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

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Reviews: 1,663
Hads: 6,199
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,223 | FT: 8
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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: 1,663 | Hads: 6,199
Photo of bigbelcher
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head served from a jockey box at the Big Pour in Scottsdale. eventually settled down. Color is golden with a slightly orange tint. The aroma is very fruity. Definantly an ale with a nice citrus note. The taste is simply that of a fruiity wheat beer. I am sure it is going to be a big hit here in Arizona, the girl pouring it said it would be available year round in Arizona starting next month. Mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a citrusy lemony note which is prominent but not overpowering Aftertaste is bready and clean. (539 characters)

Photo of Lupe
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-straw color with decent sized khaki head. Not much retention and very little lacing.

Soft wheaty aroma, floral and lots of citrus. Mostly orange zest, more juicy than hoppy and a faint herbal/hay-like aroma that's a bit strange.

Lots of wheat flavor, a little musty and grainy. Some spicy hops for balance and crispness. The citrus that was in the aroma can not be found in the taste. Finishes bone dry and leaves me thristy for something else.

Light-medium in body and overly carbonated. All the fizz takes away from the delicate flavor. Goes down easy but leaves you wanting more. Not bad, but I wouldn't have again - just not my thing. (664 characters)

Photo of engagechad
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark - Glen Allen va - poured into Ommegang belgian glass

Pours a hazy orange wit decent head. Smells of kind of danky wheat and grain. Tasted like a funky wheat although it was good.

Over all I didn't really enjoy the beer and IMHO If i were going for an am pale wheat I'd go for Souther Tier Hop Sun (348 characters)

Photo of RoadPhish
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--light, golden orange color--no head remained once the beer settled into the glass

S--unfortunately, no orange or lemon aroma

T--hints of lemon and orange

M--did not go down as expected--a rough texture on the back-end

O--Oberon is a good summer brew, but I would recommend Bell's Two Hearted Ale (IPA) over this particular American wheat ale, regardless of the season. (376 characters)

Photo of kevinv
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10251, bottled March 4th, 2011. Well, that kind of sucks since I just bought this a few days ago and was hoping to get it a little fresher. I figured Oberon would have a pretty quick turnover in stores...guess not.

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with about a half finger of white head. Rather quick fading of the head, leaving behind no lacing. Visible bubble carbonation.

S - The nose is predominantly wheaty/grainy with a light fruitiness. Pretty basic.

T - More flavorful than the smell would suggest. Crisp, moderate bitterness up front with pale malt and wheat characteristics. Subtle spicy hops and again a light fruitiness. The finish is somewhat chalky. A bit of an orange-peel tastes lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy high-medium mouthfeel. Pretty high carbonation. Above average.

O - Overall, this beer is good for what it is. It's an easy-drinking summer beer for those hot days. Probably won't always be my first choice, but it's definitely one I can see myself returning to. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing about Bell's Oberon when I saw it, but the label design must have worked because I picked it up anyway. It's a fairly nice and safe beer overall and one that your friends, wife or even you might enjoy outside on a patio.

The look is quite cloudy and haze of particles gives your glass a semi frosted look at all times even though it isn't. Color-wise it's a pale yellow on the sides bordering towards orange on the center.

The smell is like sweet floral nectar. It's very faint and you have to pull it in but it's nice and has a hint of vanilla. In the taste you get some hops right away followed by a fairly floral and slightly sweet fruity flavour. It's an interesting twist on the order of balance as beers are generally sweet initially with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good.. a touch over-carbonated but otherwise fine. And the drink itself is interesting enough that a few of these is not out of the question. (934 characters)

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice hazy orange! Its a beautiful beer

Not much to note on the smell but the beautiful beer makes up for it.

The taste is refreshing and crisp. Not to in the way of taste or complexity.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer and a great way to start spring! (270 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color as one would expect from a beer of this style. Looks thirst quenching and enticing.

S: A lot wheat malts, an extremely faint presence of lemons or oranges. Typical for this style.

T: Just a lot of malt. No real character. Barely any hops, and no fruit characteristics.

M: Extremely smooth. As a beer that is meant to be a thirst quencher on hot summer days it fits the style perfectly.

O: Fairly average beer. Not bad, but not good. No charater in the taste but I think it serves it's purpose well as far as a summer beer goes. (570 characters)

Photo of bassmantin
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright golden color with nice white clingy head. This is a very attractive beer. It glows in the glass.

