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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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very good

4,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,979
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 425 | FT: 5
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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Photo of wingman14


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

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that fades quickly. Smells like a mix of citrus, wheat, and spice, not an over powering smell. Tastes a hint of citrus mostly spice with a bitter taste with a little kick. Has mostly wheat characteristics, not very carbonated, has a decent balance for a good overall mouthfeel. Has a good, almost orange, aftertaste that lingers for a bit. A good summer beer, could enjoy many of these on a hot day. They seem a bit pricey as with most of Bell's selections but worth a try especially if you are into lighter wheat beers with big flavor. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 02:27:23 | More by wingman14
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:58:36 | More by smakawhat
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

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

a - light orange color, slightly hazy with a little sediment visible, about a half-inch head that stuck around for awhile, decent lacing

s - about right for a wheat beer, bananas and slight tropical fruit, wheat evident

t - like the aroma, bananas and spice up front with a nice wheat taste making an appearance, slight bitterness on the finish, very "clean" tasting

m - pretty light feeling in the mouth, adequate carbonation

d - on a hot summer day like this one, a few of these would be nice

Good solid American wheat beer perfect for a summer day. If I could get this regularly in my area, it's price would probably make it a regular summer purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 04:20:06 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of srv33


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

Cloudly golden pour, this bottle has a bit of sediment. Wonderful scents of orange, coconut, cream, and grapefruit. Taste is great, very much a pleasing beer. Sessionable. Taste of light tangerine, wheat, almond, very balanced. Would get again, a solid summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:27:40 | More by srv33
Photo of hopsputin


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

a: hazy golden orange color. lighter at the bottom of the glass. 1 finger white head that fades quickly

s: wheat, lemongrass, lemon and orange zest, light pepper spice maybe some coriander

t: taste is watery and light. sweet malt, decent amount of spice. maybe some sweet lemon and very faint bitterness on backend. cardboard?

m: medium

o: not my favorite style. its definitely drinkable and refreshing, but i'd like a little more wheat flavor. i'd go for a straight hefe or Belgian pale ale instead. not horrible, but there are better out there

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 20:21:43 | More by hopsputin
Photo of kdmorse


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

"The color and scent of a summer afternoon." -Label

A: Goldenrod haze topped with almost no head. Some sediment floating throughout even with a careful pour. Does look like summer in a glass (a Bell's pint glass to be exact).

S: Slightly citrusy wheat scent. Summery and happy spices.

T/M: Spicy and citrusy wheat flavor. Light on the tongue and enjoyable. Clean finish with hints of pepper and spices. Can't taste the hops, but can tell they are there. Clean and refreshing.

D: Perfect summer beer. Worth the anticipation. Would love to drink a case or two with my friends on the patio in June. Easy to drink and refreshing. Mmm.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 21:22:45 | More by kdmorse
Photo of smcolw


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

Fairly standard stuff here. Good blend on the aroma--mild hop, adequate malt. The color honey golden with a light cloudiness. Good head of two fingers on the initial pour. Some lasting time and decent lace.

Fairly crisp on the palate. Enough hop for balance, but I'd describe this as a mostly malty American Ale. I cannot taste the wheat. The body is as expected with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink beer. It is not a Weiss in flavor. I found it to be closer to a dry American Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 21:15:24 | More by smcolw
Photo of dcloeren


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

Thanks to prototypic for this bonus

A: poured a pale straw yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. The head didn't stick around very long but left a thin cover throughout the beer

S: the smell is pretty lacking... Getting faint hints or oranges and spice

T: follows the nose... Nothing that is standing out in particular. Faint citrus and spice but very refreshing

M: light medium body with great carbonation complementing it throughout the whole beer.

O: overall I thought this was a very refreshing beer that I would want to have pool side. Not the best wheat beer ivehad, but I would definitely pick up a sixer if it was available here

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:02:20 | More by dcloeren
Photo of bristol2120


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

Pours a pale coppery/golden, with a decent head that subsides quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and a good amount of lacing. Nice floral aroma, with piney hop notes detectable in the background. Taste features more maltiness than I expected, and some woody vanilla notes in the aftertaste. Okay, mouthfeel, but could have benefitted from a bit more combination I think. Though not my favorite style, this is a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 03:24:49 | More by bristol2120
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
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