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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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4,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 127
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of EvilKeith


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 05/01/2006 visit to BoneDry

Poured a dark hazy golden color, thick, dense white head. Lace was impressively thick and sticky.

On tap was served a bit too cold. I allow it to warm.
Smell devoloped into a mixture of citrusy, spiced, yeasty dough and wheat.

Taste is what you would expect for the style. Nothing overtly out of character. Nice, crisp and clean finish.

Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Though it may be cliche, I found it to be quite refreshing. A definite session beer. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2006 10:21:55 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of thain709


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy yellow-orange...a small white head...suspended particles throughout the body that led to sediment

S - Nothing stood out here...I got a little whiff of some fruits...but nothing up front

T - A nice wheat flavor up front...fruity in the middle...a little bitterness at the end

M - Light, crisp, and carbonated

D - This would be a decent beer to enjoy on a nice summer evening

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:56:11 | More by thain709
Photo of spoons


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A slightly cloudy yellow with a nice top of white head.

Smells great. Definitely some citrus by way of orange and lemon peel and spice.

Tastes like a slightly acidic candy. The lemon and orange come through again. Plenty of carbonation. Nice and creamy for an american wheat. Seems to clean the tongue with each sip.

A nice beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 17:03:46 | More by spoons
Photo of burkyburk


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light color, barely any head.
S-Smells like summer! Summer fruits/light bread.
T-Wheaty/bready, notes of citrus fruits, particularly orange and lemon.
M- Very light and refreshing.
O- It was quickly compared to Blue Moon by my peers. I found it a bit more pleasing, more flavorful. A great "day at the lake" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 20:41:15 | More by burkyburk
Photo of gabeerfanswife


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some friends got a hold of one of those mini kegs of this stuff. So it was a very large can.

A: hazy like a wheat beer; straw in color.

S: bready with a bit of tang.

T: very different than a wit or hefe; a lot more barley taste. Kind of a straw flavor but with some tangy aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth.

D: I could drink this all day but I won't. Its the queen of tailgating beers, especially if you are looking for better offerings than BMC.

Serving type: can

07-29-2008 22:20:47 | More by gabeerfanswife
Photo of jTmakkiCx


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Has a nice hazy yellowish-golden color. Left an interesting settlement in the bottle. Had about 1 finger of white head with nice lacing. Not a strong smell, hints of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a detectable honey-ness, and pleasant lingering bitterness. Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Overall, an enjoyable beer but not particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:38:41 | More by jTmakkiCx
Photo of sopor


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7016
I poured, then swirled, thenpoured again and got all of the lovely yeast this brew has to offer, Left with a pint of creamy wheat color with one finger of creamy white head. Not just hazy, no light due to my pour. Bubbles? I don't know! I can't see into this haze. Smells yeasty and sweet.

Tangy and breadlike wheaty malt flavors. Perhaps a little basic, but still a good refreshing summer brew. I've heard people talk about how this beer changes over a summer, and I do think I liked this earlier in the summer.

Light body with biting carbonation is refreshing. Very quaffable, but that can be a problem as this beer has snuck up on me when I've had it on tap. Thank god that bar is 3 blocks from home!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 17:38:24 | More by sopor
Photo of FRivard


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap from Mr. B's in Rochester

Appearance is a pale golden color lots of carbonation and a whisp of pale white head

Smells of orange citrus abound citrus hops all over the nose

Tastes of orange lemon zest and biscuits

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice clean finish

Overall I finally got around to a formal review after thousands of servings over the past ten years my spring time staple extremely drinkable a go to around the BBQ pit and just about any other activity outside in the spring/early summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 16:23:21 | More by FRivard
Photo of AdamBear


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice thick white head

S-fresh corn with a bit of fresh grass. Fairly hoppy. Medium strength

T-comes in with a great fresh taste of fresh weeds. It's a very bitter in and out. The tastes are very strong.

M-medium carbonation with crisp finish

O-One of the most bitter wheat ales I've had. This was very refreshing on a nice summer day. Definitely something I could have a lot of, though it isn't something I'm necessarily going to search out. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 04:38:15 | More by AdamBear
Photo of r3o


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a white head, bubly not much lacing, smells kind of mold/moist and bread, it has a bitter taste, mostly malt, I could not get much hops. On the mouth it was crispy, medium light body, good carbonation. Overall a cool beet, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 17:02:01 | More by r3o
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint was served with a little head, and this lasted fairly well. The beer is a golden/pale yellow color and pretty clear. Smell is interesting, kind of toasty malt without much of a wheaty character. Taste is a nice, balanced light malt flavor with just a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick and not too thin. Overall, nicely drinkable but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2006 01:29:54 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of xtremejammn


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent pale Wheat Ale.