Smell is a bit bland, not a whole lot sticks out. Not a whole lot to the taste either. It's just a nice refreshing beer. You're not going to be overwhelming or challenged by anything here, but this would be a good beer for a warm summer day. Not a lawnmower beer but a good BBQ beer. (401 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg into a lager glass by my buddy Drake. He poured a bit of a monster head, With tons of lacing. The beer is a murky gold color. The smell is of wheat and lots of it, With some very light malt and perhaps of lemon grass?. The taste follows the smell largely. With some squeezed orange coming through and some slight grape in the mix. The mouthfeel adds some tartness, though a bit too tart for what it is. Overall, A good wheat ale, Would I buy it? Sure, I I needed something that was easy to drink for a medium price that is a nice change from the usual. (570 characters)

Photo of xare
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as an orangish-amber with a thin white head that didn't lace. Average appearance, but a tad darker than most wheat ales.

Smell was truly exceptional. Smelled just like an excellent pale ale with just a faint hint of wheat - truly nice for a wheat pale ale. Didn't give off wheaty aromas as so many do.

Taste was somewhat strange. Tasted a little like an alcoholic bread flavor. Didn't really distinguish itself from being alcohol with a touch of wheat (which is nice at times, but doesn't endear me to drinking more of it).

Mouthfeel was decent, went down smooth. Nothing else of note though. Did begin to warm up (and become more like alcohol the more it warmed up).

Drinkability wasn't great. I finished the beer but I wouldn't search this beer out again. Might have it if it was free, but I don't think that Oberon was worth searching out, especially when I can drink anything else Bell's makes. (909 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

Bottle code 10283 which means it was bottled on 3.23.11.

A- Light, cloudy orange with a almost-white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S - Citrus, barley, corn.

T - Sweet corn and wheat.

D - A touch bitter, sticky in the mouth. (263 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating evident, has a bottle code of 8488.

Appearance: slightly hazy but mostly clear medium golden, very light orange highlights. Head is dense, off-white, limited, and dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Limited. Some lightly bready wheat notes, and a little spiciness. Really needs to warm to room temp to smell much of anything.

Taste: apricot, some orange spice, a little hint of maybe bergamon spice, some very limited clove hints. Kind of a mish-mash of spice flavors, but none really dominate, or shine. Minimal to no hops evident.

Mouth: Slightly slick, medium full, with a notable tingly carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable as lawnmower beer, but deeply unexceptional from a brewery capable of much, much, much more. (771 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled on 4/18/12, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color– nearly opaque but pretty bright and vibrant. There's a half-finger or so of fine, white head, and a decent quantity of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass.

S: Light bready, wheaty smell, accentuated by freshly cut grass, orange and lemon peels.

T: Quite a punch to follow up the relatively light aroma– bread and fresh grass show up initially, with citrus flavors backing them up. Taste intensifies on the finish, then lingering yeast and bitter grass/citrus flavors remain for a while. The yeast overpowers the other flavors a bit, but is not unwelcome. I might just be imagining it, but the beer seemed to taste a bit better after I poured the sediment at the bottom of the bottle into my glass.

M: Light, smooth, and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Just a bit of a tingling resulting from the beer's bitterness.

O: Despite my limited experience in the American Pale Wheat style coupled with the dramatic variance of beers within it, this one's strong flavors make it better than average. I definitely see the appeal in drinking a few of these on a hot summer day, and wouldn't mind revisiting Oberon in the future. (1,220 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear bright orange body with a white head.

Nose is really quite mellow with only some fresh malt and mild wheat smells peaking through.

Taste is medium bodied and very. Definitely a wheat beer backbone but with a slightly more American pale ale sort of mix to it. Yeast, wheat, and some mild spice notes. Has a pale ale sort of cracker taste to it as well. Hops are actually pretty big in this and almost overpower the subtle wheat flavors. Lots of citrus and an chalky earth flavor. There's a flowery flavor that starts to come out as it warms. Hop bitterness is also pretty big in this beer and shines above the malt slightly.

An interesting beer. Very drinkable and nice. Hops are big in this beer and really give it a strong potpouri type flavor alongside an earthy summer wheat beer. (811 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with code 8343 on back label. The ale poured a very clear, golden and light orange color with a sustained white head with plenty of lacing. When I poured the last amount from the bottle a tremendous amount of yeast sediment immediately clouded the ale. which is not typical of "american" wheat ale.

There was a very faint aroma of hops with a largely spicy, malty and yeasty aroma.

The flavor reminded me of a wit style ale with the faint tangy,orange flavor, however, without the complexity of flavor normally found with that style. I recall drinking this a couple of years ago and finding it more flavorful and satisfying then.

