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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,311 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,311
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 563 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ramblinwreck101, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bdonley5, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dpayne, May 23, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Andrew_Rios122, Aug 25, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

BrettRybski, Sep 05, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

zhanson88, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a weiss glass

It pours a honey gold color with a very surprising amount of what I presume are yeast chunks. They are everywhere in this beer just suspended like the beer is Jello. It's not really an attractive site. I don't mind yeast in my beer but I like it to integrate into it and make it cloudy, not sit there making it speckled. The head is fluffy and white with a decent retention level.

The nose is fairly bland with some minor orange. There also is just the slightest fruitiness from the yeast but not nearly to the level as a German wheat beer. A little bit of breadiness is also present.

The flavor is also pretty bland and void of any assertive flavors, most just a little breadiness and some wheat malt. A subtle bitterness balances the light sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full with a higher level of carbonation. Drinkability is well above average for this beer even with the fuller body. This is my definition of an average beer. I know how popular this beer is with newer craft beer drinkers as well as BMC drinkers looking for a change. It is unoffensive, pretty well made and light in flavor. In exchange for making this a great conversion beer it suffers from having any character.

weatherdog, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pour a golden straw color with lots of small yeast particle floating about. The head is small and wispy and leaves a small ring.

The aroma is of over-ripe apples, toffee, and caramel, not really what I am expecting out of a wheat ale. There are some floral and peppery notes as well.

The taste is of wheat malt, has some apple flavor as well as lemon. The beer has a brown sugar like sweetness and has some floral and honey notes to round out the flavor.

The beer has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation; lightly sweet on the palate. A tad sticky in the end. Finishes clean.

While it doesn't really look or smell that great, it tastes fine and drinks easy. Its definitely on the thicker side for the style but it works.

Gmann, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Cloudy,yellow,effervesent body with a huge thick white head.Not bad lacing on the glass.Banana and pepper smells.Banana,pepper,coriander and some lemon zest in the taste.Very easy mouthful,almost seems flat.But there was deffinetly carbonation.Good beer,but something seems off.Very drinkable non the less.Great session beer.

MmmIPA, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of daythree16
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange-amber color with a one finger head. Pretty good retention and some lace as it fades.

Smell is spicy, citrus, and there is something that smells like peach in there. The taste is very light and a bit fruity with some grapefruit coming through.

Very light and not very heavily carbonated. Drinkability is pretty high.

daythree16, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Just had the 2008 release at Brannigan Brothers in Lansing. They tapped it at midnight. Tasted slightly different than last year.

It poured with a thick white head, good retention, and lots of lacing. It was a cloudy pale orange color. I am happy to see that it is cloudy this year. I've seen it clear and it doesn't taste as good

There was a slight citrus aroma in the smell. Not as strong as in prior years.

Great taste, although a little watery. Also less citrusy than before. There is a noticeable hop finish this year too - it's crisp. Don't quite know why that is.

Good mouthfeel. You feel the hoppy finish in the back of your mouth and in your throat.

Excellent drinkability. I would've stayed to have more but I only brought a $5 with me - got me two pints for opening night.

A great beer! Maybe it's just an early batch that needs to mature a little but the hop flavor is new and I haven't decided if I like it yet. I love my hops, but with Oberon it's different.

You can't go wrong, with an Oberon.

toolbrew, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours cloudy yellow color with a massive 2 finger frothy snow white head that faded slowly and left good lacing and rings sticking to the sides.

Smells of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit and yeast; pretty grainy for a summer beer and lacking the typical lemon and fruity essence.

Tastes of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit, light caramel, tea leaf, yeast, herbs and spices like coriander; it's grainy for the most part, and while the taste is decent, it is just not refreshing for a summer ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium body, average carbonation and a malty finish.

Bland and average come to mind thinking about this beer overall. It was not bad tasting, but not very good tasting either and lacked any real summer beer excitement for me.

CHickman, Aug 28, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue as well. Yeasty nose with a distinct hay character to it. Grassy, yeasty palate with a lemony citrus touch, lots of grainy wheat malt and a fairly mild hop bitterness.

Not bad at all, but I would probably enjoy this sort of thing more if the weather was nicer. I guess it was pretty solid but I just wasn’t really in the mood…

Still, recommended.

arguemaniac, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

G: Poured into, of course, a Bell's Oberon pint glass.

A: Pale golden-orangish-yellow (enough colors?) with a naze haze.

S: The pale wheat is definitely there, and somewhat obscured by a citrus spiciness.

