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

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87
very good

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Reviews: 1,665
Hads: 6,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 194
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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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Reviews: 1,665 | Hads: 6,209
Photo of Dikfour
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque orange with some floaty sediment. One finger of off white head dissipated pretty quickly. Mild carbonation

Smell: Light grain and good orange citrus.

Taste: A little bit of orange and rind. Subtle grain. Clove spiciness is the real shining star of this beer. Not terribly complex but supremely well balanced.

Feel: Fun carbonation. Medium to medium minus body. A little juicy stickiness.

Overall: Really solid. This beer is a really crushable clean and easy brew. Reliable choice for a daily sixer. Thumbs up. Give this one a shot. (549 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can packaged 6/30. Slightly hazy golden straw with a generous white head. Some lacing. Muted aromas of bread and some orange and spicy hop. Slightly sweet malt taste up front with a gently bitter spice hop presence. Feel is creamy and light, perfect for summer. (267 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Packaged 6/30/15. Appearance: Light golden and mostly clear with a slight haze. Thick white foam cap with nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, bready, wheat aromas. Slight orange peel. Taste: Light malt sweetness, grainy, with some tart peel flavor and a sharp, spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body either some creaminess. High carbonation. Finish: Dry with a spicy lingering bitterness. Overall: Well made, very refreshing American wheat with spicy bitterness and slight fruitiness (496 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a stang on a beautiful summer day

A: Hazy and cloudy golden-orange, with a massive billowy white head that sticks around for a good long time and leaves great lacing.

S: Grain and wheat, faint kind of sour lemon/orange.

T & M: Pretty creamy, good carbonation, no crisp snap at all. The citrus is fairly faint but it is very present together with a little twang and a little spice (some clove and even a touch of lavender)...dominant flavor is grain and wheat, and very good on that front.

refreshing and tasty (537 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look:
Massive amounts of foam after pouring from a 12oz bottle. It is a deep gold / orange color that is a bit hazy.

Smell:
Smells of various citrus fruits and aroma hops. There is a strong bready / yeasty scent as well.

Taste:
There is a hop bitterness at first, but it quickly fades into a very wheaty / malty flavor. The tastes then turn towards tart fruit and sweetness. There are spice notes throughout that keep the flavor very interesting.

Feel:
Medium mouth feel. Feels fairly thick and syrupy with a lot of tongue tingling goodness.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this as it is different than all of the other "orangey wheat summer beers". This is a bit more interesting than many I have had lately and I would definitely buy this again. I grew up in Michigan, but never had one of these when I lived there. Definitely recommend. (845 characters)

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did not have high expectations for this beer. Found it while on vacay in NC. It really blew me away for what it is... a drinkable summer wheat ale. Great pool beer. It may be weighted a bit too high given my expectations, but I call them how I see them. Will try again under different circumstances. (301 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold with thick head, decent retention and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is typical Belgian wheat with nice hit of citrus. Clean scent, clean taste, nice well-balanced beer. I would never suspect the 5.8%ABV. A delightful refreshing beer. (247 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer before and something seemed off with this batch. Since I had not rated it previously I went ahead and rated it but will have to try it again later. (169 characters)

Photo of Zonk
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yeast and wheat on the nose a bit of apricot. A bit sour on the palate with some lemon or orange zest. This came off as a bit watery to me. Decent summer beer but nothing special. (182 characters)

Photo of Sconnie25
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a orangish golden hue with a head that lasted the entire beer. I couldn't detect much scent wise. As for taste it was very creamy and easy to drink. I noticed a bit of spices as well as the wheat. (208 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, not much lacing.

S: faint whiff of sour atop bready malt
T: no banana, very faint tartness, thick chewy wheat bread
F: quality, solid
O: Not bad, but no real reason to seek it out either (322 characters)

Photo of archerjoe03
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very good beer. I feel the yeast overpowers the other flavors however. The yeast does not add to the flavor the way I prefer. I will still buy it again, which means it passed. (178 characters)

Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not meant as a slight to Bell's, but Oberon hit me about like Two-Hearted IPA did....good but not as great as most of the reviews suggest. This is of course blasphemy to my Michigan friends who think everything Bell's pumps out is superior to microbrews everywhere else. But as I said, it's good but there's better to be found. (329 characters)

