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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Reviews: 1,651
Hads: 6,147
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 187
Gots: 1,175 | FT: 9
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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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and sweetness. There is some hint of wheat and herbal spice.

T: Taste is a bit too sweet with some citrus and herbs. No real bitterness and sticky sweet finish that lingers.

F: Medium body and smooth.

O: Decent beer, but not one that I really enjoyed due to the sticky sweetness. (372 characters)

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

A - cloudy like you'd expect a wheat beer to be, though pale, with a white slightly fizzy-ish head.

S - sweetish and something that I'm not sure I can identify. I don't know if it's related to hops or wheat (if I had to guess though, I'd say hops, or even yeast).

T - light and refreshing, though less depth of flavor than I'd been expecting. My favorite flavors come at the end and seem to be quite wheaty or grassy and last for a while.

M - light and crisp.

D - I could see making an afternoon out of this beer easily, but I'd prefer a classic hefe to this. (564 characters)

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

Seems like this could be a good session beer.

I poured into tow glasses and the first was crystal clear, the second one poured with a plump of sediment. Ahhh, brewers yeast!

There seems to be more nose on the yeasty glass. It is a sharp fruitiness in the nose and mouth, Esters from the yeast, i suppose.

The taste is bread and malt and a has a little of a wine/champaign puff to it. It definitely grows on you. (421 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a pale and cloudy amber and is topped by a frothy white head that is about 1 finger high.The aroma is fruity and a slight bit citrusy. I detect a faint bit of banana in there as well. The taste is mildly fruity, apples, oranges and bananas. There is a very faint hoppiness in the taste too. The mouthfeel is tangy and zesty and very refreshing. It goes down easy. (421 characters)

Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, dirty light orange look to it with some head but it settles down quickly. Aroma is malty and yeasty with a touch of fruit. A refreshing citrus fruity flavor with some spices and hops. Not complex but enough there to make a good wheat and excellent for the summertime. (280 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish yellow and cloudy with a nice soapy white thick head. Leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Looks decent enough.

Smell - Nice notes of orange citrus. Even detecting some floral hops. Picking up the wheat in the background. Nicely balanced.

Taste - Getting some grapefruit and some orange in the taste. Only a small amount of bitterness coming in at the back of the throat. Just getting a slight bit of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin, refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Maybe only the slightest bit watery.

Drinkability - Very nice summer brew. Easily drinkable. Perfect after a hot, hard days work. This beer is better than most summer wheat beers I've tried. (707 characters)

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

Look - mostly like a typical wheat beer. Hazy golden brown color. Fairly cloudy with a good 2 finger foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Strong light beer type of smell. Heavy hop, early type of smell. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Taste - slight hopiness, but good balance. Definitely seems to be a citrus taste in there somewhere. Earthy, like the smell.

Mouthfeel - medium thickness, a little creamy.

Drinkability - This would be a good summer beer. Light, not too filling, not too high on abv, but high enough. No lingering aftertaste. (575 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather. (509 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup from a bottle at a Tigers spring training game in Lakeland, Florida. Pours a very cloudy orange. Aroma is very citrus. Tastes mostly like lemon and orange peel. I couldn't drink many of these, as the citrus is a little too overwhelming. As is, its a decent to good white ale. (301 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass, bottle date 8/2/11.

A- Brew pours about 3 fingers of white head that bubbles down to a nice cap. The brew itself is cloudy orange and gold color, and serious bubbles from loads of carbonation. Some lace on sides.

S- Pale malt and wheat grains. An ok mix of citrus and faint clove. Not much to the aroma really.

T- Interesting blend of citrus and banana flavors. They really work well together. There's a faint background taste of bubble gum. The pale malt is present too. Aftertaste is somewhat of an orange sorbet.

M- Light, silky smooth body. Lively amounts of carbonation tickle the tongue. This is one of the easiest drinking brews. Soooo quaffable.

O- Though the nose was rather weak, this is a real pleasant wheat beer. Super refreshing, and maybe the easiest drinking I've come across. This would make for a great summertime brew. (879 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9772,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a moderate white head, some lace.

S: A mild nose, some notes of lemon Pledge and wheat, some orange, but I'm not too excited at this point.

T: Orange heavy right off the bat, with some notes of white spice mid-palate. Hops are relatively high for the style leaving a bitter pine finish, this is nowhere near pale ale bitterness, but it is there.

M: Biting carbonation, crisp, lemony aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and easy going on the palate.

D: I finally get to try the Midwest summer classic, Bell's Oberon. For the style it's above average, better than Blue Moon, but it does remind me a lot of that beer, the bitter spice component is similar in both beers. (734 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured cloudy with a lot of suspended particles and light bronze in color

S-sweet fruits, oranges, pears, apples along with some wheat bread

T- taste doesn't come through as strong as the smell fairly light taste of the fruit salad of the nose followed up by some spice like white pepper

M-nice carbonation light bodied summer ale

O-I would have like more of the smell to carry into the taste but overall it is a really good easy drinking summer beer (497 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, straw toned yellow with a fluffy, 3 finger cap that slowly fades out into a clumpy head. Lots of lacing beads around the glass.
Smell is of light citrus featuring lemon zest, fresh grain, and a touch of American yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but toned down a notch in a somewhat bland flavor. Not bad but nothing jumping out either that makes me want to continue with this one.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light up front, citrusy, and easy drinking. I probably should've had this before the Expedition, which is a hard act to follow. (569 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Big frothy white head with good retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Aroma is just chock full of wheat and mainly just wheat. No spiciness of any sorts and just a touch of herbal hops.

