweet but not over done. a little nut taste in the back.

No after taste , easy drinking pretty refreshing. a slight bitterness but nothing bad.

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

Had a couple of tall 20 glasses the other night at paisano's in tr with dinner. Pours a light yellowish gold with a thick, slowly dissipating head. Smell is rather weak as expected in a wheat offering. Tastes of wheat and light hops and i will say this is better on draft than in a bottle although i like it either way! Clean finish. Light mouthfeel and slightly watery and easy to drink a pile of this stuff! Another winner from Bells!

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Photo of EliottJW
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking from a tumbler right now, typing on iPhone.

A - a bit murky, nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - crisp, sweet, light malts. Apple? Good? Yes.

T - again nice and crisp, bitter fruit with a nice, bready finish.

M - not quite as light as I had expected, but fine for a pale.

D - if this were available around me, I'd be stoked to pick this up for a summer seasonal.

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

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-gold and cloudy appearance. Nice citrusy smell. Quaffable. Hint of orange peel bitterness in finish. A good summer beer. I don't have a lot of experience to be able to compare Oberon to similar styles yet but I found this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ave
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, as with most bells products, this beer can a very erratic pick, when it’s wrong it very wrong, but when its right....oooo baby! Look out. One of my all around favorites. I’ll be reviewing the beer in its optimal state, one that unfortunately is easily lost.

It pours an all cloudy yellow ocher, with a grand fluff or bright white. Viscous tracery throughout. Lightly lemony wheat nose, yummy orange spice. Buttery yeast & wheat, profile with just a touch of toasted….. something lingering in the back. Bright finish with a slight hop return. When it’s right, it’s got an amazing breadth of flavor going on, all at once, all in harmony. When it’s wrong….gah, it’s like watching your best friend get beat up.

Pairs amazingly well with swordfish.

Ave

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Photo of PorterLover83
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw. Almost like a light apple cider. Head stayed for a little while. Citrus tones in the nose with a slight hop presence. Orange, coriander mix well. Taste has a spicy citrus start with wheat malt and then gives way to a hoppy bitterness. On the lighter side of medium for the mouth feel. Very good drinkability, hits the spot after a grass cutting session.

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Photo of RichieS2
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party.

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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 downeyj4
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's a reason why this is the leader of Bell's Brewery. It's a great beer. It's great to drink on a warm day. Your friends drink it too. It's on tap just about everywhere (In Michigan at least...). It comes with an orange, sometimes. There is a great amount of citrus and the Saaz hops really bring it all together. Overall, one of my favorites.

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Photo of disastermouse
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark straw colored, head fades quickly with no lacing. Beer is cloudy opaque.

S - Hops, yeast, grass.

T - Sweet, mild hops. Very mild flavor, the wheat is there, sweet, undemanding and refreshing.

MF - Prickly, full, not watery at all, surprisingly.

D - Summer beer. Would be easy to drink, but it's not 'challenging' at all.

For a wheat beer, this one has more flavor than many I've had.

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Photo of Anker13
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Cloudy with chunks of yeast floaties that eventually settled to the bottom, pale orange, thin white head

Aroma - not a lot there, slight citrus and bread, grainy

Mouthfeel - moderate CO2, medium bodied (fuller than I imagined), slight coating

Taste - sweet bread, slight fruitiness, grain, little orange character

Residual - slightly off aftertaste, coating

Overall - Was expecting more. Over the last month I've seen an excessive amount of 20+ case displays of oberon so I figured it was worth checking out. Wasn't a terrible beer, but also wasn't a particularly good one... I certainly do not understand the hype. There are a lot of better wheat beers out there.

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Photo of TheStig
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent tangerine with a moderate head. It didn't linger too long and didn't immediately vanish.

S- Wheat, sweet grass and a tart finish that is vaguely citrus.

T- Delicious! Crisp and light with a subtle sweetness that eventually reveals a delicate hop flavor. It's as the bottle sez-- summery.

M- There's nothing outstanding of note either way-- nothing offensive and nothing extraordinary. This isn't a bad thing-- for me anyway-- it's a tasty beer for a summer day.

O- I suppose from a critique standpoint, there's not much I can wax poetic about with this beer, but the bottom line is that it's a good beer to quaff with friends. I'll be having this again!

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange/golden. Nice puffy head that leaves a lot of lacing along the side. A good looking beer.

S - Not a lot of smell to this one, mostly some bready malt, hints of spice

T - Taste is fruity and bready with a touch of spice. Lemon, orange, zest, mixed with some wheat and biscuit, and a touch of coriander. Good blend of everything here. Quite good.

