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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 4168
Reviews: 1518
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

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 TurboChief


4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer, not as strong as I remember but I still enjoy it. It came out on march 23 and I just bought it for the first and definitely not the the last time of the season. I believe this is the best beer Bell's makes. In my opinion the mini keg does taste a little better than the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:53:36 | More by TurboChief
Photo of barczar


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy ivory head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Wheat, grain, orange, and lemon form the aroma. Fairly balanced.

Flavor is fairly malty throughout, finishing toasted lightly. Underlying lemon complements the soft wheat well. There's a touch of peppery spice and bitterness that surfaces late.

Body is moderate to a bit full, but is countered by carbonation on the high side.

Fairly nondescript, really. Almost seems to leave a watery impression. Surprised there's not more hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:08:12 | More by barczar
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: light gold color with mild lacing
Smell: pretty basic. I'm getting that Yuengling lager scent
Taste: follows the nose; nothing special, but maybe a hint of fruit/hops at the finish
Mouthfeel: smooth; easy to drink a few of these while boating in the summer
Overall: not very impressed; there are better pale wheat ales around

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:46:05 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw orange, 2 fingers of white head, nice lacing very cloudy

Smell is tons of wheat, orange and lemon zest, straw, almost a little Berliner tartness in the nose. It smells like goin outside on a crisp summer morning, which is what they were going fore and they nailed it!

Taste is sweet malt, wheat, orange, lemon, honey covered biscuits, slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is actually pretty full from the wheat, but at the same time it is extremely light and refreshing

A great wheat beer that I drink every year, get atleast a couple 6ers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 14:35:20 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance; hazy straw, with mild evident carbonation and a nice amount of white head that retains well for a wheat beer.

smell; not too complex but definitely something there, a strong, wheat aroma, with a hint of malt and alcohol.

taste; reminds me of a wheat beer meets lager, the wheat flavor is strong but a yeasty, bready flavor rides right along with it, tiniest bit of malt in there as well.

mouthfeel; medium light, but pretty full bodied for a wheat beer. slightly creamy.

overall; in terms of wheat beers, this is a very solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:09:24 | More by SteveB24
Photo of StevORugby


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a few years ago at a cool little cafe in ohiopyle after a day of rafting and/or hiking. it hit the spot on a hot day. it is refreshing and light but with subtle hoppiness that lets you know its a bell's beer. thats all i remember about this brew but will revisit it this summer. i like pretty much all bell's beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:24:24 | More by StevORugby
Photo of GOBLIN


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bells Oberon

Spring is almost over and the days are gettin' long

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy straw color

S: Wheat, citrus notes . . . Like a walk in an orange grove on a hot summer day

T: Definitely a wheat beer. Orange and lemon zest

M: Crisp and smooth

O: As far as summer brews go it doesn't get much better than this

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:46:21 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers. It is extremely light in appearance and gives off a distinctly tangy and citrusy smell. Hops and orange peel definitely jump out. The mouthfeel can be a bit thin but the taste is unmatched if you prefer pale wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:40:14 | More by walkinginplace
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great beer for summer. However this beer isnt a beer a beer that can be drank all year round but on a nice hot summer day it is perfect. The taste kinda gets old after 4 beers so i limit myself to a six pack. overall a good beer and i look forward every baseball season to drinking some of this beer

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:12:09 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of Chiefy770


3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass. A thick and fluffy white head formed and collapsed slowly. It left a reasonable amount of lacing. The body was straw-yellow and a bit cloudy before it settled. It finished to a hazy yellow body.

The malts and hops dominate the smell. Grainy notes follow the hops. The taste matches the scent pretty well. Everything seems to be well balanced in this beer. Nothing is overpowering. The carbonation is almost perfect as far as my preference for Pale Wheat Ales is concerned. It goes down rather sweet and leaves a tart finish in the mouth.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. I am a fan of Pale Wheat Ales and this one does not disappoint. The only problem that I found was that it tasted more like a very sophisticated Adjunct Lager. Oberon Ale lacked the grainy flavors I enjoy in Wheat Ales. This is a very refreshing and drinkable beer that has become a go-to for me.

Bottom Line: Try this. It is incredibly refreshing in the summer. I would recommend this to any and all beer drinkers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 15:18:17 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, ceramic mug, bottled 5/22/13.