T: Citrus and spice along with the wheat backbone.

M: Quite light and crisp; good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer beer and one that is quite sessionable indeed. My gateway beer to the craft world.

Thorpe429, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

flexinwext, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Alkey
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured a pale yellow two finger head that sticks around. Light citrus aroma of orange peel and lemon. Taste like a wheat beer with less sweetness and more floral grass notes and slight citrus rind bitterness. Medium body lots of carbonation. Overall I think this is just well made brew but lacks in keeping my attention.

Alkey, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a hazy darker gold with a nice little cap of white sitting on top. Nose is citrus and grass. Taste continues with the citrus/orange motif, with a spicy hit. Mouthfeel is creamy, like wheat meets wit. Although I love Hefe, I am not a big fan of the American Wheat, however, this might be my favorite of this style thus far. Bottle courtesy of Kramer17801.

thaichile, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Mistofminn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Had this on tap at Downtime on Wednesday during the Twins game.

On tap from the bar. Served in a pint glass, color is a hazy golden orange. Decent white head, minimal lacing.

The nose is lots of wheat malts. Sort of sweet smelling, with a dash of spice. Also a noticeable hop bitterness, at least noticeable from a wheat beer standpoint.

Pretty good taste. When I first got into craft beers, I had a lot of wheat beers, and I loved them. Since then, I have kind of thought they where bland. This one is definitely heavy on wheat. There is also a substantial citrus and spice taste to if. Nothing to special, but for an American wheat beer, it's pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel is cripa nd smooth at the same time. A strong carbonation makes for a crisp stinging feeling, while the heavy wheat malts make it sweet and smooth. Overall very drinkable.

Another solid offering from Bell's, and another of their brews that make it to the top of it's class.

Mistofminn, May 16, 2009
Photo of marburg
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

It looks good.

Too bad that's kind of where it ends.

Oberon is, in my opinion, one of Michigan's most over-rated beers. It's by no means a bad beer, but I just don't think it deserves the attention it receives.

Pours more or less like any other wheat beer -- a little cloudiness in its orange-gold color with a big white head. Mild citrus aromas but fairly undistinguished and simple. Taste is smooth, malty, fruity, and a little buttery up front; but it moves to a crisp hop bitterness at the back. To me, the flavors just don't match up. It's jarring more than balanced. It's OK, but it's certainly not great.

marburg, May 02, 2003
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup in a hotel room. I'm aware that's not the best serving vessel, buts it's all I had.

Appearance: hazy, golden color, head disappeared quickly.

Aroma: citrus, spices, bit of malt

Taste: Citrus, lots of wheat, some malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: a bit thin

Drinkability: for a summer wheat, I could drink a bunch of these, definitely would be nice on a hot summer day.

gtn80, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

People go nuts over this in A2. Solid summer wheat ale that pours hazy orange with large white head. Smells of orange peel, light sweet malts, and somewhat floral. Taste follows as floral and sweet, some like orange rind, a bit of Belgian influence and yeast, but does not finish as cleanly as I'd have hoped which is a characteristic of these wheat beers that I always get. Easy drinking overall, high carbonation, light to light medium mouthfeel. Good summer ale, but not anything to lose your mind over.

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

The beer is yellow and hazy with a small white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some random lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is of slightly sweet malt, subtle spices and/or herbs, and a light floral presence. The flavor is decent, with some nice citrus character. Oberon has a creamy mouthfeel and is medium in body. The beer is malt forward, though the finish brings just a hint of hops. Overall, a decent summer brew.

Huhzubendah, Jul 26, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Served on tap from the Angry Pepper Waterside Maderia beach FL!
Great copper inviting color. Nice hit of hops and of coarse that orange burst! Refreshing when its 87 degress at 11pm! Not much of a head and not too much carbonation. A little filling, although you could drink a good 4 pints with light food.

dBmV, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of washburnkid
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

washburnkid, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheBierBand
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into a pint glass to produce a 3/4" loose, white head. This settled to a thick cap for the duration. The unfiltered cloudy, light honet colored beer was very cool in appearance.... lots of sediment floating around.... I like that!

The aroma was subdued.... just a hint of malt and not much else.

The taste was OK.... nothing to write home about. Malty start with a citrus bite.... it's better than Blue Moon.... but just by a little.

Mouthfeel.... too fizzy for my taste. Not thick and chewey enough for me.

Drinkability.... OK.... that's over.... maybe I'll try it again if I find it on tap somewhere.

TheBierBand, Sep 17, 2007
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,311 ratings.