Photo of Budlum
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeast and wheat malt on the nose. An easy-drinking summer choice at a great price point from a fantastic brewer. The option for cans make this a welcome partner for outdoor adventures. (185 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Fresh. Pint glass. Looks like light golden yellow. Cloudy. Full finger of head dissipated quickly. Doesn't have a lot of smell other than slight malts and maybe a hint of citrus. Taste is a little sweat but tastes like a traditional wheat ale to me. Nothing really odd or unique about it. Easy to drink. You'd down a 6 pack in a heart beat on a hot sunny day. 5.8% abv. No signs of bitterness at all so reviews below made no sense to me. Good wheat beer with ale yeast. More wheat beer than ale. Wouldn't turn it down at a backyard BBQ. (560 characters)

Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Seriously hazy orange-gold (think orange juice) with some white lacing. Smell: Wheat beer smells with some citrus and kind of a syrupy sweetness
Taste: Sharp citrus and fruity wheat and hops (well blended) with some non-hop related bitterness towards the finish. Doesn't taste overly sweet but the nose gives it a syrupy sweetness
Feel: Medium body (not light), not sure if its psychological but seemed thick, syrupy in a way

Overall: Stylistically it's hard to identify anything that's "wrong" with this one. it's got a nice balance and blend of flavors but i just couldn't get into it. Part of it was the syrupy quality which is most prevalent in the nose. The bitterness, which seems more grain related than hop related, was also a bit off-putting. Kind of a disappointment. (787 characters)

Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NOT FRESH:
OK wheat beer. Great mouthful and look to it but is lacking in smell and tatse. Not very fresh though so I have to imagine that's why this beer didn't hit home for me. (178 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. PKGD 06/08/2015.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange body with 1 finger coarse, white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Fresh and fruity wheat aromas. Orange, peach, some banana. Coriander. Floral hops. Light cracker, grass.

T: Lightly spicy, bitter and citrusy burst up front. Development of some rounder wheat notes. Underlying hops carry throughout to a fairly dry finish for a wheat ale. Bright and slightly juicy with lemon, orange notes. Lingering orange blossom and floral notes in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Enough bite to keep things crisp and clean without harshing the smooth, wheat character.

O: Very nice American wheat. More complex than the typical US wheat offering. Nice blending of German hefe and state-side style hopping.

Prost! (893 characters)

Photo of Pickkleman
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! One of the more delicious wheat beers out there. Some say it is overrated, but I say HOGWASH! This beer is frikkin delicious! Just try this beer....you will not be disappointed! (195 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015.

The color is pale yellow with an olive hue under the low light of the restaurant. A little wheat haze and a modest white head.

The aroma is wheat, toasted biscuit, spicy, fruity notes but particularly orange peel.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a wonderful spicy and toasted wheat start with a modest fruity and bitter finish. (422 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange with a small white head that laces great down the glass. Citrus, sweet malt, and light pepper in the aroma. Taste follows leading with a sweetness from the wheat, citrus underneath and slight peppery/floral hop finish. Medium body, good carbonation, slight creamy feel, slightly drying finish. Just a solid beer, easy drinking and great summer beer flavors. (373 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque orange-gold in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Very good lacing, and a nice visual presentation altogether.

The nose is zesty and fruity; The combination of wheat malt and juicy, citrusy hops is very enticing.

On the palate it's a sweeter, maltier beer than many other wheat ales, but also well balanced by a blend of aroma and bittering hops. There's a good deal of malt sweetness her, but the bitterness keeps it in check while the aromatic hops complement the wheat malt, providing a character of lemon zest and orange zest.

The body is fairly full for a wheat beer, and certainly much heavier than either a Bavarian hefeweizen or Belgian wit.

Very good mouthfeel altogether -- very full-bodied and satisfying for what it is, while also going down easily.

On the other hand, it is a stronger and more full-bodied beer to begin with, so it is not too easy to drink. It's satisfying and refreshing /easy-drinking (although not quite brisk) while also being satisfying enough that one or two pours might just fill you up! This makes it a well-balance beer on another level. As far as "lighter, summer beers" go, Oberon is practically a barleywine. Okay, I won't go that far, but it's definitely a sipper.

When it comes to an unfiltered pale wheat ale, Oberon is pretty much the gold standard insofar as the upper midwest's Craft Beer scene is concerned. (1,396 characters)

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.