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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

5,359 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,359
Reviews: 1,587
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 582 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of Mistofminn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of gtn80
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of dBmV
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Spartan517
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one that got me into craft beer. It has a golden color with some haziness. There is a 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of wheat, clove, and a little peppercorn. The taste pretty much follows the nose with wheat, clove, orange, lemon. The mouthfeel is crisp and light with a nice ammont of carbonation. While this was one of my favorites a few years ago, now it seems somewhat run of the mill for a wheat beer as I've had much better recently. Still, I would never turn this down at a bar or a friend's house.

Spartan517, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/18/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a cloudy light orange with a ring of white head. Aroma of citrus, light fruits, wheat, orange, melon rind. Flavor of wheat, light fruits. Doesn't taste as good as it smells, but it's pretty good nonetheless. Good wheat beer, although a little boring.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of tlazaroff
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice hazy, but bright apricot color with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Typical wheat and grain smell, with faint ripe banana and other fruits.

T: Nice earthy hop presence backed by a somewhat sweet tasting malt base.

M: A bit cloying at first, but it seems to thin out as you drink. Good carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a great summertime beer!

tlazaroff, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle batch number 10265 poured into hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 6/9/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Pale malts, herbal hops, some wheat and yeast as well.

T: Like the aroma, pale malts, wheat, some honey notes as well as herbal hops and yeast.

M: Crisp, light-medium body with moderate carbonation that finishes dry.

O: Light, refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

Azurescens, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of BeerlyLegal87
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color of this beer is medium light with a pretty cloudy look and a thin white head.

Smell: There is not much of a smell besides a faint wheat aroma that is pleasant but underwhelming, and just a hint of fruit.

Taste: There is a very faint bitterness balanced out by wheat and very mild fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation with an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

BeerlyLegal87, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small sampling glass. The label is simple, typical style of Bell's with a sun front and center. Batch indicates this was made near the end of summer.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/4 inch off white heady. This settles qucikly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itslef is perfectly clear and a nice hefeweizen orange/amber color. After pouring the last bit from the bottle, it couds up a little, as there is some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat tang with strong aromas of lemon and orange zest.

Taste: Smooth and creamy flavor with sweet orange flavors. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability: On a warm summer day, this would be infinitely drinkable. I have to admit, having just come back from a run in the 10 air temperature and snow, I should have grabbed something a little more substantial. But, perfect as the beer they sell it to be.

beveritt, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Ragingbull
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy and dark yellow or light orange in color. It is almost the color of light woodwork like that in my kitchen. Frothy head. Light malt nose. Smooth attack with a creamy mouthfeel. Very complex in that it goes through numerous flavors very quickly. Cream, honey, citrus and grain are all flavors that I can detect. Easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a "great" beer. I rated it a C on my scale.

Ragingbull, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

daliandragon, May 16, 2007
Photo of Mojo
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

Mojo, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft yellow brew, the color of scrambled eggs. Pleasant with a unique, almost lemony nose: few things edible or otherwise come to mind: it's not woody or bready, not particularly fruity or citrusy. The palate IS obvious: very smooth, creamy, dry, quenching. not malty, not hoppy, yet medium bodied: it must be all about yeast. But that aftertaste...typical of all Bells...

stoutman, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of boralyl
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours one finger woth of white head. The retention isn't very good, and leaves minor lacing. It is a hazy golden color with lots of tiny sediment floating throughout.

S - Has a lemon/citrus smell, as well as a wheat aroma.

M - A lighter bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Has a slightly smooth feel that ends crisp and refreshing.

T - The wheat taste hits up front, followed by the citrus flavor and a pepper spice rounding up the end. Has a pretty good mixture of flavors.

A very refreshing beer, that is easily drinkable. It's a great beer for the summer.

boralyl, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a pint glass

A: Hazy, straw yellow color with a spongy white head.

S: Subtle aroma that’s kind of bitter with pine or floral hints. I was having trouble picking up the aroma from a draft beer poured into a pint glass, very much used to catching it from an empty bottle.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some citrus, floral hops, very crisp and refreshing, it’s very smooth and almost has a creamy texture.

I know it’s a wheat but it tastes more like a pale. It’s a great beer, I just wish I had stuck with it for the entire evening.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So to set the story, about 6 months ago me and the Mrs. took a drive to an animal shelter in York County, PA where we picked up a puppy that the wife had her eye on for weeks. I wanted to name the little guy after a beer, and we chose Oberon (a beer I've had but not yet reviewed). So now, my little man is a 70lb monster and he's still growing. On to the review...

Appearance: A rough pour yields a cloudy, light golden colored brew with a small bit of very thin bubbly head that doesn't hang out for very long. There is a little bit of runny, soapy lacing.

Smell: A very mild sweetness with a slight grassy kind of smell. Overall it's very subdued and difficult to pick up.

Taste: Sweet, almost a fruity kind of sweetness, with virtually no bitterness. There's a bit of a grassy wheat kind of taste, but it's the sweetness that sticks out the most.

Mouthfeel: A nice refreshing medium body with good carbonation and a great overall texture.

Drinkability: Overall a tasty brew. It has a great mouthfeel, and a nice sweet taste to it. Definitely a beer you can enjoy throughout the whole night. Not my top choice in styles, but good nonetheless.

krisandajt, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, tart, twang, and slight sweet wheat. A little fruitiness and spice in there too.

Taste: Same as above. Tiny bit of bitterness too

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Not a bad pale wheat. Could have used more hops and/or spice, but still a decent one.

Flounder57, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of CreamCity
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

S- Herbal, citrus

A- 1 finger head, pale amber color, low carbonation, cloudy, looks dull/flat. Good lacing.

T- Slightly citrusy, wheaty with hints of yeast

M- Medium, smooth carbonation, tastes..juicy

O- Complex, can't taste alcohol

CreamCity, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of spoony
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a nonic.

A-A short-lived off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades. The beer is murky and straw in color with only a stray bubble or two of carbonation visible.

S-The aroma is musty with wet wheat grain dominating my palate. There is a touch of lemony bite in there, as well as some vague hop aromas, but also some metallic grain and a bit of skunkiness. Maybe my can isn't fresh?

T-The taste follows the smell mostly with slightly sweet, doughy wheat flavors, a touch of lemon, some vague grassy hop flavors, and a bit of skunkiness. It is quenchable, but not terribly interesting.

M-The heft is light to medium with a semi-crisp carbonation that attack my palate softly rather than aggressively and pairs well with the flavors and style.

O-Perhaps my can was old, but I was a bit let down by this beer. I was hoping for something quenchable but with a bit more substance than a typical wheat beer. Oberon, however, just felt watered down and hastily assembled. It isn't terrible, but I don't need to drink it again.

spoony, Jul 16, 2014
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,359 ratings.