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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Reviews: 1,650
Hads: 6,139
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 187
Gots: 1,171 | 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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Photo of atremains
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap the other day at the flying saucer in raleigh, decided to pick one up before traveling back to mass.
A - The color of this beer I like; solid pale honey I'll call it. The head, not so much; thick and white for about 10-15 seconds and then it vanishes. There is almost no lacing to speak of.
S - Very bready, slightly slightly hoppy, orange.
T - Also quite bready, slightly sweet, and citrus. It starts with a bit of orange but the bulk is very solid wheat.
M - Crisp, medium, carbonation is not too bad. I'll admit the mouthfeel was better on tap, or I was just happy to be drinking this beer after a very disappointing drink at Natty Greene's.
D - If this beer was available around here I'd most likely be drinking quite a lot of it over the summer. (770 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #11046 PKGD 04/04/12 A

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in, the beer is a totally hazy, even complete with floaties, dirty goldenrod color. A tall light ivory foam forms and recedes slowly caking the pint in thick fingers of lace.

S - Pale malts and soft wheat overlaps the funky wet straw aroma that gives it a real earthy nose. Grassy floral hints add to this too, stemming from hops I'm sure. Clover honey and sweet orange peel fill out the background for a refreshing, summer aroma.

T - Almost cream ale-like with a cream entry through to the finish. Hints of vanilla appear, adding to the cream ale aspect. Sweeter pilsner with pale malts, a hint of soft wheat, and a straw finish all add to full flavor and body as this wheat beer finishes out with a touch of floral notes and sweet orange peel citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet but balanced with a hint of dry bitterness on the finish, Oberon is incredibly creamy feeling with a highly carbonated, tight bubble spritz. This is crisp and refreshing for a summer day!

O - While I find Oberon a bit high in alcohol for a true session summer beer it's still fantastic regardless. The flavor and body meld almost flawlessly to provide a creamy, full-flavored wheat ale treat that's loaded with great nuances to explore while maintaining that overall ease of drinkability. Oberon is a great summer brew to kick back with! (1,453 characters)

Photo of potownbill
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JR for the bottles direct from Michigan
Appearance:Cloudy Yellow/Orange with a nice 3 finger head with good lacing

Smell: Sweet Bready Aroma with a touch of citrus. Something slightly off with the smell, but it did not ruin the experience.

Taste: Sweet with Mild Yeast overtones. Well Balanced. Touch of Citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Not overly carbonated

Drinkability: Polished off 2 with no problem, and wanted more, but alas, the fridge is bare. This will be my session wheat beer (504 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Bell's snifter.

Pour: Pours a mostly hazy, bright orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright wheat up front, and bready yeast. A touch of orange and lemon rind. More doughy sweetness closes out the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose exceptionally, but with a greater doughiness. Lots of bright yeast, doughy sweetness, and then some smooth light lemon and oranges. Finishes with a prolonged breadyness.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly drinkable. Really is a classic spring/summer refresher. Doughiness hangs on the palate, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: One of my favorite easy drinking summer beers. I'll always enjoy this one. (739 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99 a six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden yellowish orange coloration. The head is a thick fluffy white coloration. The head has descent retention. The lacing on the side of the glass slides down my glass.

Smell: The beer has a pleasing yeasty breadyness. The beer has a very good peppery citrus combo.

Taste: The beer has a intial sharp yeasty flavor. This sharpness gives way to a nice sweet bready wheat flavor. The beer has a complement of the peppery citrus promised in the smell.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a very refreshing medium bodied beer. This is a very drinkable and pleasing beer. This may be my absolute favorite summer brew. (754 characters)

Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best summer seasonals I have ever tasted, and growing up and going to college in Michigan, I have had many, many samples of this brew. So glad it's in North Carolina now. This is one of the few beers that a slice of orange actually accentuates, instead of hiding beer flavor. (294 characters)

Photo of bozebus17
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a huge white foamy head. Gobs of lacing stick all the way down.

Smell is grainy with lots of wheat. There is also some citrus and a yeasty aroma.

Taste is great. There isn't much bitterness to speak of. There is obviously a distinct wheat flavor. A nice lemon-like zestiness backs it up for a nice refreshing finish. There is also a bit of sweetness that I can't quite put into words.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy yet light enough to be refreshing. The finish is crisp and clean.

What a great beer! I never thought I liked wheat beers, probably because of the strong banana flavor that is in so many of them. Oberon doesn't have that and I think that's why I like it. This beer is super refreshing and delicious. I may need a couple of cases to get through the summer. (816 characters)

Photo of crayphish
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Mike18103
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (898 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, straw yellow topped by a bright white head, two fingers tall. Good Lacing. Citrus aromas of lemongrass and straw. Sweet and citrussy. Lemon zest and an earthiness in the flavor. Bitterness only as balance. Medium-light in body, yet tongue coating.

Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers. It doesn't fit neatly in to any catagory. This beer might be best defined as a double wit, or some other clever new style expansion. It's a great beer to sit on the docks and watch the boats come in. Oberon is still THE Michigan summer thirst quencher. (561 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of BluesDaddy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had Oberon in May as part of a beer dinner at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. I was not expecting much, wheat beers (or ales) not being my "thing". Man, was I surprised. Poured on tap into a pint glass, this beer is a cloudy pale orange - really quite lovely in its own right. The aroma was somewhat fruity, but not hoppy. I didn't spend too much time on admiring it, however, and tasted it - wow, talk about being blown away. This beer is simply so much more full flavored than any other wheat beer I've tasted, and perfectly balanced. Just when you think it might start to be a bit cloying, the bitterness kicks in and vice versa - a very "clean" tasting beer. I liked it so much I pretty much finished the pint before the actual appetizer course was served (Molly at the Porter was kind enough to "top off" my glass when it was). On top of all this, my wife, who is NOT a big beer drinker, truly loved it - the first time I've known her to really LOVE a beer. Since the dinner, I've purchased this in a six pack. While not quite as tasty as on draught, still a wonderful and refreshing beer to have at home. (1,118 characters)

Photo of EJ6759
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Azumel
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I do love this beer, part of it comes from spending way too much time in Bell's in my youth, enough so that I still want to call this beer Solsun (the original name, long story). Anyways...a great, refreshing beer, very cloudy when poured in a glass, while I generally avoid mixing my fruit and beer, an orange slice does add a nice touch to this. Great beer year around and very happy to have it now in Florida. (418 characters)

Photo of cwocasio
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great choice for a summer night. It has a great smooth taste that is fully refreshing and holds a hint of citrus in closing. The color I think is great, transparent, yet not to light for a beer of its kind. For those who are looking for a summer ale with more solidity I believe this to be the right choice. (322 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange tinted golden color with a frothy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some very nice rings of stick on the sides.

Smells of wheat and zesty citrus, with some orange peel and slightly tart lemon. Some grass and a hint of honey sweetness round it out.

Taste also has a wheat base with a primarily orange citrusy flavor on top. It's a zesty sort of orange, slightly bitter but also fresh and a bit juicy. Tastes like the zest of an orange with a bit of sweet orange juice tossed in. There's some honey sweetness as there was in the smell, as well. Finishes with a quick snap of hop bitterness and some grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is a hair under a medium body, still plenty crisp despite being a bit fuller in the mouth than many summer brews.

This is one of my favorite summer beers. It's tasty and refreshing, with plenty of flavor for a summer beer but also very sessionable. A real winner. (948 characters)

Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the wrong time of year to review this one, but I will take it when I can get it.

Hazy golden hay color with a nicely sized fuzzy white lid.

The aroma is gentle citrus, earthly grainy wheat, and lightly spicy yeast.

Orangey-lemon citrus fruits introduce the taste with a subtle allure. Bready, earthly wheat and yeast mellowly take over, while fruity pears round the edges of the tongue. Mildly bitter finish of earthly hops and spice. A nice and easy medium body with just the right amount of refreshing carbonation.

Really good, incredibly balanced, flat out tasty, and damn refreshing. For sure one of the best pale wheat's I have ever laid lips on. A must attain summer beer that is even great in the winter. (731 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/murky yellowish gold with a thin white head, leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is interesting, almost like a green apple jolly rancher, some grain, fruitiness, pretty sweet with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

Actually a pretty complex taste for a pale wheat light looking ale. Some graininess and grassiness upfront, some nice fruit undertones, green apple, mango, some wheat, with a very nice hop finish to balance it out. This is a wonderful brew.

This is a great summer ale, wonderfully simple yet complex, very drinkable. Bell's has yet to disappoint me. (572 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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!!! (710 characters)

Photo of brewdenver
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO. (608 characters)

Photo of zbuc919
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon... the taste of summer here in Michigan!

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times, pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Tastes like a citrusy wheat beer, perfectly refreshing. My favorite beer in the wheat category. Often served with an orange however I prefer a lemon to swipe around the rim prior to each sip to provide a little sour with the citrusy sweet wheat. Delicious! (390 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: very cloudy peach-ish amber with a small, white, tight head with good retention. Excellent lacing.
S: Fruity, citrus and berry, light wheaty and earthy spice
T: More citrus than berry here, then some nice yeast and grain with a pleasant light bready flavor toward the finish.
M: Medium body, juicy texture, moderate carbonation.
D: SUPER-easy-drinking and refreshing while still remaining interesting. Very nice! (455 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a great ale. Good for the pallate and easy on the stomach. Very nice. I get the impression this is a Belgian style because of the stickiness and malt character. Nice to see the Midwest represent a little bit. I'll be going back for more of this for sure. (259 characters)

Photo of MisterSub
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 6-pk brought to our daughter's party.

Drank them out of the bottles, but poured one after people left. Decent head.

Smell was easy on the nose but you knew it was there.

Mouthfeel was great.

Taste was also great and these went down very easily.

It came highly recommended and I can see why. (306 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.