Appearence: Pours an inviting somewhat bright orange color with a head that fades after a few minutes leaving a little lacing afterwards.

Smell: The bottle is right, it definetly reminds me of a sunny afternoon, smells of orange peel and spice.

Taste: Tastes of a lemon/orange citrus with a slight spicy aftertaste, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not too bubbly, won't hurt to savor it.

Drinkability: A light carbonation makes it easy going down, but a slightly bitter aftertaste contradicts it a bit. Good.

Bottom Line: A good summery beer, nothing amazing but definetly something worth trying. Ta ta.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 19:50:35 | More by xtremejammn
Photo of finstadp


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Oberon Ale is a Michigan craft beer. This beer has an amber appearance with a nice foamy head. The smell is a little hoppy and has a strong hint of orange. The taste also has very strong orange notes. It has a light mouthfeel. Overall this is a very refreshing beer and I would strongly recommend it to non-beer drinkers trying to ease into beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:04:41 | More by finstadp
Photo of Kelly88


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint.

A- pale yellow. Pretty hazy. Bright white head that settles to a hybrid of a cap and a solid ring. Really not as murky as most wheat beers.

S- the first time I've actually smelled wheat in a wheat beer. Small amounts of lemon and a few traces of clove. Nice smelling beer.

T- kind of a more low key version of the nose. The wheat is combining with a sweetness that I can't put a finger on. With out this mystery sweetness this would be a pretty bland beer. A slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M- very light and very Nice. Smooth and light on the sip and a nicely timed carbonation bite on the swallow. This is the best aspect of this beer.

Overall an easy drinker that is only about 5 steps above bmc in my opinion. Smell and flavors leave alot to be desired but the drinkability and feel are great for a hot summer day or when the reds have a come from behind victory on opening day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 22:24:47 | More by Kelly88
Photo of meatmallet


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish orange with lots of suspended particles swirling around in it. It has a thick white head that left lots of frothy lace.

Smell: Smell is great with citrus, wheat, and spice.

Taste: Wheat, citrus, spice and hops all make an appearance but none are amazing. Just a little bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very light and crisp and not nearly as carbonated as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 00:14:53 | More by meatmallet
Photo of julian


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from cpferris. Thank you!!!

OK after being disappointed by Gumballhead, I'm giving Oberon a first try from the same trade. Poured into a Rochefort Goblet.

A: pale tangerine/yellow in color. extremely cloudy. beautiful bubbly white pearl head from the pour which quickly dissipated.

S: very strong citrus aroma. I could notice is as it was being poured and even now as the glass sits next to me while I type. Smells of wheat and is slightly bready up front followed by a strong zesty citrus aroma.

T&M: very crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. Up front there's a strong wheat and yeast taste with a barely noticeable hop profile (good!). subdued citrus flavors follow mixed with a sweet wheat malting that is almost hiding away in the background. mild peppery spicing.

D: Although crisp, there's a slight "heaviness" to this beer for some reason. ABV is on the higher end of average but on a hot summer's day I could see myself easily forgetting these facts.

EDIT: Also, anyone notice the pic of the bottle has an upside down label?

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:30:10 | More by julian
Photo of jlb307


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden straw color, plenty of sediment floating around, but not very hazy. Had a fizzy white head which turned into some very light lacing.

S: Hints of sweet citrus and bubblegum. Plenty of wheat on the nose.

T: Pretty good taste, some fruit and mild spices with a touch of hops. Left kind of an odd aftertaste towards the back of the mouth.

M: A little fizzier than I was expecting, but pretty light in body.

D: I've had better wheat beers, but this is a pretty decent example of a good one for the Summer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:05:24 | More by jlb307
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, malty, yeasty, very inviting. It pours a clear straw-yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is nice and thick and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fairly strong and refreshing, if not complex - malty with a wheaty undertone and a touch of fruit. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:40:31 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of magictacosinus


3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents itself as a pale, light golden amber color complete with a frothy head that lasts a long while. Lacing abounds all over the glass in a delightfully sticky presentation. Carbonation is modest, with very little bubbles gliding to the top. Appears to be slightly thicker than I imagined with each swirl (probably due to the yeasty, wheat backbone on this), but overall is a pleasant, inoffensive American pale what ale.

