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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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very good

4,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 4138
Reviews: 1513
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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EJ6759

South Carolina

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

Pours a clear yellowish orange color with a small white head that gathers around the edges. Wheat and spicy notes in the aroma; a touch of lemon. The palate is light and refreshing, smooth on the tongue and lightly carbonated; not a bad finish. Good balance between sweetness in the malt and some dry spice and floral flavors. A little citrus in the flavor as well. Overall, refreshing and satisfying. Attention-grabbing for an American Wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:42:26 | More by EJ6759
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96Bravo

Pennsylvania

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

An outstanding beer. Fresh, clean taste with citrus notes. May be enjoyed with slice of orange, if desired. Very drinkable and an outstanding entre for those who are used to macros. One of my favorite beers and looked forward too each Spring. Very glad Bell's is available here in PA.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 23:30:31 | More by 96Bravo
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bum732

Maryland

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

S: Light grainy sweetness, some soft floral notes, slight spiciness.

L: Hazy golden yellow, dense white head that dissipates.

T: Light grainy sweetness with a cracker like crispness. Mild bitterness leads to some malt sweetness before some cracker like dryness.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium high carbonation.

A nice malt sweetness while still being "light". Just a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:59:01 | More by bum732
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haywire77

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 mini keg into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is very cloudy copper/light orange color with a bit of suspended wheat "funk" in the glass. 2 finger bone white head reduced to almost nothing in about 5 minutes. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell is very subtle citrus, lemony orange and a bunch of wheat. Maybe some fresh baked bread in there as well. Nothing too overwhelming.

Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot 90+ degree summer day (or any day for that matter). Light citrus and a touch of golden honey round out the wheat bready flavor. Not too sweet as so many other summer seasonal beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and light at the same time, but only at first. After you take a drink and swallow, when you breathe in, it's gone.

Overall this is a fine example of a pale wheat. At first I thought that I could session this beer but after consuming a couple bottles with a light lunch, way too filling! Maybe it's all the wheat bread?!? I would drink this all year round if it were available.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 21:02:14 | More by haywire77
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DUBinMIA

Florida

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

pours a clear straw yellow until the yeast hits it.. then it becomes a hazy yellow golden color... thick 2 in. head with lots of foam and lace.

Smell has a grainy wheat likeness that i really enjoy in what i would call a wit beer, there calling it summer ale, but its really nice and then yeast and some citrus hop notes accent the finish.

taste is smooth wheat malty flavor with some yeast in the middle. floral and citrus hops towards the end that give a very refreshing finish that i love... very well done... not to complex but enough that it is interesting and easy to drink.

thicker body lets the flavors linger with medium carbonation.

overall a great beer... very happy with this one!!! must try!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:47:50 | More by DUBinMIA
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socon67

New York

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

Had at US Cellular Field

A - Pour is golden\orange with a haze. Nice lacing and a quickly shrinking foam.

S - Good smell of citrus and hops. Has a scent of fresh fruit and some floral notes too.

T - Very enjoyable ale that has a base of fresh grain. Flavors or lemon are tasted, and some tropical fruit. Finish is a mild hoppy bite.

M - Very sessionable, and feels so smooth. Perfect to sit back and enjoy a summer night. Minimal carbonation. Very flavorful wheat ale.

O - First taste of something from Bell's. Now I want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 03:52:37 | More by socon67
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:04:36 | More by nofalltoofar
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ballsy beer from Kalamazo, and they dare to do it with a "summer" beer. Nice combo of wheat, yeast flavors, leaning towrds the citrusy end of the spectrum. Nice heft for a hefe-weizen. I could drink this year-round. Thanks proc.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 05:20:29 | More by pbrian
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 21:04:31 | More by sinstaineddemon
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dfried

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 17:35:22 | More by dfried
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 20:02:45 | More by happygnome
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crayphish

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L keg into a glass. This brew poured a cloudy orange gold color. Decent fluffy head, nominal lacing. Smell is a spicy grain note with hints of citrus. Taste is along those same lines with a respectable amount of hops present. A very clean refreshing brew, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 16:17:27 | More by crayphish
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bgreg3

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They poured this baby into a 16oz oberon glass, I got it as a present to take home , o boy!

app- a hazy gold color that looks likie it'd be a wheat beer, the foam sticks around the ring of the glass, but not much of a foam head.

Smell-wheat flavors, with maybe some corn or rice in the smell as well , not that good of a sniffer.

Taste- citrus flavors come along strong ,
I taste slight grapefruit, but stronger lemon zest this beer has a wheaty grainish finish. quite good, actually damn good.

MF-light to medium body with a crisp summer finish. a very wheaty way to beat the summer heat.

Drinkability- very drinkable I think I could drinka mini keg to myself on my day off, haha

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 23:47:33 | More by bgreg3
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adamette

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought as a single for $1.66 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Fat Head's 0.5 L rastal pint glass. This review is long overdue as I have visited the Brewery, the Eccentric Café and have seen Oberon in so many places and I finally bought one. I want to say that I love the label which is remarkably close in color to the body of the beer but more than that it is sunny, happy and attractive. Incidentally "9344" stamped on the back label, whatever that means.

