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 AEArider
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- cloudy yellow-gold beer, with a light head that dissipates quickly
Smell- wheaty and a hint of flowers
Taste- Wheaty, good hoppy notes, light citrus (perhaps orange)
Feel- Crisp, good light finish
Overall:: very good deal beer, from TJ's, light and perfect light ale for the summer

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Photo of Timmush
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 words...let down.
Yuk. This beer had nothing appealing to it.
Color looks like a cloudy budweiser. No head, and had no aroma.
Now the taste. Boring, nothing there. it is as if I watered down a Witbier. I wanted more out of this beer.
If you had your pick between this and a hop-sun, I would go with the hop-sun.

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Photo of AVDeuph
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone loves Oberon...we'll see how it stands up to my super-critical beer snob reviewing prowess (jk, I like it too, and this is like my 8th review).
This serving was poured into a pilsner glass by the way, just for kicks (also cause I thought it would look nice).

A: Nice semi-hazy pale orange color, with a decent sized head. Head retention is average, Lacing is sort of distributed in a non-committal manner across the glass.

S: Mild citrus aromas, the aromas aren't really giving away too much, preferring most of the experience to be tasted.

T: Orange peels, light wheat taste, and no banana-like flavors (this definitely is an American wheat, so at least it distinguishes itself well).

M: Moderate carbonating and a light body. Extremely clean finish.

D: Goes down easy, as advertised.

While Oberon is definitely a leader in the light summer beer class, I'm pretty sure that it essentially holds its popularity on the basis of bridging the gap between lighter and full flavored beers. Nothing special, simply a nice tasting, easy-to-drink ale that has its place firmly in the heart of the Michigan faithful.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, if you think you'll enjoy a summer seasonal based on a wheat beer, without any fruitty flavors such as cherry or rasperry or apricot, then this may be your beer. Very drinkable and therefore loved by those looking for the lighter refreshing side of craft brews. This is one of those you would enjoy on a hot summers day watching the ballgame. Not a fan of the wheat beer but I could drink more of these.

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Photo of mhaugan
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional English mug, typically reserved for a cream ale at my favorite pub in downtown Minneapolis, Lyon's Pub.

Comes to me with a light head. A yellow color heading towards orange. Very little haze.

After removing the orange slice that I didn't think to ask without, the taste is of wheaty malt and orange rind. This beer goes down quite easy. A great summer drink and heads and shoulders above Blue Moon. Not being from the Midwest, it isn't available to me or it would become my new summer session beer.

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Photo of stof0048
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 5L keg
A: Hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Not a very potent smell... hints of lemon or other citrus, very light smell.

T: Wheat, citrus, faint malts, almost non-existent hops... overall a very light citrus taste that would be great for a hot summer day.

M: Very light body, quickly glides over the tongue, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, this is a great beer. Would definitely be a nice one to have around during the summer months.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a very light and crisp beer. Very clean taste but still delivers. Subtle reminder of Gose, good stuff. Will definitely have to try more of Bell's.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep rich, hazy gold. Almost no lacing. Not a lot of head, but what is there dissipates quickly.

N- a citrus wheat, some clove, and crisp freshness.

T- Sweat wheat and hint of lemon. Crisp sparkling of hops, but not over powering at all.

M- Lots of carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D- Goes down very easy. Could (and will) drink this all night....

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

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow, with a one and a half fingered head supported by some carbonation rising from the bottom. The bubbles also swirl up quite a bit upon drinking.

Smell is wheaty with hints of mild citrus...lemon and orange, but also has some sour notes up front. Not a strong smell of hops either.

Taste is pretty carbonated up front which quickly dissipates into sourness and lemon citrus. Orange is strongly present too, with some just a hint of banana undertones to the smooth wheat finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated up front with a smooth medium bodied finish. Leaves a clean crisp feeling in the mouth.

Overall I'm a bit dissapointed with this one...I was expecting just a little bit more complexity from it. Also the small hints of sourness that it had were a pretty big turn off as well...I will say that it's a crisp refreshing beer, and is fitting as a summertime release, but all in all I probably won't go out of my way to purchase it again.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- The smell was of light citrus and floral hops.

T- Taste was very light and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Small fruity, and wheat malt notes.

A- poured a light orange, hazey, with a small white head. lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle given to me by a friend. These are unavailable around here, I had never even heard of this beer until now.
Poured it into a weizen glass.

Explosive head, eventually settled down around 3 fingers, and stuck around for a long time. Color is straw golden with a slightly orange tint.

Aroma is very fruity. There is a prominent grape note, and something faintly earthy as well.

Taste: First impression is fruity wheat. There is a very, very slight spiciness. The beer is quite low on carbonation and mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a lemony note which is prominent but not at all overpowering, which gives way nicely to a decently hopped, citrus-like finish. Aftertaste is bready and clean. Refreshing.

Not exactly complex in its flavor, this beer is straightforward, delicious, and outrageously drinkable. An exceptionally easy going summer session beer and would probably have a broad appeal to macro drinkers as well. I would certainly pick this up from time to time if it were available in my area, esp. on hot summer days with friends.

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Photo of Tromba
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cold pint glass.

A: I've had this beer many times on tap and in bottles. Sometimes it's slightly cloudly other times it is clear. Today it's clear. Color is a bright gold/yellow with a little bit of sediment in suspension. Head is white and dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge - no lacing.

