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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Ratings: 6,059
Reviews: 1,722
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,116 | FT: 8
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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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Ratings: 6,059 | Reviews: 1,722
Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always forgetting that I like this beer. I'm not sure why, maybe just because I love Two Hearted Ale so much I forget about this one.

It's definitely a superior brew and probably was a bit of a trend setter in the genre. This genre might have once included much less energetic beers like Anchor, but this one opened the door for even more robust beers like Lagunitas Little Sumpin. Comparing this to Little Sumpin, this is more civilized. A bit Michigan Republican to Little Sumpin's commie.

I intend to pick up a cask of this - I've seen them around several stores. Unlike Two Hearted, I don't think this should be aged. Just drink it now!

Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, this is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever encountered!

beer pours a beautiful hazy light orange with a huge head.


aroma is of wheat and orange zest, quite nice.


taste is a nice clean wheat ale taste with a subtle hint of orange followed by a touch of hop bitterness that rounds out the finish quite well.

mouthfeel is on the thin side but still very enjoyable.

this beer is certainly not the most flavorful or complex, but for what it is, a refreshing summer session beer, it is superb. something to look forward to when the weather turns nice.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh bottle from the year's new batch. Everything about it was great except it didn't smell as strongly as I remember it.

Poured a medium, hazy copper color. Medium body with a strong flavor, but not overly so. Definitely a very drinkable beer. Spring has arrived!

Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't go wrong selecting a nitro-can of Oberon for a party. This beer pours a nice two fingered head of tight white foam which leaves lacing on your glass marking each stop you've made throughout your tasting.

The color is an attractive golden yellow that is cloudy as one would expect of a wheat beer. The aroma is mildly hoppy with notes of citrus and grain. The flavor is rich with hops, orange, grass and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is rich and full and makes hyou feel as if you're crewing on your beer. There is no disappointment here with this brew, at least until you've finished the can, so you'd better get two.

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer session beer. Got a slight head with carbonation and nice lacing in my glass. Can smell the yeast along with the coriander and the taste demonstrates some hops and slight malts balanced well. Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth finish. A good example of what a wheat beer can be.

Photo of Trystero
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really isn't summer until Oberon shines in your glass, so now that the summer is more than half over, I can find time to review it. For me, it's the pinnacle of summer beers to which I compare all other to. Enjoyed it on draft, from the bottle, room temp and ice cold. It works on all occasions.

Appearance: Warm, golden, sun-faded wheat. The color of radiant beems filtered through a curtain on a summer afternoon. Pours thick, sediment swirling, frothy 2 finger cream head riddled with fizz and carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of fresh squeezed citrus mixed with light airy floral notes, carried by smooth grains, cereal and summer wheat.

Taste: Initial sip is full of warming acidity, like fresh squeezed citrus. Lemon zest, orange peal. Then comes the smooth, mellow wheat and grains. Refreshing and juicy. As it warms the citrus notes become more apparent and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation appropriate for the style. Refreshing in only a way Oberon can be.

Overall: The paragon of summer wheat ales.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy (from the yeast) pale golden amaber with a creamy tightly packed one inch bone white head. The particulates that are floating in hear create a nice looking cloudy plumage that, to me at least, compliments both the color of the beer itself as well as the head, which does not last as long or leave as much lacing as I would have liked.

S: Buttery mellow orange and the lightest bit of banana sweetness. A good balance stuck between acid and sweetness with the fluffy sweetness of clove, banana and wheat all mellow but wheat dominating.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy lemon and orange juicy opening that is tamed by the wheat. Good to see an american pale wheat that is not afraid to show of the yeast and wheaty funk, not nearly as strong as a traditional hefeweizen but not too far removed. To be fair though there is a dectetable acidy citrus aspect to this beer that sort of puckers the back of the throat on the finish, which to me keeps things on the lighter side that, when coupled with the prickly carbonation, really makes the beer snap and taste refreshing. The finish has a really nice orange smoothness to it and makes you want to come back for more.

D: I don't care what people say about what can and cannot constitute a "lawnmower beer". This beer, its relative light body, its taste and refreshing quality makes this a fantastic choice for after yardwork on a hot day or for any day for that matter.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, big thick white head, pale cloudy body.
Interesting nose, buttered popcorn, and orange zest. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the butteriness was from diacetyl, but i loved it.
No butter in the taste tho, sweet, mandarin orange , with some lemon peel, and a bit of yeasty esters.
Beat wheat beer i have had to date.

Photo of dasenebler
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale gold, with tiny suspended particles of yeast. The head is less than inspirational, as are the retention and lacing.

Aroma is excellent: fruity yeast esters combine with a citrusy american hop character to form a distinctive nose. Very nice.

There is a lot going on in the flavor of this beer for an American wheat. The yeastiness and bready malt character has much more depth than most beers in this style, and the production of fruity, estery flavors is also well above average. There's a seductive sweetness to this brew as well, a la ripe peaches or apricots. Part of this comes from dry hopping (I think?) and juicy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is even better: creamy and full, with a delicate and soft effervescence. Aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter, though overall bitterness is low for this ale.

