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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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very good

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Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 6,125
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,162 | FT: 9
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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: 1,648 | Hads: 6,125
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)

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice orange amber color with white head that goes away quickly.

S - Sweet fruity scents.

T - Just like the smell, it's sweet and has some citrusy fruity taste. Very little wheat or hops, suprising!

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not the best but good overall. (323 characters)

Photo of suretolose
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this selection from a bottle into a pint glass. It a light golden color with some residue floating in it. It starts with a nice head that fades fast.

The aroma is faint. Orange with wheat and a little yeast.

The taste is light citrus and somewhat dry, a little bread flavor as well.

An ok beer, but not really my favorite. A little to dry for me (355 characters)

Photo of ph2001
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

it pours a hazy golden peach color with no head. it smells thick and sweet. it actually is very light and crisp, a bit dry. the wheatiness is mild and there is a light sweetness of honey. drinkable and refreshing. a good summertime brew. (264 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with some white haze and a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak wheat with some discernable hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of wheat back with some sensible Saaz hops, which provide character without shadowing all the malt. Body is above average and about right for the style. Very enjoyable beer overall and would make a great session beer for hot summer days. (437 characters)

Photo of Anker13
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Cloudy with chunks of yeast floaties that eventually settled to the bottom, pale orange, thin white head

Aroma - not a lot there, slight citrus and bread, grainy

Mouthfeel - moderate CO2, medium bodied (fuller than I imagined), slight coating

Taste - sweet bread, slight fruitiness, grain, little orange character

Residual - slightly off aftertaste, coating

Overall - Was expecting more. Over the last month I've seen an excessive amount of 20+ case displays of oberon so I figured it was worth checking out. Wasn't a terrible beer, but also wasn't a particularly good one... I certainly do not understand the hype. There are a lot of better wheat beers out there. (682 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a vibrant light orange color.

The aroma has slight wheat, grain, a hint of orange peel, some herbal and grassy qualities.

The flavor follows with that bright grain flavor in the front, a slight grass in the middle, with a lack of any flavor other than metallic on the finish.

The beer drinks with a medium to light body with high drinkability, but a huge lack of flavor. (391 characters)

Photo of puckinright
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a one finger fresh white head. The head fades quickly and the lacing is minimal. Smells of wheat and citrus, but very little, if any hop aroma. Tastes of wheat up front, w/ a dry cereal component. Finishes crisp with light citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit too highly carbonated for my liking.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer that I would have again but would not necessarily seek out. (416 characters)

Photo of Buggies
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy (and chunky!) golden yellow. Head disapates to a thin fizzy one. Not much going on in the nose. Wheat and yeast with a little citrus. Taste is nice. Citrus with sweet malt and hops in the background... almost subdues. This beer seems to be a very basic example of the style. Though it does have a little spice in the background... it is a bland beer. Nothing really interesting enough to make me excited to drink this. Worth a try though. (458 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murkey, hazy, dark yellow color with a puffy head. The smell is of wheat, with a bit of twang, and grassiness. Some grain. The taste is slanted sweet, with a suitable bitterness for balance. Fuller in mouthfeel than I expected, with a lot of fizziness. I expected more from this beer. (289 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange, a bit hazy. Aroma is nothing special, a little citrus and hops. Taste
is the same nothing really stands out. Again some citrus, a little hops. Something like a wheat beer but not quite. Not sure what this is going for. Its a little weak in flavor for a wheat beer. I guess its ok for a summer drinker. (324 characters)

Photo of GregoryVII
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark yellow/light orange color, with medium head and cloudy visibility. Oberon's smell is certainly fruity and betokens a sense of refreshment. The wheat flavor is very prevelent, however many of the complex spices of Belgian wheat are lacking (which since it is an American Pale Wheat, shouldn't hurt it too much) but it is still not as refreshing or full as many of its American conterparts. The mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery. It is very drinkable, as it is. (497 characters)

Photo of pasdachuri
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden straw with a white head about one finger tall.

Wheat, lemon, and clove aromas.

Begins with a crisp, wheat grain taste with light pear and banana undertones.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation but somewhat of a thin feel.

Average drinkability. Definitley worth trying, especially on a warm summer afternoon. (344 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a copper colored amber, ever so slightly cloudy. One finger white head that doesn’t stick around long but leaves a thin layer. Nice lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Sweet hops at first, mainly grapefruit, with an apple juice smell deeper down. Mild adjunct lager like malts hidden in as well. Above average sweetness.

Taste: Moderately sweet lager like malts, with hops mixed in (but their taste isn’t distinct, more general). Ever so slightly sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle. Moderately filling.

Drinkability: A decent offering, but not quite the summer wheat ale I was looking for. It’s a little too lagery and sour, with not enough mild malt sweetness. Also, none of the usual wheat spices. On a blind taste test, I could not even tell it was a wheat beer.

Buy Again? No, there are many better beers in this style. (901 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.