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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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86
very good

5,831 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,831
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 171
Gots: 909 | 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: 5,831 | Reviews: 1,649
Photo of meganrosso
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good but I like Blue Moon better

Photo of Jordanbull33
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely fantastic beer! Perfect for summers! Especially on Mackinac Island! It's like a Blue Moon on steroids! Yummy!

Photo of wilgenb1
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great seasonal beer. good combination of orange and citrus. very similar to blue moon

Photo of jmalina121
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer has a nice full, round wheat flavor with orange notes. It is bitter on the finish, but still refreshing!

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Michigan's original. Solid beer. 90/100 Good brew

Photo of Tlringer
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Tried in MI

Photo of do_ob
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a modified pilsner. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with about 2 fingers of sticky white foam on top. Traditional wheat ale aroma (yeast, malt, spice, and subtle notes of fruit). Light weight with an initial burst of spice. This is followed by mellowed notes of malt, lemon, and grapefruit. Goes down very easily and has a clean, crisp finish. Lemon zest and lingering spice on the aftertaste.

Overall, pretty good. Wheat ales seem to be hit-or-miss for me, and this one was decent. It's balanced very well, and the yeast doesn't dominate the taste like some other wheat beers. I'd consider this a definite lawnmower beer; tasty and refreshing, and still light enough to enjoy several while doing some yard work or tinkering in the garage. I'll buy this again.

Photo of MakenziMantey
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is a slight fruit smell and is not that overpowering. Tasting this beer it is fruity with a little tang to it and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Photo of dandiprat2015
2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been getting less flavorful every year.

Photo of bigsteve45
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

way overrated. Bells coors lite

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 Gajo74
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a unique looking orange/yellow straw color that is murky and features some sediment that eventually settles at the bottom. Moderate creamy head and slight lace. Earthy aroma with a bit of barnyard. Citrus fruits and wheat feature as well. Wheat malt figures prominently in the taste as well as orange. A light to medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
A good war weather drink that has more flavor than your average light summer beer.

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.

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