M - A full taste, crisp and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer night.

Overall - Very good beer, refreshing, full bodied. Certainly a rite of summer

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

12oz bottle, poured into tulip glass.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'll give just about anything Bell's makes a go.

A: Beautiful, opaque amber color that turns golden when held up to light. The white head dissipates quickly, leaving a fine lace. There's visible sediment, but that's never bothered me.

S: Aroma's really bizarre here, in that it reminds me of unpleasant things but is still enticing. I guess the nice thing to say is that it smells like orange rind...but borders on rotten fruit. (My wife replaced rotting fruit with soap, but also likes the aroma.) Maybe it's my poor sense of smell, but I like this despite what it's telling me.

T: Strong citrus flavors up front -- lemon zest, orange -- quickly cleared away by just the right amount of hop bitterness. There's a bit of an aspirin aftertaste at the end that fights with the citrus, but it's the latter that lingers on my tongue. Pleasant overall.

M: Surprisingly creamy for a lighter beer, and effervescent. The aspirin aftertaste does make for a somewhat gritty finish, but as with taste, this is a minor flaw.

D: My bias against the style aside, this is a very drinkable beer. Worth sipping and savoring so that some of its eccentricities can come through. I wouldn't want to drink this as a session beer, but it could easily be done on a hot day.

All told, Bell's has made an American Wheat Beer that I can get behind, which is no small feat.

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Photo of dankbrew21
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/2009

I bought this at The Wine And Cheese place the other day, they sent an update through e-mail saying they had just received them in and they were bottled on 3/11/2009!! Super fresh. So I had to go get some while they had them.

12oz bottle with a squigly drawing of a sun with a face. No freshness date.

A- Poured it into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Pours a light copper color, looks slightly unfiltered and I see no sediment. Many tiny bubbles make their way to the top of the glass at a quick pace. Fluffy, even white head, with some lacing on the sides. Looks good to me!

S- Smells of many light (orange) citrus fruits, sweet like clementine or tangerine. Very light hop presence.

T- Sweet, perfect amount of carbonation, again all of the light citrus fruits are coming through. Orange, tangerine, and clementine. Leaves a pleasant after taste!This is a very tasty wheat beer!

D- Very. I could drink these all day at a good speed.

Notes: Great for any outdoor summer or spring lounging or activity! Unfortunately today is a very rainy, glum day; the weather channel is even saying we are supposed to get a couple inches of snow! But despite the cold and ugly weather, this is a beautiful beer good for any occasion. Thank you, Bell's for another great beer.

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Photo of Hachiman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with an icy head that dissipates quickly. Some clumpy lacing.

Smells of orange, sourdough and yeast.

Taste is disappointing. Nothing past malt sweetness on the front of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery despite the strong carbonation.

Overall, a decent session beer, and probably good with summer fare.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO.

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Photo of EricMichael
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a weizen glass. Cloudy with the color of a wheat field on a bright day. Massive frothy head that is retained for the whole session with some chunks of lace here and there. Looking closer, it is very cloudy with bits of suspended yeast. Some remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

The scent is not overly potent, but pleasant none-the-less. Hints of citrus with wheat malt. Some yeast, but not intense.

It tastes simple and feels smooth. Moderate weight on the mouth with wheat, citrus, maybe the tiniest hint of clove.

Overall, I did enjoy this Summer Ale, though I am not sure it is worthy of the hype and following that it seems to have. To each their own.

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Photo of Jfriz25
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale golden with a cm or two of snow white head. Lots of floaters and tiny bubbles.

Smell- Honestly not much there, some light wheaty malt.

Taste- Same as the smell maybe a little floral on the finish but its subtle.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium.

Overall- A solid refreashing summer beer. Thats the best I can say about it but I'm also not a huge fan of most wheat beers. Glad I got to try it in a pick a 6 becuase I probably wouldn't have gotten a 6 pack.

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Photo of tab021
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this as my first beer on my 21st birthday. I saw it again on tap and thought that it is high time I actually enjoy this one...

A: Cloudy orange color with a nice head that lasts throughout. nice lacing as well

S: citrus/orange and sweet wheat.

T: Refreshing sweet and even a little fruity taste that finishes quickly. Definitely one of the best wheat beers I have had.

M: This one is very different. It is thicker, but it is so clean and refreshing even, that it feels close to perfect.

D: This is a fantastic beer. Easily one that could become my favorite. Easy to drink and enjoy, while not so dull and lame that it is a throw away beer. Highly highly recommend this brew.

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