Have to admit I can't see the color through the glass, but it pours a light golden wheat with a nice creamy off-white head. The retention is decent.

Pungent dry grass/hay, a little funky yeast, and coriander. Crisp, yet a little dirty, funky, and interesting.

Same as the aromas, strong wheat with a little grassy, herbal hop.

It has a pretty full mouthfeel, rounded and definitely like a wheat beer. Nice medium carbonation level.

I have heard some rave about this in the past as a spring/summer beer and now I know why. This would be a great beer for some warm days; it's refreshing with some complexity and great representative of the American Pale Wheat Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:31:55 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of j_rod22


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden pour with a medium/small white head, hazy yellowish with

S - tangy orange, pears, grapes, tons of hops, lemons, and some orange peel?

T - cereal, some hints of earthyness yeast and wheat, nice touch of citrus. definitely get hints of the wheat/tart/sour notes

M - sour yet refreshing wheat ale, nice notes of fruity and earthy combinations. Very enjoyable brew

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:37:03 | More by j_rod22
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, lemon zest, wheat, biscuit, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange, pear, lemon zest, biscuit, wheat, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, biscuit, wheat, pepper, clove, light banana, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wheat ale. All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:11:48 | More by superspak
Photo of otterbearfla


3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 finger head

Appearance : hazy, light golden color

Smell : Wheaty and crisp.

Taste : Light for a wheat ale, sweet, wheat malt, hints of citrus and lemon salt spice.

Mouth feel : Smooth but light for a wheat ale.

Overall Truly a summer ale reflecting the Sun on the label. Light and refreshing. A good deck beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:13:15 | More by otterbearfla
Photo of BeerDocT


3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a hazy, light golden color with a nice 1/2" head. Clearly bottle-conditioned, this beer has excellent lacing.

Smell 3.50: Nice and crisp bouquet. Some brief hints of clove, but no banana (not a bad thing, IMHO) and some other yeasty notes floating around.

Taste 3.75: Front is light and slightly sweet, with a very refreshing hit of the lovely bottle-conditioned bubbles. Middle is smooth and has a pleasant taste of wheat malt, but I also detect some reliable barley malt in this. Very light treacle tastes at this level. Finish is smooth and refreshing (notice a pattern?) with hints of spice. Aftertaste is quickly gone, but -again-- smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Very refreshing carbonation level in this beer.

Overall 3.75: Great wheat, one of the best that I've tried this season. Better late than never! This brew is pleasant, light and refreshing. I do not think that it is a straight wheat, but regardless, it is well worth the hype and worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:56:38 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear tangerine color liquid with white head, some sediment is suspended in this one

Smell - orange peel, wheat

Taste - wheat, orange peel, tangerine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of sourness on the finish

Overall -
Not sure if this was a bad bottle or what, but this was a letdown. I'd be willing to give it another shot down the road

Price point - $1.89/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:24:06 | More by keithmurray
Photo of WillWillows


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened the bottle and decided to sip from there. Nice mouthfeel, good initial taste, smooth with a little after bitter but not unpleasant. I can see why this is a good middle of the afternoon sit on the terrace and talk beer. I could drink this from the bottle or the glass and be happy. Nicely done Bell's. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:32:49 | More by WillWillows
Photo of nofalltoofar


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:04:36 | More by nofalltoofar
Photo of vandemonian


3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Oberon Ale is a boring wheat ale.

A: Yellow colour and a 5 mm head that dies pretty quick. 3.5

S: Smells very grainy. Almost like oats. 3.5

T: Wheaty base with and some slight bitterness. Not much else happening. 3.25

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.25

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:07:39 | More by vandemonian
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz single picked up at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Stella glass.

AP: Bright gold colour with a 1" white head that fizzles down to a 1/4", decent lacing. There's both carbonation bubbles and sediment floating suspended in the liquid which reminds me of looking at a clear bottle of Aloe Vera or a lava lamp. Funky.
AR: Straw, hay, cracker, orange, funky yeast, a bit of lemon sourness.
T: Biscuit and cracker malt base with some wheat notes, soft note of lemon tartness and a touch of orange rind. Finish has a bit of a sour and bitter bite with a touch of pine and pink grapefruit and yeasty funk.
M: Too carbonated for my tastes, so much so it takes away from actually fully tasting the flavours of this beer. Finish has a kind of oily moist coating on the tongue and then starts to turn slightly dry.
OV: It's a decent Pale Wheat Ale, but I doubt I'd buy this again when I can get Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin. I know, different takes on a PWA, apples to oranges, but this is somewhat mundane to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:17:41 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of teromous


2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle date says 04/25/13 A.

