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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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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 bort11
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. The thing that jumps out is the swirling sediment, which I find very attactive. The particle are all tiny specks the smae size and dance in the carbonation. It's very hazy but the color is a bright golden orange. The head from my pour is about a finger high, a pretty bright white color. It fades to a thin lacing on the surface.

S- The smell is not very strong. I have to get my nose right down in the glass to get the full effect. It is very wheaty/yeasty. A bit of orange and other spices. Nice, but could stand out more.

T- The yeast and wheat are predominant, making the taste a bit biscuity. Not very sweet. A slight hint of spices, coriander.

M- Nice medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Finishes clean. Quite enjoyable.

D- Oberon is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The clean finish is very refreshing, wonderful for summer. I could easily drink these all night. (982 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass with an orange wedge.

Smelled wiezeny and citrucy, and tasted like a classic hefe-wiezen. Maybe not as malty or heavy as Schnieder's, but pretty good anyway. I'll probably try it in a bottle next, since I can buy it close to home. (316 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)

pours a dark starw (if that makes sence?) with hints of light orange, big pilowy head that falls into a thin sheet.
the aroma wheatie, breadie, yeastie, hint of citrus.
the flavor is wheatie, rich, hint of citrus, bit of spice, some hop flavor.
the mouthfeel is nice, little thin so it goes down easy on a summer day.
oberon is the sign that summer is here.

ps. i still miss solsun! (454 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in color with a fluffy white head. Smells like cirtrus and hops with a tiny bit of yeast as well. The taste has some wheat, a bit of citrus, and some slightly bittery hops. It reminds me of a witbier's big brother, but not that much bigger. Mouthfeel is average, standard, medium, a little foamy maybe. I dig it. Way drinkable. (340 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this new seasonal across the border in the better beer state, MO.
Pours a super hazy, yeast laden straw color. Copious amounts of head are well maintained. Aroma is almost candy like, I pick up some freshly made lemon hard candies, along with the usual suspects of wheat, a little biscuity, and lots of malt. What is missing are some spices and hops, not much of that in the nose. Wow, flavor is really where this shines. A huge mouthful of wheat, some licorice, followed by an almost cloying sweetness. This is an interesting take on the style (I'm used to the trad'l Heffes), much bigger body, complexity in flavor differing from those coming from the yeast and hops. This is not as quaffable as the afformentioned style, but quite enjoyable as a single. I will certainly miss the days when this beer is gone. I look forward to trying some other seasonals from this amazing brewery. (901 characters)

Photo of strattor
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange due to unfiltered bottle conditioning. Nice thick head with good retention.

Subtle aroma of citrus, some spice, and a little creaminess.

Flavor is bready, a little spicy, with subtle citrus flavors. I'd say the yeasty, bready flavors are most dominant, making this a beer with a somewhat subdued flavor.

Nice mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and creamy, but with adequate carbonation to keep things lively.

For whatever reason, I never found myself wanting two ina row of these. It seemed a little a heavier than some other wheat ales I've had.

A tasty beer, but a little let down after all the hype I heard. I'd go for another sixer, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up. (709 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat. (520 characters)

Photo of joedon
2.72/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head, lacing, little carbonation. Just a cloudy, orange-juice color.

Tiny aroma of wheat and a little citrus.

Taste was very bland, citrusy with a touch of malt.

OK mouthfeel for a wheat beer but no distinctive flavor or aftertaste.