This one is fairly light bodied with a lack of carbonation normally found in wheat style beers.

I was a little disappointed in this one. It is not my favorite style but I remember this one having more flavor a couple of years ago. It is
a sessionable ale even at 5.8 percent ABV. (927 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright - if you're drinking this beer indoors, stop immediately and proceed to the nearest patio / deck / beach / etc. For this ale, indoors = blah... outdoors = yes! (a la Marv Albert).

The appearance of this ale is nice: it pours a bright, honey gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates yet maintains a presence throughout consumption; lots of tiny carbo bubbles. The beer has a slightly earthy aroma, with some sweet malty notes and is a touch bready - aroma is kind of typical of a bottle conditioned ale. The taste starts off sweet, but has a nice, light bitter finish - hints of spice throughout; definitely not something that'll sweep you off your feet. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, nice carbonation for a summer brew. This stuff is quite drinkable - kind of surprised that the abv is 5.8% (seems like it should be lower) - very refreshing!

Again, probably enjoyed best outdoors on a nice sunny day - (921 characters)

Photo of lynchmob9
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just submitted review for what I thought was this beer & turned out to be Breckenridge Agave Wheat...what a travesty. This is a major upgrade already. On tap.
A - cloudy golden orange. Small wispy head.
S - orange, fresh dough...touch of lemon.
T - good mouthfeel, definite orange, Mellon, citrus. Pepper finish.
O - overall enjoyable. (335 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a very hazy orange and yellow with a creamy 1 finger white head.

It smells of wheat, grains, slight spices and citrus.

The taste is heavily wheat/grain with a tasty citrus/orange character followed with a slight spicyness.

Very easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. For a summer beer, you can't beat this flavor. (333 characters)

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not the best-looking wheat beer I've ever seen. Cloudiness seems to have been supplanted by chunky, pulpy-looking yeast, but the deep orange is quite pleasant. The smell is shockingly citrusy, even cold straight out of the fridge. However, the taste is decidedly less fruity and sweet. In fact, I detect substantially more hops than wheat. This would perhaps explain the pale nature of this beer's designation, but loses points with me. The mouthfeel is substantial, though the hoppy aftermath after swallowing is not something I love, either. All in all, probably not something I'd reach for on a summer day or otherwise. (629 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code of 11/21/13 clearly visible on the label into a pint glass and get 1/4 finger of head.

A: Pours a clear, golden amber color with 1/4 finger of head that dissipates fast and leaves almost a complete covering on the top of my glass. Pretty good lacing present.

S: Smell of wheat and citrus is present.

T: Taste of dried apricots, citrus and wheat. Tastes juicy and finishes a little dry.

M: Goes down good enough. Medium- bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry.

O: I guess that I'm not a fan of this style so I will be objective because I can't get too excited about this beer. I like the aroma of banana and clove and a chewy wheat beer. This is not that kind of beer. It is not a beer that I could drink too much of and I will not buy it again. (806 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.70 for a 12oz single bottle at Total Wine

I poured this into a pint glass and a surprisingly thin white head emerged that quickly receded to a thin blanket and ring.

It was very golden in color - like 18kt. Not too pale like 10kt and not as dark as 24kt.

It threw off scents of wheat and citrus - I thought I caught some fleeting grapefruit in there, too.

It's taste was wheat forward and some hops biting on the side of the tongue. Strong carbonation helps provide a clean finish.

Overall, a good value and a good summer brew. I had this after coming back from the pool with some pizza. A good middle of the pack summer ale. (638 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good head on this one, though i suppose special props don't go out to wheat beers with decent foamage. gold in color

sweet wheaty aroma, with a suggestion of hop. a touch of spice, perhaps

definitely wheaty flavored, too. more spice here (certainly than i would expect of a US wheat). sweeter than i remember this guy being. functional bitterness. i think the wheat itself is what is making it spicy. a little lemon

as APWAs go, this one is quite good (gumballhead might be its only competitor). but i still regularly order other things (539 characters)

Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange beer.

This beer pours cloudy with a big head. Weird orange color, not bad but odd. No real smell (maybe my nose is going).

Tastes somewhere between a hefeweizen and a kolsh. Big strong floral orange flavor, like it was brewed with oranges, don't know if it was, label doesn't give a clue to it's style. Citrus flavors roll all over my mouth like a bubbly washing machine. Goes down smooth and refreshing clean aftertaste.

A sudzy quafable brew, full of flavor. (481 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.