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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,800 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,800
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 167
Gots: 882 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 5,800 | Reviews: 1,638
Photo of capilial
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the definition of summer. Refreshing, smooth, crisp, and citrusy. I do believe it needs to come from on tap, cans/bottles don't provide the same enjoyment.

Photo of megamick
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like liquid sunshine - great summer beer. Well balanced wheat & Not overly fruity. Pretty smooth & easy to put away several at a time.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For this review, it was bottle to wheat glass, but this is no where near my first Oberon.
Golden bright orange, actively carbonated, clean, white head. Smells of orange rind, spice, and wheat. Easily slides over the tongue; smooth, refreshing, with a taste as bright as the color.
Had it on tap, in a can, form the bottle, and the mini kegs. Anyway you slice it, Oberon is summer.

Photo of Ski2UDie
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good option on a hot day vs. the usual light, wheat beers. Spicy orange smell and hint of taste, fuller than the typically light hefeweissens, but light enough to be refreshing not just full and filling.

Photo of ks_goblue
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light, great taste, overall nice beer, will appeal to a large audience.

Photo of dbtossi
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I prefer it without the orange. The citrus flavor is not overpowering. Crisp and light. Perfect for summer days

Photo of kbernthal
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great summer beer, very smooth and refreshing to drink, with sight citrus smell and taste

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recognizable beer for it's unique spice, Oberon is a classic Bell's brew.

An opaque golden body sits underneath an almost pure white head. Common with most Bell's brews, yeast suspension is very noticeable. Smells of clean soap and crispy hops–nothing but a bright summer day. First sip is loaded with peppery, bitter spices and hops. Eventually grapefruit and orange citrus comes through, and finally the wheat malts make an impression. Surprisingly for such a low ABV, the alcohol taste is at the forefront of each sip, which for me, is more of a Con than a Pro. A soapy, smooth mouthfeel partners with a carbonated aftertaste (a distinct Bells' characteristic).

Overall, I've had better wheat ales, but none as spicy as Oberon. In my opinion, the alcohol/boozy taste was off-putting, as it took away from the bitter hops and wheat malt balance that makes this beer shine. Definitely recommend for anyone who's never had Bell's before!

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can into a tulip glass

Looks nice; orange, hazy and fresh with a thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells OK, lots of spice with a dash of citrus. Underlying bread from the malt. Tastes like a good solid summer ale, with lots of wheat, and floral notes from the hops. Just like the smell, a dash of citrus, just enough to be there but not overwhelming. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, a really solid, if not overwhelmingly great summer drink; packaged in probably my favorite summer vessel and with a beautiful label. I'd buy again for sure.

Photo of Michelleluw
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love almost all of Bell's beers, however Oberon tends to be a bit overrated. I get an artificial orange taste from it. I know during production no orange is added to the beer, however I can't get the off taste to go away. Nonetheless, this is a nice summer beer for the beer. They have cans now too!

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn near perfect summer/spring beer, crisp clean refreshing and delicious. Tart but not too much so, fading quickly into a wheaty beer without the unpleasant flowery taste of a european wheat beer. Smells kinda fishy though, scent is somewhat unpleasant but not so bad as to ruin or really even significantly harm the beer. a small bit of lemon comes through as well

Photo of Brackh
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice foamy white head. Sweet, fruity and wheat smell. Taste is delicious. Has just enough of a spice to it. Very well balanced wheat taste too. Great beer. Don't drink just one of them.

Photo of Tony5374
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean finish, easy drinking and citrus taste

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot of zest. Bit of something resembling funky/farm qual. Lot from the yeast. Good amt of hops. Slight candy/fruit sweetness. A very flavorful, intense bite, ale.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly. The head is a white and foamy color. The beer itself is a cloudy pale straw that looks pretty good. The appearance strongly resembles a Hefeweizen.

The beer smell has some very strong fruity notes. The beer smell has strong clover and banana notes that are pretty good. The beer also has a slightly sweet and damp wheat smell surrounding the banana and clove.

That taste shares the same notes as the smell. The taste has a light banana and clove taste that is accompanied by a stronger and earthy wheat taste with a lightly citrus hop taste to balance things out,.

The beer feels fairly medium bodied and thick. The beer certainly has body and is a bit thick in the feel with texture to it.

Overall, a fairly good beer and worth getting each year. Highly recommend.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Summer beer. Utterly drinkable in warm weather.

Photo of Homewrecker13
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer, deliciously hoppy taste.

Photo of solomon1122
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

For summer, definitely great, a little bit bitterness, after taste a little bit sweet.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Refreshing with slight spice and orange/citrus hints.

Photo of redinge7
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mild fruity aroma, fresh and smooth taste.

Photo of tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells of faint strawberries and lemon zest. Taste follows the nose, at the very end you get a bit of the wheat. Nice refreshing beer. 5.8% ABV

Photo of streeter
4.81/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer means summer is here in MI. Very not certain slightly citrus flavor of paired with an orange wedge. Very refreshing. Cloudy appearance. Sediment in bottles. Excellent wheat.

Photo of Hophead777
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great summer beer! My favorite beer to drink while working outside! Too bad it's seasonal. I would love it year round.

Photo of Celtics17
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my style. But solid wheat beer. I felt the buttering hops worked well with the wheat/tangerine taste.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,800 ratings.