Barely drinkable. A real disappointment. Maybe something wrong or outdated with the keg? (336 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, this is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever encountered!

beer pours a beautiful hazy light orange with a huge head.


aroma is of wheat and orange zest, quite nice.


taste is a nice clean wheat ale taste with a subtle hint of orange followed by a touch of hop bitterness that rounds out the finish quite well.

mouthfeel is on the thin side but still very enjoyable.

this beer is certainly not the most flavorful or complex, but for what it is, a refreshing summer session beer, it is superb. something to look forward to when the weather turns nice. (578 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Steve's - University

Batch 7287...oberon signifies the changing of the seasons, its 70 degrees and gorgeous out in Wisco

appearance: dusted off a hefe glass that had been getting lonely all winter, oberon pours a bright golden orange, a little on the cloudy side, pour leaves a huge fluffy white head with oustanding retention

smell: fresh yeast aromas, a nice clean wheat aroma, lemon peel, orange citrus, quite bready...the smell of summer

taste: very smooth, grassy wheat presence, zesty lemon peel, fresh orange, lightly toasted malt, pulpy, light fruity hops...plenty of citrus. a very clean and refreshing summer seasonal

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, rereshing...light-medium body

drinkability: can be consumed in mass quantities (762 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This pours a cloudy light orange with two and a half fingers of frothy white head, great retention, a small amount of lacing. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty, a slight orange and lemon citrus note, fairly strong. Taste is a nice bready wheat malt, strong notes of citrus, slight grassy hop finish. Medium bodied, smooth medium carbonation, fairly creamy smooth feel. Overall this is a really nice American wheat ale, nothing particularly special, but a very solid summer beer. (514 characters)

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

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool (886 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazey pumpkin orange with a nice frothy white head with no lacing. Smells of orange rind and a slight wheatiness. I have had the Oberon in previous years and never really understood all the excitement about it's release. But this one is either a little different or I am. I like this one; I'm not sure what's different but it seems much more complex and fruity. Nice tangerine, orange flavors with a very good refreshing mouthfeel. Great drinkability especially this time of year in Ohio. (496 characters)

Photo of Crosling
1.82/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Extremely cloudy tangerine colored juice in color with a thin, creamy head. Doughy, lemony, citrusy nose with a light hint of orange, which may smell more like cheap tang. Raw, hearty wheat with a bit of skunk and spoiled fruits. Hoppy for an American wheat, with spicy, floral notes. Pretty full-bodied and creamy for a wheat beer. Not good, at all. (350 characters)

Photo of guinness9880
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice 2 finger head

S-Smells of a malty lemongrass

T-A very malty beer with hints of citrus, not exactly what I would expect from a summer ale. Doesn't have quite the crisp refreshing taste you would expect from a seasonal of this type. This seems just very ordinary nothing jumps out tast wise. Mild carbonation with a thin mouthfeel nothing to great.

This isn't a bad beer just not what I would be looking for in a summer seasonal, there are better examples (Gumballhead!) (511 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 27, 2006 the release date of Bell's Oberon.
This brew was my first real sample of craft beer back in the mid to late nineties. It has always been one of my favorites. I know when Oberon is in the stores, warm weather is on the way. Since joining BA and learning about craft beers, I've been anticipating the release of this beer, and here is the review. I must admit its been a year or two since I've had this.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.
Batch code 7274. Packaged on March 1st 2006.

Pours a very cloudy, faint orange, almost yellow color. Gigantic, three inch thick, frothy white head. Minutes go by before the head starts to fade, leaving tons of sticky, clingy lacing, everywhere. Smell is not what I remember. Mostly, bready, yeasty aromas, with wheat and malts in the background. Weak citrus smell, maybe lemons and spice. I remember a huge citrus smell, more like oranges and lemons. Maybe this beer has changed over the years or maybe my palate has changed. Taste is a little weak, lots of yeast,bread, malts and finishes with a slightly bitter lemony, citrusy flavor. Hints of bananas. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry feeling. Medium to light feel,thin and smooth. A great session beer, especially during the Spring and Summer months. I'm a little disappointed in the taste and smell, I thought both were stronger than I remember. Anyway, still one of favorite beers and one I'll enjoy all Summer long. Oberon is back, baby! Thank you Bell's! (1,496 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an appropriate glass. Can't tell what the numbers mean on the backside of the bottle. An aggressive pour created a small white head that disappeared fast. A fair amount of sediment and yeast are in suspension. A lot of carbonation bubbles race to the top. Banana esters with a little bit of wheat malt and some floral hop aroma. The body is light. Bananas start things off again. Light citrus hops on the mildly dry finish. A good summer brew. (469 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a hint of orange. Hazy due to the yeast with a small white head about 1/2" high.
Smell was inviting with scents of spice, yeast, fruit, hops and malt.
Taste was spot-on with the nose with spice, yeast, fruit, hops, malt and a slight alcohol bloom late.
Good effervescence, medium-bodied. Good aftertaste that doesn't linger overly long. A solid brew but middle of the pack, not a front-runner. Worth a try though. (447 characters)