One of the best summer beers out there. Light, yet complex.

Photo of blackearth
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, yellowish color, almost like grapefruit juice. Has a puffy white head that thins, but then lasts. Orange and citrus aroma with faint hop and yeast notes. Light bodied, crisp with citrusy flavors and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very refreshing. One of the best summer beers ever brewed.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops.

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc., poured from the bottle into a mug, this beer has got medium-light, hazy yellow body. Phenomenal head and lacing on this puppy! Maybe because I did a proper spin'n'smack to fully release the sediments.

Smells like citrus and zest. Perhaps some lemongrass.

I taste sudsy, hazy greatness in the form of citrus zest, very slight malt sweetness, and an overall refreshing element. I can't get over how unavoidable the sign of TRUE refreshment, a satisfies "ahh" , is present with this brew!

Cloudy and creamy for maybe 5 seconds, then clean and crisp! I've never experienced with ANY wheat style.

Overall an elated 4.5 is presented to Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc. I think I've found the wheat brew meant for me. I will cry like a toddler after this goes away after this season.

Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--body of this beer has a nice sunset color with a light white head

S--smell is light and quite yeasty, bread-like

T--its like one big cereal bowl in here. corn nuts, wheaty

M--light and very quenching

D--great representation of the style. I had the beer with and without the yeast that comes to the bottom. I prefered the beer with the yeast from the bottom. For some reason the hop flavor was more pronounced.

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, light color with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of ripe citrus and fresh florals... very heavy suggestion of what on the nose, as well...
Taste was super-thick and creamy, with a strong orange, sorbet flavor that was immense and dominating on the tongue... Flavors of ripe florals, fresh citrus, nectarines, oranges, and tangerines were very noticeable and assertive...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and a very full-flavored, and big depiction of the style...
Great stuff with an equally good level of drinkability...
Recommended...

Photo of AEArider
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

Photo of redinge7
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mild fruity aroma, fresh and smooth taste.

Photo of ejl4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) A pale straw color, with hints of yellow in the light. Slightly hazy as expected with a wheat beer.

S) Malty, sweet, with no truly discernible hop character on the nose. Light citrus character.

T) Very sweet up front with a slow mild bitterness. A light wort flavor.

M) Smooth, but light with moderate carbonation.

O) A great wheat beer with a nice citrus flavor. A great beer to drink in the heat of summer.

Photo of Strix
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellowish orange with a head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is wheaty, citrusy, and spicey.

Wow, this is well balanced, and honestly better than I thought a beer from this style could ever be. Crisp citrus, balanced with toasted bready flavors and a slight twang at the end. Really nicely done. A great summer beer.

Drinkability very high on this one. Reccommended.

Photo of AuntBea
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Good flavor. Tastes like a beer should taste like.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow that leaves a nice frothy head at the top, nice sticky lacing around the glass as well.

S: Wheat and lots of orange, very pretty nose on this brew.

T: Citrus hops upfront, grassy and earthy, little bit of lemon zest as well.

M: Light to medium body, perfect balance of carbonation.

O- Bell's is by far my favorite brewery, and this beer is just another reason why, this is a fantastic summer brew, all around fantastic!

Photo of murphyl
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been drinking Oberon long enough to remember when it was called Solsun. The original name stuck with me, and now I still think of it whenever I have this brew.

This pours a clear golden color. Theres’s a good amount of foam topping it, with a light aroma. Tastes smooth, with a wheaty finish and some sweetness. Real crisp and clean. Crack one open and enjoy the memory of a Michigan summer!

Photo of xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is straw/light orange cloudy with a small white head.

First smell was blood orange and never smelled or tasted that again, then other citrus, light banana, spices and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes American, German and Belgian. You can taste the clean simple American wheat flavor right along side the light banana & clove tastes of a German wheat, then the more complex spices that are usually only found in the Belgian wheat beers. Banana and clove is not very prominent and gives way to more of a light peppery flavor.

Light to medium/light bodied and very refreshing.

Photo of fields336
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in SN Snifter
Bottled on 5/18/11

A: Golden yellow with 1 finger creamy carbonated white head. vigorous bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Slightly hazy, with some gobs of lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: sweet, bready and wheaty, some spices are present. Some lemon or citrus is also in there. No hops discernable

T: Sweet, and bready, with a decent amount of hops surprisingly. This is a really nice tasting beer, it lingers for a while on your tongue, but then wiped away. There is some fruitiness, and spiciness there.

M: really creamy, and feels nice. medium bodied and yet still light. Begs you to take another sip as soon as you put the glass down. finishes really nicely, not super dry but kind of dry.

O: This is a great summer beer, one of my favorites, I'm glad that this is a year round beer in FL. Glad to trade this or include as an extra anytime.

Photo of RABaxter
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced, plenty of hop character mixed with the more unique summery flavors, carbonation nice and mild, overall very drinkable and refreshing. Great way to start the summer months.

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