A opaque orange body with lots of visible sediment floating about under a one inch creamy white head. I love this look. 4.5

S Nice lightly sweet wheat ale with very little hops to the nose. I find this smell interesting. 4.0

T A very soft, lightly sweet wheat taste with the nice grain presence and minimal alcohol tastes. It is easy to see why this beer is so popular. There is also the possibility of a light citrus but not the typical lemony taste but actually an orange taste that is just so welcome in this style. Very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately chewy, thick without being so much as to be distracting. Nice and smooth too. 4.0

D Very good indeed, maybe the best feature of the beer. 4.5

Notes: A classic, american session beer that everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:08:50 | More by adamette
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 19:41:25 | More by billab914
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Baraka

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 17:46:15 | More by Baraka
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carlspeed

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 02:17:42 | More by carlspeed
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 21:44:33 | More by lurpy1
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Mike18103

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this for the first time today after hearing much about it from my local distributor, Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Never got any bad advice from Shangy's. They turned me on to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale many years ago and I look forward to its annual release just before Thanksgiving. Back to Oberon. This is an outstanding summer brew perfect with spicy food or just to sit back and watch a ballgame. I usually spend a little less on lighter beers but went for the extra few bucks out of curiosity and the 5 star rating giving by Shangy's. Glad I did because this is a keeper and easily worth the extra few bucks to step up from my usual summer brews like Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn and Sam Adams. My glass is just about empty so it's time to end this review and go grab another to watch the Belmont Stakes. The horse I'm betting also begins with an "O". Hopefully it will be a winner like Oberon!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:36:35 | More by Mike18103
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zerk

California

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best, and most unique wheat beers that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Apricot / yellow, with a thin white head, which dissapates quickly. Aroma of apricots and yeast. Yeasty bread flavor, with a touch of citrus. Excellent hops flavor as well, something you don't come across too often in this style of beer. Crisp, very carbonated, with a medium body. Very refershing. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 17:11:26 | More by zerk
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new mug. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy medium golden color with an orangish hue. Head is a good finger thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice surface layer with a good, thick ring lining the inside of the glass. leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of wheat, malt and citrus or lemon are present. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Wheat and malt upfront followed by hints of citrus and grapefruit. The fruity aftertaste lingers. Has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be! A real winner from The fine folks at Bell's. I will drink this again for sure.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 22:26:07 | More by neenerzig
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner glass at the Eccentric Cafe.

A- Poured a hazy wheaty orange with a solid 1" head. It left behind loads of lacing.

S- Strong orange scent with a touch of spices and a hint of hops.

T- Lots of citrus and some spice with a light hop taste. It tasted very fresh.

M- Really gentle mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D- I've always had a special place for Oberon, as it was my introduction to craft beer many moons ago (I think it had just made the switch from being named Solsun at the time). However, my relationship with the beer has been hot and cool over the years. Friends have said it is even better on tap at the Pub. Not wanting to believe them and having the desire to sample the tap only options every time I've been to Bell's in the past, this is my first time actually having Oberon on tap at the Eccentric. I have to say it was the freshest beer I've had in a long time and totally worth it. It's a great summer beer made for relaxing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2007 00:47:39 | More by GRPunk
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is definitely the beer I was most looking forward to trying this summer, and thanks to moose3285, now I can!

Pours a very hazy lemony yellow, nice-looking but fast-fading white head, rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is wheaty, lots of lemon and grassy hops. Taste is very sweet, citrusy hops, slightly bready. Crisp and refreshing, very tiny and active bubbles. I could see drinking this all summer. Really great summer brew...I'd love to see this distributed in MA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 21:24:53 | More by corey0212
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that has the number 8571 printed on the back. Not sure if that's the batch number or some code for the best by date. The beer pours slightly hazy, lemony yellow with a slight warm golden hay color. There is a thin white head that fades to a collar but still leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

I get a hint of apricot flavored yogurts mixed with cereals. Very mild yet interesting, a sensation of warm summer days and breakfast. Smell is balanced between wheat, malts and a floral fruity notes.

Taste is smooth and slightly creamy with almost all the same attributes of the scent but also mixed with citrus flavors. Light and unassuming, this beer has nice sweet yet mild flavors. Also there is a twinge of spiciness and bite from some hops but the profile is not distinguishable to my palate.

This beer screams summertime. It is light and refreshing with mild carbonation and a good bitterness. Bells has done it again. Damn I wish these were available out here. Stupid Texas.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 01:53:25 | More by jbphoto88
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 12, reviewed April 2. Pretty fresh!

A--Murky, dark gold color with a bunch of near microscopic floaties swimming throughout. About a finger of head with a moderately soft pour. Recedes down after a minute leaving a small bit of lace

S--Faint banana, orange peel, pears, citrusy hops

T--Wow what an easy drinking beer. No singular flavor stands out, it pretty much exactly like the nose with everything meshing together. Do not go into this beer expecting some mind blowing rush of flavor. That is not what this style is about. It is not like a typical wheat beer nor a typical pale ale. Don't expect either, just enjoy what you have which is a solid representation of the style that makes for perfect summer drinking

M--Very oily but smooth as butter. Coats your whole mouth and drips from the roof of the mouth even after you are done swallowing

D--Perfect session beer. Not something to go to if you are looking to give your taste buds a workout, but just a flat out great easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:32:51 | More by alcstradamus
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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