At the nose there are lots of citrusy and floral bittered notes that meld with a honey sweetness and yeasty, fruity flavor combined with cracked golden grains. The aroma gets very soapy as this warms up, but that doesn't stop it from being good enough. There's racked golden grains, slight touch of sugar cane, and citrus notes ranging more towards the lemon side. A little bit of an alcohol sting creeps in, but it's subtle. Nothing's too complex here, although it is mellow.

The flavor continues more of the same, with the emphasis growing on the flowery, nectar flavor as well as the soapy hops melded with the wheat and grain. The wheat luckily makes this a slightly thicker drinking experience, and while I wasn't used to the floral flavor at first, I eventually learned to enjoy it as it combined with the grainy sweetness and crispness. There's a tinge of banana, maybe pears at the tongue, but it seems the emphasis is on the grains and the floral hoppy notes. Gets a little too soapy at the finish, although there's a sweetened aftertaste that makes this refreshing. The beer is definitely chewy enough, although it does lack some character in loosing carbonation way too fast. Gets a little watery towards the finish. Somewhat pedestrian, although not necessarily mediocre.

Like all the beers I had at this place, this one by Bell's works very well in the warm weather, especially sitting outdoors and pairing with a nice sandwich. Nothing offensive here, although definitely didn't enjoy too much of the soapy flavors. I really found the floral notes pretty flavorful, and it was good to see that twist in this otherwise way too overdone style. This is one by Bell's that I wouldn't mind grabbing again when I'm in the area again, although there's many more I'd like to try from them!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 18:47:29 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of cokes


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting to say the least. Lots of stuff going on, and good to drink.
Throws a nice stormy blonde...head is almost Duvel like...Slow to fade...notice I said "almost".
Smell is grainy mixed with some faint hops and fruityness.
Taste is big and doughy for a beer of this sort...has alot of characteristics. Wit is one sip, hefe in the next and APA next. Like a dry hopped hefewiezen.
Enjoyable, although I am not sure where it gets it's cult following.
Not great, but, I will certainly enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 00:42:04 | More by cokes
Photo of secondtooth


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden in appearance, with a rich white head. Big loopy lace.

Nose is a brisk citrus wheat, with some yeastiness. Feels like Summer!

Malty flavor, with definite citrus accents and a little sharpness at the finish. This is a well-balanced and highly drinkable warm weather session ale. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:08:59 | More by secondtooth
Photo of cjgator3


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity with some orange peel and grass. The taste is crisp with some citrus and a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is not bad for what it is (a highly drinkable beer for the hot summer months) and is one of the best in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. A little too fruity for my personal tastes at times, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 19:41:34 | More by cjgator3
Photo of RickS95


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with lots of stuff suspended in it. The head is thick and white, and resembles a cloud. Good head retention.

Has a pleasant summer smell. A little bit of fruit comes thru, seemingly apricot and some form of citrus. A mild hoppiness is also present.

Like the smell, has a pleasant warm-weather taste. A little bit of fruit comes thru to keep any bitterness in check.

It's complex in the mouth. You get some hoppy bite initially but it mixes well with the fruit and wheat almost finishing with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing without being astringent.

I liked this. I'm normally not fond of summer beers, but the subtle sweetness of Oberon won me over. On top of that, it's got above average ABV, but it still drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:44:06 | More by RickS95
Photo of beerhan


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this year's first batch fresh on tap

A-Golden color with decent carbonation and some floaties. Very thin white head, medium carbonation.

S-Lemon, citrus, grass. Very simple.

T-Lots of citrus and no hoppiness to it. Very sweet, wheaty.

M-Very drinkable, goes down smooth and is refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer. A little to heavy though in comparison to other wheat beers. I was a big fan of this when I was younger but this really doesn't do it for me anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 15:26:10 | More by beerhan
Photo of Traquairlover


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light yellow with slight greenish tint, like a Japanese green tea, small white head, no lacing.

S = Fresh uncooked pizza dough, some cloves.

T = Light fresh tastes of light wheat bread, cloves, white pepper.

M = Light body, light mouthcoating, low carbonation.

D = This is a pleasant beer that would make a good bbq beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:31:01 | More by Traquairlover
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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