A: Pale golden color with lots of carbonation and a ton of visible sediment. Thin white head. Be careful when pouring this one or you'll find yourself with lots of sediment. The head fades quickly and the beer leaves some modest hints of lacing. Not as much head as I'd expect with a wheat ale though.

S: It has that wheat twinge smell. It's a bit like sour fruit. It's a pretty normal smell for the beer. I would like more complexity to the aroma though. It's okay but nothing special.

T: I get a bit of grain character, mostly wheat which is expected. It has no perceivable bitterness. There is a faint hop character, a bit earthy. Yeast flavor abound. There isn't really anything unique to the beer. The two flavors that stand out the most to me are the earthy, a bit woody hop flavors that come out first. Secondly the yeast comes in and finishes it off. I suppose depending on your pour you could have a different experience in the latter flavor. I had a lot of yeast in my glass so that was a major contributor. I would like more grain flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. There is some bitterness to balance out the smoothness from the wheat, and the carbonation is good. I wouldn't call it outstanding but it's good. I would like more presence in the mouth, and I feel that it would raise the rating a lot.

O: Having tasted a lot of wheat beers from Europe and the U.S. it is sometimes frustrating to have a beer that doesn't live up to the standards of a beer that can be had in nearly every bar. Even with the differences between the American Pale Wheat Ale and something like a Hefeweizen, there is a certain punch and craftsmanship that you look for, that is common in both styles. I don't feel that this beer meets that standard. I know people who enjoy this beer, and enjoy it for what it is. I seem to be on the opposite side of the fence. All I can judge is the sample that I have, which was bottled at the end of April. Given the chance, I would like to try this fresh and on tap for a re-review.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:01:19 | More by teromous
Photo of deebo


2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I've had this one several times both on tap and in the bottle and have never really cared for it all that much even though I keep thinking it should be right up my alley. Review of a slightly older bottle (3/7/13) that has been sitting in the fridge.

A-Poured into a pint glass this beer gives off a couple fingers of large bubbled pure white head with decent head retention and lacing. Light golden in color with lots of yeast sediment floating.
S-Wheat and spiciness abound. Hints of sweetness and a little fruitiness.
T-Upfront wheat that quickly is overtaken by a zesty spicy character that finishes long with a moderate bitterness.
M-Seems a bit high in carbonation that adds to the zingy spicy finish. Body starts off nice but is quickly overtaken by the spice and bitter finish.
O-The spicy, bitter hops overwhelm this pale wheat beer. Not as quenchable as a less bitter wheat beer that I crave in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:22:28 | More by deebo
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pale golden colour with good white lacing, quite a medium haze to it, but fairly clear.

Smell has apple, wheat lightness and a bit of estery yeast. Some light floral character, fruity and wheat germ come forward on the profile. Crisp.

Taste has a big green apple note, yeasty lemon, marzipan and almond, a bit of subtle clove and spice character. Light with a easy drinking body, crisp finish with a lingering wheat character. Some zesty citrus and spice on the finish. Nice and rounded body that lingers on the finish and is quite refreshing.

A nice zest summer wheat. Light and refreshing, the wheat has a nice profile on the body but its flavour is a bit in the backdrop to the citrus, still the flavour compliment is quite nice and a tasty combination. More hop forward than wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:40:43 | More by mick303
Photo of nprittie


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden, straw color with thin head that disappears rather quickly

S: Slight breadiness with some citrus

T: Citrus, oranges, some sour dough

M: Highly carbonated, refreshing on the palette

O: This wheat ale has a beautiful bright appearance and a refreshing mouthfeel that pairs well with warm weather. High drinkability, would have a few in a row. Not my favorite Bell's beer, but pretty good for a wheat beer. Would recommend for those that want a lighter ale that's not hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:26:21 | More by nprittie
Photo of puckinright


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a one finger fresh white head. The head fades quickly and the lacing is minimal. Smells of wheat and citrus, but very little, if any hop aroma. Tastes of wheat up front, w/ a dry cereal component. Finishes crisp with light citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit too highly carbonated for my liking.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer that I would have again but would not necessarily seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:45:20 | More by puckinright
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,168 ratings.