3.0 T: Overall, this is pretty bland. Neutral wheat flavor. Not really any hops. I'll admit that the subtleties come through after the second or third beer, but that's not good enough for me.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Not bad.

3.5 D: This is incredibly smooth and not bad, but it is a little boring. Still, I wouldn't mind having a few every once in a while. (623 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into terrapin/proof pint glass

A-golden yellow, sort of copper orange up to light. small retaining head. lots of bubbles

S-wheaty, with some possible orange or apricot.a bit weak

T-strong wheatiness, with a fruity finish. Maybe orange, mango.

MF-high carbonation, thin body. Sort of citrusy aftertaste.

O-definitely a summer beer to enjoy by the pool, with fruity finishes and light feeling. maybe a little less carbonation (435 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with atpayne (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deep and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Some floaters. Aromas of wheat, light clove and a little fruity. Tastes of stronger wheat, citrus, and light spices.

Notes from 11/13/05 (276 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A slight citrus quality and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is alright, but nothing too great. Some citrus quality, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. I would have been happier if it were a little thinner with more carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. With low alcohol it is certainly sessionable, but flavors are unimpressive. (462 characters)

Photo of katan
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy gold color - light amount of head from the standard pour. Lots of floating particulates.

S - A very light smell - nothing too strong. I'd say its a light hop scent if anything. It is appealing.

T - It starts with a wheat malt tone, and finishes with somewhat a citrus hit. Sort of matches w/ the orange bottle. A decent bite for a wheat.

M - Pretty smooth mouthfeel - maybe a little watery.

D - I could drink a few of these at a time. This one has lots of flavor for the style, which is a nice change of pace. (538 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale straw, slight haze, medium layer of white froth, OK head retention

Aroma: spicy pumpernickel bread and hints of orange

Flavor: medium sweet malt balance up front that only slightly dries out from a light wheat acidity; hints of caramel, herbally hops, and a biscuity note; finishes semisweet with a honeyish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, soft & chewy texture

Other comments: Not as good as when I tried it on tap about 4 years ago. (476 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz single picked up at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Stella glass.

AP: Bright gold colour with a 1" white head that fizzles down to a 1/4", decent lacing. There's both carbonation bubbles and sediment floating suspended in the liquid which reminds me of looking at a clear bottle of Aloe Vera or a lava lamp. Funky.
AR: Straw, hay, cracker, orange, funky yeast, a bit of lemon sourness.
T: Biscuit and cracker malt base with some wheat notes, soft note of lemon tartness and a touch of orange rind. Finish has a bit of a sour and bitter bite with a touch of pine and pink grapefruit and yeasty funk.
M: Too carbonated for my tastes, so much so it takes away from actually fully tasting the flavours of this beer. Finish has a kind of oily moist coating on the tongue and then starts to turn slightly dry.
OV: It's a decent Pale Wheat Ale, but I doubt I'd buy this again when I can get Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin. I know, different takes on a PWA, apples to oranges, but this is somewhat mundane to me. (1,012 characters)

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

Sometimes ales are a little too sweet and caramelly for me, so at times, I'm hesitant to choose an ale. This was a good one. A full-bodied flavor, the malt wasn't too sweet - but there was that hint. A little hint of hops balanced nicely. I might have had another had the tenderloin not just come off the grill then. I guess this beer reopened an avenue of beers for me that had been under construction. (403 characters)

Photo of jrish
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Right off the bat one can tell this beer is light in the ass. Goldish color fills the glass with minimal head. Decent citrus - orange aroma is present at first sniff Very light malty bitters, on this wheaty ale. Nice carbonation resulting in a very drinkable, spring/summer beer. (320 characters)

Photo of mklinger
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle mit hefe into a weizen glass, with last inch of beer in the bottle swirled to pick up all the yeast.

A: Dark golden, slightly orange in color. Poured a full two finger head that stuck around quite awhile. Lots of effervescent carbonation visible. Obviously it was cloudy due to the swirling of the yeast into the glass.

S: Strong wheaty aroma along with the smell of yeast. Pleasant but mild

T: Taste is similar to the smell though I taste a good amount of rich barley to balance of the wheat flavor. Very mild hops, a hint of citrus in the first of the taste and a slight lingering bit of bitterness -- not much, just enough to notice. The yeast adds a bit of complexity to the beer, too.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel to this beer with a playful carbonation. This beer feels good going down

D: Easy to drink, pleasant but not all that enticing to make me want another. It's nice enough. (909 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The typical pale wheat color... a light goldenrod that's a bit hazy... but oh my, the head is awesome. Solid three fingers of fluffy white head, that leaves a spiderweb of lace all the way down the glass. Beautiful.

S- Some orange and spice, a hint of wheat, a good bit of yeast, and even a touch of alcohol in the back, but everything is subdued...

T- Malty character infused with a light sweet citrus, some white bread and yeast, light hops (saaz?), but a strange flavor in the aftertaste, and one that isn't so pleasant... metal? Just drink again, so you don't have to deal with that aftertaste...

M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp, with a bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

D- Pretty good, but there are better ones out there. A disappointment from Bell's. (790 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque straw color with a lot of unfiltered wheat haze in the glass. Heavy lacing for a wheat beer and a very fluffy white head; it took me three pours to get it all in the glass.

The smell is a little bit bubble gum, wet straw, cloves and coriander. Unfortunately, none of the smells come through well; the scents are all muted.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a hint of orange, banana and spices but nothing comes through strongly. I believe this would be a better beer if at least one of the tastes or smells were to stand out.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a wheat beer. Thick and chewy as well as a little oily.

Overall this beer appears to have potential but no taste or smell really stands out. It is smooth and drinkable but I have the feeling this could be so much better. (821 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.