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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Reviews: 1,651
Hads: 6,147
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
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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 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)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible sediments. Smooth head with a medium thickness.

The smell is of saaz hops and perhaps a fruity pear banana aroma.
Very nice smelling beer for the variety.

The taste is like the smell, a slight hop flavor hits first followed by a citrusy fruity flavor wave. Pear, banana and light spices.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

Very drinkable beer, this beer is amazing after a round of golf on a warm day. Very nice example of the style. (516 characters)

Photo of schmitter
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible, I cant believe it doesnt have a higher rating.

It poured a beautiful, sunny orange with a thick, foaming head. Taste was surprisingly hoppy, but also crisp like most wheats. I could tase the traditional citrus notes (orange, lemon) along with a strong presence of hop and grain.

It went fantastic with my seafood salad/softshell crabs.

The bottle said something about it tasting or smelling like a sunny day and i cant help but agree; this is one of the best wheats i've tried. (508 characters)

Photo of nofalltoofar
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations. (811 characters)

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this both on tap and in bottle (this review) already this year

A- Cloudy orange-amber color, pours with slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- Notes of citrus with a hop smell present that is not overpowering, overall not a strong scented beer in general.

T- Delicious beer that has a slight hoppy flavor and hints of orange, with a wheat malt base that is very noticeable.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation not a strong aftertaste but what is there is welcome.

D- Could drink this all day and night, and just reminds you of summer. Refreshing beverage that can't be ignored once it is started. I wait all winter for this beer to be released, Oberon day is the official start of spring for me. (735 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque orange with sediment floating around and setteling on the bottom, whch is attractive to me since that means unfiltered. Also there is quite a bit of it so that should mean lots of ingredients. Head is slightly off white and about 1 1/2 fingers.

Hints of citrus, apricot and light toast make up the nose.A slightPart of the bread i think comes from the hops, though I'm not sure if they are of English origin, are and English/something else hybrid, or not at all English. Could use a little more hoppiness.

A little sweet and moderately bitter, once again the hops are bready yet bitter; the hops stand out a little more, but the fruity esters are almost lost. I'm gonna wait a bit for it to warm up...wait for it...almost...ok. Nice, the apricot returns and the bread becomes a light compliment to it, like toast and preserves. Since this is a summer beer i am a little concerned that it gets so much better when warmer.

Nice and chewy with a crisp carbonation that is only slightly biting. Could be a little lighter for a summer brew, but I really apreciate that the texture is as interesting as it is.

Enthusiastically drinkable. I know I said it was pretty thick and bready for a summer beer, but its delicious and still pretty refreshing. This beer could easily be enjoyed year round and i could see it complimenting many food dishes such as pork and deserts. Well done! (1,394 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least. (1,249 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings. (1,026 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day (518 characters)

Photo of RichieS2
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party. (802 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.