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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

6,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,063
Reviews: 1,723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,121 | FT: 8
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:
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: 6,063 | Reviews: 1,723
Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've ever had

Photo of Adamanton
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brew for sitting on the porch and enjoying the summertime.

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mild yeasty notes, thick malt and wheat, light citrus, and bright earthy, peppery, and piney hop notes. Very cloudy orange-yellow brew. Thin head.

Flavor follows. Very refreshing; clearly a wheat ale, but with a nice hoppy bite mid palate. Milky and chewy wheat finish.

Photo of FMJ921
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of Hernard
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly nice, a bit like shandy but proper beer. Nice hoppiness for a summer ale.

Photo of Cmitch9
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice but light citrus flavor and a good bite. Light golden in color, slightly cloudy, everything you would expect from a Pale American Wheat without going too far. Slight citrus smell, inviting, not overbearing. Very refreshing and easy to drink. One of the preeminent Summer Ales in my opinion. Not too fruity or sweet like many others in the genre.

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy hop aroma.
Very drinkable.
Nice carbonation bite.
Light citrus profile.

What can I say? This is a very formidable pale wheat that doesn't overdo it on the citrus. The spicyness from the hops and the ever so slightly bitter finish make this beer great.

Will actively seek out this brew again when I want a break from the usual IPA.

Photo of StoutHobbit
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- cloudy yellow-gold beer, with a light head that dissipates quickly
Smell- wheaty and a hint of flowers
Taste- Wheaty, good hoppy notes, light citrus (perhaps orange)
Feel- Crisp, good light finish
Overall:: very good deal beer, from TJ's, light and perfect light ale for the summer

Photo of Leo-Dean
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Heard so highly of it so maybe got my hopes up. Pours very nicely. Good head. But something about the taste is off to me. A little too hoppy for a wheat for me.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell of coriander and orange peel - the orange perhaps by suggestion of the label color.
Light enough to be refreshing on a hot day, with a decent bite from carbonation and enough character to be interesting. A little bitter at the finish to even it out.

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

Not too bad but I'm not a big fan of wheat beers...

Photo of jancona
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer brew - has a light peach taste with a touch of hop to dry it slightly.

Photo of Scarycarrie1
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick good beer for everyday.

Photo of B2A
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Before Bell's was ubiquitous in northwest Ohio, a friend brought this down from a golf trip in Michigan and used it to pay me for some work I did around his place. Kicking back a few of these on a summer afternoon watching baseball in his garage may have some influence over me, but a bright glass of this on a warm summer day equals happiness. The complex aroma compliments the brightness of the beer. It may look and smell better than it tastes, but that's not a bad thing.

Photo of Jojosaute
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- a beautiful hazy light golden orange. Quite a bit of lacing from the huge head I got. Poured from a 16oz can.
S- a wheaty nose with some yeasty hint
T - a light orange and pale ale zing. Suttle sweetness and other citrusy hop flavors pop in back of the mouth.
M- a clean zing. Nice and smooth at first and mid mouth crispness.
O- I wouldn't drink this all the time but if I was looking for a better blue moon alternative (more so less sweet) then I would go with this. A good solid quality beer.

Photo of Robbyrocks
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some beers just click. This is one I just enjoy drinking, no matter what.

Photo of mlockman
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally my favorite of it's style; my "go-to" summer beer.

Had some out-of-season once before, and it was pretty terrible; moral of the story is to take seriously the brewer's recommendation of a 6 month shelf-life after bottling/canning!

Photo of Botulizard
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For all the hype, I found it to be underwhelming and unremarkable without a lot of distinguishing character. It's not bad, but it's just kind of there, existing.

Photo of Sexy66
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The BEST beer for summer!! Worth the wait

Photo of Vondy08
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer brew. Too sweet to drink with your meal tho

Photo of hoagzzz
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked it. Did not know the style upon first taste and guessed saison?? But did not get any Belgian yeast taste after that first sip. Great cloudy pour, good summer beer.

Photo of Russell321
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great! Or super great great!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a nonic, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange rind, lemon zest, toasted grains, banana, clove spice, subtle grassy notes, and some bready qualities. Very enticing aromas. Flavors are fruity and bready forward, with a solid dose of lemon and orange on a toasted grain backbone, with subtle banana highlights and a healthy spice blend. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. The body is smooth and light, again making this an incredibly easy drinker. The aftertaste is toasty and bready, with subtle citrus notes still hanging on. Smooth, light finish, with a frothy linger at the end. Good beer.

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We are planning to go camping tomorrow night and I asked my wife to pick up a six pack of something. She said, IPA? and I replied sure.

Not an IAP but a pretty good beer nonetheless. I think I taste a little fruit, but not real fruity (like Mark Ford). Ha ha.

Definitely a beer you cold have several of on a hot summer day and still enjoy it. A keeper for sure.

I also imagine it isn't real expensive as my wife would never buy a real expensive beer for me.

Good choice Laura!

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great tasting wheat ale.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 6,063 ratings.