Photo of DeaconBluez
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have let this bottle sit probably for bit to long, so i am guessing it will have a bit of an outcome on my review.

it puored hazzy yellow. the head did not last all that long.

it smelled of light spices and citrus, some lemon maybe.
tasted very malty. the citrus and spice is still there, but the malt is in full effect in the taste. alcohol is not that storng to me.
mouthfeel is carbonated and very thin.
drinkablity is good. it very well could be a good session beer (480 characters)

Photo of oggg
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for bringing me this one.

Pale yellow but not BMC pale. Weak head, surprisingly. No sediment and not hazy. Mild floral hop aroma. On the tongue this beer is a bit flat; tries to show some wheatiness. Minimal hop bitterness. Not sure if this brew has any life. Quite bland. Maybe an odd estery note towards the end. Not very crisp. So very thin.

Cool label, boring beer. (396 characters)

Photo of stof0048
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 5L keg
A: Hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Not a very potent smell... hints of lemon or other citrus, very light smell.

T: Wheat, citrus, faint malts, almost non-existent hops... overall a very light citrus taste that would be great for a hot summer day.

M: Very light body, quickly glides over the tongue, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, this is a great beer. Would definitely be a nice one to have around during the summer months.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a very light and crisp beer. Very clean taste but still delivers. Subtle reminder of Gose, good stuff. Will definitely have to try more of Bell's. (765 characters)

Photo of SpecialCare
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is cloudy, golden, and with a decent head that quickly fizzles away to nothing. I think I must have had an old bottle, because all the delicious things other posters smell in the nose aren't in my glass. Overly sweet and skunky nose. Taste is citrus to start, nice earthy malt to finish. Unfortunately, as it warmed, the taste shifted to match the nose. Wishing I had this on tap, at the beginning of summer... I think the drinkability would be much higher. Currently, I'm not sure I want to finish the one I have. (525 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6913.

Pale, somewhat hazy, golden yellow. Head is fizzy but lasts surprisingly well. Aroma is orange peel & light malted wheat. Very clean and smooth taste of lemons, oranges, and maybe a hint of spices as well..goes well with the unfiltered yeast texture. Light body with a nice 6% alcohol kick to it.

This beer, in some ways, surprised me. I wasn't expecting too much from a summer wheat such as this, but it was a nice treat. Unfortunately, I only had one of these..I really wanted to grab another as soon as it was gone. A six-pack would definitely be worth a buy to enjoy in the summer. (604 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge fluffy white head. Unlike other american interpretations, this one actually looks like a hefeweizen. The aroma has the classic hefe attributes, but is rather fiant. Bananas and cloves are present, but not strong. The taste is good for an American Pale Wheat; a little smaller than a hefe. Very fruity during the sip, and more so in the aftertaste. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is about the same as most hefes, and thicker than most American interpretations. Overall, this is yet another wonderful beer from Bell's. (567 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, batch# 6973 (7-18-05) poured into a pint glass.

Hazy orange with a tall white head that lives a long life and leaves globs of lace as it goes down.

Malted wheat, lemon peel, a little spice (coriander?), and a hint of floral hops. Nice, but it needs a pinch of more hops.

The malted wheat is upfront in the taste as well. The citrus and spice are muted, but the hops are a bit bolder and lead into a dry finish. The mouth could use some help, its a bit thin. Good session beer. (491 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.