S: Not much. A slight hint of sweet wheat malts.

T: A light wheat malty sweetness up front followed by a bit of orangey citrus character and ending with a pleasant, subtle bitterness. Note: this beer is often served with an orange wedge to intensfy that citrus character - this review was done with no orange wedge.

M: Medium-light body and crisp. Great for a hot day. Finishes clean.

D: Easy drinking. Starts to get a bit heavy after a few though. Maybe not quite a session beer, but it may be for some. This beer has a great reputation in the midwest and deservedly so. Even those who are not attracted to craft beer will probably like this one.

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Photo of SteveMi
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a well lasting white head. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

S - Banana and wheaty. Sometimes I swear it smells like light caramel corn.

T - Citrus, little bitter hop. Very refreshing and smooth.

M - Well balanced. Not too creamy, not too light.

I've had this beer on tap once and, oddly enough, I liked it bottled better. The best serving I had was in a Weizen glass.

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Photo of bluedognever
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Slight, white wheat. Pours a cloudy gold (this is unfiltered, unpasteurized) but a nice color overall.

Slight hopiness but blends nicely with the rest of the flavor profile. Hints of biscuit and a little citrus.

Smooth drinking with a nice even finish.

Overall this is an above average wheat ale. Definitely on the buy again list.

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Photo of nprittie
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden, straw color with thin head that disappears rather quickly

S: Slight breadiness with some citrus

T: Citrus, oranges, some sour dough

M: Highly carbonated, refreshing on the palette

O: This wheat ale has a beautiful bright appearance and a refreshing mouthfeel that pairs well with warm weather. High drinkability, would have a few in a row. Not my favorite Bell's beer, but pretty good for a wheat beer. Would recommend for those that want a lighter ale that's not hoppy.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Appearance is a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is of citrus, light fruits, hops, and wheat.

Tastes heavy on citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

Overall, a good summer beer that is worth a go every year.

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

Clear bright golden color with moderate lace and head. Aroma was malty with somewhat pungent yeast smell. No aroma of hops at all. Taste was smooth and malty, with a bread doe flavor, and a dry mouthfeel. No apparent esters were noticeable that are typically found in wheat beers, which was disappointing. Nice beer, but a little dry and plain.

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

This wheat beer pours a hazy golden color. Its smell is crisp and very indicative of its wheat nature. Its taste is tart and sweet, and again it is quite apparent that this is a wheat beer. It is slightly more carbonated than most beers I drink, so the mouth is greeted with a pleasant tingly sensation with each sip. A fine beer from a very fine brewery.

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

A-The beer pours a hazy orange color.

S-There is a slight fruity ester smell and some oragne-like aromas.

T-There is a sweet malt taste first that fades as the bitterness balances the beer out.

M-It has light to medium body mouthfeel that is enhanced by the higher level of carbination.

D-Overall the beer is very drinkable for the abv it's fermented to. The carbination is high but it, along with the bitterness balances the beer's sweet taste out well.

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

Served on tap from the Angry Pepper Waterside Maderia beach FL!
Great copper inviting color. Nice hit of hops and of coarse that orange burst! Refreshing when its 87 degress at 11pm! Not much of a head and not too much carbonation. A little filling, although you could drink a good 4 pints with light food.

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Photo of Bang34
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer and one of the better wheat beers I have had.

Amber-yellow in color with a white head that sticks around for a little while.

The smell isn't overpowering, pretty subtle with the wheat malts coming through, hint of lemon.

The taste is smooth, clean and surprisingly crisp for how thick the beer is. very refreshing and slightly bitter. Not overly challenging to the inexperienced palate.

Goes down easy, but the alcohol content is a little higher than most wheat beers, so session drinkers should be wary.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Laced pretty god though and carbonation sticks for a while.

S: Quite fruity and citrus like with some lemon and orange notes standing out. Almost a floral like aroma as well.

T: The taste of apples comes to the forefront with a nice berry (raspberry?) sweetness to it. Almost a cider like quality as well.

M: A little watery but goes down quite smooth.

D: Excellent a very nice summer brew to have with friends.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg into a standard pint glass.

A - Depends on how you look at it. In a lighted area, it appears an amberish orange. Hold it directly up to the light and it is a murky yellow. So it is quite a bit more appetizing if you don't hold it directly up to any light source. A hard pour produces a nice thick two finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the glass that leaves a slight lace.

S - Orange rinds, biscuits, fresh hops, malts, and a hint of lemon.

T - The orange taste is immediate. Give it a couple seconds and the hops and malts come through, followed by that hint of lemon.

M - A little thin with a bit too much carbonation for a pale ale. Overall, not too bad, but certainly not remarkable.

D - Very nice! Good ABV, not too strong but not weak by any means. Definitely refreshing and a great summer beer!

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frozen pint glass and served with an orange
Deep golden hazy color with an excellent head. Nicefruit bouquet. Hits the mouth with a crisp and welcome depth. Not a light unassuming beer but more of a spicy complex flavorful beer
This has lunch written all over it.
Added the orange halfway through. Don't recommend. Dulled the flavor and lessened the impact.

ithis would be a fantastic beer if you were buying a keg for both casual and more interested beer drinkers to enjoy.

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