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 webmanspidey
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy unfiltered yellow color with moderate head. Smell contains sweet oranges and light spiciness. Taste is mostly a crisp, sweet orange flavor with very light hop undertones. This is extremely drinkable and refreshing, and a perfect cold beer for the summer.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

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Photo of DavidST
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kushlash23
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. The thing that jumps out is the swirling sediment, which I find very attactive. The particle are all tiny specks the smae size and dance in the carbonation. It's very hazy but the color is a bright golden orange. The head from my pour is about a finger high, a pretty bright white color. It fades to a thin lacing on the surface.

S- The smell is not very strong. I have to get my nose right down in the glass to get the full effect. It is very wheaty/yeasty. A bit of orange and other spices. Nice, but could stand out more.

T- The yeast and wheat are predominant, making the taste a bit biscuity. Not very sweet. A slight hint of spices, coriander.

M- Nice medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Finishes clean. Quite enjoyable.

D- Oberon is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The clean finish is very refreshing, wonderful for summer. I could easily drink these all night.

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Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and spices. Taste is much the same. Big time wheat malts, somewhat sweet, but not overpowering, hints of orange and coriander. This thing is very smooth and creamy, amazingly easy to drink and probably the best summer beer there is. I'm not one to go on about wheat beers, since they are from my favorites, but this one is great. Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

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Photo of Rborre321
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a slight white head and plenty of particles floating around. The aroma smells strongly of wheat, biscuity malt, grassy hops and a hint of zesty orange. The flavor follows up with a very nice wheat malt profile that is softly accentuated by grassy herbal hops, and some citrus notes. I also detect some light spice notes, perhaps some coriander, but nothing to the extent that you would find in a Belgian wit. The body is light with fairly spiky carbonation and a nice dry finish that makes this very refreshing. Very drinkable and still one of my favorite summer beers.

Story time: When I turned 21 I was mostly just interested in drinking what was on sale. I thought that ordering a Killian's meant I was going for the quality stuff. Then someone at a party asked if I had ever tried Oberon. I fell in love with it right away, and it lead to Bell's Amber, then that lead to Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout and then on to other great brewers and beer. I raise my glass you Larry bell, and... drunk guy at party. You changed my life for the better!

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Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Benesi88
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Dewsby
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this out of a mini-keg on the fourth o' july.... so on-tap, right?

Pours a great looking unfiltered orange-gold. Smell is spice, wheat, pepper, with uted floral/grassy hops. Taste is much the same: wheat, spice, flowers, grass, pepper. Very easy to drink, moderately carbonated, with a light feel.

Pretty good session beer, especially in the summer time.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 4-29-07
Batch 7842
Bottled on 2-28-07

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head, good lacing. Lots of little floaters in the glass though.

Smell is slightly sweet, little bit of malt and a little bit of citrus hops. Very light and easy.

Taste is good, pretty sweet with some a good summer spiciness. Bitterness is subdued and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation adds to the spicy flavors.

Drinkability is very good, you could polish off a sixpack of these no problem. A welcome summer beer and a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my non-BA drinking buddy, Dave, who recently brought this back from MI as part of a mixer-sixer.

The appearance is decent, but nothing impressive. Pours to an almost white, cloudy pale yellow color with a nice pillowy white head. Looks like almost every American Pale Wheat Ale I've ever tried.

The smell is very subdued. A bit wheaty, but nothing that really jumps out.

The taste is good. Has a mild bite from the wheat malt while at the same time being slightly sweet with a very, very minimal hint of banana esters. Quite crisp and refreshing, and very highly quaffable. Makes a great summer brew, but there are too many on the market to make this one a stand-out example.

edit: Oct. 26, 2006. I've tried this beer again after it's distributional debut in the state of IA. On second thought, this beer does indeed stand above its competitors in the pale wheat style. Much hoppier than I remembered it (centennial), though I believe it is much fresher than when I previously had it as well. Very, very drinkable. Like a beer version of tang, but much less tangy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slight haze on a straw yellow brew. Medium head, mild lacing.

S - A bit of cloves, wheat and a touch of grapefruit.

T - A bit of a dry hop flavor (slightly woodsy) with a bit fo grapefruit. A bitterness with a citrus and a bit of an earthy bitterness. Not great, but not too bad either,

M - A tad harsh, thin, a little refreshing.

D - Okay, not as palatable as I would have hoped. Might have again . . . if in Rome (i.e. Michigan).

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Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy blonde with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice creamy white head that leaves some fine lacing behind as it melts. The nose is mild and consists of wheat malt and a bit of orange zest. The flavor is pretty much like the smell with just a little bit of spiciness. Light bodied with mild carbonation. It's a shame, I really used to look forward to this beer in the summer and it was one of the first beers that really turned me on to craft beer in the first place. Oberon is still a fine beer but I think my palate has changed over the years and it just doesn't do it for me anymore, but it did turn me on to all the other great offerings from Bell's.

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Photo of tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Bells, but I don't care for this as much as I used to...I know it's very popular, and sought after, but it's not what I want in wheat style summer ale

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Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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